Posts Tagged ‘flower facts’

Anniversary flowers

Tuesday, July 13th, 2010

Have you heard about the man who forgot his wedding anniversary and…well it may be a bit of an old joke but it certainly is no joke if it happens to you. For many men, anniversaries are something to be feared. But there’s no need for that. In today’s electronic world there are enough tools around to make sure you don’t forget. You could opt for a bells and whistles weekend away or some gorgeous jewellery to treat the missus but then again, a flower delivery usually does the trick beautifully. And better still, if you’re sending flowers, you can preorder your anniversary flowers. So there really is no excuse… and if you’re looking for Cheap Anniversary Flowers then you’re in luck!

The choice of anniversary flower is very wide. Most men go for roses. A rose is the flower of love and very romantic so always a good choice. But if you like to be more traditional, here are some other ideas.

The first anniversary is often signified with pansies. In William Shakespeare’s play A Midsummer Night’s Dream, the juice of a pansy blossom is a love potion “Before, milk-white, now purple with love’s wound, and maidens call it love-in-idleness”. For the fifth anniversary it is traditional to give daisies. (Did you know that in France, daisies are known as marguerites?) Daffodils are traditionally sent on the tenth anniversary. Daffodils symbolize rebirth and new beginnings but also chivalry and eternal life – and after 10 years of marriage, these are appropriate things to ponder. Only after 15 years of marriage are roses given.  Other milestone anniversaries and their flowers include Iris on the twenty – fifth anniversary, sweet pea for the thirteenth anniversary, nasturtium for the fortieth, and violets for the fiftieth anniversary.

And last but not least, be sure to personalise your flower delivery with a card and a message that expresses your undying love…

1st wedding anniversary flower – Pansy
2nd wedding anniversary flower – Cosmos
3rd wedding anniversary flower – Fuchsia
4th wedding anniversary flower – Geranium
5th wedding anniversary flower – Daisy
6th wedding anniversary flower – Calla Lily
7th wedding anniversary flower – Jack-in-the-Pulpit
8th wedding anniversary flower – Clematis
9th wedding anniversary flower – Poppy
10th wedding anniversary flower – Daffodil
11th wedding anniversary flower – Morning Glory
12th wedding anniversary flower – Peony
13th wedding anniversary flower – Hollyhock
14th wedding anniversary flower – Dahlia
15th wedding anniversary flower – Rose
20th wedding anniversary flower – Day Lily
25th wedding anniversary flower – Iris
28th wedding anniversary flower – Orchid
30th wedding anniversary flower – Sweet Pea
40th wedding anniversary flower – Nasturtium
50th wedding anniversary flower – Violet

Trends in flower arranging

Tuesday, July 13th, 2010

A flower arrangement and its aesthetic appeal – just like beauty – is in the eye of the beholder. What’s hot and what’s not is often decided by personal style as well as budget. And when buying flowers online, most people spare little thought for trends in flower arranging. Saying all that, most of us would have a view on what’s old fashioned (but old fashioned is good when you’re sending flowers to your nan) and what’s modern. For example, young people seem to steer away from carnations while older generations love them. In the 1970s and 80s structured, A-symmetrical flower arrangements were all the rage whereas the current trend is for nostalgia: floppy natural-looking arrangements that remind of English country gardens. Perhaps you’re not too bothered but if you like to be abreast of fashion, here are a few trends to keep in mind when you next buy some flowers online:

Single colour concept: This is arrangement of flowers that uses one colour in a mix of either the same kind of flower or a mix. Usually flowers are densely packed together and often in a container. Style icons of this type of arrangement are Martha Stewart (US) and Jane Packer (UK).

The outside in arrangement: This style uses glass to show off flowers as if they are in a museum case. Flowers are placed inside a vase with the tops aligned near the upper rim of the vase.

Repeating performance: This flower arrangement requires three or more of the same type of container. Each container then has one or more identical flowers, showing off the singular shape of the particular flower. Looks good on a table or a window sill. How many containers and how many flowers? Anything goes as long as it is continuous.

Boxed in: Flowers tightly packed into a square or oblong shaped container is currently a very popular choice. UK online florists love this arrangement as it is easy to transport and has the wow effect. Different colours of the same type of flower look great.

Topsy turvy: Traditional design dictates that flowers arranged in a vase are in the following ratio: 1/3 vase and 2/3 flowers sticking out the top. This trend flips this around. In this flower arrangement the vase occupies the lower 2/3 of the arrangement and the flowers just crest over the top rim.

Unearthed: One fun trend is to display bulb flowers such as tulips, hyacinths or amaryllis as complete units with the flower and stem still attached to the bulb and roots. The effect is reminiscent of historical botanical drawings.

Folded leaves: Another trend, especially in bridal bouquets, is to rim the hand ties with large leaves that are folded back to create a stylised organic “frame”.

Whatever your style, the most important thing to look out for when buying online flowers is to choose something you like. Oh, and if you’re going for carnations, make sure the recipient likes them.

Lores and legends of popular flowers

Wednesday, June 16th, 2010

Chances are that when you arrange a flower deliver, you rarely think about the history behind your arrangement. But our flowers in the UK have a rich past that links them to ancient times and faraway places which is worth exploring. So here are some interesting stories about some of our most popular flowers.

Although tulips may put you in mind of the Netherlands, you may be surprised to learn that tulips were first cultivated as garden flowers in Turkey at the beginning of the 16th century. In fact, the word “Tulipa” is the Latin version of the Persian word for turban. Tulip bulbs became big business as the European bulb trade took off in the 17th century. A “tulip mania” ensued where single bulbs were sold for more than 10 times the annual income of a skilled craftsman. The term “tulip mania” is now often used to refer to an economic bubble. Today the tulip is an inexpensive flower and comes in all the colours of the rainbow. Perfect if you’re looking for a flower delivery to brighten someone’s day.

Did you know that violets are closely associated with Napoleon? When he was banished to Elba, Napoleon vowed that he would return in the spring with the violets,. He thus became known as “Caporal Violette” and the violet became the emblem for all those who supported him. The question “Do you like violets?” became secret code for “Are you a supporter of Napoleon?”

The word daisy is a corruption of day’s eye from the Old English “dages eage”, so called because it is said to close its lashes to sleep when the sun sets. Superstition surrounds the flowering of the daisy and if you fail to tread lightly on the first daisy you see in the spring, daisies will grow over your grave – or that of a loved one – before the year ends. Gerberas which are part of the daisy family are the fifth most used cut flower in the world (after rose, carnation, chrysanthemum and tulip) and a very popular choice in flower deliveries.

The generic name for Lavender (Lavandula angustifolia) is indirectly from the Latin lavare which means “ to wash”. For many centuries the plant has been used to scent bath water and soap. Lavender was established in England by the Romans and cultivated on a large scale in London. (Lavender Hill in Battersea is a reminder of this.) But beware, superstition says that if the plant thrives in a garden, the daughter in the house will remain unwed as lavender grows only in an old maid’s garden. Perhaps not the best flowers to send to your unmarried female friend.

In ancient times, rosemary was regarded as a love oracle. If a girl wished to dream of her future husband she would place a sprig of rosemary and a sixpence under her pillow. Rosemary also played an important part in the marriage ceremony. Rosemary was included in the bridal bouquet and after the wedding, one of the bridesmaids would plant a sprig in the garden of the newlyweds which would then, in time, be used by their daughter.

Sunflowers are native to Peru and Mexico and many indigenous American people used the sunflower as the symbol of their solar deity, including the Aztecs, the Otomi of Mexico and the Incas in South America.The outline of sunflowers can be traced in the sculptures of the ancient temples. Likenesses of sunflowers were fashioned out of gold and wore by priestesses. Sunflower seeds were a fertility symbol and eaten during religious rites. Online florists report that in recent years, sunflowers have become a very popular choice.

Ten things you (probably) didn’t know about roses

Wednesday, June 16th, 2010

“What’s in a name? That which we call a rose
By any other name would smell as sweet.”
Shakespeare (Romeo and Juliet)

When it comes to flowers, who doesn’t love a rose? It’s a symbol of perfection, love and beauty. And when it comes to orders of flowers online, it’s by far the most popular choice.

1. According to Greek mythology the rose was created by Chloris, the Greek goddess of flowers. She found the lifeless body of a nymph which she turned into a flower. Enlisting the help of the other gods, Aphrodite gave the flower beauty, Dionysus added the sweet scent and Apollo the sun god made the flower bloom. And the rose was born. The name is derived fom the Greek “rhodon.”

2. The oldest living rose bush is more than 1000 years old. It grows against a cathedral in Hildesheim, Germany and it’s been there since 815 AD. The bush caught fire during World War II when an Allied bomb dropped nearby but the root system was undamaged and the bush still flourishes today!

3. Red and crimson-coloured roses first came from China and some regard ‘Slater’s Crimson China,’ as the original primary red rose. It was introduced in Europe in 1792 from China, where it had been growing wild in the mountains.

4. The world’s largest rosebush can be found in Tombstone Arizona. It is almost two hundred years old and its trunk is nearly six feet in diameter and it forms a canopy large enough to shelter a crowd of 150 people.

5. Cleopatra loved roses. It is said that the floors of her palace were often carpeted with rose petals. She even had rose petals on her bed. Roses were already seen as symbols of love in these early times. Rose wreaths were often hung by lovers on the doors of their beloved.

6. The wise and knowing Confucius had a library of 600 books about how to care for roses. Ask your local UK florist how many books they have!

7. Pure rose oil is one of the most expensive and precious essential oils on the earth. It takes 5,000 pounds of fresh rose petals to make just one pound of rose oil.

8. Napoleon gave his officers bags of rose petals to boil in white wine to cure lead poisoning from bullet wounds.

9. There is a special rose language invented as a secret means of communication between lovers who were not allowed to express their love for one another openly in the harems of the Middle East. Do you know the secret meaning of your flower delivery?

10. A red rose bud stands for budding desire while an open red rose professes a love and passion already acknowledged. Yellow roses can be dubious. A bouquet of yellow roses sent after a first meeting could mean that the giver isn’t looking for a lasting attachment.

So next time you send flowers, not only are you sending the perfect gift, you are participating in an old and enduring custom.