Category Archives: Gardening Tips

attract the bees and butterfliestMost of the flowering plants round the world attract the bees and butterflies for pollination. The pollen grains are pollinated by them from one plant to the other, in this way they help in the germination process. The brightly colored flowers attract these insects very much in groups to carry out the reproductive process of the plants. All types of terrestrial plants adapt this pollen germination process for the reproduction in the flowering plants. Some very special brightly colored flowers attract the insects for this germination process in gardens and also in forests. Read More →

flower gardenDuring winter you usually run out of fresh air at home. Your windows are probably shut since outside is cold and humid. As a result of this the quality of indoor air is poor. If you like using air-fresheners, don’t buy commercial ones, perhaps they contain a number of air pollutants that are not safe for you. You can find a bunch of other healthier alternatives to commercial air-fresheners.

Chemical exposure should be reduced in any way possible. Unfortunately, today it is impossible to live in a toxic-free world due to many factors. The least you can do is to try to minimize the use of chemically-laden products. Here we would like to talk about a few houseplants that can be used as natural air-fresheners. Read on.

According to research, indoor air is two to five times more contaminated than outdoor air. Our house interior is polluted by various chemical-based air-fresheners, detergents, cleaners and other household products. As a result the air in the house is stagnant and dirty. Luckily, there is a natural solution to this problem. You may already have it in the house. The following plants are considered toxic-free and resilient.

Aloe vera

Aloe vera is a plant with no naturally occurring populations. It is found in cultivation. This plant is widely used in alternative medicine and cosmetics. It is known to have soothing, healing and rejuvenating properties.

Having aloe vera in the house has another benefit – it freshens the air. Don’t be intimidated to use this powerful plant in your household. Read More →

artificial flowersMost of us have artificial flowers and plants at home. We use them as decoration in places where real ones are not appropriate. These accessories accumulate dust just like the other household items and furniture and therefore need to be cleaned on a regular basis. Depending on the material that artificial items are made from, there are various ways to give them a proper and efficient wash.

How to clean artificial flowers and plants? Most of the time if the amount of dust is lower, they can be easily washed. See several techniques. First we provide the simpler ones.

#1 Fast cleaning

  • Use a feather duster to dust artificial plants.
  • Use a hairdryer to blow off the dust.
  • Or you can try removing the dust using a vacuum cleaner. Be careful not to vacuum the plants too hard.
  • Another method is to wipe the flowers with a dampened cloth or rag. Cotton swabs will work as well.

These techniques can work but they cannot help reach some areas. Apart from this, they also stir dust into the air. If don’t want this to happen you can use special artificial flower sprays. Read More →

flower color combinationsWatering

Watering a flower properly is one of the biggest necessity. Flowers have to be watered on a regular basis in order for them to grow and survive. Inconstant watering may lead to the death of a flower. Since flowers of different species differ in the amount of water they require one must get wise about their own flowers. Flowers come from different locales and are accustomed to growing up in different climactic conditions. It is important to get the proportion right. An excess of water might lead to the flower beginning to rot while under watering a flower might lead to their wilting. Proper knowledge regarding a flower’s origins and its requirements is thus necessary. Besides water there are other factors that might differ, such as the amount of sunlight one needs to expose them to or what temperature they prefer.

Light and Positioning

Depending upon the amount of sunlight that is necessary for a plant growing up, one needs to act accordingly. The positioning of a flower in the garden has a huge impact on the flower’s health. The positioning of the flower determines on how much sunlight the flower or the plant is being exposed to. The different flowers should be placed in a garden scientifically, taking into account the amount of sunlight they require. Some research about such flowers is therefore necessary before setting about the task. Read More →

dahliaDahlias are considered as one of the most popular flower species when it comes to gardening. However, while the history of flowers such as chrysanthemums, irises, peonies, etc. goes back until literally ancient times, dahlias in their various types are know as cultivated flowers for about 200 years only. During these two centuries dahlias have experienced certain ups and downs in the interest about them, but they have finally become one the most popular flowers planted in our home gardens.

It is believed that dahlias originate from Mexico and Spain. Then they were transferred to Great Britain and later – in France and Germany. After their appearance in Europe, dahlias were grown mainly as tropical plants in greenhouses, but they were actually pretty weak and unimpressive. After a French botanist planted some dahlias in the botanical garden in Monpel, the results were outstanding and have surpassed all expectations. This was the beginning of the triumphal procession of dahlias, which became really Read More →

Spectacular Flower Festivals Around the World

 

Festivals of the flowers are a timeless colourful celebration and a day, full of sweet fragrance and a touch of spring. Most Flower Festivals are during the spring, when they become a part of greeting the spring in an euphoric and cheerful way.

Featuring freshness, diversity and splendour, Flower Festivals always manage to capture every heart in the cheerful rhythm of the march. Colours, aromas and sounds spread along the streets of the city just like a magic blanket, and stimulate all senses, filling our soul with euphoria and joy. This feeling can not be described. Check now the most famous Flower Festivals around the world.

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The Flower Festival in Lisse, The Netherlands

 Every year in early spring there is the traditional Flower Festival in Belgium and the Netherlands. These festivals usually follow a certain route, theme and even a script. The largest outdoor flower garden in the world – Keukenhof, is located in the Dutch town Lisse. The garden is open only in the spring when tulips bloom and becomes part of the 40-mile route of the annual Flower Festival in this part of the country.

Known as the Garden of Europe, Keukenhof is the largest botanical garden in the Netherlands with an area of more than 32 hectares and with more than 7 million flowers planted in it. The Flower Festival Parade goes on its central lane. The procession includes about twenty large platforms with staggering flower compositions and more than thirty luxury decorated cars. You can literally spend the whole day at the festival. Either you will combine your tour around the garden with the traditional parade, or you will join it from another location – the choice is all yours. Read More →

Flowers for a Sweet-Smelling Garden

A few blooms are small more than sight to behold. They might have vibrant sprouts, yet that is it. Put your nose to the petals, and there’s nothing charming to experience.

The seven blooms on this record are distinctive. These are blossoms with solid, notable smells. Not one has an aroma that is simply crisp and verdant. Read More →

The Victorian era was named for Queen Victoria who ruled England from 1837 to 1901. The Victorian era contributed the most to establishing floral design as an art. The art of floral design was taught and thoroughly covered in books and magazines of that era. This era established many rules and techniques of floral design. Two design styles were popular large, abundant, masses of flowers and small, mixed, informal bouquets. The larger designs were generally round or oval with draping or trailing plant materials, such as fuchsias or bleeding hearts, to give a touch of the romantic. No obvious center of interest was created. Flowers of all types, especially new or unusual flowers, were favored. Foliage was prominently incorporated into designs, often at the edges to soften the framework.

The language of flowers was studied and used to convey meaning to communicate with others, especially during courtship. The tradition of sending flowers to ladies before social events was begun during this period. The Victorians were much more elaborate and thorough in attaching meanings to plants. Rosemary for remembrance was a Victorian example of a plant’s meaning. Roses varied in their meaning depending upon the color. For example, red was love, white was silence, and yellow meant infidelity. Heliotrope meant eternal love; larkspur was fickleness.

Popular containers were urns, vases, bottles, epergnes , tussie-mussie holders, wall pockets, cornucopias, and baskets. Glass was very popular although many containers were also made out of metal, ceramic material, and porcelain. The Victorians loved accessories, such as fans, figurines, shells, knickknacks, and glass paperweights.

Influence on Today’s Designs

The romantic look of the Victorian era is still a popular one today. Draping or trailing material added to soften an arrangement’s silhouette makes a beautiful contemporary romantic design. The addition of foliage is an important component of today’s designs. The Victorian era marked the beginning of floral design as an art form. Floral design became a creative field to study. The emphasis on the art and necessity of training during the Victorian era set the stage for the modern day florist.

AMERICAN STYLES

COLONIAL PERIOD

The European design styles greatly influenced the early American floral styles. American Colonial period styles were much simpler and also con-tained flowers and foliage that were native to the United States. The addition of grains, grasses, and dried flowers made American design styles very  unique compared to their European counterparts. Colonial ladies often arranged flowers of the same kind in bowls or baskets and then added filler flowers, such as baby’s breath. Other casual designs for the home were generally very colorful mixtures of simple naturalistic styles in vases, pots, or jars. Fan-shaped and triangular arrangements were very popular for more formal events for the home or church. Five-fingered vases, epergnes, urns, and stem cups were other commonly used containers.

Influence on Today’s Designs

The incorporation of dried materials with fresh flowers was introduced during this period and is still a popular technique today. Simple, naturalistic arrangements of one kind or simple colorful mixtures continue to be popular designs for the home.

Influence on Today’s Designs

The line mass style and the free form style added a new dimension to the florist industry beginning in the 1950s and 1960s. Variations of these design styles are still popular today. The space and linear component of the line mass continue to add vitality and drama to designs. Expressiveness is still important and allows for unique interpretations and uses of plant materials.

Flowers play an important part in the grieving process Their beauty and colors can symbolize love, respect, and thoughts of sympathy and concern. Sympathy flowers give a comforting presence to the bereaved person’s family at the visitation and funeral services. Typical sympathy pieces come in many styles and types, such as casket sprays, baskets of flowers, sprays, set pieces, and wreaths. A floral designer should be knowledgeable about design types and construction when designing flowers for funerals.

IMPORTANCE OF SYMPATHY FLOWERS

Sympathy flowers are flowers that are sent to a funeral home or a funeral service to honor the deceased or to comfort the bereaved. Flowers add warmth, vitality, and a softening garden-like presence to the uncomfortable atmosphere before and during the funeral service. Research by the American Floral Endowment and the Society of American Florists Information Committee concluded that flowers at the funeral home and funeral service serve the important roles of honoring the life of the deceased and giving comfort and some relief or softening of sorrow for the living

TYPICAL SYMPATHY FLOWER DESIGNS

Typical sympathy flowers include the family flowers, which are ordered by the family to honor their loved one. The family flowers typically include the casket spray, a casket inset piece (usually from younger family members), and sometimes a matching arrangement. A particularly attractive setting occurs when the family orders two matching arrangements for either side of the casket.

When the family comes to the floral shop to order family flowers, the tactful florist will find a quiet or private area for the family to make their decisions. Treat the family in a tactful, compassionate, business-like fashion to guide them through their decisions. Provide books and selection guides to make the process an easier one.

Other sympathy flowers include arrangements, basket designs, easel and flat sprays, and set pieces, such as wreaths, organization symbols, hearts, or crosses. Blooming and foliage plants as well as dish gardens are also typical sympathy expressions. A dish garden is a grouping of different types of plants potted in the same container. Flowers in water tubes, accessories, and bows are often added to decorate plants. The most popular expressions of sympathy vary from region to region. When sending sympathy flowers as a wire order to another area, check the selection guide to choose the most appropriate type.

CASKET SPRAYS

A casket spray is a floral arrangement that is placed on the top of a casket during a funeral service. A casket spray is ordered and sent by the immediate family members. The type of casket determines the size of the casket spray. Caskets are available as half couch and full couch.

A full couch is a casket with a one-piece lid, which may be closed or open. An open full couch has an inner lid on the right side. A full-couch casket spray is a large casket piece that is placed in the center of a closed full couch. A full-couch lid spray is a large casket piece placed in the center of the open lid of a full couch. The full-couch lid design is placed in a stand that displays the spray sideways or is attached to the wall by a bracket on the wall wide.

A half couch is a casket with a two-piece lid; the head of the half couch is open during the visitation services. A half-couch casket spray is a floral piece that is placed on the right side of a half couch. A half-couch casket spray should be at least a yard wide.

Half-Couch Casket Spray

The foundation for a casket spray is a casket saddle, a container with a rounded base, which fits the curving contours of a casket lid. Casket saddles are molded plastic and available in many sizes and shapes. The flowers and foliage should completely cover the saddle.

The shapes of a half-couch casket spray may be an oval, crescent, or triangular. These designs should be low to allow transporting by the funeral director. Script denoting the relationship of the deceased is often attached to the long streamer on the bow.

CASKET INSET PIECE

The family often orders a casket inset piece to coordinate with the colors and styles of the other family floral pieces. A casket inset piece is a small design displayed inside the casket lid. This design is traditionally sent from the younger family members—children or grandchildren. The casket inset piece may be designed like a corsage and placed on a satin pillow, heart, or cross. Some satin forms come with a floral foam mechanic attached to it. Other options are covering Styrofoam’ shapes (a cross or heart) with flowers by gluing or pinning. Another casket inset piece is a floral rosary, which may be used for the service of a devout Catholic. Rosary forms are available at the wholesale florist. The form has cone-shaped clamps to place around rose buds (or carnations). The floral rosary is draped and secured to the fabric in the lid of the casket by the funeral director.

ARRANGEMRNTS

Many sympathy tributes are arrangements designed in floral foam. The designs are typically oval, fan-shaped, or triangular. Symmetrical styles are the most common, but asymmetrical designs can also be tastefully created as a sympathy tribute.

The containers may be ceramic, plastic, papier-mâché, or baskets. Plastic containers with a handle are available and quite versatile. Papier-mâché containers come in various shapes and sizes and are made of a sturdy, molded, water-holding, paper-like material.

Many types of baskets are available and can be designed with a variety of design styles. A fireside basket is a curved, open basket with a handle A sympathy arrangement may be designed in this type of basket by wiring a small utility container (and foam) to the basket (like the cornucopia technique). The fireside basket may be designed in two ways, either as a centerpiece or a one-sided design. A centerpiece can be designed by placing the foam and container in the center of the basket. For a one-sided design, tip the basket forward and wire the utility container and foam to the front side of the basket near the handl Fireside baskets are often placed on the floor under or near the casket.

A floral designer must take care to design a sympathy tribute with sturdy mechanics. Floral foam should be securely taped to the container. For papier- mache containers, the tape should be stapled to the paper-like rim to secure it. Avoid filling containers with excess water or sending arrangements or easel sprays that are leaking water.