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Help the bee — plant flowers!

Thursday, March 12th, 2015

Today we’re celebrating National Plant a Flower Day. March 12 is the day that is dedicated to the planting of flowers and looking forward to the spring season. And if that’s not reason enough to get your gardening going let’s think about the bee.

March 12 is National Plant a Flower Day.

March 12 is National Plant a Flower Day.

Plant for the bee

These small and hard-working insects actually make it possible for many of your favorite foods to reach your table. From apples to almonds to the pumpkin in our pumpkin pies, we have bees to thank. In the United States alone, more than 25 percent of the managed honey bee population has disappeared since 1990. Bees are called pollinators. Pollinators transfer pollen and seeds from one flower to another, fertilizing the plant so it can grow and produce food. Cross-pollination helps at least 30 percent of the world’s crops and 90 percent of our wild plants to thrive. Without bees to spread seeds, many plants—including food crops—would die off.*
Bees do more than make honey.

Bees do more than make honey.

Flowers in your landscape will encourage their presence. Plant in clusters and in color. This is key to making your garden attractive to bees. The colors yellow, blue, purple, and white are incredibly eye-catching to bees.  They feed on one variety at time so planting three to four bunches of one type of blossom makes foraging more efficient.**
Now that daylight savings time is in effect and the grounds are starting to thaw, take the time to plan your garden or better yet start planting one. Not only will you enjoy its beauty but you’ll be contributing more to the environment than you probably realize.
* Reference: National Resources Defense Council www.nrdc.org
** Reference: www.ecolandscaping.org

 

We Love America!

Friday, July 5th, 2013

Hey Flower Lovers -

The Calyx Team wanted to wish you a (belated) happy Independence Day!  We are so blessed to live in such a wonderful and beautiful place – hoping everyone had a safe and joy filled day and have a restful  weekend!

~Calyx Team

Happy May Day!

Wednesday, May 1st, 2013

 

Although you might not stroll down the street wishing passerby’s a happy May Day, today is indeed a very interesting holiday! Beginning in pre-Christian eras, May 1st was acknowledged as the first day of Summer while Feburary 1st was the first day of Spring. In pagan tradition, the day was spent doing a dance around the May pole and crowning a ‘Queen of May’.  In Catholic tradition, May was observed as Mary’s month and was dedicated to the Virgin Mary.

While beginning in Europe, May Day was observed in the United States until around the time of the Cold War by leaving “May Baskets” on neighbors doorsteps.  May Baskets were baskets of flowers and treats which the neighbor would drop on another neighbors doorstep, trying to hide before they came to the door. If the recipient caught the May Basket giver, it was tradition to kiss!

Today it would seem highly unusual to chase after your neighbor with puckered lips after they dropped off a basket of flowers on your doorstep, but it’s always good to acknowledge holidays of yore.  A great and modern way to celebrate May Day is to drop off a bouquet on a friends doorstep – they’ll appreciate it and hopefully carryout the tradition! If not May Day, celebrate the real first month of Spring by filling your home with fresh flowers.

 

10 Interesting Gardens to Visit in the United States – 2013

Friday, April 26th, 2013

Here’s a wonderful list of Interesting Gardens to visit in the United States to visit if you’re ever in the area. These resources are useful for flower lovers and garden gurus alike, looking to visit nature at its finest. To make it easier to use, this list is broken into states. Feel free to share the link to this post!

 Florida

McKee Botanical Garden –Vero Beach, FL

Known for its 18-acre subtropical jungle hammock, filled with plants appropriate  for horticultural growing zone 9B, this little botanical gem is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and is a historic Florida landmark.

Georgia

Gibbs GardensBall Ground, GA

Opened in March 2012, this new garden developed and designed by Jim Gibbs sits on a distinguished 220 acres in a mature forest in the foothills of the North Georgia Mountains. Get ready to experience “the harmony of nature” as you stroll through his 16 garden venues.

Hawaii

Limahuli Garden & Preserve – Kauai, HI

Located on the north shore of the island of Kauai, you can take a guided or self-guided tour of the verdant tropical Limahuli Garden and Preserve. Selected by the American Horticultural Society as the best natural botanical garden in the US,  prepare to see Mother Nature’s finest against the backdrop of  Makana Mountain and the Pacific Ocean.

Iowa

Better Homes & Gardens Test Garden –Des Moines, IA

Outside the offices of the corporate headquarters of Better Homes and Gardens® are 22 different garden spaces with hundreds of perennials, trees, and shrubs — and a changing palette of annuals and bulbs. Employees are even available to answer your garden questions.  

Louisiana

American Rose Center  – West Shreveport, LA

The gardens are home to the national headquarters of the American Rose Society. Best time of year to visit is during the official bloom season which runs from April through the end of October. View over 65 rose gardens with more than 20,000 rosebushes on the property.  

Nevada

Ethel M® Botanical Cactus Gardens  – Henderson, NV

Considered one of the finest cactus gardens in the American Southwest, the garden was founded in 1981 by Forrest Mars Sr., the patriarch of the Mars Candy Co. Over 300 species of plants can be found on the grounds. Visit during the holidays to see the garden lit in over 250,000 twinkling lights.

New York

The New York Botanical Garden –Bronx, NY

With a new 3.5 acre Native Plant Garden that celebrates the beauty of Native Flora opening in May 2013, the New York Botanical Garden is a fine museum of plants, seasonal gardens, exhibitions and attractions like the Enid A. Haupt Conservatory.

North Carolina

Cape Fear Botanical Garden – Fayetteville, NC

Located on 78 acres the garden boasts more than 2,000 varieties of ornamental plants and has several specialty gardens. Take in the lush outdoor garden and forest with a hike on their trails. Every season tells a different floral story and make sure to check out the magnificent collection of magnolias given to the Garden in 1996 by the US National Arboretum in Washington, DC.

Rhode Island

Blithewold Mansion, Gardens & Arboretum –Bristol, RI

Considered a top public garden in New England, Blithewold is located on Narragansett Bayand features an exceptional collection of rare and unusual plants and specimen trees. Tens of thousands of brilliant yellow daffodils open the season on the property which continues to bloom for visitors through October.

Vermont

Shelburne Museum –Shelburne,VT

Over 20 gardens add color and natural beauty to the museum grounds. From hundreds of lilacs and peonies in the spring to thousands of daylilies in the summer, these gardens are maintained organically. Each year, new gardens are added to complement special exhibitions.