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".
There may be some flower gardeners on your gift list this December, and if so I can assure you, they love flower-related offerings.
Catnip, also known as Catmint, is aptly named. Cats love it, and it is a member of the mint family. This plant's botanical name is Nepeta.
The rose has been a recurring literary theme since the thirteenth century as a symbol of love. However, giving roses for Valentine's Day is a modern tradition.
Vita Sackville-West's luxuriant plantings create a setting of decadence and romance at the garden of Sissinghurst Castle.