Encyclopedia of colors.
Our site is dedicated to the magical world of colors. You will learn how to decorate the house and garden with beautiful flowers such as ylang-IPAH, lily, orchid, and traditsionnyimi roses, tulips, iris, grow in the home such unusual plants such as ferns, lilac, laurel and myrtle, as well as many interesting facts about flowers.
Title anemone or anemone probably heard, even those who by culture flowers pretty far. But what kind of flower, and answer a few. Since the genus Anemone (Anemone) buttercup family concerns are about 150 species of perennial herbaceous plants that look very different and flowering at different times, from flower lovers because of this there is a real mess. Although it is in Russian gardens can be found just a few types of anemone.
Tell all elegant anemones impossible. Dwell only on the anemone, which are more or less normally grow in a median strip, good winter. Their seeds or planting material can be found in our stores or in the woods.
The botanical name of a gladiolus - gladiolus, its stem is really similar to the blade of the sword, and scarlet blossoms of some varieties - for drops of blood. So the name "gladiolus" - a Latin word (Gladius). Ancient Roman legend states that if a gladiolus bulbs hang on the chest as an amulet, they will not only help to win the fight, but also will protect from destruction.
The Romans considered gladiolus flower gladiators. According to legend, a cruel Roman general captured Thracian soldiers and ordered to turn them into gladiators, and the most beautiful, brave, smart and loyal friends and Sevt Teresa commander ordered the first fight with each other, promising that the winner will get his daughter's hand, and will be released to freedom.
Look at this show came together many curious townspeople. However, they did not see the desired when they blew the martial pipe, calling the brave soldiers in battle, and teres Sevt swords stuck in the ground and rushed to each other with open arms.
The crowd roared angrily. Pipes sounded again, demanding the fight, and when the men again failed to meet the expectations of bloodthirsty Romans, they were put to death. But as soon as the body touched the ground defeated, the handles of their swords rose flowering gladioli, which to this day are considered to be a symbol of friendship, loyalty, memory, and nobility.
In the days of Theophrastus, the author of numerous works on plants, bulbs Gladiolus baked in pastry and eaten. In milled corms added onions and baked cakes. And Pliny the Elder wrote that in his time the roots of gladioli found use in medicine.
In Europe, the medieval mercenaries, as in ancient Rome, gladioli corms worn on the chest as amulets, as was common belief that they have mysterious powers that make a person invincible and protect from injury. It was believed that the magic power of corms enclosed in mesh "armor" - venation coverts dead leaves.
Rose - Queen of flowers - is the object of worship and ardent love. Since time immemorial, the rose was the object of worship and admiration.
The earliest information about the rose can be found in drevneindusskih legends: it enjoyed in ancient India such honor, that there was even a law under which anyone who will bring a rose to the king could ask him anything you desire.
In ancient Iran about this flower charms written hundreds of volumes. According to one of the poets, the rose was a gift of God. One day he came all the children of Flora to appoint their new ruler instead of the beautiful, but sleepy Lotus, who forgot the night of his duties of the governor. Allah listened to their request and sent down to them pristine white rose with sharp thorns.
Poets and writers inspired by the legend of the nightingale and the rose. Nightingale was so captivated by her beauty that delighted rose pinned to his chest. But spikes, sharp like daggers, stabbed him in the heart, and blood stained the accident wondrous flower petals. That is why the story of Persian legend, many outdoor rose petals still retain their pinkish hue.
Perhaps the Persian rose, and was originally a magnificent Terry rose with a musky odor. A garden can be found Negaristan rose Eglanteriyu - up to b m, with a trunk up to 70 cm in circumference. This rosewood has no analogues in the world. From the Persians love roses turned to all Mohammedans, who attributed them to the purifying force - according to legend, the white rose grew from the drops of sweat Muhammad during his night ascent to heaven.
Therefore, no Mohammedan not stepped on a rose, and lying on the ground tab once to shift to a clean place. Rozvovoy water attributed cleansing power: Mohammed II, for example, after the capture of Constantinople, commanded them to cleanse the Church of St.. Sofia from top to bottom with rose water before you turn it into a mosque.
In China rose fond, say, and the great Confucius, and sang praises her as the queen of flowers. They also say that more than 500 volumes in the library of the Chinese emperor narrate only the rose, and the imperial gardens it grows in incredible quantities. Did rose the ancient Jews - and to this day a moot point. However, according to the Talmud, red rose grew out innocently spilled blood of Abel and should therefore serve as an ornament every Jewish bride at a wedding.
In Greece - the center of all the intellectual life of the ancient world - the rose was considered a gift from the gods. According to Anacreon, she was born out of a snow-white foam that covered the body of Aphrodite. Seeing this pretty flower on it, the gods immediately sprayed it with nectar, giving it a wonderful aroma.
There are many legends about how the white rose is red. According to one legend, it was painted a drop of blood of Aphrodite as she, not noticing the sharp spikes, running down the grove Python, where he lay wounded to the death of her beloved Adonis. Other states, during one of the feasts of the gods on Mount Olympus Cupid overturned his red-pink wings vessel with nectar, color white roses red and let them smell sweet.
Rose played an important role in everyday life: wreaths of roses decorated with the bride, they were sent to each other in love, roses strewn path Greeks winner, who was returning home. On the other hand, the roses were cleaned urns with ashes of the deceased - in the round bud Greeks saw the symbol of infinity. Generally, rose miracle attributed to a variety of properties - safeguard the remains of decomposition to return the beauty and many others. In honor and weavers were wreaths of roses.
Greece rose was moved colonists in Rome. In the days of the republic rose was considered a symbol of strict morals and was a reward for outstanding acts and warriors adorned themselves with wreaths of roses, to instill a courage. She was so highly valued that it was forbidden to adorn themselves with her in the days of grief and sorrow.
And the houses are often hung over the table twig rose as a symbol of the god Harpocrates - the god of silence. Popular expression «sub rosa dictum» - means: I said under the rose, that is. E. Strict confidence. Value rose during the fall of Rome has changed: it has become a flower fun during drunken orgies, the mouthpiece of low feelings. Patricians and emperors fragrant petals stuffed mattresses and pillows strewn floors of their palaces with a thick layer of petals.
In the dining room of the emperor Nero ceiling and walls rotate, depicting the changing seasons, and instead of hail and rain, guests showered billions of fresh petals. Wanting to get drunk as much as possible the smell of roses, the emperors ordered even strew petals surface of the sea water during the walks.