1. 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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  2. 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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  3. 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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  4. Our Top Christmas Flowers

    Our Top Christmas Flowers Are you looking for a plant, wreath or bouquet to use as a centrepiece or give as a present this Christmas? Allow us to help you decide by highlighting the top Christmas flowers here at Clare Florist. All that Glitters What better way to welcome the holiday than with a bouquet of flowers featuring a mix of the season’s most popular colours? The red of the flowers, the green of the leaves and the gold of the pine cones all combine to create a floral arrangement perfect for the occasion. Carnations, roses and winter alstroemeria are wonderfully arranged by our florists...

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  5. Beginners Guide to Buying Christmas Flowers

    December is here and Christmas is near. It’s the time of year to see beautiful decorations when passing by windows or seeing different kinds of installations on front steps or on doors. Flowers add a wonderful decorative element to any space but there are others that do equally well too. Bouquets Christmas Flowers are not only pretty to look at but some of them give off a wonderful fragrance too. They look even lovelier when bundled together to form a bouquet. A floral arrangement can become the centre of attention in any part of the home. Red roses and carnations make a particularly delightful...

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  6. Christmas Holiday Music Playlist

    Christmas Holiday Music Playlist There are some Christmas songs that you don’t want to ever hear again, but you also have to admit that there are a few tunes that are quite catchy. If you’re wonderking what kind of Christmas party music to play while celebrating the occasion, here are a few suggestions to add to your Christmas playlist : “Do They Know It’s Christmas?” – Band Aid Written by Bob Geldorf and Midge Udre as a response to the famine in Ethiopia in the 80s, the song featured vocals from the biggest British and Irish musical acts of that time. The group...

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  7. Top 10 Favourite Christmas Jokes!

    Our Top Christmas Jokes Christmas is a time for merriment, and what could be merrier than well-told Christmas jokes ? Whether you’re sitting around to dinner or just having great conversation with family, inserting one or twenty Xmas jokes does fall in line with the merry occasion. Be it one-liners or the plain old corny joke, here are some of the best Christmas jokes that will have you giggling just in time for the season: 1. Riddles are fun and make good Christmas jokes too What does December have that other month’s don’t? The letter D 2. Some puns are creative but they do make...

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  8. Christmas Around the World: How Different Countries Celebrate Christmas

    How Different Countries Celebrate Christmas Although December 25 marks the date when Christmas is celebrated in many countries around the world, did you know that in some places celebrations stretch weeks before? Did you also know that the occasion is observed in some nations that don’t have a large Christian population? Here’s a look at the celebrations of Christmas in different countries : France Most of the festivities happen on Le Réveillon or Christmas Eve. It’s a time for families to come together to wine and dine. It is a custom in France to sit and eat for hours...

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  9. Fun and Unique Christmas Traditions from Around the World

    Fun and Unique Christmas Traditions from Around the World While Christmas is celebrated all across the globe, countries celebrate the occasion quite differently. A number celebrate the event as a religious holiday while it’s more of a commercial appeal for others. That said, here’s a look at the fun and unique Xmas traditions in other countries : China Although only about 1% of those in China are Christians, Christmas is widely celebrated in the country albeit in a more commercial manner. While those in the West celebrate by spending time in with family, people in China go out and spend...

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  10. 9 Strange Christmas Traditions

    9 Strange Christmas Traditions Christmas is a time when family and friends get together to give each other gifts as well as sit down to eat a lavish meal. Although the birth of Jesus is the reason for the celebration in the traditional sense, different places around the world have their own unique Christmas traditions . These traditions may be viewed as somewhat strange – some with ties to history – but still interesting. #1: A celebration for a sinister creature On Krampusnacht, held before the feast of St Nicholas, groups of men will be dressed as Krampus (a creature serving as St...

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