It is only appropriate that Red Rose Day should come when it’s the season for roses to grow. I doubt it would have the same affect if done in the middle of the winter. The day probably comes to us from Australia where the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation uses the day as a fund raising and awareness.
As we have begun to become constantly politically correct, we have allowed the color of roses to stand for something as well. To give a friend a red rose can give them the wrong impression. While original roses, I think, were all red… that made them special… personal observation… I don’t think with all these color changes they mean as much anymore.
Of course, I don’t know if we are actually allowed to give flowers to anyone anymore since we might offend them. Maybe we should learn how to create clear roses so they don’t mean anything at all. A rose, is a rose, no matter what you call it.
And I don’t think that the more roses you give indicates the more you love someone. it just means you are richer! When you cut them, you are killing them. Let’s hope your love lasts longer than the rose will. Maybe giving a red rose plant is better than giving plants that are not going to last very long.
A single rose is just as beautiful, means just as much and indicates the same thing.
How to celebrate – Give a red rose to someone you love. Plant a red rose plant in your yard today. Develop a clear rose that’s says and means nothing at all.
With summer coming up it’s time to start thinking about planting gardens of vegetables, flowers and anything you want to grow. By creating a compost resource you stand a lot better chance that things are going to actually grow. So you need a little planning time to create this resource ahead of your garden.
There are a lot of different theories on what to use and what not to use to create your compost pile. Some say you can use paper towels, other say not to, some say cardboard is good, some say it is harmful. If you look at the list above you’ll find a pretty general rule of thumb of what will get you the best results.
Here’s the part I do not actually get, that is the layering of you disposables so that you get the best results. I am also not too sure about the smell of your left overs as they rot and turn into compost. The idea is to create soil that has nutrients in it and will hold moisture. Of course, you can just go buy it at a lawn and garden shop but since you probably create it every day yourself you might as well use what you got!
With the “Go Green” movement waste not, want not. Use those items you would normally just throw away and create your own compost pile. It will require a little effort on your part but it will be worth it.
When you do get that garden you have been dreaming of the picture will become clearer. This day was created by Holiday Insights in 2011.
How to celebrate – Build you walls to create your own compost pile. Learn how to properly use compost. Make this a family effort.
Have you ever noticed that no matter what vegetable you may like, but not your favorite, always seems to be the most prolific growing in your garden? You can count on Zucchini to be one of those vegetables. Now I like zucchini, no problem there, but having it at every meal for 6 months in a row does get to be a bit much.
I planted a garden for my family and myself and just on a whim I added eggplant. I did not know how to cook eggplant and while I did not hate it, it wasn’t exactly my favorite. Naturally, when my garden started to grow, the only thing that grew in large quantity was the eggplant. I gave away as much as anyone wanted and still had an ample supply to feed several armies on the march. Even when the rest of the plants died off my eggplant was still growing!
I’ve spoken about watermelon before and I will again because if it starts to grow, it never stops! The nice thing about watermelon though is that you don’t actually have to carry it over to your neighbors porch to get rid of the excess, it will actually make it’s way over to them on its own!
I tried planting blueberries and got three berries, I tried planting strawberries and got one, and my raspberry plants never produced the first berry at all. But even today, after I pulled all my eggplant plants up and burned them, they grew wild in my yard! I finally moved.
How to celebrate – Warn your neighbors if you plan on planting zucchini, or eggplant, or watermelon. Buy a black outfit so that you can place your bounty on your neighbor’s porch at night without being seen. Make sure you plant your garden where neighbors can’t see it if you intend on making nightly deposits to rid yourself of over stack (that garden is a dead give-a-way of who is mysteriously giving away vegetables no one wants.
It’s the time of year that gardens are beginning to bloom and close to harvesting your reward. What a drag to find out everything you have worked so hard fr is being carried away by hungry, angry birds.
Well birds do not particularly like people. Generally they will do all they can to avoid them. Since it is probably impractical for you to stand out side in your garden 24 hours a day, find a substitute, a scarecrow. Hence the name, scare crows!
It doesn’t really require a lot… some old clothes and maybe a hat, a couple of sticks and some straw. When there is a breeze, the scarecrow will actually look as though it is moving scaring away those birds from their early harvesting.
Or if you are really, really lazy, you could buy a barbie doll (Ken) that looks like the Scarecrow from the Wizard of Oz! Of course he’s kinda small so maybe you should hire an actor to play the roll. Might be a little expensive but if you bring in the rest of the cast you can sell tickets and have your own open air theater! I don’t know if it will keep the birds away but if they aren’t very good it will keep the critics away.
And then sadly, there are those who just build scarecrows so they have a friend for the summer.
How to celebrate- Build your own scarecrow and proudly display it. Start up a build your own scarecrow contest in your neighborhood and have a party, choosing the best one over a bonfire. Perform as the Scarecrow in whatever local theatrical performance is near you. (A good Scarecrow always brightens up the show.)
Just look at the color of a table filled with fresh veggies and you are instantly transformed into, at least a momentary, vegetarian. All the senses are filled, color, scent, touch… okay maybe not hearing unless these vegetables speak to you.
I think one of the reasons vegetables are so colorful is because they want you to eat them. If not, they rot and become ugly, but when they are fresh they are more inviting than nearly any other food available to man. (Fruit is right up there too)
Not only are vegetables pleasant to look at and smell good, they are good for you too! Anything that is that beautiful outside has to make you beautiful on the inside. I don’t know if you have ever had a garden where you grow your own food but I can tell you, there is nothing as thrilling as seeing your plants come up and grow into something that you can eat. It doubles the pleasure.
The old saying, “An apple a day keeps the doctor away” I think can be applied to eating vegetables as well. They are filled with vitamins and antioxidants to not only make you healthier but also leave you healthier.
How to celebrate – Have a plate of vegetables today instead of yoiur normal lunch. Plant a garden. Go to the fresh foods market and see what they have to offer.
There are two things in life that we could do with more of. The first is gardening, we can always use more food or beautiful plants to make our day better. The second is exercise. Nothing better than exercise to get into shape, feel better, and look better. So naturally, the both of best worlds combine today in National Gardening Exercise Day.
It makes gardening not seem like work at all! Of course, gardening is not supposed to be work, it’s supposed to be fun, and working out is supposed to be fun, not work… so I guess combined they work out well.
Actually, getting out and digging holes, spreading fertilizer, weeding, and watering your flowers is good exercise. You use practically every muscle in your body in some way. Kneeling down, standing up, carrying the plants to where you want them, is all physical exercise as well as the mental exercise you go through putting the plants where they will get the most sunlight, but not too much.
And planting food you can eat is normally healthy for you meaning you will probably be eating healthy because of what you are growing! It is a win-win. I tried planting Twinkies once but they didn’t grow. On the other hand, once I dug them up they were absolutely no different than when I planted them! (except for a little dirt that you could easily brush away).
Gardening can be very therapeutic and a great way to get exercise that you don’t even notice you are getting. It is assumed that garden clubs across the United States created this day but no one seems to know for sure.
How to celebrate – get some plants today that you can plant in your yard. Go out and weed the garden you already have. Help plant a community garden.
Okay, so summer is here, or will be in a couple of days, and it will be hot. So hot in many places that even trees will find it difficult to weather the heat. Imagine you are a small flower and starved for water. For just a few sprinkles of your water the flower will return it’s beauty to make your day a little brighter.
The world is filled with beautiful images, true sometimes you have to look for them, but nature provides. Rich, warm colors and scents that fill the air with a scent that is both pleasing and relaxing. (Unless, of course, you are allergic to them.)
And a flower asks for so little in return. Just a few drops of water, maybe a little fertilizer, some peat moss, occasional shade, a few kind words, a gentle touch… oh, and you really do need to be careful when tending to them. I had a uncle who lived in India for a few years and wondered by only the Americans had beautiful gardens at their homes. When he was greeted by a cobra coming out of his flower garden he understood why. He had a mongoose, which took out the snake in front of him but cobras travel in pairs, as do most snakes, and the one behind him got him. He survived, but was very sick for nearly a month.
Still, that wasn’t the flowers fault. They do provide great beauty for us all to admire. In fact, most of nature is more beautiful than anything we can create.
How to celebrate – Give your flowers a drink. Stop and smell the roses. Plant some flowers to make your life brighter.