August 21 National Honey Bee Awareness Day

Bees are certainly interesting creatures. They fly over 55,000 miles and collect pollen from some 2,000 flowers to create one pound of honey. They make the honey for their own food source in the colder months but we, as people, keep taking it from them! Today is always celebrated on the third Saturday of August as designed by the Secretary of State (US) Thomas J. Vilsek in 2009. It is sponsored by Pennsylvania Agriculture.

How to celebrate – Start your own hive business. Have some honey. Plant a garden have a shorter way to go to get back to the hive.

June 12th Red Rose Day

Red Roses say love. Remember that old song, “I’ve got some red roses for a blue lady”? Well, roses are designed to make someone happy, they are beautiful to look at and smell pretty too (although an increasing number of people seem to be allergic to them). But like anything concerning love, it does have its thorns as well. Also, make sure when sending roses to someone that you send the right color… red ones might get you into trouble! Roses mean even more when they come from bushes you have planted and cared for yourself!

How to celebrate – Plant some roses… if you intend to use them today you had better have done this several months ago! Study the different colors of roses to get your sentiments across the right way. Buy some fake roses with a rose scented candle.

May 30th Water A Flower Day

Hopefully April brought you those showers that brought your May flowers but now it’s up to you to make sure your flowers get watered! Everything in nature requires water to live, your flowers are no exception. (Even a cactus needs some water) You can set up a sprinkler to come on every day by timer or you can go out with a watering can and water them yourself, which may be good for you and better for your flowers! Watering your plants actually allows you time to spend with them and, at least in some cases, your flowers to spend time with you. It’s a good mix.

How to celebrate – Water your plants. If you don’t have any flowers, water your neighbors plants. Talk to your flowers as you water them, for some unknown reason it seems to help them.

May 3rd Garden Meditation Day

Created by C.L. Formari of Osterville, Ma, an author and radio personality in 2010, garden meditation day is all about becoming an artichoke! No, not really, it’s all about spending some time in nature and enjoying something so simple, and yet so complex at the same time. A garden gives you the chance to experience growth and how you can change the course of time with your own hands. So it’s not about becoming an artichoke, it’s about helping something beyond yourself live and grow and give back to you everything you have put it in.

How to celebrate – Plant a garden. Spend time in your garden. Talk to your plants… it may not help them as much as it helps you.

April 29th Peace Rose Day

April 29th Peace Rose Day

Somewhere between 1935 and 1939, French horticulturist Francis Meilland developed a new rose he wanted to share with the world. Knowing World War 2 was about to begin and that his work would probably be destroyed, he sent cutting of the rose to Italy, Turkey, Germany and the US. In France it was known as the “Madame A. Meilland”, in Italy the “Gioia” (Meaning joy) in Germany the Gloria Dei (Glory to God) and in the US it became known as the Peace Rose because of its association with the End of World War 2 in Europe on April 29th, 1945.

How to celebrate – Grow your own Peace Rose. Read about Francis Meilland. Plant a rose garden.

March 12th Plant A Flower Day

With the weather hopefully getting better these days, it’s time to think about what you can do to make your yard beautiful again. One of the best ways to do that is by planting flowers. They add color to any yard, normally make things smell better and make people stop and take notice. Rose bushes, sunflowers, gardenias… it doesn’t really matter. (That is unless you are allergic to them) Make the world a prettier place by planting flowers today, you won’t regret it and neither will your neighbors.

How to celebrate – Figure out which flower is your favorite and plant them. Mix up a variety of flowers in different beds in your yard. Have a flower growing contest.

July 10th Don’t Step on a Bee Day

We all love honey and it’s good for us too! And if it weren’t for the honey bee, there would be no honey, or at least not naturally anyway. A bee flies nearly 55,000 miles to produce 1 pound of honey, and it takes visiting over 2 million flowers to get the nectar to create that same pound of honey. One bee will transport enough nectar to produce a half teaspoon of honey in its life (generally living from 122-155 days). That is pretty awesome! Think about that the next time you have some honey on your toast or in your tea. So bees are our friends – don’t step on them (not to mention, that it is also not a good situation for you either)!

How to celebrate – Have some honey today. Think about the bees before you disturb their nests and watch out for them when you walk through a field. Plant some flowers to help the bees out.

June 12th Red Rose Day

Roses are red violets are… well, never mind that, this is just roses are red day. Roses are probably the flower most associated with feelings. They are beautiful, smell wonderful and bring joy to nearly everyone who receives them or sends them. In case you get confused like me, red roses signify love; pink are for “thank you”, which may come after the red if they work as intended; yellow are for joy; and red and white are for those lucky enough to fall in love at first sight. Those colors are simple, where it gets complex is if the rose is white or cream, light pink or dark pink, or even orange. Anyway, I hope your day is filled with red roses today.

How to celebrate – Grow a rose garden. Send someone you love roses. Learn the meaning of every color rose.

May 30th Water A Flower Day

April showers bring May flowers, but if you want them to stick around after May you need to water them! Though the day tells us just to pick out one and water it, it’s better if you water them all. Flowers brighten up our day, they smell good and can be enjoyed by all who happen to pass by them. The sun does a lot to help your flowers grow and if you are lucky enough to get rain to water them you are all set. But just as you would care for a child or a pet you need to tend to your gardens. It doesn’t take long and you can even install a system to take care of the watering for you. Or, you can enjoy your flowers even better by watering them yourself.

How to celebrate – Spend sometime with your flowers. Water your plants. Talk to your plants to help them grow.

March 12th Plant A Flower Day

With the weather getting better (I hope) it is time to think about those things that make our homes, and our world, a more beautiful place to live in. With the ground thawing out why not plant some flowers!?! They grow fairly quickly, they add color, and generally smell nice. Unless you get some kind of exotic flower they are generally pretty cheap to grow. Plants and flowers are like that fashion accessory to your outfit that adds just the right amount of zing. So why not add some zing to your yard, your window sill, or your patio. Leave the world a more beautiful place than you found it.

How to celebrate – Plant a flower. Plant a garden. Learn which of the many flowers available is your favorite.