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The variety and type of rose will determine its life span, but most will typically live between four and seven days after cutting. Due to their delicate nature, stems should be placed in vase very gingerly. In order to reduce build-up of bacteria, any foliage that is apparent immediately above water line should be removed. For maximum life expectancy, stems should be re-cut every two to three days.
Lilies may also be referred to by variety, such as in case of Asiatic Lily or Oriental Lily. These flower types can be recognized by their trumpet-shaped petals and can reach six inches in diameter. The height of their stems can reach up to three feet and may sport four to eight blossoms. Their color varieties include white, yellow, pink, red and orange.
Due to their poisonous nature – specifically concerning members of feline family - National Animal Poison Control Center recommends keeping all forms of lilies out of reach of your household pets.
Tulips – known by no specific variety names – grow as single blossoms, containing six petals each. Variations include those of lily-flowering, double flowering, fringe-petaled and ruffled parrot genres. The color array includes white, yellow, pink, peach, orange, red, lavender and purple, as well as a bi-color variety.
The orchid, also known as cymbidium, dendrobium, oncidium, cattleya and phalaenopsis, are available in a variety of shapes and sizes – largest of these being cymbidiums. Including all varieties, there are currently over 17,000 species which span globe.
Personal preference will dictate which flower, color and/or arrangement is most suitable for that special someone in your life, as well as which room of house in which to display arrangement.
The Growing Popularity of Wildflowers
While these were once seen as mere weeds, misunderstood wildflower has recently gained popularity, as a result of botanical education that’s been offered by a variety of gardening experts. Wildflowers serve a purpose beyond that of simple beauty, as evidenced by fact that small country gardens containing these types of flowers are known to attract birds and caterpillars. Growing such a garden is beneficial, both to senses and to area wildlife.
Among more popular wild flowers are honeysuckle, foxglove, red campion, lesser celandine, herb Robert and forget-me-not. Certain areas of world have developed such an appreciation for wildflowers that uprooting of them is illegal. Many people agree with this, since they tend to think of it in terms of preventing removal of landscape’s natural beauty.
Author Karen Escaland is the publisher of Avon Flowers a source of quality information for anyone with an interest in Flowers. For more articles please visit http://www.avonflowers.com/newsletters/archive.shtml