Belgium Flower Carpet

Belgium Flower Carpet

Every two years since the 1970s, gardeners and volunteers in Belgium have merged the decorative arts and grand, historic architecture by squishing together hundreds of thousands of begonia flowers to make a “live” rug in the middle of Brussels’ Grand-Place, the city’s central plaza.

Officially, the first Floral Carpet as its present-day form was created in 1971 on the Grand-Place by the landscape architect E. Stautemans, but, in fact, it was the culmination of a whole series created in various towns in Flanders.
E. Stautemans, who was born in Zottegem, and graduated from the Ghent Horticultural College, had been experimenting since the early 50′s making simple small carpets, more like rugs, mainly consisting of begonias (in Knokke, Oudenaarde, Sint-Niklaas, Lille…).

He very quickly realised that floral carpets would be an excellent vehicle for the promotion of his beloved begonias which he had always worked with, both technically, economically and aesthetically.

After years of attempts and calculations, this architect, who was inventive and imaginative, and knew how to make the most of the numerous resources of begonias, became an expert in the creation of superb floral carpets with sophisticated colors and complicated designs.

His fame spread and he was asked to make carpets not only in Belgium (Ghent, Bruges, Antwerp, Ypres, Courtrai, Hasselt, Tongres, Mons, Durbuy, …) but worldwide (Cologne, Hamburg, Luxemburg, Paris, London, Breda, Amsterdam, The Hague, Vienna, Valencia, and as far afield as Buenos Aires and Colombus, Ohio).
Some of these carpets were bigger than the ones created in Brussels (77 x 24 m), like the 1973 masterpiece at Sint-Pietersplein, Ghent that reached a gigantic 164 x 42 m.

However, as E. Stautemas himself says, “Nowhere is the carpet more beautiful and distinguished than in the unique, ancient surroundings of the Grand-Place in Brussels”

Planning for the Flower Carpet Festival begins a year out, but thanks to hundreds of volunteers, the actual laying down of the carpet—with each flower placed by hand—takes only about four hours. So how many begonias are there? Well, to keep the carpet from scattering away with the wind, each bloom is packed in snugly, with about 300 begonias per square meter—so that’s about 750,000 flowers for the whole rug. It all started with a landscape architect (and veritable begonia devout) in 1971, and ultimately grew into a traveling exhibition; flower carpets have been rolled out in Paris, London, Amsterdam, Vienna, and Buenos Aires. Above: 2010’s carpet, meant to honor the appointment of a Belgian, Herman Van Rompuy, as president of the European Union’s European Council. The EU logo is visible in the middle, and in the carpet’s corners are images of Saint Michael striking down a dragon, apparently a symbol of Belgian strength and protection.

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Images of Belgium Flower Carpet

Send Flowers to Boost Up The Spirit Of Life

Send flowers to India to Boost up the Spirit of Life

Flowers are the important spirit of life and identity of the nature. Flowers are granted with the quality of willingness to impose the people, follow them. They at once bring shine of happiness on the faces of those who receive them. Flowers are the basic part of any mark occasion and important ceremony. Whether it a cultural celebration, or a family get-together, flowers dominate and seize some of the best moments and thoughts of the people who receive them. We here, at May Flower know that what types of strong feelings are attached with flowers. Many people from all across the world send flowers to India to their nearest ones. It’s our standard to deliver the fresh flowers on right time for the feast.

Originate your thinking to the right place by using our online services:

Our online florist company provides you the services to send flowers to India for every sort of event important for you like, for birthday, for congratulations, for love and sympathy as well. Our network is expanding to almost all destinations across India. It was never easy for you to send flowers to India online before this. If you still find yourself in difficulty, “How far is it possible to send flowers to India to your dearest ones?” then don’t worry, you just need to originate your mind to the right place. May Flower is a perfect online delivery service that makes possible your flowers to be delivered in time when you want them to present to somebody. That’s absolutely right; you can send flowers to India on any particular day. The flowers are handed over to recipient fresh, by means of our fast network of delivery, situated near the recipient’s place thus; the fresh flowers will be delivered fresh to your dear ones.

Send flowers to India with unique styles and arrangements:

We have some unique types of flowers such as roses, gerberas, orchids, etc which will surely inspire the people who accept them. Moreover we have top quality flowers, and we have shaped enormous flower-arrangements which will be received and loved by the recipient. Special bouquets styles and arrangements is our specialty.” Flowers in a vase” and flower baskets also give you an opportunity to win the hearts of your loved ones. We also have a wide network of delivery which helps people to send flowers to India with in 24 hours. Under a specified time, if you place your order flowers online with us, we will be able to deliver flowers to your loved ones today itself.

Get Appreciation from your dearest ones by sending flowers to India:

If you are miles off from your dearest ones in India, then sending them flowers will be admitted and appreciated gladly. So, on every important occasion you always worry, “How far is it possible to send flowers to India?” don’t be frustrated. We at May Flower are just there to provide you our services. When your dearest ones receive beautiful flowers which are sent to them by you, you will surely get an instant response and connection with them and you will find your dearest ones closer to you. If you have some intentions to send flowers to in India today to your nearest ones today, then visit our site we have provided a complete list of cities and we will deliver your flowers to those cities on the same day but orders should be before the closing time. We provide customer assistance to our customers and latest updates about the delivery-status of your gifts. You may rely upon our services, whenever you want to send flowers to India by using our services, flowers will be delivered within the specified time for the celebrations.

You can get further information that how to send flowers to India by visiting our site. The site’s first objective is to connect the global non resident Indians living outside by enabling them to send flowers to india on different occasions.

Ganesh Chaturthi Flowers

Ganesha Chaturthi is the Hindu festival celebrated on the birthday (rebirth) of Lord Ganesha, the son of Shiva and Parvati.

It is believed that Lord Ganesh bestows his presence on earth for all his devotees during this festival. It is the day Shiva declared his son Ganesha as superior to all the gods, barring Vishnu, Lakshmi, Shiva and Parvati. Ganesha is widely worshipped as the god of wisdom, prosperity and good fortune and traditionally invoked at the beginning of any new venture or at the start of travel. The festival, also known as Ganeshutsav (“festival of Ganesha”) is observed in the Hindu calendar month of Bhaadrapada, starting on the shukla chaturthi (fourth day of the waxing moon period). The date usually falls between 19 August and 20 September. The festival lasts for 10 days, ending on Anant Chaturdashi (fourteenth day of the waxing moon period).

While celebrated all over India, it is most elaborate in Maharashtra, Gujarat, Tamil Nadu, Goa, Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Odisha and Chhattisgarh. Outside India, it is celebrated widely in Nepal and by Hindus in the United States, Canada, Mauritius, Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, Cambodia, Burma, Fiji, Trinidad & Tobago, and Guyana.

Traditional stories tell that Lord Ganesha was created by goddess Parvathi, consort of Lord Shiva. Parvati created Ganesha out of sandalwood paste that she used for her bath and breathed life into the figure. She then set him to stand guard at her door while she bathed. Lord Shiva returned and, as Ganesha didn’t know him, he didn’t allow him to enter. Lord Shiva became enraged and asked his follower ghosts to teach the child some manners. Ganesha was very powerful, being born of Parvati, the embodiment of shakti (or power). He defeated the ghost-followers (called “Ghana”s) and declared nobody was allowed to enter while his mother was bathing. The sage of heavens, Narada, along with the Saptarshi (the seven wise rishis) sensed a growing turmoil and went to appease the boy with no results. Angered, the king of Gods, Indra attacked the boy with his entire heavenly army but even they didn’t stand a chance. By then, this issue had become a matter of pride for Parvathi and Shiva.

After the devas were defeated, the trinity, the controller, preserver and destroyer of the universe launched an attack against Ganesha. Amidst the fighting, Shiva severed the head of the child. And brought on Parvathi’s rage. Seeing her son dead, Parvathi revealed her true self, as the Adi-shakti, the prime energy that fuels the universe and sustains matter. Taking on a terrible form, she vowed to destroy the universe where her son was killed and re-create a better one. The Gods prostrated before her and Shiva promised that her son will live again. The trinity hunted the world for a head and came across a mother elephant crying for her dead baby. They consoled the mother and fixed the head of the baby elephant in place of Ganesha’s head. Lord Shiva also declared that from this day, the boy would be called as “Ganesha” (Gana-Isha : lord of the Ganas). In this way, Lord Ganesha came to be depicted as the elephant-headed God.

According to the Linga Purana, Ganesha was created by Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati at the request of the Devas for being a Vighnakartaa (obstacle-creator) in the path of Rakshasas, and a Vighnahartaa (obstacle-averter) to help the Devas achieve fruits of their hard work.

Across India scores of pandals are decorated for Ganpati festival. Flowers being the main product of the decoation. Roses, Gerberas, Orchids are the most common used flowers for this decoration. Flower decoration for these 10 days go into lakhs of rupees at certain locations where the Idols are over 20 – 30 ft tall.

Ganesh Chaturthi Flower Arrangements

We at May Flower do a lot of decoration for Ganpati Festival. Beside online flower delivery service to our customer, we also do some pandals at no charge as a way of an offering to the God. Decorations include trucks, cars, raths that carry Ganpati for Visarjan. Some of our decoration pictures can be found at the bottom of this article.

Ganpati Festival Floral Decorations

Lalbagh Flower Show 2013 Bangalore

Lalbagh Flower Show 2013, Bangalore

Every year on Independence Day and Republic day, flower shows are organized at the Lal Bagh Botanical Garden. The event is jointly organised by Department of Horticulture and Mysore Horticulture Society., this flower show has been one of the most awaited events in the Garden City. Exhibition spreads across the garden. Main attractions are placed inside the Glass House. A vertical, 17-feet-high garden with more than 5,000 plants is one of the highlights.

A vertical garden bedecked with more than 5,000 plants will be on display at the lawn area of Lalbagh. The other major attractions include a 13-foot floral boat, floral pots, demonstration of roof garden concept and Bonsai plants. The vertical garden will measure 40 feet in length and 17 feet in height.

Flowers are the most important part of puja/worship depicts the traditional “Kalasha” and an Ugra Narasimha Statue. Our horticulturists from the Lalbagh HOPCOMS have made a Rainbow using the vibrant colours. Hundreds of orchids, zinnia, nastardium, chrysantamums, daisies, marigold, cacti, fuchsia, jasmine, geranium single roses, dahlias, etc species of flowers are to be viewed.

A 13-feet-long floral boat full of roses is yet another attraction. For all the nine days, this will use up 2 lakh roses. 780 participantsparticipated in Bonsai, Ikebana, Indian floral art and vegetable carving competitions. Vegetable exhibition had been set up by Horticulture Department of HAL and BBMP.

A walk down the road behind Glass House, you will find stalls for wooden toys, jute bags, flower and vegetable seeds, tool kits for gardening etc.

There were stalls from which you can purchase seeds of fruits and flowers. There were not many fruits to display this year. A floral carpet was the baseline for this show which showed different kinds, varieties, groups and textures of flowers(No you cant walk on this)

There were nurseries outside Lalbagh, which sell flower plants, pots, manure, mud etc. A good time to visit was in the morning so that you can actually observe flowers. If you choose to go in the evenings, there was a lot of rush, and you will end up counting heads instead of watching flowers!

All in all a super success. Looking forward to what 2014 has to offer!

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Images of Lalbagh Flower Show 2013, Bangalore




Flower Of the Month – September

The September Birth Flower is the Aster

The History and traditions surrounding the September Birth Flower, the Aster is fascinating. There are many myths and legends about the origins of this tradition. It is believed that birthday celebrations originated in the Roman Empire and the origins of birth month flowers, such as the Aster, could be said to date back to these times. During Roman birthday celebrations family and friends offered congratulations and brought gifts. The gifts included gemstone jewellery, such as the Sapphire, and also flowers – the first traditions and origins of the September Birth Flower.

The language of flowers developed during the highly conservative period of the Victorian era. The Victorians were strongly restricted by the rules of etiquette when it was considered totally inappropriate to express feelings of love or affection. The “Language of Flowers” therefore evolved when a message was assigned to specific flower such as the Aster. A lover could then send flowers which conveyed a hidden romantic meaning.

The meaning of the September Birth Flower, the Aster is Love, Faith, Wisdom and symbolizes Valor. The hidden message of the Birth Flower, the aster, so favored during the Victorian era was “Take care of yourself for me”.The colors of the September Birth Flower, the Aster, include the following Pink,Red,White,Lilac,Mauve.

All over the World people give Birth Month Flowers as gifts to celebrate special occasions or events. Flowers, such as the Aster, are always given to celebrate the birth of a new baby and included in wedding flowers or a wedding bouquet. Many people also like to give September Birth Flower, including the Aster, to celebrate special events at different times and months of the year and especially during holiday periods. Knowing the flowers which are associated with the September Birth Flower and their meaning adds to the significance of the flowers.

The special events where it would be appropriate to give the September Birth Flower, the Aster are as follows:

Month of September, the Aster or Morning Glory, to commemorate Patriot Day on 9/11 and celebrate Teacher’s Day on September 4 and Grandparent’s Day on the first Sunday after Labor Day on Sept 1

For Asters and many such flowers do visit us at May Flower and order flowers online.