Belgium Flower Carpet

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.

More beautiful shots, below or to order flowers online and some more interesting floral related information, visit us at Mayflower.in

Images of Belgium Flower Carpet

Send Flowers to Boost Up The Spirit Of Life

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

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

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!

For Online delivery of flowers and more about flowers, visit us at Mayflower.in

Images of Lalbagh Flower Show 2013, Bangalore




Flower Of the Month – September

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.

Floral Demonstration IMC Mumbai

Floral Demonstration IMC Mumbai

Floral Demonstration at IMC Mumbai by Nalini Kapadia, Founder May Flower

A floral demonstration was held at Indian Merchant Chambers Ladies Wing on 12th August 2013 held by Mrs. Vimla Patil and guest speaker was our founder Mrs. Nalini Kapadia. The main topic of discussion was how May Flower came into existence and the evolution from a hobby into a profession spread over a period of 33 years to which May Flower today stands. A demonstration of making simple basic arrangements with flowers and accessories for Indian festivals such as Ganesh Chaturthi, Diwali, New Year etc.

In admist of the festive season, flower arrangements play an important role in commemorating life’s most significant moments and in making homes and workplaces more pleasant.

Mrs. Nalini Kapadia, owner of May Flower, business that specializes in floral arrangements and decorations told her life story – including the difficulties a woman can come across whilst building a business to this height. She explained how to know your talent and use it for making yourself financially self-reliant.

Mrs. Kapadia, after 30 years in the flower buiness, has combined her love for flowers and her buisness acument to achieve enviable success. Starting as a student of Ikebana, she graduated slowly to being one of the top experts in floral decorations and arrangements in Mumbai within a few years of starting her business on a small scale. Her talk included a live demonstration of floral arrangements to go with the festive season which will start from August onward alongwith two ready-made arrangements to the audience.

We at May Flower would like to thank the Business and Entrepreneurship Committee, Ms. Madhavi Vora (Chairperson), Ms. Vimla Patil, Ms. Mailti Jain(Co-Chairpersons) and Members of IMC Ladies wing for allowing us to demonstrate and discuss the story of May Flower.

Images of some festive creations in Floral Demonstration at IMC Mumbai



Send Flowers to India as Birthday Gifts

Send Flowers to India as Birthday Gifts

Send Flowers to India as Special Birthday Gifts

It has always been a magnificent emotion in bringing smile on the faces of your valued ones, particularly, when the event of their birthday. Birthdays have great importance and carry some of the most valuable moments in everyone’s life. Birthdays are always unforgettable and remarkable for everyone’ life whether this event related to kid or any elder. Particularly children impatiently wait for this unique and unusual day and so at last when the day of this beautiful event appears, they always in wait for some special gift from their parents, relatives and friends because children are always the point of attention for everyone. And their delight and happiness knows no bound, when they are given lots of gifts with bouquets of beautiful flowers. So send flowers to India on your sweetest child’s birth day with other beautiful gifts to bring sign of happiness on their faces as a surprise being living there in India.

Sometimes it happens that you do not participate in these memorable events due to some reasons, but you want to make realize your dearest ones, your presence on that special event, and you want to send something special to your dearest and nearest ones to bring happiness on the face of your dearest one. You can send flowers to India as special gift for your nearest ones on these special events like birthdays.

May Flower is a top ranking online florist that manages for the people from all over the world to send varieties of flowers to their respected ones in India. We are also specified to send flowers to India as a special birthday gift with vast varieties and different ranges and styles which will definitely boost up the occasion of your near and dear ones.
Flowers are the symbol and have important meaning to every celebration. They stand for pleasure and happiness of life. The exclusive and their distinctive meanings of flowers reckon gifting flowers a striking motion on birthdays. You can send flowers to India as some of the most popular items and as a special gift to your loved ones on his/her birthdays. Different types of beautiful flowers like Roses, Gerberas and Orchids all formulate that special day of your dearest ones, their birthday, even more special. May Flower facilitate the people from all around the world in online ordering and send flowers to India. Only cake is not sufficient to fill colours in the birthday but flowers are also needed to make your event colourful, a memorable one. The best part about flowers is that when you send flowers to India as birthday flowers to your loved ones, you going to make his birthday special day for him/her. And your nearest one will come closer to your heart.

Flowers are such beautiful and innocent creatures of God that is like by kids, younger, men and women. The wise also think flowers are very interesting and causing somebody to engage in careful thought on the part of the person who gifted them. In fact, when you want to send flowers to India along with cakes for the events of birthdays, you hold an ideal birthday gift in your hand. Our broad range of Birthday flowers will surely win the heart of your dearest one, when they take delivery of sensational gifts. Due to the force of globalization, many people are leaving India for serving and utilizing their abilities for foreign countries. And as a result, they miss that opportunity for being a part of those important family occasions like birthdays.

We at May Flower help such people to send flowers to India to their loved ones. it is an our foremost obligation in making your loved ones happy, despite being so far away from you and to bring a special feeling for you and your dearest ones.

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Eight Basic Flower Arranging Designs

Eight Basic Flower Arranging Designs

Eight Basic Flower Arranging Designs

If you are used to working with fresh flowers, it will take some time to get used to all the possibilities and limitations when using silks. Though so similar in use, artificial flowers are an entirely different art form. The line, focal, filler technique is an excellent way to design artificial and dried flower arrangements.

Horizontal Arrangements

1. Using a relatively shallow container, anchor foam with a lot of glue or use anchor pins, and position sprays of line flowers to establish the shape of the design.

2. Insert focal flowers in the middle so they gently droop over the lip of the container on both sides, reach towards the line material and extend on either side of the middle. Leave room for filler flowers.

3. Fill in and around focal area with filler flowers and foliage.

Vertical Arrangements


1. Wedge or secure foam in a vase with hot glue. Cut the stems of the tallest flowers or leaves to reach three or four times the height of the vase.

2. Place the focal flowers vertically within the diameter of the vase.

3. Fill in the areas as needed with filler flowers.

Triangular Arrangements


1. Secure floral foam. Determine the vertical height and horizontal width with the smallest line flowers and/or leaves. Make the height higher than the width.

2. Position the largest focal flowers in the heart of the arrangement and slightly lower to give weight and balance.

3. Fill in with the filler flowers and foliage keeping within the triangular shape.

Crescent Arrangements


1. Secure foam in container. Determine length of crescent and insert curved line flowers or leaves to follow the crescent form. Angle the shape to balance in the container.

 2. Insert the focal flowers fairly low in the bowl to achieve balance, stability and depth.

3. Fill in around the focal flowers with smaller flowers and foliage. Place wisps of filler flowers that gracefully taper off the ends.

Oval arrangements


1. Secure the floral foam. Determine the height with line flowers, then frame in the outer edges of the oval shape with light colored flowers and foliage.

2. Place the largest, strongest or brightest flowers in the focal area.

3. Fill in around the larger flowers and leaves with the filler flowers.

Minimal Arrangements


1. Adhere foam to container. Insert vertical line flowers to determine the height, and secure the horizontal line flowers to give the basic outline of the arrangement.

2. Place the focal flowers.

3. Fill in with filler flowers as needed.

The lazy “S” or “Hogarth’s Curve”


1. Anchor the foam securely. Bend the stems gently into graceful curves and insert them in place so they balance.

2. Add the focal flowers following the lines of the upper and lower curves.

3. Cluster filler blossoms and foliage around the central flowers maintaining the rhythm of the ‘S’.

Free Standing Arrangements


 1. Fill a shallow container with foam that extends one inch over the top. Secure the foam with hot glue, floral clay or floral tape. Define the shape of the design with the line flowers and leaves.

2. Place the focal flowers and leaves, turning the vase as you go so all the sides are even.

3. Add filler flowers to integrate the design.

 

A combination of these techniques have been applied from various floral basics books, magazines, web articles and clippings.

To buy such styles of floral arrangements visit May Flower

Flower Pricing on May Flower

Flower Pricing on May Flower

Some information regarding our flower pricing

Flowers are a commodity that have fluctuations in prices throughout the year. During wedding seasons or certain festivals the prices sky rocket whereas during off season the prices of flowers go down due to demand and supply variations. We follow a pricing strategy that during off season when certain flower prices are low(most commonly roses being higher on occasions like Valentine’s Day, Mothers day etc), we offer discounts in the form of coupons or put certain bouquets in the sale section. Unlike most other florists, we will give you exactly the same specification of bouquet (flower count and style) for a reduced cost as the cost of procuring the flowers has become less. Discounts and coupons maybe less during peak season but due to bulk purchasing from farms we at May Flower provide affordable flower pricing throughout the year in addition to discount coupons and sale items.

Discount coupons as of now are valid on your full order, which include even the price of the gifts add on. This works out to a double discount as you get the flowers at a reduced cost as well as the gift. All in all a tempting deal that can save you quite a few bucks.

Being in this field of floral delivery since 1980 May Flower strives to provide 100% customer satisfaction and the outcome of these efforts are loyal customers for life!

Do keep in mind that sale items are refreshed frequently and promo coupons are sent out to our customers who are members or subscribed to our newsletters.

To see some items on sale at this very moment or order flowers online do visit us at May Flower

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