It’s Peony Season

Magnificent Peonies

White PeoniesIts a wonderful time of year for cut flowers, especially as Peonies become widely available. Peonies are generally in season from late April until late June, give or take a couple of weeks.  The pink variety tend to be available earlier than white.  They are a beautiful flower, around a golf ball size before opening and then blossoming into a magnificent bloom, three times their original size. They are great as a single flower bouquet but can work well with a mixture of other varieties.

History

The Origins of the Peony date back many centuries in China. The flowers were cultivated for their beauty of the flowers but also for the roots, which were eaten to help with the symptoms of fever.

Sarah Bernhardt
Sarah Bernhardt Peony

Ancient Chinese texts mention the peony was used for flavouring food. Confucius (551–479 BC).

Peonies became particularly popular during the Tang Dynasty when they were grown in the imperial garden.

The tree peony was introduced in Europe and planted in Kew Gardens in 1789. Peonies symbolise a happy marriage and good fortune, making them a popular choice for wedding flower bouquets.

With over 3000 different varieties, the Peony is a very diverse flowers. You may have heard of the French actress Sarah Bernhardt, a variety of Peony was named after her back in 1906.  This is a very popular flower today and is the most asked for variety in our experience.

The Peonies available from florists and flower outlets in this country are normally from Britain, Holland and France with smaller headed flowers from Israel.

Caring for your Peonies

Peonies are a beautiful flower for a wedding bouquet

If you are lucky enough to receive a bouquet of Peonies then the best way to care for them is to keep the water in your vase clean and keep the flowers out of direct sunlight and in a cooler area of the house, definitely away from a radiator.  Once cut, the Peony is not the longest lasting flower in the world but should last around 5 or so days if delivered fresh. As a planted garden shrub, each bloom on the plant will last 7 to 10 days.

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A guide to Funeral Flowers

Funeral letters to spell a name
Funeral Letters

A guide to Funeral Flowers

Welcome to our local florist guide to choosing and buying funeral flowers. There are many shapes and sizes of funeral flowers. Wreaths to cover the coffin or to spell out a name through to small gestures such as a posy to let the family know your thoughts are with them on the funeral day.

The history of funeral flowers

Giving funeral flowers is one of the oldest funeral traditions in the world. Archaeologists have analysed graves from over 62,000 years ago in Iraq and found fragments of flowers left as a tribute.  Thousands of years later, funeral flowers are still a tradition that exists across many different cultures around the world.

The meaning of funeral flowers

Flowers are thought to represent the natural circle of life. Different types of flowers also have different symbolism.

Suitable Funeral Flowers – What To Send

Funeral Flowers for Chelmsford in Essex
Our Funeral Guide

For a comprehensive guide to choosing funeral flowers then visit our funeral flowers guide. Funeral and Sympathy flowers are an integral part of the funeral process and have been a tradition throughout history. However, we know that it is difficult to know what kind of flowers to send

What is the difference between Funeral flowers and Sympathy flowers?

Funeral Flowers are for the funeral service and go directly to the funeral home, they are a tribute to the deceased. Sympathy flowers to to the home of the deceased and should be addressed to a loved one who has suffered the recent loss.

What is the most appropriate type of arrangement?

Consider your relationship with the person who has passed. The type of tribute can be dictated by how close you were. For instance, close family may want a coffin spray but this wouldn’t be appropriate to be sent by friends or colleagues. A tribute made from red roses would be more appropriate from a loved one.

Funeral Wreath by Chelmsford Florist
Funeral Wreath

A wreath is without a doubt the most popular choice for funerals and most people will request a wreath to be made up to a certain value using the requested flowers. A wreath is a floral presentation often used because a circle symbolizes eternal life. Alongside wreaths there are many other types of popular arrangements such as a spray – flowers designed for viewing from one side only , hearts & cushions and also special tributes – specially designed in the shapes of crosses, teddy bears or iconic symbols.

What should I send for a cremation?

Cremation is becoming more and more popular nowadays and people are confused about proper flower etiquette. Simply put, just because it’s a cremation doesn’t mean you shouldn’t send flowers.

What flower types are appropriate?

Carnations are a popular choices for sympathy arrangements. A red carnation evokes admiration while a pink carnation stands for remembrance. White carnations stand for pure love and innocence. Lillie’s, roses and gerbera are also popular tributes to send.

What message should I include on the card?

A personal note in remembrance of the deceased in usually included. A praise or tribute is usually expressed or simply a note to say ‘we are thinking of you’ message with the flowers would be especially nice for the family. Any support you can offer will let the family know you care. Be sure to write who it is from so that the family knows the sender. More tribute messages can be found in our funeral flowers guide.

Autumn is here

Autumn Bouquet
Rich autumn colours in Gerberas and Roses

Autumn is fast approaching and it is that time of year when the trees explode into a fusion of glorious colours and tables are decorated to suit. Flower trends change from year to year and this is a great time to celebrate the coming of Autumn, rather than reminisce about the passing of summer. Whether you are planning an autumn wedding or looking for inspiration for your garden or for a stunning floral arrangement, Autumn is the perfect time to get creative.

Warm Fusions

Orangey red colours are trending this Autumn in a vibrant fusion of heat; Tango Pup lilies mixed with hanging amaranthus, blackberries can be added in permanent form to displays and red chili peppers add fresh vitality to stunning displays. It’s all about fusing colour and life with the outdoors for your table bouquets and these work beautifully for the Autumn and winter months, bringing warmth when you need it.

Lilies are hot this Autumn, with LA lilies dominating the market in the U.K, which add eye-catching reds and oranges to the home and garden.

Autumn Bouquet
Red Roses and lime greens with Berries

Perenials such as Black eyed Susan, also known as Rudbeckia, will bloom in your garden from late summer to frost and this is a great choice as it tends to look after itself and will give lovely colour throughout Autumn. ‘Autumn Joy’ sedum will flower in late summer and its blossoms will darken to bronzy red as Autumn comes along, whilst Salvia will bloom in Autumn and create a tall wall of vibrant colour in your garden.

Bouquets this Autumn are richer in texture, combining many different varieties of flowers and coordinating them with hot colour schemes. Classic flowers are being mixed with velvety and feathery coxcomb, berries, ferns, lotus pods and wooly lamb’s ear leaves are turning flowers into mesmerizing displays for weddings and the home. Statements are in; poppies with dark centers clearly tell us that summer is long gone and invite us to celebrate in these exciting and enticing Autumn colours. Classic flowers are also popular, with interesting Autumn tones in burgundy, red, plum and orange being opted for this coming season, not to mention roses which are always a good choice.

Creating Antique Hydrangeas

Antique hydrangeas are popular too, and give a lovely vintage feel to an event or naturally to the hydrangeas growing in your garden. They will antique as summer turns to Autumn; the blooms will fade and if you continue watering they will change colour quite quickly, particularly with the colder nights drawing in. Antique hydrangeas are a beautiful addition to any display and if you grow them in your own garden you can simply wait until the blossoms become rigid, before cutting them and placing into a vase of water for a week. After this time, don’t refill the vase, simply watch the hydrangea dry out and antique perfectly and it will last a good long while. Tips such as these can be found in good gardening guides, whether you want to care for your perennials or create the best displays for all seasons and will help you to hone your gardening skills and ensure you have the most enviable garden displays of all your friends and family.

Wedding Trends

The trend this Autumn is for woodland themes, motifs and garlands to create a setting that echoes the outdoors. Green shades are being mixed together with other earthy hues to create a palette that is warm and very much eco friendly. Oranges, reds and plums complement this idea very well and give the richness you need for that perfect Autumn wedding. Ivory in a natural but warm tone is also popular. Dahlias, peonies, lily of the valley and celiosa are great choices this Autumn with their impressive blooms and professionals are mixing wide-open flowers with buds and accessories such as wheat stalks and feathers to create more texture.

The hot trend is for greenery such as garland chair swags and even moss table runners and displays include seasonal fruit to really accentuate Autumn themes. Autumn is the perfect season to celebrate the harvest within your wedding and many brides are opting for these fresh, natural and delightful themes for their big day.

With an array of vibrant colours and textures available, flower displays are set to dazzle this Autumn. From plum and red hues to graceful lilies, antique hydrangeas and woodland themes, the Autumn promises exciting floral trends that celebrate this wonderful season.

Flowers in The Christmas Holidays

Christmas Holidays for Florists

 

So Christmas day has come and gone and New Year is fast approaching. Many people want to send flowers to say thank you or wish someone a Happy New Year. So why then are so many florists closed during this holiday period? The answer comes from the logistics of being able to get a supply of flowers to the quality or variety that we would normally expect. This then has a knock on effect for our customers so many of us find it better to stay closed during this time until a new supply of stock comes online after the New Year.

Beautiful flowers direct from Holland for Delivery in Chelmsford Braintree and Witham in Essex
Holland is the world centre for Flowers

 

If you are not familiar with the flower industry in the UK then you may be surprised to learn that the majority of flowers that you buy from a florists or flower shop/ supermarket come via the auctions in Holland. They are responsible for setting the world prices for flowers and these get flown in from all over the globe as well as their enormous flower production in Holland itself.  The auctions run most weekdays over the year with very few bank holidays. Although there are only two bank holidays during the Christmas period, because demand is weak, farmers produce/cut less and importers buy/ stock less flowers. This also means that flowers that have been left unsold by the farmers, importers and auction before Christmas day can then kick about for a few days before eventually being sold on.

Here at Blossom Florists, we would rather wait to after the New Year for the normal supply of flowers to resume so that we can ensure that any bouquets or funerals or wedding flowers we send out are as fresh as we can possibly provide.

Flowers for Christmas

Many of our customers send Christmas flowers and arrangements to loved ones and to family members who they may not be able to see over the festive period. Many of the recipients are people of age, maybe living on their own or maybe no longer able to decorate their home. Sending a Christmas bouquet or arrangement can bring come Christmas cheer, sparkle and a festive feel into someone’s living room.

Christmas Cube Flower Arrangement
Christmas Candle Arrangement

Sending a Christmas Hand-tied Bouquet is a great way of telling someone that you are thinking of them this Christmas and a great way to decorate someones house or office. This can be a traditional red bouquet or a beautiful frosted white hand-tied. All our hand-tied bouquets come in a bubble of water so the recipient doesn’t have to rush around finding a vase…very important this time of year when everyone is so busy! In fact, the bubble of water just needs topping up and then emptying and refilled after 3 or 4 days.

Stunning Christmas roses for free Delivery in Chelmsford, Braintree and Witham in Essex
Stunning Christmas Roses

Christmas candle arrangements are also a lovely seasonal flower gift.  These really require minimal maintenance, just topping up with water every now and then. Whatever you choose to send, your gift will be very well received.

Red Christmas Arrangement by Blossom Florists
Red Christmas Arrangement