Qualities of a Good Florist

March 27th, 2015

Many persons looking for a good florist are often confused or disappointed.  This is due to the large number of florists in the market. Because of confusion, many people settle for any florist in their vicinity.

In such a case, you will be left frustrated when you find the florist not up to the market nor suited to your needs. To avoid settling for any sundry florist that comes your way, it is better your search for the right florist. This is a difficult task, but you can use the following tips to select a good florist:


  • Creative Flair: The number one quality of a good florist is his or her creative ability. It is quite simple to choose a creative florist when there are many florists in the city.  A creative florist will have a good collection of flowers, as well as ideas on how to arrange them into lovely bouquets.Flower arrangements can be considered as an art form as they depend on the artistic ability of the florist.  A flower arrangement is a mix of different foliage and flowers that are assembled with grace and beauty. It should not only be good looking, but also uplift the spirit.

    But creativity is not limited to making beautiful flower arrangements. It implies capturing the heart and mind of the buyer and the recipient. The florist must have complete knowledge of the colours, durability and symbolism of different flowers.

  • Client Connection: Check whether the florist is willing to connect with the customer. For this, take time and visit a number of florists in your city. You will encounter a florist who is keen to develop a relationship with you. At the same time, you may meet florists who are insensitive to your needs. In such a case, the natural and wise thing to do is to go to a florist who is keen on a strong relationship with you. This is because the secret behind a good floral bouquet is mutual understanding and communication.

  • Stock of Different Flowers: Different florists have different kinds of flowers.  A good florist is one who has an array of flowers in his stock. It is quite frustrating to get in touch with a florist who has limited choice of flowers. The different varieties of flowers are suited for different occasions. It also gives you the chance of developing a long term professional relationship with your florist.

  • Quality of Flowers: The main aspect of the florist is the quality of flowers available with them. Professional florists invest in cutting edge equipment to help preserve flowers so that they are not damaged or spoilt. Go for good quality and do not settle for substandard. Getting stuck with low quality is a frustrating experience.

  • Pricing:  The last aspect is the cost of flowers or flower arrangements. It is true that good quality comes at a price but is not always the case. Find a shop that offers lovely flowers at reasonable prices. This will help you to plan and budget for events requiring flowers. You might even get discounts on ordering online flowers.

These are some of the tips to help choose the right florist.

Enraptured by flowers since millennia

March 26th, 2015

Are you one of those who are charmed by the softer side of life? Do you lose yourself in books for hours without a trace of regret and like reading about kings and queens and their royal tales? Do you revel in the warmth of sunshine and enjoy the fragrance the breeze brings to you while strolling in a park? Then you are definitely someone who shouldsend flowers as gifts this coming festive season! Flowers have a rich history; read on to know about some interesting facts about the beauties of nature.

  1. Roses and secrets – It is said that during the Middle Ages, people used to hand a rose from the centre of the ceiling to bind everyone in an automatic pledge of secrecy. Popular amongst politicians and Council meetings, it was not unusual to find a beautiful rose dangling from the ceiling, in plain sight of all, thus leading to the rise of the phrase “sub rosa”.

  2. Healing Asters – Did you think that only the Egyptians were particular about how their departed souls were to be buried, jewels and cats and servants included? That’s not true. Scientists have found that many French soldiers, who were buried, were laid to rest with asters which are believed to have several healing flowers. Although there was no hope that the dead could be revived, the flowers used in the burials symbolized their wish that such deaths need not have taken place.

  3. Curious Chrysanthemums – Like certain words have different meanings when used in different languages, there are certain flowers that are also looked at differently in various parts of the world. Chrysanthemums are considered holy and loaded with healing powers by the Japanese and their great kings preferred to sit on thrones shaped in the form of these flowers. At the bottom of their wine glasses, one could also find these flowers’ petals so each sip of wine they took brought them pleasure and health at the same time! These same flowers however are associated with death in Italy!

  4. Holy Holly – Those familiar with intricate details of the Bible would surely be able to understand the phrase which this refers to. The pointed leaves of this plant were used to represent the thorns in the crown worn by Lord Jesus as he was led to the crucifixion spot. The pearls of blood that dripped were symbolised by the cherries of the plant. Hollies were also used to make garlands by ancient Romans and the Medieval Monks believed that these plants kept evil spirits away.

  5. Vibrant Violets – These flowers are associated with a very interesting man who shaped world history in a big manner – Napoleon Bonaparte. His love for Josephine is known to everyone and it is said that he gifted her violets for each of their anniversaries. He was also known as the Corporal Violet due to this penchant for these flowers and is said to have died with a necklace that had a locket containing violets he had picked up from Josephine’s grave site.

So choose from the plethora of floral beauties; make a vivid bouquet of them and you can easily brighten up someone’s da with just them and your smile!

10 Incredible Tips for Decorating With Flowers

March 12th, 2015

Floral designs and decorations are especially pricey on occasions like Valentine’s Day and Mother’s Day. So, obviously you need to get the enjoyment and want longevity out of crisp flowers as could reasonably be expected.

On the off chance that your sweetie shelled out truckloads of money getting a lovely decorative design for you, make them keep going as far as might be feasible. Here are approaches to make your cut flowers last more utilizing basic fixings found around the house.

1. Keep a lot of distinctive styles of vases close by to suit a mixture of flowers and make a diverse plan. This way you can use different flower vases at different times to suit your surroundings. If you are worried about where to get the flowers from, stay back and chill. There are a lot of online international flower delivery websites from where you can procure them at the comfort of your home!

2. Consistently trim the closures of flower stems at a point. Stems seal up and re-cutting them will help flowers draw up crisp water. This helps the flower to stay fresh for longer periods of time. So your flowers would not wither too soon on the vase.

 3. Include one teaspoon each of sugar, dye and white vinegar to the water to develop flowers’ vase life and diminish vile develop. Likewise, keep on replacing the vase water frequently. This tip also helps to keep flowers crisp and fresh.

4. Indeed, a solitary flower can look pretty when shown in a basic bud vase. You can use a contrast coloured flower with respect to the colour of the flower vase.

5. Tulips are the main flowers that keep developing once they are cut, so trim frequently if you have tulips in your vase.

 6. On the off chance that the vase is clear glass, the stems will be noticeable and get to be a piece of the showcase. Verify stems are clean and stripped of leaves beneath the water-line.

7. Guarantee your vases are steady. Including stones will weigh down the base and help flowers, yet they must be cleaned frequently. A chunk of chicken wire offers successful backing for woody stems.

8. Clean your vases with warm sudsy water and a container brush. Fill hard-to-clean vases with water and include a dissolvable Disprin tablet for a shining clean.

9. Abstain from coordinating your course of action to the extent of your vase in a 50:50 proportion. A solitary blossom (33% flowers) or masses of twigs (66% flowers) look adjusted.

10. Maybe a standout amongst the most well-known elements for making handcrafted blossom food is sugar. The sugary stuff can assist open up buds and keep them sprouting longer by giving supplements. Sugar can be blended with white vinegar, vodka, dye, ibuprofen, or new lemon juice to add an additional kick to the blooming water.

These tips, when followed properly, will give incredible results. You can beautify your rooms with flower vases and get all the attention from your visitors. All the best!

Gorgeous Types of Roses

March 11th, 2015

Flowers are some of the most beautiful creations of God and roses are simply the best! Roses are prized for their beautiful colours and pleasant fragrance. They are both ornamental s well as edible plants.

Roses are woody perennials of Rosa genus and Rosaceae family. They are present in thousands of cultivars and hundreds of species. They are plants with erect shrubs, trailing or climbing having stems that feature prickles (thorns).

Flowers differ in shape and size and are typically showy and large, with colours ranging from pure whites through reds and yellows. Hybrids, cultivars and species are grown for their natural beauty and ornamental values as well as for their fragrance. Plants differ in size from small miniature roses to climbing ones that can reach a height of 7 m. They can be easily hybridized which results in the creation of wide varieties of roses.

The different beautiful varieties of roses are:

  • Climbing Roses: They are unique because they grow very pliable, long canes. Some bloom only seasonally while others bloom all the time. Some are large and some, small. Some have a few petals and others lots. What is common among them is the ability to cover fences and walls, which add vertical beauty to a garden. During winters, they can be trimmed back.
  • Antique Roses: Crossbreeding and hybridization ahs always occurred naturally. But the first hybrids accepted and named by modern science (grown before 1867) are called as Old Garden Roses. Other names are Antique and Heirloom Roses. This family also contains wild roses, the mother of rose cultivars. Antique roses do not need heavy pruning.
  • Floribundas: As the name suggests, these are flowers growing in abundance. These are hybrid bushes of roses that bloom in form of clusters continuously in the flowering season. They suit wet climates, but some types cannot withstand winter. To enhance blooms, trim away dead flower heads occasionally. Fertilize well throughout flowering season and avoid hard pruning. If you live in very cold winter conditions, refer to zoning advice for your floribundas.
  • Hybrid Teas: Also called as the Modern Rose, these are the first crossbreed of roses. These were found occurring naturally in Europe, but got acclaim only when an English farmer, Henry Bennet, purposely bred them via artificial cross pollination. The tea rose has an abundance of petals, bunch blooming buds and a rich blooming period. Hybrid Tea features flower head in a high centre and a spray of blooms. Most types can withstand winter, are low growing and have a very nice fragrance.
  • Polyanthas: They are small rose bushes with bunches of tiny flowers. Most are red and pink but orange, yellow and white have also been bred.  There are over 500 varieties. They are winter hardy and require less pruning.
  • Miniature Roses: Featuring smaller flowers, they grow only 12 to 36 inches tall. They are ideal for garden edge and climbing varieties for covering fence and walls. They do not need pruning but trimming dead flower heads will enhance the blooming season. They are winter hardy making them ideal for cold climates.

These are the main types of the gorgeous flower-the rose. It symbolizes love, peace, friendship and harmony. One can send roses to your loved one through online flower delivery. Roses can cheer up the day for any recipient and look grand as a decorative arrangement.

Top Ten Flowers in the World

March 11th, 2015

Among several of God’s creations, flowers are the most beautiful. They give a fresh look and fragrance wherever they are placed. They can symbolize many emotions and values like peace, harmony and love.

Modern scientific advances in floriculture have resulted in evolution of thousands of types of flowers, with different colours and fragrance.

Here is a list of the ten most beautiful flowers in the world:

  • Sakura-Cherry Blossom: Sakura or Cherry blossoms are rated as one of the loveliest flowers in the world. These are a species of flowering plants that do not produce fruit. Rather they are used for ornamental purposes because of their beauty and wonderful scent. In Japan, they use the flowers and leaves as edible items. There are species that produce fruit also.
  • Canna: It is not a true lily but belong to the genus of 19 species of lilies. They are easy to grow in most parts of the world. This is also an agricultural plant, being a rich source of starch. The plant grows tall and flowers are of yellow, red and orange colour.
  • Bird of Paradise (Sterlitzia): It is native to South Africa. The name is after the English Queen Charlotte. It grows well in warm and sunny climes. It is an ornamental plant and official flower of Los Angeles city. Flowers resemble birds, hence the name. They grow slowly but last long.
  • Hydrangea: It is native to Asia and North and South America. Some are small tress and some grow up to 1-3 m tall. Trees can be either evergreen or deciduous. They are usually white in colour but can also be red, blue, and pink, dark purple and light purple. The flowers resemble pom poms.
  • Calla Lily:  Calla is native to cool temperate regions of North hemisphere in Asia, Europe and America. They prefer temperate or rainy climate. They are usually white coloured with a yellow spadix that measures to 90 mm in length. There are also pink and purple versions by cross breeding. They are also the national flower of the island country of Saint Helena.
  • Colorado Columbine: Grows in the high regions of the Rocky Mountain. Only available to those who climb the 14,000 foot high mountain. But plucking the flower accrues a fine of $5-$50.
  • Lily Of The Valley: The source of many legends, it is a delicate and fragrant flower. Some believe that Lily flowers are the tears of Mother Mary transformed into flowers, so it is also called as ‘Our Lady’s tears’. Another legend says that the flowers emerged from the blood spilt by Saint George as he battled the dragon.
  • Black Eyed Susan: It is a cheery wild flower and is a perennial as well as perfect backdrop for your garden. The yellow petals and dark brown centre make them easy to spot.
  • Bleeding Heart: These angelic blossoms are a welcome addition to any garden. Flowers are pink, white or red and bloom in April to June
  • Blue Bells: Most European countries feature large swaths of these blue bell blossoms highlighting the spring season. Legend has it that they were named by 19th century romantic poets who linked them to regret and solitude.

These are some of the most beautiful flowers in the world. There are online stores that can get any of these flowers delivered in most parts of the world.