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alpinia_zerumbet.jpg (39026 bytes)Did you know that The common name of Alpinia zerumbet, Shell Ginger, derives from the shape and markings of its pinkish flower buds that some say resemble seashells?

Shell Ginger - Alpinia zerumbet

Alpinia zerumbet, commonly known as shell ginger, is a perennial species of ginger native to East Asia. They can grow up to 8 to 10 ft (2.4 to 3.0 m) tall and bear colorful funnel-shaped flowers. They are grown as ornamentals and their leaves are used in cuisine and traditional medicine. They are also sometimes known as the pink porcelain lily, variegated ginger or butterfly ginger.

Native to eastern Asia, this plant is a rhizomatous, evergreen tropical perennial that grows in upright clumps 8 to 10 ft (2.4 to 3.0 m) tall in tropical climates. In more typical conditions, it reaches 4 to 8 ft (1.2 to 2.4 m) feet tall in the green house, and 3 to 4 ft (0.91 to 1.22 m) feet tall, as a house plant.

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Simple Gardening Tips from the Experts to Help Beginner Gardeners Take Much from Joys of Gardening

Are you a garden buff but still on a starting level, and you need some good gardening tips? Let these simple tips from the experts to help you make your gardening days more enjoyable while creating a beautiful garden. Click on the image.

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Bottle Gourd. Α multi purpose utensil 10.000 old!

The Bottle Gourd is one of the oldest know cultivated plant and has been used by man for both functional and decorative objects all over the world throughout history and is believed to have spanned the entire globe in prehistoric times. It was known mostly by cultures in temperate and tropical zones because this is where gourd grow best. Today Bottle Gourd is still considered one of nature's greatest gifts to mankind. Click on the image.

Herbs

Mediterranean herbs

The very first ancient documents about plants (Babylonian souces, the Old Testament, Homers's works) that came down on us regarded plants mainly under the aspects of utility and medicinal use.  No one knows when herbs were first collected in the wild or planted in gardens, but Egyptian records dating back to 2800 BC show herbs were being prescribed as medicine, and being used for food, cosmetics, perfumes, and dyes. It's obvious that Μediteranean region is the place in which the sience of botany was born. For that reason mediterranean herbs takes an extremely important part in the history of botany. Click on the image.

Home and Garden - Plants for your home

Gardenia

A favorite shrub, the gardenia has very fragrant creamy-white flowers and glossy, dark-green leaves. The genus Gardenia is believed to have been named after Alexander Garden, a physician in Charleston, South Carolina, during colonial days. Gardenias are a member of the family Rubiaceae and belong to the genus Gardenia. There are over 200 species of Gardenias. One species is of primary importance: Gardenia jasminoides containing many cultivars.Gardenia jasminoides is native to China although most named cultivars have arisen in cultivation. Click on the image.

Flower Recipes

Yes, flowers can be eaten! They can also be candied, frozen into ice rings, made into jelly and jams, and made into flower waters! It's true, that it is not for the ordinary, but it is fun for that special event or celebration party! We will start this section with a variety of things you can do with particuliar flowers, and then follow with a list of flowers than can be devoured! Click on the image.

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Save money for flowers on a wedding decoration

Anyone who has ever itemized the cost of a wedding knows the flower bill can go through the roof. A fancy bouquet for the bride can run as much as a wedding ring but it's not enough. By the time you add bouquets for the bridesmaids, flower baskets for the flower girls, corsages for the mothers, boutonnieres for the men, centerpieces for the banquet and gift tables and a bouquet to toss to single girlfriends, the tab can easily soar too high. Click on the image.

 

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