Women's day flowers
Women's Day is celebrated as usual on March 8th, when 129 workers from a textile factory in New York started a strike in the previous days in protest of the disastrous and uncomfortable conditions in which they were forced to work . The owner of the company, however, blocked the exit doors and when the factory caught fire, the poor women burned alive. It should therefore be a very sad occasion but in recent years, consumerism has taken over and has transformed this day that should be a day of mourning, into a frantic race to buy more or less expensive gifts when the mimosa is the flower. symbol of this event. Needless to say, even the restaurant premises are full of women who celebrate in an immoderate way by witnessing strippers who are not very interested in the ideas of claiming their rights. However, as we said, a simple mimosa, is the flower symbol of this important festival and that day, florists sell twigs or even compositions where the mimosa is the queen flower. This flower was chosen by the union of the world of women, immediately after the war and the choice immediately fell on this extraordinary element because it was simple but at the same time very beautiful.
How to give the mimosa
Tradition dictates that this flower be given to women as a symbol of so many struggles and many rights gained over the years. It is used to give a small branch placed in a cellophane sheet and decorated with a raffia ribbon but it is not unusual to enrich the gift, with compositions of other flowers where, however, the mimosa branch must always be the predominant element. The florists that day are really overflowing with buyers because not only the mimosa is exchanged between a female audience but they are also the husbands who provide to give the mimosa to the wives and boyfriends to their sweet half. The choice is really varied and wide because the floral compositions are so many and they do not concern only the bouquets but that of the baskets of variable dimensions depending on the price you want to spend. The taste of those who buy is very important because even a simple bouquet of wild flowers can become a superb gift if decorated with extreme precision. This is the art of the florist. The preparation of the flowers is extremely important and on that day their imagination is free to satisfy the tastes of the buyers. Ina composition suitable for refined ladies, is that formed by red roses, usually 12, surrounded by mimosa branches. The composition can be created simply by placing the roses with the branches of mimosa in a cellophane enriched with ribbons or in a characteristic basket tucked into the sponge for flowers. Also beautiful are those preparations supported by a palm leaf on which are placed various types of flowers always surrounded by the inevitable sprigs of mimosa. Many lovers love to give their partner, a heart formed by a myriad of little roses of the color that they prefer alternating with tiny sprigs of mimosa that appear timid among tiny excerpts of their own leaflets. Other people instead, love to give mimosa plants that if kept with care, remain over time as an indelible memory of that day.
How to keep mimosa flowers and plants for a long time
Even if you are sorry to ruin the composition you have been given, you can keep the flowers longer if you untie them from the string that holds them. Even if cut flowers suffer the same. Then disassemble the composition and fill a jar with water. Melt this in a common aspirin for headaches and place the flowers. They will stay fresh longer. You also have the option of drying the flowers including the mimosa. With the drying technique, you can make that memory remain indelible. Before the flowers lose their freshness, gather them in bunches and tie them with raffia very firmly. Then hang them upside down in the attic or in a dark place, not directly in the sun. Once dried, spray them with hairspray so that they will become shiny and waterproof and then store them in a box covered with tissue paper but never a cellophane. The branches of mimosa instead will be buried lying in the sand for about ten days or if you prefer buy in the pharmacy some gel crystals that you will apply on the mimosas and they will absorb the moisture of the flower. Also kept in tissue paper.
How to keep a mimosa plant
If you were given an entire mimosa plant for Women's Day, try not to ruin it by observing some simple rules. If you want to keep the plant still in the pot for a while, you can do it but not at home. The mimosa needs a lot of sun and therefore you have to place it on the terrace of your house in a position suitable for not making it suffer. The mimosa does not require large watering otherwise it risks molding the roots and forming fungal disease due to too much moisture and wrong drainage. First of all, take care of it by watering it every 15-20 days when it is hot while in winter you will completely stop watering and then when you see it suffer because it has become too big, you will have to categorically transfer it. If you do not have a plot of land or a flowerbed to plant it, transfer it to a larger pot. When decanting, you will not have to do it at all times of the year but only between March and October. Empty the pot that contains the plant and with a hard bristle brush, brush the roots well and check that the plant is well and has no insects or diseases. You will notice it because the roots appear soft or of an anomalous color tending to whitish. Replace the earth with fresh soil and mix it with humus and expanded clay spheres so that over time, the earth will become soft and malleable. Pour the mimosa into the larger pot and water it a first time, then proceed for a second watering when the soil has absorbed all the water. Then let it rest in the sun. If, on the other hand, you have a piece of land, consider yourself lucky because if the mimosa catches on well and the exposure you give it will be suitable, you will soon find yourself a luxuriant sapling. The soil should be acidic which is ideal for this plant. Use a PH meter to check what ground it is and then proceed. If the soil is not acid enough, use correctors that are available in nurseries. Carry out the same operation mentioned before and clean the roots with a brush. Dig a fairly deep hole and position the tree. The soil you have extracted will be mixed with expanded clay spheres and good peat. Then cover the ditch that you have created and water the plant. Of course you will take care to place the plant in a very sunny area. Remember that the mimosa fears the cold and wants the direct rays of the sun. If the winter temperatures drop below 0, cover the mimosa with a special perforated sheet that you will find in a nursery. Remove the sheet only when the frost has calmed down. Around the tree, make a mulch of chopped pine cones, nut shells, sawdust, dried leaves and expanded clay to protect the tree from the cold. In March you will find yourself a lush little tree that will grow more and more each year.