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

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

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.

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!




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.


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.


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


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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 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.


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 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 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.

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

Flowers you can Eat

The culinary use of flowers dates back thousands of years to the Chinese, Greek and Romans. Many cultures use flowers in their traditional cooking–think of squash blossoms in Italian food and rose petals in Indian food. Adding flowers to your food can be a nice way to add color, flavor, and a little whimsy. Some are spicy, and some herbaceous, while others are floral and fragrant. The range is pretty surprising.
It’s not uncommon to see flower petals used in salads, teas, and as garnish for desserts, but they inspire creative uses as well–roll spicy ones (like chive blossoms) into handmade pasta dough, incorporate floral ones into homemade ice cream, pickle flower buds (like nasturtium) to make ersatz capers, use them to make a floral simple syrup for use in lemonade or cocktails. (See a recipe for Dandelion Syrup here.) I once stuffed gladiolus following a recipe for stuffed squash blossoms–a little out-there, I know, but they were great. So many possibilities…

Eating Flowers Safely

So. As lovely as eating flowers can be, it can also be a little…deadly! Not to scare you off or anything. Follow these tips for eating flowers safely.
Eat flowers you know to be consumable–if you are uncertain, consult a reference book on edible flowers and plants.
Eat flowers you have grown yourself, or know to be safe for consumption. Flowers from the florist or nursery have probably been treated with pesticide or other chemicals.

Do not eat roadside flowers or those picked in public parks. Both may have been treated with pesticide or herbicide, and roadside flowers may be polluted by car exhaust

Eat just the petals, and remove pistils and stamens before eating.

If you suffer from allergies, introduce edible flowers gradually, as they may exacerbate allergies.

To keep flowers fresh, place them on moist paper towels and refrigerate in an airtight container. Some will last up to 10 days this way. Ice water can revitalize limp flowers.


All blossoms from the allium family (leeks, chives, garlic, garlic chives) are edible and flavorful! Flavors run the gamut from delicate leek to robust garlic. Every part of these plants is edible.


Depending on the variety, flowers range from pale lavender-blue to deep rose and have a licorice-like flavor.
Anise Hyssop
Both flowers and leaves have a subtle anise or licorice flavor.


Blossoms are small with dark centers and with a peppery flavor much like the leaves. They range in color from white to yellow with dark purple streaks.
Bachelor’s Button
Grassy in flavor, the petals are edible but avoid the bitter calyx.
Blossoms come in a variety of colors, from white to pink to lavender; flavor is similar to the leaves, but milder.

Bee Balm

The red flowers have a minty flavor.


Blossoms are a lovely blue hue and taste like cucumber!

Calendula / Marigold

A great flower for eating, calendula blossoms are peppery, tangy, and spicy–and their vibrant golden color adds dash to any dish.

Carnations / Dianthus

Petals are sweet, once trimmed away from the base. The blossoms taste like their sweet, perfumed aroma.


Small and daisylike, the flowers have a sweet flavor and are often used in tea. Ragweed sufferers may be allergic to chamomile.


Delicate blossoms and flavor, which is anise-tinged.


Mildly bitter earthiness of chicory is evident in the petals and buds, which can be pickled.


A little bitter, mums come in a rainbow of colors and a range of flavors range from peppery to pungent. Use only the petals.


Like the leaves, people either love the blossoms or hate them. The flowers share the grassy flavor of the herb. Use them fresh as they lose their charm when heated.

Citrus (orange, lemon, lime, grapefruit, kumquat)

Citrus blossoms are sweet and highly-scented. Use frugally or they will over-perfume a dish.


Flowers are sweet with a hint of licorice.


Yellow dill flowers taste much like the herb’s leaves.

English Daisy

These aren’t the best-tasting petals–they are somewhat bitter, but they look great!


Yellow fennel flowers are eye candy with a subtle licorice flavor, much like the herb itself.


Tangy fuchsia flowers make a beautiful garnish.


Who knew? Although gladioli are bland, they can be stuffed, or their petals removed for an interesting salad garnish.


Famously used in hibiscus tea, the vibrant cranberry flavor is tart and can be used sparingly.


Bland and vegetable in flavor, hollyhock blossoms make a showy, edible garnish.


Flowers don’t have much flavor–best as a pretty garnish or for candying.


These super-fragrant blooms are used in tea; you can also use them in sweet dishes, but


Adorable and delicious, the flowers have a subtle mint flavor great for salads, pastas, fruit dishes, and drinks.


Sweet, spicy, and perfumed, the flowers are a great addition to both savory and sweet dishes.

Lemon Verbena

The diminutive off-white blossoms are redolent of lemon–and great for teas and desserts.


The blooms are pungent, but the floral citrusy aroma translates to its flavor as well.


The flowers are–surprise!–minty. Their intensity varies among varieties.


One of the most popular edible flowers, nasturtium blossoms are brilliantly colored with a sweet, floral flavor bursting with a spicy pepper finish. When the flowers go to seed, the seed pod is a marvel of sweet and spicy. You can stuff flowers, add leaves to salads, pickle buds like capers, and garnish to your heart’s content.


The flowers are a pretty, subtle version of the leaf.


The petals are somewhat nondescript, but if you eat the whole flower you get more taste.


Varying in color, radish flowers have a distinctive, peppery bite.


Remove the white, bitter base and the remaining petals have a strongly perfumed flavor perfect for floating in drinks or scattering across desserts, and for a variety of jams. All roses are edible, with flavor more pronounced in darker varieties.


Flowers taste like a milder version of the herb; nice used as a garnish on dishes that incorporate rosemary.


Blossoms have a subtle flavor similar to the leaves.

Squash and Pumpkin

Blossoms from both are wonderful vehicles for stuffing, each having a slight squash flavor. Remove stamens before using.


Petals can be eaten, the bud steamed like an artichoke.


Another famous edible flower, violets are floral, sweet, and beautiful as garnishes. Use the flowers in salads and to garnish desserts and drinks.

A compilation of these edible flowers was sought from Magazines and article clips found in print and over the internet.

I have not tried any of the edible flowers except a few such as Oregano, Basil, Jasmine and Chamomile. Do give me your reviews if you have tried any others and your experiences by replying to this blog post!

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Flower of the Month – May

Flower of the Month : May : Lily of the Valley

These are specific flowers which are traditionally given according to the month that a person is born. The May Birth Flower is the Lily of the Valley.

The History and traditions surrounding the May Birth Flower, the Lily of the Valley 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 Lily of the Valley, 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 Emerald, and also flowers – the first traditions and origins of the May 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 Lily of the Valley. A lover could then send flowers which conveyed a hidden romantic meaning.
The meaning of the May Birth Flower, the Lily of the Valley is Sweetness and Humility
The hidden message of the Birth Flower, the Lily of the Valley, so favored during the Victorian era is “You’ve Made My Life Complete”.

Colors of the Lily of the Valley

The colors of the May Birth Flower, the Lily of the Valley, include the following: White

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 Lily of the Valley, 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 May Birth Flower, including the Lily of the Valley, 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 May Birth Flower and their meaning adds to the significance of the flowers. The special events where it would be appropriate to give the May Birth Flower, the Lily of the Valley are as follows:

Month of May, the Lily of the Valley, to celebrate May Day on May 1 and Cinco de Maya on May 5

Information about the May Birth Flower, the Lily of the Valley
Definition of the Lily of the Valley

A low-growing perennial plant having usually two large oblong lanceolate leaves and small fragrant nodding bell-shaped flowers

The scientific name of a flower species is formed by the combination of two terms: the genus name and the species descriptor in the case of the Lily of the Valley the Convallaria majalis

The January Birth Flower, the Lily of the Valley is also called the May Lily

The name “Lily of the Valley” is derived from the is derived from the Latin word maius meaning ‘May’, and anthemon meaning ‘flower’ referring to the flowering time of these plants.

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You can get further information on flowers and how to order flowers online. 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 at May Flower