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  1. Guide to Summer Flowers: Peonies

    Peonies are perenially popular over the summer season; indeed our sublime Summer Splash bouquet frequently features amidst our Best-Selling bouquets . The rich and intricate history of the peony stretches all the way back to ancient China and Japan, indeed the peony is seens as the classical floral symbol of China. It is even thought that this flower is one of the oldest cultivated flowers! There are even connections to Greek mythology; the word peony originates from Paeon who was a medicine student who met the unfortunate fate of being transformed into a flower by Zeus. Peonies are traditionally...

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  2. Gladiolus: Augustís Birth Flower

    Happy August everyone! Top celebrate the advent of this fine month we thought we’d return to our Birth Flowers series and take a close look at the Gladiolus which is August’s birth flower. Renowned for its longevity and availability in many different attractive colours, the Gladiolus is a member of the Iris family and is sometimes referred to as the ‘Sword lily.’ The Gladiolus has many references within popular culture; Morrissey from the Smiths often swung a bouquet of the flower around onstage or in music videos. They are also the signature flower of Australian comic persona...

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  3. Send Flowers 'Just Because'

    What's the best reason to send flowers? Is it for a birthday present, anniversary memento or engagement gift? Are Valentine's Day and Mother's Day the best days to send flowers? These are all good answers. But another oft overlooked reason to send flowers is simply this: "just because." Sometimes you don't need a particular reason to brighten a loved one's day with a captivatingly colourful bouquet, "just because" is reason enough. It could be for a dear friend or relative you haven't seen in a while, a small gesture to let them know you are thinking...

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  4. Van Gogh Portrait Recreated with 50000 Flowers

    Yesterday marked the 125th anniversary of the death of Vincent Van Gogh, one of the Netherlands' most important and well-known Post-Impressionist painters. The city of Amsterdam was host to an extra special celebration to mark his legacy - an homage to of one of his most iconic self portraits made using nothing but 50,000 dahlia flowers! Considering that flowers were one of Van Gogh's favourite subjects for painting, this tribute feels especially fitting. The results are undeniably impressive and can be viewed on the PBS Newshour blog along with images of family members laying sunflowers...

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  5. A Guide to Birth Flowers: July and the Larkspur

    As we bid farewell to July, what has been a considerably disappointing month in terms of British summer weather, we thought we'd take a closer look at this month's birth flower which happens to be the Larkspur , or Delphinium as it is also commonly known. The larkspur is a versatile flower that can really add a lot to a bouquet. Interestingly, the name Delphinium originates from the Greek word delphis which translates as 'dolphin' and refers to the the flower's unique bottle-nose shape. Another interesting fact about delphiniums is that the juice of the flower mixed with alum...

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  6. A Complete History of Flower Arranging

    According to Wikipedia , a bouquet of flowers is a "collection of flowers in a creative arrangement." This definition encompasses bouquets used around the home or public buildings for decor or it can also refer to handheld bouquets like those gifted on birthdays and anniversaries or used in wedding ceremonies. The practice of arranging flowers into bouquets has a long, rich history which dates way back to 2500 BCE in Egypt. Japan is also known for its 15th century custom of Ikebana, an ancient practice which involves minimal, linear aesthetics and survives to this day. Indeed, Ikebana...

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  7. Sensational Savings on Lilies

    For this week only we are offering a huge discount on our gloriously gorgeous Sensation Lilie s bouquet with a £15 saving available when you order online. The special offer ends this Saturday (25th of July) so be sure to move quick to take advantage of this extraordinary price. The Sensation Lilies bouquet contains no less than ten of the finest high grade pink lilies to create a dazzling and exuberant visual arrangement. Representative of elegance, purity and innocence, lilies are great for decorating your own home or gifting to a loved one. Pink lilies in particular are thought to symbolise...

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  8. Elevate Your Mood with Flowers

    Scientific research is continually proving what we at Clare Florist have intuitively known for a long time; flowers make us feel good! Nancy L. Etcoff is a clinical researcher in Psychology at Harvard Medical School. For two weeks she kept tabs on 55 women of assorted ages and backgrounds. She had them keep a diary to track their emotions and, over the course of the experiment, she would randomly surprise them with flowers. Perhaps unsurprisingly, it was discovered that having flowers around provided an unequivocal lift in the mood of the research participants. Flowers helped to reduce stress and...

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  9. Biophilia - Why We Feel Connected to Flowers

    The term biophilia was first coined all the way back in 1973 by a German psychoanalyst named Erich Fromm. He used the term to refer to "the passionate love of life and all that is alive." The concept was further explored by Edward O. Wilson, an American biologist who wrote a book entitled Biophilia which was published in 1984. According to Wilson, biophilia is "the urge to affiliate with other forms of life." In other words, we innately love things which are alive. The biophilia hypothesis does make a lot of sense, considering our devotion to our pets, our gardens, and our fascination...

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  10. Do Androids Dream of Electric Flowers?

    Deep Dream is a weird and exciting new image-processing algorithm from Google. Images are fed through the program which then attempts to identify and emphasise details which it interprets as being familiar, based on an initial bank of images that were loaded into Deep Dream at the outset. A new image is created and the whole process is repeated until images of normal things begin to get transmogrified into images which could be described variously as startling, nightmarish, psychedelich or surreal. Pacific Standard magazine describes the resultant images as looking as if " a computer took...

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