Archives - July 2017

  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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