Ethiopian Flower Farming in Trouble

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Ethiopia is seeking new buyers for their fresh cut flowers, as worldwide economic problems are affecting it’s main buyer, the Netherlands.
The head of the state-run Horticulture Development Association, Tsegaye Abebe, said at a recent news conference that the Netherlands bought nearly 65% of the flowers exported by their country. He went on to say, “But the recession affecting the European …


Signs of Spring on the Gulf Coast

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Small trees called Redbuds are just starting to bloom along the Gulf Coast. These are most popularly known as Judas trees, in connection to the myth about Judas, where he hung himself on such a tree. They do not just allude to myth, but are a sign of spring in this part of the United States.
This plant is a moderate …


Photographing Flowers in the Winter

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For those who like to photograph flowers, winter is a long and tedious season to get through. It takes a bit of feeling for adventure and patience to find subject matter. But those who like to take pictures of bright and colourful flowers need to start thinking of creating an indoor patio studio.
Sometimes, when you have taken a lot of …


Observing Flowers to Combat Climate Change

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As part of a nationwide initiative to follow climate change, thousands of volunteers are getting ready to take part in project to track the time of flowering, leafing and other parts of the plant life cycle.
This initiative, called Project BudBurst, has seen a lot of success and is now in it’s second year. Students, gardeners and other citizens across the …


A Breath of Italy at the Philadelphia Flower Show

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The Philadelphia Flower Show is changing things up a little even in these tough economic times.
This years show is to be held at the Pennsylvania Convention Center, the theme is going to be “Bella Italia.” Retail space is being added to the elaborate flower displays and the overflowing horticultural marketplace. Most importantly, the show is to promote the museum exhibits …


Mayor Donated Salary for Flowers

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In Torrington, Connecticut, Mayor Ryan Bingham is setting a good example for other politicians. He has donated most of his yearly wages toward the city’s “Streetscape” fund, which finances the flowers hanging over the city streets. Bingham has been doing this ever since he was voted into the office.
Bingham took office in 2005, at that time he was paid $81,838, …


East Asian Games Welcomed With Flower Show

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According to the Hong Kong government website, the Hong Kong Flower Show 2009 will be themed “Blossoming Welcome for the East Asian Games.” The show is to be held on March 13th.
This year’s theme flower will be Cosmos, and the show will be organized by the Leisure and Cultural Services Department of Hong Kong. The venue of the show will …


Darwin's Love for Orchids

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Orchids are a flower that have a place in most people’s hearts, regardless of whether or not they are gardeners. They are colourful, eye-catching and unforgettable. They were also a fascination of Charles Darwin. He wrote in his book, “On the Various Contrivances By Which British and Foreign Orchids are Fertilized By Insects”:
“In my examination of Orchids hardly any fact …


Attending Flower Shows

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Flowers shows can teach you a lot, but not all of what you see needs to be taken at face-value. Attending a flower show can put you under the impression that spring is a lot closer than it truly is.
You might get the urge to plant some flower and plants that are not even close to being in season, or …


Alaska as a Flower Center

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Alaska is a state that is often forgotten about, and a very unlikely candidate for becoming a flower growing center, as most people would believe.
However, scientist Pat Holloway thinks differently, at a gardening conference she discussed the economic advantages Alaska could have in the global flower trade.
The secret to this advantage is peonies. Peonies are found just about everywhere — …