Thursday, December 31, 2009

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    * 1 Science
    * 2 Sports
    * 3 Places
    * 4 Arts
    * 5 Education
    * 6 Other
    * 7 See also

Center or centre (from the Greek κέντρον /kentron/) (see American and British English spelling differences) may refer to:
[edit] Science

    * Center (algebra), uses of "center" in algebra
    * Center of gravity (military)
    * Center (group theory), in abstract algebra, the subgroup consisting of those elements which commute with all other elements
    * Center of mass
    * Center of symmetry, in geometry, a point that is well-distant from the boundary of a figure
    * Geometric center
    * Centre (geometry), the middle of an object
    * Graph center, the vertices in a graph that minimize the maximal distance from all other vertices

[edit] Sports

    * Center (American football), a position in American and Canadian football
    * Center (Australian Rules Football), a position in AFL
    * Centre Back, a position in Association football
    * Center (basketball), a position in basketball
    * Centre forward (also known as Striker), a position in Association football and Water Polo
    * Centre (ice hockey), a position in ice hockey
    * Centre (rugby league), a position in rugby league
    * Centre (rugby union), a position in rugby union
    * Center fielder, often called "center", a position in baseball

[edit] Places

    Note that spelling differences for toponyms are not acceptable in both American and British usages, unless the place name is translated from a language not written with the Latin alphabet, or there is an unambiguous local usage pronounced very differently between American English and British English.

Place names spelled Center

    * Center, Celje, Slovenia, a neighbourhood
    * Center, Maribor, Slovenia, a district
    * Center, Colorado, United States, a city
    * Center, Indiana, United States, a town
    * Center, Jay County, Indiana, United States
    * Center, Kentucky, United States, a town
    * Center, Missouri, United States, a city
    * Center, Nebraska, United States, a city
    * Center, North Dakota, United States, a city
    * Center, Outagamie County, Wisconsin, United States, a town
    * Center, Portland, Oregon, United States, a neighborhood
    * Center, Rock County, Wisconsin, United States, a town
    * Center, Texas, United States, a city
    * Center, Washington

Place names spelled Centre

    * Centre, Alabama, United States, a city
    * Centre (region), an administrative region in France
    * Centre, Haiti, an administrative region
    * Centre Region, Cameroon
    * Centre Region, Burkina Faso

[edit] Arts

    * Tonic (music), in tonal music, the central or most important pitch
    * Center (music band), a famous Russian-speaking band

[edit] Education

    * Centre College, a liberal arts college in Danville, Kentucky, United States

[edit] Other

    * Area Control Center, an Air Traffic Control facility covering a large region of airspace not associated with a particular airport
    * The Center, a paranormal organization in the Martin Mystery series
    * Centers (Fourth Way), a human biological, psychological and spiritual nexus of energy process, equivalent to the concept of a Chakra
    * Lathe center, used in machining operations
    * Centrism, the middle ground between the left wing and the right wing
    * Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender Community Center, a New York City non-profit organization commonly known as the Center

[edit] See also

    * Center Township (disambiguation)
    * Central (disambiguation)
    * Centre Party (disambiguation)
    * The Centre (disambiguation)

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Sunday, December 27, 2009

Paper Flowers Are Forever By Jane A Morris Platinum Quality Author

Making paper flowers can be fun for everyone from a young age into your older years and this craft is showing up again as in Victorian times. Paper flowers are only limited by ones creativity. In our world today, there seems to be very little opportunity for developing minds and talents, but there are a few people in our society that are using this art to express their own creativity and the art of making paper flowers is coming back in full force.  Paper flower making was always one of my favorite crafts as a child and it still is.
Paper flowers are not costly and can be made for any occasion. These magnificent works of art can last you a lifetime. It wasn't long ago I heard a story from a friend about how her mother a few months earlier had been going through an old chest that contained her wedding memories and she found her wedding bouquet it was a little faded and a little bit crushed but it was still was as pretty as when she had gotten married 63 years earlier. To make a long story short the flowers were made of paper.
Making paper flowers are simple to make and can be as beautiful as the ones Mother Nature has provided if not prettier because you can add glitter and shine to your paper flowers. If you want them to look more like the real thing then don't make the petals or leaves perfect every time because you want them to look unique each time as the ones in nature are not the same shape on every flower. Making your own paper flowers can be a great way to substitute for the natural expensive flower bouquets, especially since the real ones don't last more than about a week and your creations can last forever and when you do get tired of them you can recycle them which makes them eco-friendly too.
If you enjoy doing crafts, making paper flowers is only limited by your imagination. They can be made into wedding decorations, prom corsages and decorations, home décor centerpieces, package decorations, and party decorations etc. You can also add scent to your paper flowers to make a room smell good, all you need to do is add a drop of oil fragrance to a flower petal. These are only a few ways to use your artistic talent for making paper flowers.  
I also found an article on the Internet that says Chanel used paper flowers for headpieces for their models, adorned some of their garments, and also as decorations for the stairway going to the catwalk for their models. This is a very interesting fact if designers are using paper flowers in their décor then this tells me that this craft is really making a come back this year and maybe for some years to come.
You can make paper flowers with crepe paper, tissue paper, mulberry paper that is also eco friendly because it is made from the bark of the mulberry tree and does not harm the trees because it is stripped from the trees and the bark will grow back, and there are also other types of paper that you can use. They can be any color that you want them to be.  You can scent them with different scents or embellish them with a little paint or markers or you can add different types of jewels by gluing them on to the flowers.  There are many types of flowers that can be made in all different sizes and styles.
If you need thicker crepe paper or paper that is one color on one side and another color on the other side then you want to use what is called duplex paper but it may be hard to find. If you cannot find any I wrote an article on how to make duplex crepe paper and you can find the article on E-zine articles.
This may be a good year to learn how to make paper flowers they do not cost nearly as much as the real thing to decorate with and they will last a lot longer and can be used over and over again if need be and it will be you that gets the praise for how good they look since you were the one that created them. You cam make a lot of paper flowers and have them blooming all over the place, just like the real thing in the springtime.  Have fun and be creative!

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Penggolongan Adenium

Penggolongan Adenium

Adenium merupakan suatu genus yang berada dalam famili Apocynaceae. Jadi, adenium masih sekeluarga dengan Plumeria, Nerium, Pachypodium ataupun Allamanda

Dari berbagai literatur, diketahui bahwa ada beberapa cara penggolongan Adenium. Ada yang menganggap suatu jenis sebagai species, ada yang menganggapnya sebagai subspecies (varietas).

Menurut definisi spesies, mereka tidak bisa kawin dan menghasilkan keturunan dengan species lain, kalau bisa sangatlah sulit. Inilah yang terjadi dengan berbagai species Adenium yaitu mereka sangat sulit untuk dapat menghasilkan keturunan dari persilangan antar spesies.

Jenis-jenis tersebut antara lain:

a. Adenium obesum
b. Adenium multiflorum
c. Adenium oleifolium
d. Adenium somalense
e. Adenium swazicum
f. Adenium boehmianum
g. Adenium arabicum
h. Adenium socotranum

Adenium obesum (Desert Rose)

Ditemukan di daerah Afrika, di sebelah selatan gurun Sahara dari Senegal sampai Sudan dan juga Kenya. Warna normal bunga-nya adalah pink sampai merah. Karena ditanam dari biji, maka muncul varietas-varietas baru yang sangat beragam bentuk penampilannya, bentuk bunga, ataupun bentuk daunnya. Oleh berbagai nursery di Thailand dan Taiwan , varietas baru ini dipilih dan dikembangkan secara intensif. Varietas pilihan ini diberi nama masing-masing dan lebih banyak dikembangkan sebagai batang atas untuk grafting, sedangkan batang bawah diperoleh dari biji warna pink karena paling mudah dikembangkan biji-nya.

Tidak mempunyai masa dorman yang jelas, sehingga pertumbuhannya cukup cepat. Secara umum merupakan steril jika penyerbukan sendiri, sehingga seringkali tak terjadi penyerbukan saat tanaman tersebut sendirian.

Adenium multiflorum (sabi star)

Ditemukan di Afrika bagian selatan di sisi timur, seperti Mozambik dan Afrika Selatan bagian Timur. Tumbuh tinggi dan bercabang dengan daun yang lebar. Bonggolnya tidak membesar, tapi mempunyai batang dan akar yang membesar. Mempunyai masa dorman yang cukup panjang (lebih dari 4 bulan), saat masa itulah jenis ini akan berbunga (2-4 bulan) dengan tanpa daun.

Banyak adenium hibrida yang punya sedikit “darah” multiflorum karena bunga-nya yang memang sangat cantik. Bunganya putih dengan garis merah di pinggirnya. Namun keturunannya sering kali malas berbunga dan batangnya terlalu panjang sehingga pemilihan secara intensif terus dilakukan.

Adenium oleifolium

Ditemukan di gurun Kalahari yaitu perbatasan antara Namibia , Botswana dan Afrika selatan. Daunnya sempit, panjang dan hampir paralel di kedua sisi dengan warna mengkilap. Bunga-nya kecil tapi berbiji cukup besar. Cukup mudah untuk menumbuhkannya, sayang pertumbuhannya sangat lambat. Bonggolnya cukup kecil jika dibanding jenis lain.

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Adenium somalense

Ditemukan di Somalia selatan sampai Tanzania , dan Kenya . Ukurannya bervariasi dari kecil sampai setinggi 5m. Bunganya lebih kecil dari obesum dengan warna pink sampai merah tua. Pola strip dari pinggir menuju corong merupakan ciri khas somalense. Jenis ini biasa disilangkan dengan obesum sehingga sebagian “darahnya” terkandung dalam kebanyakan adenium hibrida saat ini.
Adenium somalense var. crispum
Jenis ini cukup beda dengan somalense asli. Tanaman ini sangat kompak dengan daun yang memanjang dan bergelombang. Perumbuhannya cukup lambat dengan bonggol yang tidak begitu membesar yang tumbuh di dalam tanah.

Adenium swazicum

Ditemukan di pesisir timur Afrika bagian selatan seperti di pesisir timur Afrika Selatan , Swaziland , dan perbatasan Afrika selatan dan Mozambik. Mempunyai bentuk daun yang sempit dan panjang dengan warna lebih muda dari kebanyakan jenis lain. Bunga-nya berwarna magenta hingga ungu muda. Jenis ini mudah berbunga dan kompak tapi sangat sulit untuk berbiji. Bisa juga digunakan sebagai pejantan untuk persilangan dengan obesum. Hibrida dari jenis ini akan rajin berbunga dibanding hibrida jenis lain. Seperti halnya obesum, memiliki masa tumbuh yang panjang jika terdapat kondisi hangat dan diberi air cukup.

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Adenium boehmianum

Ditemukan di Namibia dan Angola yaitu di sisi barat atau sisi kebalikan dari ditemukannya Swazicum. Mempunyai bunga yang serupa dengan swazicum tapi mempunyai daun yang panjang dan lebar. Jika dibandingkan dengan semua jenis adenium, daun boehmianum merupakan yang paling besar. Mempunyai masa tumbuh yang sangat pendek dan pada masa itulah muncul bunga yang lebih kecil dari bunga swazicum. Jenis ini juga hanya berdaun saat masa tumbuh tersebut, sedangkan saat dorman daunnya akan rontok. Bonggolnya sama sekali tidak membesar dan pertumbuhannya lambat.

Adenium arabicum

Ditemukan di sebelah selatan dan barat semenanjung Arab. Spesies ini mempunyai bonggol yang sangat besar bercabang banyak dengan daun yang tebal. Bunga-nya berwarna pink cerah. Jenis ini biasa ditanam dari biji untuk mendapatkan bentuk bonggol yang besar. Adenium arabicum mempunyai masa dorman yang jelas, meski ada jenis arabicum tertentu yang daunnya tidak berguguran saat dorman.

Di Thailand, sudah diadakan pemilihan sedemikian rupa sehingga muncul varietas-varietas baru dengan varietas asli biasa diberi nama Yak Saudi. Varietas baru itu antara lain: Ra Chee Ni Pan Dok (RCN), Petch Na Wang (PNW), Petch Muang Kong (PMK), Black Giant, Black Knight,Yak Kaset, Yak Lop Bu Ri, Yak Sim Bu Ri, Yak Bang Yai dan yang paling baru adalah RCN Double flower atau Tub Tim Thong Chai.

Adenium socotranum

Adenium socotranum ditemukan di Pulau Socotra Yaman (sebelah selatan semenanjung Arab). Mudah dikenali dari struktur batangnya yang menjulang yang membesar di atas permukaan tanah. Sebagian akarnya tumbuh di atas permukaan tanah sehingga membuatnya makin indah. Tanaman setinggi beberapa meter dapat mempunyai bonggol dengan diameter 2,4 m. Merupakan yang terbesar di antara jenis lain. Mempunyai bunga berwarna pink dan dua kali ukuran multiflorum.

Di Thailand sudah berkembang anakan dari jenis ini yang dinamai Thai Socotranum. Kemudian berbagai varietas baru ditemukan, antara lain: Golden Crown, Diamond Crown, Petch Ban Na, S1, dan Kao Hin Zon. Namun orang barat sering menyebut Thai Soco ini sebagai Socotranum palsu karena sebenarnya merupakan jenis Arabicum. Mana yang benar? meneketehe....

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Funeral Flowers, II

Funerals are very mournful events that pass most people have to endure at different times in their lives. Taking care of funeral arrangements can cause a lot of stress and may tire just about anyone. A very helpful way to lessen stress in this time of mourning is by ordering funeral flowers online.
Since funerals are a time of mourning, funeral flower arrangements are different from other kinds of flower arrangements. If tradition is to be followed, it is advised that only certain kinds of flower arrangements should be sent to the mourning family of the person who passed away.
There are different kinds of floral arrangements that are used in funerals. Sprays are used as displays over the casket. Crosses and wreaths are used as freestanding displays which are placed around the room where the casket is located. These kinds of flower arrangements are not usually used outside the funeral homes. It is not advisable to send these kinds of flower arrangements to private homes or residences.
There are different varieties of flower types that are used for any kind of funeral flower arrangement. The most common and traditionally used flowers are roses and carnations. These are a favorite because they set a much serious tone compared to other flowers.
Other flowers that are used or mixed with roses and carnations are lilies, gerbera daisies, delphiniums, and asters. These flowers are added to the traditional rose or carnation to make arrangements that help lighten the mood due to their diversity in size and color. These flowers add a more vibrant and positive ambience for a loved one’s passing.
To ensure an organized display of flower arrangements, it is recommended that funeral flower packages be ordered. These flower packages can include matching groups of sprays, pedestal arrangements, and casket lid arrangements. With a diverse selection of flowers available, it’s easy to find flowers that fit the mood of the funeral, which can be based on the personality and the life achievements of the one who has passed away.
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Tuesday, December 15, 2009

The Latest Wedding Flower Trends - Fresh Details For Bridal Bouquets By Elizabeth Reuth Platinum Quality Author

Bridal bouquets have been the mainstay of wedding flowers from the time of antiquity. Brides have carried bouquets since the times of the ancient Greeks when wedding bouquets of herbs were carried to ward off bad spirits. Wedding bouquets continued to evolve through the Victorian age when many flowers were placed in bridal bouquets because of their meaning. These days, the bridal bouquet is still the focal point of wedding flowers and it is undoubtedly every bride's best accessory.
Just as the use of herbs and flowers in wedding bouquets has evolved, so have other details of the bridal bouquet. With fresh new designs for wedding flowers, bridal bouquets are becoming more and more unique and personalized. Wedding flowers are an excellent way to show your style and put some distinctive touches on your wedding ceremony and reception décor.
So, how do you make your bridal bouquet stand out? Read on and discover the most inventive new ideas for bridal bouquets and decide which fresh trend is right for your wedding flowers.
Here’s what’s new in bridal bouquets:
Monograms are becoming very popular for all aspects of weddings including wedding flowers. The monogram is generally of the groom’s last name, but can be a combination of the groom’s initials and the bride’s initials.
Monograms can be featured with wedding flowers in a few different ways. Bridal bouquets wrapped with ribbon and fabric can display monograms embroidered onto the fabric or sewn onto the fabric with beads or rhinestones. Bouquets can also feature monograms created with wire or piping. Monograms are a great way for brides and grooms to show pride in their family names and add personalization to their wedding flowers.
Different Textures
Today’s wedding flowers feature a variety of different blooms and other items that combine together to create exquisite textures that add a bit of the unexpected to bridal bouquets. The simplest way to add varying textures to your wedding flowers is to use several different types and shapes of flowers mixed together. Keeping in mind which wedding flowers are in season for your wedding, choose flowers that compliment each other with different textures. Flowers with varying textures like carnations and roses or spider mums and calla lilies lend contrast to bridal bouquets.
Another way to add a bit of texture to your wedding flowers is to use some non-traditional items in your bouquet. Shells, fruit, pinecones, feathers, leaves and berries are some unconventional items that you can use to add texture to your wedding flowers.
Breakaway Bouquets
A fresh and clever idea in wedding flowers, breakaway bouquets are gaining in popularity for creative brides. Made up of any type of flower, breakaway bouquets appear to be one large bouquet, but are actually composed of three separate bouquets. The bride will carry the large combined bouquet down the aisle and then she’ll break the three bouquets apart and they’ll be used as other wedding flowers.
Of the three bouquets, one is usually used for the bouquet toss, another is for the bride to keep and the third is for the bride to give as a special gift to a friend or loved one. Breakaway bouquets add a unique touch to traditional wedding flowers.
Bright Colors
Another sweeping trend for wedding flowers is the use of bright colors in bridal bouquets. Though many brides still stick with traditional shades of white and cream for their bouquets, the freshest wedding flowers feature vivid hues like bright orange, hot pink, electric purple and magenta.
Bright colors can easily be used in combination together to make up a bouquet with citrus hues or bold purples and pinks. These colors can also be used alone as a single color bouquet or can be part of a monochromatic bouquet mixed with more muted shades.
As the focal point of the wedding flowers, your bridal bouquet can set the theme for your wedding with the details that you select. Monogramming, funky textures, a creative breakaway option or a splash of vibrant color will give your bridal bouquet just what it needs to be a unique and special part of your wedding.
A wedding expert, Elizabeth Reuth offers wedding planning tips online for brides and grooms and is the author of the popular wedding vow book Perfect Wedding Vows in Minutes

Friday, December 11, 2009

Rose Flower Shops

Rose Flower Shops
Flowers have the power of bringing a smile to anybody's face and are associated with radiance and cheer. Flowers are one of the most popular gifts and many people like to send as well as receive flowers. There are various kinds of flowers available all throughout the year and prices may vary depending on the season. The demand for fresh and beautiful flowers is on the rise, which has led to increase in business of flower shops. Flower shops offer bouquets and flower arrangements, and a stunning range of flowers that vary in color, size and cuts. Customers can also place an order for customized bouquets. Rose is considered as a king of all flowers and comes in a various colors. Rose signifies emotions and the color of rose flowers is associated with a particular emotion. For instance, a red rose stands for love, a white rose denotes peace, and a yellow rose signifies friendship. There are flower shops that deal exclusively in rose flowers. They offer all types of floral arrangements that cater to occasions ranging from weddings to funerals.
Rose shops provide freshly cut roses and rose bouquets at a high price during special occasions such as mother's day, Valentine's Day, Christmas, and New Year's Day. Most rose shops also have websites to generate more business. They accept online orders and generally offer overnight delivery service. Some rose shops offer same day delivery service to customers. Many flower shops have a tie-up with overseas flower shops to provide delivery services outside the country. They also have a strong local network to ensure prompt and reliable delivery. Customers can even send a personalized card attached to the bouquet of tastefully selected roses. They also have the option of selecting a specific style of rose arrangement from the product catalog.
Generally, roses that are sold in special boxes come with a set of instructions to help the customers preserve and arrange the flowers in a better way. Many rose gardeners sell their flowers through their own websites to save middleman charges. Long stemmed red roses are in huge demand on Valentine's Day.

Sunday, November 29, 2009

Flower Delivery - Avail Online Services to Send Flowers to Your Loved Ones! By Ian Hafiz

After such a huge advancement in telecommunication industry this whole world has become a global village. Due to these speedy communication services people can easily contact with their loved ones no matter how far they are. It does not matter how far you are, you can easily communicate with your friends and family members via telephone or chat. After the invention of internet you can easily access everything. So, this is just a brief introduction on advancement in communication technology. Here, in this article I am going to tell you a very popular attribute of online services.
Presenting flowers to your loved ones either wife or girlfriend is an old tradition and still people are adopting this old custom. Usually, main occasions for sending flowers are Valentines Day, Wedding Anniversaries and Birthdays. People prefer to deliver fresh-scented flowers to their loved ones to show their love and closeness. But sometimes it becomes quite difficult to keep flowers fresh for a long time while delivering them.
If you are planning to send Roses, Lilies, Daisies and other splendid flowers to another country than, do not bother yourself. Now-a-days people are sending fresh flowers to their loved ones even from other countries by availing online services of delivering flowers. In short, you can say that it has become quite easy for a person to send fresh and scented flowers to their loved ones no matter where and how far they are.
There are numerous online flower shops that allow you to book orders of different flowers to deliver them to your friends or family members very quickly. Such online flower shops also offer several services besides flower delivery services. You even can send unique and lovely gifts to your friends and loved ones at affordable rates. There are numerous websites available that are providing their best services of delivering gifts and flowers within a short time.
Lastly, if you really care for your lover and want to show your love and care to him/her, than do not waste time on cargo services. Find a suitable and well-reputed website of flower delivery and other gift items and send fresh and unique flowers to them.

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Monday, November 23, 2009



           I will repeat to you a story which the fishermen tell in the evening, as they mend their nets, sitting in a circle on the shore.
           The fair Narcissa surpassed in beauty all the young girls of her province. All along the shore from Catana to Syracuse, there was not one who could boast of so mild an eye, so graceful a form, so delicate a foot.
           Put no confidence in the fair Narcissa.
           Some are beautiful without begin conscious of it. Such it is safe to love.
           Others are beautiful, and know it but too well. It is these whom you should avoid.
           Narcissa the fair knew that she was handsome; and Louis loved her.
           Louis was the son of the old soldier, Louis Naldi, and was regarded by all who knew him, as a brave fellow, a bold sailor, and a kind comrade; one who feared God and venerated the saints. But he was in love with the fair Narcissa.
           He followed her everywhere. He thought of her perpetually. Had you seen Louis weep, as he pressed to his heart some flower which had fallen from Narcissa’s bosom, you would have some conception of the power which love can exert over a man.
           Yes, Louis would weep like a child.
           He, the fearless sailor, whose voice so often rose above the storm, trembled at the slightest word from Narcissa.
           He owned a house built of stone, a substantial bark, and excellent nets. He offered the whole to Narcissa, whose only effects were a spinning-wheel and a looking-glass; a spinning-wheel which never turned, and a looking-glass in which she was always admiring herself.
           It must be acknowledged that Narcissa thought of nothing but pleasure and fine dresses. Still she did not reject Louis.
           The love of the handsome and brave Louis flattered Narcissa’s pride; but she felt no love for him in return.
           What she loved was her own young, handsome face – her graceful shape – her smiling lips – and her sweet eyes. She loved herself, and nobody else.
           After visiting the city, she would say to Louis on her return, – “I have seen the daughters of the citizens. They are not so handsome as I am; yet they wear velvet tunics, find ribands on their heads, and a gold cross at their necks.”
 So Louis purchased for her a velvet tunic, handsome ribands, and a cross of gold to hang from her neck.
           “Art thou happy,” said he to her, “now that thou art so fine?”
           “I am happy,” she answered, “because I am beautiful.”
           “When wilt thou marry me?”
           “Wait till vintage has passed. I wish to dance once more in freedom among my companions.”
           The vintage, as you well know, is the time of festival and sports; the time of tender offers. Gayety seems then to flow freely, with the new juice of the grape.
           Then came other pretexts. In winter, she must wait for the time of tunny-fishing; in summer, for that of harvest. The marriage-day was always put off to a later period.
           Meanwhile Louis, in order to buy dresses, and ribands, and jewels for Narcissa, had sold the house which his father left him, his bark, and his nets. He had nothing left.
           He had not even the poor recompense of Narcissa’s love. She passed the day before her mirror, combing her long hair, and smiling at her own beauty. Scarcely could her lover get a word or a look.
           Louis saw very plainly that the fair Narcissa had no love for him; but he was bewitched.
           Some women are gifted with a fatal beauty.
           Their eyes, instead of healing the wounds which they have made, seem but to irritate them more. Does some demon impel you to love them, and allure you to your fate? What but a demon could inhabit the heart of Narcissa?
           “The man whom I marry,” said she, “must first give me some beautiful ear-drops, -- some fine linen frocks, -- diamond buckles for my shoes, and handsome rings for my fingers.”
                    Louis took his carbine – that very carbine which the old solder, his father, had carried in the wars – and set out for the mountains.
           Soon, the fair Narcissa had the beautiful ear-drops, the fine linen frocks, the diamond buckles, the handsome rings, and many things beside.
           Always handsome, always adorned, always  gay, she frequented balls and festivals without thinking of the poor wretch who was risking his life, and his soul’s welfare, in order to gratify the vain wishes of her heart.
           At length, the exploits of the brigand Louis became known at Palermo, and the viceroy sent a detachment of soldiers to seize him. Narcissa, the beautiful Narcissa, sat in her window to see them pass, and smiled upon the young corporal, their commander, who saluted her with his sabre.
                    This corporal was going to attack her lover.
           Hurrah! Hurrah! The soldiers have returned victorious. Louis fell in the mountains, pierced by three bullets.
           Who is it that runs first to meet these cavaliers? It is the fair Narcissa, more beautiful, more decorated than ever.
           The corporal has shown great bravery. He expects now to be promoted, and returns with a rich booty.
           Narcissa fastens on him her most winning looks – those looks which the demon has armed with irresistible power.
           But the loyal soldier is not affected by them.
           “Who art thou, fair one,” said he, “and what is thy wish?”
           “I am Narcissa the fair, and I wish to marry thee.”
           “Begone! Woman without a heart. The last word which the bandit Louis uttered, was thy name – Narcissa the fair; and it was I who shot Louis.”
           From that time neither the young nor the old, neither matron nor maid, would have any thing to say to Narcissa.
           She was compelled to leave the village, and to hide herself in a grotto of Monte-Negro, near which flows a deep stream, which long ago the powerful prayers of a holy hermit caused to issue from the rock.
           Instead of weeping over her errors and repenting, she spent the long day in contemplating her image, as reflected in the watery mirror.
           One day a monk, renowned for piety and benevolence, climbed the heights of Monte-Negro, with the design of exorcising Narcissa; for no one, he said, could act like her, unless she were possessed.
           The holy man found the grotto deserted.
           A boy, who was tending goats near by, told him that early in the day, he saw Narcissa sit for a long time on the bank of the stream, and then rise and throw herself into the water.
           The monk came down and celebrated a mass for the repose of her soul.
           Some may say that she drowned herself to escape from a reproaching conscience; but it is well known that the water-spirit had assumed her countenance, to entice her into the abyss, and to hand her over to Satan.

name of flower

*As many of these English flower names are but little used, the French and Latin synonyms are given in parallel columns.
English flower names French flower names Latin flower names Meaning of flowers
Acacia, Acacia, Acacia, Platonic love.
Acacia, rose, Acacia, rose, Acacia, rosea, Elegance.
Acanthus, Acanthe, Acanthus, Arts.

Almond-tree, Amandier, Amygdalus, Thoughtlessness.
Aloes, parrot-bill, Aloès, bee de perroquet   Small talk.
Aloes, socotrine, Aloès, socotrine, Aloe, succotrina, Bitterness and pain.
Amaranth, Amaranthe, Amaranthus, Immortality.
American Aloe, Agavé, Agave Americana, Security.
Angelica, Angelique, Angelica, Inspiration.
Anthericum, Phalangère, Phalangium, Antidote.
Arum, Gouet, commun, Arum vulgare, Ardor.
Arum, Fly-catching, Arum, gobe-mouche, Arum crinitum, Snare.
Ash, Frêne èlevè, Fraxinus excelsior Greatness.
Jasmin de Virginie, Biguonia radicans, Separation.
Aspen, Peuplier tremble, Populus tremula, Groan.
Aster, china, Marguerite-reine, Aster chinensis, Variety.

Tuesday, November 10, 2009


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Friday, November 6, 2009

Garden Designers Are So Much More Than Simple Gardeners

Garden Designers Are So Much More Than Simple Gardeners
By David A Robinson

Garden designers are so much more than simple gardeners. Why? Well, let's examine what the average gardener does first, and then we'll compare it to what a designer can do. The difference should be enough to convince you, and anyone else, that hiring a garden designer really does make sense.
A gardener can be likened more to someone who understands plants and flowers well. They can recognise what a soil needs if it should be lacking something. They can tell how to resuscitate a fading lawn, and they probably will have a pretty good idea about how a garden should be laid out for simplicity and good looks, as well as what is best for the things that grow there.
Some gardeners may be much more expert than that, but by and large that's your average gardener. A designer can usually go much further. They take a more holistic view of the garden. The designer will start with a garden assessment taking every aspect of the garden into consideration before moving on to the planning stage. Nothing will be left out and everything will be given full attention.
A designer is someone who fully understands how a garden works. They will know the kind of plants that thrive best in the area they work in. They will also know which plants and flowers don't work well in your area. This alone can save you a lot of time and money.
The planning of a garden will involve using any key landscape elements to their best advantage. It will look at water drainage, overall soil condition, areas of light and shade, any micro-climates that need protecting or changing, and much more. Good garden designers will include everything possible in the assessment and planning stage to ensure the best possible outcome.
There are many skills a designer needs to have that a gardener usually does not need to have. A designer should be an attentive listener. When you hire one you want them to transform your garden into the dream concept that you have. If they can listen to what you want and temper it with what can happen, discussing the best way forward at every stage, then the designer is doing a good job.
The initial assessment of the garden will reveal what is possible and what is best for the garden. If your ideas can be realised without any problems, then the planning stage comes next. Here the designer has to put your ideas on to paper. A plan is drawn up, tweaked and modified, until you, the client, is happy with the result.
The designer then needs to know which kinds of plants and flowers you would like to have and where. This information may have to be changed a bit in accordance with what will work best for your garden. The designer will accommodate your desires as much as possible, but be led by any advice offered.
Buying skills is a good trait for a designer to have. This means that they know where to get the best deals and indeed, the best plants. This can save you a lot of money and ensure that the plants you end up with are the best in every way. This means that you will end up with the garden of your dreams, because garden designers are so much more than simple gardeners.
David A Robinson
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Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Sesame Street


The show's research team developed an annotated document, or "Writer's Notebook", which provided extended and developed definitions of the researchers' curriculum goals. The notebook assisted the writers and producers in translating their educational goals into televised material.[53] Suggestions in the notebook were free of references to specific characters and contexts on the show so that they could be implemented as openly and flexibly as possible.[17] The research team, in a series of meetings with the writers, also developed "a curriculum sheet" that described their goals and priorities for each season, which were divided into four categories: symbolic representation, cognitive processes, the physical environment, and the social environment.[54][note 5] After receiving the curriculum focus and goals for the season, the writers met to discuss ideas and story arcs for the characters, and when a script was completed, the show's research team analyzed it to ensure that the goals were met. Then each production department met to determine what each episode needed in terms of costumes, lights, and sets. The writers were present during the show's filming, which for the first twenty-four years of the show took place in Manhattan, and after 1992, at the Kaufman Astoria Studios in Queens, New York, to make last-minute revisions when necessary.[55][56]
The Kaufman Astoria Studios, where Sesame Street is filmed.
Joey Mazzarino, head writer in 2008, has described the writing process as a "collaboration".[55] Cooney has called this collaboration an "arranged marriage".[38] The show's staff work to ensure that the relationship between producers and researchers is not adversarial, but that each side contributes "its own unique perspective and expertise".[57] The production staff recognized early in Sesame Street's history that having access to researchers to gather children's reactions and to inform production was a valuable resource. Researchers and production staff were viewed as a team working together to ensure the best possible product. As CTW researchers Shalom Fisch and Lewis Berstein stated, researchers, as experts, acted as "advocates" for children while the show's writers and producers brought their instincts and past successes with entertaining children through television.[58]

Sesame Street has tended to use many writers in its long history. As Dave Connell, one of Sesame Street's original producers, has stated, it was difficult to find adults who could identify a preschooler's interest level. Fifteen writers a year worked on the show's scripts, but very few lasted longer than one season. Norman Stiles, head writer in 1987, reported that most writers "burn out" after writing about a dozen scripts.[59]

Main article: History of Sesame Street

Main article: History of Sesame Street

Up until the late 1960s, the use of television as an educational tool in the US was "unproven" and "a revolutionary concept".[2] In 1966, the Carnegie Institute hired Joan Ganz Cooney to study how the media could be used to help young children, especially those from low-income families, learn and prepare for school.[3][4] Cooney proposed using television's "most engaging traits",[5] including high production values, sophisticated writing, and quality film and animation, to reach the largest audience possible.[5] Cooney suggested creating a program that would spread prolearning values to both viewers and nonviewers (including their parents) that would affect them for many years after they stopped watching it.[6]
Sesame Street custom Children's Television Workshop logo used in seasons 1-13.

As a result of Cooney's initial proposal, the Carnegie Institute awarded her an $8 million grant to establish, in collaboration with Carnegie Institute vice-president Lloyd Morrisett, the Children’s Television Workshop (CTW) and create a new children's television program.[4][7] In 1968, millions more were invested by the Ford Foundation, the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, and the US federal government. Cooney began to assemble a team of producers: Jon Stone, Dave Connell and Sam Gibbon.[4] That summer, five three-day curriculum planning seminars, led by Harvard University professor Gerald S. Lesser, were conducted in Boston.[4][8] The seminars marked the beginning of Jim Henson's involvement in Sesame Street,[4] and provided the show's producers and writers with a "crash course in child development, psychology, and preschool education".[9] The new show, called the "Preschool Educational Television Show" in promotional materials, was built around an inner-city street, a choice that was "unprecedented".[10] The producers and writers could not come up with a name they liked "up until the last moment".[11] They finally settled upon the name they least disliked: Sesame Street, although they initially feared that it would be too difficult for young children to pronounce.[11]

Two days before the premiere of Sesame Street, a thirty-minute preview entitled This Way to Sesame Street was shown on NBC. The show was financed by a $50,000 grant from Xerox. Written by Stone and produced by CTW publicist Bob Hatch, it was taped the day before it aired.[12] Newsday called the preview "a unique display of cooperation between commercial and noncommercial broadcasters".[12] Sesame Street premiered on PBS on November 10, 1969.[13] The new show was praised from the start. As writer Michael Davis states, "...It became the rare children's show stamped with parental approval".[14] The show reached only 67.6% of the nation, but earned a 3.3 Nielsen rating, or 1.9 million households.
[edit] Educational goals

As author Malcolm Gladwell has stated, "Sesame Street was built around a single, breakthrough insight: that if you can hold the attention of children, you can educate them".[15] Sesame Street was the first children's show that structured each episode and made "small but critical adjustments" to each segment to capture children's attention long enough to teach them something.[16]

Sesame Street uses a combination of animation, puppets, and live actors to stimulate young children's minds, improve their letter and word recognition, basic arithmetic, geometric forms, classification, simple problem solving, and socialization by showing children or people in their everyday lives. Since the show's inception, other instructional goals have been basic life skills, such as how to cross the street safely, proper hygiene, healthy eating habits, and social skills; in addition, real-world situations are taught, such as death, divorce, pregnancy and birth, adoption, and even all of the human emotions such as happiness, love, anger, and hatred. Also, recently, the Sesame Street Muppets discussed the late-2000s recession with their most recent prime-time special Families Stand Together: Feeling Secure in Tough Times.

Coordinating "the clever use of Muppets and animation" with educational curriculum required what the CTW researchers called "careful thought"[17] and influenced the show's structure. For example, they had to decide how to distribute the letters of the alphabet throughout each 130-episode season.[note 2]

Sesame Street

Sesame Street is an American educational children's television series and a pioneer of the contemporary educational television standard, combining both education and entertainment. Sesame Street is well known for its Muppets characters created by Jim Henson. It premiered on November 10, 1969, and is the longest running children's program on US television.[1] The show is produced in the United States by the non-profit organization Sesame Workshop, formerly known as the Children's Television Workshop (CTW), founded by Joan Ganz Cooney and Ralph Rogers.

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Green Camping - How to Camp Responsibly

Camping can have a high impact on the environment if not done responsibly. Think of hundreds or thousand of campers descending on an area, trampling the plants, camping everywhere, leaving human waste, garbage, visible campfire remains everywhere, and more. Unfortunately it happens.
Camping can and should be done responsible, minimizing the effects on the environment. Here are a few tips to help.
Obviously planning is important. This includes where you'll be camping, what you'll be bringing, how it will be packaged, and more.
Although it's neat to make your own trail and pick your own campsite, and it is appropriate at some times and in some places, in general it's not. You want to reuse premade or already used campsites and use trails that are already there. Obviously you want to carry out anything you carry in. Cleaning supplies, if any, like soap, must be biodegradable. Many appropriate products are available.
Campfires are great, but do cause damage, including possible wildfires. Be careful. Make sure fires are allowable and in general use established fire spots. Make sure your campfire is totally out before leaving!
Leave wildlife wild. Do not feed any wildlife, including birds and small rodents and certainly not bears or anything else. Do not molest the wildlife. Chasing deer or other animals is simply not appropriate. Enjoy the wildlife - from a distance!
Also remember you may not be alone. You may be sharing the environment with other humans. They may not appreciate your group drinking Tequila until 4AM and hooting and hollering, although in some locations that may be OK.
Camping should have a low impact on the environment and with a little effort it is. It doesn't matter if you are a city slicker out for your first night, or a seasoned cowboy or cowgirl, camp responsibly.
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Thursday, October 29, 2009

When your flowers are arranged in water

When your flowers are arranged in water
Keep the vase filled with water containing floral food provided by your florist. Be sure to follow the directions on the package.

If the solution becomes cloudy, replace it entirely. If possible, recut the stems by removing one to two inches with a sharp knife.

Remove leaves that will be below the waterline. Leaves in water will promote bacterial growth that can harm the flowers.

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Find a Flower Shop Or Garden Center Online

Find a Flower Shop Or Garden Center Online

One of the joys of buying flowers, whether for yourself or as a special gift, is picking them out at the nursery or flower shop: choosing from beautifully array of colors, kinds, arrangements and blooms. It's like enjoying nature's artwork and it's something you soon happily make a habit of. As nice as this is, in our busy modern age we don't always have time to visit our favorite flower shop or nursery to find our perfect flowers. Enter technology.
These days anyone wanting to buy roses or other flowers has - as with purchasing any other consumer good - the option of buying them on the Internet, from online garden center websites. Though not nearly as personal as in person shopping, buying on these sites is convenient, easy and can save a good deal of driving time. As with all online sites, the quality of these websites can vary considerably, in terms of how much information they will provide about their products and services, how helpful they are in answering questions and concerns of customers, what specifics they provide as to not only prices but also shipping, and how well they actually show what they sell.
Once you have found a shop or garden center that appeals to you, take the time to evaluate it and see if it is a quality site before making a purchase. There are a number of things that you should consider: Do they provide a lot of good tips and advice? Do they offer secure credit card processing? Are their shipping and handling charges reasonable? What are your shipping options? Where can they ship and how quickly can they deliver? Spending some time researching a number of sites will make for a much better shopping experience and enable you to get a quality product at the price you want to pay.
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Friday, October 23, 2009

The Roots of Japanese Flower Arrangement

The Roots of Japanese
Flower Arrangement

By Ann Kameoka
and H. E. Davey

Flower Arrangements and Photos
by Ann Kameoka

Kado is one of the most ancient Japanese art forms. It is often called ikebana, literally "living flowers," and it is the classical art of floral arrangement that originated in Japan. (We favor the term "kado" in this online article, to emphasize that Japanese floral art is actually a Way of studying the essence of life itself and, as such, it is more than simply the skill of arranging living flowers.)
The fact that Japanese flower arrangement can, and should, function as a Way pointing toward realization is the primary focal point of this article. Many people may wonder how kado differs from Western floral art. Even more may question why you would even want to spend years studying the Japanese art of arranging flowers, when you could just grab a fist full of daisies and stuff 'em in a vase. Issues of culture and art aside, the primary difference between Western flower arrangement and kado is the Do ("Way") concept itself. This is not to say that Western-style floral art can't be practiced as a Do, or "Way of life." Indeed, any activity can become meditation and function as a Way. (In this sense, it isn't so much what you do, but how you do it that's meaningful.)
Still, kado has a long history as a Way, which is important and which will be covered in this article. Even more vital is the simple fact that from the moment it received the designation "kado," Japanese flower arrangement has directly aimed at comprehension of the Way (of the Universe). And while some critics may say kado has missed this target as often as it has hit it, this clear-cut statement of purpose, as well as the purpose itself, is what separates kado from the Western version of arranging flowers. In short, Western flower arranging does not have a history as a Way, and such a subject is infrequently a topic of discussion in the West. (Yet it is a topic of fascination for many people outside of Japan; and in fact, quite a few Japanese and American teachers of various Do forms have surmised that it is often more common for Westerners to be devoted to the Do concept than it is for their Asian counterparts.)

Kado is said to have been initially born in China, where it became popular in connection with the decoration of Buddhist temples. When Buddhism came to Japan many centuries ago, flower arrangement came with it. Over time it evolved to become a Japanese spiritual path. In this sense, it is similar to other Japanese arts such as budo (the martial Way) and shodo (the Way of calligraphy) which have also evolved to become methods of personal growth. Today, however, it is no longer the exclusive specialty of the priesthood, and it is enjoyed by vast numbers of people throughout the world.

Starting an Arts & Crafts Business

Starting an Arts & Crafts Business

Think all you need to know is how to knit or paint? Not quite. If you want to start a serious crafts business, you'll have to focus on the business and the craft.
It's a common fantasy, and why shouldn't it be? It sounds amazing: Instead of forcing your crafting time into nooks here and there--after dinner, before the kids wake up, on the weekends--you'll start a business so you eat, sleep, breathe and, most important, live off your hobby.
But such is life that nothing is as easy as it seems. You may have the skills to create wonderful handiwork, but starting a successful crafts business calls for much more than that. "[There's] a separation [between] those who are crafting for fun and extra money and those who start out with the idea, 'I intend to make money from this, so I'm going to do it right,'" says Barbara Brabec, a homebased business expert and author of Make It Profitable! "And I've always said in all my books that the people who succeed are those who have a financial reason to do so."
So here's your first step: Decide why you're really starting this business. "If you're doing it for love or extra money, that's fine--you can have a lot of fun. You can make enough to keep yourself in craft supplies for the rest of your life, but you're never gonna bring home the groceries," says Brabec. "If you're in it because you actually need to supplement your family income, then you need to get serious."
flower arrangements

And what does getting serious entail? Read on to find out how to get started.
Start reading. You don't necessarily need an MBA to succeed in a crafts business, but knowing how to wield a mean needle isn't enough. "It's not necessary to have a business background, but if you don't have one, [it is] necessary to read up," says Susan Brandt of the Hobby Industry Association, which counts crafts manufacturers, publishers, distributors and retailers among its members.
Brandt suggests visiting your library to find business magazines and texts as well as checking out community resources like adult school classes. "If you can visit some large gift centers or markets, try to find people who'd be willing to talk to you from noncompetitive areas," adds Brandt. "There are a lot of very generous people who remember that somebody helped them when they started."

10 Steps to Startup

  1. Find out about zoning regulations, licenses and permits.
  2. Acquaint yourself with IRS regulations.
  3. Register the name of your crafts business with local officials.
  4. Call your telephone company.
  5. Open a checking account for your business.
  6. Obtain a retailer's occupation tax registration number.
  7. Learn about federal regulations applicable to your crafts business.
  8. Set up a good record-keeping system.
  9. Make sure you're properly insured.
  10. Decide which printed materials you need in order to do an effective promotional and selling job.

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

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White Wedding Flowers

White Wedding Flowers
By Laura Firenze 
Platinum Quality Author
What could be more timeless than the image of a bride gliding down the aisle clutching a gorgeous bouquet of white flowers? It is one of the enduring images of weddings throughout the ages, and while styles may come and go, white wedding flowers will always be a favorite. Here is a guide to some of the most lovely white wedding flowers for brides.
Certainly there is no wedding flower more popular than the white rose. They are available all year round, in several shapes and sizes, and are just the epitome of bridal elegance. Fluffy white garden roses are magnificent flowing over the edges of tall garden urns at the reception or on the altar. A classic round white rose nosegay is a lovely accent for brides who love traditional white silk bridal gowns worn with sets of pearl bridal jewelry. And sprays of miniature roses are a wonderful addition to bouquets featuring larger blossoms.
Orchids are another favorite bridal flower. These exotic beauties are the height of elegance and sophisticated style. Delicate in appearance, orchids are actually very hardy flowers, making them as versatile as they are stunning. Try a soft and fluttery bouquet of butterfly orchids mixed with ruffly sweetpeas, or go for all out drama with a massive waterfall bouquet of impressive phalaenopsis orchids. Orchids are also extremely popular for submerged flower centerpieces.
If clean and classic is your taste, you will adore a bouquet of white tulips. A large bunch of white tulips handtied with a wide satin ribbon is as simple as a bouquet can get, yet it is also incredibly beautiful. For centerpieces, place large bunches of white tulips in blue and white Chinoiserie patterned vases. They are the perfect addition to a spring time wedding, and will look as good in your wedding photos twenty years from now as they do in person.
When large showy blooms are your thing, look into white lilies for your wedding. These flowers are quite large, which means that a small number of lilies can make a big impact. They are wonderful for tropical theme weddings, and work very well to add dimension and flair to all white centerpieces featuring mixed flowers. There are a couple of things that one should know when considering white lilies for wedding flowers. Certain varieties have a very strong fragrance that can be overpowering, so be sure to discuss the scent of the flowers that interest you with your florist. Lilies also have stamen with an orange pollen that can get all over everything; a good florist will always strip this part out of the flower before crafting lilies into arrangements, but it is wise to give the florist explicit instructions about it just to be safe.
There are numerous other white flowers that are wonderful for weddings. Preppy brides will find that bunches of hydrangeas are the perfect accent to their classic white gowns and pearl bridal jewelry sets. Spring brides will adore the old fashioned charm of tiny lily-of-the-valley flowers. And then there are white ranunculus, lisianthius, gardenias, daisies, and much much more. Whatever your style, you will be able to find a white flower that is the perfect decoration for your wedding.
Laura helps brides with their wedding plans by offering advice on selecting bridesmaids gifts,reception ideas and other aspects of planning a wedding. Sets of pearl bridal jewelry are beautiful with any style of wedding gown.
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Hot tub

Hot tub

A hot tub is a large home-made or manufactured tub or small pool full of heated water and used for soaking, relaxation, massage, or hydrotherapy. In most cases, they have jets for massage purposes. Hot tubs are usually located outdoors, and are often sheltered for protection from the elements, as well as for privacy.
There are two different styles of hot tubs:
  • Simple wooden-staved soaking tubs
  • One piece plastic tubs (usually referred to as spas)
Hot tubs are usually heated using an electric or natural gas heater, though there are also submersible wood-fired heaters, as well as solar hot water systems. Hot tubs are also found at natural hot springs; in this case, the water may be dangerously hot and must be combined with cool water for a safe soaking temperature.
Water sanitization is very important in hot tubs, as many organisms thrive in a warm, wet environment. Maintaining the hot tub water chemistry is also necessary for proper sanitization and to prevent damage to the hot tub.

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