Flower Friday: Zinnia

“The zinnia is one tough flower so the symbolism has evolved to mean endurance in all of it’s many forms. This includes spontaneous endurance: from youth to old age the zinnia endures and continues to bloom. It is also believed to mean joyous endurance, happy to bloom in the broiling heat of summer. The zinnia also endures through any trials and tribulations (unforgiving heat, drought, bugs) and continues to put forth beautiful flowers in many shades of red, orange, apricot, yellow, white, lilac and even lime green.” To read more click here

Hiatus Is Over 

Hello Everyone! 😀

I will no longer keep you in suspense. The project I’ve been working on is a calendar. It will feature birth flowers for each month and include interesting information related to those flowers. Most people know about birthstones but many don’t know that there are also birth flowers.

I was very productive during my break but I also realized that it was going to be a bigger project than I initially thought. I was hoping I could get it completed before the 2018 calendar year started but in order to bring to life the vision I have in my head I need a lot more time. Barring any unforeseen complications, the 2019 Birth Flower calendar should be completed in late July or early August of 2018.

This brought me to a small dilemma. I don’t want to be away from blogging for too long but I also want to put a lot of my energy into this project. So after some time tossing around ideas I came up with this: I will reduce my blog posts to one day a week which will also include periodic updates of how the calendar is coming along. This new way of doing things will start tomorrow.

A Brief Hiatus

Kodak Rainbow Hawkeye [cica 1930 - 1933] ©Jackie BrooksI’m going to take a blogging break for the rest of August and early September. I’m doing this in order to start working on a photographic project that I’ve been planning for awhile. Take care everyone!  See you all next month. 😀

Flower Friday: Phlox Flowers

“Phlox flowers were considered one of the most widely used blossoms from the late 1880s all the way to the 1940s. Although these may have been their early glory days, they are still a well loved plant in many perennial gardens all over North America and Europe. Although their popularity truly began in the 1800s, they received their first piece of recognition in 1732, when the German botanist Johann Jacob Dillenius was commissioned to write a description of Dr. James Sherard’s famed Eltham garden, which harbored a number of phlox paniculata. The phlox drummondii – which can now be seen growing mostly wild in southeastern regions of the United States – has an interesting history of its own. During the early 1830s, Thomas Drummond – a curator of the Belfast Botanic Garden – began an independent exploration of America, searching for new flowers to take home to Britain. Weathering foul winter conditions, near starvation, animal attacks and illness, Thomas Drummond sent home – amongst other plants – phlox flowers, where the species was aptly named after him.” (source)