Exploring Cultures The Flowers that Bloom in the Spring...Tra La
The Flowers that Bloom in the Spring...Tra La
April 1, 2018 - May 31, 2018
I love Gilbert & Sullivan's The Mikado and while working on our Japan challenge this song kept rumbling around in my head. So I thought it would be fun to take a look at spring flowers from around the world. But these beautiful flowers are not around for long so enjoy them while they last.
There are 8 tasks in the challenge. Each task has three ways to complete it. Read the cover tasks carefully because they do differ when there are repeated colors.
Challenge Rules: All forms of books are accepted as long as they are 100 pages or more. When posting updates of completed books, please include a link to the title and author’s name, along with the date you finished reading the book. Please post cover if it is task appropriate. When you have completed the challenge, please copy and paste your entire challenge and re-post in a new message, letting us know it is completed.
1. Cherry Blossoms
Cherry blossoms have a great significance in Japan, representing a new beginning and the beauty of life. During the short blooming period, the Japanese spend their days and evenings under the full blooming cherry trees with family and friends. In 1912, the mayor of Japan gave the US over 3,000 Japanese cherry trees to strengthen the friendship between the two countries. The trees were planted throughout Washington DC and every year on March 27th, the city commemorates the gift with a festival.
✱ Read a book with a PINK cover (at least 50%) OR
✱ Read a book that takes place in Japan or the USA
Rock Redemption Nalini Singh 4/5/18
Takes place in USA but they go on vacation to Japan at the end.
✱ Read a book that was published in the 1900's
Bluebells are members of the lily family and are native to Belgium, Portugal and Spain. They have long been symbolic of humility, constancy and gratitude. For a few weeks in early spring, many forests throughout western Europe turn into a gorgeous carpet of bluebells. Their wooded sanctuary explains why they are also closely linked to the realm of fairies and are sometimes referred to as "fairy thimbles."
✱ Read a book with a BLUE cover (at least 50%) OR
Rainshadow Road Lisa Kleypas 4/10/18
✱ Read a book that takes place in Belgium, Portugal or Spain OR
✱ Read a book that is tagged FANTASY on its GR Homepage
Lavender is on Old World flowering plant from the mint family. It was one of the holy herbs used in the biblical Temple and Ancient Egyptians used it's oil for aromatherapy and healing. You can find impressive lavender fields in France and Bulgaria, both countries being the highest producers of lavender oil which is still used medicinally and to promote relaxation and sound sleep.
✱ Read a book with a PURPLE cover (at least 50%) OR
Beats of Life Shandi Boyes 5/8/18
✱ Read a book that takes place in France or Bulgaria OR
✱ Read a book that takes place in Ancient Times
No, you didn’t fall asleep in Oz! These vibrant poppy fields are found in the Mojave Desert of California. The dry land sprouts with the state flower from late winter to early spring. Poppies have long been used as a symbol of sleep and death as portrayed in The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, where the magical poppy field threatened to make Dorothy and her friends sleep forever. It is also the flower worn throughout Canada and the UK on Remembrance Day to remember those who were lost in the line of duty.
✱ Read a book with an ORANGE cover (at least 50%) OR
✱ Read a book that takes place in California, Canada or the UK OR
✱ Read a book with a title that begins with a letter in POPPY
Postcards from Cedar Key Terri DuLong 4/13/18
Daffodils may be the most popular of all spring-blooming bulbs and is a symbol of rebirth. The classic yellow flower, with its big ruffled trumpet has been welcoming the season for generations. The English countryside is awash with them throughout the months of spring. In Wales, it's said if you spot the first daffodil of the season, your next 12 months will be filled with wealth, and Chinese legend says if a daffodil bulb is forced to bloom during the New Year, it will bring good luck to your home.
✱ Read a book with a YELLOW cover (at least 50%) OR
✱ Read a book that takes place in England, Wales or China OR
The Earl's Defiant Wallflower Erica Ridley 4/8/18
✱ Read a series book #1
Rhododendrons are native to and grow wild in northern Asia and usually bloom from April to June. It is the national flower of Nepal and can be found growing at an elevation of 19,000 feet. The symbolism associated with the Rhododendron is "caution or danger" which is likely due to the high toxicity of its leaves. The name Rhododendron comes from the greek words "rodon" and "dendron" which means Rose or Red Tree probably because of the most common red color of the flower.
✱ Read a book with a RED cover (at least 50%) OR
✱ Read a book that takes place in Asia OR
✱ Read a book that has the word "poison" in its text. Share the sentence or phrase.
Rock Hard Nalini Singh 4/5/18
p 76 His “father” had always chosen his own poisons.
The Netherlands is known for its windmills, wooden shoes and canals but its their amazing fields of tulips that make us swoon. The Dutch are not alone in their love for this flower - in Iran it is a holy symbol and is immortalized on their national flag. And in Turkey there is a legend about a young prince who killed himself when he learned of his true love.'s death. It's told that a scarlet tulip sprang up from each droplet of his blood, giving the red tulip the meaning "perfect love."
✱ Read a book with the title or author's name printed in PINK or RED on the cover
Marriage Games C.D. Reiss 4/1/18
✱ Read a book that takes place in the Netherlands, Iran or Turkey OR
✱ Read a booked tagged ROMANCE on its GR homepage
Lupines, a popular spring wildflower of North and South America, are said to represent "imagination". This flower certainly takes our imagination all over the two continents - to the Rocky Mountains, the pacific Northwest and even to the Andes of Peru and Chile. It's a beautiful but prolific flower and has spread beyond the America's. In fact, many countries including, New Zealand and Norway consider it an invasive weed and struggle to keep it under control.
✱ Read a book with the title or author's name printed in PURPLE on the cover OR
✱ Read a book that takes place in North or South America
The Magnolia Story Chip Gaines Joanna Gaines 4/2/18
✱ Read a book by a "prolific" author who has written more than 25 books. Be sure to include the link to the author's home page.