Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Wildlife Pillows

Two great causes in one, wildlife protection and ending poverty. What a wonderful company Zazzle is, selling pillows and other items from American MoJo that help put single mothers in the USA to work, and therefore, helps to stop poverty. I am all for buying USA made products, and even more for stopping the poverty in our nation, (in 2011 the US's poverty rate rose to 15.1%, approximately 46.2 million people).
I am also for protecting wildlife. Further down you will find a link to the World Wildlife Fund with more information about the important work they do and how you can help, Please be sure to visit them.

Polar Bears

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Ocean Life

Our oceans' creatures are threatened by many thing, from being hunted by Japan to oil spills. Have you imagined our waters so dirty and polluted that there might be no life? Did you know the ocean holds answers to disease and medicine, many medications already use ocean plant life and fish oils.

You can help our world's wildlife by visiting WWF below

Pelican Gliding Pillows
Pelican Gliding Pillows by MaeFlowers
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Customize Product Throw Pillows
Customize Product Throw Pillows by WildlifeAnimals
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Clown Fish (Nemo) And Coral Pillow
Clown Fish (Nemo) And Coral Pillow by RenderlyYours
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Tiger Pillows

Not only are the white tigers in danger, but we have found out since the incident in Ohio that all tigers are as well. Even the subspecies of tiger with the largest population, the Bengal Tiger, has less than 2500 left. The Siberian has only 350 t0 450. You can help our world's wildlife by visiting World Wildlife Fund below in this lens.

Tiger pillow
Tiger pillow by RenderlyYours
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Love is_ throw pillow
Love is_ throw pillow by ELENNE
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Focus_ Pillows
Focus_ Pillows by ELENNE
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Please Help The WWF
About the World Wildlife Fund

For 50 years, WWF has been protecting the future of nature. The world's leading conservation organization, WWF works in 100 countries and is supported by 1.2 million members in the United States and close to 5 million globally. WWF's unique way of working combines global reach with a foundation in science, involves action at every level from local to global, and ensures the delivery of innovative solutions that meet the needs of both people and nature.

Read more on the World Wildlife Fund's site Here 

I Love Lilacs (Lilacs In New England )

Lilacs! My favorite flower and ever since I was a child I would get excited along with Mom when the scent filled the air, and they where in bloom. I grew up in NH and the Lilac is the State Flower. I recall the strict laws on cutting them and picking of the flowers, unless on your own property. This lens is all about the purple Lilac, planting, care, festivals, photos and more!
Aside from Roses, there is no flower as beautiful and aromatic as Lilacs., Lilacs have a stronger scent that carries quite a distance. Unfortunately, Lilacs bloom for only a very brief couple weeks in the spring.

Some information from past experiences with lilacs and that i found interesting in research. welcome!

The purple lilac, Syringa Vulgaris, is the state flower of New Hampshire 

Growing up in NH I recall the strict laws on picking Lilacs and cutting them from branches.

New Hampshire historian Leon Anderson writes in To This Day that the purple lilac was first imported from England and planted at the Portsmouth home of Governor Benning Wentworth in 1750. It was adopted as our state's flower in 1919. That year bills and amendments were introduced promoting the apple blossom, purple aster, wood lily, Mayflower, goldenrod, wild pasture rose, evening primrose and buttercup as the state flower. A long and lively debate followed regarding the relative merits of each flower. The purple lilac was ultimately chosen, according to Anderson in New Hampshire's Flower -- Tree -- Bird because it "is symbolic of that hardy character of the men and women of the Granite State."

Aside from Roses, there is no flower as beautiful and aromatic as Lilacs., Lilacs have a stronger scent that carries quite a distance. Unfortunately, Lilacs bloom for only a very brief couple weeks in the spring.

Lilacs were grown in America's first botanical gardens and were popular in New England. Both George Washington and Thomas Jefferson grew them in their gardens. Lilac bushes can live for hundreds of years, so a bush planted at that time may still be around. Lilacs originated from Europe and Asia, with the majority of natural varieties coming from Asia. In Europe, lilacs came from the Balkans, France and Turkey.

When Lilacs Last in the Dooryard Bloom'd, Walt Whitman (1819-1892)
WHEN lilacs last in the dooryard bloom'd,
And the great star early droop'd in the western sky in the night,
I mourn'd, and yet shall mourn with ever-returning spring.
Ever-returning spring, trinity sure to me you bring,
Lilac blooming perennial and drooping star in the west,
And thought of him I love.

Read Poem in entirety Here.

When I moved to RI 

Well, of coarse, I brought some of Mom's lilacs with me when I moved, but when we bought our new home there was also a large lilac next to the house and a row of them on the side. I was so happy and just like when I was a child I get so excited when they bloom. Here is my Lilac gallery in video below.

Sharing Lilacs with Neighbors 

When I was a kid people would see my Mom's beautiful lilacs, along the entire side of the house and into the back yard where purple lilacs and across the back where white ones, and those people would ask her for clippings so they could grow them in their yard. Well it is not clippings that you share. The lilac is a bush that easily spreads, what you do is in the spring while the lilac is not in bloom look under it, you will always find new lilac shoots. You take a planter full of dirt and lots of water, have it ready to put the lilac in, pick one of the shoots farthest from the big bush, dig deep and wide. The more roots you get, the more successful the transplant, with less transplant shock. and then give to your neighbor.

Dig a hole in the new location. Make the hole about twice as big as the root system.
Mix plenty of compost into the hole.
Place plant around same depth it was in last location, fill with soil, pat down and water thoroughly and deeply.

What's the best area for lilac? Well, almost anywhere. Lilacs prefer elevated, well draining soil. They love the sun, but if in direct sun you will probably want to water them regularly during the summer. They also do well in half a day of shade, and my Mom's white lilacs where in full shade and still so beautiful.

Pruning lilacs 

This is a great video I do not prune my bushes unless I need too I like the size and how they spread I have one though when I moved in that Is as High as my roof and I worry about it being so close to the house. my neighbors now share my lalac they have shoots that made there way under the fence so we now share in there beauty .

Lilac's As Food? 

First, always be sure the plant has not been treated with chemicals.

Lilacs can be made into an old fashioned confection called Crystals of Lilac, in which bunches are dipped in hot water and gum arabic, then dipped in a thick sugar syrup, and finally dusted with granulated sugar.

The flavor of lilacs varies from plant to plant. Very fragramt, slightly bitter. Has a distinct lemony taste with floral, pungent overtones. Many would describe the flavour to be much like that of lavender. Great in salads and crystallized with egg whites and sugar.

Some more uses, well, of course, in desserts, beverages and sweets. The taste of lilac also lends itself to many recipes and may be used in salads, cakes, cookies, scones and much more.

Aww, and like many flowers, Tea!!!! Tea which is a very lightly oxidized oolong with an intoxicating floral aroma that comes from the tea leaves gently scented with natural lilac.

A yogurt dip with a cup of vanilla yogurt, two teaspoons of honey and a little chopped lilac blossoms stirred in. Refrigerate for an hour and serve with cherries and strawberries blend some blossoms into some plain cream cheese and spread onto a pumpernickle or rye bread. Add a thin slice of cucumber to open faced sandwiches and serve with your tea.

Lilac Festival Rochester, New York. 

It's a community wide celebration! It's an international springtime party! It's nearly time for Rochester's annual Lilac Festival and everyone is invited to enjoy ten full days of entertainment and fun from May 14-23, 2010!

The only 10-day free festival of its kind in North America it is inspired by a magnificent lilac collection at Highland Park that plays host to over 500 varieties of lilacs on more than 1,200 bushes. What was first planted in 1892 by horticulturist John Dunbar has turned into the world's largest lilac collection that even Martha Stewart has enjoyed when she visited the festival in 2007. This event is perfect for all ages and was even voted as a top 100 event by the American Bus Association for 2010. Visit the Fetival the Official web site here.

Lilac Pillow
Lilac Pillow by RenderlyYours
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