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It Doesn't Have to Be Red!!
Author: Bob Matthews
Posted February 12, 2020
It's Valentine's Day, a day that is all about love. It can be a
romantic love, a love of a child or family member, or even to express
our feelings to a friend. As we all know, nothing expresses that love
more than roses, specifically red roses.
But, wait just a minute!! Stop and think about the meaning of each color
of roses. It doesn't have to be red. Each rose color has its own
specific and special meaning. It sends an unspoken message, to express
what you want to say.
You can bet the house, that she knows what each color represents. You
can bet your bottom dollar, she hopes to receive red roses. If your
intent is to express your love this Valentine's Day, nothing sends the
message of love more clearly than red roses. The only exception we can
think of, is if she doesn't like the color red. I don't know about you,
but I am certain when it comes to roses on Valentine's Day, she
absolutely loves the color red. And, it pretty much has to be roses.
Even if she is allergic to roses, chances are she still wants red roses
from you on this day. She will enjoy looking at them, even if she can't
get close enough to touch or smell them.
There are plenty of situations where red roses just might not be the
right thing to give. Perhaps, you are not ready to signal the word
"love" in your relationship. Or, maybe you are sending the gift of roses
to a friend in a non-romantic situation this Valentine's Day. If this is
your intent, you're in luck. You have a wide choice of colors.
Before you decide, first check out
The Meaning of
Each Rose Color.
For those of you who received roses on Valentines Day,
Learn Ho to Make
Roses Last Longer.
It's All About the Seeds
Author: Bob Matthews
Posted January 1, 2020
As the new year and a new decade arrives, it doesn't take a sage
prognosticator to know what's on the minds of each and every home
gardener. That's right, seeds. For the next several weeks, it's the most
important thing we think about. The experienced gardener knows a great garden always begins with
the seeds he or she acquires. If you are one of the very few of us who will have a
small garden, and you will grow the same variety of plants every year, you
can skip the rest of this article. For the other 99.9% of gardeners,
read on. The more you read and learn about the plants you will grow, and
the seeds you will use in this
year's garden, the better prepared you will be to produce a garden
overflowing with prize winning plants.
Without a doubt, there is much to think about, when pondering your seed
options and choices.
The first thing to consider, is how good your garden plants were
last year. If your bean crop was less than bountiful, or the beans were a little
stringy, then perhaps your seed selection should lean towards a
different variety. Were your
zinnia plants too tall or too short? Look
for a variety of zinnias that fits the desired height for your flower bed.
What about the color selection for your flower bed? Many varieties of
flowers offer a wide range of colors and blends, affording you endless
possibilities. Will you go with the same brand of seeds? It might be a
good time to change brands, a time to acquire higher quality seeds, as you seek better results
than in previous years.
Fortunately for you, the internet has opened up our options to dozens of brands.
If you're expanding your garden or ready to change what you grow, you've
got a lot of fun ahead of you, as you make plans and procure the seeds
you will need. Larger gardens translate into so many more options. You
can now grow early, mid and late varieties of plants. This will allow
you to harvest fresh, homegrown
over an extended period of time. Will you grow a wider range of
vegetables? Just imagine how great your homemade soup will taste with a
in it. Your fresh garden salads will taste so much better, and look more
appealing, with some
endive included in the mix. When it comes to flowers, expanding or
altering your flower beds offers endless possibilities. Will you go with
May we suggest something a little different from what you've usually
nasturtium which is an edible flower.
I don't know about you, but to me one of the best things about gardening
is experimenting with plants I've never grown. The challenge and reward
is a real thrill. Are you equal to the task? Of course you are! Have you
Pumpkin on a Stick, or
Cotton? Both plants are guaranteed to catch the eye of anyone who
sees your victory garden. Last year, I grew
Hops just for fun. I was rewarded with a very successful crop, large
enough to offer them to a friend of mine who brews beer. Wow, writing
this article makes me wonder what new plant I will try this year......
Did we give you enough to think about? ....good. Now your mission, is to
grab another cup of hot chocolate, sit by the fireside and begin to make
those garden plans. Once you've decided, don't wait too long to get the
seeds you need. Get those seeds while they are still in stock. For those
of you who have been with us for a long time, you know we shut down our
online store last year as we headed to retirement. We were one of the
largest online seed sellers. Many of you reported that our absence left
a gap in your search for seeds. Here's a link that may help you ....
Find your garden seeds
About the Author
Bob Matthews is an avid life time gardener, and a recognized garden authority
on the Internet since the 1990s. Residing in Rochester, NY, Bob is the author
and owner of The Gardener's Network,
Pumpkin Nook ,
Garden Hobbies, and other websites.
Bob proudly authored every page of the over 1,000 pages of garden information
and tips on these websites.
About some of Bob's other gardening websites:
The Gardener's Network - One of
the finest, most popular sites on the internet to read, learn and have gardening
fun. The Gardener's Network is the perfect place for you and your plants,
the perfect source for how to grow just about any garden plant!
Garden Hobbies - Looking for "How
to Grow" gardening information? It's the perfect place for you and your plants.
Pumpkin Nook - By far the biggest, most
comprehensive site on the Internet for pumpkins. Information and fun abounds,
including: how to grow pumpkins, Halloween, one of the largest collections
of pumpkin recipes and much more.