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Our First Blog Entry

April 29 2019

Tulips don’t know when to stop growing, that is their special charm. Other flowers stay put once cut. Not the tulip. Tulips keep growing in the vase gaining an inch in height or more. And they bend, they are phototropic. Gracefully, they twist and turn, leaning this way or that, toward sources of light.  The seemingly whimsical bending of tulips is actually caused by the dual effects of continuing stem growth and the gentle pull of light and gravity on the flower head. Turn the vase regularly if you want to keep them straight.


With proper care, tulips should open and last from three to seven days. For longest vase life, buy tulips with flowers just starting to open (the bud should be closed, but with the colour of the flower evident). Before arranging tulips, condition them by re-cutting the base of the stem with  clean sharp scissors, cut stems seal over time preventing their ability to take up water.  Don’t bother with flower food, tulips don’t need it. Keep away from sources of heat (including direct sunlight, radiators & lamps.

 Keep tulips away from bowls of fruit, preferably in different rooms. As fruit ripens, it produces ethylene gas, which can shorten the vase life of some flowers. Tulips and many other bulb flowers are particularly sensitive to this gas.

Peony

Our Second Blog Entry

May 3 2019

Fun Fact About Peonies

The fattest and most scrumptious of all flowers,

A rare fusion of fluff and majesty – Henry Mitchell

How big are Peonies? This big, bold blousy bloom can be up to 10 inches!

Peonies for weddings They are regarded as a symbol of good fortune and a happy marriage! They a re much loved by brides the world over.

The Peony Plant can live to be 100 years old!

The Peony comes in every colour except blue

The Peony is loved by celebs: Hillary Duff, Drew Barrymore, Gwyneth Paltrow

• They grow in Asia, Southern Europe and Western North America

When is Peony season? – May and June

The Netherlands produces about 50 million stems a year

How long do Peonies last? Vase life is about a week

Are Peonies scented? They emit a subtle, sweet fragrance (attracting pollinators)

Peonies are the official flower of the 12th wedding anniversary

• Roses as big as Cabbages – Marco Polo

Sweet Peas

Our Latest Blog Entry

May 14 2019

Sweet Peas

Theses delicate frilly blooms with their heady fragrance are a feat for the senses and my personal favourite

• Sweet Peas get their name from the Greek Lathyros, meaning Pea or Pulse

• The are native to Sicily, Cyprus and southern Italy

Is Sweet Pea poisonous? – yes! The peas and the plants are toxic if eaten

• Sweet Pea fragrance – if you are picking your own blooms pick them in the morning, preferably with some dew on them, this is when they are the most fragrant.

• Sweet pea fragrance is highly offensive to flies!

Sweet pea seasonEnglish Sweet Peas are in season from February to June (can be sourced up to September according to New Covent Garden)

Sweet Peas for Weddings – loved by brides for their seductive scent and delicate blooms, they do not last well out of water. Bouquets should be kept in water until the last minute and returned to water throughout the wedding day.

Sweet Peas as cut flowers – nothing beats a vase of sweet peas for the scent and beauty but they do not last more than a few days. Replace the water daily and add a sprinkle of sugar and a drop of bleach to help prolong their vase life. (The growers pre-treat them to help prolong their vase life)

Sweet Pea colours – the colour palette now ranges from purples, pinks, cream and bi colours

• Sweet Peas stems are around 18”

Lilies

Our Latest Blog Entry

June 2 2019

Lilies

• Interesting facts about Lilies

• Tell me about Lilies

• Lily flower information

• Why are Lilies special

• Are Lilies poisonous

• Does lily pollen stain

• Where do Lilies grow

The lovely, exotic looking Lily is ranked the 4th most popular flower across the globe!

COLOURS AND SHAPES

Lilies offer a host of possibilities. There’s plenty of choice in terms of colour, shape and size. Lilies come in serene white and calm pink, but also in eye-catching red, yellow, purple and orange. They also come with stripes, fringes or spots. The flowers can have a diameter ranging from 7 to 25cm, it can grow 2 to 6 feet in height depending on species, there are more than 100 species that we know of.

ORIGIN

Lilies are not only varied in terms of colour, shape and size, but also in where they come from. You can find them growing wild in Korea, Japan and parts of Siberia, but also close to the equator in India. In Europe, the lily is native to the Caucasus, the Balkans, Greece, Poland, the Alps and Pyrenees. It also grows wild in most American states, with the exception of the south-west part of the United States. You can certainly describe the lily as a world traveller!

SYMBOLISM

Lilies really are packed with symbolism. The most important symbolic meanings are:

• Femininity. In Greek and Roman times brides were given a crown of lilies in the hope of a pure and fruitful life.

• Love. In Victorian days receiving a sweet-scented lily told you: this is my beloved.

• Purity. White lilies are often used at weddings as a symbol of virginity and purity.

• Transience. The serene and pure appearance of the lily expresses emotions at times of loss and mourning.

Because the blooms open at varying times, cut flowers can last up to 2 weeks in the vase.

There are many kinds of flowers which have been called “Lilies” but many of these so-called Lilies such as the day-lily, water-lily, and arum-lily, actually belong to other groups of flowering plants.

Lily is not poisonous for humans. It is actually widely used in traditional Asian medicine for the treatment of depression and certain types of toxicities.

The oil extracted from lilies actually has been found to have healing and softening properties. The oil has been known to work well for cracked and dry skin.

Some species of lilies can be used as food. Bulbs of lily contain a lot of starch and they are used as root vegetables. Besides humans, insects, mice, squirrels and deer often eat wild lilies.

Unfortunately, several types of lilies have been found to be deadly to cats and dogs, even small amount of pollen can induce poisoning in cats.

BOUQUET INSPIRATION WITH LILIES

The stylish lily makes a bouquet extravagant. Combine it with delphiniums, Helleborus leaves, a blue aster to create a gorgeous contrast between the dark colours and soft pink lilies. Place the bouquet on the table in a brightly coloured vase to create a fabulous centrepiece that will catch everyone’s eye. If this appeals you can make this stylish bouquet yourself, or ask your florist to make it up for you.

CARING FOR LILIES

• Trim the stems diagonally with a sharp knife.

• Remove the leaves that will be under water.

• Add cut flower food to the water for a longer vase life.

• Do not place the vase in full sun, in a draught or next to the fruit bowl.

• Regular replace the vase water.

• REMOVE THE STAMENS WITH SCISSORS – THE POLLEN STAINS!!

• Pollen stains should be carefully removed with a piece of sellotape. If it has been rubbed in, spot clean with diluted biological washing liquid and place in the sun if possible.

Nigella

Our Latest Blog Entry

June 14 2019

Nigella / Love- In- A -Mist 

This ferny annual with its fluffy flowers and intriguing seed heads is a true English Cottage garden favourite.

• It blooms in blues, violets, pinks and white

• It’s common name is Love-In-A-Mist. The ferny foliage forms a mist around the flowers

• It is in season now and will bloom in the garden throughout the summer

• It is a member of the Buttercup family and is related to the Spice Black Cumin

• The cut flowers keep well in a vase and the foliage on its own looks lovely.

• The seed heads can be dried by hanging the stems upside down, then they look attractive in a dried arrangement

• Nigella is midly toxic to humans if ingested

• Stems grow from 15cm to 90cm

• Nigella represents harmony and love

• Nigella is known as a medicinal plant throughout the world. It has antibacterial, antifungal, antiparasitic, antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. Nigella species, especially Nigella sativa, have been used in the treatment of many diseases and medical conditions, such as skin problems, blood disorders, digestive troubles, respiratory conditions and nervous system diseases.

Simple to grow in your own garden by scattering the seeds where they are to grow in early Spring.