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Let The Roses Rise (Part 1)


Birthday flowers are ascribed by tradition for those born on any given date in the year in Europe and the West. In a cultural sense, flower characteristics such as appearance, color, and scent, have relevance as gifts. It is believed that it were the Romans who started celebrating birth and birthdays using flowers.

Seasonal flowers were used not just for decoration, but also taken as gifts and therefore can probably be credited with the tradition of birth flowers.

Since the jewelry design in this post is a rose, let me share with you the various roses or rose-relating items found in the list of birthday flowers in Wikipedia.

I am not sure how true the list is since it has listed 31 types of flowers/items representing the days for every month and hmm…we don’t have 31 days for every month eh? So this is just for the sake of fun learning :

Rosa Multiflora (2nd January)

Rosa Multiflora is a species of rose native to eastern Asia, in China, Japan and Korea. It is grown as an ornamental plant, and also used as a rootstock for grafted ornamental rose cultivars.

Some places classify Multiflora rose as a “noxious weed”.  In grazing areas, this rose is generally considered to be a serious pest, though it is considered excellent fodder for goats.


Rosa Rugosa (7th January)

Rosa Rugosa  is a species of rose native to eastern Asia, in northeastern China, Japan, Korea and southeastern Siberia, where it grows on the coast, often on sand dunes.

It is widely used as an ornamental plant and has been introduced to numerous areas of Europe and North America. The sweetly scented flowers are used to make pot-pourri in Japan and China, where it has been cultivated for about a thousand years.

The Rosa Rugosa has many common names, several of which refer to the fruit’s resemblance to a tomato, like Beach Tomato or Sea Tomato.


May Rose (3rd February)

I have problem in finding the exact information for this particular rose, so I am not sure if this May Rose is actually referring to the Marjorie May Rose. Anyway, why not take a look at this particular rose?

Marjorie May Rose is a Floribunda rose which produces clusters of large, slightly fragrant, rich orange flowers, blended with pinks and yellows. Leaves are leathery, semi-glossy. Often the flowers are very fragrant.

Most varieties grow on long canes that sometimes climb. Unfortunately, this favorite plant is quite susceptible to a variety of diseases and pests, many of which can be controlled with good cultural practices.


Yellow Rose (2nd March)

Somewhere in the 18th Century, yellow wild roses were discovered growing in the Middle East. When these were brought back to Europe they caused a sensation. Immediately they were planted and the first attempts at hybridization with yellow roses took place.

There are three yellow species roses, which formed the foundation for modern yellow rose hybrids: Rosa Ecae, Rosa Foetida and Rosa Hemisphaerica.

With the advent of the yellow genes being hybridized into European roses came a weakness: blackspot. The yellow rose species were not capable of resistance to this dreadful fungal disease. However, with time and patience, the hybridizers began turning out some lovely creations.

Most of the initial yellow roses still suffered blackspot and were not terribly vigorous, but the blooms began to take on fuller shapes, pleasant fragrance and varying shades from pale lemon to almost peach/copper.

Yellow roses have come a long way since that first introduction. They demonstrate tremendous vigor both as shrubs and climbers and come in a variety of flower form from single to densely petal packed doubles in many glorious shades of pale lemon creams, deep golds, true yellows, buff yellows, peach yellows, and coppery yellows.


Carolina Rose (??? 30th Feb ???)

The Carolina Rose is is a member of the rose family which includes about 2,000 species of trees, shrubs, and herbs worldwide; approximately 77 native and 9 naturalized tree species and many species of shrubs and herbs in North America.

A low, freely suckering shrub, Carolina rose grows 1-3 ft. high. From thorny stems are borne fragrant, 2 inches wide, 5-petaled, pink flowers. Flowers occur singly or in small clusters. The fruit, a hip, turns from dark green to bright red as it ripens.


Rose-Scented Geraniums (4th April)

This is not a rose but a rose-scented plant. Well, why not learn more?

In nature, there are some plants and flowers that have complex aromas and flavors. Scented geraniums are all actually members of species Pelagornium; they are not true geraniums. The name pelagornium and geranium both have Greek roots and refer to the long, bill like seed that each plant produces.

Growing scented geraniums became a popular pastime of the people in Victorian England, where they would raise them in heated greenhouses. This trend continued until 1914 when fuel to heat the green houses was banned due to the war.

Synthetic rose oil is made using rose scented geraniums. The dried leaves are also used in sachets and potpourri. In aromatherapy rose scented geranium is used for facial steams as it is reputed to have anti-aging effects on the skin. It is also reputed to ease insomnia and have an antidepressant effect.

Rose scented geranium is often used to flavor jellies. Any of the leaves can be steeped in milk to extract their particular flavor (such as nutmeg, cinnamon, or apricot), and then added to custards, puddings, or sauces.


Withered Rose (20th May)

Withered Rose?? Seriously??

According to, withered rose is defined as a grayish red to moderate reddish brown…What the…

I guess this is a bit redundant, so here’s a poem, Poor Withered Rose by Robert Seymour Bridges (1844–1930), which I think it is worth sharing:

POOR wither’d rose and dry

 Skeleton of a rose,

Risen to testify

To love’s sad close

Treasur’d for love’s sweet sake

That of joy past

Thou mightst again awake

Memory at last

Yet is thy perfume sweet

Thy petals red

Yet tell of summer heat

 And the gay bed

Yet, yet recall the glow

Of the gazing sun

When at thy bush we two

Join’d hands in one

But, rose, thou hast not seen

Thou hast not wept

The change that pass’d between

Whilst thou hast slept

To me thou seemest yet

The dead dream’s thrall

While I live and forget

Dream, truth, and all

Thou art more fresh than I

Rose, sweet and red

Salt on my pale cheeks lie

The tears I shed

Taken from

Bridal Rose (26th May)

White (Bridal) Rose symbolizes a happy love.

The origins of the tradition of wedding petals are not so clear-cut, but it is known that in medieval England, it was traditional for the bride to be preceded by a flower girl on her way to church, who would strew fresh rose petals before her to signify happiness.

The colors of such wedding rose petals are often chosen to match the bridesmaid’s dresses, and they can also be used to decorate floral walkways at the reception.

Fresh rose petals are frequently used as table decorations, and if fresh petals are not available, many outlets sell freeze-dried rose petals that look just the same.


Cistaceae (16th June)

The Cistaceae (or rock-rose familyrock rose family) is a small family of plants known for its beautiful shrubs, which are profusely covered by flowers at the time of blossom.

The ability of Cistaceae to thrive in many Mediterranean habitats follows from two important ecological properties: mycorrhizal ability and fast renewal after wildfire.

Most Cistaceae have the ability to create symbiotic relationship with root fungi of genus Tuber. In this relationship, the fungus complements the root system in its task of absorbing water and minerals from the soil, and thus allows the host plant to dwell on particularly poor soils.

Cistaceae have also optimally adapted to the wildfires that frequently eradicate large areas of forest. The plants cast their seeds in the soil during the growth period, but the latter don’t germinate right in the next season. Their hard coating is impermeable to the water, and thus the seeds remain dormant for a long period of time.

This together with their small size allows it to establish a large seed bank rather deep in the soil. Once the fire comes and kills the vegetation in the area, the seed coating softens or cracks as a result of the heating, and the surviving seeds germinate shortly after the fire.

This mechanism allows the Cistaceae to produce a large number of young shoots simultaneously and at the right time, and thus to obtain an important advantage over other plants in the process of repopulating the area.


Hellebore (25th June)

Hellebores (sometimes known as the Christmas or Lenten rose) are perennial garden plants with elegant flowers, perfect for brightening up shady areas during late winter and early spring. Some species are grown for their striking evergreen architectural foliage.

Many species are poisonous. Despite names such as “Christmas rose” and “Lenten rose”, hellebores are not closely related to the rose family.


I am covering the first six months of the year in this post because dinner is starting and I am hungry.

I’ve had fun searching for these information and I do hope you’ll have fun reading them as well.

Till then,

Cheers & TTFN~ 😀

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The butterfly is a flying flower, The flower a tethered butterfly.
– Ponce Denis

Be like the flower, turn your face to the sun.
– Kahlil Gibran

You can chase a butterfly all over the field and never catch it.

But if you sit quietly in the grass it will come and sit on your shoulder.


The moment I see the picture of the painted path, I think of this piece of jewelry…are you able to see the similarities??

So, I decided to re-blog this and share three quotes related to butterflies and flowers with you lovely souls out there!!

My personal favourite is the third one because I see the word ‘CONTENTMENT” in that quote.

A contented person is a happy (but hardworking, hey…there is no free lunch in this world) person and I am pretty sure butterflies would love to sit on a happy person’s shoulder because a happy person is definitely not a hostile person.

So, which of the above three is your favourite one?

Hope you all enjoy reading this post.

Till then,

Cheers & TTFN~

From My Little Cottage

I want to do this!

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Walking On Sunshine!!

Do hit the play button before you start reading this post~

Yep, yep and yep….

I am practically walking on sunshine even though it is still raining outside 😀

First thing first, happy Thursday to all the lovely souls out there reading this humble post of ours!

How’s your day?

I really, really hope you all are fine!! 😀

Why am I walking on sunshine, you might wonder?

Dearie missgreyshus took me by surprise with this nomination. 😀

Sunshine award for the third time…hmmm…I guess I am now very tanned…lol…thank you very much for making this cloudy day a lovely one for me. 😀

As I’ve already mentioned the rules before so I will just cut it short by answering the 10 questions; let me see what are the questions:

Favourite colour?

  • All kinds of blues (expect for Monday Blues)….*and I am feeling……GOOD….*  (make a guess…what song is this???)

Favourite animal?

  • Erhmm…let me clear my throat ~how much is that doggy in the window…woof..woof!!!

Favourite number?

  • 5 … love to be in the middle of everything…lol…

 Favourite drink no alcohol?

  • All kinds of drinks with lychee in them!!!!

Prefer FB or Twitter?

  • Facebook and I missed those FB game-playing days…

Your passion?

  • This is one hair-pulling question..first…I need to find the actual meaning for passion.

Passion (from the Ancient Greek verb πάσχω (paskho) meaning to suffer) is a term applied to a very strong feeling about a person or thing.

  • Passion = to suffer? This is really an ironic meaning. Sadly to say I don’t really have a big passion for any specific thing…so I don’t want to type an answer just for the sake of answering. However, via this question, I now know the actual meaning of the word, how cool is that? 😉
  • By the way, I love passion fruit.

Prefer to receive or give gifts?

  • Of course, it is always nice to receive gifts from people, especially from the ones you love. On the other hand, the joy you get from giving is just indescribable, especially when you know you are capable of giving. I am sure you lovely souls out there will share the same sentiment.

 Favorite model car?

  • Don’t know too much about cars…so…no favourite in this case…lol…

Favourite day of the week?

  • WEDNESDAY!!! It is two days away from Monday Blues and it is only two days away from the weekend…like I mentioned before, I simply love to be in the middle of everything…:D

Favorite flower?

  • White Calla Lily – A South African plant widely cultivated for its showy pure white spathe and yellow spadix.

The calla lily is symbolic of marriage and purity because of its white color and its trumpet-like shape, similar to a woman’s shape.

It is also the symbol of rebirth and resurrection; therefore, it is widely used in funeral arrangements and planted in cemeteries.

Now, here are some links for the blogs of a few more lovely souls who have been showering me with love by reading and liking my posts:

  • A Shade of Pen – A journey of exploration of my ownself and yours as well!
  • Manon’s Maze A labyrinth of fashion, movies and all my other obsessions

What time is it?? Question Time!!

Phew~ I cannot believe that I’ve answered 20 questions for this award…perhaps it is time for me to ask some questions because I would love to read about your point of view to some of my random thoughts:

Let’s get the ball rolling with 3 questions first:

  1. Between the sun and the moon, which one would you choose to be and why?
  2. Will you be satisfied with only half glass of water?
  3. Which one can you do without? TV or PC?

If any lovely soul out there who would love to share your with us, just do a post answering these questions in your blog and post the link in this comment section.

Hope to hear from you all soon~

Till then,

Cheers & TTFN

Which Turkey Is Older?


Since it is already the season of thanksgiving, we’ve decided to do a post related to the big bird, Turkey.

Alas, we’ve no jewelry pieces with a turkey design (hmmm…would you wear one if there is any??? I wonder…) so we’ve chosen another bunch of flowers, with each little flower representing the heart of each thankful soul out there.

Hope you all will like it.

Turkey, known officially as the Republic of Turkey, is a Eurasian country located in Western Asia and in East Thrace in Southeastern Europe. The history of Turkey begins with the migration of Oghuz Turks into Anatolia in the context of the larger Turkic expansion, forming the Seljuq Empire in the 11th century AD.

The country’s official language is Turkish, which is spoken by approximately 85% of the population as mother tongue. The most numerous ethnic group are Turks, who constitute between 70% and 75% of the population according to the World Factbook. 

The name of Turkey, literally meaning “owner”, “land of” or “related to” and a Turk can mean either “a citizen of the modern state of Turkey” or more broadly, “an individual of the Turkic-speaking people.”

When Europeans first encountered this big bird in America, they incorrectly identified the birds as a type of guinea fowl which were also known as turkey fowl (or turkey hen and turkey cock) because they were imported to Central Europe through Turkey.

The name turkey fowl, shortened to just the name of the country, stuck as the name of the North American bird. However some people around the world don’t call them Turkeys. Here are some examples:

  • Across Arabia, they call it “diiq Hindi,” or the “Indian rooster.”
  • In Russia, it’s “Indjushka,” bird of India.
  • In Poland, “Inyczka”— again “bird from India.”

Last but not least, do the people in Turkey call it Turkey as well since it is named after their country?

The answer is…no.

Well, they call it “Hindi — again, short for India.

Although this large bird is named after the country Turkey, many turkeys have already been described from fossils.

The well-documented California Turkey Meleagris californica, became extinct recently enough to have been hunted by early human settlers and it is believed its demise was due to the combined pressures of climate change at the end of the last glacial period and hunting.

So, which Turkey is older?

The country or the big bird?

Read more at:

In Singapore, we call it ‘Turkey” in English but in Mandarin, it will be “huo ji” (火鸡), literally meaning ‘Fire Chicken’.

Don’t ask me why, I guess maybe it is because of its outlook??

Hope you all enjoy this post.

Till then, have a great weekend ahead!!

Cheers & TTFN~ 😀


The Ladybugs’ Picnic

I used to have TV curfew when I was a little girl. On weekdays, TV would start at 3 pm and Sasame Street was one of the few programs that my mother allowed me to watch even if its airtime was earlier than my curfew. Love it!

Today’s post is about ladybug and let us start this post with this tune which brings back memories from those good old days.

Francis: So! Being a ladybug automatically makes me a girl. Is that it, fly boy? Eh? 
Fly: Yikes! She’s a guy! 

Although I’ve only watched A Bug’s Life and it has been so many years already, I can never forget this dialogue.

So, why how does  a ladybug get its name? Let’s read on to find out…

The scientific name for a ladybug is a coccinellidae, which means ‘little red sphere’, or coleoptera, which means ‘sheath-winged’.

During the Middle Ages in Europe, the crops were being taken over by insects and dying. People were beginning to starve so the farmers decided to pray to the Virgin Mary to help them with their insect problem.

The farmers were a little bit upset when little red beetles with black spots showed up because they thought that these new insects were going to eat the crops, too.

But the beetles that came actually ate the bugs that were eating the crops, and so the beetles became known as the “beetles of Our Lady”, eventually shortened to simply ladybug.

Ladybugs are and have been for very many years a favorite insect of children. The ladybug was immortalized in the still-popular children’s nursery rhyme Ladybird, Ladybird:

Ladybird, ladybird, fly away home

Your house is on fire and your children are gone

All except one, and that’s Little Anne

For she has crept under the warming pan.

There were superstitious beliefs that it was unlucky to kill a ladybug, and that the verse would make them fly off.

Another superstition states that you should chant the verse if a ladybug lands on you: if it then flies away again, your wish will come true.

This poem has its counterpart in German as Marienwuermchen, collected in Des Knaben Wunderhorn, and set to music by Robert Schumann as Op. 79, No. 13.


Out of curiosity, I decided to check out Robert Schumann’s Op. 79, No.13 and after spending 2:55 min listening to the music, I just couldn’t find the link between the music and the poem.

Schumann op 79 no 13 Der Sandmann

Why not you try listening to it and let me know your thoughts?

By the way, how many ladybugs can you spot in our flower paradise?

Have fun reading and listening~


A Bunch of Flowers To Cheer You Up!

Spring Bud

Sharing some inspiring flowers-related quotes:

” Count the garden by the flowers, never by the leaves that fall. Count your life with smiles and not the tears that roll. ”   Unknown

” May our heart’s garden of awakening bloom with hundreds of flowers.”   Thich Nhat Hanh

” What sunshine is to flowers, smiles are to humanity. These are but trifles, to be sure; but, scattered along lifes pathway, the good they do is inconceivable.”   Joseph Addison

Quotes Extracted  from :

Hope you all will enjoy them.

Cheers & TTFN~

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