As part of our 125th Anniversary celebration at Stein Your Florist Co. we are sharing a year of floral education, November 1, 2012 thru October 31, 2013. Each day we will post something new on our Facebook page to share our knowledge of our favorite things, flowers and plants and we'll be updating our blog every 5 days or so. No need for pencils and notebooks, just sharing some simple lessons in floristry.
Day 346 – In
the summer months, the whole dictamnus plant is covered with a kind of
flammable substance, which is gluey to the touch, and has a very fragrant,
lemony aroma; but if it takes fire, it goes off with a flash all over the
plant. The name "burning bush" derives from the volatile oils
produced by the plant, which can catch fire readily in hot weather, leading to
comparisons with the burning bush of the Bible, including the suggestion that
this is the plant involved there. The daughter of Swedish botanist Carl
Linnaeus is said to have ignited the air once, at the end of a particularly
hot, windless summer day, above Dictamnus
plants, using a simple matchstick.
Day 347 - The
dictamnus, or gas plant, is inedible: the leaves have a bitter and unpalatable
taste. Despite the lemon-like smell, the plant is acrid when eaten. All parts
of the plant may cause mild stomach upset if eaten, and contact with the
foliage may cause photodermatitis.
Day 348 – Why white roses are
so special is no mystery - it's a myth. Perhaps it started with the Romans who
believed white roses grew where the tears of Venus fell as she mourned the loss
of her beloved Adonis. Myth also has it that Venus' son Cupid accidentally shot
arrows into the rose garden when a bee stung him, and it was the
"sting" of the arrows that caused the roses to grow thorns. And when
Venus walked through the garden and pricked her foot on a thorn, it was the
droplets of her blood which turned the roses red.
Day 349 – The rose is a
legend in itself. The story goes that during the Roman Empire, there was an
incredibly beautiful maiden named Rhodanthe. Her beauty drew many zealous
suitors who pursued her relentlessly. Exhausted by their pursuit, Rhodanthe was
forced to take refuge from her suitors in the temple of her friend Diana.
Unfortunately, Diana became jealous. And when the suitors broke down her temple
gates to get near their beloved Rhodanthe she also became angry, turning
Rhodanthe into a rose and her suitors into thorns.
Day 350 – According to business experts, the key to
gaining the competitive edge in the modern economy is easy to understand -- a
happy, productive workforce. And, while sometimes the easiest notions can be
the most difficult to achieve, a recent scientific study conducted at Texas
A&M University finds that nature can hold the secret to business success.
The research demonstrates that workers' idea generation, creative performance
and problem solving skills improve substantially in workplace environments that
include flowers and plants.