Category Archives: Gardening

Sunflowers are Summer’s Glory

Sunflowers are Summer’s GloryAre you enjoying the act of gardening this summer? Do you like to water plants, till soil, and watch flowers sway with a warm breeze? What does your garden have growing in it this time of year?

Sunflowers are a main attraction in many yards. Helianthus (as they are scientifically known) seem to catch everyone’s attention. They are popular because of their unique appeal. The flower is commonly associated with happiness because of its unusual height and brilliant color.

The tallest growing flower, with potential of reaching between 8 and 13 feet, is a summer favorite in North America and throughout the world.

Cheer Up Your Garden

Has this summer inspired you to add more color to your life? If yes, consider cheering up your garden with sunflowers.

There are many types of sunflowers you can plant. Some grow taller than a person and develop bright yellow blooms the size of dinner plates. Others come in shades of orange and red.

With tall stems and large, colorful blossoms, sunflowers are known to be useful too. They can create a natural fence to block a neighbor’s unsightly yard and distract from the view with pops of color.

Why Plant Sunflowers

Sunflowers are native to North America but can be found all over the world now. They are easy to maintain and can begin growing within six months of planting seeds. In addition, seeds can be planted up to 100 days before freezing temperatures strike. Any seeds that fall on fertile soil (as this is important for sunflowers) may surprise you by shooting up quickly next spring.

When autumn begins to sweep in, you can cut the head of the flower off a few inches down the stem. Hanging it up in an airy place to dry will produce many seeds. You can gather the seeds and use them for cooking or save them to plant the following year.

Interesting Facts about Sunflowers

Sunflowers are not only a beautiful addition to any garden, they are also interesting. There are many surprising facts about sunflowers. Wet your curiosity with these four truths. Then, learn more by reading this blog:

  • A single sunflower is made up of thousands of flowers joined together- each pedal represents one flower.
  • Sunflower heads track the sun, which is correctly known as heliotropism.
  • Sunflowers are the national flower of Russia.
  • The tallest sunflower grew to be over 25 feet tall.

Sunflowers are summer’s glory. There are many ways you can express your creativity this season, and many mediums that allow for artistic expression. Gardening can be a canvas to those who like to be outside in nature.

Yard work does not seem very artistic at times, but think about it this way: no two gardens are the same. By all means, get outside and create your unique art garden this summer.

Read more Segmation blog posts about Gardening:

Garden Art Knows No Limits

Where Urban Life Meets Natural Art

Tulipmania Art

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Garden Art Knows No Limits

Is there a limit to what can be considered art? It is very likely that there will never be a consensus on that question. Every person has his or her own opinion of what constitutes art. For Pearl Fryar, art doesn’t merely exist in the form of oil paints on a canvas or chalk pastels on paper, it exists in a most unusual place: His garden.

In 1984, Pearl Fryar wanted to win the “Yard of the Month” title in his community. In an effort to do that, he began creating a garden that would one day become what it is today: a three acre topiary wonder. Possessing only desire and no training, Fryar set out to purchase plants for his garden. He took home the raw materials of his soon-to-be feast for the senses as well as a three-minute lesson in topiaries. From those basic resources, Fryar created a garden that is as true an art form as one can find.

Years after he had started crafting his garden, people began to tell Pearl Fryar that he had broken the rules of horticulture in the creation of his art. By that time, he had cultivated a masterpiece that was drawing major attention.

There is something about art that intrinsically draws people to the divine and eternal. The art that resides in Pearl Fryar’s garden is no different. Each week 300-500 people flock to his garden with all the fervor of those pursuing a weekly service at a church or temple. Fryar commented that he considers his garden as much a ministry as any place of worship.

Bente Borsum said, “Art knows no limit, and the artist will never achieve perfection.” How true that statement has proven itself in the life of Pearl Fryar. His garden art has outgrown the limits of what is considered a “traditional” art form, and even proceeded to touch the human spirit. As far as achieving perfection in his craft, Fryar seems to know that he never will, and he is not concerned; that is not his goal.

What is Fryar’s goal for his garden art? In his own words, “The idea is to leave this garden with a message, to feel differently than you did when you started.” Pearl Fryar wants those who come into contact with his art to be changed; isn’t that the desire of all true artists?

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Free iPad/Mobile Phone Paint By Numbers App

 

Segmation releases Free iPad/Mobile Phone Paint By Numbers App

Segmation (www.segmation.com) has introduced SegPlay® Mobile 2.0, available for free at the Apple iTunes Store and newly optimized for iPhone, iPad, and iPod.

SegPlay Mobile 2.0 is the mobile app of SegPlay’s Paint By Numbers software, and lets players use their fingers like a paintbrush. Formerly sold for $1.99 at the Apple store, it’s now available for free and is fully compatible with iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4, iPhone 4S, iPad, iPod touch (3rd generation), and iPod touch (4th generation) devices. SegPlay requires iOS 5.0 or later.

The app has been optimized for the larger iPad display in both landscape and portrait orientations, making it work like a giant digital canvas for painting on.

 

“We’re very excited to be able to offer SegPlay as a free mobile phone app” says company president Mark Feldman. “It’s the quickest, coolest, and fastest way to paint by numbers using your iPhone, iPad, or iPod, and is the perfect form of entertainment for people on the go.”

The SegPlay Mobile 2.0 app download includes six free patterns to get players started, with an impressive – and growing – library of six-pattern sets in diverse fun categories available in six levels of difficulty. Additional pattern sets are available, and very reasonably priced at under $1 each. New pattern sets are also being released every month.

“Version 2.0 is a huge leap from its predecessor,” notes Feldman, observing the ability to feel the canvas using an iPad, with easy to use graphics, near infinite zooming, panning, pinching, flicking and user-friendly icons.

He adds, “Besides now being free and having a cleaner interface, we’ve fixed a bunch of bugs, installed new upgrades, and provided many special features. Some of those features are available immediately with the free download, the rest will unlock after just one new set of patterns is purchased.” These features include:

  • Timed painting
  • Hints
  • Customized palettes
  • Scoring your work while beating the clock
  • Solving the puzzle with the push of a button
  • Autosave
  • Near infinite zooming
  • Fun sound effects
  • An abilitity to share your finished patterns with friends on Facebook

“I can’t even tell you how many thousands of our community’s members have spent the past year painting by numbers on their mobile devices. They’ve been extremely anxious to get their fingers on these upgrades and new patterns, and are thrilled about being able to download new pattern sets every month. We heard what customers wanted, and we delivered.”

“Plus with just one pattern set purchase, you’ll get rid of those pesky advertisements” he laughs.”

“Regardless of what you do during your day,” says Feldman, “There’s nothing so refreshing as painting by numbers. It’s fun, it’s relaxing, and it’s INCREDIBLY addictive.”

“Best of all,” he smiles “There’s no mess to clean up when you’re done.”

 

About Segmation

Segmation has been the leader in digital paint by numbers technology since 1990, when it developed the first online color and number pattern creation technology in the industry. Over the years it has introduced numerous improvements to its product line.

The company’s latest innovation allows users to color intricate line patterns from a wide range of photorealistic images on their mobile device. All Segmation software offers a huge assortment of playing options for testing painting skills, manual dexterity, speed, artistic abilities, skill-testing, color therapy, and just plain fun.

Segmation software is available today for use online, on PC, iPad, and mobile phone, with free trials of the programs available. The SegPlay Mobile 2.0 app is completely free.

The company has acquired a worldwide following, with a vast library of available patterns that runs into the thousands in hundreds of categories. Pattern sets go from very simple to very complex, and patterns cost just pennies apiece to own.  

Segmation also offers a free monthly newsletter, an instructive and entertaining WordPress blog called Outside the Lines, great YouTube videos, and a vibrant and diverse Facebook community, all of which are perfect for art lovers, teachers, casual gamers, students, crafters, and anyone seeking a few minutes of relaxation or insight into the art world.

Segmation products are available both as entertainment and as customizable marketing tools.

For additional information, contact:

BETH FELDMAN

beth@segmation.com

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