Lotus Pods

Posted on September 18, 2014 at 3:54pm by Rhonda No Comment

Lotus Pods Lotus seeds or lotus nuts are the seeds of plants in the genus Nelumbo. Few fun facts: The seeds are of great importance to East Asian cuisineand are used extensively in traditional Chinese medicine and in Chinese desserts. Raw lotus seeds are low in saturated fat, cholesterol, and sodium, and are a good…

National Grandparents Day

Posted on September 8, 2014 at 8:00am by Rhonda No Comment

The impetus for a National Grandparents Day originated with Marian McQuade, a housewife in Fayette County, West Virginia. Her primary motivation was to champion the cause of lonely elderly in nursing homes. She also hoped to persuade grandchildren to tap the wisdom and heritage their grandparents could provide. President Jimmy Carter, in 1978, proclaimed that National Grandparents…

Aster -September Birth Flower

Posted on September 1, 2014 at 8:00am by Rhonda No Comment

It’s estimated that there are more than 600 different species of these colorful wildflowers. Reminiscent of the daisy, asters can be found in North America, Europe, Asia and South America Colors and Symbolism Asters are associated with the qualities of faith, wisdom and valor. One of the most often selected colors of asters is purple. The…

Women’s Equality Day

Posted on August 26, 2014 at 8:00am by Rhonda No Comment

Women’s Equality Day August 26 At the behest of Rep. Bella Abzug (D-NY), in 1971 the U.S. Congress designated August 26 as “Women’s Equality Day.” The date was selected to commemorate the 1920 passage of the 19th Amendment to the Constitution, granting women the right to vote. This was the culmination of a massive, peaceful…

Poppies

Posted on August 20, 2014 at 8:00am by Rhonda No Comment

Poppies The “World’s Popular Encyclopedia” referred to Poppies as “common cornfield weed”. Popular is an understatement, as Poppies come in many, many varieties, and are native to many parts of the world, including Central and Southern Europe, China, India, and other parts of Asia. It’s popularity also stems from the diversity of it’s use. In…

Madagascar Periwinkle

Posted on August 15, 2014 at 8:00am by Rhonda No Comment

 Madagascar Periwinkle Vinca or Periwinkle is a prolific heat and drought tolerant annual, perfect for hot, dry areas. It’s easy to grow, and requires little or no attention. This plant is known by three names: Vinca, Periwinkle (or Madagascar Periwinkle), and Myrtle. . The plants are grown for its attractive glossy, green foliage, as well…

Friendship Day

Posted on August 3, 2014 at 8:00am by Rhonda No Comment

Friendship Day When : the first Sunday of August Friendship Day is a day to nurture relationships, new and old. It’s a really easy and fun day to celebrate.   Start the day by getting in touch with some old friends. Start early. Chances are, they know it’s Friendship Day. You want to beat them to the punch,…

Gladiolus August Birthflower

Posted on August 1, 2014 at 8:00am by Rhonda No Comment

Gladiolus August Birthflower The meaning of the Gladiolus is sincerity and symbolizes strength of character. Hidden message of the Gladiolus, so favored during the Victorian era was “Love at first sight”. Colors of the Gladiolus o Pink o Red o White o Yellow o Orange Definition of the Gladiolus: Any of numerous plants of the…

Water Lily

Posted on July 22, 2014 at 2:06am by Rhonda No Comment

The Water Lily, also known as Nymphaeaceae or “water lily family”, is a family of flowering plants and can be found throughout the world. The white water lily is the national flower of Bangladesh. Like other flowers, the Water Lily is rooted in soil, however it grows and floats in bodies of water. The leaves…

National Junk Food Day

Posted on July 21, 2014 at 3:09pm by Rhonda No Comment

National Junk Food Day    Always on July 21st For some of us, every day is Junk Food Day. For the rest of us, National Junk Food Day is an opportunity to guiltlessly eat your favorite junk food. Dietitians will tell you that junk food is any food that contains little nutritional value. We also…