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International Friendship Day

International Friendship Day

International Friendship Day may be a celebration that you’ve not heard much about previously, however, it’s been around in different guises for over 90 years. The International Day of ...

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Think you know tulips, think again!

The array of tulips is quite extraordinary, you may be familiar with a lot but we promise you there are soooo many that you won't have experienced... Tulips come in white, red, yellow, pink, pu...

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Winter Favourites

Seasonal Winter Flowers

Here's a quick look at a selection of plant materials that give a winter feel. Some winter firm favourites and other more unusual varieties. From left to right • Ilex - Leafless holly! Ile...

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Find Out About a Person's Favourite Flower Image courtesy of www.funnyhowflowersdothat.co.uk

Do you know what her favourite flower is?

Women think its lovely to be surprised with a beautiful bouquet from time to time but what one person thinks is beautiful leaves another person cold.

Your choice may be bang on target, bu...

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Chrysanthemum

Chrysanthemums are one of the most widely know flowers, sometimes for the wrong reasons! Some people love them but others do hate them, they can be seen as old fashioned and, well just not very curre...

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Dahlia

We think it's about time the Dahlia got the attention it deserved it's an amazing flower that is simply stunning in late summer to autumn. Why not take a fresh look at this flower that would adorn yo...

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Plants in a tight space

Surprising and calming, green and flowering hanging plants create unusual effects at heights where you wouldn’t expect to find greenery and flowers. This is why they’re in the spotlight and becomi...

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August Birth Flower

The gladiolus is the August birth flower. Gladioli are a striking flower that come in a whole host of colours, they can be considered as one of the most colourful summer flowers. They can be purc...

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Hydrangea - A globe flower that's very versatile

Hydrangea

Origin of the hydrangea The no-nonsense hydrangea’s name comes from ‘hydro' (water) and ‘angeion’ (pitcher) because the hydrangea’s shape is reminiscent of an old water pitcher… althoug...

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The Sunflower, can a flower get more summery

Origin of the sunflower The sunflower originates from North and South America. Native Americans ate the flower’s seeds with beans, sweetcorn and squashes. The sunflower’s official name is helia...

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Get the very best from your flowers – Understand Different Stem types

Get the very best from your flowers – Understand Different Stem types

Whether you are cutting flowers and foliage from your own garden, or simply love flowers and want to get the very most from them, an understanding of different stems types is very helpful. Commerci...

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Proms corsages

Prom corsages - everything you need to know

Prom season is upon us. The date is in the diary, you have your tickets, the car is hired. The hair style is planned the dress is divine and the shoes are to die for. And don’t forget the cors...

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Caring for Buttonholes

How to Care for your Buttonholes

With Summer in full swing so is the wedding season, whilst weddings now take place every month of the year, caring for buttonholes in the summer months is probably the most challenging time, so here w...

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British Flowers Week Celebrated by No.10 Downing Street

To celebrate British Flowers Week The British Florist Association along with members Capel Manor College and New Covent Garden Flower Market arranged for a stunning pedestal made entirely out of Briti...

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Flower Beards

With the festival season just starting we felt we ought to visit the ideal trend for men with bushy beards; You’ve got it - colourful flowers entwined with facial hair is this summer’s blossoming ...

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Theming Your Wedding

How to Choose a Theme for Your Wedding Flowers

Flowers can set the scene for the day like no other part of your wedding. They can tell a story and really create an atmosphere. A skilled florist will create designs that can perfectly match and illu...

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Kay Willis - Chelsea Young Florist of the Year 2016

RHS Chelsea Young Florist of the Year 2016

You can't help but to know that this week is RHS Chelsea Flower Show, but did you know that In the Heart of the Show ground in the In the Great Pavilion The British Florist Association for the 8th yea...

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Chelsea Competition time is nearly upon us

RHS Chelsea Florist of the Year Competition 2016

The RHS Chelsea Florist of the Year Competition is held each year at the world famous RHS Chelsea flower show in partnership with the British Florist Association. Each year the BFA embarks on a na...

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Alstroemeria - its definitely a sight for sore eyes!

Alstroemeria – Time to take another look?

Alstroemeria may have fallen off the ‘loved flower list’ there’s no doubt that other flowers might be considered more ‘en vogue’ but we think it’s time we all take another look at the rugg...

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Europa Cup Championships for Florists

The worlds very best Florists are chosen to represent their country and go head to head in two days of gruelling competition work. The designs they create will be unlike you’d see in everyday homes...

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Valentine Roses

Valentines Roses - Here's How to Choose Yours

Choosing the right Rose for your loved one on Valentines Day is difficult, we know. You might have peeked into a florist on Valentine’s Day and seen one single Rose stem for £5. Then you've turned ...

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A feature plant that makes a statement!

Choice of indoor trees

There is an extensive range of ‘indoor trees’ on offer. The most common indoor trees with a trunk are Dracaena and Beaucarnea, which ar...

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How to care for your roses

TOP CARE TIPS FOR YOUR ROSES

We hope you've just received a beautiful bouquet of roses.... use our expert advice below to get the very best out of them so you can enjoy them for longer. Many bouquets are delivered in a bub...

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National Tulip Day

National Tulip Day

In the Netherlands the Dutch are celebrating the official start of tulip season on Saturday the 21st of January which they have named as the National Tulip Day, and they don't do it on a small scale!!...

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Winter flower selection

Winter Flower Selection

It may be cold and dark outside, but indoors brightly coloured flowers and berries create a warm atmosphere. Around the time when the days start to get longer again, warm colours gradually make way fo...

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October Birth Flower - Marigold

October Birth Flower

The Calendula includes 12-20 species of annual plants in the daisy family that are native from Macaronesia east through the Mediterranean region to Iran. It can also be referred to as the "marigold". ...

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How to get the most out of flowers from your garden

How to Get the Most From Your Cut Garden Flowers

Of course as the British Florist Association we encourage the purchasing of flowers and foliage from your local professional florists, however picking flowers from your own garden is such a pleasure w...

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Carpet of Flowers

20ᵗʰ Anniversary Flower Carpet! An ephemeral show one the world’s most beautiful central squares. The Flower Carpet is 75 m long by 24 m wide. 1,800 m2 of begonias, around 300 cut flowers per ...

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Summery Flower Inspiration

Summery Flower Inspiration

This range of orange and blue flowers really zing and coordinate together so well. Summer is the best time for blue flowers so enjoy them whilst they're in plentiful supply in a whole range of vari...

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find inspiration everywhere - including the Olympics

Be Inspired!

When creating designs that are a little different Florists are often asked 'Where do you get your inspiration from?' The fact is that inspiration can come from everywhere, including the Olympics! ...

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Summer Flowers

Summer Flowers

Flowers add seasonal atmosphere to your home. Are you enjoying a nice, sunny summer day? Flowers can reflect that same summery feel within your home. Although if you find your spending you summer d...

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Gladiolis to celebrate 100 years of Nijmegens famous March

July 19th sees the start the International Nijmegen 4-day March. People all over the world come to Nijmegen to participate the famous March, which this year is in it's 100th year. All participant...

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Flowers Reflect Personality

Flowers Reflect Personality

When it comes to flowers so many times you can't get it wrong, on the whole they're loved by everyone, but with a little extra thought a present that is great can be just perfect. The incredible th...

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Carnation Curtain

Wedding photo flower backdrop

Weddings are an ideal situation for photos. They're the lasting images that trigger recollections of a beautiful day with much happiness. Whilst the photos usually centre around the bride and groo...

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Look Out For A Lonely Bouquet!

Look Out For A Lonely Bouquet!

The National Lonely Bouquet Day will take place on Sunday the 26th of June. The ultimate goal of this initiative is very simple, florists and flower lovers all around the world dedicate one day a year...

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Wedding Flower Budget Considerations. Image courtesy of www.funnyhowflowersdothat.co.uk

What Budget should I allow for my wedding flowers?

Without doubt, flowers are a very important part of a wedding, and can make the special day exceptionally special! However, when considering how much money to set aside it is logical to think of the ...

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 flowers take over Trafalgar Square thanks to funnyhowflowersdothat.co.uk

Flowers of an epic proportion: flowers take over Trafalgar Square

A giant floral installation to celebrate the inspiration behind Dutch artists’ still life floral masterpieces with real flowers is currently wowing visitors to the National Gallery and Trafalgar Squ...

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What a Great way to Entertain Children!

What a Great way to Entertain Children!

If you’re looking for a special way to entertain your children in the school holidays, then we have the perfect idea for you. These days it is getting harder and harder to find new activities fo...

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Wedding Flower Planning Information

Planning Your Wedding Flowers

This part of your wedding planning can be a real pleasure... however, it may at first seem a little daunting, especially if you're not very familiar with flowers. Whilst your chosen wedding florist...

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Scientific evidence show flowers are good for you - fact!

Flowers are good for you - and we now have the scientific proof

How do you relieve stress in your life – research shows that we shop as a way to relax, in the vast majority of cases without even know we’re doing it – what have you bought this week that you d...

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A few simple stems of Hyacinths can lift your home and mood!

Spring Flowers Make a Home

Spring is well and truly here, you must be enjoying the sunny days and less chilly nights. The wind of change that has blossomed flowers all around you, It’s not only the clocks going back but the ...

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We need you to support your country and Laura - Vote now!

The Europa cup Floristry Championships take place in Genoa, Italy 8 – 9th April, this phenominal competition is held once every four years and sees 23 of the worlds very best Florists represent thei...

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How to care of your house plants

How to care for your LARGE House Plants

Taking care of your large house plants from buying until they're many years old, is easy when you know how, we'll let you know what to look below.

In our earlier article we covered the most popula...

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Childs Play

Childs Play

Nothing beats shaking off the Christmas blues then making a great arrangement of fresh cut flowers. Old fashioned flower arranging together: great fun for the forthcoming half term holidays! Your ...

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Do Flowers Really Need Cut Flower Food?

Do Flowers Really Need Cut Flower Food?

So, do flowers really need cut flower food, does it really help them last longer or develop and open fully? The answer is clear – Yes. Flowers are living things, and like us they need food for pr...

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The cure for 'Blue Monday!'

So, Monday 16th January is officially ‘Blue Monday’: Perhaps we are just are too upbeat to take this too much to heart but, nationally it has come to mean something sober, downbeat.....

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As Indian Summer turns to Autumn.

As the nights draw in and the air suddenly seems cooler, there's no denying the changing seasons and our Indian summer fades away. This time of year brings a whole host of joy with it too. Seaso...

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Chinese Evergreen

Have you got a corner of the house that could benefit from a stylish plant? Not just one of the easiest, but also one of the most beautiful foliage plants are Chinese Evergreen. The story of C...

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Dangerous Transportation, fancy riding on this Lion?

You'll have never seen flowers like it?!

Founded in 1936, the annual Corso Zundert parade is a celebration of the Netherlands’ most iconic exports: flowers. The event is held every year in the small town of Zundert where 20 teams of volu...

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September Birth Flower

September Birth Flower

Aster is a genus of flowering plants in the family Asteraceae. It encompasses around 180 species however there are two main varieties that could be included in a stunning design that would be perfect ...

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GCSE result celebration flowers

GCSE Results!

GCSE results are of huge significance in a teenagers life. It's a major event that marks more than just qualifications. At this time there's so much happening and it's really important that studen...

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A-level result celebration flowers

A Level Results!

A-level results are a milestone in life, there is a lot happening at this time and it’s so important to celebrate the moment. Boys and girls can often respond very differently to their exam resul...

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Cacti

ABOUT CACTI Whether it’s the trendy geometric shapes or the air of untouchability, the cactus is an exciting houseplant which has a big impact in a room and often lives with its owners for generati...

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Good luck to the finalists

UK Florist of the Year Competition

The brand new UK Florist of the Year Competition is being held for the first time this year. RHS Tatton Park Flower show is host to this prestigious competition - a fantastic opportunity for the coun...

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Flowers for the Teachers

End of Term Thank You Flowers

As the end of the school year approaches, parents’ thoughts are turning to keeping their little ones busy over the summer break. However, before the final school bell rings, it’s also important to...

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The Glorious Gladiolus

The gladiolus season here this glorious flower certainly demands attention! It's splendid and enrapturing not to mention robust. Did you know? This summer bloomer, which originates from Africa, w...

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Robert Downey Jr. pleased with his flowers!

Father's Day Flowers

The likely hood is that flowers wouldn't be your first choice for a father's day gift, or be more generally flowers probably wouldn't be a purchase you make for men at all? However, time and time a...

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British Flowers Week

Monday 13th June see's the beginning of British Flowers Week 2016. British Flowers Week is the annual nationwide celebration of British cut flower growers and the skilled independent florists they ...

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Stress around exams can be helped by the presence of flowers

Help for Exam Stress!

Exams are a time of great stress, the pressure is on to achieve good results, it’s an unavoidable part of student life that can be a tough nut to crack. Whilst stress exists for a reason it can b...

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Di Marvell RHS Chelsea Florist of the Year.

RHS Chelsea Florist of the Year 2016

Thursday 26th May 2016 saw the the president of the RHS Sir Nicholas Bacon crown Di Marvell RHS Chelsea Florist of the Year. All of the work created by the 16 Florists in this, the second session o...

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Cherry Blossom Showers

Cherry Blossom Showers

The flowering of Cherry blossom begins earlier in the warmer south of the country and slowly tracks northwards -depending on where you live in the UK you may have seen all the cherry blossoms fall fro...

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The Colourful Calla

The Colourful Calla

‘Because of their unique appearance and intense colours, every Calla is one of a kind. When combined with other flowers it is simply not possible to ignore their dominant splendour.’ They're i...

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Laura Leong with Brian Wills-Pope

Europa Cup Championships for Florists - What an Event!

A few weeks back we told you about 'THE' most important International Floristry competition - The Europa Cup, this time is was held in Genoa Italy. The event surpassed everyone's expectations not j...

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Easter flowers by the experts British florist association.

5 Reasons Why Flowers are Better than Chocolate at Easter

It's often so nice to give a gift and Easter is a perfect opportunity to do just that, however an Easter Egg or Even a Luxury Box of Chocolates isn't for every one. Flowers are a Gift you know will...

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Tulips BFA expert knowledge

TULIPS - The flower of the Month JANUARY

Origin of the tulip

You may be aware that the tulip came to the Netherlands from Turkey but you probably don’t realise that this quintessentially Dutch flower actually ...

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