1. Can Plants Really Improve Productivity?

    It's no secret that plants and flowers can brighten up our home and, subsequently, brighten our mood. In recent years it has also come to light that the introduction of plants to a work space, be it a home office, showroom or call centre, can actually help to keep employees motivated. Greater levels of concentration, productivity and job satisfaction as well as lowered levels of stress are just some of the reported benefits of keeping the workplace filled with pretty greenery, claims which are backed up by scientific studies . So it seems as if plants really can improve productivity as well...

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  2. When is Grandparentís Day 2017 in the UK?

    Celebrated in the USA since the late 1970s, Grandparent’s Day is a comparatively new celebration here in the UK. It was introduced by the charity Age Concern in 1990 and, since 2008, has been celebrated on the first Sunday in October. As such, Grandparent’s Day in the UK falls on Sunday the 1 st of October this year. In its original American incarnation, Grandparent’s Day came about as a way to honour the elderly and grandparents in general. Marian McQuade founded the holiday in an effort to raise awareness of the “strength, information, and guidance older people can offer...

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  3. Plants and Flowers that are Poisonous to Animals

    Despite the fact that lots of plants seem fine for people and pets, the reality is that you can find plenty of these plants that are nothing short of poisonous for pets to begin with. With that in mind, we created a quick list to show you what flowers are harmful to pets, so you can keep your beloved animal away from danger. Aloe Vera Aloe Vera may be great for burns, but it’s toxic for a lot of cats and dogs, as it can lead to tremors, changes in the urine colour, anorexia, vomiting and even depression. So yes, this can be rather problematic for most pets, which means that you have to avoid...

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  4. Latest Trends in Edible Flowers

    Edible flowers feels like it's a fairly recent craze, which is why it might surprise you to learn that we were writing about the topic over ten years ago . Now that we've gotten how cool and avant-garde we are out of the way, it's time for an updated look at the world of edible flowers to learn more about contemporary trends for the Instagram generation. These days it seems like people have gone edible flower daft and are adding fresh flower petals to just about everything. From teas, cocktails and gins to cakes, salads and main dishes, edible flowers are cropping up everywhere. One...

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  5. This Sunday is International Friendship Day

    This Sunday the 30th of July is the International Day of Friendship , a global event which promotes and encourages one of the most important relationships we have in our lives - friendship. Our friends are the ones who stick with us through thick and thin, the ones who are there when we need them and who we are there for when they need us. Modern life with all its pressing demands on our attention can make it difficult to live in the moment and actually enjoy our friendships with presence and mindfulness. These days it's all too easy to relegate friendships to the superficial realms of social...

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  6. The Clare Florist Florapedia Part Nine: Lilies

    History Lilies have been dated all the way back to 1580BC – pictures of the flower which originated in the Minoan period were discovered in a Cretan villa. Aside from this, lilies can be found growing all over the world in a wide variety of shapes and sizes. As well as many parts of Europe and the USA, you’ll also find lilies in regions as diverse as Japan, India, Siberia and Korea. Uses The lily flower has some culinary applications, particularly in China and other parts of Asia. Edible lilies were also popular during the Victorian era in the west. A recent resurgence of interest in...

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  7. The Clare Florist Florapedia Part Eight: Sunflowers

    History The origin of sunflowers can be dated way back to 1,000 B.C. when historians have determined that Native Americans were involved in cultivation of this flower for purposes of food. The scientific name for this stem is Helianthus, which means “sun flower” in Greek. Uses The seeds of Helianthus annuus are a popular snack for humans, whilst many other species of sunflower are utilised as food crops for animals. Other culinary applications include the use of sunflower oil for cooking. Sunflower oil can also be used to condition hair and soften leather. Sunflower plants are popular...

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  8. The Clare Florist Florapedia Part Seven: Gerberas

    History Gerbera flowers are part of the Asteraceae family and are native to tropical parts of Asia, South America and Africa. The gerbera’s name derives from a man called Traugott Gerber, a German botanist. Uses By far the most popular use of gerbera is as a cut flower in floral arrangements. Gerbera plants are also thought to have many beneficial properties. They are good at removing benzene, a chemical which is known to cause cancer. Gerberas absorb carbon dioxide and emit oxygen overnight, improving your quality of sleep. Meanings Colourful and bright, gerberas are thought to signify happiness...

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  9. International Kissing Day 2017

    Did you know that this Thursday the 6 th of July is International Kissing Day? Well it is! This special day is thought to have originated in the UK but is now observed in many countries around the world. Aside from Valentine’s Day , there aren’t many romantic special dates on which you can make a fuss of your loved one. And in this fast-paced modern world, it can be increasingly difficult to make time for romance with your special someone. International Kissing Day is a great excuse, as if you need one, to smother your better half with affection. As well as puckering up and showering...

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  10. The Clare Florist Florapedia Part Six: Peonies

    Continuing with our extensive and informative look at all the different types of flowers available in our bouquets, our subject this week on the Florapedia is the Peony , a classic summer flower which you can see pictured above as part of our popular Summer Splash Bouquet. History The origins of peony cultivation date way back to ancient China. Said to be one of the oldest cultivated flowers in the world, the peony also has firm roots in Greek mythology; Paeon was a young student of medicine who was reportedly transformed into a flower. In modern Europe peonies have been with us since the late...

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