[great big story]
Some of the best roses in the world bloom in Kenya. While the country is widely known for its scenic national parks and wildlife reserves, it’s also a major flower producer. Winnie Gathonie Njonge is the production manager at Nini Flowers, which sits on the shores of Lake Naivasha. She knows all there is about growing perfect roses and oversees the harvesting of 300,000 to 450,000 a day. “The ultimate goal of growing roses is to make other people happy,” she says. It brings her joy to know the roses she cultivates are sent to the United States, Japan and other countries, spreading love and beauty all over the world. This Great Big Story was made possible by Kenya Tourism
Vocabulary in chunks
- Make other people happy
- I’m responsible for 630,000 roses
- The climate and fresh water supplier
- The growers here work extra hard
- The roses that end up in bouquets
- We harvest between 300,000 in a day to 450,000
- Various colours
- Kenya is a centre for these flower
- Rose production has flourished in the region
- Over the last few decades
- These roses are shipped off to Europe, Japan and the US
- Many other worldwide destinations
- She heads back to work
- To create more beautiful bouquets
"Just living is not enough... one must have sunshine, freedom, and a little flower" Hans Christian Andersen
"people may not tell you how they feel about you, but they always show you. pay attention." Buddha
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“In the garden, birds sing, bees hum and the flowers and butterflies bewitch me.
Every bug and beetle, petal and leaf grants peace to me in the present moment.
As I tread upon emerald blades that gently sway below crystal skies,
the garden unveils to me the philosophy of life.”
― Amelia Dashwood
“The giving of love is an education in itself” – Eleanor Roosevelt
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The Joy of Giving Flowers
“The history of flower giving extends back thousands of years as a way for people to communicate with each other. Ancient Greeks, Romans, Egyptians, and Chinese all refer to the use of flowers in their stories and myths. The Greeks considered flowers to be particularly important and associated them with the gods.
Flowers have a therapeutic effect on us. They just make us feel good. Flowers have the power to lift our spirits.
A random act of kindness is defined as a selfless act performed by someone wishing to either assist or cheer up another individual. Anne Herbert reminds us to “Practice random acts of kindness and senseless acts of beauty.” Practice random acts of kindness through the gift of flower giving and reap the rewards from it!” Read more HERE
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Did you know ?
- Each sunflower is actually thousands of teeny flowers.
The iconic yellow petals and fuzzy brown centers are actually individual flowers themselves. As many as 2,000 can make up the classic sunflower bloom.
- You should harvest sunflowers in the morning, not the afternoon.
- Sunflowers are native to the Americas and were domesticated around 1000 B.C.
- There are about 70 species of sunflowers.
Their genus name is Helianthus (which comes from the Greek words for “sun” and “flower”). While many varieties look bright and cheery, their shapes can be quite different.
- The French word for sunflower is “tournesol,” which means “turns with the sun.”
In their bud phase, sunflowers will literally seek out and face the sun. This trait is called heliotropism.
- The tallest sunflower on record was over 30 feet tall.
Coming in at 30′ 1”, the bloom was grown in Germany by Hans-Peter Schiffer, who has held the record twice before.
- Sunflowers have been planted to help soak up nuclear radiation.
They’re not just pretty faces; sunflowers are actually good at absorbing toxins, too. Millions were planted after the devastating tsunami destroyed reactors in the Fukushima nuclear power plant in Japan.
adj : having or appearing to have only one color
If everything in your room is pink, your room is monochromatic — all of one color.
In physics, monochromatic describes light that has the same wavelength so it is one color. Broken into Greek roots, the word shows its meaning: monos means one, and khroma means color. Things that are truly monochromatic are rare — examine the green leaves of trees and you’ll see lots of different shades.
[ source : vocabulary.com ]