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  1. Disaster Strikes! But the Daves carry on...

      If you've been keeping up with our blog or some of our Twitter news, you'll know that this is the week of the big fundraising event - our very own Dave M, and friend Dave B, set off from London on Saturday on their cycle back to Edinburgh in aid of two fantastic charities: Maggie's Cancer Caring Centres and the Lothian Autistic Society . Three days in and everything was going smoothly - They were making good time and not feeling too weary from their efforts...   But as they neared Sheffield, they hit a bump - or rather, a tram line - in the road, and disaster struck when...

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  2. Training continues...

    Only a couple of weeks until the guys set off on their cycle, so time for a quick training update, but instead of writing too much about it this time, we though we'd let the pictures do the talking... In a change to their normal training this weekend, the boys'll be cycling at the Gyle shopping centre, Edinburgh.  Come along on Sunday and show your support! Or donate online for Maggie's Cancer Caring Centres and the Lothian Autistic Society ....

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  3. Charity Cycle Training Update

    Time for an update on how the training's going for the London to Edinburgh charity cycle. And, after much pestering, I've got my hands on some new photos to share with you all, so have a look for yourselves and see how the lads have been getting on... Since training began in January, every Sunday has seen a training session with the distance steadily increasing, and they're always looking for new ways to challenge themselves by changing up the route and finding harder climbs. Additional training in the week has been harder to organise, trying to fit it in around other commitments of...

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  4. London to Edinburgh Charity Cycle

                                                                              To raise 10,000 for Maggie?s Cancer Caring Centres and Lothian Autistic Society , Dave Baxter...

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  5. Spring Flowers - Daffodils vs Tulips - You decide...

     The most popular and familiar spring flowers are daffodils and tulips .  As seen all over the country in many varied locations.  Both very different in appearance from each other,  they are the sign to us that spring has sprung and finer weather is on it's way.  Both are well recognised and very popular, but is one more celebrated than the other? Narcissus is the botanical name for a daffodil ; a mainly hardy, mostly spring-flowering, bulbs in the Amarylis family native to Europe, North Africa, and Asia.  The flower meaning of daffodil is;  You're...

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  6. Happy Mother's Day to all you Magnificent Mum's

    This Sunday,  3rd April is Mother's Day in the UK.  It is the celebrated annual occasion when children pay respect to their mother's.  Often by bestowing them with a gift and a card, and as Mothering Sunday occurs during spring, a present of spring flowers is often a popular choice - presented as an expression of gratitude for all their kindness, love, affection and attention that they have exhibited throughout the past year.  In the UK,  Mothering Sunday or Mother's Day (as it is widely known) has been celebrated on the fourth Sunday of lent - 40 days...

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  7. Our March twitter winner, Saint Patrick's Day and Mother's Day

    Congratulations to our  Twitter ;   #randomfollower March competition winner - Vicki,  who has won a bespoke Clare Florist hand-tied bouquet.  Here is what she had to say upon recieving her flowers:  'These are the BEAUTIFUL flowers that I won from ClareFlorist ! Aren't they gorgeous, guys?! They asked me what colours I like and my favourite flowers so they could personalise it for me. I was so speechless though that I just said 'UHHH, I like purples, pinks, yellows and iris'! Not very helpful but they came up trumps! Thanks you so much! xxxx'  ...

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  8. Are Flowers Relevant?

    I like to browse through flower related compositions,  blogs and web sites,  searching for articles of interest to digest and comment  on.  There is so much information available to us,  that at times it can be a bit overwhelming.  Whether looking for information on floristry, flower meanings ,  flower delivery , the latest designs of flower bouquets or flower trends, there is sure to be plenty of articles of interest to satisfy the keenest of flower enthusiasts.  Here is a short list of some of the best informative blogs and sites I have come across...

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  9. Hip, hip hooray - Spring is on it's way!

    So Valentine's Day is a week behind us and based on the amount of beautiful bouquets that we sent out love was and is truly in the air.  So a week on,  it is still possible to display your affections to that special someone with fabulous fresh Spring Flowers .  Be it as a display of affection or to say thank you,  that you care or just because you can, one thing is for certain,  here at Clare Florist we have the perfect bouquet for you whatever the occasion .  With spring having sprung or at least beginning to spring,  as early as it may be ? Snow drops...

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  10. The Valentine's Quiz Answers

    A BIG Thank you and congratulations to all of you who have taken part in our special Valentine's Quiz.  I must say that I am very pleased with the response.  I have posted the answers to the twelve questions below and the winner will be notified at midday today and everyone who entered will receive a little thank you gift.  All will be notified by facebook message.  Right then,  here are the answers: 1)  Love - 20 Red Roses. 2)  Valentine's Tulips. 3)  Bob Marley. 4)  Two dozen (24). 5)  Single Best-Grade Red Rose. 6)  Heartfelt...

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  11. Valentine's Quiz: All you need is Love!

    So with Valentine's Day just around the corner,  I thought another quiz would be in order...  The answers to the questions can be found by looking various product pages on the Clare Florist web site  ( Valentine's specific - nudge,  nudge,  wink,  wink!)  I'd like you to post your answers on our facebook page,  in the discussions tab - Valentine's Quiz section.  A winner will be chosen at random on Thursday 10th February 2011.  To be in with a chance to win you must answer all of the questions correctly. The winner will...

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  12. The Clare Florist 32nd Birthday Celebrations Continue...

      In celebration of Clare Florist ?s 32nd anniversary of serving the public with the highest quality fresh cut flower bouquets,  we are pleased to announce that we  will be handing out specially designed New Year bouquets to Maggie's Cancer Caring Centres Charity,   in conjunction with FedEx UK ,  who will deliver the bouquets free of charge.        Clare Florist will be gifting 32 'Maggie?s' bespoke hand-tied bouquets to the Maggie's Cancer Caring Charity . The Charity will then decide who will recieve one of the 32 bouquets...

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  13. 25th January - Burns Supper

    Robert Burns, born on 25th January 1759. Rose from humble beginnings to become 'Scotlands favourite son' His work is celebrated worldwide... So pour yourself a wee dram and pipe in the haggis and celebrate a nations favourite... Address to a Haggis Fair fa' your honest, sonsie face, Great chieftain o the puddin'-race! Aboon them a' ye tak your place, Painch, tripe, or thairm: Weel are ye wordy of a grace As lang's my arm. The groaning trencher there ye fill, Your hurdies like a distant hill, Your pin wad help to mend a mill In time o need, While thro your pores the dews distil Like amber bead....

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  14. A monthly view of this years top flower shows around the UK:

    If,  like the team here at Clare Florist ,  you have an interest in flowers ;  be it as a florist,  keen gardener,  grower,  or someone who simply enjoys the beauty of flora then it would not have escaped your notice that every year the UK proudly hosts a multitude of wonderful flower related events and garden and flower shows.  From small locally run garden fetes and shows,  regional garden and flower shows right up to the world renowned RHS Chelsea Flower Show. I thought this a good opportunity (it being the beginning of a new year) to list some...

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  15. Wedding Anniversary flowers:

    Weddings are the most popular celebratory Anniversary globally.  There is no better way to express your feelings and show your love and respect than with fabulous flowers.  Do you know someone who is celebrating a wedding anniversary this year?  If so did you know that there are specific flowers that are dedicated to the anniversary year? A magnificent bouquet of fabulous fresh flowers - sent from the heart is a perfect gift for those celebrating...  From their first wedding anniversary to their fiftieth golden wedding anniversary;  a gift of flowers is sure to delight...

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  16. Very merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

    Well,   what a busy time we have had here at Clare Florist HQ!  The run up to Christmas has been wonderfully manic,  with so many orders to process,  make up and deliver to all the lucky recipients.  We hope everyone enjoys them as much as we enjoyed making them for you.  So it is now time to put our feet up,  have a wee dram and wait for Santa and his sleigh to arrive.  Then a relaxing couple of days with friends and family - getting into the festive spirit!  Then it's the New Year,  2011 - who'd have thought it could come round...

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  17. Clowing around this Christmas

    We thought it would be fun to produce an animated comedy short for Clare Florist ,  to tell customers where and how they can order their Christmas flowers and Bouquets.  You've got to love the animated characters and their funny 'robotic' voices!        Take a Look at the stunning Christmas Flowers and Gift Sets that we have to offer you.  All are available for delivery in time for Christmas.  They make gorgeous gifts and tempting treats and are guaranteed to deliver Christmas Cheer!    Follow us on Twitter Find us on FaceBook...

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  18. Christmas Flowers

    At Yuletide there are many popular Christmas flowers that we use to honour and mark the festive season.  All over the world flowers and plants form a major part of Christmas decorations by adding colour as  many of these Christmas flowers happen to bloom around the months of December - coinciding with the Christmas holiday season.  Plants and flowers such as;  holly,  ivy,  mistletoe,  Christmas Roses (Helleborus) and Poinsettia.   In many Western cultures, holly is used in Christmas wreaths and is used to symbolise truth.  Ivy was believed...

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  19. It's SNOW Joke!

    With a week of wintery weather behind us and more on it's way.  Things have been rather hectic here at Clare Florist HQ.  We have had so many normal orders and the Christmas flowers orders are stacking up nicely.  We have all been called into action with snow clearing duties and we are pleased to tell you we are experiencing only a slight disruption to our flower delivery service.  Keep an eye on the Clare Florist web site ,   twitter and facebook for more information.    We are pleased to announce that;  this December and for Christmas, Clare...

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  20. Flowers and Perfume

    Perfume is the mixture of essential oils and aroma compounds,  fixatives and solvents used to give the human body,  living spaces,  animals and objects a pleasant scent.  The aroma compounds that make up a perfume can be artificially manufactured or taken from plant or animal sources.  Perfumes have existed since early human civilisation.  Flowers and blossoms have long been used in the making of perfumes - as a source of essential oils and aroma compounds.  Flowers and blossoms are the largest source of fragrant compounds or aromatics used in perfumery...

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  21. Why Flowers?

    Everyone loves flowers: Were you aware that having floral arrangements in our homes and places of work gives us feelings of sensual positivity? Flowers can actually change the way in which our brains work, changing our moods and releasing endorphins to help us feel healthier and more assured. This is why bouquets and flower arrangements have been used to celebrate special occasions , given as gifts and used to brighten up settings, environments and locations for so many years. How do flowers add quality to our lives? Much research and study has taken place by recognised scientists to discover the...

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  22. The Clare Florist Flower Quiz - Answers...

    Thank you and well done to everyone who answered the questions to last weeks Clare Florist flower quiz. You all seem to have a good knowledge of flowery facts. As a thank you, everyone who took part will receive a little prize and those of you with 10 out of 10 right would have received a bigger prize. But amazingly no one got all 10 Questions correct! Better luck next time folks. The answers are posted below and also on our Facebook discussions 'Quiz' page. I shall send the prizes directly to you via Facebook. Answers: Question 1) The War Of The Roses . Question 2) Japan. Question 3) Crocus. Question...

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  23. The Clare Florist Flower Quiz

    I thought that this week I'd set a little quiz to see how knowledgeable you all are on all things flowery. All of the questions are flower related, so lets see how many you can answer. As they say in all good pub quizzes - please no mobile phones and no google. I hope you enjoy this and good luck... Oh and I've left some clues in some of the links in the questions. Question 1) What were the series of civil wars (1455 - 1485), that were fought for the throne of England between the The House of York and The House of Lancaster called? Question 2) The monarch of which nation sits on the ' Chrysanthemum...

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  24. Halloween and All Saint's Day:

    Next week - October 31st sees the annual 'Holiday' festival of Halloween and then on the 1st November the Christian holiday; All Saint's Day . Halloween traditions include; dressing up as ghosts, ghouls and witches, apple bobbing, trick or treating, making pumpkin Jack-o-lanterns and having bonfires to scare away evil spirits. It is one of the oldest celebrations in the world - dating back over 2000 years. The link between Halloween and All Saint's Day is in that when Christianity came to Britain and Europe, the 1st of November became a dedicated day for saints who did not have their own celebrated...

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  25. October Flowers and Prizewinners

    October Prizewinner: Firstly congratulations to our October, second Tuesday of the month twitter #randomfollower prizewinner: Jackie from Lancs. Who very kindly had her winning bespoke bouquet sent to her mum. Here she is with her prize (and a very cute dog). Well done Jackie - and your Mum too! October Flowers: The Birth flower for October is the marigold (or Calendula). The flower meaning of the October birth flower - the marigold; is sorrow or sympathy and the colours for the October birth month flowers should be Yellow or white . Birth month flowers are usually the specific flowers that are...

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  26. Some are red, none are blue, look at the Roses we can deliver to you!

    I thought that this week I would pick a particular flower variety and give you wonderful readers some (hopefully interesting) facts and information about it. So on with The Rose ... A rose is a perennial flower shrub or vine of the genus Rosa , within the family Rosaceae , that contains over 100 species and comes in a multitude of colours. The rose is one of the most popular and comonly sold florists' flowers. Around 150 million rose plants are purchased by gardeners worldwide every year. The largest rose garden in the world is found in Cavriglia, Tuscany, Italy. It is the home to over 7500 different...

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  27. Autumn is well and truly here:

    I'd like to firstly say a big thank you to all our dear friends, clients and followers who sent us birthday wishes. Things are now back to normal at the Clare Florist HQ after our 32nd Birthday celebrations. The transition from summer to winter has begun. Autumn is well and truly here, nights are getting longer; October (like most of the year in the UK) is changeable and unpredictable. It's noticeably cooler and wetter at this time of year, with the first real chance of frost occuring. If the weather is dry, hope to expect lovely crisp days, occasionally heated up by a surprisingly warm sun. Nights...

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  28. Time to Party - It's our Birthday!

    It's the 27th of September; Clare Florists 32nd Birthday! Who'd have thought that 32 years could go so quickly! From humble beginings; a small flower, fruit and veg shop - To one of the most acknowledged and respected leaders in floral design and distribution throughout the country. A family run business, We started back in 1978 and 32 years later we are still producing and sending magnificent bouquets for our wonderful customers all over the country. How times change - Photos of our shops from 1978. Our ethics have not changed in 32 years. We still firmly believe that sending bouquets and flower...

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  29. The New Clare Florist Web Site

    Yes flower friends, it has arrived! The flower experts here at Clare Florist have unveiled our brilliant bright fresh new website makeover; All ready for the Autumn Season. We are sure that you'll agree the new look in simply stunning. The launch of our new site coincides with the commencement of our new Autumn Flower collections which includes some fabulous new bouquets and gift sets for all occasions . Here is a taster of some of the beautiful bouquets that we have to offer you - They are sure to brighten these shorting days and will look and smell amazing wherever they are placed. Autumn Glow...

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  30. Other Interesting Uses for flowers...

    We all know how wonderful flowers are; as gifts, to brighten a room, to celebrate a certain occasion, to evoke a special memory and even to eat - by jazzing up a plate of food. For hundreds of years the healing proprieties of flowers and plants have been exploited in herbalism, naturopathy and homoeopathic remedies. These medicinal properties of flowers and plants are usually consumed in the form of a flower tea, or mixed and made into a compress or poultice (applied externally) or are made into an essence or oil which can be heated for it's vapour or used externally. Here are a few examples...

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  31. Quiet on the blog - New look around the corner...

    You may have noticed that over the last week or so we have been fairly quiet in our blogging and updates to all our wonderful readers. This is due to some very exciting developments coming to the Clare Florist site that are just around the corner! We have all been so busy preparing new content for what will be a fantastic new look web site. You will stiil have the same high quality flowers , beautifully designed bouquets , gift sets , same day delivery flowers and of course the same great customer service that you have been used to for the last 31 years (14 of those online). We thought we would...

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  32. Qixi Festival - 16th August 2010 - Chinese Valentine's Day

    The Team at Clare Florist would like to wish all our friends, followers and customers a happy Qixi Festival . Qixi is the Chinese romantic festival, like the western tradition of Valentine's Day . It falls on the 7th day of  the 7th lunar month, this year being the 16th August. The story goes: A young cowherd named Niulang, came across seven fairy sisters bathing in a lake. Encouraged by his mischievous companion the ox, he stole their clothes and waited to see what would happen. The fairy sisters elected the youngest and most beautiful sister Zhin "the weaver girl", to retrieve...

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  33. Flower Friday

    How quickly this last week has gone! We have been so busy sending out beautiful bouquets to lucky recipients all over the UK. Proud Announcement: The Team at Clare Florist are all really proud to have been announced as the official flower supplier to the Edinburgh International Festival 2010 . Starting on the 13th of August and running until the 5th September, the Edinburgh International Festival showcases the best in music, theatre, dance, opera, talks and workshops. For more information and to buy tickets go to: http://www.eif.co.uk Fun time flower Friday: For a little flower fun this Friday...

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  34. Fun time Flower Friday!

    Flower Friday is here again and we at Clare Florist have some more offerings to brighten up your day! Don't forget that we are still running our sensational summer offer to all of our customers - which entitles each and every one of you to a saving of 20% off our entire summer range and FREE Thorntons chocolates with EVERY order.   To promote this fantastic offer we have made a little animation which we hope you will enjoy watching: Don't forget, more amusing flower video clips can be found on the; Clare Florist YouTube channel - simply click the link to take you there. Become a Fan...

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  35. Fun time Flower Friday! Origami flowers

    The Clare Florist Team have decided to try our hands at making flowers today! Yes, that's right making flowers - out of paper - So I thought I'd share our flower origami with you. It certainly made our weekly meeting more interesting, everyone had a go and got really quite involved. Our first attempts (especially mine) left a lot to be desired, with our flowers looking like; well waste paper to be honest! Being the determined Clare Florist Team that we are, perseverance was the key and after a while our origami flower experts turned out to be Claire and Dave who ended up competing to make...

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  36. Clare Florist Gift Sets

    The team at Clare Florist love bringing you new products. We have an alluring selection of Gift Sets currently available all come with a beautiful bouquet, a handwritten greetings card (personalised with your choice of words) a chic new glass vase in which to display your beautiful bouquet in and a scrumptious box of Thorntons chocolates - all attractively packed and including our standard flower delivery to any address in the UK. Burst of Summer Gift Set: British Bouquet Gift Set: Rose and Freesia Gift Set: We are proud to announce that we have some more exciting Gift Sets that will be available...

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  37. Flower Friday Fun!

    Flower Friday from Clare Florist : This weeks top selling bouquet is; Summer Blush : A charming summer bouquet including pretty pink roses, light lime green santini, coral pink eustoma and fresh fragrant pink freesia. Carefully picked and prepared and formed into a hand-tied bouquet by our expert florists. Why not try our 'Flower Fun' word search? http://www.clareflorist.co.uk/funwordsearch.asp A nice way to engage the brain on flower fun Friday! Congratulations to July's second Tuesday of the month twitter #randomfollower competition winner; Mrs Maier from London who has won a Free bespoke bouquet...

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  38. Fun time Flower Friday! With Special Offers...

    Hello flower friends of Clare Florist , it's that time again... Fun time Flower Friday! We stumbled upon this fabulous ' FlowerPower ' drawing application; http://www.openrise.com/lab/FlowerPower/#     It's great fun  - Why not give it a try?  Don't forget Clare Florist are offering 30% off our entire Summer flowers range and you will also receive FREE Thorntons Chocolates! We are also continuing our second Tuesday of the month; pick a #randomfollower on twitter competition. All you have to do to be in with the chance of winning a FREE bouquet is...

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  39. Funtime Flower Friday!

    It's Flower Friday! Here is a bit of fun for us, it's the second in the instalment of our old Advertising campaign. How dated! All good fun though. We hope you enjoy it. A little reminder that some of the Clare Florist Team are taking part in the two capitals charity cycle ride from Dunfermline to Edinburgh - This coming Sunday. We are supporting "maggie's" cancer caring centres charity: http://www.maggiescentres.org/maggies/maggiescentres/home/home.html If you would like to support us in this please donate to: http://www.justgiving.com/ClareFlorist All donations are greatly...

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  40. Charity Cycle Ride - The Clare Florist Cycle Team

    Some of the Team at Clare Florist are taking part in the two capitals charity cycle ride from Dunfermline to Edinburgh - This coming Sunday. We are supporting "maggie's" cancer caring centres charity: http://www.maggiescentres.org/maggies/maggiescentres/home/home.html If you would like to support us in this please donate to: http://www.justgiving.com/ClareFlorist All donations are greatly appreciated. Many thanks, The Team at Clare Florist...

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  41. Clare Florist advertising from the nineties

    Firstly we at Clare Florist would like to congratulate our first lucky winner of our "Second Tuesday of the month - FREE bouquet - To a random twitter follower" Well done to Catherine Ord from Nottingham! (Photo's to follow.) For those who didn't know, we have decided to give away a free bouquet every second Tuesday of the month to one lucky @ClareFlorist twitter follower - Selected at random. All you have to do is to follow us on twitter for your chance to be chosen. We have also been trawling through the Clare Florist archives and found some interesting advertising that we used...

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  42. Clare Florist Bespoke Sporrans - The New Look for Kilted Weddings!

    Clare Florist were asked by Dobbies garden Centre to design some sporrans of flowers and a handbag for the bride because they were doing some promotional work to promote their stand at the Gardening Scotland event that takes place at The Royal Highland Centre Edinburgh. We are confident that the positive response we have had will mean this is a new fashion trend for weddings all over Scotland. Also, I was going to the emirates rugby sevens at the weekend so, one got made for me too. An Englishman supporting Scotland!!! Don't forget to become a Fan, or as it is now "like" Clare Florist...

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  43. Flower Fun! Introducing Tulip Racing!

    The Team at Clare Florist are always looking at fun ways to see, discover and promote flowers.. We have set up a new You Tube channel for everyone's enjoyment: http://www.youtube.com/user/ClareFlorist Here you will find some fun flower video clips, some flower arranging demonstrations, some of our old and new advertising and also product videos - that will assist you in choosing the perfect bouquet for your requirements. You are able to subscribe to our You Tube page to keep up to date with all the goings on here at Clare Florist. We hope that you enjoyed watching our first fun video as much...

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  44. April's happy competition winner

    Here is our April competition winner - Mrs. Homer with her free prize draw, prize winners bouquet: Here are her kindly comments... Thank you very much for lovely bouquet as you can see it really is beautiful.Hope one of photos may be ok.It is lovely to win a prize. Norma Homer We are so pleased that you are happy with your bouquet - Once again congratulations from the Clare Florist team on winning :) It's so easy to win a FREE bespoke bouquet worth 50.00 - All you have to do is is simply fill out the postage paid card that comes with your flower delivery and tell us what you think of your flowers...

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  45. Congratulations to our April Free Prize Draw winner!

    Well done to Mrs. Norma Homer, from Stourbridge - you have been selected in our Clare Florist   April FREE prize winners draw and you have won a beautiful bespoke bouquet (worth 50.00) designed especially for you. Here is Claire with your bouquet, which is now on it's way to you, we hope you like it :) Don't forget, it's easy to win a FREE bespoke bouquet worth 50.00 - All you have to do is is simply fill out the postage paid card that comes with your flower delivery and tell us what you think of your flowers and our service, as its already post paid, it doesn't cost you...

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  46. Twitter Competition winners

    Hello Flower Friends, As you may know, we ran a twitter competition last month - with a fantastic prize for two lucky winners who will both receive a bouquet every month for a year! We had a phenomenal response to the competition and would like to congratulate Tracey Rollings from Middlesbrough and Hannah Ferguson from Kidderminster - The team at Clare Florist hope you enjoy your flowers! We have also decided that it would be a nice idea to our twitter followers to randomly select one lucky person to receive a free bouquet that will be picked and sent every second Tuesday of the month. So spread...

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  47. Flower Fridays and #ClareFlorist news

    Well good morning folks, Flower Friday is upon us and it's a nice early start for the Clare Florist Team this morning, with a very busy weekend ahead of us. We have lot's of stunning bouquets to make up ready to go out for delivery today and Saturday. There's nothing like a sensational " Sunflower Surprise " to take away those blues and induce those feelings of vibrant sunny happiness! (That's just how I feel - So imagine sending this beautiful hand-tied arrangement to make a special person feel even more special?) I have some fantastic news for you, which should assist...

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  48. Congratulations to Our March competition winner:

    The Team at Clare Florist would like to congratulate Mrs. Anne Brooke-Smith at Woodchester Lodge, Gloucestershire. Who has won a beautiful bespoke bouquet for being our monthly free prize draw winner. All that is required to win a bespoke bouquet - worth 50.00 and delivered to your door for FREE, is simply fill out the postage paid card that comes with your flower delivery and tell us what you think of your flowers and our service,  as its already post paid, it doesn't cost you a penny to enter! We will then pick out a winner from the huge bundle of cards that have been returned to us...

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  49. Clare Florist April News Special:

    Clare Florist has today announced it is to sell a new range of ever lasting fresh flowers. Clare Florist has been working closely with a team of Dutch flower experts (Con van de prank) who specialise in the plastination technique which was discovered by anatomist Gunther von Hagens, who invented the preservation process and is the force behind the " Body Worlds " museum exhibitions (von Hagens's organization has plastinated elephants, humans, and other animals). The specialist process involves replacing flower fluids with silicone. This will lead to flowers being preserved indefinitely...

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  50. Easter Sunday - 4th April 2010

    Easter is a Christian holiday. It is a holiday which celebrates the resurrection of Christ. According to Christian history, Jesus was crucified on a Friday and rose three days later?on Sunday. New elements such as the Easter Bunny and Easter egg hunts, Easter bonnets, egg painting and of course chocolate eggs have become part of the holiday's modern celebrations, and these aspects are often celebrated by many Christians and non-Christians alike. The giving of spring flowers is also recognised as a suitable Easter time gift and with fresh spring flowers being abundant around Easter time, there...

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  51. Saint Patrick's Day - Wednesday 17th March

    This Wednesday - 17th March is Saint Patrick's Day! It is believed that Saint Patrick's Day has been celebrated in Ireland since before the 1600s. It was also believed to have served as a one-day break during Lent, the forty day period of fasting. This would involve drinking alcohol (something which became a tradition - Guinness anyone?) It was only in the mid-1990s that the Irish government began a campaign to use Saint Patrick's Day to showcase Ireland and its culture. The first Saint Patrick's Festival was held on March 17, 1996. In 1997, it became a three-day event, and by 2000...

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  52. Mother's Day - 14th March 2010

    This Sunday, March 14th, is Mother's Day . In the UK it is always celebrated on the fourth Sunday of Lent (the 40 day period leading up to Easter) originally to honour Mary, the mother of Christ. It is the day designated for us to show our love and appreciation for the special lady in our lives - the lady who nurtures and cares for us, the lady who guides you through infancy and supports you from child to adulthood, she is the lady who has sacrificed a great deal in her life for you. Mother's Day is the day we should stop, think and remember the special lady in our life - whom without,...

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  53. The Clare Florist Prize Winner From January:

    We are so glad that you like your prize: Thank you to Mrs. Ashman, from Cumbria our January prize winner, who has very kindly sent us this email and photograph of her with the Clare Florist prize winners bouquet: "Delighted to have received your flowers. It absolutely made my week. Thank you very much!" Mrs Ashman Don't forget to send us your completed free prize draw cards ( found in every box of delivered flowers) to qualify for entry to our monthly free prize draw! Become a Fan of Clare Florist       and to follow us on    ...

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  54. Valentine's Day and Chinese New Year!

    Just see how wonderfully industrious we are in our Valentines Day preparations... Well Valentine's day is nearly here. It has been so busy here at Clare Florist in preparation for the big Sunday. It's not too late to order your flower delivery for your loved one especially as we are delivering on the day it's self (available for a 8.95 surcharge). We have so many beautiful bouquets for you to choose from, there is sure to be one that you'd love to send or receive for that matter! Let us not forget the other massive celebration that will be taking place on Sunday 14th Feb - It's...

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  55. The Clare Florist Valentine's Day Bouquets

    With Valentine's day under a month away, I'd love to introduce to you our fabulous collection of bouquets designed by our expert florists - especially for   Valentine's Day . Composed to suit all tastes and to fit all budgets, I'm sure you'll agree these are a wonderful selection of stunning bouquets (including some colourful alternatives to traditional reds) individual rose and chocolate gifts, valentine's teddy bears and scrumptious chocolates . All of our bouquets contain the finest quality top grade roses, crisp fresh flower combinations and luxury foliage making...

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  56. Prize Winner update

    We are so glad that you like your prize: Thank you to Mrs. Hockin, our December prize winner, who has very kindly sent us this email and photograph of her with the Clare Florist prize winners bouquet: "Thank you very much for the lovely bouquet of flowers you sent me as the December Draw Prize Winner . They arrived today and are absolutely beautiful. Please find attached a photo of me with the flowers. Once again thank you very much, the flowers made my day." Best regards Mrs Hockin It always feels good to put a smile on someone's face, once again - Thank you Mrs Hockin we are delighted...

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  57. Prize Winner From December and compliments!!!

      It's the monthly prize winner time! Congratulations to our December prize winner: Mrs Hockin from Barnstaple. You have won a bespoke Clare Florist bouquet, cleverly designed by our expert florist worth 50.00 and delivered to your door for FREE! Here is a picture of the bouquet that we are sending - just before it goes out with the courier: If you would like the chance to win a bespoke bouquet - worth 50.00 and delivered to your door for FREE, then all you have to do is; simply fill out the postage paid card that comes with your flower delivery and tell us what you think of your flowers...

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  58. Bonsai Trees

    This week we launched our new range of Japanese Bonsai Trees. We have three different sizes to choose from and they have been aptly named. Gafu meaning small, Komono meaning medium and Katade-Mochi meaning big. These wonderful little trees make fantastic long lasting gifts and would look superb on a table or a desk, they guys at work just love them and get really excited about the horticulture of these interesting little plants. Bonsai is the art of aesthetic miniaturisation of indoor and outdoor trees. Cultivation means a slow process of techniques for shaping, watering and re-potting in various...

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  59. Our date to Celebrate

    It was a special day for us!  8th of July 1996, that was the day someone found our website and clicked through with our very first online order. We always seem to miss that special date and always remember instead the opening of our first Clare Florist Shop in August 1978. It's been our great pleasure over 13 years online to send flowers all over the UK and in the process make lots of people happy. We have seen lots of big technical changes over that period but the main reasons for sending flowers have changed very little. So from all the Clare team, here's to many more years of bringing...

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  60. Focus on Freesia

    Every so often we like to focus and spend more time studying an individual flower that we use on a regular basis within our constantly changing catalogue of bouquets. This week we would like to look more closely at Freesia. A few interesting facts on Freesia: The actual flower was named after a Dr Friedrich Heinrich Theodor Freese, a German Physician. According to the F&PA, freesia is among the most popular and widely grown cut flowers in the world, with over 110 million stems sold in the UK each year. In a survey carried out by The Flowers & Plants Association over half the respondents...

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  61. Autumn is here !

    Autumn officially starts around the 15th of September, this seems to have been when the weather has actually improved this year!! Before the 16th century, Harvest was the term used for this season. However when people gradually moved from working the land to living in towns the word harvest lost its reference and was replaced by Fall and Autumn. Fall is generally used in America where people decorate their doors and gardens with harvest fruits and autumn leaves in preparation for Thanksgiving and Halloween which is a huge event in the US. Our Autumn range uses all the shades of the changing scenery...

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  62. Greeting Card's Launched

    As I said last week we have been working on all the little things you have been asking us to provide and one of those was proper greeting cards. So yesterday we added this to the website so when you select your flowers you have the option of adding on a coordinating greeting card that we will carefully write your message inside giving a more personal feel to your gift. We'll keep improving the selection and if you have anything else you would like us to do please don't hesitate in dropping me an email and we will see what we can do. Here's the designs available just now. Kerryanne...

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  63. A Fresh Start

    I'm not making any new year's resolutions this year, but I do have a few new year's aspirations! More exercise is one, which I'm sure I'm in good company in aspiring to. I got off to a good start with a run on January 1st, but by that evening I was starting to cough ?maybe outdoor activities is not the best choice of exercise for this time of year! Another of my hopes is to find lots more interesting topics to tell you about on this blog, which made me wonder, what sorts of things would you most like to hear about? This is a blog for you, our flower-inclined public, after all. Let us know what...

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  64. Crackling Chrysanthemums spark new trend

    Long gone are the days of associating Chrysanthemums with funerals and crummy old rooms. Vibrant with exhilarating colours and varieties, and durable beyond most cut flowers, they are the current hippest favourites in town! In fact, I've always wondered about the name. As it turns out, the flower was named by Mr. Linnaeus (mentioned a couple of entries ago), the funky long name coming from a combination of the Greek 'krus' meaning gold and 'anthemum' meaning flower. In Japan, the gold flower has always been viewed as symbol of the sun. There, Chrysanthemums have a long history of being used to...

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  65. What colour are you missing?

    When trying to pick the perfect bouquet, besides choosing the variety that will send the right message, the biggest headache must be choosing the best colour or combination of colours! As Oscar Wilde once wrote, "Mere colour, unspoiled by meaning, and unallied with definite form, can speak to the soul in a thousand different ways." Meanings associated with different colours, and his/her favourite colour aside, each colour is said to have subtle effects on our mental states caused by the neurological effects from the different frequencies of colour lightwaves. So, whether you want to create...

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  66. Play an online game.

    The Golden Jigsaw is an exciting and unique online competition. It is a 1,000 piece digital jigsaw puzzle that you have to complete. The catch is that you have first to find the pieces and they could be anywhere on the internet! Once you have registered and downloaded your playing board you will be sent clues to the locations of web sites that contain the jigsaw pieces you’ll need to find. The clues are simple anagrams of the web sites names. When you have solved each clue you can then search each site for your jigsaw pieces. When you find them, just drag them into your pieces folder on your...

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  67. Flowers Reunited!

    Every time we receive an order, it becomes a kind of mission for us to deliver the bouquet successfully and make someone's day extra great. Just recently we had a heartwarming little tale of 'Lost and Found' here at Clare Florist. The story goes..that one day, we were rather excited to receive an international order from Australia (always feel extra special to send/receive flowers from abroad!). But then, lo and behold..although the delivery address was in Manchester, the post codes and street names were found to be non-existent. A wrong address! Our hearts sank.. We then tried to see if the recipient...

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  68. Medicinal uses of flowers.

    Following on from my last post on edible flowers (thank you for the correction), here is some information on the specific medicinal uses of various flowers. Some of these are consumed in the form of flower tea or in essence form, whilst others are applied externally. More information on flower and plants as skin treatment (including some recipes) can be found here or for more detail on the medicinal uses of wild flowers - here. This entry and the Clareflorist page prepared by Tracy, posted by Bob...

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  69. New message cards added to our range when sending flowers

    After recently receiving some customer requests we have increased the range of message cards available for delivery with beautiful fresh summer flowers in the UK from Clare Florist. Onto these cards we print the customers personalised message and it is then delivered with the flowers. The range has been increased by adding some relating to the birth of baby girls and boys, more flower images, balloons and so forth. Why not send some flowers now and see the complete range !...

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  70. Personalised message cards with your flower delivery

    Clare Florist have recently introduced an additional new service for our online clients. Once you have chosen your beautiful bouquet of flowers to be delivered. You can then further personalise them by choosing from a range of cards onto which you add your own message - exactly as you desire. The process is secure and very simple to use :- Choose the bouquet of flowers and the date you wish them to be delivered. Fill in the recipients address, type your personalised message ready to go on the card. Choose card style from those present as default or from a larger range. Click Next Page The "Place...

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