Asiatic Day Flower
26th Oct 2017
We've mentioned before how rare the colour blue is in nature. Most of the blue things we see around us such the sky and the sea are caused by refraction of light rather than any blue pigmentation. Here's another rare example of natural blue, ;the Asiatic Day Flower. This has a beautiful cornflower blue bloom, but unfortunately, it only last for a single day (hence the name) and, the flower is only at its absolute best for an hour or two. Although first found in Asia, the plant now grows in many other countries and will grow in the UK
Breath life into your cut flowers
27 Sept 2017
Next time you gargle in the bathroom, take a capful of your favourite mouthwash, dilute it in a couple of pints of water and use that in your vases with your cut flowers from Carolannes Flowers. The active ingredients in the mouthwash will help keep your blooms fresher for longer.
Flower Power for Senior Citizens
5th Sept 2017
Research has shown that flowers have a remarkably beneficial effect upon senior citizens.
- Flowers Reduce Depression. Participant is a recent trial noted a substantial improvement in their moods when flowers were present with them
- Flowers Promote Companionship. Elderly people who were given flowers engaged more with their local communities, made more friends, and spent more time with their neighbours .
- Flowers Improve Recent Memory. With regular exposure to flowers, the elderly performed better on memory tasks and had fonder memories.
So what are you waiting for, buy granny a nice bunch of flowers and help make her happy!
23rd August 2017
Less than 1 in 10 species of flora are able to produce a blue flower. Sad, given that polls have repeatedly shown that blue is our favourite colour.
Horticulturists have long tried to develop blue strains of flower, but with little success; primarily due to the fact that most plants do not have the genetic make up to be able to produce blue blooms.
However, now, some cunning Japanese scientists have managed to develop a Chrysanthemum ( more commonly seen in red, pink or yellow) in a blue variety. In due course these blue pioneers plan to release their research, allowing blue varieties to be developed on other flowers. What might a blue rose signify?
In very simplified layman's terms, it appears that the scientists’ breakthrough came when they made a genetic change to the plant causing it to add a sugar molecule to the pigment, changing its PH balance and colour.
We don’t know how long it will be until we can buy blue flowers such as this. Being genetically modified means they are subject to strict regulations, but perhaps in time
8th August 2017
Begonias can produce spectacularly colourful blooms during the summer and early autumn, blooms that can often be up to seven or eight inches across and are self pollinating. They are native to subtropical regions and were first discovered in Brazil in the 17th century and named after botanist Michel Begon.
Certain types of Begonia can make great houseplants and have been used in a number of countries, including China, as a medicine and as a food source, tasting of Rhubarb they are often used in salads
Keeping Cut Flowers Fresh
24th July 2017
It's pretty simple really. Make sure that you sterilize your flowers vase with some bleach before putting your flowers in. This will help prevent the growth of bacteria which will damage the blooms. Also, if you have any left over fizzy drink (particularly clear drink such as 7Up), pour it in to the vase. The sugar in the drink helps make the flowers last longer.
The the other trick is to add a couple of tablespoons of cider vinegar and a couple of tablespoons of sugar to your water. This will keep bacteria at bay and feed your flowers.
Edible Flowers in the Garden
27th June 2017
It may surprise you to know how many every-day flowers that you can grow in the garden are edible. We’ve selected just a few here, but please remember, if you buy any of these plants from a garden centre, they are likely to have some residual traces of pesticide on them, so you are best to allow them to grow naturally for at least 3 months before any harvesting.
Use the petals to add both flavour and colour to soups. They also complement both egg and fish dishes very well
Perfect in black tea to provide a lovely citrus zing
Use them where you might otherwise have used Saffron
Use in cakes and biscuits or add to oast pork or chicken
Use the whole flower to add a peppery note to salads
The sweet petals can be used as cake decoration or to flavour drinks
Crystallize them and use for cake decoration
Add to summery long drinks
The petals add a delicate flavour to salads and to fish
You can eat the leaves, flowers and stems and they will add a citrus flavour to salads. You can also try them with stewed apple.
Quite acidic but great as a garnish
5th May 2017
Reading The New York Times the other day I came across an article by some leading botanists regarding thriving plants. they describe most plants as "social creatures" the essence of the article is that as gardners we spend a great deal of time segregating and isolating plants in neat little borders and clumps, when what most plants enjoy most in order to thrive, is the company of other plants. plants have evolved to compete and co-exist with each other, and planting a a less controlled fashion will result in each species finding its niche. they also point out that many plants rely on each other for support, shade etc.
The take-away message from this is that you should consider a less regimented planting, and allow a natural ecosystem to develop - this will also better suit the wildlife in your garden. The plants will thrive and are likely to present you with an unexpectedly beautiful display all by themselves.
21st July 2016
Here's a small selection of some of our bouquets available for delivery around Milton Keynes
Help for Disabled Down Under
6th July 2016
Meanwhile, down under in Australia, an enterprising young lady called Nipuni Wijewickrema, formally trained in Floristry has created an opening for her disabled sister, Gayana.
Concerned about the lack of opportunities for her 16 year old sister, who suffers from Downs Syndrome, 22 year old Nipuni has put her training to great use by opening up a Floristry business from her garden shed. She now has Gayana working for her, delivering flowers, but with a differenceMost of Gayana's deliveries are accompanied by a hug for the recipient, or if she's not quite in the mood, a high five. Unsurprisingly, Gayana is a big hit with all Nipuni's customers
(Image courtesy of ABC News Australia - http://www.abc.net.au/)
If you don't hear from us...
2nd June 2016
Most employed people will have heard those words at one time or another. You make an application for a job, you fill in endless forms, you dress up in your best outfit, take a day off work and attend an interview. You then spend an hour on your best behaviour doing your level best to impress, so that you are the chosen one for that new job. When it's all over, potential employers can make you feel just great by telling you, "If you don't hear from us, you can assume you didn't get thejob".
It doesn't seem like a great reward for all the effort you've made to impress. Presumably, employers like this don't feel the need to make you feel valued after all the effort you've made.
Well, perhaps things are changing. There are reports from the US that some potential employers are now sending a thank you note with a bouquet of flowers to failed candidates. Now that seems much more civilised, and as a Florist, we'd certainly welcome that!
31st May 2016
We're now featured on the new business directory and blog at Three Counties Business