Crocus

COMMON NAME:  Crocus GENUS:  Crocus Species, Hybrids, Cultivars: Blue; C. biflorus, C. imperati, C. siebert, C. tomasinianus, C. versicolor; yellow: C. aureus, C. chrysanthus, C. korolkowii, C. sulphureus concolor, C. susianus; white: C. fleischeri, C. laevigatus, C. speciosus {fall}. Dutch crocus cultivars-blue: Enchantress, Pickwick, Queen of the Blues, Remembrance, Striped Beauty; white: Jeanne d'Arc, Peter … Continue reading Crocus

‘All At The Click Of The Mouse’

There is no denying that we live in a digital age, where technology is changing and improving by the minute. The invention of the motion picture is only a century old, the television a half-century, and the personal computer even more recent. Yet look how far most of the society has come in such a … Continue reading ‘All At The Click Of The Mouse’

Essential Oils Could Counter Lung and Liver Ailments Caused by Air Pollution

Certain ingredients in essential oils made from plants such as cloves, anise, fennel and ylang-ylang could serve as a natural treatment of lung and liver conditions caused by air pollution. This is according to Miriana Kfoury of the Unité de Chimie Environnementale et Interactions sur le Vivant, Université du Littoral Côte d'Opale in France and … Continue reading Essential Oils Could Counter Lung and Liver Ailments Caused by Air Pollution

Mosses and Lichens

No frequenter of the woods can be unfamiliar with the more conspicuous lichens and mosses. It is with them that nature adorns her bare unsightly children. She drapes the timeworn evergreens with gray fringes and decks the old tree-stumps with red or yellow corals. Soft lichens spread over the ground in the deep shade of … Continue reading Mosses and Lichens

Moonwort Fern

Moonwort Fern Care: Tips For Growing Moonwort Ferns Growing moonwort ferns add an interesting and unusual element to the sunny garden spot. If you’re not familiar with this plant, you might wonder “what is moonwort?” Growing moonwort ferns are not commonly found in domestic gardens, as they are difficult to locate in nurseries and garden … Continue reading Moonwort Fern

What’s a penumbral eclipse of the moon? | Astronomy Essentials | EarthSky

A penumbral eclipse of the moon is coming up on Friday evening (or Saturday, depending on your time zone). Information here about these sorts of eclipses. Source: What's a penumbral eclipse of the moon? | Astronomy Essentials | EarthSky

About That Snow Moon

Unlike January’s ‘Full Wolf Moon’, the ‘Full Snow Moon’ doesn’t have a long history of mythology, legend, and lore associated with its name, but much like its predecessor, February’s moon was so named thanks to the experiences of the Native Americans, settlers, or other cultures of the area. In most areas of the United States, … Continue reading About That Snow Moon

Amethyst ~ February Stone

Meaning and Uses of Amethyst Purple Amethyst has been highly esteemed throughout the ages for its stunning beauty and legendary powers to stimulate, and soothe, the mind and emotions. It is a semi-precious stone in today’s classifications, but to the ancients, it was a “Gem of Fire,” a Precious Stone worth, at times in history, … Continue reading Amethyst ~ February Stone

Pansy

COMMON NAME:  pansy GENUS:  Viola SPECIES, HYBRIDS, CULTIVARS, V. wittrockiana 'Universal' hybrids-heavy blooms; heat and cold tolerant. V. w. 'Crystal Bowl'-clear colors without markings; small 2 1/2-inch blooms V. w. 'Majestic Giants'-large plants with 4-inch blooms. FAMILY:  Violaceae BLOOMS:  early spring TYPE:  annual DESCRIPTION:  Unusual markings on the petals of pansy blossoms have earned the flowers … Continue reading Pansy

Wild Violets Care – How To Grow Wild Violet Plants

Learning to grow violet flowers is easy. In fact, they pretty much take care of themselves in the garden. Keep reading to learn more about wild violets care. Wild Violet Flowers Wild violets (Viola odorata) have heart-shaped leaves with purple-blue flowers. Some varieties also have white or yellow blooms. Although in some areas they are … Continue reading Wild Violets Care – How To Grow Wild Violet Plants