Monthly Archives: September 2016

The Powerful Sunflower

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The Sunflower has the mystical powers to follow the sun with it’s head.  But it also has the power to cleanse the earth.  Gardners have discovered that Sunflowers can have the ability to remove harmful toxins from the earth.  Such toxins include lead, arsenic, zinc, chromium, copper, and manganese.  The Sunflower has given earth friendly people the option to spread the Sunflowers seeds and heads in areas of contamination as a natural way to detoxify soil that is also cost-effective.  The sunflower is one of many plants that are now known to aid in “phytoremediation,” a process that employs various types of plants to remove, transfer, stabilize, and/or destroy contaminants in the our soil, water and air. By doing this, areas near contaminated water or soil that could not be planted on, can now be treated naturally thus allowing for vegetation to be grown for consumption.  The Sunflowers absorbs the toxins into its own self.

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September Birth Flower

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The September Birth Flower is the Aster.  It symbolizes daintiness, love and magic.  Although the flower resembles a daisy it is in actual fact a relative of the sunflower.  All centers of Asters are yellow and they come in shades of whites, yellows, purples, pinks, reds.  The Aster got it’s name because it is shaped like a star with it’s pointy little petals and the root of the word ties back to the Greek word for star.  There are hundreds of species of Asters.  It is believed that fairies used to sleep under the petals of the Asters at night.  Asters can grow up to 6 feet tall and 4 feet wide and do best in full sun. Asters are frequent additions to a variety of bouquets and floral arrangements due to their abundant flower clusters and wide range of hues.  When used in a vase arrangement they can last 5-10 days.  The deep color of the blossoms make them perfect to bring a pop of color into any room.

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