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Boutique festival Secret Garden went down in Sydney’s Camden over the weekend, and all the free-spirited kids came out to play in a mix of creative and outlandish ensembles. Seriously, if you didn’t scream eccentric and quirky, you would’ve felt like the odd one out amongst the aliens, mermaids and glittery hippies dripping in face paint, flash tatts, tiaras, …
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Boutique festival Secret Garden went down in Sydney’s Camden over the weekend, and all the free-spirited kids came out to play in a mix of creative and outlandish ensembles. Seriously, if you didn’t scream eccentric and quirky, you would’ve felt like the odd one out amongst the aliens, mermaids and glittery hippies dripping in face paint, flash tatts, tiaras, …
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Boutique festival Secret Garden went down in Sydney’s Camden over the weekend, and all the free-spirited kids came out to play in a mix of creative and outlandish ensembles. Seriously, if you didn’t scream eccentric and quirky, you would’ve felt like the odd one out amongst the aliens, mermaids and glittery hippies dripping in face paint, flash tatts, tiaras, …
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Boutique festival Secret Garden went down in Sydney’s Camden over the weekend, and all the free-spirited kids came out to play in a mix of creative and outlandish ensembles. Seriously, if you didn’t scream eccentric and quirky, you would’ve felt like the odd one out amongst the aliens, mermaids and glittery hippies dripping in face paint, flash tatts, tiaras, …
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Boutique festival Secret Garden went down in Sydney’s Camden over the weekend, and all the free-spirited kids came out to play in a mix of creative and outlandish ensembles. Seriously, if you didn’t scream eccentric and quirky, you would’ve felt like the odd one out amongst the aliens, mermaids and glittery hippies dripping in face paint, flash tatts, tiaras, …
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Nullam tellus pede, eleifend posuere, dignissim id, euismod vitae, tortor. Pellentesque vel mauris. Phasellus dictum rutrum lectus. Vestibulum a risus at orci egestas condimentum. Morbi in turpis vel ante feugiat placerat. Vestibulum justo lacus, pulvinar at, gravida quis, condimentum et, pede. Suspendisse sit amet turpis in mauris porttitor pulvinar. Phasellus odio lacus, volutpat at, ullamcorper sit amet, elementum nec, sapien. Fusce orci sem, venenatis a, pellentesque sit amet, elementum quis, orci. Ut vulputate dolor id lectus. Curabitur non neque. Quisque libero.

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History and Meaning of Hydrangeas

Hydrangeas are very popular both as cut flowers and plants for the garden because of their big, beautiful blooms. Plus, they smell fantastic! Just as popular in bridal bouquets as a country garden, these flowers are loved for their versatility.

Big hydrangea heads are actually many smaller blooms clustered together. The little star-shaped flowers grow along wooden stems and create a big, pompom shape.

The Meaning of Hydrangeas

The etymological meaning of hydrangea stems from the Greek words for water, hydros and jar, angos. The name comes from the constant moisture required to keep the flowers happy, healthy and blooming. In Japan, they are said to be a sign of apology or gratitude because an emperor gave them as apologies to his maidens.

Contrastingly, hydrangeas have a negative sentiment in Europe where they were used to declare arrogance. They also became synonymous with frigidity in the Medieval ages because it was believed that young women who grew them would never find husbands.

Color Meanings:

  • Pink – love, sincere emotions
  • Blue – forgiveness, regret and rejection
  • White – purity, grace, abundance and bragging
  • Purple – abundance, wealth and royalty

The History of Hydrangeas

The hydrangea was first cultivated in Japan, but ancient hydrangea fossils dating back to 40-65 million years ago have been discovered in North America. Hydrangeas didn’t appear in Europe until 1736 when a colonist brought a North American varietal to England.

Hydrangeas are primarily used for landscaping because their petals contain low levels of cyanide, making them unfit for consumption. The exception is hydrangea serrata which Buddhists drink in a sweet tea as part of a cleansing ritual. The tea is said to help treat autoimmune disorders as well as malaria, kidney stones and enlarged prostate.

June is National Rose Month

June is National Rose Month, but we think this beautiful flower deserves our praise all year round! For centuries, roses have been a symbol for love, beauty, war—even politics. In fact, in 1986 President Ronald Reagan declared the rose as the National Floral Emblem of the United States, saying „Americans who would speak the language of the heart do so with a rose.“

To celebrate National Rose Month, we’re sharing five of our favorite roses that you can plant in your garden this year.

Drift Roses

White Drift Rose
New in 2016, the White Drift Rose has pure white, fully double blooms perfectly shaped like a miniature rose flower. It has a true groundcover habit, with the superior disease resistance you would expect from a Drift Groundcover Rose. Quantities are limited, so check your local garden centers for availability.

Apricot Drift  Rose
Double apricot colored flowers begin in spring and display a season-long show of color. This rose works best in small gardens or along paths and walkways.

Coral Drift Rose
Bright, coral-orange blooms cover this small mounding shrub from mid-spring to mid-fall. The Coral Drift Rose has vibrant flowers that catch your eye from anywhere. Mix and match with similar or contrasting colors to really wow.

Knock Out  Roses:

Double Knock Out Rose
The Double Knock Out Rose has full double flowers that look just like a classic rose. It has beautiful cherry red flowers and is best suited for zones 5-11.

Sunny Knock Out Rose
The Sunny Knock Out Rose is the only fragrant variety in the Knock Out Rose series. It has a more upright habit with bright yellow flowers that fade to a pastel cream color. The yellow color stays more intense during cooler times of the year.

The History Of Roses

Roses have a long and colorful history. They have been symbols of love, beauty, war, and politics. The rose is, according to fossil evidence, 35 million years old. In nature, the genus Rosa has some 150 species spread throughout the Northern Hemisphere, from Alaska to Mexico and including northern Africa. Garden cultivation of roses began some 5,000 years ago, probably in China. During the Roman period, roses were grown extensively in the Middle East. They were used as confetti at celebrations, for medicinal purposes, and as a source of perfume. Roman nobility established large public rose gardens in the south of Rome. After the fall of the Roman Empire, the popularity of roses seemed to rise and fall depending on gardening trends of the time.

During the fifteenth century, the rose was used as a symbol for the factions fighting to control England. The white rose symbolized York, and the red rose symbolized Lancaster, as a result, the conflict became known as the „War of the Roses.“

Roses were in such high demand during the seventeenth century that royalty considered roses or rose water as legal tender, and they were often used as barter and for payments. Napoleon’s wife Josephine established an extensive collection of roses at Chateau de Malmaison, an estate seven miles west of Paris in the 1800s. This garden became the setting for Pierre Joseph Redoute’s work as a botanical illustrator. In 1824, he completed his watercolor collection „Les Rose,“ which is still considered one of the finest records of botanical illustration.

It wasn’t until the late eighteenth century that cultivated roses were introduced into Europe from China. Most modern-day roses can be traced back to this ancestry. These introductions were repeat bloomers, making them unusual and of great interest to hybridizers, setting the stage for breeding work with native roses to select for hardiness and a long bloom season. Many of these early efforts by plant breeders are of great interest to today’s gardeners.

Roses are once again enjoying a resurgence in popularity, specifically, shrub roses and old garden roses. Gardeners realize that these roses fit the lifestyle of today’s gardeners who want roses that are not as demanding with regard to disease control, offer excellent floral quality, have excellent winter hardiness, and fit into shrub borders and perennial gardens without seeming out of place.

To be successful in growing roses in Midwest gardens, one needs to be aware of some basic considerations. Attention to plant selection, a basic knowledge of the wide array of classes available, basic culture information, and information about potential disease and insect problems will go a long way in making roses an enjoyable addition to the garden.

This short guide to rose gardening will hopefully help sort through some of the confusion about roses and entice you to include one or more of these plants in your garden.