Saturday, November 29, 2008

Finding The Perfect Flowers For Mother’s Day

On Mother’s Day, sending flowers is one of the best ways to show your love to all the special mothers in your life. Sorting through the endless array of flowers to match the endless array of personalities your mothers possess makes finding the perfect flowers quite a challenge. From the multitude of colors, meanings, and smells each flower conveys, your mission to make sure your mothers get just the right arrangement can become overwhelming. Hopefully, the following guide can help you sort through the petals to find an arrangement that sends the exact meaning you want to convey this Mother’s Day.

The Messages Hidden in a Flower’s Color

As most people may know, different flowers have different meanings. Pink carnations are acknowledged as the traditional flower for Mother's Day because they symbolize sweetness, purity and endurance. Red flowers are known to represent life and love, hence red roses for Valentine’s Day. White flowers with their sweet fragrance are regarded as the flowers for those who miss their mothers either because of death, or because of distance.
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The flowers that you choose for your mother should express the love and respect that you have for her. Some examples of flowers that could be given to mom on Mother’s Day are mixed or white lilies, white daisies, gerbera daisies, orchids, and roses. Roses are always very popular flowers to give. And if you decide on roses, the appropriate colors are pink, white, yellow, or orange.

Creativity in the Floral Arrangement

You always have the choice of sending something traditional or getting very creative when choosing your flowers. For example, you can choose to send mom her favorite flower, or select a beautiful array of colors that are sure to make her smile. And if you don’t know what your mother’s favorite flowers are, well now’s the time to get to know mom a little better, now isn’t it?

Look around at her décor and see what matches perfectly with other items in the room. Are there salient shades that the perfect bouquet can bring out even more? Is there a color scheme that she seems to follow? An arrangement that complements the scheme is sure to please her, and let her know that you do notice the “little” things. The delight is in the details when you use your creativity this Mother’s Day.
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Choosing the perfect Mother's Day Flowers may seem like takes a lot of thought, but the simplicity of it all lies in the fact that no matter whether you send roses, carnations, or tulips, she’s going to be pleased. The look in her eyes as she leans her head in to smell the beautiful freshly cut flowers will tell you that everything you did to make the day perfect for mom was well worth it.
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Flowers are always a sign of love and respect, and they have the power to bring a smile to every woman’s face. It is a gift that you can bring to mom yourself or it can be delivered by the flower shop that you purchase them from. So whether she is down the street and around the corner or at the other end of the country, you can always give flowers for Mother’s Day or any day you want her to feel extra special.

Friday, November 28, 2008

Garden Plants in Profile: Roses

What's in a name? That which we call a rose. By any other name would smell as sweet.

This famous quote by Shakespeare from Romeo and Juliet is just one of many references to this flower that has the ability to invoke so much emotion worldwide. Widely regarded as a universal symbol of love, roses are sent as a display of affection.

The rose itself is a perennial flowering shrub that originates from the Rosaceae family. Rose bushes can be found in many guises and fall in two main types. These are climbing/trailing plants and erect shrubs. Characteristically, roses are well known for their flower shape, which typically consists of five leaves and their thorny stems.

There are well over 100 species of rose and many hybrids are in existence. The majority of original rose types originate in Asia but other species have found to be native of Europe, North America, and northwest Africa. Roses have been used throughout history for their smell and have been utilised in other forms such as rose water. It is also started that roses became popular in Europe in and around the 1800's when they first stated being imported from China.

Some roses however are better recognised than others, an example of which is the tea rose. This rose got its name because its scent was somewhat reminiscent of a newly opened sample of the choicest tea. Originating in China, the tea rose is often regarded by discerning plant lovers as having the best colour and appearance.

Another popular rose is the floribunda, which grows as rose bushes and produces multiple flowers on each stem. Fantastic for bedding displays these roses are often thought to look their best in larger quantities although still can be seen as individually beautiful too. Some people have even argued that the floribunda may even be a better variety of rose than the tea.

The rose compliments much of our product range, such as the commemorative rose. An example includes the Rememberance rose with its beautiful dark orange/red bloom.

Climbing or rambling roses are great since they can offer good coverage and again typically have hybrid tea and floribunda origin. Due to their nature of growth, these roses will give maximum effect when trained to grow horizontally as more shoots will be produced than allowing it to grow vertically. There are however some differences between climbers and ramblers such as climbing roses having five leaves whereas a rambler generally has seven. Stems from climbers are also usually more rigid.

Of course, there are a plethora of rose types and these are just some of the most popular types. When it comes to growing techniques, rose bushes tend to prefer to be placed in well-drained, fertile soil and thrive in open sunny sites. Pruning and deadheading is needed when maintaining roses and keeping a good rose garden is seen by some as an art form or labour of love.

Whichever type of rose you prefer, they can be a great addition to any garden. Rose bushes can be a beautiful focal point and look equally as good on their own as they do as part of a larger flowerbed. By simply following the instructions on how to grow and keep your flowers looking their best will ensure that your rose bushes will be an eye-catching feature for you to enjoy.


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Garden Plants in Profile: Pansies

Gardens can be a drab gloomy place during winter months, however with some careful planning and the right mix of garden plants, a colourful, garden with a warm feel can be achieved with ease. Pansies are one species of plant that can be often overlooked throughout the colder months of the year but with a little care and attention can provide a great source of winter colour.

Pansies a type of 'viola' are part of a broad range of garden flowers that can even include hybrid species such as 'viola x wittrockiana' or 'viola tricolor hortensis'. All variations of the viola fall under the pansy umbrella and come in a range of vivid colours such as gold, orange, purple, red, violet, white, and yellow. There is even a black pansy although in reality it is actually a very dark purple.

Of course, with years of careful breeding, many variations on these colours are now available. Pansies have a distinctive flower pattern consisting of five petals with contrasting markings in the centre of the flower surrounding the stem This pattern is often referred to as 'the face'. Incidentally, it is this 'face' gave the pansy its name. The French word for pansy is pensée, which translates as thought. This petal arrangement always follows the same pattern with two overlapping top petals, two side petals and a single bottom petal, which has a small indentation in it.

The first 'universal' pansies arrived in gardens during 1979 and were well received due to their ability to flower during the winter months. These pansies could be planted and grown during the summer while still being able to flower throughout the winter months. These types of garden plants were bred with some specific intentions in mind. These were, to withstand winter weather conditions, to stay small and to be able to flower when days are shorter.

Garden plants such as a pansy grow best when they are facing the sun. They can survive both short freezes and temporary snow cover. Planting in containers and using rich soil and mulch can dramatically help get the best from your pansies. Planting pansies in large numbers throughout beds or in containers and hanging baskets provides a great way of helping to protect against cold while offering a wealth of colour in gardens that can often seem drab sat this time of year.

Brightly coloured pansies stand out more during darker days. Mixed citrus pansies for instance, give a blast of colour for long periods and are perfect for well-drained soil and love lots of sunlight. Another example of this family is the Matrix pansy that comes in a dazzling array of colours, and along with all our other bedding plants, grown only from F1 seed type.

If you want something a little different to the traditional pansy however, perhaps the frizzle sizzle pansy is the garden plant for you. The plants differ due to their frilly edges that can appear similar to ruffles. Again, perfect for beds and all types of container, no matter what style of garden you have these pansies will make the perfect accompaniment. Another distinctive yet beautiful pansy variation is the Red Wing. This gorgeous plant has two dark red top petals that resemble wings and can be planted in a variety of locations adding to its versatility.

Of course, for maximum effect it is generally advised that opting for lighter coloured pansies will stand out more on darker days. Colours such as white, primrose and sky blue offer maximum effect, providing a welcome warmth and sparkle on a dull day. Using a mixed pack of winter pansies could prove to be a good bet as a fair mix of plants will be found in these packs. Using a mixture of colours will also stop beds or containers from looking staid and help make your garden area more eye-catching,

No matter whether your garden is large or small, favours hard landscaping, or has bed, borders, and rockeries, pansies are versatile enough to be used throughout. These garden plants are perfect in pots and can be a colourful companion when placed adjacent to garden furniture or garden ornaments. Pansies can be a cheerful, lively addition to almost any setting and are sure to bring a smile to your face when the weather turns grey.


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Tuesday, November 25, 2008

The Cyclamen

This pretty flower is too little known. It is a native of Europe and Asia, some varieties being very abundant in Switzerland and Italy, and is to be found in almost every greenhouse. It is not uncommon upon European travels to notice these flowers overflowing out of flower pots on window garden after window garden.

It is of the easiest culture. Pot about the latter part of November, in a rich loam, with a dash of silver sand; an addition of about a spoonful of the old soot from a flue will increase the size and brilliancy of the flowers.

It must be well incorporated with the soil. Bits of charcoal, broken fine, serve the same purpose. Place the crown of the bulb just above the surface of the soil. The size of the pot must be determined by the size of the bulb; as a general rule, cyclamen do not require large pots.

Good drainage is indispensable, so make sure any garden water features ( are carefully controlled. Keep the plants cool until the leaves are well grown, always keeping them near the glass. When the flower buds begin to rise on the foot stalks, remove to a sunny shelf, where they will soon show bloom. By shading, the duration of the flowers is prolonged.

When the bloom is past, gradually withhold water; the leaves will turn yellow, and the plants should be kept dry, in a state of rest, all summer. Do not allow the plants to ripen seed (which they do freely) unless you desire seedlings, to increase your stock. The seed germinates easily, sown in rich loam, and seedlings bloom the third year.

Some find difficulty in preventing the shriveling of the bulbs during the summer. Our best cultivators, to prevent this, bury the bulbs during the summer in the open border; take them up about the middle of September, when they are found fresh, plump, and in good condition for a start.

There is one risk, however, in this method: mice are very fond of the bulbs, and sometimes commit great havoc. There is shown in this plant a curious provision of Nature: no sooner has the flower faded, than the stem begins to curl up, and buries the seed capsule in the ground, at the root of the plant; this is designed to protect the seed from birds, outdoor waterfalls (, and to sow it in a congenial soil.

Good sized, blooming bulbs may be obtained at any greenhouse and are not too expensive for more common varieties. This bulb is particularly adapted for window culture, and will give more flowers, with less trouble, and occupying less space, than any flower we are acquainted with.

The more common varieties are G. Persicum, white, tipped with rich, rosy purple; C. Persicum album, pure white ; C. punctatum, resembling Persicum. All these flower from January to March. C. Europoeum, pinkish purple; C. Europoeum album, pure white; C. hederafolium, very large, rosy purple, a splendid variety. All these bloom from October to January.

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How to Make Your Own Flower Arrangement

On their own, flowers are beautiful and colorful enough to pick up the mood in any room, but just think of how everything will look ten times more incredible if you arrange your flowers cleverly. There are no hard and fast rules to flower arranging, but there are a couple of guidelines and measures you might want to consider if you want to create a striking flower arrangement worth airtime on a Martha Steward episode.

Consider the size and space where you intend to place your arrangement, as well as the shape of your container and the number of flowers you intend to use. For instance, if your flower arrangement will be placed on the dining table, your flower arrangement should be no more than nine inches high; otherwise your guests will have difficult making conversation across the table.
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If you want to put your arrangement on a living room side table, a large vase with a spray of flowers will look overcrowded and out of place; use a small vase and lesser flowers instead. You may also want to use green, water-retaining foams for your fresh cut flowers as these absorb water better than the brown foam used for artificial flowers.

To make a visually pleasing arrangement, use flowers in different stages of development, from tiny buds to open blooms. Put the buds and the smallest flowers at the edges and the top of the arrangement, and the full blooms at the middle or in front of the arrangement. The full blooms are the focal point of the design, whereas the buds work as the accent. Flowers in half-bloom can be placed anywhere between the two.

Don’t be afraid to mix and match different colors, shapes, and textures. Generally speaking, there are three shapes of flowers. Line materials are straight leaves like iris leaves and flowers like lilies, and are used to form the outline of your arrangement. Round flowers like open roses, carnations, and daisies usually make the focal point. Intermediate or filler flowers or small foliage are placed between the other flowers and fill in the design.

Finally, forget the rules and let your instincts take over. The great thing about arranging flowers is that it doesn’t take years and years of training to make them look stunning; after all, flowers are already beautiful things on their own. Pay attention and let your eyes be the judge – you don’t need to be an expert to know which flowers look best next to each other.
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