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What's In A Name
February 13, 2017

Happy middle week of February.

The winter storm we were supposed to get, started out as rain.

Some spots even a thunder shower.

The temperatures dropped dramatically and then.......

We got a bunch of nothing.

Well, we did have some wind and a couple of pretty cold nights.

I think I would rather have the epic winter from a couple years ago, then this wimpy season.

If you haven't signed up for the Cornell's Great Backyard Bird Count, you can click the link and do so.

The count will be held February 17-20 this year

As amateur scientists, your counts matter and help in many ways.

Besides, it get you outside, or looking out a window for a short time.

Get your mind off your worries and into nature.

Happy Valentines Day (February 14).

I have no clue where it started, I still think a bunch of merchants got together to find a way to get more of your money.

If it sparks a romance or two, who am I to say anything.

Red Lobster will be happy to see us.

Pictured below are the two lovers we have around here.

We have two Love birds too, if that counts.

This week is a bit different.

With Valentines Day, and a fortune of flowers to be given to friends and sweethearts, I did a bit of research and discovered there is a meaning behind the name of almost every flower out there.

It may not seem so, but I am giving you a truncated list of some of the more popular flowers

Flower meanings are a source of inspiration for romantic couples.

For example, red roses are a flower of love.

Some of your most beloved flowers have a meaning that isn't so kind.

I digress.

Different flower types, the meanings of flowers and what they symbolize can add an emotional or spiritual dimension to your choice in floral arrangements and your gardens.

You can express your deepest love and intimacy and the perfect secret love language just for the two of you and add on from there as a family grows.

Flowers are also one of the most touching gifts to receive from someone and the oldest means to express emotions and show your gratitude, love, affection and even sympathy.

When possible, I like to give live flowering plants for most occasions.

Not because a certain plant's name means something special, because a certain plant my have characters, or color an individual likes or liked.

Then again, it may have a special name too.

Flowering plants can live for years and years in a garden, reminding friends or family of a lost or new loved one.

I don't know who named all the flowers and plants and their meanings, I will share a few with you.

Really, this is a short list.

What's In a Name.


Acacia: Concealed Love, Beauty in Retirement, Chaste Love, Platonic Love

Agapanthis: Immortality

Ambrosia: The Love Given is Reciprocated

Arbutus: I Love Only Thee

Aster: Symbol of Love, Daintiness, Contentment, Unpredictability

Baby's Breath: Pure heart, Happiness, Festivity

Bamboo: Strength, Loyalty

Bluebell: Humility, Constancy, Delicacy

Ladies, pay attention to Camellia and men you can never go wrong with carnations.

Camellia: Graciousness, Steadfastness, Excellence, Good luck gift for a man

Carnation: Fascination, Woman Love, Pure Love

Chrysanthemum: A Wonderful Friend, Cheerfulness, Rest

Cyclamen: Resignation, Good-bye

Now who new this about daffodils.

Daffodil: Unrequited Love, Your The Only One, Chivalry, Regard

Daisy: Innocence, Loyal Love, I'll Never Tell, Purity, Innocence

Are you a fan of geraniums?

Gladiolus, now there is a flower.

Forget me not: True Love, Good Memories, Faithful, Remember Me Forever

Gardenia: You're Lovely, Secret Love, Joy

Geranium: Stupidity, Folly, Comfort

Gladiolus: Flower of the Gladiators, Sincerity, Strength Of Character

Now here is a a couple of oxymorons (is that the right word).

Hydrangea: Frigidity, Heartlessness, Vanity, Thank You for Understanding

Larkspur: Infidelity, Fickleness, Open Heart, Beautiful Spirit

Lily-White: Virginity, Purity, Majesty, It's Heavenly to be with You

Magnolia: Perseverance, Nobility, Dignity, Splendid Beauty

Monkshood: Beware, A Deadly Foe is Near

Nasturtium: Conquest, Patriotism, Victory in Battle

Mock Orange: Deceit

Peony: Healing, Happy Life, Happy Marriage

Petunia: Resentment, Anger, Your Presence Soothes Me

Poppy: Eternal Sleep, Oblivion, Imagination, Dreaminess

Primrose: I Can't Live Without You, Young Love

Of course there are the roses.

Rose-Pink: Perfect Happiness, Please Believe Me

Rose-Red: Love, I Love You

Rose-Tea: I'll Remember Always

Rose-Thornless: Love at First Sight

Rose-White: Innocence, Purity, I am Worthy of You, You're Heavenly

Rose-Yellow: Decrease of Love, Jealousy, Try to Care

Rosebud: Beauty, Youth, A Heart Innocent of Love

I'll close with a few more flowers.

Snapdragon: Gracious Lady, Presumption, Deception

Stock: Bonds of Affection, You'll Always Be Beautiful to Me, Promptness

Tulip: Love, Symbol of the Perfect Lover

Violet: Modesty, Faithfulness, Simplicity

Zinnia: Lasting Affection, Remembrance

How is that for "Flower Power"?

Well, it is time to fly for now.

Before I go, here is your positive thought for the week.

God Bless.

Love always creates, it never destroys. In this lies man's only promise.

And another one.

Find the person who will love you because of your differences and not in not in spite of them and you have found a lover for life.

Leo Buscaglia

I so enjoy Mr. Buscaglia's quotes, A man I would've loved to have met.

Following our theme,

Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no account of wrongs. Love takes no pleasure in evil, but rejoices in the truth. Love takes no pleasure in evil, but rejoices in the truth. It bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. Love never fails.

faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.

1 Corinthians 13: 3-8 and 13

"Treat the earth well:

It was not given to you by your parents,

It was loaned to you by your children.

We do not inherit the Earth from our

Ancestors, we borrow it from our Children."

Ancient Indian Proverb.

Your friend indeed,

Ron Patterson

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Better yet, have them sign up so they can receive their own letters.

Gardening For Wildlife.

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