Truth or Myth: Gardening is For the Elderly

Is Gardening only for the Elderly?Some people are closer to nature than others. Many share a familiarity with animals, but there are also a great number of people out there who have an extreme affinity to plants. But a notion has seemed to risen among society – that gardening is for people whose lives are slow, whose pace of existence is not being chased by deadlines, theses, or exams. However is this notion true? Is it a truth, or is it just a myth?

The thing about gardening

In a society dominated by urbanism, where concrete jungles dominate the landscape and asphalt blankets the ground, gardening isn’t exactly popular. Where there are more grays than greens, the practice of raising plants are out of mind. So you can see where the previously mentioned notion comes from. Living in a fast-paced, physically concrete society, who has the time to buy some pots, some earth and fertilizer and some seeds? Or even out of the urban context, who are the people who have time to go around in the yard and tend the plants? That’s right – elderly. Although this might not be true for everybody, the general idea is reoccurring and accepted. But does an accepted idea equate to being true?

Young People GardeningAgainst the flow

Who is the judge anyway? Some younger people – even teenagers may find gardening to be relaxing. Gardening is a respectable hobby. Just like any other hobby requiring time and effort, gardening is rewarding. It can satisfy, calm the nerves, and just generally make one brighter. All those flowers – all the beauty in it is not only reserved for those who are elderly. The joy of seeing one sprout from a seed is not limited to a few. In fact, gardening is for anyone who wants some color in their lives – literally. Some may think it’s too “gay” for young men, but that isn’t at all true! The patience and hard work required in gardening will really separate the men from boys who give up too easily. So you see, even if it’s not just for the elderly, it’s still not just for “little girls.”

So is gardening for the elderly? No. I believe that it’s a very bad stereotyping of our beloved elderly. Get this logic: elderly people garden, but not all who garden are old people. It’s for everybody, meant to be enjoyed by many and not limited just because of a society-created stereotype from the media. So if ever you have plans to start gardening, whoever you are, by all means. The wonderful world of gardening awaits you. Do your best!

5 No-no’s I Did That Killed My Flowers

Dry and Dying FlowerA wonderful lush garden of floral growth topped off with rows of potted flowers thickly habited by colorful plant life – that’s probably how you envision your garden to look like, right? I mean, who begins by focusing on the bad possibilities? But out of all irony, your garden may end up looking like anything BUT wonderful. Perhaps a barren wasteland with soil sadistically choking the life out of your flowering plants is a hyperbolized exaggeration that’s extremely close to your gardening reality.

Maybe you’re wondering where you went wrong or so. Well, a plant’s not going to want to kill itself, you know. It may die because of ignorance, but ignorance itself is something you did TO IT. So what are the common mistakes usually committed in gardening flowering plants? And what are the things you’ve possibly done to kill your precious, gentle, colorful plants?

Too much or too little water.

It’s a rookie mistake. However, it’s a FATAL rookie mistake. Most of the common questions asked by amateur gardeners are related to how often they should water. In a nutshell, I can give you an answer – Goldilocks. Not too much, not too little, but just right. What do I mean by “just right?” You should be able to know dipping a finger into the soil. Check if it’s moist that way regularly, maybe twice a day. If it’s not, it’s time to water. Just don’t water if it’s not feeling dry. Only water your plants if the soil is dry.

Overcrowding.Bad Gardening

Like some teenage girls going through trivial “life crises,” delicate flowers also need space. You can’t plant them so close to each other, for their proximity of the presence of one to another will choke them. Their roots will “fight over” the moisture of the soil in just one area. Too much roots of different plants in one area will cause a fight for space that will potentially kill them. Depending on the flowering plant, the space they need is relative.

Too much or too little sunlight.

Water, enough soil, and sunlight are the three basic elements that are essential for plants. You can’t have just two of either of them. You got to have all three. That’s why sunlight is also important. Again with the “Goldilocks” rule – not too much and not too little sunlight would be the ideal amount. Slanted sunlight or sunlight during morning and afternoon hours are less strong compared to vertical sunlight in the heat of noon. Look for a way to give them the right amount of sunlight in one day, which would be around 6 hours. Any more sunlight than that would prove to be unhealthy to your plants. Maybe you could put it under a garden shade that only lets the sunlight hit the plants when the sun is not directly overhead.

Dead FlowerToo much fertilizer.

Although I can say that it’s possible to grow some flowers without fertilizers, I can also say that too much fertilizer can kill it. You might think that since fertilizer is good, MORE fertilizer is better. That’s wrong. Stick to the recommendation when you’re mixing it into the soil. Make sure you never get all “trigger-happy” with the fertilizer doses.

Forgetting about the invaders.

Weeds and pests are a headache to the common gardener, but that doesn’t mean it’s unavoidable. I’m reminding you to not be lazy about weeding. No effective garden will come out unless you put your full effort into getting down and plucking the weeds out one by one. Pesticide is also recommended for pests accordingly, but not too much of it. Just spray enough for them to quit eating up your flowers. Don’t overkill.

A noble hobby is gardening. Remember that without any hard work, you won’t have the expected result. If you failed once or a few times before, nothing is still stopping you from giving gardening another shot. So what if you don’t have a so-called “green thumb?” Anyone, including you, can turn a vision of wonderful lush garden patches full of floral life, or a pot full of thriving flowering plant-life, into a reality!

Top 10 Best Flower Scents

As appealing to the eyes as they may be, flowers also offer us a wide variety of scents and fragrances. Imagine the decorated fragrance of the wind as it passes through fields of thick floral growth. The scent – carried by the breeze, passes through your cheek, tickles your nose, and whispers secrets of delight as it combs through your hair. That sensation, delight, and simple blithe is what is extracted from flowers. The bottling process that follows the extraction immortalizes the fragrance in the form of perfumes and other scented products.

It’s a wonderful thing – how every kind of flower has its own distinct color, shape and size. That’s why it’s not very surprising to know that every flower has its own scent. And just as beauty is relative to the eyes of the beholder, so is scent. In this article, you’ll be reading about my Top 10 Flower Scents. This list that I made is comprised of flowers whose scents are commonly used because of their popularity and overall quality. Let’s begin.


Lilies – Toothpaste, vanilla spice, and cloves blended together with a little citrus-y scent have been sometimes used to describe the scent of lilies (pictured above). It can be described as minty or cool menthol-y.

Gardenias – Gardenias have this scent that can be described as… “sweet”. Like the other flowers in this list, gardenias blend very well with other fragrances.

Daisies – Although it can be generally described as “scentless”, it really isn’t scentless at all, of course. I can say that it’s just really mild – like fresh linen.

Lavender FlowersLavender – Some people would describe it as even “smoky” – but of course they’re not implying that it smells like smoke. Lavender has this thick, mysterious and heavy

Orange Blossoms –Would you be surprised if I told you that it smells a bit like oranges? Well it’s very citrus-y and the combination of cheer and romance somewhere between the lines of scent makes it a favorite ingredient.

Bergamots – It may be close to oranges in resemblance, but believe it or not, pure bergamot fragrance is close to lemons. Again, it has that cheerful and fresh citrus-y essence.

Violets – Though violet flowers have hardly any scent when sniffed, the essence of the very fragrance of it makes up excellent perfumes. It’s hard to describe since it’s very mysterious – more mysterious than lavenders.

Carnation FlowerCarnation – Carnations are “spicy.” It’s quite different from the “minty-ness” of lilies, although carnations can sometimes be depicted as “candy” in the sense that they mint a sweet-spicy aroma.

Jasmine – Along with roses, jasmines are the most used floral fragrances in the industry of perfume-making. Perhaps the scent is the sweetness of a fruit that is yet to be discovered. That’s the closest I can describe it.

Roses – One of the most popular of them all, and in the same level of greatness as jasmines, roses have the description that I figure out most good floral scents have – sweet. It’s unfathomable how exactly a scent can be “sweet,” but it’s not harmless to use your imagination.

Like the peculiarity of every shade of color, the pitch of every sound, the temperature of every wind, and the taste of every food, flowers have scents that are peculiar to themselves. The 10 I gave you is according to the likings of this perceiver, but remember that there are thousands of flowers out there. All of them have a scent that is uniquely peculiar. All of them are good scents in their own way.

Make Your Own Flower Pens

Flower PensAre you planning a party, a wedding, or a very memorable event? Do you want to give your guests a parting souvenir that’s inexpensive, appealing, and very easy to make? Or perhaps you are simply grateful to someone and you want to show your appreciation in a materially trivial yet sentimentally meaningful way? Well I’m going to teach you how to make a flower pen!

A flower pen is made of a synthetic flower attached to the end of a working ballpoint pen. The purpose of a flower pen is mostly aesthetic. But when you have to use its essential purpose, you can bet that you’ll be writing in style. So how do you make a flower pen? It’s really easy, trust me. Its very name brings out the two main ingredients you’ll need. So let’s get into detail.

You will need:

-Some simple ballpoint pens. I’m not talking about the clickable ones. I’m referring to the simple ones with pen caps. It could be any brand of pen, just make sure it can write decently. Most preferably, the ink tube stopper on the flat side should be removable. But if it’s not, it’s okay.

-Artificial flowers. You can choose any kind of flower you want, just don’t let it be too big so that it won’t be much of a bother when you’re going to use it to write. And don’t choose the ones with thick stems so that you can insert it easily later.

-A glue gun. Any other strong glue will do, but a glue gun is most common for such projects. It’s practical too.

-A roll of floral tape. Floral tape is colored in different shades of green and is commonly used by florists for flower arrangements. It can be found in craft stores and some flower shops, and maybe some all-around bookstores. If you don’t have floral tape, you can use any green colored

This is what you’ll do:

STEP 1:  Remove the end of pen (the stopper). This part usually prevents the ink tube from sliding up as you write and put pressure on the tip of the pen. You’ll need to remove that part so you can insert the flower’s stem into the pen itself. But again, if you can’t get it out since the pen you’re using is different, that’s okay.

How to Make Own Flower Pen (Step 1)

STEP 2: Cut the stem to the proper length. If you’ve just removed the end of the pen, trim down the stem to about a centimeter – just enough for you to insert it all the way until the base of the flower’s petals itself is in contact with the end of the pen. If you weren’t able to remove the end of the pen, cut the stem to about half the length of the pen and set it aside.

How to Make Own Flower Pen (Step 2)

STEP 3: Fill in the open end of the pen with glue if you removed the end. Remember that if you’re working with a glue gun, you should work quickly lest it dries up. If you’re working with a pen that doesn’t allow you to put in the stem into it, apply the glue to the side where you will stick the stem. Once the flower stem goes in contact with the glue, press it long enough for the glue to harden.

How to Make Own Flower Pen (Step 3)

STEP 4: Start wrapping the floral tape or ribbon around the pen (which now should have a flower attached to it). This will complete the look of the flower pen. It should now look like a flower with a green stem that could be used as a writing tool.

How to Make Own Flower Pen (Step 4)


Flower pens make a great gift. Think of the possibilities! It’s a great conversation starter, and it can make a good accessory to any desk or living room center table. The best of all, it’s really easy to do. You can put a bunch of them in a vase and it can double as a vase of flowers and a cup of pens. Isn’t that cool? So what are you waiting for? Why won’t you give it a try?

Tips on Starting Your Own Flower Garden

Flower FieldWeeds, mud, frogs, and all sorts of unwanted pesky things bothering your yard might be one of many reasons why you might want to start your own flower garden. After all, if you’re going to keep a kind of vegetation in your yard, it might as well be a flower garden than a swamp, right? You think it would be best to start from scratch. That’s a pretty good intention, I admit. For that, I commend you right away. Gardening is a noble hobby. And it seems that you’re reading the right article. You’re grasping for some tips on how to start your own flower garden, and here they are.

Visualizing is good.

You’ll have a hard time deciding how to start if you don’t visualize first. Put all of the factors and variables that could possibly affect your garden. This includes your schedule, availability and the kind of garden that you want. If you’re professional life demands lots and lots of hours away from, I suggest that you start off with the perennial kind of flowers. These types of flowers require not much when it comes to maintenance. You plant them once, and they’re presence can be cherished throughout the whole year. But if you visualize a very colorful garden, you might want to plant annual type of flowers; they will require more attention, and more watering.

Choose a spot for your flower bed.

Pick a spot of soil that’s level. A little bit of sloping is alright, as long as your flower garden will receive the sunlight it needs. (Your flowers should enjoy at least half a day’s worth of sunlight.) But remember, never let your flowers face more than it can handle. Sunlight is good, but too much of it will not be beneficiary.

Make sure you’re properly equipped.

Don’t get too excited about rakes, spades, shovels, and hoes. Remember that, in this scenario, you’re a gardener, not a farmer. Basically, you only need three things: a trowel, which is a small shovel, a hand cultivator, which is like a little three-pronged fork-like rake, and your bare hands (gardening gloves are desirable.)

Ready the soil where you’ll be planting.Amazing Flower Garden

Get rid of weeds, rocks, bones, garbage… anything that doesn’t belong in the soil of a flower bed. Now, there’s no easy way through this, especially with weeding. For the quickest and most efficient way, get down and pluck them out yourself. You should be very thorough. Don’t be afraid of getting dirt under your nails; part of developing a green thumb is having it covered in soil most of the time.

Start small.

Most likely, it’ll be your first time starting a flower garden. In this case, just start small with a flower bed with its width no more than the span between your two hands outstretched to your sides. The length of it should be around twice than that. A flower bed that’s any wider than this may present some difficulties for the beginner gardener.

Begin planting your seeds.

Once you’ve planted, do not be too impatient by asking questions like, “When will they come out?” Instead of these passive responses, do something useful by regularly watering them. This routine could be tricky, because there’s always the possibility of overwatering your flowers. One way to find out whether you should water is by simply dipping your bare finger into the soil. If you feel that the soil is dry all the way down there, you need to water. But if it feels moist, regardless of what it looks like on the surface, you don’t have to water it.

The most important part, I believe, is having fun. Give it some weeks, or even a few months, and you’ll definitely enjoy the fruit of your labor. It’s a nice view and it adds a LOT of beauty points to your yard. You’ll be the talk of your neighborhood, and their praise will be with you. It’s a good impression for your visitors. They’ll know how hard-working you are, since after all, gardening is no joke. It’s a noble hobby and it requires skill. So go at it with these tips and have fun!

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