Fourth September Blog

Fourth September Blog.


I give my Love
A fragrent bouquet,
To show how I feel
Each and every day.

A posy of roses,
With sweet Baby’s Breath,
Like whispers of moonbeams,
My heart, in its depth.

From violets, austoma,
Daisies so bright,
Foxglove or orchid,
Bluebell delight.

Each tied with a ribbon
Of pink white or blue,
A scented gardenia,
I’m sending to you.

Each garden flower
Is grown with great joy,
To bring out your smiles,
When you’re being coy.

Each blossom or bud
In wonderful hues,
Are meant for your pleasure
In reds, whites or blues.

But best of the flowers
Is Rose of Delight,
My Rosie, my treasure,
My Joy of the Night.

Copyright Evelyn J. Steward. Septembet 2016.

Flowers! Most of us buy them at some time in our life. Some of us buy them quite regulary, buy or gather them from our gardens, maybe?

Blooms fill our rooms with pleasure, often fragrence and colour. Whichever you choose, it is certain that most of us enjoy a vase of cut flowers decorating a shelf/table, sideboarfwindowledge. Perhaps a pot of blooms growing right before our eyes. The latter is an option for some because it does not involve damaging a plant. Though they are grown to be cut, many feel the plants are hurt when stems are severed. This is a view.

This however, is not my point today. I want to talk about the kind of blooms available, in supemarkets (in particular – the convenient way these days to ‘pick up a bunch’!

Recently, I have started obtainng the odd bunch in this way and am finding, what I consider, unusual blooms. Of course, the usual roses, carnations (not my favourite)! Gerbera and so on are available, for a price. However, I have seen some strange (to me) names in the cut flower world.

Now, these names may be quite familiat to those who buy from supemarkets on a regular basis, but not to me, for the most part, and I have had to Google the names to find out about certain flowers.

Alstroemeria. This is a name I had heard of in my years of gardening. Not that I ever grew them, but you pick up on names when leafing through plant catalogues. Have recently delved into these flowers and found them attractive and reainly long-ish lasting in vases.

This weekend, the choice was Listriamus! Strange name. and not familiar to me. The bunch was of reasonable cost, quite a few stems, about 20 inches mostly, some cut a little shorter, range of colour in this bunch was deep pink, pale pink and white, with loads of white buds. The blooms are double petel bell shaped. Leastwisr, I think they are double.

The label guarantees 9 days life. So, I Google this. The plant originate from the southern USA, Mexico, northern South America and around the West Indies, in other words, tropical. The flowers have another name Austroma, but, reading on, I found that I am familiar with the genus. Wikipedia show a picture of a colour I am more familiar with also. Gentian! I am sure many you flower buyers and gardeners will have heard of gentian, as in gentian violets? Though these do not look like violers in this firm, but if you bought them in the violet colour, you would understand.

Apperntly for a gardener ( not a commercial gardener) they are somewhat picky to grow, but obviously, commercial growers have overcome any priblems or they would be much more expensive to buy.

Suffice it to say, there must be many more less well known flower plants being grown for the cut flower matket these days, as it is a huge industry.
{ I recently watched a programme on t.v. about the world wide cut flower market, headquarters based in, The Netherlamds.}

It was illuminating, to say the least. Roses growing in Africa, other flowers gowing in South America and all kinds of places, shipped (flown) across the airways, mostly ending up in vast warehouses in The Nethetlands.

Wholesalers buy as if in a Stock Exchange. Sales are logged and the blooms are electronically moved around these great warehouses to where the buyer’s transportation lorries await them. Those coming to England are driven or flown across the North Sea, then driven to many places in the UK

Fascinating, to see how it is so well organised. As much as seeing the wealth of colour and shapes of all these crates of flowers trundling around on little ‘trains’. The aromas must overpower the areas in a glorious way.

So, there it is, just an insight into those, sometimes sad, little bunches adorning a spot .in a supermatket.

Keep safe.


4 thoughts on “Fourth September Blog

  1. I fear my eyesight is getting a trifle worse so I must apoligise for so many mistakes/typos, was sure I had caught them all as I go through the blog before I post. Just shows!!

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