what is a flower? flowers are beautiful and fragrant, but what else?

What is a flower? Flowers are something we can't live without!

Flowers delight our senses and transcend all ages and cultures. They are beautiful and smell good. But, they have a more important function besides being pretty.

They produce the seeds, fruit and vegetables we eat. We also, eat the leaves and roots of some of their plants. Meat eaters consume animals that live off of plants.

  • Flowers are so important to our lives. We can't live without them!

What is a flower - Apple Blossom photo by PezibearFlowers Delight Our Senses
Image by Pezibear from Pixabay

Some countries are known for their flowers like the tulips of Holland, the cherry blossoms of Japan and roses are the national flower of England.

  • The most important things about our beloved flowers is they give us food to fuel our bodies.

The beautiful blossoms are there to make seeds for us to eat and to produce more plants. Without them we would not have any more food.

  • How do flowers work? What are the parts of a flower?

what is a flower?

Flowers contain the reproductive parts of plants.

There are four main flower parts; the pistil, stamens, sepals and petals.

Diagram of Parts of a FlowerParts of a Flower

Petals have the beautiful color found in flowers.

Sepals are the green leaf-like structures that cover the bud before it opens.

Some flowers have very showy sepals, like the Poinsettia. What we think are pretty red petals, are actually the sepals. Their flowers are the small yellow parts found in the center.

Stamens are the male parts of the flower. Flowers have multiple stamens. The anthers are on the top end of the stamens. They make the pollen. A filament attaches it down in the center of the flower.

Pistil is the female part of the flower. It is in the center of the stamens. It normally is a bit taller than the stamens. The opening on the top of the pistil is the stigma.

  • This is the opening where hummingbirds and insects get their nectar.

The style go down to the ovary is the bottom of the flower.

  • After pollination the seeds are formed in the ovary.

what causes pollination?

Bees, butterflies or hummingbirds are attracted to a flower by their color or fragrance. Even the wind can pollinate some plants.

  • Pollination takes place when some of the pollen get knocked down into the pistil. Then seeds are formed to make more plants.

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what is a flower in our garden?

There are three main reasons people grow a garden.

  • Grow food
  • Attract wildlife
  • Enjoy the flowers

what is a flower? - food for the table

Vegetable basket photo by congerdesignGrow Some Veggies
Image by congerdesign from Pixabay

We may have just a small kitchen garden. Or we could grow a big garden to provide food for a large family.

Vegetables all start with a flower. That's what a flower is - food.

We may grow some fresh tomatoes for the summer barbecue. Or maybe we stock our refrigerator with lots of fresh keto vegetables.

It doesn't matter how old we are. Gardening is great for children to seniors.

what is a flower? - food for wildlife

Flowers provide food for wildlifeFood for Wildlife

The beautiful blossoms make food for the animals and birds as well as people. Cows and sheep live off the leaves of plants.

Many animals are especially fond of berries, including everything from Grizzly Bears to Mockingbirds. Deer love apples and many birds live on a diet of mostly seeds.

Most insects and butterflies can’t get down into long trumpet shapes. God made hummingbirds to pollinate this type of blossom.

Hummingbirds do not smell. They go where they can find large nectar reservoirs. Their long bill and tongue allow them to get the nectar out of the deep tubes.

Facts About Hummingbirds

Butterflies are unable to hover and eat like hummingbirds do. They need a landing pad, so they can sit down and feed.

They especially like daisies. They provide a good landing pad and they have multiple pistils. So when the butterfly lands, it has many nectar receptacles to feed from.

Butterflies Like Flowers, Too

what is a flower? - a delight to our senses

Phaleanopsis OrchidsPhaleanopsis Orchids

Flowers are one of the reasons I studied horticulture in college. My favorite three flowers are -

  • Daisies, they are so pure and carefree. It makes me smile just to see a daisy.
  • Roses are gorgeous. They are a favorite flower in the United States, as well as Europe. They are not hard to grow. Just a few easy things will give you beautiful roses all summer long.
  • Orchids, some are very challenging to grow. There were orchids growing in the school greenhouse when I started teaching. I quickly became infected with the orchid bug.

My favorite orchid is the Moth Orchid, Phaleanopsis. They make a great house plant. They give you lovely flowers for several months during the year.

These are all my favorite flowers and I will be writing pages about all three of them.

so, what is a flower to me? - one my great garden joys

more about flowers

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  • Daisy Flowers

    Daisy flowers are the most popular flower second only to the rose. Choose from a variety of colors and sizes for flowers to attract hummingbirds and butterflies

  • Common Garden Flowers

    Common garden flowers our grandmothers grew. They are tough and easy to grow. Pretty flowers you don't have to fuss with, grow these hardy annuals and perennials

  • How to Grow Daisies

    How to grow daisies in your flower garden; location, selecting plants, prepare soil, how to plant, how to water, how to fertilize, deadheading for more flowers

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