Lilac and lavender, roses and annual sweet-peas have distinctive and memorable scents.
Certain flowers bloomed at specific times in the Marian calendar, and monks, friars and nuns used them to meditate on and celebrate key events in Mary’s life.
As well as recent widespread interest in edible flowers by foodies, there also seems to be a related trend that involves bartenders putting flowers in drinks.
Japanese Beetles love roses, hollyhocks, crepe myrtle and hibiscus especially, and I dislike them with a passion for ruining my flowers.
When the United Nations met for the first time after World War II, each of the 50 members found one blossom of this symbolic rose in their hotel room.
Henry Ward Beecher wrote that "flowers have a mysterious and subtle influence upon the feelings."
If you are planning a Valentine's Day party, either for a crowd or for one special person, I have an idea for a floral centerpiece that is easy yet charming.
In July Americans celebrate Independence Day and the French celebrate Bastille Day so it seems appropriate to think about red, white and blue flowers.
Roses have diverse symbolic meanings and have been used as literary references since Shakespeare's time.
"Gardens in themselves are essentially poetic, works of art constructed in the language of nature" writes John Hollander in his anthology of "Garden Poems".