Sunday, September 7, 2008

My Country Flowers

Be it the fragrant flowers or even wild flowers, all of them have been considered to be very important part of the Indian culture. Right from the history till date, one can trace back the uses of flowers in India. Ancient literature in India is replete with names of various flowers. Many mythologies also boast about the use of auspicious flower”Lotus”, which is today also considered as the National flower of India. The historical records prove the uses of various Indian flowers by the people for decoration themselves, the interiors or even as an inspiration for various arts and crafts. Let’s have a look into few of the flowers.

Lotus: It is sacred flower and occupies a unique position in the art and mythology of ancient India and has been an auspicious symbol of Indian culture since time immemorial. Lotus symbolizes divinity, fertility, wealth, knowledge and enlightenment. It holds additional significance for Hindus, as it is a symbol of God and used often in religious practices.

Rose: Roses top the favorite list of many florists, gardeners and flower enthusiasts. Roses come in an assortment of colors like red, yellow, white, pink, etc. Roses are delicate and need much care in growing them for landscape gardening. Like most other plants, roses need exposure to sunlight. Roses are bred by crossing old garden roses with more modern roses to achieve the superb fragrance, delicacy and charm of the old-style blooms and wide color range.

Sunflower: Sunflower is a symbol of peace and it is so brilliant that when one looks at it he remembers peace and sharing is beautiful. Wherever the sunflowers grow there seems to be a golden glow in air. People cannot ignore such a magical sight. People chose the sunflower as a symbol of peace and new life for the entire world to recognize and understand the side effects of war. Sunflowers are tall and bright. Sunflower has variety of uses right from health benefits to food items. The leaves are food for the animals; its yellow petals can turn plain cloth into gold while its seeds are used for food by all living beings.

Marigold: Marigold flower color ranges from yellow and gold to orange, red and mahogany. Several striped, bi color and creamy white cultivators are available. Marigold leaves are finely cut and fern like. They are used for color massing, edging, borders, cut flowers and container plantings. Most varieties bloom early summer until hard coolness. Marigolds require full sun and grow best in well-drained soil with plenty of organic matter.

Jasmine: The majority of species grow as climbers on other plants or on structures. They are often strongly or sweetly scented. The leaves can either be evergreen or deciduous and are opposite in most species. The shape of leaf is simple, trifoliate or pinnate with up to nine leaflets. Some claim that the daily consumption of Jasmine tea is effective in preventing certain cancers. Many species also yield an essential oil which is used in the production perfumes.


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