Dandelions and its Significance

Dandelions Flowers Health Benefits

The health benefits of dandelion include relief from liver disorders, diabetes, urinary disorders, acne, jaundice, cancer and anemia. It also helps in maintaining bone health, skin care and is a benefit to weight loss programs. These and other health benefits are currently being studied for complete validation by a number of international institutions.

Despite the health benefits of dandelions, they are traditionally more popular as ornamental flowering plants than as medicine, because the flowers of dandelions look brilliant and are frequently seen in gardens and parks. There are many varieties of dandelion, but the common dandelion is scientifically known as Taraxacum Officinale. In terms of history, the plant is believed to have evolved about 30 million years ago in Eurasia.

Dandelion, which literally translates into “lion’s tooth” in French, is rich in vitamin-A, C, iron and calcium and detoxifiers which explains its common inclusion in medicines. Below, we will discuss the different things that benefit can do for us, besides decorating our gardens.

Health Benefits of Dandelions

The health benefits of dandelions include the following:

Bone Health: Dandelions are rich in calcium, which is essential for the growth and strength of bones, and they are rich in antioxidants like vitamin-C and Luteolin, which protect bones from age-related damage. This inevitable damage is often due to free radicals, and is frequently seen as bone frailty, weakness, and decreased density.

 

Liver Disorders: Dandelions can help the liver in many ways. While the antioxidants like vitamin-C and Luteolin keep the liver functioning in optimal gear and protect it from aging, other compounds in dandelions help treat hemorrhaging in the liver. Furthermore, dandelions aid in maintaining the proper flow of bile, while also stimulating the liver and promoting digestion. Proper digestion can reduce the chances of constipation, which in turn reduces the risk of more serious gastrointestinal issues.

Diabetes: Dandelion juice can help diabetic patients by stimulating the production of insulin from the pancreas, thereby keeping the blood sugar level low. Since dandelions are diuretic in nature, they increase urination in diabetic patients, which helps remove the excess sugar from the body. Diabetics are also prone to renal problems, so the diuretic properties of dandelion can help removing the sugar deposition in the kidneys through increased urination. Furthermore, dandelion juice is slightly bitter to taste, which effectively lowers the sugar level in the blood, as all bitter substances do. Consistently lower blood sugar and a more regulated system of insulin release prevents dangerous spikes and plunges for diabetic patients, so dandelion extracts can be a perfect solution!

 

Urinary Disorders: Dandelions are highly diuretic in nature, so they help eliminate deposits of toxic substances in the kidneys and the urinary tract. The disinfectant properties of dandelions also inhibit microbial growth in the urinary system. In fact, the diuretic properties of dandelions are so strong that in France, the flower is also called “pissenlit”  which means “urinate in bed”.

 

Skin Care: Dandelion sap, also known as dandelion milk, is useful in treating skin diseases which are caused by microbial and fungal infections. This treatment stems from the fact that the sap is highly alkaline and has germicidal, insecticidal and fungicidal properties. You should be careful while using this sap, and avoid any contact with the eyes. This sap can be used on itches, ringworm, eczema, and other skin conditions without the risk of side effects or hormonal disturbances commonly caused by pharmaceutical skin treatments.

 

Acne: Dandelion juice is a good detoxifier, diuretic, stimulant and antioxidant. These four properties make it a great treatment for acne. Before we know how it treats acne, we must know what causes it. Acne typically arises during the teenage years, when the body undergoes many physiological and hormonal changes. The flood of new hormones that bring about the changes in the body must be regulated, but if they don’t remain at a healthy ratio, they tend to deposit somewhat toxic substances into the body. These toxins tend to come out along with sweat through the sweat glands or sebaceous glands on the skin.

 

During these hormonal changes, these glands secrete more oils which, when mixed with dead skin, block the pores and the secretion of toxins is obstructed. Therefore, the toxic substances cannot escape and eventually result in acne. This situation is exacerbated by the microbial infections on the effected places. Dandelion juice, being a stimulant, diuretic and detoxifier in nature, can help regulate proper secretion of hormones, increase sweating and widen the pores. All of these factors help to facilitate the removal of toxins through sweat and urine. Furthermore, dandelion sap, if externally applied to areas with acne, can inhibit microbial infection and reduce the frustrating signs of acne. Also, it can speed up healing due to its vitamin-C content, so the scars and ugly red inflammation that traditionally follows acne treatment will be less noticeable.

 

Weight Loss: Our urine consists of up to 4% fat, so the more we urinate, the more water and fats are lost from the body. Dandelions, being diuretic in nature, promotes urination and thereby helps lose the dreaded “water weight” without causing any side effects. Furthermore, dandelions are low in calories, like most leafy greens, but for the small expense of calories (~1oo cal./4 cups), you get a huge amount of beneficial side effects. This is also why dandelions are sometimes used as sweeteners, because they are not packed with unhealthy sugars.

 

Cancer: Dandelions are high in antioxidants, such as vitamin-C and Luteolin, which reduce the free radicals (major cancer-causing agents) in the body, thereby reducing the risk of cancer. It also detoxifies the body, which further helps protect from the development of tumors and various cancers. Luteolin actually poisons essential components of cancer cells when it binds to them, rendering them ineffective and unable to reproduce. This characteristic has been demonstrated most notably with prostate cancer, although there are other studies being done.

 

Jaundice: Jaundice is primarily a disorder of the liver in which the organ starts overproducing bile, which ultimately enters the bloodstream and wreaks havoc on the body’s metabolism. The excess bile is also reflected through color of the skin, and eyes, which typically develop a yellow tint. The treatment of jaundice includes three main steps. First, you need to curb the production of bile. Second, you must remove the excess bile from the body, and third, you have to fight the underlying viral infection.

 

Dandelions are very helpful in all of these steps. It promotes liver health and regulates bile production. Being diuretic in nature, it promotes urination, where the excess bile can be eliminated. Finally, as an antioxidant and disinfectant due to the presence of vitamin-C and Luteolin, it fights viral infections as well. It is most beneficial when taken with sugarcane juice, since it replaces the sugar in the body that is significantly lowered due to the impact of excess bile. A lack of sugar can cause extreme fatigue and weakness, so dandelions help boost your energy levels after infection!

 

Gall Bladder Disorders: Dandelions are very beneficial for the gall bladder and liver, because they improve their general functioning, protects them from ill effects of oxidants and infections, and regulates the various secretions from both organs.

 

Constipation: Certain components of dandelion, namely the high levels of dietary fiber, make it a beneficial aid for digestion and proper intestinal health. Dietary fiber stimulates healthy bowel movements by adding bulk to stool, and also reduces chances of constipation as well as diarrhea. It regulates bowel movements, which can prevent more serious gastrointestinal issues. It is commonly prescribed for children who are experiencing constipation, as it is relatively soothing on the stomach. It has also been used to stimulate the appetite, particularly following trauma or surgery.

 

Anemia: Dandelions have relatively good levels of iron, vitamins, and protein content. While iron is the integral part of hemoglobin in the blood, vitamins like vitamin-B and protein are essential for the formation of red blood cells and certain other components of the blood. This way dandelion can help anemic people keep their condition in check.

 

High Blood Pressure: Urination is an effective way of lowering blood pressure. In fact, most of the modern medicines for lowering blood pressure are based on this phenomenon. Dandelion juice, being diuretic in nature, increases urination, both in quantity and frequency. Therefore, it helps lower high blood pressure. The fiber in dandelion is also helpful in reducing cholesterol and thereby assists in lowering blood pressure, since cholesterol is one of the factors that increases blood pressure. Finally, there is the high potassium content of dandelions, which is very effective in lowering blood pressure by replacing sodium.

 

Other Health Benefits: Dandelions can also be used as a vegetable and is a good source of fiber. It promotes digestion, and in the past, it was used to treat scurvy, because of its high levels of vitamin-C. It also has healing effects on dyspepsia, infections in the stomach, intestines and urinary system.

 

A Few Words of Warning: Dandelions can be helpful to diabetics by lowering blood sugar, but for patients already taking blood-sugar modulators, this can result in hypoglycemia, an equally dangerous condition. Consult your doctor before adding dandelion supplements on top of your normal treatment. Also, the milk sap of dandelions has been known to cause itchiness, irritation, or allergic reactions on the skin, and should be kept away from the eyes. Finally, there is a rare type of fiber in dandelions called inulin, and some people have a predisposed sensitivity or allergy to it which can be quite severe. When first adding dandelion greens to your diet in any way, start small and closely monitor your body’s response.

If you’ve ever had a garden or a backyard, then you know how annoying it is to get rid of stubborn dandelions.

And while the sight of the yellow flower may make you sigh in aggravation, the stubborn plant actually has a long history of medicinal use throughout the globe.

Dandelion isn’t just used in tinctures and teas, the plant can also be used in everyday meals to compliment goat cheese, eggs, bacon and potatoes. Sometimes, you can even find the leaves at your local farmer’s market, health food store or even supermarket.02-dandelion-uses-fb-918×482

 

Dandelion Benefits

Although it may be considered to be a weed, dandelion is actually full of vitamin A, K and C, iron, potassium, zinc as well as eye-healthy beta carotene, lutein and zeaxanthin

Studies show that dandelion can kill leukemia cells, fight bacteria and boost immune function

Dandelion can be a little bitter and if you don’t know how to prepare it, it might not even be palatable. Here are few yummy recipes to get some of its health benefits into your diet, think of it as just another vegetable on your plate!

 1. Greens And Garlic

Garlic’s sweet and strong flavor cuts the bitterness of dandelion. Just blanch the greens by dipping young leaves in boiling water for 20-30 seconds before sautéing in olive oil, garlic and

2. Dandelion Pumpkin Seed Pesto

While you may have heard avocado pesto or spinach pesto but have you ever heard of dandelion pesto? Use it on pasta, sandwiches and as a dip. You can also swap pine nuts for nutrient-packed pumpkin seeds.

3. Crispy Blossoms

Similar to squash blossoms, you can actually fry dandelion flowers for fun summer snack or party dish. Once cleaned, the flowers are actually sweet and delicious.

4. Flower Vinegar

Use this infused vinegar to flavor salads, soups and more. It’s quite refreshing and floral.

5. Summer Risotto

Enjoy the deep flavor of dandelion in this smooth and creamy vegetarian risotto.

6. Kimchi

Swap out cabbage for dandelion greens for a more medicinal spin on gut-healthy kimchi. Most of the ingredients can be purchased in Korean or Asian grocery stores or online.

7. Petal Sorbet

This may seem like an unusual combination, but the natural sweetness of dandelion flowersactually make them a great ingredient for homemade sorbet.

8. Light Jelly

This delicate dessert can be eaten strain or used as a jam to spread on toast or incorporate to your favorite dessert.

9. Root Coffee

Spike up your morning ritual by adding a few powered dandelion roots. Be careful, coffee and dandelion have both diuretic and laxative effects.

10. Pain Oil

Dandelion oil can be applied topically to relieve joint pain and muscle ache. To make, simply fill a small glass jar with fresh dandelion petals up to an inch below the rim. Cover with sweet almond oil and cover with a lid. Infuse in a warm place away from the sun for two weeks. Strain the oil and pour into a sterilized jar and store in your fridge.

11. Muscle Salve

For a portable salve, prepare dandelion oil above and use a double boiler to melt 1/4 ounce of beeswax. Add 1 3/4 ounces of infused oil to the wax and stir until melted and well incorporated. Remove from heat, let it cool slightly and pour into small containers with lids. Refrigerate until firm.

12. Wart Remover

Harvest dandelions from your yard and dissect them with your hands to extract their sticky juice. Apply the sap directly to your warts several times a day to help them disappear.

13. Yellow Dye

To dye warn or cloth naturally, add a few cups of yellow petals with equal amounts of water and boil for an hour. The quantity you prepare will depend on the size of the cloth you will dye. For a brighter hue, add a few spoonfuls of turmeric. After an hour, strain and return to your saucepan.

As it cooks, simmer cloth or yarn in 2 quarts water and 2 cups white vinegar for about an hour to help it hold onto your dye. Remove from vinegar solution, drain and add to dandelion mixture. Cook just below a simmer for another hour. remove from heat and let it soak overnight.

Rinse the fabric under cool water until the water runs clear. Let it dry and use.

14. Homemade Fertilizer

To feed your garden, collect dandelion and other weeds you’ve removed from your lawn and let them sit in a large container with 8 cups of water. Cover with a lid and let it sit for 2-4 weeks, stirring once a week. Beware, it will smell very strong! When ready, strain the mixture through cheesecloth and compost the weeds. To use, dilute 1 part tea to 10 parts water to water your plants.

Bonus: Feed the bees!

Dandelions and other weeds are important food sources for bees! Rather than removing them all for personal use or obliterating them with pesticides, leave them for the bees to enjoy.

The Vaikunth Flower Show

A grand show of flowers ‘Mahabaleshwar Flower Festival’ has been organized by Vaikunth Piramal at Piramal realty, Balkum where people can see 1 million flowers of different species & 18 differently themed gardens.

 Inspired by the Chelsea Flower Show of UK, the Vaikunth Flower Show was thrown open to the public on December 22 and will be there till January 3, 2016
This was one of the largest shows held in Thane and attracted hordes of crowds to experience the different types of flowers and plants.
A hand-held rickshaw overflowing with blushing pink and red roses, accompanied by delicate bursts of baby’s breath. Bouquets of peonies, carnations and marigolds brimming over from a tea pot. A banyan tree presiding over the gardens, its branches dripping with orchids and bougainvillea. The ground is a carpet of green, with rows of red, yellow, pink and orange daisies looking up at the sun, swaying in the breeze. A toy train chugging patiently, waiting for its passengers.
It is hard not to recall that scene from Lewis Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland when you walk into the Vaikunth Flower Show at Belgaum, Thane, where a million flowers are presently in bloom. Alice, along with flowers of all sizes, shapes and colours, sings ‘Golden Afternoon’. This was no different. Spread over the green acres, with 18 themed gardens, the setting was no less than that of a carnival in a winter wonderland, complete with the sound of chimes, bells and a live choir.
The Vaikunth Flower Show, showcasing over 140 species of flowers from India and around the world as well over 30 types of trees, was thrown open to the public on 22nd Dec at Piramal Vaikunth, a 32-acre residential plot to be developed by Piramal Realty.
The main attraction was a show for childen and the idea seemed to be working as hordes of wide-eyed children as well as adults set foot in the plot. Moms and dads balancing toddlers in one arm and buckets of popcorn in another, walked along a little cobbled path running through the different themed gardens, set in a row.
One of the most eye-catching gardens was the wishing-well garden inspired by European folklore. The garden had rows of daisies and roses, and a mini wishing well in the middle, flanked by fairies and frogs lazing in rocking chairs. Not far from it was the Babulul Hind garden, inspired by emperor Jehangir’s idea of creating a paradise on Earth. What set it apart from the rest was the white jharokhas, marble fountains and pathway of white pebbles.
The Rathambore garden had a wilder look to it, with the majestic statue of a Royal Bengal tiger presiding over it amid long green ferns. However, the most stunning of them all was the Orchid hunter’s garden. It is inspired by orchid hunters like British botanist Thomas Lobb, who had even visited India. A giant Banyan tree stood in this garden, with violet, yellow and white orchids hanging from it. In terms of creativity, the Maratha Horse garden and the Old Bombay Garden to Kukin Tana (which is what Thane was referred to as by travellers in the 1300s), with its miniature town of Moorish mosques and temples, were the most artistic. The Toyland garden was the most popular among the children as looked like a scene straight out of Enid Blyton’s Noddy series.
Finally, ‘Little Sultan’ a miniature toy train, a replica of India’s first ever passenger train, began its journey with kids as well as adults as passengers. Father Joe Perriera, known to many as the ‘Singing priest’ along with the Victory Chorus Line kept the Christmas spirit alive with carols. Leela Bhatia, a resident of Malabar Hill, was all praises for the concept. “I was transported. It is difficult to believe that this is Thane. It is so soothing to see so many flowers in one place. It is a wonderland,” she said.
Inspired by the Chelsea flower show, the project was the brainchild of Dr Swati Piramal, vice chairperson of Piramal Enterprises Ltd. Speaking to Mirror, she assured us that the gardens would stay on, and fresh flowers would be planted next year. “We have been working on this for the past six months. It is such a relief to see that the weather is holding up. We organise a flower show at Mahabaleshwar, so we thought why not do it here as well? Nature is an important part of our lives and we must preserve it and appreciate its beauty.”
Several florists from Mumbai, Thane, Vashi were also present to see the different varieties of flowers and many growers got in touch with the retailers thereby expanding their florist network as well.

Flowers – The Right Impression at the Right Time

Ordering flowers always bear the fear, mystery, and uncertainty. We always take into consideration the fear in to our mind that will our flowers to be fresh at the time of delivery to our doorstep, in this way, what comes into our mind to keep this into our mind, when it comes to choose the florist for the flower delivery. Can florists serve you to offer the fresh flowers, and timely delivery of the flowers? There are lots of things, which we need to keep into our mind to remove the mystery from the flower delivery.

Why To Hesitate To Purchase The Flowers?

It is unthinkable that anyone would feel resistant to purchase the flowers from the florists shop, by keeping that thing their mind that they bought the flowers thirty  years ago, and now this is the time, when presence of new technologies and latest arrivals enable you to determine the best pathway of choosing the right flower bouquets. Now the florists have availability of the latest technology, and strong networking worldwide, which enables them to deliver the flowers to any corner of the world, in this way, flowers make a stronger impression of living. Flowers fill the senses with the colors, scents, beauties, colors, emotions, and grooming atmosphere. Every time you walk near the flowers, you always feel the difference, and you determine the reliable ways of having the best parts of the services.

Why People Link Flowers With The Bad Impression?

Some of the gifts can be inappropriate or miss-interpreted, but here we need to consider that flower needs to versatile and unique. You can offer the flowers to the sweetheart, grandmother, mother, sister, father, neighbor, employee, boss, and even someone you wish with no regret.

When we live in Moscow, Russia, Flowers are the solid tradition to bring, when someone receives invitation for the dinner, even though, this is the common place to enjoy and get entertained, but this is always thought to consider as a best tradition, and they never triumph the one receiving them. Flowers open the heart, melt the ice, and make an mistakable statement of appreciation and affection.

Flowers Are Can Be Used For Everyone Not For Women Only:

Is there any sort of Masculine flower arrangements? Here is the thinking that, Flowers can be the masculine, yes, you can send the guy roses. Ho wont wonder about what is happening and what is to be happened. Once you will offer the flower to him, he will receive the flowers with the sense of affection and love, and he will absolutely get impressed with the plenty of affection and appreciation. Flowers are the gifts, which never arise any sort of jealousy, but it increases the love.

This would not be wrong to say that flowers are such the gifts, which create the harmony and make a wonderful apology, so always offer the best gifts to your nearest and dearest friends, so you can find the best and remarkable impression.

There are lots of events like birthday, religious events, Valentine’s Day, mother’s day, father’s day, sister’s day, and lots of other events.

Beautifying Christmas with Flowers

Flowers are the strength of the functions; everyone is present in the function, but, if you do not put the presence of the flowers, then you will not be able to fill the gap that is linked with flowers only. This is the reason; presence of flowers is must to make the event more charming. Christmas is coming; this is an event of happiness, even of prayer, and an event of joining, when everyone is at home to meet with their family friends. Obviously, this is an eagerly awaited occasion, everyone waits for. On these occasions, Vibrant and glowing flowers can fill the moments with the joy; can make the even personified and memorable. On this occasion, flowers come to serve in different ways; flowers are used to express love, to express happiness, to convey a good message, and to ensure that everyone is happy and please.

Flowers Arrangements can be found and customized to suit your taste accessing the services of the qualified florists. So, here you will find the best parts of the services from the florists, who offer the different sorts of services to the florists. No Doubt, Christmas is a day of happiness for everyone, so, you can make use of the gifts to serve it to your beloved ones.

When it comes to find about the flower arrangements, we always take into consideration about the Mexican Poinsettia, which is presumably the most renowned Christmas flower around the world, and you will find these flowers everywhere by the florists shops, and through online shop. Flame Leaf also gathers an importance, when it’s a matter of offering the flowers to the other one; these flowers are the combinations of the Vibrant and Bright flowers, which will make your life joyful by seeing the flowers. Flowers of Holy Night will reflect the flowers as universal flowers. They are considered as a universal symbol for Christmas.

Christmas Cacus is also the combinations of flowers, everyone chooses this combination as most favorable combinations of flowers, and these flowers combinations are selected by most of the people on this Christmas event. Christmas Cacus can be comprised of Pink, Red, holy Green Leaves, Red Berries, and lots of other combinations, and you can also make a good choice among the best parts of the flower combinations. All of these three colors are representation of harmony, love, dedication, affection, peace, goodwill, and loyalty.

Other popular types of Christmas Flowers also include Pink or Red Roses, Christmas Garland, Christmas Trees, Christmas Rose is also known as Winter Rose, you these flowers are the best combinations for you. A Right gift on this memorable occasion can make a difference on the relationship, these flowers combinations can play a very important role in reuniting the relationships, or we can intensify the already existing ones with a valuable gift. When you offer the right gift to your dearest and dearest ones, you can actually do wonders for your dearest ones. An ideal gift on the right moment can make a lot of difference to relationships. You can reunite relations or intensify the already existing ones with a valuable gift. By gifting Christmas flowers you can express your love and affection for your closed ones.

Christmas flowers actually reflect how much valued you are for the one who confers it to you. You can win the love of everyone by offering the flowers with different combinations. So, if you are not offering the right gifts, then you are going to miss the chance of making others one happy. Christmas event is celebrated at a same time in all around the world, that’s the reason; this day is the mostly celebrated day in the world, if compared with the other celebrations. Many non Christians have become the part of the event to celebrate the Christmas due to its increase cultural importance.

Get Amazing Online Flower Packages for Special Occasions

Variety for every occasion

These packages are not just limited for the cultural festivals or the personal life events but you will find an option for every major and minor celebration of your life. You will get birthday packages, anniversary packages, good luck packages, get well soon packages, best wished packages, New Year, Christmas, wedding and many other occasions are considered while preparing these packages. On the online shops you will get a huge number of categories and in each category there is a surprise for you that will be brought by the flower shop to that person you direct.

In combination to different gifts

These packages are the complete pack of happiness and love sharing, there are not just flowers that are the main attraction but some of the stuff toys, chocolates, decoration pieces and many other soft tone stuffs are a part of these packages. These are designed to make your moment more memorable and you can also add up something else to the package as per to you desire.

For everyone

These packages are designed for the people of every age and for every gender as well. These are not just limited to the females or kids but there is a big room for male members and elders of the society as well. This is the real beauty of these online flower packages that these have such kind of arrangement that is liked by the people of every age and to make it more appealing there are separate sections and designs for genders and age groups. These are designed by the flower shops and also leave a room for improvement or increment for you so you can add up or eliminate some factors according to will.

Economic

If you perceive that these flower packages will be costly and out of you range then it is not like that. These are just economical and compatible to your purchasing power, this is the first priority of the online flower shops that they provides you the best stuff at the best price.

Flowers as a Representative of our Feeling

We do every thing with the flowers, we represent the flowers via different ways; we express our feelings in sadness, we express our feelings in happiness. Life comprises of two basics elements, which includes sadness or happiness, and flowers represent us in different ways and convey our hidden emotion through its appearance and its smell. Personalities are sensed with different types of flowers, we declare our fervent expression and passion with two dozens velvety roses and along with this, we choose one over other flowers to fit our moods and expressions. In this way, this is always one of the best options available to say that is impossible to be expressed by the mouth of words. Therefore, flowers are always the best ways to enjoy the best moments of your life.

Different countries call the flowers differently, for example, if we look at the Japan, then it is called as Hanakotoba, and King Charles II brought it to Sweden from Persia in 17th century as Two dozen velvety flowers. We sense the personalities of different flowers and we choose one out of the different numbers, and it fits our mood for occasion.
Language to understand the Flower representations is also called as Floriography, this term was coined in the Victorian region.
Here are some of the types of flowers, which can be used to represent the different tiats and different meanings.
Alstromeria- this is a flower, which was collected in 1753 in Sweden, and today, this flower can be found in rage of colors that includes White, Gold, Orange, and Yellow, Pink to Red, Lavender and Purple. This type of flower represent the devotion and friendship, and this is used to represent the twist of love and friendship.
Amaryllis- This is the flower, we make their associations on the holidays. It began as a shy, so pricing her heart with a Golden arrow. This flower represents the determination, pride, radiant beauty, and romantic behavior.
Anemone- Anemone represents magical fairies, and this flower represents the anticipation, and true love.
Carnations- carnations can be found in different verities and in wide range of colors, while in general, it represents the true love, distinction, and fascination, virtually every color carries a unique and rich association. White Carnation suggests the pure love, fascination, and distinction.  White carnation symbolizes pure love, good luck, admiration, Pink carnations carry the greatest significance, beginning with the believe that they first appeared on earth.
Chrysanthemum- This flower is the representation of happiness for the Japan, and that’s the reason, a festival of happiness” is celebrated every year.
IRIS- This flower represents the faith, valor, and wisdom. This is a Greek flower and represents the national symbol.
Lilies- Lilies are regnant class of flowers, and these flowers are very many popular, White lilies represent Chastity and virtue, pink lilies represent the wealth and prosperity, combination of the lilies represents the devotion and humanity. AS these flowers are also use for funereal ceremonies, these flowers symbolizes the soul of the departed has received resent and relaxation after the death.

Flower Auction – Holland

Flower Auction in Holland

The Netherlands became the birthplace of the floriculture sector more than a century ago. In recent years, however, horticultural production has been increasing outside of Europe. It’s a trend that will continue in the coming years. The horticultural world is becoming increasingly internationalized, digitized and virtualized.

The unique combination of specialized growers, collective trading platforms and specialist traders in sales and distribution create a cast-iron international supply and marketing system. Professional transport organisations strengthen the logistics function within that system.

Co-operation between all these parties is the powerful instrument that makes the competitive position of the Dutch horticultural industry unique. It makes Flora Holland the gateway to international trade.

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Flora Holland

Flora Holland is a co-operative organisation of and for growers of horticultural products. As a sales organisation, we are expanding a strong international trading platform in the interest of our members. The exceptional combination of our market places and sales support services allows us to help growers in doing business with their customers.
We focus on achieving maximum returns for our members by contributing to high sales revenues at low sales costs.
In the short and long term. Our ambition is to use our services to improve the market position of our members by:
• expanding an international service network to bringing together supply and demand
• adding value and strengthening distinctive qualities in the sales and marketing of flowers and plants
• reinforcing the central position of the Dutch horticultural cluster in the international market
• ensuring an efficient, capable and thriving organisation

Core values of Flora-Holland

Service, Sustainability, Boldness and Clarity are the four core values of Flora-Holland. Our objective is for all employees to use these concepts to underpin their actions.
• Service for our customers
• Sustainable in our relationships
• Bold in our trading
• Clear in our communication
International trade in plants and flowers is growing. This trend will continue for the coming years, thanks in part to the digitisation and virtualisation of the horticultural world.
FloraHolland is expanding an international service network to bring together the supply and demand of horticultural products. Thanks to intensive collaboration between all parties in the horticultural sector, we provide the gateway to international trade.

Flora-Holland as a Trading platform

Flora Holland has a number of market places with an auction clock sales system and a solid logistics network. The focus in Aalsmeer, Naaldwijk and Rijnsburg is primarily on exporting customers. In Bleiswijk and Eelde, the focus is on the domestic market. Veiling Rhein-Maas (Herongen, D) is collaboration between FloraHolland and Landgard. Flora Holland also supports the outlets by providing an intermediary organisation and customised services such as concept development, personal sales, product promotion and market information.

Green-ports in Netherlands

Collaboration is also evident in the various Green-ports. They are horticultural locations of national importance. All links and support companies together form a strong cluster. The Netherlands has five Green-ports, in which all parties are represented. Green-ports are excellent platforms to conduct joint initiatives and to lobby. For example, for better accessibility and more space.

Green-port Holland

Green-port Holland serves the national interest, and Flora Holland is proud to be on its Board. But we work in other ways to build a strong horticultural sector. For example, by setting up joint projects between agricultural education centers and the horticultural world.
Flora Holland is constantly talking to policy-makers, politicians and directors about themes such as sustainability, mobility, use of space, innovation and education. Flora Holland is actively involved in developing chain-wide solutions in areas such as logistics, e-business and entrepreneurship.
For Flora Holland, corporate responsibility means caring about human, environmental and social issues.
In the fields of transport and logistics, we instigate sustainable initiatives such as transport over rails and water, the use of alternative fuels and collective transport. Innovation in energy consumption will be high on our agenda in the next few years.
Our active contribution to two major fundraising events, Ride for the Roses and Roparun, demonstrates our commitment to help the fight against cancer. Similarly, we believe our commitment to excellent service can only be achieved if our employees are proud to work for Flora Holland and are motivated to deliver the best possible performance.

Flora Holland stimulates the innovative entrepreneurship of its members by sponsoring Tuinbouw

Ondernemersprijs and the Glass Tulip. These prestigious awards are presented for horticultural entrepreneurship and best market introduction of the year respectively. In addition, the public can enjoy every year the floral splendour of various flower parades and annual exhibitions.

• Annual turnover: 4.5 billion euros and over 3,500 employees
• Plant and flower sales: 12.4 billion items a year
• Members: more than 4,500 of which approx. 600 are based abroad
• Customers: 2,400
• Auction clocks: 38
• The Green-port is, with Schiphol airport and the port of Rotterdam, one of the three economic ‘main ports’ of the Netherlands
• Direct and indirect employment within the sector provides 250,000 full-time jobs
• The Green-port is responsible for 20% of the Dutch trade surplus
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Hong Kong Flower Show 2014

The Hong Kong Flower Show 2014 organised by the Leisure and Cultural Services Department was held between 7 and 16 March at Victoria Park. The show attracted 550 000 visitors.

Kalanchoe

This year the theme flower was “Kalanchoe” and the theme was “Blossoms of Joy”. Over 200 organisations from 15 countries showcased exotic flowers, landscape and floral art displays. The participating countries were Mainland China, Australia, Estonia, Germany, Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia, the Netherlands, New Zealand, the Philippines, Singapore, Spain, Belgium, the United Kingdom and the United States. A series of fringe activities were held during the show period, including music and dance performances, green talks, floral art demonstrations, greening activites workshops, green promotional stalls, guided visits, recreation programmes, fashion shows, cooking demonstrations and fun games.
Organised by the Leisure and Cultural Services Department (LCSD), the flower show has attracted more than 200 organisations from 15 countries to take part in showcasing exquisite potted plants, beautiful floral arrangements and gorgeous landscape displays. More than 350 000 flowering plants are on display, among which are about 40 000 pots of the theme flower, the kalanchoe. With “Blossoms of Joy” as its main theme, this year’s flower show is supported by the Hong Kong Jockey Club Charities Trust as the major sponsor.
A series of fringe activities have been arranged to complement the flower show including music and cultural performances, floral art demonstrations, green activities workshops and fun games. Among them was the Jockey Club Student Drawing Competition that was held last week and had its prize presentation ceremony

Happy Wonderland

The “Happy Wonderland” on the park’s lawns has been well received by youngsters, with fun-filled programmes including magic shows, balloon-twisting, face-painting, African drum playing, inflatable bouncers, sketching, arts-and-crafts stalls, games stalls and more. Equally entertaining are the marching band and music performances.
Various programmes are being held on the stage, including rope skipping, artistic gymnastics, Chinese music and cultural performances. There are also floral art demonstrations by masters from Japan and Hong Kong.
The flower show has attracted more than 200 organisations from 15 countries to take part in showcasing exquisite potted plants, beautiful floral arrangements and gorgeous landscape displays. More than 350 000 flowering plants are on display, among which are about 40 000 pots of the theme flower, the kalanchoe. With “Blossoms of Joy” as its main theme, this year’s flower show is supported by the Hong Kong Jockey Club Charities Trust as the major sponsor.
At the flower show, a multicoloured floral carpet stretches from the Sugar Street entrance of the showground all the way to the stage. The theme of the floral carpet is “Home of the Animals” and it features assorted animal shapes made up of foliage and colourful flowering plants. Delightful floral displays themed on cosy homes around the world are also featured at the Hing Fat Street entrance.
The Leisure and Cultural Services Department (LCSD) is also presenting a spectacular exhibit entitled “A Garden of Joy in Hong Kong”. The display is made up of striking contours and a lively composition using colourful kalanchoes to form a multi-layered parterre, providing the background for scenes of everyday bliss.
Another exhibit, named “Floral Celebration” and measuring 28 metres in length and 15m wide, creates a rich and colourful layering effect. The theme flower kalanchoe in a variety of colours is clustered closely with other floral species to contrast with tulips. The tulip display in a variety of colours is strikingly beautiful and provides an opportunity for leisure viewing and photo-taking.

Other main attractions include a mosaiculture display entitled “My Home Among the Corals”, showcasing marine creatures living in the coral reefs; Brand Hong Kong and the Hong Kong Velodrome floral walls; spectacular displays from the Mainland; and interactive photo-taking booths.

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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

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