An Interesting Fact About The Hydrangea

Have you ever seen the colours of the hydrangea? If you have, you probably know that hydrangeas come in many different colours. Except do you know what causes their colour variation?

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The colour of the hydrangea depends on the soil type its in. The soil acidity level can change the colour of your hydrangea. For example, if you put iron around the garden bed of your hydrangeas, it would turn them blue:

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Just remember, if you want your hydrangeas to stay blue, you must put down iron or aluminium every month. 

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If you want a pink hydrangea you need to make sure that you put 1/2 a cup of garden sulphur onto the soil the hydrangeas are planted in and then water it in.

If you have any questions about the hydrangea, feel free to ask me and I should get back to you with an answer soon afterwards.

Sites Used:

http://www.burkesbackyard.com.au/fact-sheets/in-the-garden/flowering-plants-shrubs/hydrangeas/#.Vlq06B93nCI

http://www.southernliving.com/home-garden/gardens/hydrangea-color

Looking Further Into Plants

Rafflesia

The Rafflesia is a huge flower that likes to have flies pollinate it. The way it gets the flies to pollinate it is its revolting smell of ROTTING MEAT!

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The flies smell the meat and fly over to find it. They crawl over the flower in search of the meat only to get covered in pollen, and that’s the way it delivers the pollen to somewhere else. Here’s a picture of the actual flower:

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The normal place you’ll find a Rafflesia is on the rainforest floor.

But don’t go near it, because as you have heard; it smells of rotting meat!

Fruit

Fruits come in different categories. The first category I’ll talk about, is the melon category.

This melon category consists of watermelon, rockmelon, casaba, honeydew and casaba. Fruits like that with a lot of seeds and thick skin. Here’s a picture of a watermelon:

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The next category I’ll talk about is the citrus fruit category. Things like kumquats, lemon, grapefruits, orange, tangerines and limes. They usually have a sort of inner thin skin called a membrane. The membrane divides the inside of the fruit into little pieces that you might call segments. Here’s a picture of a lemon:

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As you can see in this picture, the membrane is dividing it into segments.

The last category I’ll talk about, is the tropical fruits category.

It has fruits in it like avocados, coconut, bananas, figs, dates, guavas, mangoes, papayas, mangos, pineapples, pomegranates and kiwi. The tropical fruits grow in warm conditions. Here’s a picture of my favourite fruit, the mango, which is a tropical fruit:

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although there are other categories of fruit like berries, pits and cores; I won’t go through them because then we’d all get bored.

I hope you enjoyed this post!

Poems: Flowers

These are some of my poems that I made up. There are more poems except these ones are the ones about flowers.

When Spring Comes

 

violets

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Violets blooming here and there,

Water lilies on the ponds everywhere,

Roses sprouting up from their stalks,

And everyone’s thinking happy thoughts.

 

This poem is actually a parody of “Roses Are Red” except with different flowers.

 Orchids Are Pink

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Orchids are pink,

Daisies are white,

Each time I see you,

I scream with delight!

 

Those are all the flowers poems for now!

 

 

Flowers

Welcome to my first flowers post!

Here is where you will learn all about flowers. The following list is of all the flower names I can think of.

Flower List:

Rose, daisy, buttercup, chicory, scilla, camellia, sunflower, honeysuckle, cornflower, lavender, dandelion, forget me not, blossom, strawberry flower, hydrangea, lily, iris, violet, primrose, pansy, harebell, white bell, bluebell, daffodil, red devon, erucheer, tulip, geranium, gerbera, azalea, lilac, carnation, king cup, fuchsia, columbine, nasturtium, orchid and poppy.

If you think of any more, put them in a comment.

Here’s a very interesting video, but make sure you’ve got a lot of time on the computer because it goes for a long time.

https://youtu.be/0ur2HmZlHRE

Here’s a quiz, but make sure you don’t scroll down until you’ve finished. Just to let you know, all the flowers that answer the question are in the list above.

1. What flower comes in the colours blue, pink and purple (mostly blue), and has a three word long name.

2. This flower is a weed and is usually yellow all over plus its name starts with d.

3. Its in the picture that is in the post “Spring Is Coming!”

 

 

 

 

Answers:

1. Forget Me Not.

2. Dandelion.

3. Tulip.