5 most popular flowers to give on Valentine’s Day

5 most popular flowers to give on Valentine’s Day

For centuries, people have been giving flowers to the objects of their affection on Valentine’s Day. This tradition began when Charles II introduced the Person language of flowers to Europe in the 170…

A helpful guide: What flowers last the longest?

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What do calla lilies represent?

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You'll be hard pressed to find a more unusual flower with such a deeply rooted cultural and historical significance as the calla lily. Surely you've seen this blossom before – it's a popular choice for weddin…

8 nontraditional flowers that your girlfriend will love

8 nontraditional flowers that your girlfriend will love

With Valentine's Day fast approaching, there's no doubt that flowers are on the minds of many boyfriends, husbands and even secret admirers. After all, a bouquet of blooms is traditionally one of the most popular gifts on this holiday. Still, who says that you have to get red roses for this occasion? The idea is to give her an arrangement that is as unique and special as she is. So this year, try going an alternative route and choosing some non-traditional flowers that demonstrate your appreciation in an different way. Even if you have another idea for a Valentine's Day gift, these bouquets are still a great way to surprise your sweetheart and show you care.

Here are eight unusual blooms to consider:

  1. White daisy chrysanthemums – These pure white flowers are perfect for a cheerful lady in your life. Plus, when complemented with red carnations and fresh greenery, they still look perfectly festive for the holiday.
  2. Pink tulips – For the hopeless romantic, pink tulips are ideal. These blooms have a demure and feminine vibe and are especially appropriate at this time of year since Spring is right around the corner. Along with delicate white alstroemeria and variegated pittosporum, you have a bouquet that will blossom as remarkably as your love for each other.
  3. White roses – There is something innately breathtaking about white roses, which evoke the image of a charming country cottage with their snowy petals. Mixed with delicate lavender waxflower and green pitta negra, these flowers look particularly fetching. Consider a bouquet that features a satin ribbon for some extra flair.
  4. Lilies – Some girls like to make a bold statement with their style and their attitude. Go for a topiary bouquet of enormous pink asiatic lilies, pale pink carnations, variegated pittosporum and white statice in a white French country pot for this kind of girlfriend. Such an over-the-top arrangement will definitely show that she's your one and only. Or, you could go an all white route with asiatic lilies, alstroemeria, miniature carnations and hydrangeas – a safe bet that's bound to bring a smile to her face. Stargazer lilies are equally stunning, and come in rich hues like magenta and wine, making them a great match for Valentine's Day lilies.
  5. Gerbera daisies – Fashion-forward women are always ahead of the curve, so a traditional bouquet simply won't do. Opt for mini Gerbera daisies in bright hues like pink and orange, which are definitely an eye-catching alternative to the typical choices. Add in yellow carnations, lush green hydrangeas and green button mums and you have an eccentric bouquet that is as trendy as your special someone. Taffeta ribbon and raffia can provide a stylish finishing touch to this vibrant arrangement.
  6. Purple tulips – Purple is the color of passion, so you can't go wrong with tulips in this hue for Valentine's Day. These blossoms will serve as a constant reminder of your devotion, and are a refreshing change from the typical pink and red blooms on this holiday. Plus, purple symbolizes royalty, so a bouquet in this color suggests that you consider your lady to be a cut above the rest.
  7. Gardenias – These lovely blossoms don't just look beautiful – they also smell heavenly. Their enchanting shape and elegant white color make them a good choice for a lady with refined tastes.
  8. Orchids – When it comes to flowers, you cannot get more exotic than orchids. The best part about these striking blooms? They can last for weeks at a time, meaning they'll bring your girlfriend joy far past when the holiday is over.

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Priceless African water lily theft from London’s Kew Gardens!

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Priceless water lily theft from London’s Kew Gardens

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Citation: originally reported in a January 14th, 2014 article on CNN.com.

Excerpts from the article are posted below:

A thief has stolen a rare species of African waterlily, the ‘thermal’ lily (Nymphaea thermarum), one of the rarest plants in the world, from the world famous Royal Botanic Gardens at Kew in London, England.

Police said, the plant, of which only a handful of specimens still exist in the wild, was stolen from a lily pond. The thief is thought to have dug or pulled it from the damp, temperature-controlled mud it needs to survive.Kew Gardens is one of only two places in the world to cultivate this plant, and there were only 30 plants on display, London’s Metropolitan Police said. They cite its value as “priceless” because of its rarity.

The stolen plant may have been easier to sneak out of the botanic garden, which has its own security, because of its small size. The plant’s bright green lily pads can measure as little as 1 centimeter (less than half an inch) across, and its white flower with yellow stamen is barely bigger than a fingernail.

World's tiniest waterlily
Photo credit: Andrew McRobb, RBG Kew

The Nymphaea thermarum was discovered in 1987 by German botanist Eberhard Fischer at a thermal freshwater spring in Mashyuza, Rwanda – the only known location in the wild. However, over-exploitation of this hot spring meant the fragile habitat dried up, and the water lily died out there in about 2008.

It was brought back from the brink of extinction only by the efforts of experts at Bonn Botanic Garden in Germany, where a number of living examples had been taken, and the Royal Botanic Gardens in Kew, which succeeded in propagating the delicate plant in 2009. After a number of failed attempts, horticulturist Carlos Magdalena at Kew discovered the secret of growing the rare species of African waterlily – bringing it back from the brink of extinction. He realized that unlike all other water lilies, the Nymphaea thermarum grows in warm mud rather than water, and so found a way to replicate its native habitat using pots of damp loam surrounded by water kept at precisely 25 degrees Celsius (77 F) – just as had occurred by the thermal spring. Only then did the seedlings flourish and develop into adult plants, according to Kew.

For a couple of years, the only living examples of the water lily were found in Bonn and London. Now, a few plants are again found in the wild in Rwanda, according to Kew Gardens, but the Nymphaea thermarum remains critically endangered.

Richard Barley, director of horticulture at Kew Gardens, said the police had been called in after the theft was discovered Thursday. The staff is “dedicated to the conservation of plants, and when incidents of this nature occur it is a blow to morale,” he said. “We take theft of our invaluable scientific collection of plants very seriously.” According to the Kew Gardens’ website, the plant has no common name because of its scarcity but has become known unofficially by its staff as the “pygmy Rwandan water lily.” It “has always been so rare that no uses have ever been known,” it adds.

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