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Best way to decorate your home with flowers this Diwali

Flowers are so multi-utility that you can use them to decorate anything and any part of your home. They not just smell great, but also look beautiful. There are several ways of using floral arrangement to give your home that extra edge, especially during a festival like Diwali. 

Easy tip to decorate the house

As Indian festivals are all about vibrancy and colours, an easy DIY floral arrangement using orange asiatic lilies, hot pink Gerbera, vibrant cerise Alstroemerias, lime green chrysanthemums and yellow roses will be a good idea. You can put it in a simple vase or create multiple vases, which can be arranged onto a table to create an interesting design. You could also add simple foliage to connect the designs and rose petals scattered along and around the vases.

Carnations are the most underrated flowers that more brides should use for their bouquets
Once upon a time, you couldn’t move for carnations. They were at every wedding, presented to every dinner host, given to every teacher at the end of term. But they’re deeply unfashionable these days. Florists are inundated with requests for wedding bouquets made from roses and peonies but as soon as designers suggest brides have carnations, they apparently turn up their noses.

Chichester Festival of Flowers preparations starting to bloom
Preparations for Chicester Cathedral's spectacular Festival of Flowers have taken root.
The Dean of Chichester, the Very Revd Stephen Waine, welcomed 160 guests from across Sussex to a fundraising dinner in the Nave of Chichester Cathedral on Wednesday, October 11.

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Preparations for Chichester Cathedral’s spectacular Festival of Flowers have taken root. The Dean of Chichester, the Very Revd Stephen Waine, welcomed 160 guests from across Sussex to a fundraising dinner in the Nave of Chichester Cathedral on Wednesday, October 11.

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Preparations for Chichester Cathedral’s spectacular Festival of Flowers have taken root. The Dean of Chichester, the Very Revd Stephen Waine, welcomed 160 guests from across Sussex to a fundraising dinner in the Nave of Chichester Cathedral on Wednesday, October 11.

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Diwali 2017: Significance of Marigold Flowers, Mango Leaves
Diwali is the festival of prosperity and wealth. Many people decorate their houses with marigold flowers and mango leaves on the occassion.

However, have you ever wondered, why are marigolds and mango leaves used to decorate home on Diwali or any other auspicious ceremony or festival?

Well, the answer lies in the Puranas as well as Ayurveda.

Rachel de Thame’s guide to scented flowers, from January through to June
There are a few key essentials to creating a successful garden. By which I mean simply an outdoor space that makes you feel good and in which you want to spend your time. Most obviously, it should look beautiful to you, it should suit your needs and it should be appropriately planted and furnished, according to your budget and the time you have to care for it. I’d add one other to the list: a garden should be fragrant. Scent adds that indefinable something that elevates a garden from being merely good-looking to a space that brings intense pleasure.

The Cold Chain: How Cut Flowers Get To Your Home
o you ever wonder where the flowers in your local flower shop come from? It might be hard to believe, but most of the flowers you see and send come from far-away places like Colombia and Ecuador and travel for days to get here. Which begs the question— how do these flowers stay fresh in transit? Much like Passengers with Chris Pratt and Jennifer Lawrence, these flowers are put to sleep during international travel. Familiar favorites like roses, carnations, daisies, and hydrangeas make the trip that starts on a farm and ends in your home.
A majority of cut flowers in the United States are imported, and of those flowers nearly 80% come from Colombia— many of the cut flowers we use in our shop come from rural areas of Colombia’s capital Bogotá. When the flowers are first harvested at the farm level, they are bundled and packed in dry boxes with large holes on each end of the box to allow air flow. These boxes are placed in a large cooling unit that quickly pulls out all the warm air and replaces it with cold air. This process is similar to flash freezing, but the flowers don’t freeze completely— they are cooled to approximately 35 degrees. This maximizes shelf life and minimizes handling damage. At this point the flowers are sleeping and can travel the world!
Refrigerated trucks transfer the cold flowers to refrigerated planes. The majority of flowers fly to either Miami or LAX where they are loaded again into refrigerated trucks that travel to destination warehouses. Here, the flowers are hydrated and brought back to life. Flowers are then loaded into trucks that take them to flower markets or deliver directly to local florists, where they are arranged into the bouquets that you put in your home.

Plant Easy Care Daffodils Now for Added Spring Beauty
SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ - Daffodils have a cheery presence in the spring garden and are a surefire way to chase away the winter blues. These fall-planted bulbs are also reliable perennials that require no maintenance and are not bothered by deer or other pests. The National Garden Bureau has declared 2017 the Year of the Daffodil, and with the fall planting season right around the corner, now is the time to choose your favorites. Yellow trumpet daffodils are classics, but there are many other flower styles and colors to choose from. Double-flowering types like white and yellow Lingerie and long lasting lemon-yellow Sherbourne feature multiple rows of petals and some varieties look more like peonies than daffodils. Multi-flowering varieties like Beautiful Eyes, display several flowers on each stem. This variety’s white and orange blossoms have a gardenia-like fragrance. Miniature daffodil Baby Boomer has five to ten flowers per stem. After blooming, the grassy foliage quickly fades away, allowing nearby perennials to take center stage. Split corona daffodils have an unexpected beauty and are lovely cut flowers. The cups on these daffodils are divided into segments that are pressed back against the petals. Narcissus Cassata has a ruffled yellow split cup and white petals. Lemon Beauty’s shorter split cup is adorned with a yellow star. These are just a few of the many choices that are available for gardens, containers and spring bouquets. Most daffodils are hardy in growing zones 3 to 8. In warmer zones, look for heat tolerant varieties such as Thalia and Silver Smiles. Mix daffodils into shady gardens filled with hostas, ferns and other shade-loving perennials. As the daffodil blooms fade, the perennials will grow, mask the foliage and provide beauty throughout the remainder of the season. Plant daffodils on a hillside, woodland border, beside a pond or under trees and shrubs. Over time, the bulbs will grow and multiply with minimal care from you. Choose cultivars with different flower styles and bloom times, and plant in drifts to create an attractive display.

Can’t decide?  Consider one of the many pre-mixed packages such as Longfield Garden’s Fragrant, Double, Miniature or Multi-flowering daffodil collections ( Or, create your own long-lasting display by combining early, mid and late blooming varieties. Get your daffodils off to a great start with proper planting. Order the bulbs early for best selection, and plant them in mid to late fall, any time before the ground freezes. Dig a hole and position the bulbs 6” deep with the pointy side up. Cover with soil, apply a low nitrogen slow release fertilizer and water thoroughly. Once in the ground, the bulbs can remain in place for years to come. Reserve a few daffodil bulbs for your containers and window boxes. Pot them up in the fall and make sure they get at least 15 weeks of chilling at 40-45°F. In mild climates, the containers can be left outdoors. In zones 6 and colder, they should be stored in an unheated garage where they will be cold, but won’t freeze. Start now and enjoy a brighter beginning to next year’s garden season. The daffodils you plant this fall will delight you year after year as their carefree blooms announce winter’s end and spring’s return.

Drawing on Japan’s flowers of the flock
Masumi Yamanaka, a resident botanical artist of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, suddenly stops in front of a 16-meter-tall tree and gestures upward. “This is the Ginkgo biloba. She’s over 250 years old,” she says proudly as we admire its branches swaying in the breeze overhead. “Did you know her kind was on the planet when the dinosaurs roamed? Isn’t that incredible?” This is how Yamanaka — the curator of “Flora Japonica,” a contemporary botanical illustration exhibition currently showing at the National Museum of Nature and Science, Tokyo — “introduces” visitors to the heritage trees at Kew gardens in London. “I always think of them as female, like Mother Nature,” she says as we pause again on a detour to Kew’s Herbarium, this time to greet a grove of giant pines. “Such species have adapted and survived so many environments on Earth — long before we even existed — so we really must respect them.”

Florist bus to bring "Flower Power" back to British high streets

A floristry education bus will be coming to Milton Keynes on October 6th, as part of a nationwide tour, powered by Florismart The bus is designed to raise awareness of the floristry industry and give advice and support to florists of all shape and sizes. Floristry is one of the last remaining skills on the high street and is being diluted by mass produced supermarket flowers. The bus tour also aims to rejuvenate flower growers in the UK.

Sci-fi nightmares play out beneath the flowers
Much of the basic storybook that supplies the raw materials for horror films and novels seems to me to be derived from entomology. And here, at this place of autumn purple and gold, scattered thinly all along the sandy paths that bisect the billowing tides of flowering heather, was a particular inspiration. It was a tiny 1cm-long creature that looked as brilliant an insect as I have seen in this country. The mid-thorax, hind legs and head were all glittering turquoise, while the abdomen and front thorax were shining burgundy. The unmistakable colours distinguish a small group that are known as jewel or ruby-tailed wasps (in German they are called Goldwespen, gold wasps), of which there are about 30 species in Britain. The commonest is one I see regularly even about our house, where they burrow into crevices among the loose masonry.

Seven complete specimens of new flower, all 100 million years old

A Triceratops or Tyrannosaurus rex bulling its way through a pine forest likely dislodged flowers that 100 million years later have been identified in their fossilized form as a new species of tree.

George Poinar Jr., professor emeritus in Oregon State University's College of Science, said it's the first time seven complete flowers of this age have been reported in a single study. The flowers range from 3.4 to 5 millimeters in diameter, necessitating study under a microscope. Poinar and collaborator Kenton Chambers, professor emeritus in OSU's College of Agricultural Sciences, named the discovery Tropidogyne pentaptera based on the flowers' five firm, spreading sepals; the Greek word for five is "penta," and "pteron" means wing. "The amber preserved the floral parts so well that they look like they were just picked from the garden," Poinar said. "Dinosaurs may have knocked the branches that dropped the flowers into resin deposits on the bark of an araucaria tree, which is thought to have produced the resin that fossilized into the amber. Araucaria trees are related to kauri pines found today in New Zealand and Australia, and kauri pines produce a special resin that resists weathering." This study builds on earlier research also involving Burmese amber in which Poinar and Chambers described another species in the same angiosperm genus, Tropidogyne pikei; that species was named for its flower's discoverer, Ted Pike. Findings were recently published in Paleodiversity. "The new species has spreading, veiny sepals, a nectar disc, and a ribbed inferior ovary like T. pikei," Poinar said. "But it's different in that it's bicarpellate, with two elongated and slender styles, and the ribs of its inferior ovary don't have darkly pigmented terminal glands like T. pikei." Both species have been placed in the extant family Cunoniaceae, a widespread Southern Hemisphere family of 27 genera. Poinar said T. pentaptera was probably a rainforest tree. "In their general shape and venation pattern, the fossil flowers closely resemble those of the genus Ceratopetalum that occur in Australia and Papua-New Guinea," he said. "One extant species is C. gummiferum, which is known as the New South Wales Christmas bush because its five sepals turn bright reddish pink close to Christmas." Another extant species in Australia is the coach wood tree, C. apetalum, which like the new species has no petals, only sepals. The towering coach wood tree grows to heights of greater than 120 feet, can live for centuries and produces lumber for flooring, furniture and cabinetwork. So what explains the relationship between a mid-Cretaceous Tropidogyne from Myanmar, formerly known as Burma, and an extant Ceratopetalum from Australia, more than 4,000 miles and an ocean away to the southeast? That's easy, Poinar said, if you consider the geological history of the regions. "Probably the amber site in Myanmar was part of Greater India that separated from the southern hemisphere, the supercontinent Gondwanaland, and drifted to southern Asia," he said. "Malaysia, including Burma, was formed during the Paleozoic and Mesozoic eras by subduction of terranes that successfully separated and then moved northward by continental drift."

Azuma Makoto composes + decomposes flower landscapes at exhibition in rio
Japanese floral artist, Azuma Makoto, presents two experiments on decomposition at the ‘oi futuro’ museum in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The project, opening alongside Daniel Arsham’s Zen Garden installation at the ‘oi futuro’, includes a cut flower garden on the exterior of the museum and a large installation of flowers in the interior gallery space. Both elements study the decomposition of flowers at different scales.

Ballerina-Turned-Pastry Chef Bakes Cakes with Incredibly Realistic Flowers Made of Sugar
Baking has transcended its roots as a practical activity into a conduit for artistic expression. And like art itself, baked creations can be done in a variety of styles. From cartoon character cakes to design-focused cookies, edible art takes many delicious forms. Ballerina-turned-pastry chef Maggie Austin takes a realistic approach when working on her multi-tiered cakes; she creates sugar flowers that look so lifelike that you’d never dream they were actually sweet treats. Austin’s flawless technique produces exquisite cake flowers that evoke a delicate lyricism. Their petals are the most stunning part; they have the same curls and crinkled folds that perfectly mimic the real thing. To achieve this level of accuracy and believability, Austin uses several approaches that include shaping wafer paper into petals, painting them, and arranging them so that they look like a dramatic bouquet. With such lavish creations, it’s no surprise that Austin’s work has caught the attention of big-name clients. She’s produced pastries for White House Christmas celebrations, Hollywood parties, and royal weddings. Now, Austin teaches workshops in Alexandria, Virginia where anyone can learn how to make her signature peonies, roses, hydrangeas, and more. But if Virginia is out of the picture, her book Maggie Austin Cake: Artistry and Technique provides guidance, too. It’s now available through Amazon.

High-Wire Feat for Single-Stem Flowers
At an alfresco dinner on the edge of Lake Montauk last month, one long table was decorated with a charming and unusual floral arrangement. Individual blossoms hung upside-down from a wire strung over the table. “I wanted to do something different and fresh,” said Kelsie Hayes, the florist. “It gives a floating effect.” She uses 100-pound fishing line to run a single strand horizontally over the table, between posts mounted at both ends. At home, the fishing line could be pinned to a wall, posts, lights or other vertical fixtures. Then she uses a lighter line, 25 pounds, to tie to individual stems with double knots and hang them from the crosswire.

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