Flower of the Month – August

Flower of the Month – August

The August Birth Flower is the Gladiolus

The History and traditions surrounding the August Birth Flower, the Gladiolus 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 Gladiolus, 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 jewelry, such as the Peridot, and also flowers – the first traditions and origins of the August Birth Flower.

The Language of Flowers

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 Gladiolus. A lover could then send flowers which conveyed a hidden romantic meaning.
The meaning of the August Birth Flower, the Gladiolus is sincerity and symbolizes strength of character.

The hidden message of the Birth Flower, the Gladiolus, so favored during the Victorian era was “Love at first sight”.
The colors of the August Birth Flower, the Gladiolus, include the following:

Pink,Red,White,Yellow,Orange and some which can be induced with artificial colors
Birth Month Flowers – Gifts for Special Occasions

All over the World people give Birth Month Flowers as gifts to celebrate special occasions or events. Flowers, such as the Gladiolus, 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 August Birth Flower, including the Gladiolus, 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 August Birth Flower and their meaning adds to the significance of the flowers.

The special events where it would be appropriate to give the August Birth Flower, the Gladiolus are as follows:
Month of August Flowers, the Gladiolus or Poppy, to celebrate Friendship Day on the first Sunday in August , Sisters Day on Aug 5 and Senior Citizen’s Day on August 8

Definition of the Gladiolus: Any of numerous plants of the genus Gladiolus native chiefly to tropical and South Africa having sword-shaped leaves and one-sided spikes of brightly colored funnel-shaped flowers; widely cultivated
The August Birth Flower, the Gladiolus is also called gladiola or sword lily

To buy gladiolus or send birthday flowers online visit May Flower

Why buy Flowers Online

Why buy Flowers Online

Why Buy Flowers Online

Like many other walks of life, the www. has brought a revolution in shopping trends and now in many advanced countries of the world people prefer to buy things from the comfort of their home instead of wandering here and there with lots of shopping bags. Online shopping can save you a good amount of money as well as time. The nice thing about online shopping is that you can buy a wide range of products in the best condition and at very reasonable prices. No matter whether you are looking for cars or for flowers, there are online sources which can help you find the stuff you are looking for.

Gone are the days when people would come to meet their friends and relatives and took some flowers for them as a gift. Now people don’t have time to visit one another and most of the time, they think about a reliable service to do this time consuming tasks for them. Though trends have changed a lot, values and our loves to our near and dear ones is the same and it cannot change. Everyone is busy and none has time for others in today’s hectic lifestyle, but still it doesn’t mean that people have become oblivion to those who matter in their lives.

These days, it’s very trendy to order flowers online for your near and dear ones. Considering this trend a large number of online shops are working out there and now you can send flowers even to the remotest parts of your country by making the most of these online florists’ services. It often sounds mind-boggling how you can send flowers to your hometown back in India when making just a few clicks while being in the US. If not for us, it was, indeed, quite amazing for some of our regular clients today when they wanted to send flowers to India and tried our services for the first time and were a little sceptical but after they got reviews from the relatives/friends of the flowers and the service, we have won their confidence and loyalty and now they have no hesitation to place order for flowers online and get them delivered to their loved ones thru May Flower. They love you and miss you on their big occasions and the thing which can best present you in your absence is none other than flowers. The flowers you send to them tell them about the feelings and sentiments you have for them.

Sometimes it happens that we think we have fulfilled our duty by sending flowers to our loved ones on their being occasion. In fact, it’s partly true. We need to pick a reliable florist first and then get relaxed we have done the task. If we keeping satisfying ourselves without choosing a right service provider, it is possible that our loved ones may not be able to deliver our feelings to them on time. Every online florist doesn’t offer what it claims for and often it happens that your loved ones get the things when their big days have passed.
Most of us never forget our loved ones even when we are away from them. We want to make them realize that we love them and what if we are not with them, our love and feelings are still the same for them as they were when we were near to them. We need to prove this love and affection to them and we need to send the right stuff to them that could truly represent our love to them. Flowers prove best to say the things that we can’t say because of being away from our loved ones or for some other reason.

Life is busy these days, but in our tough routine we cannot ignore those that matter in our lives and we need to make them realize that our love is with them no matter where and how much busy we are. Let’s face it, we don’t have enough time to visit our loved ones these days and similarly when we are away from them we need to show them they have their place in our hearts. This is where online flower shops come to your rescue and take your feelings and sentiments to your loved in any part of the world.

Most of our customers being in the US for many years, By online delivery of flowers to their loved ones in India have reaped benefits that our site has to offer:

1) We offer a wide range of not only flowers, but of other gifts as well. From May Flower, you can easily get the flowers according to the occasion.
2) Our prices are also very reasonable and sometimes even amazing. Sometimes you don’t even believe that you can get such a quality services at such minimal rates. We regularly run promo’s and discounts for returning customers and once registered with us, we assure you that you will never skip an occasion or a promotional discount/sale.
3) You can do it from the comfort of your sofa. So no need to visit shops after shops to find suitable flowers for your loved ones.

These are some well-known benefits of buying flowers online, but before making your purchase from these online flower shops, you must confirm that you are buying flowers from a reliable and secure online flower shop. We at May Flower make sure that each and every order whether big or small is routed through some rigorous checklist to ensure that every bouquet is delivered fresh and on time with the best design suited for the occasion.

If you are a first time buyer do try our services thru our website: http://www.mayflower.in/, and we assure you that you will definitely come back to us for all your floral needs.

Ruchika Fest 2013

Ruchika Fest 2013

Ruchika Fest 2013

The Ruchika Club is a prestigious organization comprising of women of multiple facets. With 500 members, the Club is like an extended family, spanning three generations, who come together under the same banner. Ruchika is a platform for social interaction, as well as grooming its members to emerge from their cocoons into confident women.

Ruchika 2013 was held at World Trade Center in the posh area of Cuffe Parade in Mumbai. It spread on 2 days i.e. July 2nd and 3rd 2013. Ruchika Fest is very popular amongst the Marwari community especially women which comprise of two or three generations entrepreneurs in their own field.

The Club holds TWO exhibitions annually

The RUCHIKA FEST held for two days, is our pre Rakhi event while the RUCHIKA LIFESTYLE is a one day show held three weeks prior to Diwali.These expos connect the entrepreneurs with their customers. This harmony of statement and style makes for a unique shopping experience, even for the most discerning shopper.The wide range of products on display comprises a kaleidoscope of creative talent from all over the country. Festive items, silverware, real & artificial jewelry, home décor, Lifestyle products and designer wear etc are a major attraction.

This year, May Flower also opted for a stall to display some of our works and spread the word to those who haven’t heard of us. Located at stall number 8 O/D and we got a good feedback and response from alot of new clientele. Pamphlets were distributed and special discount coupons given to those who attended the exhibition for purchases made online on our website. A display of different variety of vases both conventional and abstract were showcased. A display of our
floral works thru electronic media was also showcased and received a respectable response. A few exquisite custom made arrangements were kept on showcase and sold a respectable number of them. All in all a great success and good overall advertisement and exposure for May Flower.

We at May Flower would like to thank Ms. Seema Kejriwal who encouraged us to have a stall there and the tremendous support by Ms. Kejriwal and team proved invaluable for our first exhibition at Ruchika Fest 2013.

Some arrangements that were on display at the show can be found here

 

Flower Astrology Signs

Flower Astrology Signs

Meanings of Flower Astrology Signs

Zodiac flower signs are based on the astrological zodiac signs. These are provided here as another method of self-discovery.

Flowers offer us a blossoming perspective into our personalities. When we see ourselves as ever expanding and growing flowers, we know that we are infused with infinite potential.
Associating our personality with our zodiac flower signs also allows us to accept various phases in our lives. Even though our personalities can be trying at times, our flower signs remind us that every season has its peaks and valleys.Our flower signs are born, grow, and wither only to re-germinate and start the business of growth and expansion once again.As you read through your zodiac flower sign, remember these cycles. Remember that just like the flowers of the field we all grow at our own pace. We cannot force the flower to blossom, and so we must accept our own soul-growth at its own pace too.

Also, when we are first learning about astrology and the signs of the zodiac, it sometimes help to assign the traditional signs with corresponding symbols like these flowers.For example, some people will remember personality traits of an orchid more readily than the symbolic representation of Aquarius, the water bearer.
Below I have provided zodiac flower signs according to date of birth. I also give a catch phrase that your flower sign might use as a motto. A brief personality summary follows each sign.
Keep in mind, this is just a reference. Your zodiac flower sign personality may differ according to the conditions of your soil, water, sunlight, and weather conditions.

Flower Signs and Their Meanings

Honeysuckle

“My vines climb to great heights.”

March 21 – April 19

If you are born under the sign of the honeysuckle you are sweet to the senses of others. Meaning, you naturally entice others with your charm and grace. You have a smooth confidence that attracts a wide variety of friends and business partners. Just as bees can’t resist the lure of the honeysuckle – people can’t resist your energy. You are the first of the flower signs and so you are assertive and a natural leader of the vine. Honeysuckle people are strong and determined, weaving their way through any challenge, and are quite deft at finding innovative solutions.

Poppy



April 20 – May 19

If you are a poppy among the zodiac flower signs you love the finer things in life, and you love to share them with other people. You have a flare for design, a good eye for detail, and a knack for putting things together with style. Refinery comes natural to you, and you have a classy way about you that others find alluring. Poppy people are about pleasure: giving and receiving it. You enjoy security and comfort. Those with the flower sign of the poppy are very resilient too, and can weather any storm because of their patience and headstrong nature.

Lavender

“My beautiful expanse will inspire you.”

May 20 – June 20

If you are a lavender flower sign you freckle your landscape with beautiful ideas. You love to share these ideas with other people and get more new insights as you do so. You are expansive in your expressions, and you always seem to be able to find your muse. You are amazingly productive, creative and have an active mind. Sometimes you feel pulled in too many directions, but part of the lavender’s beauty is that it spreads itself far and wide for all to enjoy.

Accanthus

Look to my petals for your nurturing.”

June 21 – July 22

Sensitivity is the watchword for accanthus flower signs. You are perceptive, and have high intuition in matters of the heart, and environment. You often react to others (even when they don’t speak their feelings, you still know what is going on inside their hearts), and your surroundings. You are warm and sympathetic, and a natural healer too. Accanthus zodiac flower signs are highly influenced by outside forces – especially the pull of the moon. A secure home life, surrounded by friends and family who love you and you love back often help ground you and keep you from falling prey to negative influences.

Sunflower

“I will brighten your darkness.”

July 23 – August 21

Sunflower signs are warm, open, and natural leaders. You rise to any occasion with confidence and assurance – you have no doubt that you are the perfect person for any challenge, and you know how to reach to the top. You tend to be the center of attention and others look to you for advice and mentoring. You are a loving, faithful and tenderhearted friend. You are generous and enjoy a wide range of intellectual gifts.

Morning Glory

“I bring you clarity.”

August 22 – September 22

Morning glory zodiac flower signs are thoughtful and reflective. You tend to think and plan first before you take any action. You are organized and very observant. You have a natural eye for detail, and can be very analytical. You love to help people, and often use your organization skills to help others who struggle in “getting their act together.” You bloom beautifully right where you are planted, and you have a neat way of making things right and tidy. People come to you for guidance and healing.

Rose

“I will balance you in my beauty.”

September 23 – October 22

The rose zodiac flower sign exposes the truth in all things. If you have this flower sign you have a unique ability to see the hidden meanings in things and expose the underlying evidence for what it is. You have an eye for classic beauty, and you love to surround yourself with beautiful things too. You are attracted to philosophy, poetry and art. Because you see the beauty and truth in all things, you do not tolerate injustice or cruelty. You are most happy when you are with friends and family – taking a walk and enjoying nature.

Chrysanthemum

“My mysteries are forever unfolding.”

October 23 – November 21

You have many layers to you, and just as soon as someone thinks they have you identified, you pop out with another blossom of surprises. You like clarity and honesty in all things. In fact, when situations are murky or unhealthy you are the perfect sign to come in and clear the air or heal the situation. You are focused and tend to be serious in your emotions, but you are very intuitive and help others identify areas they need to work on for their own emotional growth. You are active and amorous with no end to suitors.

Narcissus

“Escape into my dreamy depth.”

November 22 – December 21

Narcissus zodiac flower signs can be very influential and enjoy sharing their philosophical ideas with others. You are direct, to the point, trustworthy and honest. You are naturally wise, and you also are gifted with good luck. You come on strong, but have a sensitive side you don’t share with too many people. You have an active imagination and love to dream the days away.

Carnation

“Simplicity is its own reward.”

December 22 – January 21

Those with the carnation flower sign are beautifully adept at putting things in order, and organizing. You are strong willed and determined for others to see your point of view. You are a natural leader, and others look to you to lean on. You can be driven and determined and this makes you a strong personality. You are no stranger to hard work, and you like to get things done your way. You like security, particularly if you are building a comfort zone with your own two hands.

Orchid

“My uniqueness is my effectiveness.”

January 21 – February 19

Those with the zodiac flower sign of the orchid are curious and inventive. You can be contradictory but you know exactly where you are coming from. You have a dreamy persona and people are attracted to your unique, sometimes eccentric ways. You have a different way of looking at the world. You are a natural humanitarian, and love to unravel mysteries. You are also very good at organizing or completing tasks that allow you to establish order.

Water Lily

February 20 – March 20

Water lily flower signs are perceptive and deeply psychic. Water runs through all the flower signs but especially through yours and this accentuates your intuitive abilities. You are sometimes able to absorb ideas and thoughts of those around you. You can be emotionally swayed by other people’s feelings too. Sometimes your emotions can run out of control, but you can turn to your natural creative abilities to help you get grounded. You are a natural artist, dancer, and musician. You are also an excellent communicator, and may be drawn to other languages too.

We at May Flower do use some flowers that are symbolic to astrological signs but in rare cases do our clients recognize the symbolism. Many will disagree with the above facts but most of them in most scenarios are quite true.

Source: Web Articles and Clippings

Floral Demonstration July 2012 by Nalini Kapadia,Founder, May Flower

Floral Demonstration July 2012 by Nalini Kapadia,Founder, May Flower

Ikebana Demostration 10th July 2012 by Nalini Kapadia, Founder – May Flower

A floral demostration by Senior Teacher of Ikebana from the Sogetsu School Mrs. Nalini Kapadia had given a demostration for fellow Sogetsu Members and staff on 10th July 2012 at the Juhu Gymkhana. The Council General of Japan was also present for the demonstration.

The demostration highlighted how to make different varieties of bouquets for different occasions especially outlined for India and how to use techniques of Ikebana that can be adapted and used for any bouquet that can add a sense of style and finesse to the final product.

A selection of a few basic flowers that are available throughout the year with all florists and also available to the general public through their nearby floral markets were used. Mrs. Kapadia started out with explaining simple ways of starting off a bouquet and how the foliage and fillers are to be used to get the final product that is elegant and also easy to make. The demostration went on for about 1 hour and a few designed arrangements were made with different vases and baskets along with different flowers with accessories as given below.

Mrs. Nalini Kapadia is the founder of May Flower and her creations and bouquets are available through our site www.mayflower.in

Feel free to browse through the pictures and should you need something that can be custom made for you do get in touch with us!

 

 

 

Flower of the Month – July

Flower of the Month – July

Flower of the Month – July – Larkspur

The History and traditions surrounding the July Birth Flower, the Larkspur 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 Larkspur, 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 jewelry, such as the Ruby, and also flowers – the first traditions and origins of the July Birth Flower.

The Language of Flowers

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 Larkspur. A lover could then send flowers which conveyed a hidden romantic meaning.

The meaning of the July Birth Flower, the Larkspur is an open heart and ardent attachment. The hidden message of the July Flower, the Larkspur, so favored during the Victorian era varied according to color:

Color Pink – to symbolize fickleness

Color White – Joyful, happy-go-lucky

Color Purple – You have such as sweet disposition

All over the World people give Birth Month Flowers as gifts to celebrate special occasions or events. Flowers, such as the Larkspur, 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 July Birth Flower, including the Larkspur, 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 July Birth Flower and their meaning adds to the significance of the flowers. The special events where it would be appropriate to give the July Birth Flower, the Larkspur are as follows:

Month of July, the Larkspur or Water Lily , to celebrate Canada Day on July 1 and Independence Day on July 4

Definition of the Larkspur:

A genus of ranunculaceous plants (Delphinium), having showy flowers, and a spurred calyx. They are natives of the North Temperate zone
They have very tall stems with many branches.
Any of numerous cultivated plants of the genus Delphinium
The July Birth Flower, the Larkspur is also called Delphinium

The name “Larkspur” is derived from the spur, of the flower and reminded some people of parts of the lark, hence “larkspur”

We at May Flower get Larkspur as per seasonal availability. It is great to use as a secondary flower in an arrangement bouquet and adds a different texture and shape to the overall outlook of the arrangement. Colors that are popularly available are Purple 90% of the time and other colors are scarce for Mumbai availability.

Do browse our collection of flowers and you can order flowers online too.

Source: Web articles and magazine cut outs with some inputs by this author.

Ease of Sending Flowers Online

Send Your Love to Your Loved Ones From the Comfort of Your Sofa

We love to send gifts to our loved ones on special occasions and their big days. Our loved ones wait for these gifts. They reckon these gifts as signs of our love for them. So we need to send them what they like as in this way we can express our love to them. It has been observed that whenever we send something to someone, one has to accept it no matter whether they like it or not. It’s considered against the etiquette to reject a gift on the basis of your liking or disliking. But all the responsibility of following the etiquette doesn’t lie only on the receivers of the gifts and the sender must also be careful when sending gifts to someone.

Keep in mind that different humans have different nature and it’s possible that the thing we like, others would also like it. For this reason, it is not easy to choose a right gift for your near and dear ones. However, there are some gifts which can be called as universal gifts. Flowers are always at the top among such gifts. There’s hardly anyone who doesn’t like flowers. We all love to give flowers and we all have an inner desire to receive flowers from those that we love. Flowers can take our sentiments and love to those that we love and want to be with them on their happy occasions no matter where we are. They realize our loved ones that we are physically away from us, but mentally we are with them.

Nowadays flowers are widely sent and received on occasions like valentine, anniversary, parents’ day, birthdays, other events and functions. However, it’s not an easy and simple task to send flowers in best conditions to our loved ones especially when we are miles away from them. My friends from school and college have always been looking for reliable Mumbai florists to send flowers to Mumbai that is their hometown in India. No doubt, they have had a good experience whenever they have hired our services. If you want to send flowers to Mumbai or any other part of India, you can definitely make the most of our services. We will deliver flowers to your loved ones not only on time, but also in the best possible combinations and designs.

Whether you are looking for a Mumbai florist to send flower in Mumbai or New Delhi or any part of India, you need not look any further for a reliable florist for this purpose. Just with a few clicks you can place your order and your loved ones in your hometown can get your sentiments at their doorstep thru May Flower. We at May Flower can deliver flowers and gifts for you right from you sofa but just entering a few steps on our website. Keeping a track of occasions and reminders, address book, discounts, sales etc are all part of a free experience that is awarded to anyone and everyone who registers as a Member on our site. Once you register and send flowers thru our site we will make sure you will never forget any occasion, have to type out any address again, and will always be informed of your order status with live tracking.

We at May Flower strive hard to achieve excellence in any order that we prepare. Bouquets for specific occasions are chosen with utmost care so as to match the occasion with the relevant flowers. Right from choosing the flowers, colors, foliage, packing etc to the card that is written is all in sync with the purpose and occasion.

Browse thru our collection here at May Flower and order flowers online with the utmost ease..

Sikkim International Flower Show 2013

Sikkim International Flower Show 2013

Flora and Fauna

Sikkim is situated in an ecological hotspot of the lower Himalayas, one of only three among the ecoregions of India. The forested regions of the state exhibit a diverse range of fauna and flora. Owing to its altitudinal gradation, the state has a wide variety of plants, from tropical species to temperate, alpine and tundra ones, and is perhaps one of the few regions to exhibit such a diversity within such a small area. Nearly 81% of the area of Sikkim comes under the administration of its forest department.

Sikkim is home to around 5,000 species of flowering plants, 515 rare orchids, 60 primula species, 36 rhododendron species, 11 oak varieties, 23 bamboo varieties, 16 conifer species, 362 types of ferns and ferns allies, 8 tree ferns, and over 424 medicinal plants. A variant of the Poinsettia, locally known as “Christmas Flower”, can be found in abundance in the mountainous state. The orchid Dendrobium nobile is the official flower of Sikkim, while the rhododendron is the state tree.

Orchids, figs, laurel, bananas, sal trees and bamboo grow in the Himalayan subtropical broadleaf forests of the lower altitudes of Sikkim. In the temperate elevations above 1,500 metres (4,900 ft) there are Eastern Himalayan broadleaf forests, where oaks, chestnuts, maples, birches, alders, and magnolias grow in large numbers, as well as Himalayan subtropical pine forests, dominated by Chir pine. Alpine-type vegetation is typically found between an altitude of 3,500 to 5,000 metres (11,500 to 16,000 ft). In lower elevations are found juniper, pine, firs, cypresses and rhododendrons from the Eastern Himalayan subalpine conifer forests. Higher up are Eastern Himalayan alpine shrub and meadows, home to a broad variety of rhododendrons and wildflowers.

The red panda is the state animal of Sikkim.The fauna of Sikkim include the snow leopard, the musk deer, the Himalayan Tahr, the red panda, the Himalayan marmot, the serow, the goral, the barking deer, the common langur, the Himalayan Black Bear, the clouded leopard, the Marbled Cat, the leopard cat, the wild dog, the Tibetan wolf, the hog badger, the binturong, the jungle cat and the civet cat. Among the animals more commonly found in the alpine zone are yaks, mainly reared for their milk, meat, and as a beast of burden.

The avifauna of Sikkim include of the Impeyan pheasant, the crimson horned pheasant, the snow partridge, the snow cock, the lammergeyer and griffon vultures, as well as golden eagles, quail, plovers, woodcock, sandpipers, pigeons, Old World flycatchers, babblers and robins. Sikkim has more than 550 species of birds, some of which have been declared endangered.

Sikkim also has a rich diversity of arthropods, many of which remain unstudied; the most studied Sikkimese arthropods are butterflies. Of the approximately 1,438 butterfly species found in the Indian subcontinent, 695 have been recorded in Sikkim. These include the endangered Kaiser-i-hind, the Yellow Gorgon and the Bhutan Glory.

The Government of Sikkim has decided to organize the 2nd International Flower show from 23-27 February 2013. The Horticulture & Cash Crops Development Department will be the Nodal Department for organizing the event.

The main objectives of organizing Sikkim International Flower Show 2013 are:-

To showcase the floral potential of Sikkim.
To promote Floriculture Industry in Sikkim.
To provide Flower growers of Sikkim an International Exposition for understanding the Global trend of Floriculture Development and Flori-business.
To keep pace with the advancement of World Floriculture.
To highlight Sikkim as a Floriculture State / destination.
To promote Tourism in Sikkim.

FLOWERS

Different species of flowers such as Cymbidium Orchids, Roses, Zentedeschia, Lilium, Gerbera, Seasonal Flowers viz. Ceneraria, Petunia, Flux, Primula, Calendula etc. will be displayed on benches and in gardens as potted plants or live plants.

VEGETABLES

Different vegetables potted plants as well as harvested crop will be displayed.

SPICES

Spices crops like Large Cardamom (Cardamomum Subulatum) which is the native crop of Sikkim will be displayed as live plants and harvested capsules. Ginger and turmeric, which are also important cash crops of the states, will be displayed as harvested fresh rhizomes.

ROOT AND TUBER

Crops like yam, cassava, potato, sweet potatoes are being grown by the small and marginal farmers of the state for their consumption as sometimes as staple food and also as snacks. The root and tuber of these crops will be displayed during the event.

TOOLS, EQUIPMENT, & ORGANIC INPUTS

The firms and companies dealing with important tools and equipment used in Agricultural purposes will be invited for displayed in the stall provided to them. Similarly, organic manure and bio-pesticides available in the country and as well as in the international market will also be displayed.

BAMBOOS & MUSHROOMS

It is proposed to display a set of live species of bamboos during the event. Fruiting mushroom blocks of different species will also be kept for display.
In order to benefit the farmers and visitors, the organizing committee has decided to distribute package of practices of different crops as leaflets and pamphlets during the entire show.

The 1st International FloriShow 2008 saw more than 1 Lakh visitors attending to see the floriculture potential of the state. The event was participated by 22 International Companies, 65 National private companies and 15 State Government Agencies. International FloriShow 2008 was considered as a herculean step in the showcase of Floriculture development in the country. In this retrospect, the 2nd International Flower Show 2013 has an enormous probability of attracting approximately 2 Lakhs visitors from all over the state, neighboring states and other countries as well. The targeted audience include guest officers of the State and Central Government, farmers from within and outside the state, students from school and colleges, local gentries, and tourists.

Source: Sikkim International Flower Show

More such articles and flowers mentioned in this blog are available on May Flower.

 

 

 






Healing Power of Flowers

Healing Power Of Flowers

As the old saying goes, “April showers bring May flowers.” As much as we may appreciate the beauty of different flowers emerging from sleepy ground, many floral friends are much more than just a pretty face. Some flowers possess the power to heal, earning them a place in your medicine cabinet as well as your favourite vase.
It’s no secret that flowers can boost morale and improve mood. A bunch of sunny-faced blooms brighten a room and the spirits of anyone catching a drift of their scent. Flowers also affect us on a biological level. As botanicals, they possess phytochemicals that produce pharmacological effects on the body ranging from anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties to cardiovascular benefits.

Lavender

The Lavendula genus contains 39 species of flowering members of the mint family with a range extending from Africa, India, the Mediterranean and Southern Europe. L. angustifolia, or English lavender, is the species commonly used for medical purposes, which yields an essential oil widely used in aromatherapy. In addition to producing anxiolytic properties to promote relaxation and induce sleep when inhaled, the oil also exerts anti-inflammatory and antiseptic effects when applied topically to the skin. In fact, lavender oil, once used to disinfect hospital surfaces during World War II, is an effective treatment for burns, wounds, insect bites and acne.

St. John’s Wort

In Germany, St. John’s wort (Hypericum perforatum) is widely used to treat depression in adults and adolescents. For several years, the effect of this herb on major depression was a matter of great debate. Certain agencies acting under the National Institutes of Health, particularly the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM), still maintain that St. John’s wort is ineffective against major depression. However, this assertion is largely based on a single trial conducted by NCCAM that has since been criticized for poor study design. In fact, the same study found that sertraline (Zoloft) was also no more effective than placebo in 340 volunteers. In contrast, a 2008 Cochrane review of 29 trials involving more than 5,000 people concluded that the efficacy of St. John’s wort in treating major depression was comparable to conventional antidepressants, but with far less risk of side effects.

The oil and tincture of St. John’s wort, made from both leaf and flower, are antiseptic and anti-inflammatory when used topically. Preparations made from this herb are also being studied for other applications, including the treatment of Parkinson’s disease, attention span deficit disorder, irritable bowel syndrome, premenstrual syndrome and alcoholism.

Chamomile

Peter Rabbit’s mother knew what to do when her disobedient offspring suffered a stomachache from indulging in Mr. McGregor’s garden. Aside from scolding him for losing his coat and shoes – and nearly his life – she sent him to bed with a dose of chamomile tea. Although Beatrix Potter, the author of Peter’s tale, didn’t specify which form of the plant Mother Rabbit used, most herbalists prefer to use Matricaria recutita, also known as German chamomile. The bright yellow flower heads contain numerous glycoside flavonoids and other compounds that have demonstrated antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. Externally, chamomile extract and essential oil counter various skin conditions, largely due to the presence of a natural histamine blocker and free radical scavenger called chamazulene. Tea made from chamomile flowers helps to ease indigestion, diarrhea and other gastrointestinal complaints.

Echinacea

Echinacea purpurea also known as purple coneflower, is a North American native with a long history of use in medicine. Various Native American tribes noticed that elk purposely look for this plant when sick or injured, earning the herb the nickname “elk root.” The Lakota (Teton Sioux) used the plant to treat inflammation and pain, while the Kiowa and Cheyenne used it to ease cough and sore throat. The healing properties of echinacea are due to fat-soluble compounds called alkylamides, which regulate cytokines and other agents involved in producing inflammation. Preparations made from the flowers, as well as the root, help to thwart viral invasions when taken internally at the first sign of cold or flu symptoms. Externally, echincea is used to treat wounds and skin irritations.

Hawthorn

This member of the rose family is represented by various species of the Crataegus genus that contain chemicals with health-promoting properties similar to those found in red wine and grapes. Hawthorn also contains potent antioxidants, namely quercetin, rutin and hyperoside. For more than 200 years, this herb has been used to improve circulation, lower blood pressure and to improve cardiovascular function. Recent research has found that hawthorn helps to improve exercise tolerance in people with heart disease.

Calendula

Calendula Officinallis is a member of the daisy family more commonly known as pot marigold. Traditionally, preparations made from the flowers are used to treat minor wounds, acne and other skin conditions. Modern science tells us that these effects are due to the presence of different kinds of glycosides, which have shown to be anti-inflammatory, antiviral and anti-carcinogenic. These compounds are also associated with antispasmodic effects and a tea or extract made from the flowers is taken internally to ease cramps.
These are some of the flowers that help in healing day to day and some long term illnesses and have been tried and tested in various parts of the world. Though most of these flowers have to be sourced from the parent root, their effects can vary as per the purity of the bulb that is harvested. Having knowledge of these natural cure remedies help those who are in the interiors of some country or those who do not have access to advanced medicines.
This article has been collectively formed with information from web articles, magazines, floral books etc. For more such articles and to order flowers online visit May Flower

Source: Herbco with some inputs by the author of this blog.

Fathers Day and its Origin

Fathers Day and its Origin

Fathers Day is a celebration honoring fathers and celebrating fatherhood, paternal bonds, and the influence of fathers in society. Many countries celebrate it on the third Sunday of June, but it is also celebrated widely on other days. Father’s Day was created to complement Mother’s Day, a celebration that honors mothers and motherhood.

Father’s Day was inaugurated in the United States in the early 20th century to complement Mother’s Day in celebrating fatherhood and male parenting.After the success obtained by Anna Jarvis with the promotion of Mother’s Day in the US, some wanted to create similar holidays for other family members, and Father’s Day was the choice most likely to succeed. There were other persons in the US who independently thought of “Father’s Day”,but the credit for the modern holiday is often given to Sonora Dodd, who was the driving force behind its establishment.

How did Fathers Day get started?

Father’s Day was founded in Spokane, Washington at the YMCA in 1910 by Sonora Smart Dodd, who was born in Arkansas. Its first celebration was in the Spokane YMCA on June 19, 1910. Her father, the Civil War veteran William Jackson Smart, was a single parent who raised his six children there. After hearing a sermon about Jarvis’ Mother’s Day in 1909, she told her pastor that fathers should have a similar holiday honoring them. Although she initially suggested June 5, her father’s birthday, the pastors did not have enough time to prepare their sermons, and the celebration was deferred to the third Sunday of June.

It did not have much success initially. In the 1920s, Dodd stopped promoting the celebration because she was studying in the Art Institute of Chicago, and it faded into relative obscurity, even in Spokane. In the 1930s Dodd returned to Spokane and started promoting the celebration again, raising awareness at a national level. She had the help of those trade groups that would benefit most from the holiday, for example the manufacturers of ties, tobacco pipes, and any traditional present to fathers. Since 1938 she had the help of the Father’s Day Council, founded by the New York Associated Men’s Wear Retailers to consolidate and systematize the commercial promotion. Americans resisted the holiday during a few decades, perceiving it as just an attempt by merchants to replicate the commercial success of Mother’s Day, and newspapers frequently featured cynical and sarcastic attacks and jokes. But the trade groups did not give up: they kept promoting it and even incorporated the jokes into their adverts, and they eventually succeeded.By the mid 1980s the Father’s Council wrote that “Father’s Day has become a ‘Second Christmas’ for all the men’s gift-oriented industries.”

How Fathers Day celebrated in India?

Fathers Day is honored today in India on the 2nd Sunday of June every year. Whilst most are aware of the occasion, a large number of girls celebrate and honor the day far more than boys. Most of the children who are studying or working abroad send flowers and gifts to their fathers who are living in India. Popular gifts for Fathers day range from Liquor Bottles, Perfumes, Tools, Electronics, Flowers, Chocolates, Cakes etc. At May Flower we customize the gifting by incorporating certain gifts into the floral bouquet adding value and design to the overall look and feel of the flowers sent. Do visit May Flower for more such ideas and giftings.

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