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Amaryllis & Paper White Bulbs Are In!

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We have an assortment of Dutch Amaryllis Bulbs and Paper White Bulbs (narcissus) in for the holidays.

We typically start planting Amaryllis Bulbs starting the first full week continued into the second week of November. This timing will ensure beautiful blooms starting early to mid December taking you through the Christmas holiday.

Narcissus we generally plant 4 weeks from when you would like them to open, warmer temperatures and a lot of exposure to sunlight will generally speed up the blooming process.


Mulch In The Fall

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Installing mulch in the fall is a missed step most gardeners are guilty of, most view much as a spring or summer addition to the garden.

Applying a fresh layer of mulch in the fall months helps insulate soil and roots, keeping the plants and organisms alive longer. This will shorten the freezing cycle and will also allow you to skip the busy spring season and start the garden earlier.

Corpse Flower Ready To Bloom In New Hampshire

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HANOVER, N.H. (AP) — Just in time for Halloween, a rare "corpse flower" that gets its nickname from its putrid smell is expected to bloom next week at Dartmouth College's greenhouse.

Named Morphy, the titan arum is native to Sumatra's equatorial rainforests and has a long, pointy stalk with a skirt-like covering and tiny yellow flowers at its base. It blooms just for several days. When it does, it has an odor described as rotting flesh, a decaying animal or even soiled baby diapers.

The plant is decorated with bats, spiders and an arm reaching out of the soil, holding a sign that says, "Help me!" It's been growing several inches a day. By Friday morning, it reached 71.5 inches (1.82 meters).

Visitors can go to the greenhouse or see the plant on Dartmouth's webcam .

The 15-year-old lime green and burgundy plant last bloomed in 2016, and before that, in 2011. Last time, it reached a height of 7 feet, 6 inches (1.98 meters).

"The older a corpse plant gets, the more likely it's going to flower more often," greenhouse manager Kim DeLong said.

Morphy's getting bigger, too. DeLong said after the last bloom, the plant grew a large leaf that reached 10 feet (3 meters), nearly touching the greenhouse ceiling. The leaf stayed open for 13 months and was busy photosynthesizing and storing up energy.

Once the leaf died in June, greenhouse staff repotted Morphy's swollen underground tuber, which weighed 80 to 90 pounds (36 to 41 kilograms). In 2016, it was only about 30 pounds (14.6 kilograms).

https://www.troyrecord.com/news/national/corpse-flower-that-smells-like-dirty-diapers-to-bloom/article_80ec6431-9d2c-5771-a0f6-ec05957040b9.html

Mid Fall Collection Has Launched

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Check out our Mid Fall Floral Collection that has just gone live, we have an assortment of seasonal floral for the arrangements.

The one everyone seems to be in love with a the shop and social media is Saffron.

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Vibrant, spicy shades or oranges, peaches and silvery greens create a lush, foraged fall style. Bright pink hydrangeas are nestled with amaryllis, cymbidium orchids, anthirium and roses - popping against olive, eucalyptus, dogwood and magnolia greens.

Our Delivery Zone

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The photo above is our Delivery Zone, we hand deliver all of our arrangements to these cites and towns. We do not ship our flowers, if outside our delivery zone please call us at 617.720.2266 and we make arrangements,

https://www.rouvalisflowers.com/delivery-map/

The Floral at Princess Eugenie's Wedding

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While every detail of Princess Eugenie and Jack Brooksbank’s wedding ceremony was broadcast to 3 million people in the United Kingdom, their wedding reception was private, for family and friends only. Just the most basic details (like the evening party location, the Royal Lodge) were made public.

But Prince Andrew just gave more people a glimpse inside the über-exclusive party. He shared a slideshow of the ornate flower arrangements on Instagram.

The florals were created by Simon Lycett and Paul Thomas Flowers, using fall foliage and eco-friendly materials from Windsor Great Park. Prince Harry and Meghan Markle also used local flora from the park for their May 2018 nuptials.

“The flower arrangements displayed during the wedding reception for Princess Eugenie and Jack Brooksbank last Friday at Windsor Castle were created using autumnal foliage from Windsor Great Park and biodegradable oasis, following the couple’s autumnal theme and eco-friendly request,” Andrew wrote on Instagram.

One photo shows a vase of autumn roses from flower breeder David Austin, mixed with berries and colorful leaves. The next shot: a cascading arrangement of blooms and greenery, emerging from a pillar in a grand hall.

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But perhaps the most stunning photo of all is one of a staircase surrounded by indoor trees, which gave the night an “enchanted forest” feel.

Their flowers at St. George’s Chapel also embraced the season. Created by floral designer Rob Van Helden, the arrangements included roses, spray roses, hydrangeas, dahlias, berries, as well as limber trees.

Earlier this week, Buckingham Palace also released a photo of the couple’s red velvet and chocolate cake. The five-tier creation took more than 400 eggs to make.

The whole event, which reportedly lasted two days, sounds like it was quite a sight to behold


.https://www.vogue.com/article/princess-eugenie-and-jack-brooksbank-wedding-reception

Breathtaking Flower Dress How Too!

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This breathtaking flower dress will not only surprise your customers but also yourself! This beauty will attracts everyone’s attention. People will look twice and stop to make pictures. Guaranteed! The combination of the greens with the Lily, Hydrangea, Eryngium and Clematis is wonderful. Watch the video below to see how this breathtaking flower dress is made and be inspired!

Time: 70 – 100 minutes | Difficulty: medium (***)

Materials

  • Chicken wire

  • Mannequin

  • Knife

  • Secateurs

  • Iron wire

Flowers

  • 23 x Phoenix Roebelini

  • 8 x Ruscus Aculeatus

  • 12 x Leucothoe Walteri Rainbow

  • 10 x Eucalyptus Populifolia Berry Dyed

  • 5 x Clematis Amazing Kibo

  • 6 x Eryngium Orion

  • 22 x Lily Brindisi

  • 5 x Hydrangea Green/Burgundy

Steps For Making This Breathtaking Flower Dress:

  1. Wrap the chicken wire around the mannequin.

  2. Start with the Phoenix Roebelini to make the lower part of the dress. Push the stems trough the chicken wire and secure with iron wire if needed.

  3. Now add the Ruscus at the lower back of the dress.

  4. Use the Leucothoe to fill up the rest of the lower back and work your way up the spine towards the neck.

  5. Now use the Eucalyptus to create the base of the chest.

  6. Fill in the gaps on the chest with the Eryngium, Clematis and Hydrangea.

  7. Your breathtaking flower dress is now ready for use. Enjoy!


Genes Found In Snapdragons Responsible For Colors

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Snapdragons are charming tall plants, and flower in a range of bright colors. In Spain, where snapdragons grow wild, these flower colors show a remarkable pattern: When driving up a road from Barcelona to the Pyrenees, snapdragons of the species Antirrhinum majus bloom in magenta at the beginning of the road, before a population of yellow flowering snapdragons takes over -- separated by just a two kilometer long stretch in which flower colors mix. Such hybrid zones of snapdragons are quite infrequent; only a few others are known. But why don't the snapdragons mix, with yellow and magenta flowers growing together over a wide area? Nick Barton at the Institute of Science and Technology Austria (IST Austria), together with David Field, previously postdoc in Barton's group and now Assistant Professor at the University of Vienna, collaborated with molecular geneticists at the John Innes Center in Norwich to investigate the causes of this pattern. Writing in today's edition of PNAS, the scientists report that they identified the genes responsible for flower color difference from DNA sequence data.

"DNA sequencing is becoming cheaper and cheaper. But analyzing sequence data and interpreting the patterns seen is very hard," Nick Barton explains, "In this study, we used sequence data from Antirrhinum plants to locate the individual genes which are responsible for the difference in flower color across the hybrid zone." The researchers compared the genome sequence of 50 snapdragons of each color, and measured how much the sequences diverged between magenta and yellow snapdragon populations. By plotting a statistical measure of divergence between the two populations, they found "islands" in the genome which are more divergent between yellow and magenta snapdragons than the rest of the genome. In the snapdragons, these islands correspond to genes responsible for flower color. The recent paper focuses on two of those genes, which determine the magenta pigment, and are located close together on the genome.

How the sharp difference between yellow and magenta populations is maintained was the subject of the PhD thesis by Tom Ellis in Nick Barton's lab. Through observations both in the field and in experiments at IST Austria, he found that bees prefer to pollinate the most common color flowers in a population: in magenta populations, bees mostly pollinate magenta flowers, in yellow populations, bees mostly pollinate yellow flowers. This selection in favour of the commonest type keeps the hybrid zone sharp, and prevents exchange of genes that are linked to the flower color genes.

In the current study, the researchers wanted to know how the two snapdragon populations become different. They found two reasons why the snapdragon populations diverge at the flower color genes. Firstly, selection has favoured new variants at the color genes that make the flowers more attractive to bees -- causing these genes to sweep through the population, and leaving a sharp signal in the DNA sequences. Secondly, the flower genes become barriers to gene exchange. Any genes located close to or even between the flower genes cannot easily be swapped between the populations, and so the region of genome around the genes that determine flower color become divergent.

"Even with abundant DNA sequence data, it is often difficult to find exactly why species are different. Our study is the culmination of years of work, combining fieldwork and population genetics with genetic crosses, and analysis of gene expression," explains Nick Barton.

https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2018/10/181008183355.htm