1. Sant Jordi Festival in Barcelona 2017

    Trust the Spanish to have their own unique and romantic take on World Book Day. This Sunday, the 23rd of April, sees the celebration of Sant Jordi, a festivity which involves couples exchanging gifts - traditionally a book for the male and a rose for the female. All across the streets of Barcelona you will find book and flower stalls from which locals will purchase gifts for their other halves. The festival is named after the patron saint of Catalonia. There are also different variations on the festival in other regions of Spain which are based on the legend of St George and the dragon. This fable...

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  2. The Clare Florist Florapedia Part Five: Freesia

    History Freesia are named after Dr F. Freese who was a friend of Ecklon, the South African botanist who discovered freesias circa 1830. Uses Freesias have numerous uses and are extremely popular when it comes to creating perfume. They can also be used to created oils, bath lotions and similar scented products thanks to their unique fragrance. Meanings Freesia flowers can be used to symbolise innocence, trust and friendship. It's also customary for spouses to gift one another white freesia flowers as a celebration of seven years of marriage. In this case freesias signify pure, unconditional...

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  3. Spring Traditions from Around The World

    Saying goodbye to the harsh winter months and welcoming spring is a celebration for many countries around the world. Each country has their own traditions and some date back to thousands of years. Check out the 5 favourite spring traditions around the world: #1: India - Holi Holi, a colourful celebration, usually takes place in late February or early March, and it represents the triumph of good over bad. Despite the Holi festival is originated on the Hindu tradition, it is already a part of the culture of other countries. As a way to welcome spring, people participate in parties and bonfires the...

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  4. Pre-order Your 2017 Easter Flowers

    Looking to have a fine bouquet of fresh flowers delivered for Easter ? By pre-ordering your Easter flowers now with Clare Florist, you can have delivery scheduled for Thursday the 13th, in time for Easter Sunday which falls on the 17th of April this year. Sending flowers for Easter is a time-honoured tradition with lilies , irises and tulips amongst the most popular types of bloom for the occasion. There's nothing quite like a bouquet of colourful, aromatic, seasonal blooms to decorate your home this Easter, whether it's on a side table or holding pride of place in the centre of your dining...

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  5. The Avant Garde Bouquet

    Bored of the same old bouquets? Fancy something a little bit radical and out there for your next flower purchase? Ladies and gentlemen, we're very proud to introduce our brand new Avant Garde bouquet. This one's a game changer, guys. In fact, we'd go as far as to say it represents a paradigm shift in the field of floristry, and we're sure you'd be inclined to agree with this somewhat grandiose statement. Here's what your Avant Garde Bouquet consists of: Yellow carnations White gypsophila A miniature garden gnome A mobile phone from the early 00s A Christmas tree bauble A...

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  6. The Clare Florist Florapedia Part Four: Chrysanthemums

    History Native to Asia, chrysanthemums have been cultivated as a flowering herb since the 15 th century BC in China. They finally made it to Europe in the 17 th century where they have become a beloved staple of gardens and flower arrangements ever since. The word chrysanthemum is derived from the Greek language and simply means “golden flower.” Uses There are many different species of chrysanthemum, all with different uses. Some garden varieties have edible leaves whilst others have medical applications. The Pyrethum Daisy chrysanthemum can be used as an insecticide. In East Asia chrysanthemum...

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  7. The Clare Florist Florapedia Part Three: Carnations

    Welcome back to the Clare Florist Florapedia! This week we'll be looking at carnations , a popular bloom that features in a large assortment of different Clare Florist bouquets. Read on to learn all about the history, uses, meaning, and more about this splendid flower. History It's suspected that carnations, also known formally as Dianthus caryophyllus, are native to the Meditteranean region of Europe. The fact that they've been grown in captivity for so long means that no-one is quite sure when their cultivation began. Carnations feature heavily in art and decor from the ancient Greek...

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  8. Back by Popular Demand - the Amethyst Basket

    The Amethyst Bouquet is one of our most popular arrangements, so it made sense to create a basket version. After a hiatus from our collection, we're proud to welcome the Amethyst Flower Basket back into the fold. Created using a pretty white rustic basket filled with fresh flowers, the Amethyst Flower Basket will create a charming and much-admired focal point wherever it goes. We use only the freshest white roses and lilac freesia to hand arrange every single basket. The finished product is then delivered next day by courier to ensure it arrives at optimum freshness for you to enjoy. If you...

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  9. New Bouquets for Mother's Day 2017

    The date of Mother's Day this year is Sunday the 26th of March, which means it is now less than three weeks away. That may seem like plenty of time but it's never too early to start planning the perfect Mother's Day gift - a last minute rush when it comes to these kinds of things generally doesn't yield excellent results! Sending flowers to mum on Mother's Day is a time-honoured custom with carnations and chrysanthemums being amongst the most popular choices. Colour-wise, pink and white tend to be popular but if you happen to know your mum's favourite type or colour of flower...

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  10. Early Spring Offers

    After an unseasonably mild winter, there are reports of spring flowers already coming into bloom around various parts of the country . The sight of colourful spring flowers is always a sight for sore eyes after the cold, dark winter months. They serve to remind us of the warmer, lighter days to come, giving us a boost of optimism to get through the last days of winter. If the sight of spring flowers has left you feeling inspired to decorate your home with flowers or to send a bouquet to a loved one as a gift, you'll be pleased to learn that we're offering up to 38% off some of our most...

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