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All Your Cocktails Are Going to Have Flowers in Them This Spring
How does one know that spring has sprung? Oh, the weather gets a little warmer, the sun is out for a little longer, and you start boiling eggs like mad to paint them and turn them in to devilishly delicious appetizers for Easter. And, this spring, you’ll know spring has sprung because floral cocktails, complete with a flowery garnish, will be everywhere.

Get serious inspiration from homeware inspired by spring flowers this week

OK, so it’s no surprise florals are hot again this SS18 season – especially in interiors. Whether you just fancy updating your toaster to give a nod to sunnier days, or you want to make a statement in your bedroom, we’ve found the hottest new flower prints in the shops right now.

This 'beautiful' Mother's Day gesture is going viral - and people are in 'tears'
A simple yet "beautiful" Mother's Day gesture has gone viral. The deed swept the nation with scores and scores of social media users sharing it and lauding it today. The crate of flowers carrying daffodils for kids was left out in Devon. The offering, spotted in Tavistock, was duly shared on Facebook and Twitter - and has racked up the likes and comments ever since.

Top LAD Offers Free Flowers For Kids 'With Not Much Money’ For Mother’s Day
There will definitely be people running around to find a last-minute Mother's Day present to show their mum that they really care. And, let's face it, flowers are always a good option - even if their from a petrol station. But florists will jack up the prices around these special days to ensure they're getting their money's worth. Thankfully, one kind LAD in Devon has left out a bunch of daffodils with a sign saying: "Free for children with not much money (or if you need cheering up)."

5 Mistakes Brides Make When Choosing Wedding Flowers
While there is endless information out there about what kind of flowers you should have at your wedding, including inspiration up the wazoo on the most gorgeous bouquets and centerpieces, aisle decor and floral chandeliers, there's not a lot out there on what not to do. We're not talking unsightly floral combinations here, but rather about the way brides approach meeting with their florists—much of it having to do with expectation vs. reality. To get the inside track on what to avoid and how to approach thinking about flowers for your wedding, we spoke to the oh-so-talented Victoria Ahn of Designs by Ahn, a New York City based floral company. Take note, brides-to-be, there's a whole lot of super useful info packed into these 5 tips on what to avoid when choosing wedding flowers!

In Obama’s Official Portrait the Flowers Are Cultivated From the Past
In the double-duty world of semiotics, or the reading of signs, the language of flowers has for centuries been used to carry coded meanings in visual art. As the official portrait of President Barack Obama by Kehinde Wiley attests, there is so much more than meets the eye.

What beautiful bow-quets! Couple who foster rescue dogs get their entire bridal party to carry PUPPIES instead of flowers at their wedding

A married couple from Connecticut chose to carry puppies instead of bouquets of flowers at their wedding.

Becky Mochak and new husband John from Canaan, have fostered many animals before and when they were in the middle of planning their wedding, it just so happened their local animal shelter was looking for a foster home to take in a litter of puppies.

The flowers that give us chocolate are ridiculously hard to pollinate
It’s a wonder we have chocolate at all. Talk about persnickety, difficult flowers. Arguably some of the most important seeds on the planet — they give us candy bars and hot cocoa, after all — come from pods created by dime-sized flowers on cacao trees. Yet those flowers make pollination just barely possible.

Finding spiritual enlightenment in the ancient Japanese art of flower arranging
I am playing (and losing) a floral version of Jenga. First I pick up a single flower stem from a pile of cuttings and stick it on a spike at the bottom of a shallow dish. It’s harder than it sounds. After standing upright for a taunting millisecond, the stem slowly but inexorably rotates like the hand of a ticking clock, before picking up speed and flopping into the horizontal position. And repeat.

How to grow marigolds
On one of those winter days when the sky bleeds into the ground, a lone pot marigold – wilted by past snow, but not yet dead – took one last shot at life and decided to flower on my allotment. Calendula officinalis is so easy to please that you merely have to scatter seeds on a little bare earth. Once established in your garden, the flowers will appear year after year. Then, when they are the last thing you are thinking about on a grey winter’s day, those searing orange blooms will take your breath away with their everyday, ordinary kind of beauty. The scientific name, Calendula, hints at this February blooming, deriving from the word calendar and referring to the year-round flowering. The common name, pot marigold, comes from the tradition of putting flowers or petals into soup. The very young leaves are also edible and are rich in vitamins and minerals. Tea made from the petals is an effective mouthwash for sore throats.

Flowers fill George Eastman Museum
Rochester, N.Y. - It may still be winter, but it looks more like spring at the George Eastman Museum. Thousands of flowers filled the museum, all in different, vibrant shades. The flowers are a recreation of how George Eastman displayed flowers in 1909. The museum orders the flowers from the same Dutch company Eastman used. "He would order up to 30,000 bulbs at a time," said landscape manager Dan Bellavia. "Some for his yard, some for his greenhouse that could be brought in during the winter months. He would have flowers throughout the winter while there were no flowers outside. He would do that in a five-month span. We give you about the same equivalent of it, but in a two week span. "

Ultraviolet Photography Reveals the Unexpected Fluorescence of Flowers
Self-proclaimed “photon-packing mixed photographer” Craig Burrows continues to captivate with his unique series of floral illuminations. Captured using cameras modified for ultraviolet-induced visible fluorescence, the fanciful photographs showcase Burrow's ability to turn ordinary flora into beaming blooms. To create each dazzling depiction, Burrows imaginatively employs a filtered 365nm LED light and a special lens (found, he explains, in “kits typically used for crime scene investigation”). This Technicolor treatment brings out the flower’s natural fluorescence, as it only conveys ultraviolet and infrared light. This results in an ethereal aesthetic, making everything from pollen and petals to stamens and stems spectacularly glow and glisten.  To further enhance his subjects, Burrows sets the fairytale-esque flowers against stark black backdrops. On top of making the images' outstanding hues even more dramatic, the monochromatic backgrounds ensure all eyes will be on each fantastic flower. If you’d like to see more of Burrow’s brightly-colored photographs, be sure to follow him on Instagram. And, if you’d like to order some out-of-this-world prints, visit his website.

The best ways to preserve your flowers
Those flowers may have looked good on Valentine’s Day, but despite your best efforts, you can’t keep them fresh forever. If you really want to preserve your blooms, you need to remove their moisture with a process like air-drying, pressing, or nuking them in the microwave. (You can also try dipping them in wax, but that method is harder to pull off.) “There are many quirky and unconventional techniques out there,” Alfred Palomares told Popular Science in an email. “All these ways have the potential to produce beautiful and consistent results.” While you can try any preservation method, each one does have its own pros and cons.

Cut flowers will brighten up the winter home
When buying cut flowers, I always take a close look at the flowers to make sure they are fresh. Avoid buying bunches that have flowers with brown edges or petals that are starting to fall off. To keep cut flowers fresh, place them in room-temperature water as soon as possible.

Protect the cut flowers from exposure to freezing temperatures outside. With a sharp knife or pruners, make an angled cut and remove a minimum of 1 inch from each stem. Ideally, make this cut while the stem is under water. Cutting on an angle increases the surface area for water intake.

Add floral preservative to the vase water. Most preservatives contain an acid (to neutralize alkaline tap water) and an ingredient to discourage bacteria. Remove all foliage below water level.

Cut flowers prefer a cool, humid environment and should be kept out of bright light and away from heating vents. Do not place cut flowers close to a bowl of fruit or vegetables since the ethylene gas emitted by ripening fruit can damage the flowers, as can cigarette smoke.

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