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Monday, 13 February 2017

Valentines Day - Keep The Romance Alive!

The colour RED has been dominating my styles and floral colour palettes these past few months with all of the recent festivities: Christmas, followed by Chinese New Year and now Valentines Day. Red certainly comes into its own during these months and symbolises festive seasons, including times of passion, desire & love.

Whether you've been married for 50 years, you've just started dating or are single, February 14th is a special date in our annual calendar when we definitely feel the love around the globe and people come together to enjoy romantic dinners, exchange gifts, chocolates and flowers all in the name of Saint Valentine.

According to Search Engine Journal, about $19.7 billion was spent on Valentines Day last year with unmarried couples spending the most proving that Romance is most certainly alive.

For Her

It's considered the best day to express feelings of love for that special person in your life. But how did flowers become such an integral part of this day of love?

Well, back in the Victorian era, it was common for people to express their emotions through floriography - the subtle language of flowers. Giving a certain kind of flower conveyed a specific message and red roses still continues to be a symbol of romance and true love to this day.

Delicious Chocolates & Red Roses - A Winner!

Last month, in preparation for this special day we ran some Valentines Day workshops.  The editing team of the Beam magazine here in Singapore took a morning out to attend one such workshop to create their own Valentine Hearts for the February issue.

Valentine Hearts - The Beam Team - Singapore

There's a certain satisfaction in learning a new skill but creating with flowers not only provides a fab activity, it brings people together and it's a real stress buster, nourishing our souls.

If you'd like to add some colour, flowers and a new activity to your life, you don't have to wait for a special occasion. We run flower filled workshops by appointment. You can find out more about our by emailing: Info@karenfrenchfloraldesigns.com

Happy Valentines Day - Keep the romance alive!

With flowery wishes

Sunday, 5 February 2017

Lotus Vs Water-lily - Spotting The Difference

Hi Flower Lover,

Who hasn't been moved by the sight of a pond or giant ornamental vase filled with water-lilies or lotuses and fancied one of their own on their terrace or in their garden?

There's no doubt about it, water-lilies and lotuses make a beautiful, vibrant and tranquil addition to any outdoor space. 

These beautiful aquatic nymphs with their graceful forms, can fill anyone with serenity. But how do you distinguish between the two?

If you've always been curious, you're not alone. For a long time there was confusion even amongst taxonomists regarding the relationship between a lotus (Nelumbo) and a water-lily (Nymphaea). If the experts can't agree, it's little wonder that we find it tricky too!

It's easy at first to get these two aquatic flowers mixed up. Thankfully there are many distinctions. They're both found in water, but that's where the similarities end. They actually belong to two separate families of flowers. Their roots are different, their leaves aren't the same, the way they are planted differs and even the flowers don't resemble one another.

Luckily for us, there's a very simple, visual way to tell and that's by observing how they grow. 

So here's the tip, that'll take the guesswork out of the equation. 

The leaves of a lotus are emergent, meaning that they rise above the water level. Whereas the leaves of a water-lily are found floating on the surface of the water. 

The same is true for their respective flowers. Lotus flowers are emergent and you'll find water-lily flowers floating on the surface of the water.

Yes, it's that simple!

If you've found this tip useful, please feel free to share. 

Next week we'll be talking about Valentines Day and how romance is alive and kicking!

With flowery wishes