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  1. Fresh Floral Picks for Spring 2014

    If ever there were a time during the year to get excited about flowers it is the Spring time. Now that spring has sprung and the days are getting warmer, you will see fields full of fresh flowers. To celebrate Spring and all that it brings with it, we have had a look over our entire flower range so that we can give you our favorite Flower Picks for Spring 2014. Mixed Tulips A lovely bouquet of magnificent Tulips that are sure to warm you up this Spring. Containing a mixture of brighten yellows, reds, oranges, purples and pinks our Mixed Tulips bouquet is a fantastic gift for that special someone...

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  2. The Datura Metel aka the Devils Trumpet..

    This week we were going to look at one of the more alluring flowers out there, the Datra Metel. Whilst that name may not mean anything, it also goes by the other name of the Devils Trumpet due to its unique shape and the fact that it is highly poisonous! The Datura Metel is a stunning addition to a garden display, as it has some of the largest blooms which have a spicy aroma that fills the air at night. And the plant is capable of growing up to 3 feet high. This plant has an interesting design with colours ranging from white, yellow, red and violet. One of the 50 fundamental herbs use in traditional...

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  3. The Rarest Flowers in the World (Part 2)

    Last week we took a look at 3 of the Rarest Flowers in the world. This week we are going to continue our search into the weird and wonderful world of flowers and plants, and present you with some more gorgeous flowers that sadly can only be seen in select places around the world. These rare flowers are close to the brink of extinction, so enjoy them whilst you can! Parrot’s Beak The Parrot's Beak, also known as the Clianthus is a beautiful flower native to New Zealand. They are known for their unique clusters of red flowers which people say resemble the beak of the Kaka, the New Zealand...

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  4. Flowers for Palm Sunday

    This Sunday, the 13th of April, is an important date in the Christian calendar as that is the day of Palm Sunday. Palm Sunday is a feast to commemorate Jesus' entry into into Jerusalem as described in the bible. Palm Sunday is often referred to as Passion Sunday, and it marks the start of the Holy Week which ends on Easter Sunday. Typically palm branches would be used to represent palm branches which were scattered in front of Jesus. Naturally it can be hard to find palm branches at this time of the year, and so many people instead use branches from willow or olive trees instead, with many...

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  5. The Rarest Flowers in the World (Part 1)

    Rose, Orchids, Carnations, Sunflowers...if you see any of these flowers you'll know exactly what they are. However if we asked you to describe a ghost orchid or a Parrot's beak flower, chances are you won't have a clue what we're talking about! With well over 250 thousand types of flowers in the world, and many thousands more waiting to be discovered here at Clare Florist we have looked into the most rare flowers in the world, and what makes them so special. Jade's Vine This elegant looking flower can be found in the Philippines, and is one of the most beautiful and rare flowers...

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  6. Flowers to Celebrate a Happy Birthday

    Just because it's not Valentines Day or Mother's Day doesn't mean you can't arrange for a beautiful bouquet of flowers to be delivered to a friend or family member. Here at Clare Florist we are open throughout the year and deliver gorgeous flower arrangements for countless special occasions and celebrations throughout the UK. From birthdays to anniversaries , graduations to simply saying thank you , our selection of fresh flowers has something for everyone. Often times it can be hard to choose a suitable birthday present for someone, and whilst most of us may end up sending them...

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  7. First Flowers of Spring - Our Favourite Flowers

    Spring is in bloom! Now that Winter has officially ended we can now start to celebrate brighter mornings and warmer evenings out in the sun. Whilst March and April aren't known for being the warmest months of the year, that doesn't mean you can't decorate your home with some bright, spring inspired flowers to add that warm finishing touch to your home. Here at Clare Florist we have a great selection of flowers to mark the arrival of spring which make an ideal gift to send to loved ones, or to brighten up your room. Our spring range includes many classic flowers available in a whole...

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  8. British Summer Time - March 30th

    This Sunday not only do we celebrate Mother's Day , it is also the day that the clocks go forward an hour. This means that the evenings now last longer and we loose an extra hour in our bed in the morning! To bring in these longer, warmer days, we here at Clare Florist have a lovely line up of Spring and Summer flowers available, with many more new designs expected as we get further into 2014. With the sun shining into the evening, what better way to decorate your home and add a warm, summer feel than with a gorgeous bouquet of bright, colourful flowers? Perhaps one of these flowers would be...

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  9. Mother's Day Flowers for the Weekend

    Just a quick reminder that you can still order Mother's Day Flowers from us up until Friday 5pm to ensure delivery on Saturday. This means that even if you have totally forgot about buying a gift for Mum, you can quickly order from us to ensure they are with your Mum for delivery before Mother's Day. We have a gorgeous selection of Mother's Day Flowers to choose from in a variety of colours, many of which are sitting at special Mother's Day Savings of up to 25% off! Make sure to view our range of flowers and find a bouquet that your Mum will love!...

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  10. Mother's Day: Flower Ideas and Suggestions

    Every Mum loves to receive a gift, and with Mother's Day only a few days we are often asked what we recommend as a suitable Mother's Day gift. Some of the favourite gifts to send your Mum this year include Chocolates, Housewares such as Candles, Photo Frames or Lights, and probably the most popular gift sent to mum are flowers, and for years we here at Clare Florist have been delivering our range of Mothers Day Flowers to homes across the United Kingdom. Our selection of Mother's Day Flowers contains a wide range of high grade Roses, Lilies, Tulips and Chrysanthemums, available in a...

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  11. There's Still Time to Order for Mother's Day

    Order Mother's Day Flowers Online With only 6 days to go until Mother's Day, you'll be pleased to know that you still have time to order some lovely flowers for your Mum. Here at Clare Florist we are busy at work packing and arranging deliveries of flowers, and are taking orders up until this Friday the 28th to ensure delivery to your Mum by Mother's Day. We offer a free next working day delivery service on our range of Mother's Day Flowers , and if you would prefer to have them delivered on Saturday we can also arrange that for you for a small extra cost of £2.99. All...

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  12. Celebrate International Mother's Day Around the World

    Here in the UK Mothers Day falls on the 30th of March 2014, however around the world Mother's Day is celebrated on separate days normally during May. We have many customers abroad who contact us wishing to send flowers to their Mum ,, only to discover that they have the day wrong or that what is Mother's Day in France is 2 months later than what it is here in the UK! To help out we have compiled a page of all the special dates of International Mother's Day showing you all the days that Mother's Day is celebrated around the World from Mothers Day in Egypt to Nigeria , Armenia to...

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  13. Treat Your Mum This Mothers Day with Flowers

    Send your mum that special gift that she deserves this Mother's Day with our gorgeous selection of Mother's Day Flowers and Floral Gift Sets . Here at Clare Florist we have a vast selection of Flowers available to add a smile to your Mum's face and make the day even more special for her. Over the next few weeks we will be looking at our favorite Mother's Day gifts and flower arrangements, and today we are going to list some of our more colorful, eye catching bouquets to brighten up your mums home. One fantastic way to show your appreciation this Mother's Day is with our luxurious...

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  14. Good Flowers for Mother's Day

    With Mother's Day only a few weeks away, here at Clare Florist we have been busy preparing our flowers for mother's day, and ensuring they are well packaged and delivered out to your Mum in time. If you are looking for a gift idea for your Mum or simply want to get her something to show how much you care, then our guide to the best flowers for Mother's Day is sure to come in handy. Roses Every flower has it's own unique meaning, and Roses have been used for centuries to symbolize affection. One of the most popular flowers, sending roses to your mum is a timeless gift that she will...

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  15. Mother's Day Flowers 2014 Buying Guide

    Buying Guide to Mother's Day Flowers When deciding what you buy your mum for Mothers Day, it can often be hard to select the right gift for her, especially since you don't want to look too cliche or get her something that your brother or dad may buy her. As they say, it is the thought that count, however isn't it better to know that the gift you will send her will be something she will cherish rather than something she'll look at for a minute and throw in a cupboard? For those of us who are having a hard time deciding which Mother's Day Flowers to buy their mum, we here at Clare...

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  16. Top Five Mother's Day Flowers Guide

    Mother's Day falls on Sunday the 30th of March this year, and here at Clare Florist we have already processed orders for some of our gorgeous bouquets to be delivered in time for Mother's Day. We have recently updated our range of Mothers Day Flowers , including a great selection of roses, lilies, orchids and carnations for your mum, and in this post we will detail our top 5 favorite mother's day flowers and why we feel they are the best. Number 5 - Carnations Carnations come in a range of different colors, and the large blooms of the carnation flower make it a perfect choice when it...

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  17. When does Spring Start in the UK?

    Now that those long winter months are coming to an end, and the days are slowly becoming lighter into the evening, the question we find ourselves asking is, "What day does spring actually start on?" According to the Met Office , spring is classed as starting on the 1st of March , with spring applying to the months of March, April and May. However traditionally the original start of spring isn't until the 20th/21st of March as that is the day of the vernal equinox , which is when the center of the sun is on plane with the earths equator, and Spring ends on the 20th of June, ready for...

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  18. Random Acts of Kindness Day - February 17th

    Today, February the 17th is known as the Random Acts of Kindness Day, when people across the world perform a a random act of kindness towards a stranger. It can be as simple as giving up your chair on a bus, giving out some spare change or tipping your waitress slightly more this Monday. A sister to National Kindness Day in November, Random Acts of Kindness Day is an unofficial holiday (just incase you've not heard of it!) and whilst not a holiday, it is a nice idea that for this day we focus on doing a good deed to another. If you're feeling particular generous today, why not treat a loved...

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  19. Fun Facts about Valentine's Day

    Valentine’s Day is one of the most popular occasions celebrated by young and old. Every year people eagerly wait for this occasion so that they can express their love for their partner. To celebrate Valentines Day here are some fun and interesting facts that you might not be aware of! There are numerous gift ideas for the Valentine’s Day but still chocolates are the first preference of the couples. Around 36 million chocolates boxes are sold on this day than on other any other occasion. Apart from the chocolates, the demand of red roses is quite high on this day with about 50 million...

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  20. 12 Red Roses for Valentines Day Video

    Looking to send roses for valentines day? Here at Clare Florist we make it easy for you to select the most suitable rose from our collection of Valentines Roses by recording a special 360 degree video of our flowers so you can see exactly how they will look when displayed in a vase. Here is our True Romance - 12 Red Roses Valentines Bouquet , the perfect gift for the special someone in your life!...

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  21. The Russian Way of Giving Flowers

    In Russia the act of giving flowers is a strong tradition that has been carried through the centuries. Whether it is their first day of school, a first date or simply greeting old friends, flowers are an ideal gift that they give to show how much they care. However, it is not a simple case of merely ordering flowers online . In Russia , you only send bouquets with an even number of flowers for funerals or to show your sympathy! Whilst this rule is not strict when it comes to mixed arrangements, if you are sending a bouquet made up of a single type of flower like a rose , there needs to be an uneven...

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  22. Ring in the Chinese New Year 2014

    The chinese new year is considered to be the longest as well as an important celebration in the Chinese calendar, and the Chinese year 4712 begins on January, 31st, 2014. Here at Clare Florist we have a great selection of Chinese New Year inspired flowers, in a rich blend of reds to brighten up your home. Mythology There are various stories which revolve around the origins of the New Year celebration and they all vary from teller to teller. However, a common story is that of a horrendous monster who preyed on the villagers who was known as Nian (年). This is also considered to be the Chinese...

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  23. Valentines Flowers that Speak of Love

    Valentines day is just round the corner, and for many of us we are already on the look out for a potential gift to send to a loved one. Well fear not! For centuries flowers have been viewed as the number one way to express your feelings. The freshness of the valentines flowers combined with their warm tones are an ideal way to capture the heart and mind of another person. Here at Clare Florist we have a hand picked range of valentines flowers that are perfect for sending to your special someone. Our range of valentines flowers are available to order online and include next day delivery included...

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  24. Eustoma Flower Meaning

    The Eustoma Flower , also known as the Lisianths or Texas Bluebell flower originates from the Greek words eu (beautiful) and stoma (mouth), which refers to the flower as 'beautiful mouth' due to its coloring and shape. Eustoma Flowers are long stemmed and can usually grow from one to three feet tall, and the petals form a pretty trumpet shape. They are most often found in grasslands and bloom in summer with a rich color ranging from lavenders, pink, purples and dual color combinations. The Eustoma Flower is often used to symbolize a thoughtful, calming feeling , and are often used to accent...

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  25. Flower Quotes to Inspire!

    Looking for some flower quotes ? Here are our favourites to inspire you this Thursday afternoon. There are always flowers for those who want to see them. Henri Matisse Keep love in your heart. A life without it is like a sunless garden when the flowers are dead. Oscar Wilde The earth laughs in flowers. Ralph Waldo Emerson Flowers are the sweetest things God ever made and forgot to put a soul into. Henry Ward Beecher Life is the flower for which love is the honey. Victor Hugo The flower that smells the sweetest is shy and lowly. William Wordsworth With a few flowers in my garden, half a dozen pictures...

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  26. Floral New Year Resolutions

    Well that was a quick Christmas and New Year ! With the new year finally upon us, many of us have no doubt thought about what our new year resolutions will be. Whether you are looking to loose weight, travel more, spend more time with loved ones or just want to enjoy yourself more, the new year always brings the feeling of change and new possibilities. To help welcome you into the new year, we here at Clare Florist have a select range of flowers available which are perfect for decorating your home this January. Our Rainbow Roses are a fantastic new year treat for yourself, made from red, yellow...

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  27. Robert Burns Night Flowers

    Burns Night falls on Saturday the 25th of January 2014 and is celebrated by Scots and all their families across the world to commemorate the scottish poet Robert burns. Born in Alloway in Scotland on the 25th of January 1759, and brought up in a poor family of farmers Robert Burns quickly developed a love of literature and poetry, which combined with his hardships growing up helped to create the poetic masterpieces that he is most famous for. Burns night can be celebrated with family at home, or you can attend a Scottish Ceilidh where they play live music, read and sing Burns poems and serve the...

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  28. Interesting Facts about the Iris Flower

    Irises are one of the most popular and much loved type of plants, mainly due to them being both easy to grow and which bloom early. They are a very attractive plant for growing around your garden, or for featuring in your home to decorate your surroundings. The actual word Iris means rainbow, and the iris flower comes in a variety of colours including whites, yellows, pinks, oranges, purples, reds and even black. According to Greek mythology Iris was the goddess of the rainbow and also a messenger of the gods. When a female would die the Greeks would plant an iris on the graves so that the goddess...

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  29. 2014 Celebration Flowers

    Now that 2014 is upon us (where did 2013 go?) its out with the old and in with the new. With many of us planning to redecorate our homes for the new year, why not add some bright, colourful flowers to your surroundings to help add a warm, happy mood to your home. Here at Clare Florist we have a great selection of high quality fresh flowers that are perfect for decorating your home for 2014 . Whether you are looking for a new centre piece for your table, or something to spice up the corners of your home, our select range of flowers are sure to be a welcome addition to your home. Our Freesia Fragrance...

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  30. New Year Flowers

    With the New Year nearly upon us, here at Clare Florist we have plenty of New Year Flowers that are suitable for sending to loved ones or for decorating your home for your New Year festivities. Our select range of Beautiful Flowers available to order online are carefully hand arranged and packed by our expert team of florists, and their bright, soothing colors will be a superb touch to add some new year cheer to your home. Why not include a New Year message with your flowers, where you can wish your friends and family a great new year and all the best for 2014. A member of our team will hand write...

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  31. Christmas Flower Countdown - Final Day

    With Christmas only a couple of days away, we have came to the end of our festive flower countdown where we highlight our top Christmas flowers for 2013. Over the last couple of weeks we have discussed our Christmas Cyclamen, our Winter Joy Basket, our Christmas Rosmeria and our Christmas Joy Basket, and now we come to our last flower for Christmas - our Christmas Cracker box Our Christmas Cracker bouquet is a luxurious flower arrangement, made with a combination of red carnations and red ilex berries, set upon a festive green foliage with gold pine cones. This gorgeous bouquet will be an ideal...

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  32. Freesia Flowers Delivered for Christmas

    'Tis the season for all things Merry, and this year here at Clare Florist we have a great selection of Freesias available for delivery across the UK. Our beautiful selection of freesia bouquets add to your home a warm, bright touch, and all of our freesias are available to order for next day delivery ! For years Freesia flowers have been used as gifts, and their calming fragrance fills the room with a pleasant scent to enjoy. Whether you are looking for white freesias, yellow freesias or purple freesias, we have a great range to choose from, and our freesias are delivered to you 'in bud'...

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  33. Christmas Countdown III - Festive Cyclamen

    Only 15 days remaining until Christmas is upon us! Here at Clare Florist we continue our countdown of our top 12 Festive Flowers for Christmas. Our range of christmas flowers online are perfect for sending to loved ones, helping to add a traditional welcoming feel to the home. Today we are featuring our Christmas Cyclamen Indoor Plant which is a gorgeous home flower plant to brighten up your home this Christmas time. This stunning Christmas plant is a warm mixture of Reds and Greens. It could almost be compared to an upside down Christmas tree and the red Cyclamens look like gorgeous red fairy...

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  34. Extra Christmas Gifts with your Flowers

    Here at Clare Florist we don't just send flowers on their own, we can also include with your flowers an extra gift as a special treat when sending to family and friends. When ordering a flower online from our website, you have the option of adding extra gifts to arrive along with the flowers. One of the gifts that we can include with your flowers is a special handwritten card . This card is made from luxury card stock, and will be hand wrote by our team to give your flowers a personalised touch. This card is perfect for writing a special message to your loved one, which can range from a long...

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  35. Flowers with Faces?

    Here at Clare Florist our florists have noticed an interesting phenomena when arranging certain flowers. The psychological phenomenon Pareidolia refers to our ability to see significant details in random images or sounds. One of the most common examples of Pareidolia is our ability to see faces in common objects with noticeable examples being the man on the moon, or recent examples of people seeing religious faces on a slice of toast or cooked food! Throughout the flower world there are certain flower types that are more prone to this phenomenon of looking like a face than others. This novel feature...

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  36. On the First Day of Christmas...

    To kick off this Christmas Season we're going to have a run down of our top 12 Christmas Flowers for 2013. Our range of Christmas Flowers to buy online on our website Clare Florist contains everything from Roses, Carnations, Lilies, Germini and even Sunflowers. Whether you are looking for flower delivery to your home, or when sending flowers as a gift to a loved one, our selection of festive flowers has something for everyone. To start the countdown, our first christmas flower is our Winter Joy Basket , a new addition to our website especially for 2013. This Christmas Basket contains a beautiful...

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  37. St. Andrews Day Flowers

    St Andrews Day falls on the 30th of November, and the day is generally a bank holiday here in Scotland. Across Scotland there are many events and celebrations planned to celebrate St Andrews Day , including special restaurant menus, local music and dance festivals. St Andrews Day is also seen as the beginning of the Scottish Winter Festivals which includes Hogmany and Burns Night, and in Edinburgh and Glasgow there are week long celebrations with ceilidh dancing with live music. To celebrate St Andrews day, we have a great selection of St Andrews inspired flowers and bouquets for decorating your...

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  38. What a (Christmas) Cracker!

    Looking for a new bouquet just for Christmas? Or having trouble selecting christmas flowers online ? Our Christmas Cracker bouquet is an eye catching floral display that is perfect for spicing up your home this Winter. Containing a mixture of red ilex berries and carnations , this lovely bouquet adds a real festive feeling to your surroundings and a sweet scent to fill the room. We can deliver this to you 6 days a week, and any week day deliveries come with free delivery included in the price! This floral bouquet has been hand arranged and tied by our expert team of florists, ensuring that it arrives...

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  39. Flower of the Week - Gerbera Bouquets

    The Gerbera Plant goes by many names including the Hilton Daisy, the African Daisy or the Transvaal Daisy, and is a beautiful large faced plant related to the Sunflower family. Gerberas help to attract birds, bees butterflies and for pollination and there are currently over 30 different types of species growing from South American to Asia. The Gerbera plant is most commonly used as a decorative flower around the home and garden, and they grow in a range of different bright vibrant colours including whites, yellows, oranges, pinks and reds. There have been been cases of the Gerbera having petals...

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  40. Best Flowers to Say Sorry

    Sometimes it can be hard to say sorry to a friend or loved one that you have hurt. Whether it be a simple misunderstanding or even if you haven't talked to them for a while, saying sorry and building bridges can be extremely hard to do. We here at Clare Florist have selected an assortment of Flowers to Say Sorry which you can send as an apology gift, to take that first initial step in reconnecting with your friend. Our Sensation Lilies is a beautiful bouquet bursting with bright pink lilies. These lilies are an ideal alternative to Roses, and have a lovely scent to add a soothing fragrance...

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  41. National Kindness Day UK Flowers

    World Kindness Day takes place every 13th of November. Originally founded by the World Kindness Movement, this day is celebrated by a wide variety of different charities around the UK, and was first celebrated in Tokyo in 1998. The goal of National Kindness Day is for everyone to do at least one kind act, and this day is supported by a hose of UK organisations, public figures and celebrities in the UK. Here at Clare Florist we have a wide selection of flowers and bouquets available to send as a gift to a friend . and we have a select range of same day flowers available so that you can arrange for...

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  42. Fun Facts about Sunflowers

    Sunflowers brighten up your garden and home with a ray of sunshine and are one of our most loved types of flowers. They provide food for bees, squirrels and birds who eat their seeds and are one of the fastest growing plants in the world, growing 8 to 12 feet tall within six months. The scientific name for these plants is 'Helianthus', with Helia meaning the sun, and Anthus meaning flower. They were originally grown in North America and were eaten by Native Americans. During the Autumn when the sunflower heads start to loose their petals, the seeds ripen and dry up. One sunflower is capable...

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  43. Charity Flowers and Bouquets

    Here at Clare Florist we have a selection of Charitable Causes that we support and hold dearly in our hearts which is why we have created a special range of bouquets and flowers , custom designed by our team of florists for each of our Charities. When purchased, a donation will be sent to the Charity mentioned, with some bouquets we donate the full profit to them so that they can continue to make a difference to the world. Our bouquets are kept to the same high standard when wrapped and delivered to you, and we can also include a handwritten card or box of chocolates with the flowers when sending...

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  44. Our Best Selling Flowers of 2013

    With only 7 weeks until the end of 2013 and the start of 2014, we thought we'd take a look back over the year at some of our most popular flowers. These flowers have been selected as among our favorites of the year, and hopefully may one day become your favorites too! Our Rainbow Roses capture the essence of Spring and Summer, making them perfect Roses to brighten up your home during these colder months. Made with a beautiful combination of red, yellow, pink and green roses, they have been hand tied by our florists and beautifully arranged. These roses add a distinctive touch to your home,...

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  45. Flower Gift Sets for Every Occasion

    Sometimes it can be hard select what gift to send a loved one, here at Clare Florist we have hand picked a select range of floral bouquets to send as gifts to your family and friends. Our wide selection of Floral Gift Sets make it easy for you to select the best present for giving to your loved ones. Sending one of our beautiful flower gifts will not only brighten their day, but will also show them that you care and are thinking of them. Perhaps you have friends celebrating their wedding anniversary , or someone you know is expecting a baby , our gift sets are an ideal way help them to celebrate...

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  46. Flower of the Week - Freesias

    One of our popular Flowers, Freesias have the advantage over other flowers as having one of the strongest fragrant scents, helping add a sweet perfume to your room. They are known for their unique sword shape floral design making them stand out from more traditional flowers such as Roses or Lilies, and they come in a range of colours to best suit the design of your room. Freesia flowers are African in origin and date back to 1878 when they were first introduced into cultivation. They are primarily grown in greenhouses, making them available all year round. Freesia flowers are known for being incredibly...

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  47. Saying Thank You with Flowers

    For centuries Flowers have been used to express our gratitude and show thanks, which is why we here at Clare Florist we have a select range of flowers which we feel are perfect for saying thank you. Our Thank You Flowers are an exquisite present to give to a friend, colleague or loved one especially when you see their face light up when they receive them. Our Mixed Carnations are a popular choice when it comes to saying thank you and this floral bouquet contains 12 carnations in a variety of colour for a dazzling display. Carnations are used to signify distinction and love, with the Greek name...

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  48. The Best Winter Flowers

    Even though Winter doesn't officially start until December, here in Edinburgh we are already feeling the cold morning chill and our shops are already stocked full of christmas and winter clothes to keep us warm. Just because your garden may soon be devoid of colour this winter doesn't mean that your home flowers have to suffer. Being an online florist we have a selection of recommended winter flowers for your home including everything from Roses, Germini and Carnations. Our flowers will give your home a splash of colour to carry you through Winter and delivered to you fresh. Some of our...

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  49. Beautiful Rainbow Roses with Free Chocolates!

    Looking to order Roses but not sure which colour is best? Which such a wide variety of different flower meanings , our Rainbow Roses provide you with a stunning collection of bright, colorful roses to decorate your home with. Rainbow Roses are sold all over the world including Italy, Holland, Sweden and Japan, and are created with a stunning blend of Red, Yellow, Pink and Green colours.These roses also include a free selection of chocolates, making it a firm favourite when buying them as a gift. These multi-coloured roses have been beautifully arranged in a Bouquet with rich green leaves as a back...

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  50. Same Day Flower Delivery in the UK

    In a rush and need flowers delivered today ? Perhaps you have a Celebration this evening or you've forgotten its your Anniversary (uh oh!). If that's the case you'll be relieved to know that we have in stock a special range of same day flowers that we are able to deliver to you this very evening. Any flower from our same day delivery range, if ordered before 3pm, will be sent to you via our special delivery courier to be with you later on today. We can deliver to anywhere in the UK, and the flowers will be carefully hand packed and boxed to ensure that when they arrive with you they...

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  51. Fresh Red Roses

    For centuries Roses have been the symbol of love and romance. Whether you are saying congratulations, celebrating an anniversary or simply saying sorry this Winter, sending a rose is the easiest way to show that you care. We stock a beautiful collection of single red roses and rose bouquets with next day delivery included, allowing you to order the roses online and arrive with you within 24 hours, perfect as a winter romantic gift ... The gift of a single red rose has traditionally been used to show respect and love to your partner, and it's understated, elegant appeal allows you to place it...

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  52. Borussia Dortmund make kit out of flowers

    Eighty thousand, six hundred and forty five. What could this number be? The number of double decker buses it would take to encircle the moon? How many gallons of Lucozade it would take to turn the London gherkin into a giant drinks bottle? The amount of bacon rashers I can eat before I say "actually, I think that's enough for me"? Nope. The remarkable number 80645 is fact the amount of flowers used by German football club Borussia Dortmund to unveil their new team shirt design. The event took place in a park in Dortmund, and took up a ginormous area of over 10,000 square feet. And...

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  53. Thousands of Flowers Spring up in Lancashire

    Hard-working council employees in Lancashire have put in a blooming good effort this week, planting 25,000 flowers in just four days. While some commenters have understandably suggested that there are other areas where the council could be focusing their efforts instead of putting up "a load of nice flowers", we think that it's at least worth a tip of the hat to the men and women on the ground, who have filled hanging baskets and roundabouts, parks and roadside flower beds with these wonderful displays. Excellent work, team :) But what do our readers think? Does your local council...

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  54. Astonishing Wisteria Tree in Japan

    In Japan's Ashikaga Flower Park, an astonishing 10,000-foot wisteria grove is blooming. Wisteria, which normally grows as a vine or climbing plant, can with careful pruning be manipulated to grow as a self-supporting tree -- and that's exactly what's happened here. One visitor to the park, quoted in the Daily Mail, described it as follows: 'Most people react in surprise when they see the Wisteria, as at first sight you wouldn't guess it were a real plant,' said Jeff. 'This is always followed by pure amazement - it's hard to take your eyes off the wisteria when you're...

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  55. Pensioner Banned from Selling Charity Flowers

    There have to be rules, but sometimes the rules could use a little leeway. A bit of give and take. So that beautiful things are allowed to happen. Sadly, one beautiful thing is no longer being allowed to happen. A 69-year-old grandfather, Joe Poultney of Staffordshire, has been banned from selling flowers outside his home by Stafford Borough Council. What makes the story even sadder is that Joe donates all of the money that he makes from the flower sales to a local children's hospice and his village church. He charges hardly anything -- just a pound for a tray of six flowers, so that he has...

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  56. Polluted Soil Hurts Bees

    We seem to end up writing about bees quite a lot here in the CF blog. But this isn't just because we like their pretty black and yellow stripes -- bees are absolutely vital to the world of flowers, and the world of flowers is where we live! So there's something quietly upsetting about this latest tale, which says that flowers (through no fault of their own, bless 'em) are actually helping to transmit dangerous chemicals to bumblebees. The problem occurs when wildflowers grow in polluted soil. The flowers pick up toxic levels of nickel and aluminium, which are then transmitted to bumblebees...

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  57. Flower Art refuses to wither away

    The Telegraph has published an interesting article explaining the, uh, perennial appeal of flower art. As the article , written by Francine Raymond, puts it; ' It is extraordinary, in this age of photography, that botanical art continues to flourish, especially as the destruction of species and habitats adds an urgency to plant identification.' However -- as the frequent appearances of amazing flower-related artworks on this very blog will testify -- flower art does continue to flourish (and indeed grow, bloom, and any other flower-related adjectives you can call to mind...). But why is...

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  58. Black Country Arts Centre blooms with light

    The Public arts centre in West Bromwich has this month decided to take inspiration from flowers in a stunning light installation. Japanese artists Hsiao-chi Tsai and Komiya Yoshikawa combied to produce the amazing sculptures, which feature light, sound and even interactive elements. Linda Saunders, Managing Director of The Public, said: “The stunning work of Tsai and Yoshikawa is both innovative and awe inspiring, and has really enlighten the gallery. Brought to life through sound and light the flowers have add much delight to the visitor experience.” But why take her word for it? Take...

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  59. Spring flowers delayed by late snows

    The National Trust's annual flower count has found an unusually low number of blooms for the time of year, because of late snow and ice making it hard for flowers to gain a foothold in the wintry soil. Every year, the trust undertakes a 'Valentine's flower count", but this year the figures were extraordinarily low. The count normally expects to find high numbers of February flowers are blooming in Devon and Cornwall -- as the most southerly tip of the United Kingdom, these counties tend to be a little warmer earlier on. But it was no-show from even these clement counties this year...

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  60. Flowers made of People!

    That's right, flowers made of people. Sadly (or perhaps happily?) this isn't a new product available from Clare Florist , (an interesting choice for a Valentine's Day gift, perhaps? It's coming up fast!) but the nature of some amazing artworks by Cecilia Webber. Using digital photography manipulation techniques, she creates stunning 'flowers' - made out of loads of tastefully nude human bodies, coloured and shaped into stems, leavers and petals. Speaking to the Huffington Post recently, Cecilia explained her process: " T he models up until this point in time have all...

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  61. Stunningly beautiful time-lapse flower video

    A Czech photographer named Katka Pruskova has created an absolutely stunning video, which highlights the natural beauty of flowers. By combining thousands of still photos of flowers into a time-lapse video, Pruskova's photographs show flowers changing from bud to bloom before our very eyes. Pruskova herself had this to day about the video, as written on Vimeo.com: It was shot in a homemade “studio” that I made in a cabinet. I covered the back of the cabinet with black cloth, the flower was placed in the middle, and the whole cabinet was then covered with another cloth to insulate...

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  62. Bumble Bees: bumbling about until they get lucky

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    The word ‘bumble’ seems almost onomatopoeic. Bumble bees do rather seem to bumble, don’t they? Buzzing with wobbly wings from one flower to the next bobbing back and forth in the air like they’ve forgotten their glasses. They’re fat, and friendly, and pleasant to watch. While there can be something a little threatening about honeybees, and something very threatening about wasps, fat Mr Bumble seems like a pleasant sort. Which is why it’s rather pleasing to learn that bumble bees figure out how to get about pretty much the exact same way that you or I or your...

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  63. Top Tips For Tuesday: Make Your Own Flowering Tea

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    Lovely cups waiting for lovely tea. You know what’s not fair? I woke up ill this morning, that’s what. Well, I say ill, it’s just the flu really. And by the flu I mean more of well, more of a cold really. A slight cold. Oh all right then. I’ve got a bit of a sniffle, happy? But I still reserve the right to whine about it. I came into work and everything. So now that I’m sniffling and snuffling my way around Clare Florist Towers (n.b. Clare Florist do not in fact have a tower. Yet.), the one thing I really want is a big steaming mug of tea. And a tower. But in the meantime...

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  64. Weird and Wonderful Wednesday: The Flower House!

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    In an out-of-the-way parish tucked away amidst the hills of North Yorkshire, there’s a very special house. It isn’t by a main road, doesn’t sell itself to tourists, and makes no money from what it does; but the Flower House of Coniston Cold is a quiet country marvel all by itself. It’s tended by Anne and Robin Strange, who spend hundreds year-in, year-out on plants and seeds, to create a stunning floral display which covers their entire house by the middle of June. They’ve been making their flowery home look like a mad gardener’s dreamworld every year for 26...

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  65. Weird and Wonderful Wednesday: The Edible Bus Stop

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    Edible bus stops are set to spring up all over the country, after an initial success in Stockwell, South London. But what the Dickens, I hear you cry, is an edible bus stop? It’s a wonderful new projects, brought about by a ‘guerrilla gardening’ group in London, who feel that the brutal appearance of urban environments contributes to a ‘brutal outlook’. So they seek to soften the blow, improving people’s quality of life by installing a range of ‘green space’ projects to make urban environments more pleasant to talk around in. And, as it happens, make...

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  66. Which Came First, the Flower or the Bee?

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    The answer seems obvious, doesn’t it? Bees live on flowers. They sup flowers’ nectar to make their honey, they perform elaborate dances to direct their brethren from bloom to bloom. The bee’s entire life is based around flowers. Like the bees in E. H. Shepard ’s illustrations for Winnie the Pooh would cluster and buzz around a honeypot, so the life of a bee revolves around the flower. But then you think about it again, and you think, well maybe not. Just as the bee needs the flower, so the flower needs the bee. The flower is the centre of the honeybee’s world; but...

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  67. Weird and Wonderful Wednesdays: Dracunulus Vulgaris, the ?Little Dragon?

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    Dracunulus Vulgaris There’s an occasional tendency for our “Weird and Wonderful Wednesdays” posts to take a turn for the macabre…and even the murderous. In the past we’ve featured plants that kill , and plants that devour living prey ! So it’s rather a relief (us being gentle and mild-mannered folk) to be able to turn to Dracunulus Vulgaris , a far nicer sort of plant. Just like a corpse flower, the “Little Dragon” attracts hordes of flies with a foul smell, before trapping them with an ‘inflorescent glow’. However, the kind Little Dragon...

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  68. Extraordinary New 'Hybrid Monkey Flower' Discovery in Stirling

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    Image: Dr. Mario Vallejo-Marin Researchers at the University of Stirling have reported a remarkable find; a flower growing in the wild which has originated in the past 150 years. Remarkably, they have found a hybrid flower which has developed naturally out of two different flowers brought to Scotland from the Americas in the 1800s. The new plant, which was reported by evolutionary biologist Dr. Mario Vallejo-Marin, has been named Mimulus peregrinus , translating as ‘the wanderer’. It is a hybrid ‘monkey flower’. The extraordinary thing about little peregrinus is that it...

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  69. Plant does nothing for 25 years, suddenly grows 3m spike

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    A remarkable flower in a National Trust Property in South Devon has bloomed recently - after going an amazing 25 years without doing much of anything. The plant in question is called Furcraea , and is of Mexican origin. Gardeners first noticed that something was up with the Furcraea in May, and since then it has suddenly sprang into life, growing an enormous 11foot (3.3 metre!) spike with flowers and buds all over. Head gardener Cat Saunders said: "It puts all its eggs into one basket but after growing about 3in (7.6cm) a day, it just runs out of juice. "I feel really lucky to be working...

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  70. Singapore, Supertrees and the Flower Dome

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    In the middle of the ClareFlorist morning research routine (sit around googling ‘flowers’ until something interesting comes up) today, we stumbled on news of a really remarkable project happening all the way across the world in Singapore. Marina Bay, Singapore , is not best known as a hotbed of horticulture. It bills itself as the ‘most spectacular hotel in Singapore’, and is best known for its Casino, convention centre, and something called the ‘SkyPark’, which basically seems to be a very high roof which happens to have a swimming pool set into it. But now...

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  71. Wales Becomes the First Country to Log all Flowers? DNA

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    The Welsh national flower; the daffodil The National Botanic Garden of Wales have notched up an extraordinary achievement: thanks to their efforts, Wales has just become the first country in the whole world to log the DNA of all the native flowering plants in the country. This amazing effort mans that we’re well on the way to replicating the feat for the whole of Britain, too, as around 75% of Britain’s flowering plants can be found in Wales. The next stage of the project is to begin logging the DNA of non-native plants; i.e., plants which humans have brought into the country. But what...

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  72. Top Tips for Tuesday; Flowers to Grow in June

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    A few weeks back here on the CF blog , we talked about June being the ‘rose month’, and offered a few handy tips – and a couple of pretty poems – for beautiful roses this month. But while it may be true that a rose by any other name would smell as sweet, it’s also true that it’s not the only aromatic plant that you’ll find blooming this month. By now your June garden is probably well underway – but what better time to take a look around and start to decide what plants you want to see brightening up your garden for the next time June rolls around?...

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  73. Rare 'Corpse Flower' to Bloom at Franklin Zoo

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    Photo courtesy Franklin Zoo Last Friday, we brought you some amazing, if ugly, news about a fascinating Asian ‘Corpse Flower’ that stinks of rotten meat and steals its host plant’s DNA – read all about it here . We even went so far as to suggest on our Twitter account that this might be ‘the worst plant in the world’. And now it looks like Corpse Flowers just can’t stay out of the news, with another story about these horrible plants, uh, surfacing. In Franklin zoo in Boston, a different type of corpse plant – this one affectionately nicknamed ‘Morticia’...

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  74. Floral Designs Kick Off Euro 2012

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    Football and flowers aren't the most natural friends. Many a sweetly-struck shot in the back garden has taken the heads off mum's prized tulips, and many a spiky rosebush has ended an innocent football's career. But last week, these oldest of foes made some kind of peace, in the name of unity, togetherness and kicking a round lump of leather really hard between a couple of sticks. The Euro 2012 championships begun in Poland and Ukraine last Friday, and organisers UEFA served up an amazing floral treat for their spectacular opening ceremony. The ceremony took place in the National Stadium...

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  75. How do Plants ?Know? When to Flower? New research

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    Scientists studying the genes of a little mustard-like plant called ‘ Arabidopsis ’ think they may have finally found out just how plants know when to flower, solving a mystery which has bugged scientists for 80 years. Scientists from the University of Washington and our very own University of Edinburgh worked in tandem to study the protein ‘FKF1’, which they suspected might hold the key. And it's pretty too! The release of FKF1 is regulated by plants’ ‘ circadian clock ’. The circadian clock is a name for the complex system which plants’ and...

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  76. Weird and Wonderful Wednesday: Coral Bells Heuchera

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    Dan Heims, president of Terra Nova nurseries, and self-confessed ‘plant nerd’, says this is one of his favourite plants. “There's probably no plant that has this range of amazing color,” he said in the Chicago Tribune . Coral bells, genus Heuchera , is a North American plant, found in the arid deserts of Arizona. It has terracotta or bright red coloured flowers. The Heuchera family includes many different varieties, of which coral bells are just one – the rest are known as alumroot. Natives of northwest America have derived herbal remedies from the alum, to help...

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  77. Feel Good This Friday - Flowers Make us Feel Good

    Receiving flowers as a gift is like any other surprise present from loved ones, it fills us with excitement and happiness from knowing that someone cares. Most gifts however stop there, having been given for a reason, whether it be a birthday, anniversary or some other set occasion. But there is something about receiving flowers as a present that is different from any other gift. If you don?t believe me try this, head over to clareflorist.co.uk , find some flowers you like and send them to a loved one just because you can, sit back and wait to see that persons reaction when your done.  Why...

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  78. Weird and Wonderful Wednesday Flowers - The Pink Puya

    Do you love, rare flowers? Have a thing for interesting looking plants? Well each Wednesday we bring you a short post about a rare flower, that, hopefully you won?t have seen before. This week our focus is on the beautifully coloured and all round intriguing Pink Puya ( Puya dyckioides ) The Pink Puya is a member of the Bromelaid family, a group of plants which grow nearly exclusively in the New world tropics and sub tropics with this particular soecies being found in Argentina. If you can find them they are generally easy to raise being able to grow in pots which can be moved indoors for winter...

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  79. Tips to keeping your Orchid alive

    Orchids are a one of the largest families of flowering plants. With over 22,000 accepted species and being capable of surviving in nearly every type of habitat across the globe it is a wonder many people struggle to keep them alive. Here were going to give a few simple tips to help make sure your orchid continues to flower over and over again.   Giving too much love One of the first problems many people face is they are to kind too there orchid, over watering it and placing it in direct sunlight under the assumption that they are native to warm tropical climates and this is what they like...

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  80. 'World's smelliest flower' disappoints Botanics

    Here in Edinburgh we are lucky enough to have access to one of the world?s finest Botanic gardens in the form of the Royal Botanical Gardens just south of the city center.  This weekend the record breaking Amorphophallus titanum , which has been the center of attention due the possibility of a rare flowering, has failed to bloom ending months of anticipation. Known as the Corpse flower for its unique scent that smells like a decaying mammal, it is considering one of the most foul smelling plants on Earth. It, however, rarely flowers in the wild and even less so in captivity, but in April...

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  81. Friday Fun

    This week I came across some amazing pics which made me smile, all showing that lots of animals love flowers just as much as we do! Here are a couple of my favourites...   Needing a bit of Friday Fun? Why not take some time out today for a quick game of Hangman or Noughts & Crosses and see if you can beat the computer? As Dave prepares to head off to London tonight ready to start the long cycle back tomorrow morning for Maggie's Centres and the Lothian Autistic Society , here's some Friday sillyness to give you a bit of a giggle - it's the video we made in support of Dave's...

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  82. A Perfect Gift

    I came across a very interesting read the other day in ' The Science of Flowers and Feelings ' - an article about the effect that receiving flowers can have on our moods. It details a study showing that people's moods instantly improved upon receiving gifts of flowers, and that their moods were still higher when tested again after a few days.  Having received sunflowers last week as a Thank You gift, I can absolutely relate to this.  The flowers are still looking gorgeous, and bring a smile to my face each time I walk into the room and see them. So if you're looking...

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  83. Celebrating Summer

    The sun is shining, the skies are blue, and the tennis is in full swing... it sure does feel like summer! I don't know about you, but Wimbledon's had it's usual effect on me - the talent and dedication is simply inspirational and each year I find myself in awe of the great players out on the court. There's such a buzz about it that it's hard not to get swept up in all the excitement. And with crowds in high spirits and the sun beating down, what a great way to spend summer days... Here are a couple of arrangements we think tie in with the spirit of Wimbledon: The last couple...

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  84. Adelaide Flower Market

    For one of our team, this week has seen a short, impromptu and pretty much whirlwind trip to Adelaide, for family reasons. While there, he simply couldn't resist a visit to the local flower market, so we thought we'd share the experience - and a couple of pictures - with you.  Those of you who have been to Aalsmeer or Westland will see from the pictures that this visit to Adelaide Flower Market has certainly been different to our visits to these other markets in recent months.   What was probably most striking about this market was the personal service from knowledgeable wholesalers...

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  85. Father's Day - 19th June 2011

    With Father's Day just around the corner, we've been discussing gift ideas to let our amazing Dads know just how amazing we think they are! Chocolates and gadgets are high on the list for most of us, but what about flowers? When thinking of gifts to send to our loved ones, flowers spring immediately to mind for the ladies in our lives, but tend to be less obvious a thought for the men. And yet, flowers are a loving, thoughtful gift and surely something that can appeal to everyone, so what better way to show your appreciation for your Dad this Father's Day than with a special arrangement...

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  86. Summer's Here... Almost!

    OK, so technically the first day of Summer isn?t until the middle of June, but with the glorious sunshine we?ve been having recently (even though there?s been a fair bit of rain mixed in too, but we are in Britain after all!) and the bright, beautiful summer flowers starting to come in, it?s hard not to feel at least a little bit summery. On warm, sunny days, it?s great to stroll down the street and enjoy the breathtaking beauty that  summer brings: fresh, bright gardens full of all kinds of colourful blooms; people relaxing in parks beneath the blossoming trees; and generally everything...

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  87. Scent down memory lane

    Reading about how much impact the smell of a hibiscus flower had on Dallas Wiens , the first full face transplant recipient, recently I was reminded of just how valuable our senses are, and how we can often take them for granted.  I love how a simple whiff or taste of something can take you right back to a time or place and really bring that memory to life. It got me wondering? what tastes and smells do that for you? From talking about this in the office, I've just been reminded of a post we did a while back on Edible Flowers .  The number and variety of flowers and flavours is...

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  88. 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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  89. 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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  90. 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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  91. 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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  92. 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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  93. 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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  94. 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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  95. 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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  96. 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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  97. 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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  98. 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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  99. 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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  100. 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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  101. 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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  102. 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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  103. 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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  104. 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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  105. Guy Fawkes Night and Diwali;

    This year Diwali (the beginning of the Hindu New Year) will be celebrated on the 5th November,  thus coinciding with Guy Fawkes Night - So expect there to be fireworks!  We are all familiar with Guy Fawkes Night or Bonfire Night as it is sometimes known.  It is the annual celebration to mark the failed gunpowder plot of the 5th November 1605.        Remember,  remember the Fifth of November,     The Gunpowder Treason and Plot,     I know of no reason     Why the Gunpowder Treason    ...

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  106. 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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  107. 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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  108. 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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  109. 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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  110. 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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  111. 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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  112. 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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  113. 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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  114. 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...

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  115. 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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  116. 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 Zhinü "the weaver girl", to retrieve...

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  117. 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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  118. 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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  119. 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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  120. 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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  121. 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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  122. 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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  123. 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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  124. 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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  125. 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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  126. 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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  127. 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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  128. 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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  129. 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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  130. 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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  131. 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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  132. 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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  133. 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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  134. 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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  135. 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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  136. 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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  137. 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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  138. 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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  139. 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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  140. Summer flowers ~ Sunflowers

    The ultimate summer flower, sunflowers not only resemble the sun with their bright yellow, round flower-heads, but are also famed for their habit of turning their heads towards the sun, which is known as heliotropism. This happens mostly in the bud stage and once they bloom the flowers become fixed, usually towards the east, the direction of the rising sun. The botanical name, Helianthus, which comes from the Greek, also means ?sunflower? ("helios" = sun and "anthos" = flower). Beautiful and useful, sunflowers were originally cultivated by Native Americans and are still widely...

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  141. Vintage Boho

    This week has seen the premier of " The edge of Love " in Edinburgh. The latest John Maybury film featuring Keira Knightley and Sienna Miller. It's a romantic love story based around two feisty, free spirited ladies living in the shadow of the war. The ladies are stylish yet bohemian with quirky taste in the fashion that was available to them. We often notice an uptake in designs when they are relevant to interior fashion designs or just topical themes. Hence the reason we have created this delicate Summer bouquet of Pale pink Esperance roses and vintage cream vendella roses, hand tied...

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  142. Ancient and exotic ? Orchids

    It's only in recent years that developments in propagation have taken the exotic beauty of the orchid into the mainstream but it is in fact one of the oldest and most diverse of flower families on earth. Experts believe that the orchid was around over 120 million years ago, back when dinosaurs roamed the earth, and since then it's had time to develop into over 30,000 species, with hundreds of thousands of hybrids developed over the years of human cultivation. The first writings on orchids date back to 700 BC and were by Japanese and Chinese authors. In around 500 BC Confucius wrote of their charm...

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  143. Mother's day flowers ~ Fragrant Freesias

    Delicate in appearance, the sweetly scented freesia is in fact a very resilient little flower. Named after the German physician, Dr Friedrich Heinrich Theodor Freese, they come in an array of colours, from snowy white to sunny yellow, to deep purple and red. Unlike most flowers, in freesias it is the darker varieties that have the strongest scent; their pungent fragrance is used in many soaps, body lotions and shampoos. Sun-loving flowers, most varieties of freesia come from the Cape Province of South Africa, with a few species growing further north in the tropics of the African continent. They...

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  144. Spring Flowers ~ Political Iris

    Appearing next to warm orange tulips in our Mandarin Blues spring bouquet is the more elusive, regal bloom of the dark blue iris. The iris symbolises hope, faith and wisdom and was most famously known in history as the emblem of the French royalty, the Fleur-de-Lis . This stylised depiction of the iris has also appeared in numerous flags and coats of arms over the years, and today is used to represent the Spanish monarchy and makes up the flag of the Brussels-Capital Region. It is also the flower the Swiss Municipality of Schlieren, Zürich and the state flower of Tennessee ? a popular and potent...

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  145. Easter Blossom

    Whether looked at through the Christian or Pagan traditions, Easter is a celebration of rebirth. It commemorates the most important event in the Christian story: the resurrection of Christ following his crucifixion, which is marked by Good Friday, bringing a message of hope and renewed religious life. It also marks the beginning of Spring, when the flowers begin to bloom in earnest, the birds sing their amorous songs and lay their eggs and new life is seen in the the lambs and chicks and baby rabbits so often represented at Easter time. Thus, floral bouquets make an ideal Easter gift. Churches...

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  146. Flowers as a gift

    You don't need a reason to send flowers, whatever the weather, the state of the world or the time of the day, people are delighted to see a flower delivery when they answer the door. Our unique box has been designed with a clear window so the recipient can peer into the box and see their flowers before they even take them out the box. Flowers are genius communicators. Combined with the opportunity to select your own unique design for your gift card whoever you are sending these to will feel you have really chosen something especially for them. Sending flowers "just because" is a great...

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  147. Bringing the theatre out in flowers

    I mentioned previously in this blog that Chrysanthemums get the royal treatment in Japan. In fact, the annual celebrationof the famous Chrysanthemum Festival in Japan falls in September, traditionallyon the 9th. But the most mesmerising part, however, may not be so wellknown outside of Japan. The little gem I'm referring to is the "Chrysanthemum dolls" exhibition- yes, an invigorating show of life-size dolls in costumes made of fresh andblooming Chrysanthemums! The first of these shows was way back in 1910, anevent that was since regularly held at Hirakata. At each show, 50 dolls areconstructed...

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  148. 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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  149. 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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  150. Who was Carl Linnaeus?

    Have you ever wondered where all those lovely fancy double worded latin names for plants and creatures come from? This year marks the 300th anniversary of the birth of Carl Linnaeus, the man who originally came up with the system for taxonomy. In the famous Swede's own words "If you do not know the names of things, the knowledge of them is lost?. Today, biologists, botanists and taxonomists still describe and order plants, animals and people with names like bellis perennis (lawn daisy), or homo sapiens (human). The Linnean Classification System The life of Carl Linnaeus was full of illustrious...

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  151. Ah, Sun-flower

    With the sunshine finally (and very slowly!) approaching us, it's the perfect time to decorate your houses with some summery flowers that will make you smile. Looking through our summer collection, I stumbled across our bouquet of sunflowers that are currently on special offer: Sensational Sunflowers from Clare Florist And what represents the joy of being under glorious sunshine better than sunflowers? Not only are sunflowers one of the more useful flowers - producing sunflower seeds and sunflower oil for our consumption just to name a few, they are also known to symbolise longevity and adoration...

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  152. 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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  153. Red Roses Special Offer

    Today we commence a rather special offer for lovely red roses. Clare Florist will deliver 20 (rather than the usual 12) high quality Red Roses in a compact and trendy bouquet, throughout the UK next day and all for only £39.99 inclusive of delivery. This represents a saving of a whole £10 or 20% - yes that is Twenty percent - off the usual selling price. Order now by using this link , before we change our minds! Clare Florist, flowers for all occasions without any fuss....

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  154. The Land of the Living Flowers...and the Rising Sun

    I just came across a rather interesting exibition which is currently on at the British Museum - seven different Japanese flower arrangements are to be displayed over seven weeks, a perfect chance to have a taste of the fascinating art of Ikebana! For those who have never heard of Ikebana, literally meaning living flowers, it refers to the the Japanese art of flower arrangement. In contrast to Western flower arrangement styles, Ikebana puts emphasis on assymetries, and makes use of empty space and elegant lines to accentuate the beauty of their floral design. With a Buddhist origin, Ikebana aims...

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  155. The subconscious garden.

    Maybe I have been thinking too much about flowers recently, the other day I had the most bizarre dream of a gorilla giving me a gigantic carnation ! Feeling curious, I searched around for the meaning of seeing carnation in a dream, which in fact turns out to symbolise light-heartedness, vitality and joy. Inspired by this, I decided to also look up the meanings of the appearances of various other flowers in dreams and share my findings here: Certain flowers are seen as being good omens when appearing in dreams. These include jasmine, chrysanthemum, marigold, myrtle, laurel, violets and daisies field...

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  156. Legends behind Flowers - Lilies

    Have you ever thought about how flowers come to be symbolic of various themes, and how these themes came to be in existence in the first place? This is going to be the first in a series of blog entries looking into the myths and legends behind some of the most well-known flowers. As the flower most artists and poets agreed upon as having a soul, we will begin with the lily. According to Greek mythology, the goddess Hera, wife of Zeus was nursing her son Hercules when excess milk fell from the sky. Not only did this created the Milky Way, but a few drops also made their way to earth, from which...

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  157. 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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  158. The meaning behind Rose colours

    Rose colour Meaning Red I Love You White I am worthy of you & You are Heavenly Orange You are my secret Love Yellow I am not worthy of your Love White & Red We are inseparable Pink Please Believe Me Prepared by Viki, posted by Bob

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  159. Delicious edible flowers!

    For a touch of exoticism in your daily meals, why not try adding some flowers to brighten up the dish, or petals to add some interesting flavours? As long as the flowers are free of pesticides/chemicals, here are a handful of common flowers which can be used in food or cocktails: Borage - tiny blue flowers with slight cucumber flavour, eaten raw in salads. Chrysanthemum - for herbal tea or salads, Asian variety 'Shungiku' also used for stir fries. Fuscias - used for salads and as a garnish with fish, chicken or grilled vegetables.(This turns out to be incorrect - please do not use the petals of...

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  160. A First Few Fast Flower Facts!

    The colour pink is named after the flower! Pinks are known as such not due to their colour but allegedly because of the pinks (ragged edges) on their petals. We do not see some colours in flowers ? they actually are more vividly coloured than even we see them. For example, the daisy has a colourful central zone that we do not see ? but that butterflies do, therefore aiding them to be pollinated. The same chemicals that give cherries their colour may be a better pain relief agent than aspirin or ibuprofen. Life jackets used to be stuffed with the stems of sunflowers How much rent would you think...

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  161. Flower Shows - UK

    The month of May just sees the start of many of the Flower Shows that we will see springing up across the nation. I will try and cover most of the bigger shows. For now though, here is just a taster of the shows coming up: The Chelsea Flower Show One cannot talk about Flower Shows in the UK without mentioning possibly the most well-known of them all ? the Chelsea Flower Show. Running from 22-26 May, this is considered by many to be one of the most prestigious Flower Shows in the UK. Supported by the Royal Horticultural Society, you can gain a wealth of information about the event from it's website...

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  162. What flowers men said they would buy for Mother's Day.

    Viki carried out a survey for the types of flowers that men say they would buy for their Mother for Mother's day 2007 The major problem that occurred with this survey was that a lot of men when asked could not pinpoint a specific flower (and have thus been left off of the list and chart). Please compare these findings with my previous findings i.e. What Mothers want versus what their sons think they want ? you will see some discrepancies! Lilies were only picked by 1 son in my poll whereas daffodils (going by % rate) were much preferred by sons than by Mums ? one citing the reason for this as being...

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  163. Flowers Mothers desire for Mother's Day by age group

    Results by Age group. 25 to 40 year old Mothers. 41 to 59 year old Mothers Mothers 60 years and above. As you can see ? the difference in preference is quiteoutstanding. One of the mostsignificant differences is that Lilies made up 50% of the favourites for the25-40 age group, but did not feature atall in the 60+ group. When Ifollowed this up, it seems that the older generation still associate lilies tosome degree with funerals thus their dislike of them being received on whatshould be a happy occasion. Lilies aremore popular with the middle age bracket ? so I think that these views are?dying out...

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  164. What do Mothers want for Mother's day?

    I asked16 Mothers of varying ages and occupations what flowers they would most like toreceive on Mothers Day. And here are the results: Name Age Occupation Flower Comments Karen C 47 Retired Lilies SharonL 26 BarPerson Lilies Nicola T 25 NurseryNurse PastelRoses GraceR 84 Retired Freesias MarionF 53 Homemaker Sunflower(best single flower) MixedBouquet with plenty of greenery (best bouquet to receive) ChristineH Ancient(early 40's) CharteredSurveyor (estates manager) Freesiasand Roses *NOTEin the graph below I have given each flower ½ a place each! ChristineJ 60(However age doesn?t matter unless...

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  165. Mother?s Day Facts ? a Brief Introduction

    ? Mothering Sunday ? or ? Mother?sDay ? as it is now more often called, falls on the 4 th Sunday in Lent ? but as there are variances in thisyear on year ? Mother?s Day does not always fall at the same time each year. Although it is completely unrelated to the US Mother?s Day (as well as the Mother?s Days of most other countries)- the reasoning (i.e. to celebrate and show appreciation to Mother?s) behind itare very similar. Thebeginnings of an official ?Mother?s Day? in the UK (akin tohow we know it today) goes right back to the 17 th century, and wasknown even then as ?Mothering Sunday? although...

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  166. Valentine's Day Flowers

    Hello, We are currently in the run up to Valentine's Day and as such the popular highest quality bouquets are selling fast - so fast in fact - that some are already on limited availability. For example - "True Love" - a fabulous bouquet consisting of a dozen top grade grand prix red roses with beautiful foliage to match £44.99 - inclusive of UK delivery. Our currently best selling bouquet - "One Love" - a single red rose presented within a bouquet of fresh pink roses, carnations, germini and lilies. £34.99 - again inclusive of UK delivery. Order now to send beautiful...

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  167. 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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