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August Birth Flower: Gladiolus

The gladiolus is the August birth flower. As one of the most colorful summer flowers, the gladiolus is unique in that its flowers grow from a tall spike lined with sharp leaves. It’s nickname “sword lily” comes from its Latin name “gladius” meaning sword, and refers to the shape of its leaves.

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Rose Meaning and Symbolism

In Greek mythology, roses originated from Adonis, deity of plants and rebirth. Adonis was born from a deceptive union between King Theias and his daughter Myrrha. When King Theias realized that his daughter had tricked him, he chased her with his sword. To protect Myrrha, Aphrodite transformed her into a tree.

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Chrysanthemum Meaning and Symbolism

The first chrysanthemums were cultivated in China centuries ago. It has appeared in ancient Chinese writings as early as 15th century BC and was used as an herbal remedy. Its boiled roots were believed to provide headache relief, and the sprouts and petals were eaten in salads. The Chinese city of Chu-Hsien was named after the chrysanthemum and literally means “Chrysanthemum City.”
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Heather Flower Meaning and Symbolism

The heather flower’s meaning comes from its genus name, Calluna, which stems from the Greek word kalluno, and means to cleanse or adorn. This is appropriate, as heather plants were once used for making brooms.

Heather flowers commonly grow in northern and western Europe, Turkey, and Morocco, and have been naturalized in parts of North America. It is especially popular in Scotland. The name heather is believed to come from the Scottish word haeddre, which was used to describe a heathland, or a shrubland habitat.
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Herb and Wine Pairing Guide

There’s nothing quite like gathering for a meal with your favorite people. Whether it’s a family celebration, a group of your closest friends, or people you’re just starting to get to know, breaking out the perfect bottle of wine is sure to lighten the mood and win you the best host award.

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Types of Hydrangeas: A Visual Guide

Hydrangeas are a classic flower that are a favorite amongst florists and gardeners. Their large, round flower heads are what distinguish them from other flowers. But did you know that there are five main types of hydrangeas?

Although blue and purple hydrangeas are one of the first colors that come to mind, most species are actually white. In addition, hydrangea leaves can vary from bigleaf, to oakleaf types that display bright colors during the fall.
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Table Setting Rules: A Simple Guide for Every Occasion

Whether you’re hosting a grand wedding or a fun dinner party with your friends, following the right table setting rules can be quite overwhelming. Depending on the occasion it’s important to know how to set a table and to follow proper table setting etiquette. Ever wondered what type of table setting is best for a wedding? How about a dinner party with friends?

Knowing which table setting rules to follow does not have be complicated if you just adhere to a few simple guidelines. Let’s explore the four types of table settings. read more

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Thank You to the Red, White, and Blue

July 4. To the rest of the world it’s just another day, but here in the United States this seemingly arbitrary date holds significant meaning.  While most of the country partakes in backyard barbeques or family trips to the beach, for the members of our military and their families this day holds even greater significance.

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127 Stunning Desert Plants and Succulents

Desert plants have found a place in modern home and garden design. There are many plants in the desert that can survive in a xeriscape garden or even in a glass terrarium. The term xeriscape is derived from the Greek word xeros, which means “dry,” and is a form of landscaping that conserves water through the use of native plants. Thus, desert plants have become popular for landscaping because they are easy to take care of due to their drought-tolerant capabilities.
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Lilac Meaning and Symbolism

Lilac Story & Origins

Lilacs have a deep rooted history originating in ancient Greek mythology. It was said that Pan, the god of forests and fields was hopelessly in love with a nymph named Syringa. One day he was pursuing her through a forest and, afraid of his advances, she turned herself into a lilac shrub to disguise herself. To Pan’s surprise, he could not find Syringa, but he did find the shrub. Because a lilac shrub consists of hollow reeds, he cut the reeds and created the first pan pipe. The scientific name for lilac is Syringa vulgaris, and the name is derived from the Greek word “syrinks” which means pipe.
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