Thursday, September 29, 2016

Everything about Wildflowers

Why do wildflowers continue to be appreciated up to this day? True to their name, wildflowers are named because they can grow unattended in the wild. They easily grow and hold a natural resistance to pests and rough climates. They can endure in clay or sandy soil, poor nutrient soil and even without soil at all. They can survive on their own with no weeding, primping, pruning and with minimal or no water once they have set up in their favored habitation. They are versatile enough to multiply in a wide variety of environments. They grow on the sides of the mountains, on country lanes, next to beaches, on vast plains in desert conditions, blossom in meadows or even bud in the middle of the city. They bring beauty to the diverse vicinity in which they grow.

Wildflowers can make people smile because of their vibrant energy in their splendid colors and scent. Children are excited to go home to hand-over their clasped bluebells to their mothers. Wildflowers have also been an inspiration to express an artistic masterpiece like being used to set an aura for making greeting cards. The legends associated with wildflowers like the famous “Forget me not” is still remembered at the present time. Literature has also been influenced by wildflowers, for instance, the well-known classic novel and film Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte, which utilizes the image of the Scottish wildflower Heather.

The medicinal properties of Wildflowers have already been utilized for many years. Early experimentation started with the Native American Indians, which paved way to a lot of medical advances and modern pharmaceutical drugs today. Scientific discoveries were merged with these wildflower-based experiments, to create further cures. Wild flower juices have been used to treat a variety of conditions like fever, ulcers, bronchitis, allergies and intestinal worms. Foxglove wildflower is used as one of the most curative remedies for some types of heart disease, Turtlehead to treat skin diseases, and Marsh Marigold combined with maple sugar, served as an effective cough syrup with no side effects. Additionally, it has also been made into insect repellants, dyes and sunburn ointments. With regards to cooking appurtenances, it can be cooked as greens, brewed as an alternative for tea/coffee, or consumed as syrups, jams and jellies or even wines. The curative powers of wildflowers have fascinated scientists and doctors that up to this day, science seeks to untangle their many closely held mysteries that might incredibly help us fight cancer, asthma, high blood pressure, and arthritis.

Enchant your travel holidays by witnessing impressive flora bloom in all its beauty. Like in Western Australia, up to 12,000 species can be found within its borders and many are unique to the state and yet to be named by botanists. Experience one of the best wildflower locations in Shrine Pass Colorado, USA. Your British Columbia vacation is unforgettable because wildflowers add rich palette colors of green, yellow, violet, blue, and red across the dazzling countryside. In Washington, USA, explore the beauty of native wildflowers. While a characteristic feature of Hokkaido, Japan is that it is a habitat of wildflower species. It is a place that celebrates four seasons and is the home to over 1,200 festivals and events throughout the year.

Your house can be beautified by the presence of wildflowers and the easiest way to create a wildflower garden is to plant seeds by scattering it on a well-prepared ground free from existing vegetation, weeds and grasses. Depending on the species and your location, wildflower seeds typically germinate best in warm soil, so they can be planted in either spring or fall. It is usually easier to grow native wildflowers. However, since growing wildflowers from seeds requires a long time to sprout and mature, and you are less skillful enough, purchasing mature plants may be the best option for you. Furthermore, don’t forget to choose a sun-drenched and well-drained gardening site, as most wildflowers need at least five to eight hours of sunshine a day. Lastly, even though these species thrive in the wild, it doesn’t mean they won’t need your special care and attention. They still need the same care that other flowers do.