Easy way to send Birthday gift online with beautiful flowers

SEND BIRTHDAY GIFT and Flowers

For almost everyone around the world, a birthday is an extraordinary occasion. It is one day in the year that they look forward. On this day, everyone has some expectations. They expect their near and dear ones to wish them and make their day special. Hence, when it is the birthday of someone that you love and respect, then you should make every effort to make it a special one. In this day and age, when everyone is extremely busy with their daily routine, even the smallest of gestures can be quite heart-melting. Under such circumstances, even a gesture like sending birthday flower delivery can mean a lot to the other person.

 

Sending flower to a person who is celebrating his or her birthday can mean a lot more than any other gift. This is because flowers can express feelings better than most other offerings. Be it a friend, a family member or your lover; flowers can make them feel extremely special on a day that is meant to be theirs. However, when picking the flowers, one should know what kind of flowers to gift to whom to make the maximum impact. The following are some flowers which can be sent as a gift on someone’s birthday.

 

Orchids:

These are perhaps one of the most underrated flowers when it comes to birthday gifts. Waking up to a bouquet of orchids on a person’s birthday can be one of the best ways to start the day. These stunning and exotic flowers convey an exceptional message. Orchids stand for beauty, love, and strength. Hence, these can be an ideal gift for women. When sending flower deliveries of orchids, one has plenty of options as they come in a variety of colors. However, it is a good idea to mix and match different colors of orchids to give it a colorful and gorgeous look.

 

Roses:

These are the most common flowers when it comes to gifting. However, you must know that there is a reason why it is so popular among people of all ages. There is a misconception among many people that roses are only meant to be gifted to the lovers. In reality, though, different colors of roses express different messages so these can be gifted according to its colors. While red roses are ideal for lovers as they stand for love and devotion, white roses represent purity, youth, and innocence. On the other hand, yellow roses are suitable for gifts to friends as they express joy, friendship, and freshness. Pink roses stand for happiness and appreciation.

 

Lilies:

If you have a plan to send birthday flowers online, then lilies are a good choice. These can be sent to anyone and on any occasion, but they are particularly apt for birthdays as they represent happiness and positivity. You can send them to your loved ones, and you can be rest assured that they will like it.

 

Apart from these, there are other options like Gladiolus and Gerberas which can be excellent birthday gifts as well. When picking the flowers and the colors, it is essential to keep the personality of the person in mind to create the best impact.

Boscobel Roses

Boscobel Roses | David Austin Roses : 2016 latest Roses 

Boscobel Roses are the most beautifully formed flowers of a rich salmon color. They begin to bloom out as shades of red buds and which open up into pretty cup shaped blooms and gradually develop into perfectly formed blooms of classic rosette formation. There are several petals of varying shades, intermingling providing different layers(78 petals per flower) of classic salmon pink.
The fragrance from these roses are medium to strong and have hints of pear, almond and elder flower. They are usually medium sized flowers with dark green leaves which are very vigorous and healthy.
Bred by David Austin, Boscobel are an absolute beauty which is sure to draw attention due to this stunning characteristics. They bloom from late spring until frost. They are usually upto 3 ft tall and generally give out a distinct aroma along the path that it grows. They are best grown in full sun, in rich and fertile well drained soils as it requires adequate moisture to reach its peak.
Named after Boscobel House, a beautiful timber-framed house built in 1600’s and famous for being the place where King Charles II hid in an oak tree whilst being chased by Cromwell’s soldiers during the English Civil War in 1651.
David Austin’s English Roses combine the flower forms and perfume of Old Roses with the color range and repeat flowering habits of modern roses. As a rose breeder, David Austin’s achievement is in cumulating the romantic ‘English Rose’ look with reliable garden performance, vigorous growth, full bushes, disease resistance and prolific season – long bloom. Over 200
English Roses have been release since 1961, many of them have the highest awards.
According to Martin Ogden, the garden designer also known as The Teddington Gardener, it is an absolute beauty with rich colors that vary from peach to pink as temperatures warm up or cool down. As the red buds open, they gradually develop into sumptuous blooms in the form of a classic rosette. Catalog copy tells us “the numerous small petals are of varying shades, mingling to provide the most pleasing effect.”
Martin also reports that Boscobel has the strongest fragrance of almost any recent English rose.
David Austin has been breeding roses for over 5 decades and some of the varieties are as below:
Here are the roses (PS. Since the descriptions were written by the folks at David Austin you have to read them with a British accent!)
Tranquillity – Beautifully formed creamy white flowers in the form of a rosette. They are very weather proof and have a light apple fragrance. The growth is relatively upright and it is very healthy. It would be suitable for both more formal areas and in informal borders either purely roses or mixed in with other plants.
Royal Jubilee Large rounded flowers of deep pink with the petals curving in. It is vigorous and bushy and will form a large shrub 5ft or more in height. It has a strong rich fruity fragrant with hints of blackcurrant. It is very healthy. An excellent choice for mixed borders
The Lark AscendingAnother vigorous variety with very beautiful open semi double flowers of light apricot with a light fragrance varying from tea to myrrh. It is extremely healthy. A good variety for a more informal part of the garden and for mixing with perennials or other shrubs
Heathcliff Very large, fully double, rosette shaped flowers of deep crimson. The growth is quite vigorous and would be superb in both formal and informal settings. It has a lovely fragrance of Tea with some Old Rose and hint of cedar wood.
Boscobel – The best of this group for more formal rose gardens although would still be most effective in a more informal border with or without other plants. Very beautiful flowers of rich salmon that change with age to deep pink.  They are very double and in the form of a classic rosette. The fragrance is very strong – myrrh with a hawthorn character with hints of elderflower, pear and almond. It is upright in habit and very healthy

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.

Taking Care of Flowers during Summer

It is the peak of Summer and this year the heat has been extremely erratic and temperatures have reached high degree’s than usual across India.  Us humans are barely being able to survive these temperatures, hence one can image how this would affect fresh flower arrangements.

Flowers go thru a long journey after being harvested and packed at the growers to being transported to florists who trim, clean and store them in water.

The journey from the farm to the retail shop is one which is faced with extreme heat and long periods of time without water. In moderate temperatures, this is not a problem but flowers such as roses, lilies etc do take a toll upto the time they reach the florist shop.

Once they are fed with water and kept at a moderately acceptable temperature they do regain most of their lost appeal and tend to remain this way thereby allowing them to be put in an arrangement or bunch and delivered to the end recipient.

A person who receives a bouquet has to then take care of the flowers to maintain the freshness and beauty so that he or she can enjoy the flowers for a few days. They can follow a few steps and tricks to pro long their bouquets.

One should remove any dead leaves from the stems of the flowers as these hold certain bacteria and organisms that can shorten the life of the flowers.

Spraying your flowers with water will only work for a few varieties of flowers and may end up damaging your flower. Flowers such as roses, orchids benefit with a light spray on the petals of flowers. Other flowers will not benefit the same way.

Every bouquet of flowers should be cut at the base every 2nd day at a slanting angle to keep them fresh and water should be changed as well at the same time. Re-cutting the flower stems submerged in water helps as well. Some will recommend cutting them in lukewarm water but that is not beneficial for all flower varieties. Always make sure the bottom of the stem has a more whitish look rather than brown or black. If it is not drinking enough water it will show darker colors.

Always keep flowers away from sunlight or any source of wind or air such as a fan. These will shorten the life of your flowers tremendously. Whilst natural light is necessary for growth, direct sunlight or any extreme source of heat will damage the blooms.

One can easily remove dead petals of flowers such as roses by simply plucking them with your fingers and thereby enhancing your look of your bouquet.

Hand bunches should be immediately removed off their wrapping paper and put in a vase full of water. At May Flower we provide each hand bunch with a wet cotton soaked in water so the bunch will be hydrated for a few hours till it is delivered to the receiver who has enough time to put it in water.

Arrangements in floral foam tend to drink in a lot of water so one should make sure that water is put in the container atleast twice a day till it just about overflowers.

These are some of the tips we follow for our customers in Mumbai and other cities in India where temperatures reach really high degree’s.

Specialty of Winter Flowers

Winter is the time of the year, when you sit before the fire, and having a big mug of coffee in your hand, and you think some coziest thing in your mind at the cold break day. Winter is also that time, when everyone is in wait of arrival of Valentine’s Day to express love and affiliation with his or her beloved ones. Then what can you think of to infuse warmth and colors in the life of your beloved ones than to offer the beautiful combinations of the flowers. Flowers represent many beliefs for the people; flowers are the representation of the love, as a sympathetic gift for the lovers, companion in sorrows, and a partner in the absence of the partner. Flowers are not the thing to say good-bye to the winter, but theseare the representations of the love to your beloved ones and with this, flowers offer the best sensation to the people.

There are different types of flowers, which are specialized for the winter only. These flowers are such flowers, which simply can bring the romance, liveliness, and charm in the celebrations of the Valentine’s Day. This is always one of the best things available for the people, this will allow you to adopt the best parts of the services, in this way, winter flowers are heavily demanded in due to the arrival of Valentine’s Day. Valentine’s flowers will not only the right ambience. That is the reason flowers are important for the Valentine’s Day, and winter flowers are preferably used for this.

After admitting the importance of the winter flowers, one thing that at once comes in our mind is that no valentine Day is complete without the Candle light dinner with the presence of the winter flowers to lighten up your mood. Therefore, it is important that you burn the candles in their heady perfumes, toast to your long-lasting relationships, and make the strong bindings of your love with your affectionate. This is so important to prove your love with your dearest and nearest ones.

Once we have set an ambience, the most important thing is to choose the right kind of the flowers in order to balance your private celebration. Your mood will define, what sort of finishing to be added to any occasion whether you are in pure fun, in romantic, frolic, or intense. Therefore, this is always one of the best things available to determine the right flower combinations available.

Winter flowers come in wide range, but we always take into consideration the Red Rose, this is the best ever flower, and this is the special flower, which is the strength of the Valentine’s Day. Poets love this flower a lot; one famous poet Gertrude Stein immortalized the flower in her famous line as a “a rose a rose a rose”. A Rose reflects the love, symbolizes thinking of Valentine’s Day. Rose can express all sorts of feelings that you associate with flowers. Along with this, there are many other blooms, which can be associated with the flowers, in this way; this is always one of the best options to have the flowers. Furthermore, you can pick up the different range of flowers like lilies, tulips, exotic orchids, bouvardias, chrysanthemum in yellows, pink, and reds and different unique colors of the flowers available, this will make your event as a memorable until the arrival of the next event. You can paint these events, so that this may affect in your mind like dried cement. All of these things are the causes of happiness, and to share the precious moments of your life. “I Love You” is the word, which you want to say to your beloved one, but this is only possible, if you take Red rose with you along with Special Valentine’s Day card, then this will allow you to become a part of this event at all.

Moreover, flowers play an important role in Wedding; large number of people like to get married during the winter seasons, the flowers of winters make a great arrangements for the bride’s bouquets, for the reception, and for the church, in this way, this is always one of the best things available. Here are some different types of winter flowers, which are used for the wedding events, are Lilies, orchids, daisies, Roses, carnations, Red Flowers, and Chrysanthemums. These flowers arrangements will make your entire function as a memorable and a good event.

When it comes to make choices among the colors, we have to choose among the blues, purple, white, red, glittery gold, metallic silver and shady flowers.In addition, if you are worry to find the creative ideas, then do not hesitate to contact with the florist, who can help you to make the best arrangements and flowery arrangements. Florists will make your winter function cherish and loving.

Feng Shui Flowers

Feng Shui Flower Symbols in Your Home: How To Use Flowers for Good Feng Shui

In classical feng shui applications flowers are symbols of beauty and grace.

The feng shui use of the flowers symbol is based on the same universal feeling that flowers evoke in all humans – a feeling of beauty, grace, and a delicate, alive sensuality.

The universal language of flowers crosses any cultural boundaries, interpretations or meanings. The feng shui use of the flowers symbol is based on the same universal feeling that flowers evoke in all humans – a feeling of beauty, grace, and a delicate, alive sensuality.

Alive flowers are sure the best choice for your home, as they bring a strong healing energy; but images of flowers or high quality silk flowers are often used in feng shui, too.

In addition to the energy of beauty and grace, flowers also bring a flourishing, good luck and numerous blessings, quality of Chi to any home.

Feng shui-wise, attention is often paid to colors, numbers, as well as the symbolism of specific flowers.
Below is the description of most popular flower symbols as used in feng shui applications.

Peony

One of the most sensual flowers with a delicious scent, the peony has long been used in feng shui as a cure for love & romance. This especially applies to a couple of pink peonies. The symbol of peony is often considered a metaphor for female beauty. Some feng shui masters do not recommend having the image of a flowering peony in an older couple’s bedroom in order to prevent affairs with younger women.

Lotus

The lotus flower symbolizes the ultimate perfection; its purity is not touched by the mud from which it originates. In Chinese medicine, every part of the lotus plant, from roots to petals, has medicinal properties, thus making this symbol an even more potent feng shui cure for a healthy and harmonious home.

Cherry Blossoms

The blossoming flowers of cherry, as well as apple, dogwood, peach or other similar trees, have always been used to bring the energy of new beginnings, a sense of freshness and innocence. Most often the image of cherry blossoms is used as a love & marriage cure, but can also be used as feng shui cure for health.

Orchid

This beautiful flower is considered a classical feng shui symbol of fertility. The orchid bringing the energy of an untainted natural symmetry, it has also become a symbol of a quest for perfection in any areas of one’s life. Abundance, perfection, spiritual growth, beauty and purity – with such powerful universal symbolism attached to it, no wonder orchids have become a very popular house plant in the West!

Narcissus

In Chinese culture the structured energy of the narcissus flower is believed to bestow the flowering of one’s career, talents and abilities. It is often used as a feng shui career cure, believed to help one get proper rewards for his or her hard work. White color narcissus is used more often in feng shui career applications versus the yellow one.

Chrysanthemum

The feng shui symbol of a chrysanthemum flower is one of a life of ease and balance. At the same time, this flower is considered to have strong yang energy, so it is used to attract good luck to you and your home.

Be it fresh flowers from your garden or from the market, a flower painting or a photo; you will sure create good Chi once you start using flowers in the feng shui of your home.
For more information and to order flowers online, visit us at Mayflower.in

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 Astrology Signs

Meanings of Flower Astrology Signs

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

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

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

Flower Signs and Their Meanings

Honeysuckle

“My vines climb to great heights.”

March 21 – April 19

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

Poppy



April 20 – May 19

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

Lavender

“My beautiful expanse will inspire you.”

May 20 – June 20

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

Accanthus

Look to my petals for your nurturing.”

June 21 – July 22

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

Sunflower

“I will brighten your darkness.”

July 23 – August 21

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

Morning Glory

“I bring you clarity.”

August 22 – September 22

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

Rose

“I will balance you in my beauty.”

September 23 – October 22

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

Chrysanthemum

“My mysteries are forever unfolding.”

October 23 – November 21

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

Narcissus

“Escape into my dreamy depth.”

November 22 – December 21

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

Carnation

“Simplicity is its own reward.”

December 22 – January 21

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

Orchid

“My uniqueness is my effectiveness.”

January 21 – February 19

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

Water Lily

February 20 – March 20

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

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

Source: Web Articles and Clippings

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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Horti Asia 2013 Bangkok (BITEC)

Horti Asia 2013 Bangkok 9 – 11th May 2013

Horti Asia this year was held at Bangkok and was a big success. Horti Asia is an International Tradeshow for Horticultural and Floricultural production and Procession technology which displayed products and methods around the world for improvisation, innovation and growth mediums for flowers, plants, fruits and agricultural production on a whole.

The event was at Bangkok International Trade & Exhibition Centre(BITEC) and held from 9th May to 11th May 2013. Horticulture has evolved from a mere farm activity into a business. Thailand location in the tropical region and the diverse nature of horticulture in various zones continually bring potential markets.

However, while the latest technologies are developed in one part of the globe, farmers in other parts remain ignorant. Processing technologies continue to be inaccessible and importers and processors who want high volumes find no platform to contact suppliers. A need for a common platform persists. South East Asian horticulture also needs an international platform to be able to play in the global market.

ASEAN market access and development is not just about tariffs and market entry price and price competition. The industry needs to take a differentiated marketing approach to its exports to deal with its competitive threats from major competitors (that is, China, South Africa and South America) in order to sustain and increase its market share for the short, medium and long term.

Horti Asia 2012, poised to become the most massive horticulture trade show in ASEAN, will present the platform to the entire horticulture and food sector from producers to retailers, to come and connect together.

The Kingdom of Thailand, thanks to some government initiatives like Strong Thailand Project in 2010-2012 and The Royal Rachapreuk Project 2011-2012, is continuously promoting modern marketing concepts and creating competitive atmosphere in favor of Thai farmers, circumventing middlemen, to increase the income of farmers.

Global export value for floricultural products cut-flowers, cut-foliage, bulbs and plants was at US$18,314 million in 2008, more than half of which (US$9,099 million) was from the Netherlands. Cut flowers for exports consist of orchids, roses, chrysanthemum, and gerbera. Thailands exporting value for floriculture products ranked 20th in the world, and estimated at US$111 million.

Cut flowers and ornamental plants have gone from domestic commodities into export and import substitutes. However, domestic demands for cut flowers and ornamental plants remain stable as hotels and condominiums expand around the country.Orchids, Thailand’s top floriculture product, remain in-demand. While the Netherlands ranked first in the global export value of orchid flowers with US$111.7 million (48.2%), Thailand ranked second with export value of 73.3 million U$ (31.6%). Thai orchid export value in 2009 accounted for 77% of all Thai floricultural products, with its estimated value at US$79.8 million.During the past year, dendrobium contributed 94.7% to total orchid cut flowers followed by Mokara (3.1%), Aranda (0.9%), Oncidium (0.7%), Aranthera (0.5%) and Vanda (0.1%). Key products were whole stems (88%), loose blooms (8.4%) and garlands (3.5%). The biggest importers for cut orchids were Japan (29.8%), USA (21.6%), Italy (9.4%) and China (8.6%).Thailand has a good variety and good quality and there is a soaring demand overseas. These markets include Amsterdam, and the United States. Thailand is the third largest exporter of flowers to the US, after Mexico and the Netherlands.Other floriculture exporting countries in Asia are Malaysia (US$66.8 m), Singapore (US$36.3 m), India (US$141.1 m), China (US$138.6), Taiwan (US$108.5), Japan (US$67.8 m) and Republic of Korea (US$59.7 m) Amongst the highlights of the show there was a huge display of flowers and plants at the entrance which caught everyone’s attention and here are some pictures to display the same.

Flowers, Plants and Machinery from Netherlands, Thailand ruled the roost and Orchids were the highlight of the show. I would like to see where the next show would be held and whether it would be on a larger scale than this one. You can get further information on flowers and how to order flowers online.

Images of Horti Asia 2013 Bangkok 9 – 11th May 2013:

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