The Botanicals Meet April friends & the Easter Bunny sneaks in.
Yesterday was Earth Day – April 22, 1970, more than 20 million people across the U.S. are estimated to have participated in that first Earth Day.41 years later and 41st Earth Day Exceeds 100 Million Acts! The achievement puts Earth Day Network’s Billion Acts of Green campaign well on the road to success for delivering a billion Acts to world leaders at the 2012 UN Conference on Sustainable Development in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil to spur action against climate change. It is a fitting new chapter to Earth Day’s historic legacy of inspiring ordinary people to take action against Earth crises.
This blog, these postings, these creatures, this effort is from my heart and soul – this is my ”commitment to educate friends and family on global warming and to hopefully buy green products such as energy-saving compact fluorescent light bulbs (CFLs).” I hope you find your passion for the Eco and Earth as well. http://botanicalbeautiesbeasties.com/main/
New beginnings isn’t that what growing is all about?
Earth Day countdown – 3 days to go. Since the numbers are getting smaller can you do 3 bigger things today to help yourself and Earth? How about – If you buy food today – buy at least 5 organic items. … or take 5 mins to think about your house cleaning. Can you “clean up your own act” and use 5 less chemicals when you clean?
Better yet: Replace 5 toxic cleaning supplies for 5 natural ones. You will save money, save your skin and health, and help save Earth too.
Earth Day Countdown…4 days! Recycle at least 4 things today!
Gardening can be like the Kitchen sink – throw it all in – but a well planed container garden for an urban dweller can be a delight and joy. A little piece of calm oasis in an urban jungle.
Milly planted her Herb seeds have you?
Container gardening is a great way to have more control over your growing herbs. You can easily move the containers towards a warmer area if needed and back into the shade if the season gets too hot. Container herbs are more readily available for use when they are grouped together. You will be more apt to use them when they are right outside your kitchen door. Here are my 5 choices for a cook’s theme container garden. 1. Mint 2. Sage 3. Rosemary 4. Basil 5. Thyme. This page will take you the planting info.. http://herbgardens.about.com/od/5bestherbsforcontainers/tp/BestHerbsContainers.htm
These pages will take you to the Herbal or Culinary goodness of each of these 5 Herbs.
I was thinking what would be good Earth Week postings – and it came to me that it ought to be about being good to oneself and to the earth. As I thought I was somewhat astonished how much those two overlapped. Eat Organic (when possible) and that is certainly kinder to the earth. Grown without pesticides– better for earth and all it’s inhabitants. Spring Clean chemical free – much better for the cleaner her/himself – and again, easier on the mother earth. You get the idea and point I am sure…. Those are kind of the middle things, the big things are more like Oil and Gas, the little things are more like turn off the lights when you are done. It ALL adds up to matter. So why not just be good to both. Do what you can this week, and every week, to be kind to yourself and you may indeed be taking care of the Earth as well.
Well, in the thoughts of being good to myself … I could not resist: sunny days and warmer temps means spring flowers and gardens to me. As many gardeners will attest to – I just had to have some PANSIES so I could start looking at flowers! I planted them up in containers, although I must admit not in that cool idea of a wine crate from last week. I reused planter boxes that I have, and will have for decades, for they are plastic. I would not buy them again, but since I have them – it is more wasteful not to use them, verses needlessly purchasing new ones and using more resources of any type. Funny thing – when I was all done – there was a little elf like/Jolie like Beautie standing on the Pots edge! (Image below) I guess that means Jolie is our spokeswoman of the week. In case you don’t remember- Jolie lives in the meadow, and is passionate about exploring and promoting herbals and their uses for medicinal means and for beauty. She runs a shop in Meadowville to serve both purposes. (Columbine (Aquilegia) http://botanicalbeautiesbeasties.com/individual-stories/
Don’t forget- the SEED CONTEST is still going! Guess the type, date it sprouts out of the peat pot, and day it is ready to go into the grown and you could win FREE GREETING CARDS from the Botanical Beauties and Beasties. http://botanicalbeautiesbeasties.com/product-samples/ (BTW YES – The seeds were planted this weekend!)
What are those fuzzy lines between imagination, memory, and dreams? Is that the core of imagination? Hard to say… any ideas? Comment to The Botanicals and let us know your thoughts. We think imagination is all that plus freedom of your “inner self” to let “it” out . What’s”It” ? “It” is whatever form suits you – drawing, music, words, dance, acting, cooking, singing, etc. it’s all good.
The first order of business this week is that Twinkle, Goddess of the Shimmering Snow, wants to say Goodbye until next year. It is getting way to warm for her and she is heading North to stay cool and not melt away. As you may remember, she comes in with the winter winds but that means she must leave when the spring temps arrive. She left many charts and reports on the “dirty snow” from pollutions. She is worried. Her message as she heads out-of-town:
1) Please, conserve your “ things needs” – you may just want instead of need it . It all ups to used fuel/energy to make the items, deliver to items, and then to possibly trash the items. 2) Please, conserve on your gas and get some exercise. Don’t drive if you can walk or bike ride!
3) Please pay attention and – Recycle your stuff… Reuse what you can…. Reduce your carbon footprint.
Save the Earth with Good style! You walk around – why not look good and so promote Sustainable Beauty!
Fashion and Green – it can be tricky but doesn’t need to be…With a little effort there are LOTS of choices in Green fashion today – Green (as in Eco) is the new black for fashion! Join in the trend – it’s actually pretty easy!
Yum has done some research – she found a very nice link from Eco Chick. Here’s the link Online Resources for Ecofashion, Beauty and Green Goodness… and then there are some easy finds- Levis Jeans has an organic line and waterless (!), Whole Foods has some great clothing and Premium Body Care… Many brands are adding “green fashion and beauty” to their collections. As M.S. would say – “It’s a good thing.” Wondering about waterless – check out http://airdye.com/ “Synthetic textile-dyeing consumes 2.4 trillion gallons of water a year, enough to fill 3,700,000 Olympic-sized swimming pools. AirDye reduces water use up to 95 percent.** “
Sticking to our Boston base from yesterday – check this out! A “Boston-based IVEE is a fashion forward sportswear company dedicated to creating luxuriously comfortable sportswear embodying simple glamour and natural elegance.” Items look very nice on line…I am anxious to try some out! http://www.iveestyle.com/ Here is a way to carry all your cool green stuff around – check out Green Style On The Go® at www.sakysacks.com. Very Cute! Very Pretty!
Are You Up on Eco-Chic Green Fashion Lingo? Learn the green fashion terms.
100% Organic Cotton: To be considered 100 percent organic, cotton must be “certified by a third party (such as the USDA), following strict guidelines for growing the fiber, using no disallowed synthetic chemicals.
Bamboo: A textile made from the pulp of the fast growing bamboo plant that’s soft, highly water absorbent, and anti-bacterial.
Fair Trade: Fair trade companies look at more than just the bottom line. They look at development as a whole and create more of a partnership with suppliers, which makes for a fairer exchange system where workers get paid fair wages and work under good conditions.
Hemp: A strong fabric sewn from the fibers of the fast growing cannabis plant (a variety that contains virtually no THC, the active ingredient in marijuana).
Recycled/Upcycled: Material that’s been reprocessed at the end of its life into something new and useful.
Sustainable: Describes a product created by a process that can continue indefinitely without causing environmental destruction or usurping resources.
Wherever you go, no matter what the weather, always bring your own sunshine. ~Anthony J. D’Angelo
“Using the power of the sun to heat your water is one of the simplest ways that you can make your home more energy efficient. Heating water usually accounts for 40 percent of an average family’s monthly energy costs. Converting to inexpensive solar thermal water heating is a great first step that will not only allow us to utilize a much more clean, affordable and sustainable source of energy, it will also create jobs and help our nation to become more energy independent.” by Rhonda Winter Whole article
Fun info about Solar Power, Electricity and Energy.
Da Vinci predicted a solar industrialization as far back as 1447.
A world record was set in 1990 when a solar powered aircraft flew 4060km across the USA, using no fuel.
Accounting for only 5 percent of the world’s population, Americans consume 26 percent of the world’s energy.
About 2 billion people in the world are currently without electricity.
About 30% of our total energy consumption is used to heat water.
Electric ovens consume the most amount of electricity, followed by microwaves and central air conditioning. (info from Facts-about-Solar-energy.com)
Mimi- the parrot. Mimi has taken the shape of a Parrot to bring to awareness the birds of the tropics and how endangered many species are. 85 of the 340 living species of parrots in the wild are endangered… Mimi was inspired by Nancy Forrester and The MANA project (www.mamaproject.org). Mimi is created from all Key West flowers inNancy’s Secret Garden. She is flamboyant and beautiful wanting to be noticed! If she is able to help save the parrots she will be a happy bird herself!
Madelyn: (Maddie for Short) comes up from Key West- she is a Beach girl and it is fitting her role is “Beach Conservation.” She roams the beaches, keeping her eyes on erosion, pollution, marine life and beach fun! She keeps her trusty water bottle with her at all times so she stays “hydrated” and ready to go. Beach Conservation also means trying to keep the very fragile Dunes healthy. Dunes act as dikes and reservoirs to replenish the beach. It’s all-important stuff and Maddie wants you to know about it.
Maddie is from plants at The Key West Tropical Forest & Botanical Garden. “The Key West Tropical Forest & Botanical Garden is the only “frost-free” botanical garden in the continental United States. A tropical environment with ample rain allows most trees to retain their leaves in the dry season (December through late May). It is home to many endangered and threatened flora and fauna. Tropical forests of the world hold at least half of all the variety of life on Earth. Moreover, the species found with the Caribbean are among the richest in plant and animal life on the planet.” http://www.keywestbotanicalgarden.org
The Love Birds just found out about an Orchid Show – Orchid Mania 2011: Purple Reign, it’s in Cleveland (a long way for them to travel)but they are excited anyways. When your head is an Orchid this is big news! http://bit.ly/hsTrB9
They thought you might like to know a tad more about Orchids. First the flower definition, then the Botanicals definition.
“Throat – the inner portion of a tubular orchid lip, often quite colorful. Lip – the part of the flower that is almost completely divided from the rest of the flower, however, it is connected by the column. The lip is specialized to aid in pollination.” Definitions and image from: http://bit.ly/hEjuq2
Throat – the long portion in a tubular shape, connected to the beak, often quite colorful. Lip – the part of the Botanical Beauties that is on the outside of the beak or mouth. The lip is specialized to form words.
(It’s Whimsy Wednesday, and so an illustration of some type appears today.)
Since we are on the theme of Sun and warm temps this week The Botanicals can not help but also think of Flowers. Being a major body part for most of them they are grouping together and creating a new job for the community titled Ambassador of Endangered Flowers and Sea Plants (EFSP.) They will immediately start a capital campaign called SAVE THE PLANTS. Who is fill this very important position is still to be determined. Since all Botanicals already have an environmental mission/ job they will probably have to find a new friend for this appointment. Stay tuned for more information.
Twinks has come in on the latest Nor’easter”– everyone is so excited to see her! Big party tonight at the Knowledge Café! Izabella is excited to be the host, and everyone plans to be there. Good times abound!!!
Twinkles – Goddess of the Shimmering Snow (a.k.a Twinks) is a true snowbird. She comes IN with winter weather – especially the snow. She cares about the cleanliness of the snowfall. Toxins in the atmosphere, which make for “dirty snow” are not so obvious to us WoMes, but the Botanicals are very sensitive to them and they are worried. The Botanicals understand that the snow eventually melts and it’s nourishment for the emerging spring plants. Many of those plants grow into food for the community. Twinkles glides in on winter storms and spreads “glimmers” that clean up toxins. Notice the glimmers on her skirt? (click on image for a larger version)