Growing flowers

February 22, 2009

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Consider the type of soil that you naturally have in your garden, and choose a fertilizer that will help it reach the optimum balance for your plants. The fertilizer you choose should include the elements that your plants aren’t getting from the soil.

When planning the location of your plants within your flower beds and border, keep in mind the color of the blooms, even if the plant is not blooming when you purchase it. Plan for contrast in the texture and color of the flowers, but make sure that the colors will also blend in an attractive manner. For example, the bright color of Zinnias can be balanced with softer colors from chrysanthemum or cosmos.

Don’t forget to consider where you are situating the flower bed. Ideally, it should face south or southwest, but any location that gets enough sun should help your flowers thrive. You should try to plant it close to the house, so that your plants will be protected.

Terry Davies
Flower History

Here  are some websites for more information:
Florist Directory – Online florist and flower shop directory. Flowerdir.com

Floristglobal.comFlower Directory and information on the web.
800FlowerDirectory.com – links to Flower directory resources and information websites.

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Japanese Flower Arrangements

February 22, 2009

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 Kado is one of the most ancient Japanese art forms.
It is often called ikebana, meaning living flowers, and is the classical art of floral arrangement that originated in Japan.


Many people wonder how kado differs from Western floral art and even more, question why one would spend years to study the Japanese art of arranging flowers, when it’s so easy to fill a vase with beautiful daisies or roses.

But kado is in itself a way of arranging flowers for life and for beauty, and the beauty of life.

According to some authorities, kado has been practiced for more than 600 years. It is thought to have developed from Buddhist rituals involving the offering of flowers, which can be traced to the sixth century introduction of Buddhism to Japan. Part of the worship involved the presentation of flowers on an altar in honor of Buddha.

Some believe kado originated in China.

Terry Davies,
Flower history
More great websites about flowers:
LastingFlower.comFlower directory and information on the web.
FlowerGreat.com – Online Florist, Flower Shop, Florist Directory
DirectoryBloom.com – Provides information about flower directory and resource websites.

Flowers from Canada

February 22, 2009

Grass pink /Calopogon tuberosus: found in Manitoba, Ontario, Quebec, New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island, Nova Scotia and Newfoundland. The flowering season is from mid June to August.

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The flowers are large and the range of colors is from pink to rose-purple to magenta-crimson. These flowers are rarely white. The fragrance of these flowers is similar to roses. The dorsal sepal is narrow, oblong and acute. The lateral petals have often a tight constriction. Fairy slipper Calypso bulbosa: located in Northwest Territories, Yukon, British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Ontario, Quebec, New Brunswick and Newfoundland. The flowering season is May, June and July. The flowers are showy and solitary. The petals and sepals spread laterally. They are pinkish purple in color and rarely whitish. Snow Orchid Cephalanthera austinae. found primarily in British Columbia. The flowering season is from June to August. This is found mainly in the dimly lit virgin coniferous forests. The petals and sepals of the flowers are not widely spread. The inside half portion of the constricted lip cannot be easily seen. The outer segment of the lip is in the shape of a heart but is blunt and broad.


Large Coralroot/Corallorhiza maculata: found in British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Ontario, Quebec, New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island, Nova Scotia and Newfoundland. The flowering season is from early June to early August. The color of the flowers is just like the upper portion of the stem.
Terry Davies
Flower History

More great links:
www.flowergiftbusiness.com
DeliverFlower.info – links to Flower directory resources and information websites.
FlowerTotal.com – The Online Florist Web Directory and Flower Web Directory

Scented Flowers & Foliages

February 22, 2009

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Scent is such a popular element of cut flowers that the first thing most of us do when buying a bouquet is smell the flowers. Over a third of you, in F&PA surveys, say it influences your choice of flower purchase.

Floral scents are one of the most popular smells, and the perfume industry expends a great deal of effort trying to reproduce the authentic fragrance of fresh flowers.

It has also been discovered that certain fragrances can have an effect on our emotions and well being. The scent of orange blossom or lavender can act as a sedative, while citrus smells are great pick-me-ups.
To cultivate cut flowers that have consistent quality, long vase life, good color, disease resistance, and the strength to grow profusely, some of the scent genes are bred out in the process. It is a side effect of the molecular structure of flowers.

Because of this, growers and geneticists have recently started breeding more perfume back into cut flowers again. Flowers and foliage are also beginning to be graded with a scent scale, like a bottle of wine, based on strength of perfume and the type of scent – sweet, spicy, woody, exotic and so forth.

In general, white and pale flowers are particularly strongly scented, eg oriental lilies, tuberose, Tazetta narcissi. Freesias are an exception to this – darker red and pink varieties have the strongest scent.

Bear in mind that a cool room is better for prolonging the life of cut flowers; but too cool a room may prevent scented flowers giving off their full perfume.

Isles of Scilly, specialises in scented narcissi and pinks. Their prices include postage costs.

Terry Davies
Flower History

Here are some great links:
www.greenfield-flower-shop.com
NZ Flowers & Flower Shops NZ Flower Shop is an online flower directory of NZ flowers and NZ florists
Driedflowers.com

Since 1978, J&T Imports has supplied both wholesale and retail customers with the finest quality dried & preserved botanicals in the world. Through industry trade shows and our colorful easy-to-shop website (www.driedflowers.com), we currently provide our customers with a large variety of products, including dried and preserved floral and botanical products, artificial and dried fruits and vegetables, wreaths, bouquets, decorative feathers and balls, recycling fountains, birdhouses, floral lighting, sandcast artwork, and beautiful hand-made products from Sonoma Lavender.

Flower Dreams

February 22, 2009

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There isn’t so much a story to Flower on the surface, but if you dig down a little you’ll find something. If you notice the game refers to a play as dreams, a flower’s dream if you will. The flowers sit on the windowsill of an apartment in the city, only dreaming of what it would be like to fly freely in the wind. All starts off fine but eventually things take a turn towards a dark and rainy day all until a flower comes and saves the day.

With Flower only having six levels (seven if you count the credits), one would not think that it would have much of a replay factor. This isn’t the case however as you’ll still be amazed and entertained by the subtle nuances of the world. But the most important aspect will always remain, it’s relaxing. Every time you come back you’ll still feel that same sense of relaxation and peacefulness as the first time you started it up.

Terry Davies,
Flower History

Here are more great links for you:
Florist Directory
Flowers Directory
Add Your URL FREE, Boost Your Web Site’s Traffic & Rankings.
Web Directory – www.flowersdirectory.org

Brant Florist- Order Flowers Online ,Send Flowers Online, Order and Send Flowers and Gift Baskets Online with Worldwide Delivery

Flower Trends

February 22, 2009

Stylish Flowers For Your Home – Every Season!

flower_trendsThe Flowers & Plants Association, with our European partners Flower Council of Holland, produce stylish flower trends especially for you. Leading prediction companies throughout Europe, and tie in with home decor and catwalk fashions creates the trends. The Flowers & Plants Association takes these predictions and turns them into seasonal styles exclusively for the UK.

These new styles fit in with modern interiors – and the arrangements are simple and quick to do. They don’t require huge bunches of flowers to achieve – even a couple of flower stems can transform a room.

We’re now buying flowers more often for ourselves, and for our homes – F&PA surveys, research, and independent studies tell us this. Many of us are choosing distinctive styles of home decor – and are looking for flowers and plants, which fit in with these styles.

We also find from our surveys and research that people miss a sense of the seasons; particularly if they live in a city. Flowers and plants are a reminder of those seasons – and each season the Flowers & Plants Association will show you new ideas for using flowers in your home.

Terry Davies,
Flower History

For further information. Here are some links:

Directory4Flower.com – Flower directory includes florist websites and flower companies by local and by servies.

Florist and Flower shops Web Directory
Worldwide florist and flower shops Web Directory; Find out huge selection of sources for Flower shop and send flower on line from a local florist around the world.

Bloomcentral-Comprehensive florist web Directory.

Flower Symbolism

February 2, 2009

flower symbolism

Flowers have always been an object which artists could not resist. over the years we’ve lost the
symbolism of flowers, but in the past artists chose flowers in order to transmit a very specific
message about the object of they’re creation.

The symbolism of acertain flower changes from culture to culture. flower meanings displayed here
are for western european culture standards, unless stated otherwise.

Bamboo – a symbol for long livelihood (its branches are ever green) , strength and grace
(often the bamboo will bend but hardly does it snap) .

In chinese philosophy, the straight,durable main stem of the bamboo symbolizes the
path to enlightment. its segments represent the many stages each man must pass.

Nightshade – a very toxic plant with purple flowers and black fruit which resemble berries. a symbol
for deceit, danger and death.

Chrysanthemum – the national symbol of japan , represent long livelihood.
Daisy – the most basic of flowers  , a white daisy is a symbol for innocence.

Clover Leaf – the three leaves of the clover represent the holy trinity
in christianity (the father,the son and the holy ghost) a four leaf clover represents luck.

Clove – A Symbol for engagement , in china the clove is asymbol for marriage.
Terry Davies,
Flower History

More great flower directory websites for information:
* FlowerListing.com – Comprehensive online Florist Directory link to flower resources and information websites.
*www.allflorists.co.uk – UK Florist Directory
*www.armflorist.com- Your Local Florist In Armenia

Welcome to ‘Flower History’

February 1, 2009

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Alohaa!, you have reached the ‘Flower History’ Blog , here you will find interesting historical facts about flowers and other plantlife. Whether its Flowers in history,Flower Symbolism or Flowers in diffrent cultures, we’ve got it all. So be sure to check back and read new scrumptious flower posts if you have any suggestions or constructive criticism to contribute please refer them to terryd1977@gmail.com

Terry Davies,
Flower History

Here are some great flowers directories i reccomand for:
*Only Florist – Send Flower directory

*Only Florist – Send Flower directory.

*FloralTop.com
– Online Florist Directory, Flower Shop and Florist Retail, Flower Business.

*BloomBest.com – Flower and Florist Web Directory