Artificial flower is the synthetic version of a flower. This type of art is very handy since the flowers wont wilt even if you plan to store that for a long time since it is made up with plastic. The thing is, its pretty much the same with the natural flowers since they looked the same but the only difference is that artificial flower does not have that distinct smell which the natural flower have. Artificial flower can be made through the use of some materials such as plastic, glass, soap, silk flowers, nylon stocking flowers, polyesters and papers. Other than that you can still use other materials available and just be creative with it.
Lets take soap for an example. Who would have thought that you can make a flower out of soap? Some people do carving and molding when they wanted to create a flower with it. Artificial flower that is made out of plastic is widely used and can even be bought to some local malls in the area. Those that are made in glass are the most expensive one since it is very intricate to make and it uses a lot of resources just to come up with a flower design. Silk flowers on the other hand are also being used if you want to achieve a more life-life fairy looking flower. Nylon stocking flowers are also commonly used for making artificial flower since cost less and with the materials there can be endless possibilities of producing one of a kind flower.
Clay also is widely used but it needs more details and is very difficult to make but the outcome is really in good quality. And last but definitely not the least is the polyester and paper, with this kind of material you can come up with a unique type of flower that would definitely make the flower more stunning as it is . Sometimes these materials are being incorporated with origami. Artificial flowers despite the fact that it is synthetic can still be given to people like what we normally do with the natural flower. Its kind of helpful in a way since we do not need to pick those beautiful flowers grown in the backyard.
It also saves us a lot of money in view of the fact that artificial flower is way beyond cheaper than fresh flowers. Also as what I have mentioned a while ago they do not wilt. It is also good for those who are very allergic to flowers. They will be able to receive one without having that dreadful thought of going through itchy nose and having allergic reactions.
For those considering a flower holiday, understanding the basics of flower anatomy is a very good first step to becoming an amateur botanist.
The opportunity to travel to exotic destinations like China, Madagascar, Crete and the Swiss Alps on a professional flower holiday can reveal a host of very different floral species. Whether it’s standing in the middle of a meadow of wildflowers or tulips, or searching for rare and exotic endemics far off the beaten track, for the keen amateur botanist it can make for a very memorable experience.
For those considering a flower holiday, understanding the basics of flower anatomy can greatly help in the identification of particular species.
The Parts of a Flower
Petal: The most visible parts of a flower are the petals, which come in myriad shapes and sizes and are often vividly coloured. This beautiful display is not merely for our viewing pleasure and is designed to catch the attention of birds and insects, which play a vital role in their pollination.
Peduncle: The official term for the stalk or stem. It can refer to that which supports either a single bloom or an ‘inflorescence’, which is the complete head.
Sepal: Small, green and usually leaf-like, the sepals grow from the base of the petals to protect the bud as it develops and blooms. The collective term is the calyx.
Receptacle: Also called the torus, the receptacle is the part of the stalk at the base of the flower, from which its reproductive organs develop.
The Male and Female Organs
Flowers are angiosperms, which means they reproduce sexually (by pollen fertilizing an ovule) in order to form seeds.
“Perfect” floral species are hermaphroditic – possessing both gender organs – and can carry out the reproductive process on their own. This is known as self-pollination. Examples of perfect flowers include dandelions, lilies and roses.
“Imperfect” floral species (the most common) have either just female or just male organs and need a separate flower of the opposite gender in order to reproduce. This is known as cross-pollination.
Pistil: The pistil is the female organ where the pollen germinates and comprises four parts.
Stamen: The male organ comprises two parts and the number of stamen generally corresponds to the number of petals.
Methods of Pollination
Flowering plants pollinate by one of two methods.
Anemophilous plants rely on the wind to transfer pollen to reproduce. Because they have no need to attract insects or other animals to move the pollen, their blooms tend not to be as colourful or ostentatious.
Entomophilous plants have evolved to attract insects, bats and other animals to transfer pollen. Not only are they usually vibrantly coloured, their shape has also evolved to ensure pollen has the optimal chance of being transferred to the host carrier.
Consider a Professional Flower Holiday
Accompanied by a knowledgeable guide, a professionally organised, small group flower holiday is an excellent way to explore a new destination and encounter its unique flora and wildlife in a very personal and fulfilling way.