Flowers help the economy blossom
Easter and Passover flowers represent 13 percent of all annual transactions and 10 percent of the dollar volume for all outlets that sell flowers (florists, home centers, groceries, etc.), the Society of American Florists reports.
Fifty-two percent of all the flowering houseplants given as Easter/Passover gifts are lilies. When it comes to cut flower sales, 34 percent are mixed flowers, 15 percent are daffodils/iris/tulips, 9 percent roses, 8 percent carnations. Just 1 percent are orchids and other tropicals. And 74 percent of Easter/Passover floral purchases are made by women.
But, then, do we need a reason?
The top reasons people garden: to be outdoors (44 percent); to be around beautiful things (42 percent); to relax and escape the pressures of everyday life (39 percent); to stay active and get exercise (35 percent). Source: American Demographics, Roper Report, quoted at www.floridagardening.com.
Cultivate a new you in the garden
Your garden isn't the only thing to get into shape this spring. All those hours of lifting, bending, stretching and digging can give you a good workout. In Get Fit Through Gardening (Heatherleigh Press, $15.95), author Jeffrey P. Restuccio shows you how the motions you go through in gardening are similar to the lunges, presses and stretches you might do in the gym. Here's how to do them right, get the maximum benefit and save your back and knees. Who knew mowing the lawn was the equivalent of a workout on the bench press?
New guide's tips are good to grow
From the publishers of the Old Farmer's Almanac comes the All-Seasons Garden Guide. Learn to grow poppies and succulents; try its tips on xeriscaping; learn to live without a lawn; learn how to buy dirt; and lots more folklore, facts and advice. It's $3.99; look for it at home centers.
Compiled by Times homes and garden editor Judy Stark