Wednesday, December 21, 2011

CHRISTMAS FLOWERS. FLOWERS FOR CHRISTMAS

CHRISTMAS FLOWERS
Past few publishings, I have posted on flowers and fruits and relate them to foodie and health benefits aspects.. I have decided to continue posting on flowers/ fruits, until end of the year. With Christmas coming a few days away, I  now do on  flowers associated with Christmas celebrations, which I feel many don’t know… Happy fiesting on all those foodies and happy holidays to all
MISTLETOE UP ON A MOUNTAIN TREE
Mistletoe leaves and young twigs are used by herbalists, and it is popular in Europe, especially  in Germany  for treating circulatory and respiratory system problems.[

CHRISTMAS FLOWERS
1- Poinsettia The ancient Aztecs (ruling tribe in central Mexico at the time of contact with Europe) prized the poinsettia as a symbol of purity. Centuries later, Mexico’s early Christians adopted the poinsettia as their prized Christmas Eve flower. The Mexican poinsettia, known as the Christmas Flower in North America, is used in most Christmas decorations, owing to its bright red color and its blooming season coinciding with the Christmas holiday season.
2- Christmas cactus, also known as orchid cactus, often blooms around Christmas time. Pendulous stems of Christmas cactus make it a great choice for hanging baskets. There are a number of different cactus species sold as "Christmas cactus."
christmas cactus  (top and below)
Schlumbergera , commonly known as Christmas cactus is a small genus of cactus with six species from the coastal mountains of south-eastern Brazil. Plants grow on trees or rocks in habitats which are generally shady with high humidity and can be quite different in appearance from their desert-dwelling cousins.
This genus contains the popular house plants known by a variety of names including Christmas Cactus, Thanksgiving Cactus, Crab Cactus and Holiday Cactus, which are Schlumbergera cultivars and flower in white, pink, yellow, orange, red or purple
Schlumbergera
3- Christmas rose One plant called Christmas rose is regarded as a true Christmas flower in certain parts of the world. Christmas rose  (serissa) is also known as the "snow rose" or "winter rose." Originally from tropical regions of Asia, cultivated Serissa often blooms during the winter.
Another plant known as Christmas rose is Hellebonus niger
Hellebonus niger
Christmas  rose  Hydrangea  (common names Hydrangea and Hortensia) is a genus of about 70 to 75 species of flowering plants native to southern and eastern Asia ( China, Korea, Japan), the Himalayas, and Indonesia) and North and South America.  By far the greatest species diversity is in eastern Asia. 
Hydrangea
4- Holly  is the plant most associated with Christmas in many European countries. Holly wreaths are hung on doors, and sprigs of holly used to trim Christmas puddings.
Holly-Ilex . The species are evergreen and deciduous trees, shrubs, and climbers from tropics to temperate zones worldwide. Ilex is  native of Afro-Eurasia, Australia and the Americas, The genus includes species of trees, shrubs, and climbers, with evergreen or deciduous foliage and inconspicuous flowers
European Holly Ilex -  J├╝rgen Howaldt author
Holly (Ilex aquifolium) flowers; male above, female below. Photo User:MPF 

5- Ivy -Like most of the other Christmas flowers, ivy leaves symbolize eternity and resurrection
Ivy, plural ivies (Hedera) is a genus of 12–15 species of evergreen climbing or ground-creeping woody plants,  native to western, central and southern Europe Macaronesia, northwestern Africa and across central-southern Asia, Japan and Taiwan

Hedera helix  Photo by and (c)2006 Derek Ramsey
6- Mistletoe  is a Christmas plant whose origin is said to date back to the Pagans. Druid priests used this Christmas plant two hundred years before the birth of Christ in their winter celebrations. A more modern tradition is to exchange kisses under a sprig of mistletoe
European mistletoe attached to a SilverBirch
Mistletoe berries in Wyre Valley

Red mistletoe Hopkins River New Zealand-by William M Connolley

48 comments:

  1. Quite a different perspective on Xmas. Those red flowers are really popular here but I didn't realise its significance

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  2. Those are great photos! Such a different assortment of Christmas flowers.

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  3. wow...lovely pics...thanks for sharing dear..:)

    Tasty Appetite

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  4. hi three cookies, thank you for coming over. Yes, i blog on a different perspective about christmas. i did this cos i have many international blogger friends celebrating christmas..
    You are in sweden, sure poinsettias everywhere, you sound like you dont celebrate. have a nice day

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  5. hi yummy chunklet, thanks for coming over, glad you like all the pics, they are beautiful seasonal flowers, blooming around christmas time- hence chosen to be "christmas flowers"
    have a nice day

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  6. They are all so beautiful!!!!!!!!!
    I'll have to buy flowers... NOW!
    I want NOW. :)

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  7. hi nash, thanks for the visit and sweet comment.have a nice day. you seem more active nowadays

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  8. hi Jay, thanks for coming over, appreciate it, have a nice day dear

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  9. hi love to cook msia- thanks for visiting, and for your sweet comments..have a wonderful day.

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  10. hi Ana, glad you came over and doing it your style.. OK!!!!!!!!! i will open my shop today just for you.. others will have to wait until the 24th..fresh as can be...
    hey Rio must have snow, you are so far down chasing the antartic.. the flowers will surely last longer then.. have w wonderful day

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  11. what a great post...clicks are awesome..perfect for the festive season..

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  12. hi julie, many thanks for coming and for the sweet comment, have a wonderful day, sorry, may be i will submit my recipe to you in the next event..
    have a nice day dear

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  13. hi sobha, many thanks for your visit, happy to read your comment. i think my post is informative enough for many to just know the basics.. the kind of flowers that relate to christmas are the ones that blooms around christmas time of the year.
    have a wonderful day..

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  14. Fantastic post! Love that bright red poinsettia to brighten up your day...

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  15. Beautiful, thank you for this post, also very informative. Have a Merry Christmas my friend!

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  16. Hi, wonderful post for flowers for Christmas Wan!:) Thank you for showing and sharing us about them!:) Thank you!:)

    BTW, have you heard about stupid guy? Yes, he is at my blog http://discoveritjustnow.blogspot.com hope you can give him some advice from you!:)Thank you so much Wan!:) Merry Christmas!:)

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  17. wow the red mistletoe tree looks so nice Wan..I'll grab some of them and hang it on my door..so my hon can kiss me when he comes hehehe ;) Merry Christmas Wan ;)

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  18. i'll plant mistletoe in our future garden..so me and my hon could stay there regardless of season! hihihihi..i'll make it a daily tradition hehehe

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  19. Lovely pics to go with this posting and so much too I have learned on each one of those explanation you have shared Maznah.

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  20. Hi Sie, many thanks for coming, you always like what i blog... ha ha. i like the red mistletoe too, such a beau view, overlooking the misty mountains, and look at the color of the grass below.. new zealand has so many beautiful places to show off..i love them .. yay but you only love the mistletoe..mmm have a nice day

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  21. Hi Wan, very interesting posting. Love the pics too, and your descriptions.
    Have a nice day.
    Lee.

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  22. hi Treat and Tricks ..glad you came and like the poinsettia- very rich red and so pretty..
    i love poinsettia and this season, they look even prettier than ever before..
    have a nice day to you.

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  23. Hi 1-2Punch. Many thanks for your visit.. Wow ! I am really glad your boys came home for the festive season, I can understand how happy you are having them around. Wishing you and your family a very MERRY CHRISTMAS and HAPPY HOLIDAYS

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  24. hi jasna, thanks for coming over, yes, very colorful flowers, that's why i have most of text in black and white. have a nice day, where is my yule cake? ha ha

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  25. hi sagittarian, thanks for coming over and for liking my post- u like it so much i guess ha ha.. what's up sagi, ok i will go over visit and read and will try help you out dear. have a nice day.

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  26. hi beanizer, good idea. plant it onto your garden tree and stand below it with your hon daily- no worries about running out of stock..red ones great, yellow ones as in first pis is also a must.
    happy tree gardening
    that first, before anything
    have a nice day

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  27. hi nava, thanks for coming and happy to note that you like my post/s. have a nice day and take care

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  28. hi Lee , many thanks for coming over, hope you get well soon,i read from from your blog you had fever. yes, the pics are really nice especially the ""poinsettia"" and the last pic, if i am there i will paint on its beauty. Have a wonderful day Lee.. take care of your health.

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  29. weeeeeeeeee..quadratus crab said hi hahaha..thank you Wan and just visiting you again..I need a mistletoe for my whole house hehehe ;)

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  30. hi Sie, i suggest you buy the mistletoe now and you turn them into dried leaves and flowers. that way you have least one mistletoe,
    inside the whole house , for the whole year..ha ha have a nice day

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  31. What a lovely post! I had no idea there were that many Christmas flowers! I'm enjoying this flower series and look forward to the rest of the year of them...GREAT idea!

    Thinking of you, my friend!

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  32. Hi Ann, many thanks for coming, i dont know of the many other flowers either.. thats for liking my "flower series". have a nice day

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  33. lovely christmas flowers I like it thank you for sharing
    happy holidays

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  34. Hi Wan! Thanks for sharing this post! I love flowers! The number of species of flowers in Turkey is approximately 9,000, of which 3,000 are endemic. In Europe for instance there are 11,500 species. This shows the richness of flora and fauna in Turkey (Anatolia).

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  35. Hi create with mom. many thanks for your visit and for liking this post. its been a while, will visit you soonest.
    Happy holidays to you too akheela...

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  36. Hi Isa, thanks for your visit and comments, we too have lots of flowers, all year round.. we also have poinsettias...and yes we do have one mistletoe (family) too, tho we dont use them like mistletoe..we make herbal drink out of them, good for memory.. doctors prescribe this to patients with amnesia problems. have a nice day.

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  37. Nice blog, I hope you are enjoying the holidays. Love the photos! Merry Christmas.

    Visit my blog when you get a chance ;)

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  38. hi tututiny, i welcome your visit to my blog and glad you like it.. will visit you soon. have a nice day..

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  39. Hi! :) Merry Christmas! :)just checking new recipes here now for my New years list of yummy food!.:) lols.. hugs and kisses! :)

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  40. hi sagi, merry christmas to you and family- happy holidays dearest, lots of yummy food here...
    take care hugs n kisses to you too :)

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  41. Lovely pics!
    Merry Christmas to you and all your loved ones!

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  42. Hi Sutapa, thanks for coming over and liking the pics..have a nice day dear

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  43. Hi Isa, Selamat hari natal dan tahun baru to you also..thanks for your visit and have a nice day

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