Flowers & Flora
Tartans in full bloom ...
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the Birthflower of March
By designer Carol A.L. Martin, the colours are reminiscent of daffodils on a clear spring day. From the designer's notes: "The large yellow squares of yellow remind me of the trumpet of daffodils; the green is their leaves; the blue is the sky; the multiple lines overall remind me of how busy the spring can be in a garden."
Cherry Blossom Season
One of a set of four tartans in 'The Four Seasons' collection to celebrate the 150th anniversary of the first treaty between Japan and the UK (1858) and the arrival of Thomas Blake Glover, the Scottish Samurai, in Nagasaki (1859). The sakura (cherry blossom in Japanese) tartan represents Spring.
Texas Blue Bonnet
Texas Blue Bonnet Festival
The tartan was adopted as the Sequicentennial Tartan and was officialy adopted as the Texas State Tartan on 25th May 1989.he colours of the Texas Bluebonnet district tartan owe their selection to the bluebonnet flower, a member of the lupin family, which is widespread in many parts of Texas. The flower changes colour with the passing of time, the 'brim' becoming flecked with wine red.
Cherry Trees in Blossom
Cherry Blossom Petal Falling Days
Hanami (花見?, lit. "flower viewing") is the Japanese traditional custom of enjoying the transient beauty of flowers, flowers ("hana") in this case almost always referring to those of the cherry ("sakura") or, less frequently, plum ("ume") trees. From the end of March to early May, sakura bloom all over Japan, and around the first of February on the island of Okinawa.
Peace Rose Day
Considered one of the greatest roses of its time, developed in 1935, this hybrid rose was in the process of being refined by French hybridizer Francis Meilland during the war. It was one item spirited away on some of the last planes to leave France before German occupation during World War II.
Iceland's National Day
The species of lupine that can be seen in Iceland is called the “nootka lupine” and was introduced for purposes of soil fertilization. The flower helps the soil by turning atmospheric nitrogen (N2) into organic nitrogen through using specialized bacteria living in the flower’s roots.
Iceland's National Day
Dryas octopetala, the mountain-avens, is an Arctic–alpine flowering plant in the family Rosaceae. It is a small prostrate evergreen subshrub forming large colonies. The specific epithet octopetala derives from the Greek octo (eight) and petalon (petal), referring to the eight petals of the flower, an unusual number in the Rosaceae, where five is the normal number.
Mustard plants are any of several plant species in the genera Brassica and Sinapis. Mustard seed is used as a spice. Grinding and mixing the seeds with water, vinegar, or other liquids, creates the yellow condiment known as prepared mustard. The seeds can also be pressed to make mustard oil, and the edible leaves can be eaten as mustard greens.
The Double Ninth Festival
Chrysanthemum Day (菊の節句 Kiku no Sekku?) is one of the five ancient sacred festivals of Japan. It is celebrated on the 9th day of the 9th month. It was started in 910, when the Japanese imperial court held its first chrysanthemum show. Chrysanthemums are the symbol of the Imperial House of Japan.