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.
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 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.
Flowers contain the reproductive parts of plants.
There are four main flower parts; the
pistil, stamens, sepals and petals.
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.
The style go down to the ovary is the bottom of the flower.
Bees, butterflies or hummingbirds are attracted to a flower by their color or fragrance. Even the wind can pollinate some plants.
There are three main reasons people grow a garden.
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.
It doesn't matter how old we are. Gardening is great for children to seniors.
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.
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.
Flowers are one of the reasons I studied horticulture in college. My favorite three flowers are -
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.