Category Archives: Flower Care

Flowers are soothing sight to eyes and mind. Just a one sight refreshes us with new energy. Flowers are used for many purposes, such as, expressing your love for somebody, wedding gift, for birthdays and for encouraging employees. Read More →

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Flowers are amongst nature’s most beautiful creations. A garden full of blooming flowers acts as a stress buster. Due to this property, flowers have been exploited in the treatment of many lifestyle diseases over the ages. In the ancient times people believed that Gods put fragrance in the flowers and that all diseases could be cured by their smell. Aroma therapy as it is popularly known uses the soothing floral fragrances in the treatment. Flowers have been used in their natural state, as essential oils, as perfumes and as flower essences. Practitioners transmit the healing power of flowers in concentrated form and work on an emotional and spiritual level.

Sending floral bouquets to the ailing person also acts in a positive way. Hospitals encourage this kind of healing and this is why cut flowers as well as flowering plants are grown there. Read More →

Flowers in medicine

There are several flowers that can be used for medicinal purpose as a medicine. For instance, Malabar Nut, Snake Jasmine, water jasmine, Himalayan Hogweed, Indian pennywort, Ajwain, Sea mango and many other. Many of these flowers are extensively used in Ayurveda and can be used in different types treating different types of diseases. The use of Indian flowers in medicines is known all over the world.

There are several flowers in India that won the souls of people all around the world. Some of these flowers are jasmine; due to its beautiful smell, rose; due to its beautiful shape and smell; peacock flower; due to its vibrant colour, marigold, sunflower, etc. This proves that the Indian flowers are not only loved by the Indian people, but also by people around the world, due to its beauty. Read More →

Flowers as Gift

The word “flower” itself fills our heart with fresh energy, isn’t it? Yes, flowers are loved by everyone as they freshens us, encourages us and teach us the lesson of life. Flowers are fresh for sometimes, but they spread their fragrance and freshness in their less lifespan. In the same way, we should also spread our friendship and love to the people around us to be in their memory forever.

Flowers can be gifted in all occasions, whether birthday, wedding, house warming ceremony, mother’s day, father’s day or for your love too. You can surprise your friend with beautiful flower arrangement for her birthday at her home. I am sure; she would love your small gesture and feel proud.  There are many kinds of flowers which can be used as gifts, such as, rose, lilies, tulips, etc., which can be easily found in any flower shop. If you love someone, make them special by gifting a lovely flower.

Never forget to send a card, letter, in scripted personalized mirror or a simple note with the flowers. The main idea is to convey your true feeling with the help of flowers.  Flowers are the best gift for you’re the person you love and are an ideal gift for Valentine’s Day. The day is specifically celebrated to express your love towards the other person. The red rose conveys love for the person. The red color fills you with energy and improves your mood. Read More →

In spite of the north-east winds and constant frosts of late March scillas and chionodoxas are opening every day, some in the places where I want them to be and where I planted them and a good many in spots they have chosen for themselves. The first of all is the pale blue, very dwarf Scilla tubergeniana. The chionodoxas, with their white eyes, flower next, then the ordinary scillas. I know there are many more interesting scillas that one ought to grow, but I get great enjoyment from the common squill, surely one of the bluest flowers we have and so kind in seeding itself about that I think it is the most satisfactory of them all. The chionoscillas, which are paler and bigger, are lovely too. They are a cross between chionodoxa and scilla.

There are several paler scillas that flower later. S. messinaica is daintier and paler than the common squill and has great ideas about colonisation. In Mr. Hadden’s garden at Porlock it is turning large areas of the undergrowth into sheets of blue in April, and looks lovely with late winter cyclamen. S. bifolia is rather darker in colour and flowers in March and seeds itself well. S. azureus is not very different in shade but more akin to the bluebell.

I have one little clump of white scillas, the albino form of the common squill. I must have bought more originally, but only one little planting has survived. It comes up every year but doesn’t appear to seed itself, which is a pity because there are not many white flowers in March. In a good year my fat white crocuses, Snowdrift, are lovely, but we sometimes get late frosts which ruin their beauty.

For years I have grown the summer snowflake, Leucolum aestivam, which was given to me as a Bermuda snowdrop. I don’t know why it is called “summer”, because although it comes after L. vernum it is still spring when it flowers. It goes very pleasantly with small daffodils and is a graceful plant to grow among shrubs. I had a clump in rather a prominent place near the house. This was a good idea in early spring when that graceful clump of green was very welcome, not so good when a late frost bent the stems and ruined the outline, and not at all good in early summer when it was untidy, turning yellow but not decayed enough to be removed. Now I have transferred the ordinary L. aestivum to the front garden and have clumps between the hydrangeas and behind the “Lent Rose” hellebores. Here I hope it will escape damage from late frost and the other plants in the small beds will screen somewhat the last ugly days of its yearly span.

The superior form of this snowflake, L. aestivum Gravetye Giant, I have planted between stones in the ditch with other tall and graceful plants. It is here that I put the variegated and the double Solomon’s Seal and double camassias, the bronze-leaved montbretia, solfaterra and libertias. The plants that hang their heads on arching stalks get the highest places so that one gets the full beauty of the plant as a whole. The flowers of the snowflake are small for the long stems and thicket of leaves, so they look best with a leafy background.

But if March has a flower all its own I think it is the daffodil. We have daffodils in February, and there will be many still in April, but for the greatest display March is the month.

When we plant daffodils I think we should observe how nature does the job. Wild daffodils grow in grass and usually in clumps so that one can enjoy the outline of the flowers against a background of leaves. Many daffodils grown together need the backing of green if they are not to look garish as they do when spaced in serried rows in bare earth. The most ordinary types grown In their individual clumps with grass as a background are far lovelier than the rarest bulbs grown in a flower bed with nursery neatness. We are all grateful to the people who grow them like this under their apple trees, in their grass banks, at the sides of their drives or even in the grass outside their houses.

The first daffodil to flower for me is the little Tenby daffodil, Pseudo-narcissus obvallaris, only 8″ high, but a perfect miniature of a trumpet daffodil. Coming so early one is not critical of its yellowness. It is rather a deep color and later in the season I feel it is a little garish. By then the white P.-n. moschatus is in bloom and the poor little Tenby daffodil doesn’t stand up to the comparison.

In the same way we think the bold King Alfred a fine fellow until the white Beersheba and Mount Hood start to bloom. White daffodils can be grown in a flower bed, but the yellow ones definitely need to be toned down by grass. Thalia, which has two pale heads on one stalk, is lovely nodding under the shade of a tree and so is W. P. Milner, in palest sulphur.

One reason, I think, why we like jonquils is that the flowers are small and delicate and they have as background many dark, narrow leaves. In Captain Berkeley’s garden at Spetchley, near Worcester, there is a long narrow bed planted to the brim with jonquils, filling the air with fragrance and the eye with grace.

The really tiny daffodils, N. gdamineus, bulbocodism and other miniatures, need a really safe place where they can grow and hold their own. I have found a good place to plant them is in the peat garden among heathers, where they can be left in safety to come up year after year with a good background of foliage.

 

The principles of design are basic, fundamental truths to follow in creating floral arrangements. Although the principles for floral design were first outlined by the English during the Victorian Era, these principles are still valuable to us today. These design principles should not be regarded as mere rules; they are the foundation of every good design despite changing trends and new plant materials.

FLORAL DESIGN DEFINED

Floral design is the art of organizing the design elements inherent in plant materials, container, and accessories according to the principles of design to attain a composition with the objectives of beauty simplicity harmony, suitability, and expression. Flower arranging is another commonly used term for floral design. However, floral design is the more accurate term because the word design implies that the person arranging the plant materials is applying the principles of design.

MINICIPLES OF DESIgn

The principles of design (or art) are rules and guidelines to help a floral designer create a beautiful composition. The design principles are fundamental truths upon which to make accurate floral design decisions. The major principles of design are proportion and scale, balance, rhythm, and dominance. Other minor design principles include radiation, repetition, transition, variation, contrast, and focal point.

Not only learning the principles, but also using them well is essential in creating any kind of art, including arranging plant materials. The proper application of each of these principles will lead to artistic, pleasing floral arrangements. Each principle is important and interrelated to the others and can impact the entire arrangement.

PROPORTION

Proportion is the pleasing relationship in size and shape among the components in a design.

Proportion is the principle of art that is the foundation of all the other principles. Good proportion means the pleasing relationship in size and shape among objects or parts of objects. Scale is a part of proportion, dealing with relative size only among things, not shapes.

MIDDLE AGES

The flower arranging of the Middle Ages in Europe continued with the traditions of the Greek and Romans. Flowers were strewn on the floor and were made into wreaths and garlands. Although flowers were important during this period, very little information is known about additional uses, except for their use in food, beverages, and medicine.

ITALIAN RENAISSANCE

The Italian Renaissance period signifies a greater interest in the arts. This period is considered the beginning of flower arranging as it is known today. Flowers were placed in vases, urns, and bowls for their beauty and for their symbolic meanings. The rose portrayed love; the white lily meant chastity. The white lily became known as the Madonna lily because it appeared in so many paintings of the Annunciation, showing the angel Gabriel and the young Mary.

For church and state occasions, the floral design styles were colorful, large, full, and symmetrical with no stems showing. Casual arrangements for the home included short- stemmed, tight clusters of colorful flowers. Colorful arrangements of fruits, vegetables, and flowers placed casually on trays or in baskets were introduced during this period. Wreaths and garlands were still popular.

Influence on Today’s Designs

Today’s designs are greatly influenced by this period and the use of many flowers in a vase. Incorporating fruits and vegetables within flower arrangements is still a common sight for banquets, buffets, and other festive events. To some extent, people today still attach meanings to certain flowers. Roses are the flowers most commonly given at Valentine’s Day. Roses continue to signify love.

A flower garden boasts of the creative mind of the grower and attaches a beauty quotient to the place where the bosoms bloom. It can change the definition of a particular ambiance with its presence. What are the kinds of flowers that one can grow in a garden? There are various types of flowers which one can plant in garden without more fuss. The most common flowers are Rose, Jasmine, Marigold, Jasmine, Lilies and others. Here, we are about to know more about the Jasmine flower.

History of Jasmine:

Jasmine, the name itself comes from a Persian word” Yasmeen” which means “Gift of God”. Jasmine is a flower that mainly grows in tropical and temperate regions of the world and does not need any extra care or maintenance. It is a very common flowering plant and every person is enthusiastic to grow this plant. No other flower can match up the charm, elegance and magnificent aroma of a Jasmine. The presence of this flower gives visual treat to the viewer. This is a low cost flower and is used in ritual or religious purposes and in various festivals. The fragrance of this amazing flower charms every person and reflects beauty, modesty and passion. This flower belongs to the olive family.

What is Jasmine?

There are two varieties of Jasmine flower, one is deciduous and other is evergreen. These types of plants are erect and spread fully with simple leaves. Although there can be shrubs or vines of jasmines. The flowers are mainly white and yellow in color and there can be a reddish touch in a few flowers. They bloom in cluster forms and a minimum number of three flowers can grow on a branch though in most cases a flower blooms solitarily on one end of the branch. There are about four to nine petals in each of these flowers with two locules and maximum number of four ovules. The filaments are short and the flowers have two stamens with ovate or linear bracts. The fruits of this flowering plant look like berries and turns into black color when ripe and their calyx are of bell-shaped.

Regions where this flower grows:

The Jasmine flower grows mainly in tropical and subtropical regions of various parts like Europe, Asia, Africa and Australia. They have several common names according to their habitat and the English names are given according to the place where they bloom like “Arabian jasmine”, “Spanish Jasmine”, etc. They also grow in several parts of Brazil and Florida.

Uses of Jasmine:

Jasmine is widely planted and cultivated all over the world so as to beautify one’s garden and to enjoy its enigmatic fragrance. It can be used for decorating any corner of the house by tying the flowers in a cluster. In various parts the flowers are worn by women as a hair accessory. This is an amazing flower which blooms only in the night and is plucked in the daytime. In the daytime the petals are very tightly closed. One can even pluck the bud and place it in a cool wet place until night comes as it is a delicate flower it will bloom slowly and retain it vigor and magnificence for several days. When the temperature begins to slow down one by one the petals of the flowers open up.

In various parts of China the Jasmine tea is consumed which has got a typical sweet taste and fragrance. It is used for making green tea. The petals are moistened and dried for several days and when the moisture gets released the dry petals are made to go through machines and are grinded for making refined green tea. For flavoring purpose Jasmine syrup is used. Jasmine flowers are also important for making various types of oils which can be applied on hair to give it a perfect shine and texture. Jasmines are also very useful for making perfumes and incense sticks.

Other Importance:

Jasmines have got a very powerful impact in the cultural strata of India. In various southern states of this country jasmines are widely cultivated almost in every home or as a potted plant. These are used for worshipping idols and also for making garlands and other hair ornaments. It is used in a huge manner in various cultural ceremonies, events, marriage ceremonies and other social functions. It is cultivated for industrial purpose too like in perfume industry, oil industry, incense making industry and others. While buying jasmines from vendors one must check it properly from the retailer if it is maintained properly and is in fresh condition. Jasmine flowers are the best gift that can be given to any person on special occasion or events.

National Importance:

Jasmine is regarded as the National flower in several countries like Hawaii, Indonesia, Pakistan and Philippines. It is used in making garlands in these countries and welcoming the guests with honor.

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