5 Superb Wedding Proposal Ideas That Will Leave Your Girlfriend Speechless


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8 Beautiful Flowers That Can Kill You


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What Are The Flowers That Are Fit For Men?


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5 Famous Flowers From Around the World

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Flowers are one of nature’s greatest gifts. They excite our senses with beautiful, colorful blooms and sweet fragrant smells. We love to grow them in our gardens, use them to accent our homes and windows next to our bottom up blinds, or just enjoy them in their natural habitats. Flowers speak a universal language and add beauty to our lives in many ways.
Beautiful flowers bloom around the world, but some have historic roots in specific countries that have helped to preserve and protect their beauty. Here are five spectacular blooms with world-wide appeal.

1. Tulips

History: The tulip, native to Central and Western Asia, was transported to Turkey by nomadic tribes in the 16th century where it was first commercially cultivated. It became a prestigious symbol of the Turkish Ottoman Empire. It was later transported to the Netherlands by a famous Austrian biologist CarolusClusius. Today, Holland is the largest producer of tulips and exports more than three billion tulip bulbs each year.

Facts:

  • 120 species of wild tulips and 2,300 registered named tulip varieties
  • Perennial plants grown from bulbs
  • Prefer full sun or partial shade in warm climates with well-drained soil
  • Plant in the fall for early or late spring blooms

2. Roses

History: The rose is believed to have originated in China over 5,000 years ago. During the Roman Empire, rose gardens were established by nobility in Rome. Roses later transitioned to England during the 15th century. In the 18th century, cultivated roses were imported to Europe, then to the United States. Although most people associate the rose with England and English rose gardens, the Netherlands is the largest importer.

Facts:

  • Over 100 species, including erect, climbing and trailing varieties
  • Perennial plants grown from seeds or cuttings
  • Prefer sun and well-drained soil
  • Plant November through February for seasonal spring blooms

3. Sunflowers

History: The sunflower is believed to have originated in the Southeastern United States, however there is scientific evidence that it originated in Mexico. The Aztecs used the symbol of the sunflower as their sun god. The Aztecs and Native Americans grew sunflowers for food. The botanical name, Helianthos, is a Greek word. Helios means sun and anthos means flower. In 1903, Kansas claimed the sunflower as its official state flower.

Facts:

  • Over 67 different species of cultivated sunflowers
  • Perennial plants grown from seeds
  • Prefer a sunny location with slightly moist soil but will tolerate dry infertile soil
  • Plant in late spring for summer or early fall blooms

4. Primroses

History: The primrose is native to southern and western Europe and cool areas within the northern hemisphere such as the Alps, Himalayas and China. It grows wild in many mountainous and wooded areas with shaded landscapes. Japan produces the Japanese primrose, however England is most often associated as the country of origin due to the popularity of the English primrose. The UK Wildlife and Countryside Act of 1981 makes it illegal to pick wild primroses in England.

Facts:

  • Over 500 species exist around the world
  • Perennial plants grown from seeds
  • Prefer filtered sun or partial shade with moist, slightly acidic soil
  • Plant small potted plants or seeds in early spring for spring and summer blooms

5. Irises

History: The iris originated in ancient Egypt and India where the flower became a symbol of life for these cultures. The Egyptians thought that the three petals of the iris stood for wisdom, faith and valor. The iris was laid upon many burial sites, altars and temples of the pharaohs who believed the flower would protect them and give them power and authority in the next life. Later in history, the iris (fleur-de-lis) became an emblem for French monarchs on military uniforms, armor, shields and flags. This emblem carried over to tapestries, textiles, rugs and family crests for millions of French people.

Facts:

  • Over 300 species, many are natural hybrids
  • Perennial plants grown from rhizomes or bulbs
  • Prefer full sun and well-drained soil
  • Plant in the fall for spring blooms

How Learning Flower Arrangements Can Change Your Life Forever

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Are you looking for something to do this year? Have you been a little depressed lately? Why don’t you try to learn how to arrange flowers?

 

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How Learning Flower Arrangements Can Change Your Life Forever

 

Flower arrangement is one way of making flowers look more attractive. This is a practice that has become a tradition in different countries all over the world. Flower arrangement can be defined as the practice of grouping and organizing together plant materials in order to achieve harmony and balance of color, form and texture. The flower that has been arranged magnificently adds life, beauty and happiness to a specific space. In one simple glance, we may think that this is such a simple undertaking. However, there is more to flower arrangement than the naked eye can see. People who are struggling in their life financially, experiencing tremendous amount of stress physically and undergoing a hard time emotionally may seek refuge and peace of mind in flower arrangement.

Many people are under the impression that this job is for women only. However, you may see a man in your city arranging flowers every now and then. As a matter of fact, there are men all over the world who are trying to find calm and enlightenment use flower arrangement as a way to collect their thoughts. Flower arrangement is also a character-building task. You will need plenty of hard work and endless amounts of patience to properly combine and arrange different flowers in one place. One perfect example of fantastic floral arrangements that you can learn is the Japanese art of floral arrangement or ‘ikebana’. Ikebana means ‘living flowers’ or ‘way of flowers’. The aim of this practice is to bring humanity and nature together by creating a wonderful arrangement of not only flowers but also other materials such as wood branches in a minimalist manner.

What are the Benefits of Learning Flower Arrangement?

There are many occasions in a year wherein you can apply your flower arrangement skills. If you have a friend, relative or family member who is going to celebrate their birthday, you can always make a magnificent floral basket or bouquet with your own arrangement. You won’t have to hire a professional florist to do this job for you. This way, you can always make sure that your gift has more personal touch because you have decided the kinds of flowers and other elements on the arrangement yourself. You can also use this skill on other important events of the year such as New Year, Valentine’s Day, Holy Week, Independence Day, Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day and most especially graduation.

If you are having a hard time looking for a job, learning this skill will give you an opportunity to earn big money. Flower arrangement is considered an art and is commonly practiced in hotels, hospitals and offices on a daily basis. These blooms are important part of interior decoration. It provides aesthetic appeal to the atmosphere of any place. If you have the skill on flower arrangement, you can be easily hired by these business establishments.

Another important benefit of learning how to arrange flowers is that you can easily cheer someone who’s close to you that has been confined to a hospital. When your loved ones are sick and they need something inspiring to hasten their healing process, one of the ideal gifts to give them is a nicely arranged ornament. Because you already know how to make it sweet, you won’t have to spend a single cent to get the job done by hiring a professional or calling your local flower shop.

 

It is said that flowers can make a person feel better, more cheerful and more productive. These blossoms are also considered as food and medicine of the soul. These plants can make one look at his or her life positively by simply gazing at the beauty of the flowers. By arranging them properly, you are helping them appreciate the loveliness of every simple flower that is included on the composition. Furthermore, you can inspire them to do something encouraging about their own life as well. It doesn’t matter if you arranged these fragrant flowers for a price, for free or as a favor to your friends; what matters is that through your arrangement, you are able to bring happiness on their lives and more importantly, to yourself.


Expert Advice on Arranging Graduation Flowers

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Graduation day is indeed a very important event in our high school or college lives. What better way to commemorate it and to welcome the graduates than by giving them a gift of fresh and fragrant basket or bouquet of graduation flowers? As flowers are given on celebrative occasions like this, graduation day must always be filled with bouquets and various sorts of magnificent floral arrangements.

 

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Expert Advice on Arranging Graduation Flowers

 

If you are thinking about giving a friend, relative or a loved one a gift of fresh graduation flowers, you must bear in mind that your gift should be impressive to become memorable. So, having said this, try making your graduation basket or bouquet gift as magnificent as possible!

How to Choose the Best Graduation Flowers?

Choosing the best flower to commemorate this day is the first things that you should do. When choosing the flowers that you will give as a graduation gift, make sure that the blooms are fresh so that it will last a long time. You don’t need to be a professional florist to be able to choose the best flowers.

Some of the most chosen graduation flowers are the following:

  • Roses. Mixed roses will always be a nice graduation basket or bouquet to offer.
  • Gerbera daisy. This flower should be enclosed by greenery. This way, it will give the impression you wish to see on the recipient’s face when you give this gift to them.
  • Tulips. These blooms can also become a beautiful graduation flowers as well. Yellow and purple tulips will surely make put a smile on the lips of the graduate instantly when they receive it. If you are thinking of using them as your graduation gift, you must remember that these flowers are one of the best graduation blooms that you can give them!

 

What are the Best Graduation Flower Arrangements?

If you have skills in flower arranging, you can make a personalized arrangement for your own gift. You can also add extra items such as their favourite stuffed toys, movie tickets or CD’s of their favourite artists to make it more charming to the eyes of the recipient. However, if you need to have an extravagantly-arranged flower gift, you can always go to your local flower shop and ask a team of professional florist to help you out.

Select colourful and cheerful flowers. The flowers mentioned previously are some of the best choices that you can get from your local flower shop. You can mix them around and make an elegant graduation flower arrangement!

Here’s what you need to remember in choosing the best flowers for your graduation gift arrangement:

  • Mix pink carnations, mini orange carnations, yellow button poms and Monte casino to convey a bright and joyful graduation flower gift arrangement.
  • If you are going to use pink hydrangeas in your arrangement, make sure that you add yellow, red or purple on it to create a vibrant feel on your gift!
  • Make a magnificent graduation flower arrangement using red carnations, yellow daisies,  pink asters and connect them to three latex balloons and you will definitely produce a party or celebrative atmosphere in a flash!
  • Other flowers such as iris, pink gerbera daisies, leather leaf, spray roses, solidago, statice and curly willow are also some of the worthy choices for your graduation gift flower arrangement! These flowers are cheerful, lovely and easy-looking flowers that will bring a smile to your intended recipient’s lips upon seeing your gift.
  • A basket loaded with red carnations and yellow tulips, pink lilies or red roses can also become a heart-warming combination to your graduation gift! You may also put blue roses in arrangement, however; always put them together with other white, yellow or light pink blooms to make a harmonic contrast.

 

When putting your flower arrangement together, make sure that you place them on a tight basket or container so that the moisture would not easily escape thus prolonging the life of the blooms. Finally, if you have no idea about what exactly to give the graduate, you can research about their preferred flowers. Ask your common friends or their parents and relatives. This way, you can never go wrong with your gift especially if the recipient is someone close to your heart.


Impressive Things About Hyacinth That You Need To Know

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Do you like hyacinth? How much do you think you know about this fragrant blossom? Read more and find out some things about this magnificent and sweet-smelling flower.

 

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Impressive Things About Hyacinth

 

Hyacinth is a fragrant flower that has three subspecies – Hyacinthus litwinowii, Hyacinthus orientalis and Hyacinthus transcapicus. The name of this flower means “flower of rain”. The Greeks named it a flower of grief due to its connection to a famous Greek legend. According to the legend, there was a young man called Hyacinth; he was Apollo’s favorite. One day, during sporting competitions, Apollo threw a hard disc but it dropped right on Hyacinth instead. So, the sweet-smelling purple-red flowers blossomed from the young man’s blood. Because of this incident, Apollo commemorated his favorite’s memory by naming the flower Hyacinth. Incidentally, nearly 3,000 years ago, the Hellenes decorated their hairstyles using this flower on their friends’ wedding day. Moreover, even the Persian poets compared women’s beauty and hair with the spinning hyacinth petals and valued the fragrance of this flower.

As a matter of fact, hyacinth was grown in the East gardens only for a long time. This flower was very famous in the Ottoman Empire, however in Western Europe; the delightful hyacinth was grown only by the 17th century’s end. Originally, the hyacinth never grew in Holland. This flower was brought to its land accidentally. After a shipwreck, boxes of Hyacinth bulbs were washed to the shore. As time passed by, the bulbs sprouted, bloomed and subsequently became a sensation. In 1734, this has become a new source of income, particularly for people who are growing terry hyacinth.

The Meaning Of Hyacinth

The meaning behind this lovely flower depends on the color that you choose. For instance, white hyacinth means loveliness; the yellow ones represent jealousy and the purples ones stand for your plea for forgiveness. This is the reason the purple ones are very famous because it is usually used in bouquets or baskets as an apology flower. This flower is also used to symbolize sports and games.

Uses of Hyacinth

This flower, particularly the water hyacinth can be used for different purposes such as paper, compost, fuel, animal food and water purifying agent. The farmers in Burma and Bangladesh are conducting experimentations with it by making vegetable gardens that floats in water. By placing mud on top of the thickly packed hyacinth, the farmers are able to grow crops and other vegetables.

What Are The Different Colors Of Hyacinth?

This fragrant flower comes in a variety of colors – cream, white, salmon, yellow, pink, peach, red, orange, lavender, blue and purple. There are plenty of colors to choose from therefore you not be easily bored with it when you purchase it in your local flower shop.

When it comes to giving flowers to your friends, loved ones or relatives, choosing the right color of hyacinth is very essential. First, you have to determine the reason why you are giving them flowers in the first place. If your main purpose is to seek their forgiveness, then this flower is definitely the one that you should give.

As mentioned previously, the most ideal color of hyacinth for asking forgiveness is the purple one. You should also try to mix and match other items to your basket or bouquet of flowers. You can match your primary apology flower with other blooms such as red and white roses, tulip and carnation. If you want to make the flowers appear more personal to the recipient, you can place their favorite things such as stuffed toys, chocolates, your picture (for lovers only) and a short note telling them that you won’t do it again.

Growing Hyacinth

This magnificent flower proliferates with the aid of bulbs, which may be purple or cream in color. Upon choosing the bulbs that you will plant in your garden, make sure that you pick healthy and large bulbs that has no dark or soft spots. Usually, large bulbs of hyacinth produce large flowers compared to small ones. You should also search for pest and disease resistant variants of hyacinth bulbs. If you have no idea about this, you can always research about this on the internet or go to your nearest plant and seed sellers and ask them about things that you need to learn about this flower.


How to Pick a Bouquet for Your Man

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A beautiful bouquet is always the perfect gift, always relevant. If it is a present for a woman, then what about men? After all, love of flowers does not contradict with the strength of character and purpose of nature. How can you pick up a bouquet for a man?

Special bouquets for men are not so common, but the trend is gaining momentum fast enough. In Western Europe, the phenomenon of male floral arrangement appeared earlier. In Japanese culture bouquets for men has been developed for centuries, since florists there have never overlooked the strong sex.

So how do they differ bouquets, so to speak, by gender? First, let us consider the form. If the round shape dominated women’s compositions, then men’s ones have extended, striving upward lines, with sharp angles. Next thing is the color. Flowers of pale pink, sand, cream and other pastel colors will not look very appropriate in a man’s bouquet. The bouquet should be bright, so dark red, blue, purple, orange and yellow hues dominate. We should also mention the greens. These should be bright, saturated and dark colors, that are not close to the green color, and the Emerald.

Finally, let’s talk about the plants that make up the bouquet for men. Most often it is the so-called exotic flower – exotics, which include anthurium (its inflorescence is a single large flat sheet resembling the heart, with a yellow or orange hairs growing out of the middle, as a rule, use red or green varieties), Strelitzia (this flower looks like feathers or tails of birds of paradise, used mainly orange varieties), Calla (inflorescence resembles a graceful glass in the middle of it – a subtle contrast pestle, ideal for male flowers are yellow, burgundy calla lilies), Lily (Asiatic hybrids), Proteus (the petals are like thin needles, so the flower has some “scratchy” look, burgundy or yellow flowers attract attention to its exotic flowers and brightness); leykospermum (also from the family of Proteus), gladiolus, Eremurus (has inflorescence – brush set flowers – stars, resembling a luxurious tail, the orange and yellow types). Roses – a versatile flower, a few roses on long stems are also quite appropriate as a gift to man.

Florists are not advised to give the man tulips and daffodils, violets and tiny buds of daisies, touching chamomile and freesia. In general, the male flowers should be large flowers. If you still want to use small flowers, there should be very many of them.

The bouquet for a man should be bright and often – extravagant. It should never be discreet and modest. Incidentally, if you think that to give a man flowers is still not the best option, then present something very decorative and beautiful. A good florist will always guide you.

If you are not familiar with the tastes of the person who was going to receive your present, make your choice on roses and purple-green color scheme. This is a classic, and it will always be popular and fashionable.


What are the Best Flowers for Apology?

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Asking for forgiveness to our friends, loved ones and family is not an easy task; it takes courage and utmost humility to admit the mistakes that we made. There are instances wherein words are not enough to express the apology that we want to convey. Saying everything that want to say through flowers is one of the most effective ways of asking for forgiveness.

 

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What are the Best Flowers for Apology?

 

It is undeniable that flowers carry specific meanings and significance to the beholder. There are also certain flowers that suggest an honest and unspoken truth, sincerity and apology from the sender to the recipient. These flowers are known as “apology flowers,” because these blooms ask for forgiveness for a certain mistake that was made against the recipient, as well as an expression of great regret. Think about offering some of these apology flowers if you need to say “I’m sorry” to your loved one or friend and ask for their forgiveness.

Here are the best apology flowers that you can purchase on your local flower shop:

  1. Roses. This flower is definitely the best gift if you want to say “I love you” however; if you have made someone mad, a bouquet of mixed red and white is a good way to tell them that you’re sorry and you sincerely ask for their forgiveness. The red roses signify your fidelity and affection while the white roses mean silence, chastity and truth. This symbolism makes offering red and white roses a perfect symbol of apology for mistakes such as betrayal of confidence among your friends and affair outside the relationship.
  2. Carnations. If you are making amends for missed meetings or dates, the pink carnations are definitely the best flowers to offer. This flower expresses the message that you never meant to forget the recipient or the promise that you gave them. In flowers’ language, the carnations usually symbolize the meaning of fascination and devoted love; however the pink ones are normally appropriate when you wish to apologize to a person because it means “I will never forget you/our appointment again.” Give them white carnations together with pink ones to signify remembrance or to give an apology for a broken appointment.
  3. Hyacinth. If you wish to honestly extend your apology to a person, offer them a bouquet or basket of hyacinth to request for their forgiveness. This flower is a fragrant and bell-shaped whose significance makes it a perfect addition to a basket or bouquet of your “apology flower gift.” Varieties of hyacinth such as aqua-blue blossoms signify honesty in flowers’ language while the violet ones mean seeking forgiveness from the offended one.
  4. Tulip. Giving the offended one a gift of cream-colored blossoms or tulips is definitely one of the best ways to ask for forgiveness. White tulips characterize the act of forgiveness in different cultures worldwide. It is also a sign of spring that represents hope and rebirth. Make an interesting basket or bouquet of these white tulips and mix it together with pink ones. In flowers’ language, it suggests a sense caring to sincerely ask for complete forgiveness of an offended friend or loved one.

The blossoms listed above are just some of the flowers that you can offer as your apology flowers. You can also give your friend’s or loved one’s favourite flower. This way, they will know that you really mean what you say. You can also add extra items as part of your sincere apology. You can place the recipient’s favourite things together with the floral arrangement. All you have to do is to call your local flower shop and tell them exactly what you want with the flowers that you ordered. You can also arrange for same day delivery if you want to make amends with your sweetheart or best friend.

 

Asking for forgiveness is definitely not something that should be made light on. You should always be prepared to forget your ego, stay humble, be sincere and most of all, be honest at all times. You should also make sure that you won’t break your promise to your friend or loved one so that you won’t commit the same mistake again in your renewed friendship or relationship. These flowers can help you repair a fresh wound to your dear one’s heart however; it won’t make any difference anymore if you are dishonest and break your promises again.


History of the Tulip

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Few flowers have been the object of such endless fascination as the tulip. Nowadays seen as a sturdy harbinger of spring, rearing its cheerful head in gardens across the country, the tulip was once an exclusive, luxury bloom wreathed in mystery and drama. At certain points in its history it was considered the preserve of royalty and connoisseurs, and subject to intense speculation – indeed, many a fortune was made and lost through desire for the humble tulip.

While today most people associate the tulip with the Netherlands, and indeed many people specifically travel to Amsterdam to view the spring tulip fields in bloom, the precise origins of the flower are swathed in mystery. Tulips seem to have originated in Asia Minor, where temperate, mountainous regions allow the bulb the cool, dormant period it needs to flourish. By around the year 1000, the blooms were being cultivated at the Turkish royal court, where they had already begun to demonstrate an unusual sway over their human admirers. For instance, the sultans of the Ottoman Empire prized tulips highly and subjected them to intense regulatory control; no one could trade tulips outside of the capital without royal permission, under pain of exile.

It was also in Turkey that they acquired the name by which they are now known – “tulip” coming from the Turkish word for “muslin” or “gauze” fabric. During the 1500s, tulips first came to the attention of European travellers, who encountered the bulbous blooms in the country’s gardens and courts. Tulip seeds and bulbs gradually began to make their way back to Europe, although it took some time before European gardeners learned to nurture the flowers properly to their full glory.

The botanist Carolus Clusius, who oversaw the medicinal beds of the Imperial Botanical Gardens of Vienna, is widely considered to have been the first great European tulip gardener. Clusius is said to have developed a huge collection of spectacular tulips, which he later brought with him to (what is now) the Netherlands when he assumed charge of the newly founded botanical gardens at Leiden University. It was an important step in the history of the tulip – and a fateful turning point in Dutch history – as the destinies of the flower and the European nation became forever intertwined.

At first the cultivation of tulips in Holland (as that portion of the Netherlands was then known) was restricted to the elite of society – royals, aristocrats, botanical connoisseurs and scholars. The exotic flowers were an indulgent rarity, an elegant symbol of wealth, taste and status. However, as news of these fantastical blooms spread through society, curiosity about – and a certain longing for – the blooms began to grow.

Perhaps as a result, some residents were compelled to steal large numbers of Clusius’s prized tulips from the university garden. This could be seen as the beginning of “tulip mania” (as it came to be known), which quickly began to spread amongst Dutch society at large. Over the period between 1634 and 1637, tulip prices rapidly began to climb, especially for rare varieties and unusual colourings. People soon began to speculate intensely, sometimes wildly, in the future of the bulbs, which were quickly becoming one of Holland’s most popular and profitable exports.

The trend was buoyed by the fact that this was the Dutch Golden Age, when international trade was contributing great wealth to Dutch society and newly rich merchants in particular were eager to show off extravagant symbols of their status. The booming optimism of the age combined with the demand for the fashionable tulips until, at the peak of tulip mania, single bulbs of some of the more valuable varieties (such as the Semper Augustus) were being sold for astronomical sums, equivalent to several years’ salary for common people.

Many people made their fortunes on the back of the tulip-trading frenzy, but as is the case with any intense speculation, quite a few gambled and lost everything as well, especially when tulip prices finally collapsed in 1637. Although tulip mania represented a strange and in some ways exceptional chapter in Dutch history, the period did have an enduring legacy for the economy and society. The Netherlands is still a world leader in the production of tulips, and the flowers are still amongst the nation’s top exports.

Every spring the vast tulip farms in areas such as the Noordoostpolder, the Bollenstreek and the Kop van Noord-Hollan are flooded with colour as far as the eye can see, and many people travel to the area for the sole purpose of viewing these huge fields of tulips. Not only is it a spectacular vision of nature in all its multi-coloured glory, but also an intense reminder of the impact these beautiful flowers have had on the development of the Dutch nation.


What Kind of Flower is your Mum?

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Have you ever stolen a smug glance at panic buyers on Christmas Eve, or watched wide-eyed men shuffle around an empty Valentine’s Day shop display? If this scenario sounds all too familiar, avoid being a last minute shopper this Mother’s Day by reading our gift guide. Flowers brighten up the home and show mums, for that fleeting moment, just how much you really do appreciate them. However, choosing the right bunch isn’t always easy. Find solace in our guide to choosing the most suitable Mother’s Day flowers based on your Mum’s personality and individual taste.

Hyacinths

Hyacinths are native to Asia, Turkey and the Middle East and are noted for their spring bulbs and range of colours from ultra-violet to magnolia. Fully flowered, hyacinths take the shape of starfish and possess a distinctive, sophisticated look. Hyacinths are often paired with narcissi and aromatic foliage to make luxury bouquets. Hyacinths are very fragrant; if your Mother likes sweet scents, these may be the ideal flowers for her.

Roses

Contrary to popular belief, roses are not only prolific in symbolising romance. During The War of the Roses, white and red roses were used to represent unity. During Roman times, roses were used for medicinal purposes, and in the 17th century even accepted as legal tender. There are believed to be 130 different species of rose which come in a host of colours from peach to sun-yellow. The beautiful appearance of the Rose and the history that precedes it makes this flower a covetable gift for any Mum.

Narcissus

This spring flower smells gorgeous and originates in Asia, Europe and West Africa. Narcissi or daffodils, as they are also known, can be identified by their prominent bells or bulbs which are surrounded by flower leaves. Daffodils are usually white or yellow in colour and are a Welsh national symbol. However, don’t let their merry appearance fool you! Narcissi are extremely poisonous, particularly their bulbs. In the past, many people have mistaken the flowers central bulbs for onions and suffered terrible stomach illness.

This flower lasts up to a week in the vase and pairs beautifully with hyacinths. Although, be cautious when pairing with other flower types, as narcissi stems contain toxic compounds. If the recipient of narcissi has small children or curious pets, take care to ensure they’re displayed safely out of reach.

Flower Arrangements by Colour

If you’re still unsure which flowers would make the perfect gift for Mother’s Day, find out Mum’s favourite colours and select accordingly. Look at your Mother’s home décor and think about what sort of colours would match or clash based on personality. Below are some ideas for flower combinations based on colour.

Colour Guide:

White and Yellow – Ivory roses and pale yellow narcissi
Purple and Pink – Purple hyacinths, pink garden roses and fuchsia tulips
Pastels – Dusky pink posies and garden roses
Blue – Blue delphinium and lisianthus

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Daffodils: A Perfect Way to Brighten Up your Day

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A bunch of flowers never fails to lift our spirits and improve our mood. However, daffodils or narcissus can do more than uplift our spirits – it is also possible that it holds the answer to treating depression, according to research. Scientists have concluded that compounds in South African species of daffodils can pass through the blood-brain barrier, also known as the defensive wall that maintains the isolation of the brain.

 

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Daffodils: A Perfect Way to Brighten Up your Day

 

This barrier is a primary concern for doctors curing conditions of the brain such as depression as it possesses proteins that drives the drugs out the moment they get inside. Research revealed that nine out of ten compounds don’t have the ability to enter the brain. However, Professor Birger Brodin, who started the study at the University of Copenhagen, mentioned that the compounds from the South African daffodils were able to successfully pass through the blood-brain barrier.

According to him, these could subsequently be utilized to help bring drugs into the brain. He also said in the Journal of Pharmacy and Pharmacology: ‘Some of the plant compounds might be brought into the brain’s protein barriers. If a person is depressed, he often thinks that suicide or drug abuse can save them from being sad. This recent medical breakthrough will definitely be able to save millions of lives around the world. It can also improve the family of victim’s way of living that needs to get over with this depression issue.

This might be the reason why sad people recover whenever they see daffodils. If you know someone who’s been depressed lately, giving her a gift of fragrant and beautiful bouquet or basket of daffodils will surely bring her joy. You can also improve the mood in your home by using this amazing flower as part of your home decoration.

How to Grow Daffodils

Daffodils or narcissus can be grown in formal beds, used in connection with other flowering plants in mixed borders and beds, and can be grown right in the lawn to mature. They can even be nurtured in lightly shaded woodlands, because they blossom and make its own food before the leaves of most trees have fallen to the ground. Remember not to place them in evergreen woodlands because they will not be able to receive enough sunlight.

When deciding the location where to grow daffodils, it is very essential to remember two requirements. First, daffodils require at least a half-day’s worth of sunlight and must be grown in well-drained soil. Daffodils won’t be able to tolerate wet and soggy soil. Second, you also need to bear in mind when planning where to place the daffodils that their undergrowth should not be trimmed until it has begun to turn brown and dry up, usually around 8 up to 12 weeks past its full bloom.

The Benefits of Growing Daffodils

As mentioned previously, daffodils can be used to treat depression, although its medical effects are yet to be proven. If you need to brighten up your home’s atmosphere, this flower is definitely the best one that you should put in your flower vases. You can also give these flowers to your friends who need a little pick-me-up. This way, even if you are not by their side physically, you will be able to show how much you care for them by sending them a warm gift of flowers.

If you need to earn extra cash, growing these happy-inducing flowers can also become beneficial to your family. Growing these flowers in your backyard or garden will definitely add a great deal in your finances especially in these hard economic times. You can sell these flowers to your neighbors, friends and family who need it in their homes. Moreover, if you have a steady growth of daffodils, you can supply a local flower shop with it. This way, you never have to worry about customers anymore.

 

Flowers are indeed wonderful creations that can do miracle to people. Not only it can bring joy to us, it can also ward off bad health conditions that affect our way of living. If you need to brighten up your family’s, friends’ or your loved one’s day, giving them a gift of daffodils is surely the right way to do so.


Things that you Need to Know about the English Daisies

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Are you going to purchase English daisies for you loved one? Would you like to have this flower in your flower vase as part of your home décor? Here are some interesting trivia about the English daisies that you need to know:

The English daisy (Bellis perennis) is classified under the aster family. It is believed that the word ‘daisy’ came from the Anglo-Saxon ‘daes eage’ meaning ‘day’s eye’. The English daisy has also been used for medicinal purposes for centuries for eye problems. Even King Henry VIII of England consumed English daisies to treat his stomach pains. It is also one of the medicinal plants stated by Ophelia in Hamlet by William Shakespeare.

 

Things that you Need to Know about the English Daisies Things that you Need to Know about the English Daisies

Things that you Need to Know about the English Daisies

 

This plant is a low-growing perennial flower that can be found in grassland areas. It has white ray-like petals around a yellow-coloured disc. It also has a tiny spoon-shaped leaves that forms a basal rosette. The flowers bloom in single manner and are connected above the foliage. The flowers and leaves of the English daisies are suitable for eating and can be used as an ingredient in salads.

There are instances that this flower opens at dawn and closes at dusk. For many generations, it has been a symbol of innocence and childhood. A favourite pastime of English children involves making crowns or chains by creating a tiny slit in the flower’s stem and introducing another flower on the gap. The chains that they made are used as bracelets, necklace and crowns. Traditionally, young English girls have used these flowers to determine their lover’s commitment by pulling off petals one by one while saying the famous ‘he loves me, he loves me not’ phrases.

There are six known varieties of English daisies. These are tasso, robella, pomponette, polar, habanera and bellisima. These varieties can be a perfect decoration to your home especially if you are growing tired of the usual flowers that you receive or purchase on the flower shops. You can also grow it in your garden for medicinal or business purposes. Here are the best places in your home where you can place these magnificent blooms:

  1. Living room. You can stun and surprise your friends, family and loved ones by displaying these beautiful and fragrant flowers in one of your fancy or homemade vases. Placing these flowers in your living room will give you a breather to your regular flowers such as roses, lilies and sunflowers.
  2. Bedroom. The English daisies can also inspire you to face a new day by displaying this in your bedroom. These flowers are indeed a good way to greet each morning with a smile and full of confidence especially if your previous day was very stressful and challenging.
  3. Home office. Inspiration is very hard to come by these days. However, by placing the breathtaking beauty of the English daisies in one of your flower vases in your home office, you will surely have an inspiration to finish your work. You can even have a wallpaper or screensaver of the English daisies in your computer to refresh your mind when you’re a little bit stressed.

If you wish to have a steady supply of the English daisies in your home all year long, growing it is also very easy. Here are the steps in successfully growing English daisies in your own garden:

  1. Clip off withered petals to encourage more bloom. Fertilize your English daisies using an organic fertilizer to advance its health during this cold season. Regularly water it most especially during the summer season.
  2. Plants carry on with the growth of its root systems even though its leaves die. Observe the weather carefully and help your daisies with good watering if dry moments exceeding 10 days happen.
  3. Decide if you will clip your daisies for the winter season or if you need the undergrowth to fall off naturally. You can cut off plants for good appearance. Some people also simply allow stalks fall to the ground during winter to serve as organic fertilizer. This allows extra nutrients to go back to your garden soil.
  4. Put a small layer of crushed bark mulch or decomposed leaves near the roots of the daisies. If you cut off the plants, cover the stems with a small layer of mulch. This will serve as insulation to maintain the soil’s moisture and slow down the effects of freezing and thawing on the portion of the roots.

 

Now that you know how to grow English daisies, you can start it in your own backyard as soon as possible. It will help you get an unlimited supply of daisies for home decoration and medicinal purposes.