Barbara J. Feldman

“April showers bring May flowers.” Perhaps that’s why May is National Flower Month. Indulge your green thumb with this week’s website picks about flowers.

  • Cornell University: Flower Growing Guides5 stars

    This home gardening guide is not written specifically for students. It's for anyone interested in learning more about any of the 269 featured flowers. Flowers are listed alphabetically by botanical name (such as achillea millefolium) and common name (yarrow.) Each entry includes a picture, a description, and a brief guide to growing it. Yarrow, by the way, needs full sun and prefers well-drained soil.

  • Life Cycle of Tulips3 stars

    "Tulip bulbs are planted from mid-September to mid-November. During this period the soil is moist which helps the bulb to grow under the ground. In the first cycle of growth, the roots start growing from of the bulb to form a strong root system." This short (one-page) illustrated book for elementary-age students introduces photosynthesis and names the various parts of a bulb, as shown with a cross-section diagram. The page is built with CAST UDL Book Builder, but does not include an author's name.

  • Thompson & Morgan: Top 10 Easy to Grow Flowers5 stars

    British seed company Thompson & Morgan offers advice on improving your garden with these ten easy-to-grow flowers. Sunflowers, for example, can reach heights of fourteen feet and are quite kid friendly. "Just sow the seeds straight into the ground in a sunny, sheltered spot and watch them grow and grow and grow! Be sure to provide the stems with supports to grow the tallest sunflowers around."

  • US Forest Service: Celebrating Wildflowers: Just for Kids5 stars

    The kid section of this US Forest Service wildflower site features coloring pages, activities, a dozen printable word search puzzles, and a glossary of vocabulary words from "adapt" to "threatened". Activities include How to Make a Butterfly Garden, Make Your Own Perfume, and Preserving Wildflowers. "Most wild flowers soon wither if you pick them, but you can preserve them for a long time by pressing or drying them. Choose only flowers that you know are common, and do not pick them unless there are lots of them."

  • University of Illinois Extension: My First Garden5 stars

    My First Garden is a set of illustrated lessons about planting flowers and vegetables. "Take a walk around your yard and look for spots that have good sunlight, are easy to get water to, and aren't in the way of somebody else trying to have fun in the yard. You also might like to get a spot where people can see it, and you can show it off to everybody." It also includes a Teacher's Guide, and a gallery of user-submitted garden photos.

  • Honorable Mentions

    The following links are either new discoveries or sites that didn't make it into my newspaper column because of space constraints. Enjoy!

    Cite This Page

  • Feldman, Barbara. "Flowers." Surfnetkids. Feldman Publishing. 30 Apr. 2013. Web. 4 Dec. 2014. < >.

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  • By . Originally published April 30, 2013. Last modified April 15, 2014.

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