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How to Make Your Own Wedding Bouquet

July 19, 2018
How to Make Your Own Wedding Bouquet

Whether you have a tight budget or you want a DIY wedding for a more personalised ceremony, the wedding bouquet is a key aspect of this momentous occasion. And since taking care of all the wedding flowers can be a herculean task, a wedding bouquet is a doable task.

Let’s begin.

Choose your flowers and do your research

The first and most important part is to decide on which flowers you want to incorporate in your wedding bouquet.

Suggestions:

Spray roses and white roses are popular choices for wedding bouquets. They’re classic and elegant, easy to work with and they don’t wilt easily—provided you keep them cool and in clean water. In fact, any focal blooms in Valentine’s Day Flowers are appropriate for your wedding day. Of course, you also have to consider the motif of your wedding. To be safe, white flowers go with any theme.

Another flower gaining favour in the wedding industry is the Lily of the Valley. They’ve always been favoured for their beauty and elegance, but since the royals themselves have used them for their wedding bouquets, other brides are following suit. Queen Victoria, Princess Astrid of Sweden, Grace Kelly, and Kate Middleton are just some of the famous royals who opted to use lily of the valley for their wedding bouquet.

Where to buy:

The flower market is easily the easiest way to get your flowers at affordable prices, though you can also purchase flowers from an online wholesaler or even the grocery store.

Things to consider:

Budget

It is necessary to do your research by going to the market, checking out the shops or stalls selling the freshest blooms and if they’re within your budget. Your budget can dictate the type of flowers you can buy and the number of flowers you would need.

Flower arrangement

What kind of flower arrangement you decide would dictate the amount of flowers you need as well as the prep work. A cascading flower arrangement, for example, would require more flowers as well as fillers. For this DIY tutorial, we’ll be making a hand-tied bouquet. For that, 5-10 focal and secondary blooms would suffice.

Season

You also need to consider the season for your wedding. Certain flowers can command higher prices when they’re off season. For instance, peonies can be quite costly when they’re off season and largely unavailable during summer. Singapore’s hot climate is unforgiving to flowers which bloom in temperate zones, so expect higher prices in general.

Gather your materials

Basically, you’ll need the following materials:

  • Shears
  • Floral tape
  • Ribbon
  • Your flowers of choice
  • Pins
  • Water

Clean up the flowers

Start prepping and crafting your DIY bouquet the night before your wedding. It’s straightforward enough. First, clean up the flowers.

With your hands, take out the leaves and wipe the stems to remove any dirt clinging to the flowers. Then, remove the thorns from the roses for a smoother base. Finally, cut the stems so they have uniform lengths. Clean your filler foliage with a soft cloth as well.

Start gathering the flowers into a bunch

After the flowers have been cleaned and prepped. It’s time to gather the flowers into a bundle.

First, choose 3-5 focal blooms to serve as the base of your DIY wedding bouquet. Then start adding in fillers and additional blooms in a circular manner. Don’t forget to add foliage to make your bouquet more textured and interesting.

You can gather the stems together by wrapping them with a floral tape. Continue to add tape as you add flowers so you get a strong base.

 

Store the flowers properly

Once done, it’s time to place your bouquet in water overnight to keep the blooms nice and hydrated for the big day. Flowers need their beauty rest, too. Place them in a cool place to avoid wilting.

Add finishing touches to the bouquet

It’s your big day! There’s one final step before you take your bouquet down the aisle.

Dry the stems with cloth then add the ribbon wrapping around the stem. Don’t cover the entire stem with ribbon. Leave 1-2 inches of exposed stem above the ribbon and 3-5 inches below it. You can use pretty pins to secure it. Then spray the bouquet lightly with water and cover the flowers with damp tissue until it’s time for you to walk down the aisle.

 

There you go! Easy, right? Of course, if you are not the crafty type. Her Flowers has a whole collection of bridal bouquets you can choose from!

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Insect Repellent Plants and Flowers

July 9, 2018
Insect Repellent Plants and Flowers

With rainy weather comes stagnant waters and mosquitoes! Those pesky mosquitoes are not only annoying, they also carry diseases that could spread in your household. So it’s a good thing you can surround yourself with plants and flowers that could keep insects away.

Yes, flowers are not only good for your mental health, they can also double as insect repellents! So the next time you order a “Get Well Soon” bouquet from your favourite Online Florist, make sure you choose these insect repellent plants and flowers to keep harmful creatures at bay.

Basil

First off, your herbs are not just good for cooking flavourful dishes, they can also ward off bugs. The strong scent of basil repels bugs, so even without processing basil or crushing the leaves, you can already benefit from its insect-repelling properties.

If you want something more potent, a study in 2009 found that basil’s essential oil is toxic to mosquito larvae. So keep this herb handy to prevent mosquito infestation in your home!

Chrysanthemum

Insect Repellent Plants and Flowers | chrysanthemumThis all-around useful flower has been used to repel all sorts of insects, from roaches, ticks, lice, fleas and mites. Chrysanthemum’s powerful insect-repelling property is pyrethrum. This ingredient can usually be found in various insecticides and pesticides.

However, pyrethrum can be carcinogenic, so you need to know the risks in case you want to make a homemade pest repellent. It’s best to keep chrysanthemums away from kids and pets as they could be toxic when ingested.

Floss Flower

The beautiful, fluffy, purple floss flower is not as potent as chrysanthemums, though it does emit an aroma that is unpleasant to mosquitoes. But fortunately for us, as well as to other harmless insects, they are lovely and fragrant.

Lavender

Insect Repellent Plants and Flowers | lavenderAnother well-known useful flower is the lavender. Lavender’s strong scent repels moths, fleas, flies and mosquitoes. Try planting the lavandin variety, which has a high concentration of camphor, or keep dried bundles of lavender in drawers, on your dining table or around the kitchen.

You can even extract lavender oil to use as a topical insect repellent. Check out this DIY guide to making your homemade lavender essential oil. Not only are you safe from insect bites, it can also soothe and calm your senses to give you a nice, relaxing sleep.

Lemongrass

Citronella, the ingredient you often see in insect repellent candles and sprays, is a natural oil found in lemongrass. Lemongrass can grow up to 4 feet tall and they’re very low maintenance, so you can easily plant them in your garden to repel insects. Even better, they’re great for adding fragrance and flavour in various soups, salads and dishes. Fragrant and yummy!

Marigold

Insect Repellent Plants and Flowers | marigoldVarious types of marigold repel aphids, mosquitoes and even rabbits. Farmers use the roots of marigolds to repel nematodes, which means you can opt to mix in or intersperse marigolds in your garden to help vegetables or other flowers to grow and benefit from their insect-repelling properties.

Like chrysanthemums, it’s the pyrethrum they contain that repels the insects.

Mint

Mint leaves not only deter mosquitoes away, mint essential oils can also treat bug bites. You can even add mint to your beverage to make it more refreshing. Pretty useful, right? So if you ever plan to have a little herb garden in your home, mint is a must have.

If you want to make a homemade mosquito repellent, you can extract mint oil then combine it with apple cider vinegar and vodka. Voila! Mosquito bites will be a thing of the past.

Nasturtium

Insect Repellent Plants and Flowers | nasturtiumNasturtium is a gardener’s best friend. It repels whiteflies, squash bugs, aphids, many beetles and cabbage loopers.

Nasturtium actually release an airborne chemical that wards off pesky bugs, especially the ones that tend to attack vegetables like tomatoes, cucumbers, kale, kohlrabi, collards, broccoli, cabbage and radishes.

Petunia

Another garden-friendly flowers is the lovely petunia. It repels aphids, tomato hornworms, asparagus beetles, leafhoppers and squash bugs. They not only help your vegetables become bug free, petunias can also make gardens look pretty with their bright and vibrant colours.

Rosemary

Insect Repellent Plants and Flowers | rosemaryThis herb is another one that’s ideal for vegetable gardens. You can also plant it anywhere, in pots, in your patio, or your landscaped lawn. Apart from its bug-repelling properties, rosemary’s oils are just as useful for cooking delicious meals.

For a simple insect repellent spray, follow these steps:

  1. Boil 1 quart of dried rosemary in a quart of water for 20 to 30 minutes and then straining the liquid into a container at least a half-gallon in size that contains a quart of cool water.
  2. Put a cap on the combined liquid and store it in the refrigerator.
  3. Add the repellent to small squirt bottles as needed when going outdoors.
  4. Discard the remaining repellent in the refrigerator when it no longer has a strong telltale smell of rosemary.
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Flower in Focus: Larkspur

July 2, 2018
Flower in Focus - Larkspur

For the month of July, our flower in focus is the dainty Larkspur. This beauty comes in shades of pink, white and lavender. They can be quite delicate because of their hollow stalks, so strong winds can easily break them. Though if you take care of them and they are protected from the high winds, they can grow to heights of about 36 – 72 inches.

The larkspur is associated with purity, levity and affection. It evokes feelings of optimism, joy and good will.  The Best Florist Singapore may use the larkspur for birthday bouquets or housewarming flower arrangements, though they can be mixed with other fresh flowers to suit other occasions.

Larkspurs can shine on their own, as baby shower flowers and such, but they can also play the supporting role—enhancing the beauty of other blooms. So before you schedule a generic fruit basket delivery for your loved one, send them their birthday flower as a more thoughtful and meaningful gift.

Background and Etymology

Larskpur meaning and symbolism

Unlike roses or tulips which are frequently used to express love and romance, the larkspur conveys more gentle messages and versatile enough to be used in various mixed flower bouquets for Valentine’s Day Flowers or even as sympathy flowers.

Larkspur used to be classified as a Delphininium, though it has recently been reclassified to Consolida. It earned the common name of larkspur because the appearance of the flower is similar to the shape of a spur.

While it’s easy to confuse a delphinium from a larkspur, there are differences between the two. Larkspur are annuals with more delicate blooms that appear in a wider range of colours (white, pink, purple, red and orange), while delphinium are perennials which are confined to hues of blue and white.

Meanings and Symbolisms

Larskpur meaning and symbolism

Beyond scientific classification and etymology, history and mythology have attributed various meanings and symbolisms to larkspur.

In Greek mythology, it was said that upon the death of Achilles, both Ajax and Ulysses wanted to claim his arms. The Greeks eventually awarded them to Ulysses which angered Ajax and led him to take his life with a sword, and where his blood fell, the larkspur grew. According to this myth, you can even make out the initials of Ajax (A I A) on the petals of larkspur.

Native Americans attribute the name of the larkspur to an angel or celestial being. It is said that the being sent down a spike made from pieces of the sky. The sun dried out the spike and it scattered in the wind. Where the pieces touched the earth, the larkspur bloomed.

For Christians, legend has it that after the crucifixion, when many doubted if Christ would rise again, a tiny bunny tried to remind them of Christ’s promise. The bunny kept his faith and waited in the cave until Christ arose. For his steadfastness, Christ showed the bunny a tiny blue larkspur flower which bears the image of the bunny’s face—a symbol of placing your trust in Christ which endures to this day.

In history, the larkspur’s popularity rose during the Victorian era. The flowers are given as gifts meant to symbolize an open heart as well as to convey pure intentions. Specific colours also express different meanings. Pink larkspur represents fickleness, white refers to a happy-go-lucky nature, while lavender suggests first love and a sweet disposition.

Practical Uses

Larskpur meaning and symbolism

Larkspur can have a lot of practical uses. Small doses or amounts can have medicinal properties, such as treatment for insect bites, parasitic infestation, dropsy, and asthma. The juice, mixed with alum, can be used as a blue ink or dye.  Historically, larkspur has been used to treat eye irritation or eye complaints and is believed to relieve scorpion stings as well as to kill nits and lice.

Furthermore, dried larkspur has been used to ward off scorpions and even venomous snakes. They’re also good for aiding pollination because they attract hummingbirds and bees.

So go ahead and plant these hardworking blooms in your own garden and discover all their uses and health benefits!

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How to Upcycle Cut Flowers for Kitchen Use

June 25, 2018
How to Upcycle Cut Flowers for Kitchen Use

Cut flowers and Bouquet Delivery are often seen as frivolous and pure aesthetic. But while people can mistakenly just throw out perfectly good blooms when they wilt, there are ways to upcycle cut flowers to maximise their use.

There are tons of DIY instruction online on how to reuse or upcycle fresh flowers for your kitchen. To save you the effort of scouring the Internet, here are a few eco-friendly ideas to help you upcycle the next bouquet of blooms you receive from your favourite Online Florist.

DIY Flower Chandelier

You can hang flowers to dry, so while you are drying the cut flowers they can serve as a beautiful ornament to your kitchen. You can also hang spices and other dried ingredients above your kitchen counter for easy access. It’s not only a pleasing addition to your interiors, it can also serve a practical function.

For decorative purposes, house parties or something to spruce up the kitchen, check out this step-by-step guide to creating a Gorgeous DIY Flower Chandelier. Here’s one you can follow to make a flower chandelier to light up your dining table.

Decorative Floral Frames

Once you’ve dried up the flowers, you can press them on books and then create lovely installations and flower frames to add a personal touch and a homey feel to your kitchen. Add a hand bouquet to your next fruit basket delivery order to get the process started.

This Dried Flowers Hanging Frame tutorial will give you all you need to know to create a rustic artwork to hang on your kitchen walls. All you need are blotting paper, flower press (use pre-pressed flowers if this isn’t available), flowers, blotting paper, hanging frame and organic glue.

Edible Flowers for Your Cooking

When you send or receive fresh flowers, it may be better to send edible blooms. This way, the flowers are not just a feast for the eyes, they can be yummy for the tummy, too! For instance, most roses are actually edible. Here’s a list of edible flowers for your reference.

Once washed and properly dried, you can store the dried edible flowers for different recipes like candied flowers and spaghetti with sun-dried tomatoes for added flavour. You can even eat them fresh and put them in salad! Here are a few delicious recipes for edible flowers to try out.

 

There you go! Also, check out our post on flower care basics to lengthen the life of your cut flowers. There are plenty of ways to give your cut flowers a second or third life. You just need to get your creative juices going.

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World-Famous Flowers that Would Break the Bank

June 18, 2018
World-Famous Flowers that Would Break the Bank

Did you know that some flowers can cost millions of dollars? Fortunately, the cut flowers from a Singapore’s Online Florist are the affordable kind. Even the most opulent grand opening flowers are chump change compared to blooms elsewhere in the world that are so expensive they can break the bank.

Just in case you’re wondering, here are the world’s most expensive flowers.

5. 17th Century Tulip

World's Most Expensive Flowers | 17th Century TulipCost: $5,700

The Tulipmania of the 1600s makes the 17th Century Tulip one of the most expensive flowers in the world. It became a status symbol for wealthy Dutch that the rising demand drove tulip prices to exaggerated heights. It was reportedly selling for up to $5,700, a small fortune even by today’s standard.

 

 

 

4. Gold Kinabalu Orchid

World's Most Expensive Flowers | Gold Kinabalu Orchid

Source: Deccan Chronicle

Cost: $6,500 per orchid

This rare orchid can only be found inside the Kinabalu National Park in Malaysia. It only grows in the months of April and May, and the flower can take years to bloom! This green and red orchid is so rare that it can fetch a staggering $6,500 per orchid.

 

 

 

 

3. Shenzhen Nongke Orchid

World's Most Expensive Flowers | World's Most Expensive Flowers | Shenzhen Nongke OrchidCost: ~$202,000

This man-made orchid was developed in a lab by agricultural research corporation Shenzhen Nongke Group. It took them eight years to develop and cultivate, afterwards it was auctioned off to an anonymous bidder for an estimated $202,000!

 

 

 

 

2. Juliet Rose

World's Most Expensive Flowers | Juliet RoseCost: $15.8 million

Who doesn’t love Roses? We actually go to great lengths trying to extend the life of the beautiful cut flowers we receive on Valentine’s Day with proper flower care. And if you’re lucky enough to get a rare and coveted Juliet Rose, you may go to even greater lengths to preserve it. After all, a bouquet can cost up to $15.8 million! This was first showcased in 2006 at the Chelsea Flower Show in all its pale peach glory.

 

 

1. Kadupul Flower

World's Most Expensive Flowers | World's Most Expensive Flowers | Kadupul FlowerCost: Priceless

Rarity is one of the reasons why certain flowers are sold at obscene prices. And none is rarer than Sri Lanka’s Kadupul Flower. This flower takes the top spot because it hasn’t actually been sold because of its delicate nature on top of its rarity. This white flower only blooms at night and only survives for a few hours which makes sighting quite impossible. Picking it would also damage the flower, so it is not being sold at all.

There you have it! While you cannot get your hand on any of these bank-breaking blooms, you can always treat yourself from any of Her Flowers lovely and budget-friendly bouquets!

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Top 5 Flowers for Father’s Day

June 11, 2018
Flowers for Fathers Day

Contrary to popular opinion, flowers are not just for women. In fact, a Bouquet Delivery of fresh flowers can be the perfect surprise for this upcoming Father’s Day. Instead of the boring tie or fountain pen gift you usually give, why not change it up!

If you are not ready to go full bouquet, you can always ask your favourite Singapore online florist to incorporate fresh flowers in Hampers filled with gourmet food and wine. A lot of fruit basket delivery in Singapore can also be decorated with flowers so your dad can enjoy healthy snacks arranged in a beautiful basket which can be used as a centrepiece for your dining table. You can even be cheeky and place the flowers inside a “World’s Best Dad” mug.

More importantly, the health benefits of flowers are well-known. Dads everywhere deserve to take a break and be pampered by loved ones to just get away from the stresses of work. Here are the top 5 flowers to give to your dad on Father’s Day.

Yellow roses to brighten up his day

Yellow is a very neutral colour, but it also denotes joy and sunshine. So it’s a very warm and loving floral choice for father’s day. As an alternative, you can also give your dad some sunflowers to cheer them up and let them know that they are loved.

Blue hydrangeas to chase the blues away

A monochromatic bouquet of blue hydrangeas is both calming and eye-catching. This can fit in perfectly on your father’s work desk or by the window to match the blue sky on a beautiful day. It’s a great way to inspire your hardworking father even on the toughest of days.

Orchids for minimal upkeep

If your dad cannot be bothered to water plants, then orchids are ideal flowers for them. They’re very hardy and comes in a lot of varieties. Most orchids from online florists in Singapore already comes potted so there’s no need to transfer them to a container. Just place them by the window to catch some sun and they can thrive with just spritzes of water each week.

Bonus: Lucky Bamboo for prosperity

Speaking of hardy, the lucky bamboo is a favourite ornament for the study because they are, well, lucky! They’re small enough and stylish enough to complement any interior. Three stems can refer to happiness, six for wealth and seven for health. Choose your well wishes!

In the meantime, check out Her Flowers’ catalogue of hampers for the perfect Father’s Day gift!

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Flower in Focus: Rose

June 4, 2018
Origin and Meaning of Roses

This month, we’re focusing on the origin and meaning behind the rose—birthday flower of June celebrants.

The rose is probably the flower most associated with romance, especially red roses. They’re beautiful, fragrant and prickly if you’re not careful. Their popularity makes them a staple in all flowers shops and florists in Singapore. Justifiably so, because their numerous associations and symbolism make them suitable for all sorts of flower arrangements, from Grand Openings to wreaths in Singapore and, of course, as Valentine’s Day Flowers.

Background and Etymology

Rose comes from the Latin word rosa. It became adapted as a name for a person who resides at a place where wild roses grew or even as a nickname for a man with a ‘rosy’ complexion.

Roses were first cultivated more than 5,000 years ago in Asia. These were then brought to ancient Mesopotamia by Sargon I, King of the Akkadians after a military exploration. Eventually, Greeks introduced roses to Romans.

Over the years, the exquisite rose became entrenched in culture and tradition in various countries. In ancient Rome, people throw rose petals on streets during Roman public games. They were also used as ornaments. Egyptians painted roses on walls and tombs as far back as fifth century B.C. until Cleopatra’s era.

Meanings and Symbolisms

Self-Care | Roses

Her Flowers, Pink Roses

Different colours and varieties of roses hold different meanings and associations. The main six hues of roses are red, yellow, lavender, pink, white and orange.

Red roses are associated with love and romance, making them great flowers for Valentine’s Day bouquets or anniversary gifts. Yellow roses refer to friendship, joy and recovery. They’re perfect for Get Well Soon bouquets, graduation bouquet or as birthday flowers. Lavender roses represent enchantment, majesty as well as love at first sight. So this could be a great choice for courtship or to give to someone you admire.

Pink roses symbolize love, gratitude and appreciation. They can be great for Mother’s Day, as a Thank You bouquet or just as a nice gesture of appreciation towards a loved one. Meanwhile, white roses signify purity, innocence, sympathy and spirituality. They’re perfect for baby showers, new mothers, baby hampers or as a sign of respect to elders. Finally, orange roses point to desire, enthusiasm and passion. Any festive occasion can benefit from orange roses, even Halloween.

Roses are also often referenced in literature. For example, a well-known line in Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet (1600) is “a rose by any other name shall smell as sweet.” This has been interpreted to mean that the thing itself is more important that what it’s called. Another famous literary reference to roses comes from Gertrude Stein’s poem Sacred Emily (1922) which states, “A rose is a rose is a rose.” It has been interpreted to mean that “things are what they are.”

In both cases, the rose is used as an example of an ideal and this is why the value of roses will always endure.

Practical Uses

Practical Uses of Roses

Beyond the beauty of roses, they also have practical uses. In fact, all roses are edible. This means that you can use them to add flavour to your cereals, juices, smoothies or you can make a rose-flavoured jam.

As for their medicinal properties, several species of roses have been used to treat a variety of ailments. Rosehips from rose species like Rosa Rugosa, Rosa Canina and Rosa Moyes are rich in vitamin C, so in ancient times they were used to cure scurvy. Meanwhile, Rosa Mosqueta oil, extracted from the rose seeds, is said to facilitate cellular regeneration and can be used to treat burns, scars and wrinkles. Some people also use rose extracts to treat urinary tract infections and chronic diarrhoea.

Rose essences have been incorporated in various fragrances as scents as well as cosmetic products. In particular, rose water—a diluted version of the rose essence—is a popular ingredient in beauty products for their ability to prevent winkles. So you can actually harness the beauty of roses to make yourself even more beautiful. Now isn’t that enchanting?

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Famous Flower Festivals Around the World

May 28, 2018
famous flower festivals around the world

Flower-loving travel enthusiasts may want to take note of the following fabulous flower festivals around the world. Music festivals may be the hip thing to do and attend, but colourful flower festivals never goes out of style!

From Thailand to Belgium, the colourful and festive flower arrangements from these flower parades, expositions and cultural events are sure to inspire wanderlust. So you think grand opening flower delivery Singapore from your favourite Online Florist is impressive, wait ‘til you see the extravagance and scale of these flower floats, installations and floral creations. All of your favourite blooms—from Roses to orchids— set in whimsical works of art.

Portugal (Madeira) – Festa da Flor

Festa da Flor is an annual cultural festival in Madeira, Portugal that takes place after Easter. This flower festival celebrates the arrival of spring by highlighting blooming flowers through beautiful flower floats and carpets designed by local artists.

The festival lasts for 4 days and involves various activities. On the first day, children dressed in flower costumes participate in the construction of a mural of flowers called “Wall of Hope.” The second day consists of parades, dancing and an overall immersion into the rich culture of Madeira. Locals and tourists can visit flower markets showcasing flowers that grow in the region. This is also the day when floral carpets are exhibited in streets and contests are held for the best decorated shop windows.

Belgium (Brussels) – Flower Carpet

Every two years during summer, a hundred volunteers from Brussels as well as neighbouring countries gather in front of Grand-Place, at the heart of the city, to assemble the flower carpet in 4 hours using hundreds of thousands of fragrant begonias! This year’s mounting and official inauguration of the stunning Flower Carpet will take place in August 16th.

This tradition started in 1971 and has been a highly anticipated event since 1986. In the evening, there is a concert accompanied by a magnificent sound-and-light show. The theme changes every time, but it is always rooted in history, tradition and diplomacy.

Belgium and The Netherlands – Bloemencorso

Bloemencorso, the Dutch term for flower parade, is celebrated annually in many towns and regions in Belgium and the Netherlands. As part of the festivities, various vehicles, floats and even boats are decorated and covered multi-coloured flowers. Some floats are shaped as giant animals, well-known characters and other subjects.

The Bloemencorso at Zundert, Netherlands is currently the largest flower parade in the world. It is celebrated every first Sunday of September. The flower floats are constructed using cardboard, steel wires, and papier mâchés. In addition, only dahlias are used to decorate the floats which means millions of dahlias are needed to mount this festival.

Italy (Ventimiglia) – La Battaglia di Fiori

La Battaglia di Fiori or the Battle of Flowers happens once every two years in the old town of Ventimiglia. Like many flower festivals, this is the celebration of the coming of spring. It is essentially a competition for the best and most opulent float that is made almost entirely out of flowers—thousands and thousands of flowers!

The floats are shown and exhibited around town for two days. During this period, there are also lots of music and feasts culminating in a fireworks display. After that, the floats are touched up for judging the following day. During judging, all entries circle the town two or three times where lots of flowers shower the crowd.

Colombia (Medellin) – Festival of the Flowers

Feria de Las Flores or the Festival of the Flowers is a week-long celebration commemorating the end of slavery as well as to celebrate the independence of Antioquia. Porters, called silleros, cargueros or silleteros, used to carry colonial officials on their backs up steep hills in the Colombian Andes. As a nod to this inhumane practice, the world-famous silleteros parade feature participants carrying flowers on their back instead.

USA (Pasadena) – The Rose Parade

The Rose Parade, held annually in Pasadena, California, began in 1890 and has since become one of the world’s most famous flower parades. It usually takes place on New Year’s Day featuring awe-inspiring rose-adorned floats televised live in the United States. Thousands of people go to Pasadena to witness the parade of floats, complete with marching band, a horse parade and a beauty queen contest!

Thailand – Chiang Mai Flower Festivals

Closer to home, the Chiang Mai Flower Festivals happens in the first weekend of February. The festival uses numerous types of flowers, though they are known for the yellow and white chrysanthemums, and the Damask Rose which is a rose variety found only in Chiang Mai. The flower floats are flanked by dancers in traditional Thai costumes and marching bands. Lucky spectators can also receive flowers handed out by parade participants.

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Low Maintenance Blooms for Busy Bees

May 21, 2018
Low Maintenance Flowers for Busy People

Do you know why Bouquet Delivery is often reserved for special occasions? Well, one reason is that people often see flowers as fussy and high-maintenance when in fact that’s not always true! With the right care and upkeep, cut flowers can last for as long as 2-3 weeks.

Don’t hesitate to buy fresh flowers from your favourite Online Florist because there are ways to make those lovely, fragrant birthday blooms or grand opening flowers last longer. To lengthen the life of cut flowers, you can read more from our post “Flower Care Basics: Lengthening the Life of Cut Flowers.”

In the meantime, here are the top 5 low-maintenance blooms that last long either potted or as cut flowers. Busy bees, rejoice!

Lovely Lilies

Low Maintenance Flowers | LiliesVASE LIFE: 1 week

Lilies come in various shades and varieties.  There are also different sizes of buds you can choose from. What’s great is that you can buy them fresh all year round. In most cases, this cut flower can last longer than seven days.

When buying lilies, try to look for blooms with tight buds or you can specify this to your online florists for online purchases. This way, the buds will still open up once you place them in water. For upkeep, simply remove the flowers that are wilting or past their prime.

 

Tulips

Low Maintenance Flowers | TulipsVASE LIFE: 7-9 days

Just like lilies, tulips with tight buds last longer as cut flowers. Tulips are actually sensitive to temperature and would react in different ways. For instance, if you place them somewhere warmer, the buds would open up. On the other hand, cooler temperature would make the buds close back up!

 

 

 

Cheerful Daisies

Low Maintenance Flowers | DaisiesVASE LIFE: 2 weeks

Gerbera daisy is another flower with a long shelf life. If you’re picking out daisies from the flower market, a simple trick to gauge its freshness is to hold the flower upright and observe the petals. If the petals are not perky or sloping down, then they’ve been in the water for a while. Move on and choose fresher options.

Once displayed in your home, make sure to place gerbera daisies in cooler place of your home. This would prevent the flower petal from drooping quickly.

 

Chrysanthemums

Low Maintenance Flowers | ChrysanthemumsVASE LIFE: 2 weeks

Chrysanthemums are flower shop staples primarily because of their long shelf life. Of course, they’re also popular because of the many varieties of colours, from white, purple, green and red. This makes chrysanthemums versatile blooms for different flower arrangements, from wedding flowers Singapore to condolence wreaths.

Chrysanthemums signify nobility and longevity which is appropriate since they last quite a long time!

 

Proteas

Low Maintenance Flowers | Proteas

Her Flowers, The Sylvia

VASE LIFE: 2-3 weeks

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Flower Guide

Flower in Focus: Lily of the Valley

May 14, 2018
Flower in Focus - Lily of the Valley

Shy or unassuming are often words used to describe lily of the valley—the birthday flower of May celebrants. It’s delicate, bell-shaped white flowers droop as if bowing which is why they are often associated with traits like humility, purity and innocence. These values make them suitable for various types of bouquets and flower arrangements, including condolence wreath Singapore and even Grand Openings. For home décor, they’re the ideal flower for minimalists.

Lilies of the valley can easily be the focal flowers, but they can also help highlight any bloom because of the small-sized buds and muted colour. However, they don’t readily grow in tropical countries like Singapore since they cannot survive in hot climates. Instead, you can usually see them in temperate forests across Asia, Europe, and North America.

Today we’ll get to know more about this oft-overlooked bloom.

Background and Etymology

The lily of the valley is actually not a lily. Scientifically, it is classified as part of the Asparagaceae family. As for its scientific name, Convallaria majalis or maialis, it means “of or belonging to May.” This flower also usually blooms in the month of May, so this is why it is also known as the May lily.

According to the Bible, the lily of the valley blossomed from the spot on the ground where Mary’s tears fell at the foot of the cross. Lilies of the valley also make multiple appearances and references in several Christian Bible stories.

Meanings and Symbolisms

Flower Meaning - Lily of the Valley

Apart from humility and purity, lily of the valley is also believed to bring luck in love. In addition, it also symbolises “the return of happiness” which explains why it’s a popular choice as decorations in weddings as well as for wedding bouquets. In fact, it’s a favourite among royals. Queen Victoria, Princess Astrid of Sweden, Grace Kelly, and Kate Middleton included this unassuming bloom as part of their wedding bouquets.

Europeans seem to be fond of this flower. Historically, the lily of the valley became Finland’s national flower in 1967 as well as the floral emblem of Yugoslavia. In France, they celebrate La Fête du Muguet or Lily of the Valley Day on May 1. The French treat this bloom as a flower of romance. During La Fête du Muguet, apart from people giving this flower to their loved ones, they also hold an annual lily of the valley dances where singles could meet without their parents’ permission.

Practical Uses

The good thing about flowers is that they also have practical uses. Lily of the valley is no exception. Of course, we know that lily of the valley can be found as a popular ingredient in perfumes and cosmetics. Lesser known is their poisonous properties.

In herbal medicine, lily of the valley can be used as a poison antidote, for the heart and epilepsy. In addition, tea infusions and ointments from this plant are utilised to treat burns, fever and used as a sedative as well as a diuretic.

While the plant contains various toxins that can help stimulate the heart, if ingested in large quantities it can actually cause death. In fact, all parts of the lily of the valley plant are poisonous and is dangerous if swallowed. Finally, lily of the valley is also sometimes cultivated to produce green dye.

So despite their innocent appearance, they can be pretty deadly. Another proof that appearances can be deceiving.