March 7, 2013 |
Men ranged through the streets of Moscow on Thursday, clutching pink tulips and yellow mimosa, dismantling pyramids of champagne, buying up skyscrapers of chocolates. Joyful or dutiful, all would be prepared. Friday was on its way. Lucky Russian women! March 8 is their moment: International Women's Day, when nearly every man they know gives them a bouquet along with an expression of regard, if not love. Women, the government says, are so important that the entire country must have the day off to celebrate them.
September 20, 2009
Dear Dr. Fox: I have had two purebred Labrador retrievers, mother and daughter. Both loved hibiscus flowers. They could smell the bushes from the street and veer their way. The flower's color didn't seem to matter -- they liked them all. The flowers never seemed to harm their tummies, as they were never sick after eating them. R.S. Bonita Springs, Fla. There are different types of hibiscus. Flowers, seeds, leaves and roots are used around the world for various healing and culinary purposes.
April 23, 2009 |
Q I am developing an Asian-style garden behind my townhouse. I have seen on a Web site the weeping ultra-dwarf Santa Rosa plum and was told it would do well in our area. Do you agree, and where would I get one from? A The iconic plum depicted in Asian art is either Prunus mume , commonly called the Japanese apricot, or P. salicina , the Japanese plum. Both are better adapted to our climate than European plums and are less prone to diseases. A Japanese apricot variety named W.B. Clarke is a weeping form with double pink flowers in late...
August 26, 2011 |
Couples typically spend about $2,000 on wedding flowers, according to a recent survey by TheKnot.com and WeddingChannel.com, but once the day is over, most of the pretty, pricey blossoms will be decorating the inside of trash cans. But local florists are finding ways to let those bouquets and centerpieces bloom a little longer. After their events are over, some of them give left-behind blooms to charitable causes. Katie Martin of Elegance & Simplicity in Bethesda takes centerpieces to three area nursing homes:...
May 29, 2011 |
They've waged war against deer and battled hungry possums that snatch tomatoes just when they are at the peak of their flavor. But there's one pest the Newark Street gardeners have been unable to thwart: a certain two-legged rat with a penchant for peonies. For 10 years, gardeners in this Northwest Washington neighborhood believe the same man has been stealing spring blooms from their plots in the Newark Street Community Garden . Not just a few stems, mind you, but bunches — as many as 30 to 50 at a time.
September 29, 2011
The motivation that has driven C.H. Flowers senior James Brown over the offseason to get faster, better and stronger can be traced back to one play in last year's game against Suitland , a 14-7 double overtime loss . Rams' quarterback Nyema Washington hit Bobby Burke in the left corner of the end zone just out of Brown's reach for the winning difference. "I was playing safety," he said. "I saw the man, I chased him. I wasn't fast enough back then, but now it's not payback, but it's a sense...