1. 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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  2. 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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  3. 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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  4. 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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  5. 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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  6. Here’s Why You Should Keep Your Flowers Away from the Fruit Bowl

    Flower lovers beware; there is a hidden menace to the freshness and longevity of your stems lurking in your own home! If you enjoy having a vase of flowers on display around your home, there is one very important thing you need to keep in mind – don’t place them near to your fruit bowl. Why exactly is this? It’s because ripening fruit emits a gas called ethylene which can cause cut flowers to age more rapidly, making them more susceptible to wilting and withering before their time. Ethylene can affect different species of flowers in different ways. For example in carnations it...

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  7. People Love These Summer Flowers

    So summertime is officially here and it is officially our favourite time of the year. Milder weather, longer days, summer flowers in bloom - what's not to love? To celebrate the commencement of summer we thought we'd take a look at some of the flowers most closely associated with the season. Sunflowers Nothing says summer like sunflowers. These vivacious blooms will bring colour and life to any arrangement, whether used on their own or mixed with other colourful summer flowers such as germini: A happy flower for happy occasions, sunflowers make great gifts to say congratulations or happy...

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  8. Why You Should Send Lilies for Birthdays in May

    Flowers are a great gift for any occasion, and birthdays are no exception to this. The cool thing about sending flowers as a birthday gift is that it's a one-size fits all gift - you don't need to worry whether it will fit, be to their taste, or they already have one as you might with other kinds of birthday presents. The next question that will inevitably arise - what kind of flowers? If you know your what your best friend's favourite flower is that's all well and good, but you may not be privvy to such information or your intended recipient may not have a particular favourite...

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  9. 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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  10. 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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