1. How to Use Flowers for Christmas Decoration

    Looking to deck the halls with Christmas Flowers this festive season? Read on for ideas on how to imbue your home with a feeling of festive floral magic. When you think of Christmas decorations, you probably think of fairy lights, tinsel, mistletoe and, of course, a bobble and angel adorned tree. If you want to try out something a bit different this winter holiday season, why not try out some floral arrangements with sparkly silver and glitzy gold or cones, frosted berries and apples, and other whimsical wintry touches. As far as flower types go, there are lots of beautiful winter flowers that...

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  2. Interior Ideas - Autumn Flowers

    As well as making for a wonderful gift on someone's special day, a bouquet of flowers is also just the thing to enhance your own interior space. When using flowers to decorate your space, it's often a good idea to keep things seasonal - think bright sunflowers and germinis in summer, fresh freesias and tulips in spring, and sparkly glitter dipped berries and lotus heads in winter. And in autumn? Autumnal orange and sepia tones are the order of the day. To showcase this and demonstrate some ideas for you to try out, we thought we'd hold a photoshoot for our Autumn Glow Bouquet in an...

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  3. Fill Your Home with the Fragrance of Fresh Freesia

    Given the fact that flowers are immediately visually impressive, it can be easy to forget that a bouquet can offer other sensory treats. Certain types of flowers are also renowned for their distinctive aroma, particularly fresh freesia flowers . When it comes to the strength of the freesia's smell, its colour can play a factor. Yellow, white and red tend to have a slightly stronger aroma than pink. Freesias kept in warmer temperatures also tend to have a more potent aroma - but be careful not to turn the temperature up too high! Pictured here is our popular Freesia Fragrance Bouquet , an arrangement...

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  4. Can Plants Really Improve Productivity?

    It's no secret that plants and flowers can brighten up our home and, subsequently, brighten our mood. In recent years it has also come to light that the introduction of plants to a work space, be it a home office, showroom or call centre, can actually help to keep employees motivated. Greater levels of concentration, productivity and job satisfaction as well as lowered levels of stress are just some of the reported benefits of keeping the workplace filled with pretty greenery, claims which are backed up by scientific studies . So it seems as if plants really can improve productivity as well...

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  5. When is Grandparentís Day 2017 in the UK?

    Celebrated in the USA since the late 1970s, Grandparent’s Day is a comparatively new celebration here in the UK. It was introduced by the charity Age Concern in 1990 and, since 2008, has been celebrated on the first Sunday in October. As such, Grandparent’s Day in the UK falls on Sunday the 1 st of October this year. In its original American incarnation, Grandparent’s Day came about as a way to honour the elderly and grandparents in general. Marian McQuade founded the holiday in an effort to raise awareness of the “strength, information, and guidance older people can offer...

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  6. Plants and Flowers that are Poisonous to Animals

    Despite the fact that lots of plants seem fine for people and pets, the reality is that you can find plenty of these plants that are nothing short of poisonous for pets to begin with. With that in mind, we created a quick list to show you what flowers are harmful to pets, so you can keep your beloved animal away from danger. Aloe Vera Aloe Vera may be great for burns, but it’s toxic for a lot of cats and dogs, as it can lead to tremors, changes in the urine colour, anorexia, vomiting and even depression. So yes, this can be rather problematic for most pets, which means that you have to avoid...

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  7. Latest Trends in Edible Flowers

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  8. This Sunday is International Friendship Day

    This Sunday the 30th of July is the International Day of Friendship , a global event which promotes and encourages one of the most important relationships we have in our lives - friendship. Our friends are the ones who stick with us through thick and thin, the ones who are there when we need them and who we are there for when they need us. Modern life with all its pressing demands on our attention can make it difficult to live in the moment and actually enjoy our friendships with presence and mindfulness. These days it's all too easy to relegate friendships to the superficial realms of social...

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  9. The Clare Florist Florapedia Part Nine: Lilies

    History Lilies have been dated all the way back to 1580BC – pictures of the flower which originated in the Minoan period were discovered in a Cretan villa. Aside from this, lilies can be found growing all over the world in a wide variety of shapes and sizes. As well as many parts of Europe and the USA, you’ll also find lilies in regions as diverse as Japan, India, Siberia and Korea. Uses The lily flower has some culinary applications, particularly in China and other parts of Asia. Edible lilies were also popular during the Victorian era in the west. A recent resurgence of interest in...

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  10. The Clare Florist Florapedia Part Eight: Sunflowers

    History The origin of sunflowers can be dated way back to 1,000 B.C. when historians have determined that Native Americans were involved in cultivation of this flower for purposes of food. The scientific name for this stem is Helianthus, which means “sun flower” in Greek. Uses The seeds of Helianthus annuus are a popular snack for humans, whilst many other species of sunflower are utilised as food crops for animals. Other culinary applications include the use of sunflower oil for cooking. Sunflower oil can also be used to condition hair and soften leather. Sunflower plants are popular...

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