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Flower Blog Archive - January 2008

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Shoppers Time for Valentines in the US

I wanted to know the details of the market during the Valentines and other holidays. In such search, I came across this site.

While Christmas, Thanksgiving, and other holidays generally boost sales across most retail categories, Valentine's Day tends to bring out shoppers seeking more specific items -- cards, flowers, chocolates, candles, gourmet dinners and other tokens of affection, categories in which smaller specialty retailers, boutique stores, and online outlets are flourishing, market watchers say.

"When it comes to shopping for their special someone on Valentine's Day, consumers turn to more sentimental gifts," says Tracy Mullins, the president of the National Federation of Retailers, a Washington-based trade group.

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Rainbow Rose Flowers

colored roses.jpg These are the Rainbow Rose Flowers

Rainbow Rose Flowers

I came to know a system where roses are colored with rainbow flowers. These 'Happy Flowers' were designed by Peter Van de Werken, who owns a flower company close to Den Bosch in southern Holland.

You can present your wife or girlfriend with a bunch of these flowers on Valentine's Day. The highly colourful flowers have been developed by a Dutch businessman who dyes each bloom in the colours of the rainbow.

The dyes are produced from natural plant extracts and are absorbed by the flowers as they grow.

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Flower Remedies

There are interesting facts about Flower Remedies, in a site which I encountered. Let me share with the flower community.

Flower remedies are made by floating the freshly picked blooms in bowls of spring water and leaving them in sunlight on a cloudless day. In this way, the water is "potentized" by the essence of the nower, which is believed to have entered the liquid. The potentized water is then mixed in fixed proportions with brandy, which acts as a preservative, and stored in a dark glass bottle.

Although there are now many varieties of flower remedies made around the world, most are prepared in this way. Unlike many modern herbal medicines, flower essences do not contain any artificial chemical substances, except for the brandy preservative.

The remedies are normally taken by dropping a few drops of the essence into a small amount of still mineral water. This mixture is then slowly sipped.

Though plant-based, flower remedies are more homeopathic than herbal in the way they are said to work. That is, they work psychologically and psychically at the energy level, rather than chemically. Supporters describe them as "liquid energy" because they believe they encapsulate the flowers' healing energies and present them in a form that can be used therapeutically in the simplest and most effective way.

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cm on roses?

When roses are described as measured in cm - is this the length of the stem or the measurement of the head?

The Flower Arranging Expert Book - Dr. D.G. Hessayon

bookDr. D.G. Hessayon.jpgIn search for a valuable book on Flower arranging, I came across a book written by Dr. D.G. Hessayon which is of 128 pages of valuable information about arranging flowers, Which is rather a difficult task. The book is named as “The Flower Arranging Expert”.

This handy book will answer all of your questions, plus a few you had not thought to ask. It begins with a thorough description of the basics...Colorful illustrations emphasize each point...step-by-step help for constructing an arrangement, information about working with artificial flowers, and suggestions for ways to display flowers in every room of the house are included, as are tips on culling arrangement material from wildflowers and houseplants...

This book is a treasure to possess.

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Caribbean Native Flower

Queenswreath.jpg I came across a site having the information about a carribean native flower. I wanted to share the facts with the flower community.

Queenâ??s Wreath - Petrea volubilis is a native of the Caribbean Basin with large, rough-surfaced, dark green leaves and a very showy display of purplish blue, star-shaped flowers arranged in foot-long, slender, hanging clusters. Blooming several times a year, this rapidly-growing, evergreen, twining vine produces its best bloom in spring. Flowers literally cover the vine for several weeks.

It can be trained to grow on an arbour, trellis or fence in a sunny garden spot. The blue flower colour is spectacular and perhaps second to none for a subtropical landscape. Flowers resemble wisteria. Preferring full sun but tolerating light shade, Queenâ??s Wreath will grow in any reasonably good soil. Plants should be watered periodically and lawn grasses should be kept back from the root zone. Young vines should be protected from frost.

The cultivar Albiflora has white flowers and similar growth characteristics, but it is rare in the trade. Propagation is by cuttings, air layers, or division of root suckers...

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