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. 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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  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. The History of the Poinsettia Christmas Plant

    The History of the Poinsettia Christmas Plant Native to Central America, the poinsettia got its name from Joel Roberts Poinsett, the first US Ambassador to Mexico. In particular, the plant grew in the southern portion of Mexico known as Taxco del Alarcon. When Pointsett wasn’t working on international affairs he was dabbling in botany. He was able to bring a sample back his hometown in South Carolina after a trip to Mexico. He began growing the plant in his greenhouse and sent out grown ones to friends and botanical gardens. John Barroom, from Philadelphia, was one of the recipients of Poinsett’s...

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  7. The Clare Florist Florapedia Part Two: Alstroemeria

    Today we’ll be continuing our in-depth look at various types of blooms with the focus of this article being the alluring alstroemeria flower . History Originally hailing from South America, Alstroemeria flowers are named after a Swedish botanist known as Baron Klas von Alstroemer who found the seeds of this flower on his travels through South America in the 18 th century. Uses The main usage for alstroemeria flowers are being deployed in stunningly beautiful fresh flower bouquets! Meaning The alstroemeria is said to represent good fortune, success and prosperity. It’s also often used...

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  8. Save 33% on Pink Roses this Summer with Free Next Day Delivery

    Save £12 on the classic Pink Rose and Alstromeria Bouquet For a gift that delivers smile after smile, send our beautiful Pink Rosmeria Bouquet ! Taking its name from the enchanting arrangement of Pink Roses and Pink Alstromeria, this bouquet will add a splash of colour to any day. It's a wonderful gift to show someone how much they mean to you, to say thanks this Summer, or as a heart-warming gift for that special someone. Order this bouquet by Saturday June 25th and get £12 off - that's a 33% saving, meaning you can pick up this gorgeous arrangement for only £23.99 ....

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  9. Dozen Rose Bouquets - A Colour for every Occasion

    Roses are undoubtably one of the most popular varities of flower and it's not difficult to see why. As well as being sublimely beautiful, roses are also very versatile as well and can be used for a number of purposes, from romantic gestures to birthday gifts to decorative additions to your own home. Here at Clare Florist we are extremely proud of our dozen rose range of bouquets which enables you to gift someone with an astonishing arrangement of 12 of the freshest premium grade roses for a mere £34.99. Each bouquet is tastefully decorated with white gypsophila and greenery to help offset...

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  10. Guide to Summer Flowers: Peonies

    Peonies are perenially popular over the summer season; indeed our sublime Summer Splash bouquet frequently features amidst our Best-Selling bouquets . The rich and intricate history of the peony stretches all the way back to ancient China and Japan, indeed the peony is seens as the classical floral symbol of China. It is even thought that this flower is one of the oldest cultivated flowers! There are even connections to Greek mythology; the word peony originates from Paeon who was a medicine student who met the unfortunate fate of being transformed into a flower by Zeus. Peonies are traditionally...

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