Flower Meanings & History of Flowers

Written by Josh Grossman

Flower Meanings & History The charming and delicate beauty of flowers has fascinated people of all nations and backgrounds for centuries. Flowers have been bred and cultivated for their decorative beauty as well as their ability to heal diseases. Flowers arerepparttar subject of poems and myths, and religious symbols are associated with flowers as well. Many girls are named after flowers. The main reason forrepparttar 113294 popularity of flowers though is their ability to bring good cheer.

For all fellow lovers and admirers of flowers here is some background information about flowers. This will help give your flower gift giving and buying a greater context.

Asters There are over 600 species of asters,repparttar 113295 most popular beingrepparttar 113296 Monte Casino. Ancient societies believed thatrepparttar 113297 odor of its leaves, when burnt, drove away serpents. While this might not be as applicable today, perhaps its connotation is still relevant: Giving asters means, "I am not sure whether you have been faithful to me". Be careful who you send asters to! Meanings: charming, patience

Bells of Ireland Althoughrepparttar 113298 name suggests these flowers come from Ireland, they originated in western Asia. Bells of Ireland have a spicy/peppery scent and are part ofrepparttar 113299 mint family. They stand for good luck. Meanings: good luck, whimsy

Carnations Turn ofrepparttar 113300 century dandies would not leaverepparttar 113301 house without a white or red carnation inrepparttar 113302 buttonhole of their suit. Withrepparttar 113303 end of this tradition andrepparttar 113304 fact that carnations are so easily cultivated and grown,repparttar 113305 flower has lost some of its popularity. However, carnations are not only beautiful and long lasting flowers, they also send a message: When you receive a red carnation bouquet, it means, "My heart aches for you" and when you receive white carnationsrepparttar 113306 sender is saying: "I am still available." Meanings: fascination, devoted Love

Chrysanthemum Imagine, chrysanthemums have been cultivated in Chinese gardens for almost 3000 years! The name chrysanthemum comes fromrepparttar 113307 Greek chrysos (gold) and anthos (flower). Today some ofrepparttar 113308 meanings associated with this flower are: innocence, cheerfulness and loyal love. Meanings: cheerfulness, innocence

Dahlias The dahlia isrepparttar 113309 national flower of Mexico and this is also its birthplace. An old Aztec document states thatrepparttar 113310 Aztecs used dahlias as a treatment for epilepsy. Only inrepparttar 113311 19th century didrepparttar 113312 flower come to Europe where it was bred and cultivated into today's varieties. Meanings: dignity, elegance

Iris Did you know that there are so many different varieties of iris that they can be grown wild year round, in water and on land? Iris was most significant in history asrepparttar 113313 emblem of France -- Fleur-de-Lis -- established inrepparttar 113314 11th century byrepparttar 113315 king of France. Today, it isrepparttar 113316 state flower of Tennessee and its meanings are faith, hope and wisdom. Meanings: faith, hope, wisdom

Lilies Lilies have been associated with many ancient myths. They are mentioned inrepparttar 113317 Old Testament, and inrepparttar 113318 New Testament, and symbolize chastity and virtue. Even today, lilies are associated with purity and faith.

Meanings: purity, faith Peruvian lilies or alstroemeria are named afterrepparttar 113319 Swedish botanist Baron Klas von Alstroemer. He broughtrepparttar 113320 flower seeds back from a trip to South America inrepparttar 113321 18th century. Meanings: friendship, devotion

Calla lilies were first imported from South Africa to America inrepparttar 113322 mid-nineteenth century. The waxy white blooms and spearheaded leaves ofrepparttar 113323 calla lily stand for radiant beauty and sophistication. Meanings: sophistication, beauty

Selecting the Proper Pump for your Backyard Water Garden Feature

Written by Gerry Fung

Whether you have a preformed or a liner pond, a pond pump is a paramount component of any water feature. Stagnant bodies of water attract mosquito infestations, which are a nuisance, and also undesirable, due torepparttar recent outbreaks ofrepparttar 113293 West Nile virus. Therefore, it is paramount that you utilize a pond pump that circulates your body of water.

Pumps are available in both submersible and external (out-of-pond) models. Forrepparttar 113294 smaller pond (up to 1000 gallons of water), a submersible pump isrepparttar 113295 more economical and practical option. Submersible pumps can be placed directly inrepparttar 113296 pond and require relatively little installation. They are free of distracting noise, and for smaller ponds, can easily be utilized to drain your pond (if you hook up a hose torepparttar 113297 output flow).

Inrepparttar 113298 old days,repparttar 113299 main disadvantage of submersible pumps was thatrepparttar 113300 pump seal could rupture and release oil coolant intorepparttar 113301 water. However, this is notrepparttar 113302 case nowadays, because newer pumps are magnetic-driven, and no longer require coolant. “Mag-driven” pumps are slightly more expensive, but they haverepparttar 113303 added advantage of consuming less electricity.

Pumps are sized by gallons per hour (GPH) output at one foot of lift or height. Manufacturers usually offer charts that break downrepparttar 113304 power of each size pump according to incremental heights of one foot. It is recommended that you circulate your body of water at least once every 2 hours. Therefore you will need to size your pump to ensure that it has halfrepparttar 113305 GPH rating asrepparttar 113306 volume of your pond in gallons. For example, if you have a 1000 gallon water feature, you will require at least a 500 GPH pump.

Calculatingrepparttar 113307 proper pump for waterfalls is a bit trickier, because you must estimate your waterfall's height. To do so, you must measurerepparttar 113308 vertical height fromrepparttar 113309 top of your pump torepparttar 113310 top of your waterfall. In addition, you must add another foot of height or lift for every 10 feet of hosing you will be using (this will allow for loss of volume from resistance withinrepparttar 113311 hose). To calculaterepparttar 113312 required pump GPH, a general rule of thumb is that each inch of width ofrepparttar 113313 channel will require an extra 100 GPH. For example, if your stream or waterfall spillway will be 10 inches wide, you will need a pump that produces an excess flow of 1000 GPH at your waterfall's height.

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