Before electricity, it was a tradition in some Muslim cultures to climb up to high elevations with lanterns in hand to help spot the crescent moon; the sighting of the moon indicating the beginning of Ramadan or Eid.
Ahh, sweet summer is here and with it the glorious arrival of a everyone’s favorite flower – the peony!
With its spectacular display of colors (think pink, red, yellow and white!), lush, unbridled petals, and a delicate, intoxicating fragrance, it’s no surprise that the peony has been a delighting the senses for thousands of years. In fact, written records from as far back as 8 their enchanting beauty. Is it any wonder then that the peony is known the world over as “queen of the flowers?”
Today, peonies are just as stunning as ever and, thanks to new and improved varieties they're even easier to grow. There are three main types of peonies to consider when planting. The most common and widely available is the herbaceous peony (Paeonia lactiflora). Herbaceous peonies grow to about three feet tall, die back to the ground each winter, then sends up vigorous sprouts each spring. The other is the tree peony (Paeonia suffruticosa), a slow-growing woody-stemmed shrub that can reach up to six feet. The third is a hybrid of the two. A combination of all three makes for a spring garden that darn near looks like it jumped out of a painting.
As dazzling as peonies are, they’re surprisingly no-fuss and require very little attention (I’m talking to you, brown-thumbs!) They survive the harshest winters, are practically drought resistant, and aren't bothered by deer or rabbits. Though peonies fare best in cool climates, early-blooming varieties with low-chill requirements can thrive in even some parts of the deep South.
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recycled glass jars
glass enamel paint, purple and gold
- Thoroughly clean glass jars, making sure to wipe down with a glass cleaner as well.
- Paint the interior of the jars with 3 coats of purple paint using the foam brush.
- Print out clipart, reducing or increasing size to fit jar. Cut out the negative space to create a moon and star template.
- Secure the template to the jars with masking tape. Use a small brush to paint the moon and star with gold enamel paint.
- Take the 18-gauge wire and, using pliers, make a small hook at each end of the wire by folding it back onto itself.
- Wrap the wire around the rim of the jar and secure to the hook. Then shape the remaining wire into a handle and hook down.
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