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Marigolds October

“She liked anything orange: leaves; some moons; marigolds… orange is bright and demanding, you can’t ignore orange things.”

Marigold is October’s birth flower. It symbolizes elegance and devotion. They have daisy-like or double, carnation-like flowerheads and are produced singly or in clusters. Also known as Calendula, this vibrant yellow and orange flower is used in Indian wedding ceremonies and festivals and in Mexico for the Day of the Dead celebrations.

Marigolds also come in other colours, however yellow and orange are the most popular. They have a strong odor and are seen as effective in cosmetic treatment. In the 12th century, it was written that “merely looking at a marigold plant would improve the eyesight and lighten the mood.”

Cut marigolds will last at least a week if properly maintained, and are perfect as part of a larger bouquet or arrangement, with lots of purple and white blooms and green foliage.

Did you know: Marigolds are edible and sometimes used in food as a substitute for saffron? The Marigold’s strong scent is also used as natural mosquito and fly repellent!

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Blooming in the Spring, the graceful and simple tulips blossoms appear in all colours. “A tulip doesn’t strive to impress anyone. It doesn’t struggle to be different than a rose. It doesn’t have to. It is different. And there’s room in the garden for every flower.” – Marianne Williamson

Around the world people love tulips for many different reasons; the Victorians consider it a symbol of charity while the Turkish grew the flower as a symbol of paradise on earth. The Ottoman Empire plants the tulip bulb to remind them of heaven and eternal life. Over time, the dominant symbol of the tulip is its link to love and passion.

The different colours of a tulip also contribute different meanings:

A yellow tulip can symbolize unrequited love, but also hope, friendship and cheerful thoughts White tulips convey neutrality and forgiveness The purple tulip is linked to royalty and regality The red tulip is a symbol for “perfect love” from the Turkish legend of a Prince in love, and this is also the flower for the 11th Wedding Anniversary Pink tulips are linked to a less intense love as well as happiness and confidence

With all of the different colours, meanings and sentiments associated with the tulip, it is no wonder than their popularity remains. As one of the most loved flowers, a bouquet of tulips is sure to delight and enchant their recipient with their beauty.

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Flower Power

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Out of zest? Stressed…? We’ve all been there.

But here’s a little interesting fact: did you know that one of the simplest ways to lighten up our spirits is a bunch of flowers? Flowers are more than just the floral beauties we use to fluff up our home and office spaces. In fact, they create a positive effect to our moods without us really realizing it. Have you ever wondered why you break a smile each time you walk past a florist or a flowering garden? See…

So take a moment from every day’s hustle and bustle and allow yourself to feel calmer and happier with some colourful fresh flowers. Why not place some lovely tulips by your bedside or even on your office desk? Cheerful gerberas are also a winner – perfect to brighten up anybody’s day (especially during Winter!).

 

Top 3 Favourite Gardens in Europe

Jun 23, 2016

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What a crisp start to Winter it’s been! It’s days like this when I start to reminisce about the gorgeous blooms and glorious sunshine over in Europe. Here’s a little peek into my top 3 favourites.

GARDENS OF VERSAILLES, FRANCE

Residence to French royalty dating 1600s, the Palace of Versailles has one of the most spectacular gardens in Europe. The Gardens of Versailles truly is the epitome of 17th century royal opulence and elegance. King of France Louis XIV certainly spared no expense as he laid out his ambitious plans to expand the gardens.

I, myself was stunned by the enormity and grandeur of it all. To date, more than 6 million visitors have walked the grounds of the ever so pristine and well-manicured Gardens of Versailles.

MONET’S GARDEN, FRANCE

If you love Monet’s work, this is the place to be. There is a lot to admire about Monet’s Garden. It transcends tranquility and beauty all around. Walk a little deeper and you’ll find the famous Japanese bridge covered with wisteria and weeping willows.

KEUKENHOF, THE NETHERLANDS

I was in awe by the splendour of colourful tulips, daffodils, hyacinths and many other flower varieties at Keukenhof. There is truly something magical and fairytale-like about Keukenhof. In Spring 2015, it pulled in over 1 million visitors from all over the world and rightfully so. By late afternoon, I found myself sitting by the lakes enjoying idyllic views of the Dutch landscapes and blossoming flowers all around.

So, let’s think happy thoughts and shy away from the grey. Let’s infuse colours to our living spaces to create a happier vibe this Winter! Beautiful bright flowers, anyone?

May Birth Flower – Lily of the Valley

May 18, 2016

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A low growing perennial plant, the Lily of the Valley is known as the most delicate and beautiful member if the Lily family. Producing a small and wonderfully fragrant bell-shaped flower, the Lily of the Valley is the official birth flower for the month of May.

Symbolising sweetness, humility and chastity this flower is also know to signify a return to happiness. The flowers are normally white, but some may have a soft pink hue.

A popular wedding flower, the Lily of the Valley has featured in numerous poems and was even the name of a song by UK rock band Queen!

Traditional Mother’s Day Flowers

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Mother’s Day is just around the corner… Show how much you care and spoil your mum with these popular flowers:

Chrysanthemum: an iconic Mother’s Day flower often called ‘mums’ – these flowers are said to bring about laughter and happiness. Carnation: these pretty ruffled blooms come in a variety of colours with each having a unique meaning – try pink for affection. Lily: long lasting and fragrant, these popular flowers symbolize elegance and beauty – mums will love pink and white lilies. Rose: classic roses are a great way to say ‘I love you’ – but for mum, skip the red roses and go for pastel pink instead.

Celebrate Mother’s Day – order by 9:00am Saturday, 7 May 2016.

Top 3 Mother’s Day bouquets

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Mother’s Day is an annual celebration of mothers and motherhood. The colour pink is commonly associated with this day – symbolizing femininity, love, beauty, sensitivity and romance. Here are our top 3 bouquets to give mum:

Cherished – a pretty mix of seasonal pink, cream and white flowers complimented with foliage, wrapped in paper and a bow. Peaches & cream – a simple and elegant bouquet of quality 12 long stem roses, in delicate creamy pink and peach tones. Taffeta – classic and feminine pastel pink roses in a posy-style bouquet, complimented with a halo of textural vine (vase not included).

April birth flower – Daisy

Apr 6, 2016

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The Daisy is April’s birth flower, symbolising cheerfulness, childhood innocence and purity. The common Daisy has white petals with a bright yellow centre, but different varieties can also be found in pink, violet, orange and red.

The name ‘Daisy’ comes from the phrase ‘day’s eye’ because it opens up each day with the morning sunrise and closes during the night.

Remember making Daisy-chains as children? Discovered in 1884, the Daisy was once worn by unmarried men and women to signify their availability. Upon accepting a suitors proposal, women wore a ring of Daisy’s around their head announcing the engagement!

Daisy’s make a great gift for young children and teenagers, or an alternative to roses if you’re planning to propose!

Top 3 Autumn blooms

Mar 23, 2016

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Autumn has arrived, so here are our top 3 autumn blooms to help warm your heart and keep a smile on your face on these cooler days:

Alstroemerias – known as the Peruvian Lilu or Lily of the Incas, they have striped petals and no fragrance. They come in vibrant colours like orange, pink, rose, purple, red, yellow or white and will last about two weeks in a vase. Hyacinth – have an intoxicating scent and feature clusters of small flowers along a single stalk. Hyacinths come in many rich colours like magenta and deep indigo, as well as pale pink, baby blue, yellow and white. Cymbidium Orchid – or the Boat Orchid is a stunning long-lasting flower that comes in flamboyant colours including orange, apricots, browns, reds, burgundy, yellow and green.

March birth flower – Daffodil

Mar 9, 2016

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The daffodil, also known as jonquil or narcissus, is the birth flower for the month of March – a popular yellow flower that’s often associated with the Daffodil Day fundraiser.

Native to Southern Europe, this fragrant flower was once believed to have healing powers. According to Greek Mythology the Narcissus flower came about when an egotistical young man drowned in a pool while staring at his own reflection.

To many Catholics, however, the daffodil is a symbol of Easter and its German name ‘Ostergloken’ literally means ‘Easter bells’. It’s said the flower first bloomed during the resurrection of Christ and so it’s become a symbol of sorrow and hope.