April 29th Peace Rose Day
Somewhere between 1935 and 1939, French horticulturist Francis Meilland developed a new rose he wanted to share with the world. Knowing World War 2 was about to begin and that his work would probably be destroyed, he sent cutting of the rose to Italy, Turkey, Germany and the US. In France it was known as the “Madame A. Meilland”, in Italy the “Gioia” (Meaning joy) in Germany the Gloria Dei (Glory to God) and in the US it became known as the Peace Rose because of its association with the End of World War 2 in Europe on April 29th, 1945.
How to celebrate – Grow your own Peace Rose. Read about Francis Meilland. Plant a rose garden.
With the weather hopefully getting better these days, it’s time to think about what you can do to make your yard beautiful again. One of the best ways to do that is by planting flowers. They add color to any yard, normally make things smell better and make people stop and take notice. Rose bushes, sunflowers, gardenias… it doesn’t really matter. (That is unless you are allergic to them) Make the world a prettier place by planting flowers today, you won’t regret it and neither will your neighbors.
How to celebrate – Figure out which flower is your favorite and plant them. Mix up a variety of flowers in different beds in your yard. Have a flower growing contest.
With the weather warming up it’s time to start thinking about planting flowers that brighten your day and put that scent of Spring into the air. There are at least 151 varieties of flowers so you need to learn which ones to plant when. Some flowers can stand the colder weather; others need the full sunshine and heat. Fields of flowers are amazing and important to feeding those creatures that thrive on their nectar. While we at times find these bugs annoying they serve an important function in life for us all. So besides just being pretty to look at, and smelling really, really good, flowers serve a purpose… just like everything else in nature.
How to celebrate – Plant a flower! See how many of the 151 flower types you can name. Find a field of flowers and enjoy.