1. Hereís 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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  2. 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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  3. 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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  4. 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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  5. 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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  6. 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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  7. 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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  8. 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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  9. 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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  10. 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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