flowers are beautiful and fragrant but, what is a flower?
What is a flower? Flowers delight our senses and
transcend all ages and cultures.
Some countries are known for their
flowers like the tulips of Holland, the cherry blossoms of Japan Roses are
the national flower of England and the United States.
They are beautiful and smell good. But, they
have a more important function besides being pretty.
Flowers are a wonderful God gift we can't live without!
Flowers are a wonderful gift from God!
what is a flower good for?
The most important thing about flowers is
they give us food.
Flowers 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.
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.
We can't live without flowers.
parts of a flower
How do flowers work? What are the parts of a flower?
Flowers contain the reproductive
parts of plants.
There are four main flower parts;
the pistil, stamens, sepals and petals.
Parts 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
The style goes down to the ovary
in the bottom of the flower.
After pollination the seeds are formed in the ovary.
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.
More flower information
is a flower in our gardens?
There are three main reasons people have flowers in their garden.
- Grow food
- Attract wildlife
- Enjoy the flowers
Grow Some Veggies
#1 a flower is food for our table
We may have just a small kitchen
garden. Or we could grow a big garden to provide food for a large family. Many vegetables are easy to grow.
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 vegetables
It doesn't matter how old we are. There are many benefits of gardening. It's is great for children to seniors.
is a flower? - food for wildlife
beautiful blossoms make food for animals and birds, as well as people.
Cows and sheep live off the leaves
of plants. That's leaves not flowers, but flowers make seeds for more plants.
Flowers provide food for many birds and animals.
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
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.
More ways to Attract Hummingbirds
Butterflies are unable to hover and
eat like hummingbirds do. They need a landing pad, so they can sit down and
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
is a flower? - a delight to our senses
Orchids are a wonderful gift.
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. Roses 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 Phaleanopsis, the Moth Orchid in the photo. They
make a great house plant. They have 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.
what are flowers to me? - a great joy!