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  1. Surprise them with Flowers!

    When it comes to making an impression on someone, spontaneity is a great factor. Research has indicated that 96% of women like to receive flowers when they're not expecting them which isn't all that surprising if you think about it. Whilst on some level, people will expect fancy, eye-catching gifts on a special occasion such as a birthday or anniversary, receiving flowers out of the blue for no other reason than 'just because' is sure to have an even greater impact in a lot of ways. The sheer unexpectedness of it will make a random bouquet of flowers even more delightful and thrilling...

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  2. Is it Better to Give or Receive Flowers?

    Today's blog topic is inspired by the findings of research that we recently came across. According to the Michael Cohen Group, who conducted research involving focus groups and surveys, 92% of women can recall the last time they received flowers whilst 97% of men can remember the last time they gifted a bouquet of flowers. These statistics might indicate that giving flowers is more of a big deal than receiving them. Either way, the percentages for both are high which suggests that those seeking an unforgettable gift would do well to go with a bouquet of fresh flowers. 89% of participants in...

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  3. International Mother's Day 2015

    International Mother's Day falls on Sunday the 10th of May this year. Although we've already celebrated Mothering Sunday back in March here in the UK, a huge number of countries around the globe are still anticipating their own Mother's Day. If you live abroad but your mum is in the UK and you would prefer to observe the international date for the holiday, you can easily send Mother's Day Flowers with Clare Florist. We still have some of our most popular Mother's Day bouquets available to honour this special day and remind your mum just how dear she is to you. Order our Mother's...

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  4. A Day for the Lovers

    This Thursday the 23rd of April is 'Lover's Day' according to the internet. Initially skeptical of what might turn out to be a completely inconsequential, fabricated holiday, we rolled up our shirtsleeves and conducted some further research. And it turns out that Lover's Day is actually a thing. Perhaps not on a par with more popular celebrations of romance such as Valentine's Day, Lover's Day is still an actual day to devote to the one you love. The roots of this day can be traced back to Saint George's Day, or Sant Jordi as it is known in Barcelona, Spain. Lover's...

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  5. Can Office Plants Really Boost Workplace Productivity?

    Working in a drab, sparse environment is conducive to misery, if recent studies are to be believed. An article on office happiness and productivity suggests that employees display better levels of engagement, happiness and productivity when placed in environments with houseplants or similar visual stimuli such as pictures or even other sensory factors such as changes in light or aroma. The main thing is that the working environment should not be minimal, explains Dr Chris Knight of Exeter university. Active engagament with surroundings is one major key to employee fulfilment it would seem. Knight...

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  6. Flowers and Male Emotional Availability

    Having difficulty getting your man to open up to you? Recent research indicates that giving him flowers may hold the key to increasing levels of social interaction and happiness. We males are a notoriously reserved lot, preferring to skirt the issue of feelings and emotions altogether, often to the chagrin of our female counterparts. Which is why this recent research from Rutgers University is so interesting in its implications for getting men to open up and communicate. Student researcher Holly Hale and psychology professor Jeannette Haviland-Jones conducted a study whereby one group of men were...

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  7. The Flower Photography of Adam Blackman

    We're always delighted when our customers send us their pictures so we were especially thrilled to receive a few different images from a customer who exhibits an obvious talent in photography! The photography of Adam Blackman really manages to capture the indelible beauty of our flower bouquets and baskets (if we do say so ourselves) but don't take our word for it - instead feast your eyes on the images themselves which are presented here in all their glory. First up we have resplendent roses presented in a pretty white basket with front and side views as well as a spellbinding close up...

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  8. Flowers and Emotional Well-Being

    In this day and age, stress is high, attention spans are short, and we are constantly over-stimulated and overwhelmed with sensory overload to the point of stress and anxiety. What on earth can be done about this? Luckily, Mother Nature is at hand with a remarkably simple yet extraordinarily effective solution: flowers . Recent studies have indicated what we have long suspected: flowers create happy emotions, enhance the sense of life satisfaction, and boost social behaviour in an overwhelmingly positive way. A team of researchers led by Dr. Haviland-Jones have demonstrated that flowers have an...

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  9. Can Flowers Really Reduce Stress?

    According to recent scientific studies , flowers really can be used to help diminish stress levels. If you're feeling a tad overwhelmed by things in general, a pleasant whiff of fragrant plants such as lemon, mango or lavender can actually transform gene activity and blood chemistry in such a way that stress leves are notably lowered. Scientists in Japan have been hard at work exposing lab rats to stressful situations, and then monitoring their reaction both with and without linalool, a naturally occuring fragrant plant oil. Elevated levels of neutrophils and lymphocytes, associated with feelings...

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  10. Celebrate Spring with Lovely Spring Tulips

    Now that Spring is in full gear and our weekends are starting to warm up, here at Clare Florist we've been basking in the glory of the season and have been hard at work arranging some gorgeous floral bouquets. If you're looking for something bright and colourful to send to your loved one, or you simply want to brighten the corner of your home and add some sunshine to your surroundings, then we here have a fantastic selection of Spring Tulips which are just the thing to add a splash of colour to your day. Sublimely vibrant and colourful, our Mixed Tulips Bouquet is an obvious choice. Brimming...

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