The year is flying past and now there are only FIVE weeks to go until Christmas! Yikes! Time to start thinking about what central decorations should be about if you’re hosting Christmas lunch. You can create a beautiful traditional advent wreath or do something a bit more modern. The good news is we can help you with that, we have Christmas workshops that are close enough to the day to ensure you have a wonderful centrepiece for the holidays!
Even if you aren’t hosting Christmas, it’s still a good time to be out in the garden (or visit someone else’s if they are inclined) or visit a floristry nursery and luckily, it’s not been too hot yet. I’ve certainly been spending plenty of sourcing wonderful materials for the festival season!
Although its not been too hot yet, things can get pretty dry fast. Ensure your plants and flowers are watered regularly, take time to soak your oasis and top up the water in your vases consistently. This will allow your blooms and creations to last that bit longer!
The November birth flower is the chrysanthemum.
The brilliant yellow chrysanthemums are a symbol of the sun and also the birth flower for (no doubt) happy and sunny-tempered November babies.
Chrysanthemums traditionally symbolise compassion, friendship, joy. Different colours can also have different meanings. Red is for love, white means innocence, and yellow denotes unrequited love.
DID YOU KNOW?
The name “chrysanthemum” is derived from the Ancient Greek: χρυσός chrysos (gold) and Ancient Greek: ἄνθεμον anthemon (flower).
We would like to take this opportunity to thank you all from the bottom of my heart for entrusting us with your Floristry Training needs this year.With the time away in Germany in the middle of the year, attending the wonderful Workshop with Gregor Lersch, this year seemed even shorter than usual.
The last few weeks will be filled with Pre-Christmas Preparation and our popular Christmas Workshops.
See dates and link to detailed information below.
Also, a Basic Bridal Class is on the menu 😉
For those of you, who would like to either brush up on their skills or learn new ones.
Info below also.
We are continuing to run Kid’s Birthday Flower Arranging Sessions and have been able to brighten up quite a few happy occasions already. Email us if you are interested in booking me in for a fun and interactive Kids Entertainment on your kid’s next Birthday. (Suitable to all ages from 6 years onwards.)
My Advent Wreath making skill will come into play this year, as I will immerse myself into the traditional craft of a homemade wreath out of conifers and real candles with fragrant botanicals.
If you like to learn how to make your own, I will run a workshop on just that on Saturday 1st of December, making it just in time for the first of Advent the day after.
When you think of flowers, you probably think about celebrating graduations, a birthday or a baby being born. You probably went to a grocery store, picked out the most aesthetically pleasing bouquet and went on your merry way.
While flowers are beautiful and pleasing to look at, they are also really interesting. When it comes to flowers, there’s more than meets the eye (or petal).
Here are five facts about flowers that you probably didn’t know!
It only makes sense to start our five facts about flowers with a fact about the rose! Did you know that the rose actually has a pretty big family that consists of more than just flowers? The rose is actually related to apples, raspberries, nectarines, plums, almonds and a few other fruits.
Here’s a quick math question for you. If someone gives you a bouquet of six sunflowers, how many flowers do you have? Did you say six? You’d be right and wrong!
Most people don’t know that sunflowers are actually composed of tons of tiny little flowers known as “florets.”
It’s safe to say that sunflowers have a ton of little secrets! But some secrets aren’t so little. The tallest sunflower to date was 30 feet tall!
Did you know that at one time in history tulips were the fourth largest export in the Netherlands? During the late 17th century, tulips were being sold for 10 times the average salary of a skilled craftsman!
So what made tulips so desirable during that time? In short, patriotism and people’s never-ending desire to have the most popular thing at that time. The Dutch didn’t have tulips until the 1650’s.
The flower quickly became synonymous with lavish Dutch life. Painters quickly picked up the up-and-coming trend of tulips and depicted them in a lot of work of the time.
The wealthy and upper class were the ones with access to view the art which meant that the tulip quickly became the icon of the wealthy. They were even rarer due to their short lifespan of 3-7 days.
For about 10 years, the tulip was more valuable than gold! This makes sense because the rarer the object the more valuable.
Would you be shocked if I told you you’ve been eating flowers since you were a kid and you didn’t even know it? Well, you have!
Broccoli is in the brassica family that is technically considered a flower. This family also includes cauliflower and cabbage.
Centuries ago, it was understood that the color and type of flower symbolized or meant something to the person receiving the flowers. The rose, depending on the color, can mean anything from friendship to love.
To name a few, the Begonia means “deep-thinking” and the Daisy symbolizes “innocence”.
There are tons of fun facts about flowers to be learned! Aside from decoration and a sign of affection and condolence, flowers have been a staple in our global society since the beginning of time.
If you’re interested in floristry, you can even take your knowledge even further with classes on flowers and how to arrange them. The next time you see a bouquet or give one to a friend or family, you can tell them these facts about flowers!