Flowers and Their Purposes

Nature is truly one of the best examples of beauty we have in life. The sky, rainbows, the oceans, the trees, and flowers are all examples of the beauty we see daily. We all love flowers. They are a definition of beauty and grace to everyone, but do you know what else they can do? Flowers are not just made as bouquets or something to plant in a garden. In addition to being pleasing to the eye, flowers have their practical function as well which is a purpose greater than just being pleasing to the eye! Flowers can be used for medicinal needs and even are used in some of the products that you may use every day!  In the posts to come, I will share with you a few examples flowers can are more than just beautiful.

Bachelor’s Button or Cornflower 

Bachelor Button, ConeflowerBachelor’s Button is one of my favorite flowers, and  I grow them in my yard presently. This is a centuries-old flower that grows in the wild as well as cultivated gardens. This flower has a history that gave it the name, Bachelor’s Button. There was a time when it was worn by males and females to let others know that they were single and available to date. Due to the fact that they don’t grow much larger than a bud in size, they are similar in look to a button, hence the name, Bachelor’s Button. These flowers last long naturally, so it makes them a perfect choice to place in floral arrangements. These flowers are not only found in their beautiful blue, but also in shades of red, white, and pink. The Bachelor’s Button has many practical uses one of which is being used to make a natural blue dye. They are also an excellent to help treat ailments such as stomach problems and muscle aches. Next time you see this flower remember it is much more than just a beautiful sight! …Continue reading

Welcome to Discover Protea

Colorful Protea flowers happen to be among my favorites.Protea bouquet

They come in many forms, from tiny dwarf Protea flowers to Protea shrubs, and even large Protea trees. The Protea blooms range in size from two to twelve inches in diameter. Proteaceae as a plant family is so varietal that it challenged classification until 1735 when the Swedish botanist, Linnaeus, assigned this family a name. Linnaeus called this family ‘Proteaceae’ after the ‘Proteus’, who was the sea shepherd subject to the Greek god Poseidon. The name is an appropriate moniker for this plant that presents a breathtaking assemblage of contour, sizes, colors and textures. There are over 1,500 different species of this diverse family classified so far, although only about 160 are raised for commercial use.

For all of you fellow Harry Potter fans,

By adding “magnus”, the Latin word for “wizard”, to the word “animal as J.K. Rowling did coining the term “animagnus”: which boils down to a wizard who can become an animal. One of the first wizards to display this talent the Greek mythological figure Proteus.  Proteus had the talent to know the past, present, and future. He was often asked to make predictions, so in order to dodge people he would convert into an animal or other creature.  You are probably wondering where I am going with this, but something that changes shape is said to be ‘protean’. This is the word origin of the families in a floral group called Proteaceae. …Continue reading