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A wildflower is the flower of a plant that grows without deliberate cultivation. Wildflowers are essential to our planet but are too often taken for granted because they are treated as weeds and rid from gardens. Below are 5 reasons why you should plant wildflowers.
1) Animals and Food
Wildflowers are a major food source and provide important nectar to many animals. Animals such as rabbits, deer, and mice eat the flowers and disperse the seeds around and birds find food by eating the insects within wildflowers. Our pollinators, such as bees and butterflies, rely on wildflowers and pollinate around 80% of the world's 1400 crops that are grown to produce our food and plant based industrial products.
Humans benefit from many important medications that are made with wildflower components. For example, flowers like the Rosy Periwinkle has been used in medications that have increased the survival rate of children with Leukemia. Many wildflowers are used to treat burns, bruising, and the common cold.
3) Soils and Water
Wildflowers play an important role in our water systems and the earth's erosion. Flowering plants recycle our water by filtering out the pollutants and then returns the moisture back into the atmosphere. The roots hold the soil in place and the foliage provides a buffer against the impact of rain fall.
4) Vegetable Garden Management
Instead of using pesticides, planting specific wildflowers around your vegetable garden can help protect your crops from other animals. Wildflowers, such as Sweet Alyssum, a flower that can also be grown from your reinCARDnation plantable greeting card, can be planted around your garden to keep the deer from eating your vegetables, and also attracts insects that eat caterpillars and aphids, another cause of failing crops.
As the world's population continue's to grow, our earth's creatures are losing their habitat. A fresh cut lawn and a weeded garden is like a desert to our pollinators. Planting wildflowers will give insects, bees, and other important creatures a place to live and stay.
Help protect our planet and plant more wildflowers! reinCARDnation seed paper greeting cards make it easy! Our cards are easy to plant and grow into beautiful wildflowers. Make someone happy and their world beautiful. Visit www.reincardnation.cards to see how you can help plant more wildflowers.
Starting a business has been hard work and can be overwhelming. There have been many times that I have thought about giving up, but when times are hard, I take a moment to think about when times were really really hard.
I'll never forget the day my dad told me he had stage four pancreatic cancer. From that moment on, I knew that I had limited time with one of the greatest people I had ever met.
I remember writing this on my phone one day in October of 2013, a year before he passed away. His favorite movie was Groundhog Day because the key messaging in this movie teaches you to be the best person you can be regardless of what you are facing every day. Life is never going to be easy, but you can make each day great by being compassionate and grateful for what you have.
This blog post seemed fitting for today, Groundhog Day, and I had also mentioned Groundhog Day in my writing below. I have never really shared this writing with anyone and decided that maybe it would give people who are going through a hard time a different perspective and the courage to push through even the hardest of times. So here it goes..
Surviving Cancer (Living with Cancer or Not)
"Waking up everyday is like being in a Groundhog Day movie. Different day, but you face the same challenges as yesterday because cancer is all that you can think about. The moment you open your eyes, you think of your loved one and what they are thinking as their eyes open for the first time of the day. You want to cry because your heart hurts for this loved one, but you know that you have a whole day ahead of you, so you start filling your mind with the duties of the day. Then, you start to think: I didn't get an awful call in the middle of the night, and I don't have a text message waiting for me filled with bad news that I'm just not ready for. A moment of peace.
Then the peace quickly subsides, because you know that someday, you will awake to the news that you are just not ready for. You get up, feeling sad, confused, yet absolutely blessed that today is not that day. The minute you realize this, your heart calms, but again, only for a moment.
You get dressed for work and head out the door. At this moment, you are a little bit more awake and ready to face the day, but your mind starts to wonder again. Listening to music that used to fill your soul with promises of a great new day doesn't play. Instead, you choose to sit in silence. In that moment of silence, you set the tone for the new day and think about the exact same challenge as the day before: how will I get through the work day without bringing these emotions to work when all I can think about is this person I love with cancer and all of the struggles that they are going through today.
That's when today's decision making happens. Reality sets in and you realize that you have two choices: be positive and be the best person you can be at work, to your clients, co-workers, your friends, and anyone that you come in contact with throughout the day, or be negative and sad, knowing that these emotions can effect your job and your relationships whether you like it or not.
Then you start to convince yourself to be positive because if you want to keep your job, you really don't have a choice but to be positive. Although the most natural choice is to be sad and negative, you eventually reach deep down and realize that positivity is the best alternative, even though it's one of the hardest choices to make daily.
Trust me, there have been many days when I have chosen to be on the pissed off/ negative side of things and how could you not? Cancer not only takes lives, but dignity, and hope, and above all, it takes away all of your stupid problems that at one time seemed like the end of the world.
Being negative and pissed off at the world got me absolutely no where. After many days of anger and negativity you start to notice one thing, and it may be the most powerful thing of all: WOW, my loved one didn't die today. Fucking awesome!!
Then you realize, holy shit, I spent the whole day being angry at the world and the whole time, I could have had one of the best days of my life knowing that my loved one, who has cancer, is still alive and available to talk to today. What an amazing day!!! A day you can't get back. A day where that special person could have given you the best advice you've ever received. A day where you were able to hug that person and tell them that you love them. What an amazing day spent in anger and negativity. Now where is the great in that?! There is none.
The truth is that every morning you open your eyes, you are gifted with the most amazing two gifts of all, life and love, cancer or not.
Living with cancer (having cancer or not), may be the most difficult daily morning challenge you have ever experienced in your life, but if you can remember that today you are blessed with life and love, and without that dreaded text or phone call, you will survive today with a positive attitude and will be forever grateful for another day and another chance to be with that loved one.
Still sitting in silence on your drive to work, you realize that today could always be worse. You start to become more appreciative for another day with all of the people that you love, that are still here in your life. Your mind starts wondering and picturing all of the people that you love and a smile comes to your face because you realize that they are still here. Then you become even more receptive to positivity and start to think: I'm glad my car started this morning, I'm glad I have a job, I'm glad I like my co-workers and boss, I'm glad I have a home, and I'm glad I have some money in my bank account to get lunch today. These thoughts start to become natural, especially when you realize that your loved one, dying of cancer, is still here..everything else starts to feel magical. You become grateful for the little things and all of your 'problems' become even smaller when scaled against the things you and your loved one are dealing with. The small wins are the wins that matter the most right now, and those small wins can maximize your positivity and strength to get through the day.
Most mornings, when you open your eyes, or if you're on your way to work, you may want to cry because all you can think about is your loved one's pain points of the day. You will probably contemplate the fact that you would give anything to take those pain points away from that loved one and the sadness will start to creep in. But, if you wake up with life and love, and can remember that your loved one is still here, and can think about all of the things that are going right for you today, you can survive a day of cancer (living with cancer or not)."
Remembering these times have made me stronger and I hope this post is helpful to you or to anyone struggling with hardship. My dad is no longer with us and I miss him every day, but I know that if I can get through what we went through, that I can do anything. I never imagined starting a business could be this challenging, but it makes me so happy and thankful. I will continue to choose happiness and will never give up. Thanks dad! Love you!
Curious about the wildflowers that are embedded into your reinCARDnation by Katherine plantable greeting cards? Check out the variety of flowers that can grow once you plant your reinCARDnation greeting card below:
Lemon Mint is an annual flower that grows and blooms heavily and will die after the first frost. If the seeds fall on bare ground, Lemon Mint can regrow in the spring and re-bloom mid to late season. Lemon Mint can grow up to 3 feet tall and it’s colors can range from purple to pink which attracts butterflies, hummingbirds, and bees. When its leaves are crushed, a lemony odor is released.
Lemon Mint leaves can be used in salads and as an ingredient to flavor desserts such as cakes, pies, and sauces. You can also find Lemon Mint leaves in teas which is known to help with respiratory problems, coughs, fevers, and colds.
Check out this picture of a Lemon Mint bloom grown from a reinCARDnation by Katherine plantable greeting card.
Black Eyed Susan
Black-Eyes Susans are perennials, members of the Sunflower family, and bloom from June to October. If you love beautiful butterflies and bees, Black-Eyed Susans will attract them and will also make a great addition to a flower bouquet for up to 10 days.
Black-Eyed Susans love sunshine and deadheading the flowers will encourage more flowers to follow and keep the plant healthy. Deadheading is the act of pinching off the flower stem below the dead or faded flower or right above the first full set of healthy leaves.
Traditional native american tribes used parts of the Black-Eyed Susan plant as a remedies for the flu, colds, infections, and even as a topical for snake bites.
Check out this picture of Black-Eyed Susan blooms grown from a reinCARDnation by Katherine plantable greeting card.
Spurred Snapdragons are annuals and can grow in a variety of colors including pink, purple, red, orange, white. Hummingbirds, bees, and butterflies are attracted to these flowers. Spurred Snapdragons grow up to 12 inches high, can bloom in early Spring to Fall, loves full sunlight or partial shade and likes to be watered regularly.
This plant was used in ancient pasts to ward off witchcraft. Spurred Snapdragons are also beautiful additions to flower bouquets.
Check out this picture of Spurred Snapdragon blooms grown from a reinCARDnation by Katherine plantable greeting card.
Catchfly, also known as None So Pretty, likes partial shade, moisture, and is an annual wildflower that may re-seed itself and bloom again if the seeds fall on bare ground. These small but beautiful flowers make a great addition to your gardens, attracting bees, butterflies, and hummingbirds.
Catchfly gets its name from the sticky hairs that exude from the stems which catches small insects.
Check out this picture of Catchfly blooms grown from a reinCARDnation by Katherine plantable greeting card.
Sweet Alyssum is a dainty yet fragrant plant that can make a great addition to any garden. Blooms will occur from early Summer to late Fall and likes full sun but can tolerate partial shade. Sweet Alysum is deer resistant and attracts insects that eat caterpillars and aphids so it's a nice plant to have around vegetable gardens.
This plant is a perennial but will become more scraggly over the years so most people will plant Sweet Alysum annually. Sweet Alysum is not invasive and also breaks up the soil and adds organic matter to the garden.
Check out this picture of Sweet Alysum blooms grown from a reinCARDnation by Katherine plantable greeting card.
English Daisies bloom during Spring through early Fall, loves sunlight or partial shade, and moist, fertile soil. The flower buds can appear to be white or light pink and can be used in salads or teas.
English Daisies have been used for centuries in treating a variety of medical conditions including non-serious wounds and bruising, the flu and colds, and can act as an anti-inflammatory for sprains.
Check out this picture of some English Daisy blooms grown from a reinCARDnation by Katherine plantable greeting card.
Dwarf Godetia, also known as "Farewell to Spring," is a beautiful annual wildflower that blooms in early Spring through Summer. This plant re-seeds itself so if the plant is left undisturbed, you may have blooms the following season. Dwarf Godetia can grow up to 30 inches tall and loves full sun, moisture, and rich soil. Adding a little mulch to the soil is always a good idea and your Dwarf Godetias will love that. Bloom colors include pink, purple, white, red, and lavender. This plant can also easily be grown indoors and can make a beautiful house plant as well as a nice cut flower in a bouquet.
Check out this picture of some Dwarf Godetia blooms grown from a reinCARDnation by Katherine plantable greeting card.
Forget Me Not
The Forget Me Not wildflower symbolizes true love and friendship. They are perennials that prefers humid, damp, wooded areas and shade but can adapt to full sun. Moisture is key for this wildflower and would be a lovely addition to a rock garden or next to a pond.
Forget Me Not colors include baby blue, white, and pink and can grow up to 2 feet tall.
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Corn Poppy wildflowers produce red, white, and pink blooms and make a gorgeous addition to gardens and also make beautiful cut flowers to make any bouquet pop. Corn Poppy blooms can be seen in early Spring or late Fall and like rich, well-drained soil and full sun.
Deadhead faded Corn Poppy blooms for better results. Corn Poppies petals are used to make food coloring and the seeds can be used in breads or cakes.
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Maiden Pinks are perennials that can offer green foliage in the winter and blooms in early Spring through late Summer. They love full sun but can tolerate partial shade and prefers well-drained soil. Maiden Pinks are easy to grow and can reach up to a foot tall. They deer resistant and attract butterflies.
This plant is the perfect evergreen for your garden and may take up to a year to produce blooms.
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our single sheet plantable greeting cards are all you need in order to make someone happy and their world beautiful. once you purchase your reinCARDnation by Katherine plantable greeting card, remove the envelope.
then you can write on the back of the card. the paper is slightly textured so writing on the back of your plantable greeting card may be easier with a permanent marker, but any pen will do.
I like to keep the jute string that attaches the planting instructions wrapped around the card, but you can take this piece off and place it into the envelope along with the greeting card. it is completely up to you. the directions that come with your plantable greeting card is plantable too. the jute string is nice because it too can be planted or used in the garden as a gardening tool.
if the greeting card planting instructions are misplaced, you can always refer to this page on our website for planting instructions http://reincardnation.cards/pages/growing-your-cards
once you are done with writing your message, place the greeting card into the envelope. only one postage stamp is required to send your plantable greeting card to a loved one within the United States. because the wildflowers embedded into our products are only to be grown in the United States, we do not recommend that you send our cards internationally.
make a great day and enjoy sending your next reinCARDnation plantable greeting card. much love.
My dad was my best friend and this business wouldn't be possible without his love, positivity, and passion for life and for his family.Every evening, we used to talk about my dreams and hopes and what I truly wanted to do everyday to be happy and to make every day a great day. My dad believed that you couldn't have a great day, but that you had to make it a great day because only you would have the power to decide this. For as long as I could remember, I would tell him about a brand new business idea that was going to be amazing and successful and ultimately make me happy, and every single time I explained my idea to him, he would laugh and say "try again Katy." He didn't say this because he was mean or doubtful in what I could accomplish, but because he truly knew me for who I was and what I loved to spend my time doing, which was making art, being out doors and working in the garden, and connecting with people. Most of my business ideas were really only about the money and how I could make millions and would never have to work again. We would laugh about my business idea of the day, sometimes until we cried, but he always saw that spark in me and told me to keep reaching for the stars, and that the right idea would someday appear. My dad and I's favorite thing to do was talk while sitting by a fire, or to garden and then admire our work. I always left every conversation knowing that I had the most amazing friend in the entire world.
My dad passed away in November of 2014. He managed to buy me a Christmas gift before he passed, a gift a will never forget. He bought me a painting that was of a little girl sitting on her dads shoulders, reaching for a star. On the back of the painting in his own handwriting, he wrote "Merry Christmas Katy! You're my miracle and my inspiration. Keep reaching. Love Dad."
One day, a month after Christmas, I discovered a new business idea, that encompassed all of what truly makes me happy, original plantable cards.
I instantly felt my heart race with joy and wanted to call him to tell him all about it even though I knew that calling him wouldn't be possible.
In a moment of sadness I felt true happiness. This time it wasn't because I knew this idea would make me millions, but that this business would truly make me happy. Art, gardening, and love.
So I thank you dad for being my inspiration and for encouraging me to keep reaching.
Thanks to everyone who has supported me along the way. Much love.