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.

Poinsettia

The poinsettia is a culturally and commercially important plant species of the diverse spurge family that is indigenous to Mexico and Central America. It is particularly well known for its red and green foliage and is widely used in Christmas floral displays. It derives its common English name from Joel Roberts Poinsetta the first United States Minister to Mexico,who introduced the plant into the United States in 1825.

 Poinsettia are small shrubs typically at a height of about 2ft. The plant bears dark green leaves that are less than 20cms in length. The green leaves change colors through photoperiodism, they require total darkness from 12 hours to a minimum of 5-6 days in a row to change their color. They also require abundant light during the day to get the brightest color form.
The flowers of the poinsettia are unassuming and do not attract pollinators. They are grouped within small yellow structures found in the center of each leaf bunch, and are called cyathia.
The poinsettia are native to Mexico. They are found in the wild in tropical forests and medium elevations in this region. There are over 100 varieties of poinsettias.
Poinsettias are commonly grown as an indoor plant where it prefers good morning sun, then shade in the hotter part of the day. Contrary to popular belief, flowering poinsettia can be kept outside, even during winter, as long as it is kept frost-free.
Selecting Your Poinsettia
The plant you choose should have dark green foliage. Fallen,low or damaged leaves indicate poor handling or fertilization, lack of water or a root disease problem. The colorful flower bracts (red, pink, white or bicolor pink and white) should be in proportion to the plant and pot size. Little or no pollen should be showing oil the actual flowers (those red or green button-like parts in the center of the colorful bracts).
Christmas Care
Be sure the plant is well wrapped when you take it outside on your trip home because exposure to low temperatures for even a short time can injure leaves and bracts. Unwrap the plant as soon as possible because the petioles (stems of the leaves and bracts) can droop and twist if the plant is left wrapped for too long.
For maximum plant life, place your poinsettia near a sunny window or some other well-lighted areas. Do not let any part of the plant touch cold window panes. Poinsettias are tropical plants and are usually grown at temperatures between 60 and 70 degrees F in greenhouses, so this temperature range will at home is best for a longer plant life. High temperatures will shorten the life of the bracts. Poinsettias do not tolerate warm or cold drafts so keep them away from radiators, air conditioners, and fans as well as open windows or doors. Place your poinsettia in a cooler room at night (55 to 60 degrees F is ideal) to extend the blooming time.
Examine the soil daily and water only when it feels dry. Always water enough to soak the soil to the bottom of the pot and discard the excess water. If you don’t water enough, the plant will wilt and the lower leaves will droop and eventually fall off. If you water too much the lower leaves will turn yellow and then drop. If you keep your plant for several months, apply a soluble houseplant fertilizer, once or twice a month according to the manufacturer’s recommendations.
Trying to keep the plant from year to year is usually disappointing as it is difficult to provide optimum growing conditions. However, you can give it a try, as follows:
In March, gradually reduce watering. Prune hard back once the plant drops its leaves and keep fairly dry.
In early May, increase watering. Re-pot when new shoots start to develop.
Once established, feed weekly with a balanced liquid fertiliser.
As the days shorten, from October 10 to 20, allow the plants to have 12 hours of light each day. For the remaining 12 hours, they need to be kept in darkness at a minimum temperature of 65F (18C). Artificial light is acceptable to supplement daylight.
With this treatment, the red bracts and tiny yellow flowers should be brightening up the winter gloom from December.
Interesting history on Poinsettias
Poinsettia plants are native to Central America, especially an area of southernMexico known as ‘Taxco del Alarcon’ where they flower during the winter. The ancient Aztecs called them ‘cuetlaxochitl’. The Aztecs had many uses for them including using the flowers (actually special types of leaves known as bracts rather than being flowers) to make a purple dye for clothes and cosmetics and the milky white sap was made into a medicine to treat fevers. (Today we call the sap latex!)
The poinsettia was made widely known because of a man called Joel Roberts Poinsett (that’s why we call them Poinsettia!). He was the first Ambassador from the USA to Mexico in 1825. Poinsett had some greenhouses on his plantations in South Carolina, and while visiting the Taco area in 1828, he became very interested in the plants. He immediately sent some of the plants back to South Carolina, where he began growing the plants and sending them to friends and botanical gardens.
One of the friends he sent plants to was John Barroom of Philadelphia, who gave the plant to his friend, Robert Buist, a plants-man from Pennsylvania. Robert Buist was probably the first person to have sold the poinsettias under their botanical, or latin name, name ‘Euphorbia pulcherrima’ (it means, ‘the most beautiful Euphorbia’). It is thought that they became known as Poinsettia in the mid 1830’s when people found out who had first brought them to America from Mexico.
There is an old Mexican legend about how Poinsettias and Christmas come together, it goes like this:
There was once a poor Mexican girl called Pepita who had no present to give the the baby Jesus at the Christmas Eve Services. As Pepita walked to the chapel, sadly, her cousin Pedro tried to cheer her up.
‘Pepita’, he said “I’m sure that even the smallest gift, given by someone who loves him will make Jesus Happy.”
Pepita didn’t know what she could give, so she picked a small handful of weeds from the roadside and made them into a a small bouquet. She felt embarrassed because she could only give this small present to Jesus. As she walked through the chapel to the altar, she remembered what Pedro had said. She began to feel better, knelt down and put the bouquet at the bottom of the nativity scene. Suddenly, the bouquet of weeds burst into bright red flowers, and everyone who saw them were sure they had seen a miracle. From that day on, the bright red flowers were known as the ‘Flores de Noche Buena’, or ‘Flowers of the Holy Night’.
The shape of the poinsettia flower and leaves are sometimes thought as a symbol of the Star of Bethlehem which led the Wise Men to Jesus. The red colored leaves symbolize the blood of Christ. The white leaves represent his purity.
The Poinsettia is also the national emblem of Madagascar.

Kaas Plateau – Valley of Flowers

Maharashtra’s answer to the Valley of Flowers, Kaas Plateau comes alive after the rains when the entire region is carpeted with flowers. Located 35 km from Mahabaleshwar, the plateau spread over 1000 hectare is a visual treat till October when the bloom lasts.

The name ‘Kaas’ originates from the Kaasa tree. The leaves of the tree turn red from green as it matures. During the month of March the tree sprouts white flowers.The plateau is known as Kaas Pathar in Marathi language. The plateau is full of wild flowers during the months of August and September and the blooms last for about two to three weeks.The whole plateau resembles a carpet with flowers of every hue from the colour spectrum. More than 450 different species of flowers, orchids and carnivorous plants such as Drosera Indica are found in Kaas.
Due to its beauty it attracts many tourists, scientists and nature lovers. Major portion of the Kaas Plateau is a reserve forest and it has received World Natural Heritage Site tag too.
Kaas Plateau was formed by volcanic activities and is covered by a thin soil cover as a result of which, no vegetation thrives in the region. Having peculiar volcanic rock soil, the plateau has become home to many endemic species of plants – those that can only survive in this region. It was absolutely amazing to see so many different flowers with the slightest differences in hue, making the plateau a Technicolor carpet. This area comes under very high rainfall zone. Due to this, the flora and fauna of the region is unique and endemic. Its unique ecological features make Kaas one of the hotspots of biodiversity.
 
Best time to visit Kaas Plateau
Trekking through the flower covered plateau is a gratifying experience. However, there is nothing much to do except taking lazy strolls through the meadows. Best time to visit Kaas Plateau is after the rains till October end. Many people visit Kaas during the rains; however, the plants bloom only in late August to September. Kaas also has around 33 endangered species. These species are only found in rocky lands and are on the brink of extinction due to the changes in climatic and geological conditions.

The Most Famous and Beautiful Flowers Around the World

There is a variety of flowers according to the types and seasons. Some of them are most popular and famous to their colors and occasions. These famous flowers include Rose, Jessica, Sarah, Azalea and Dahlia. There are many other flowers which we never consider as flowers such as Memphis Eve, Ocean and Apple. There are countless flower names which are famous in most of the countries and many others which only famous within the region or country. We will discuss here some most common and few our most favorites. You can choose them according to your need and occasions.

Aster:

This is a beautiful flower. It is a sonorous flowering plant of the colorful flower’s family. Aster flower family have more than 180 species. It is relatively new to the flower name category. The story behind its name, a comedian Gilbert Gottfried used its name when naming his daughter, Lily Aster.

Azalea:

Azalea flower belongs to the Rhododendron family and looks big bright spring time blooms. It is also new added name in flower’s list. This name got popularity in the recent days by rapper Azalea Banks and a pop artist Iggy Azalea.

Bluebell:

This is lovely flower with light blue bloom gained momentum and became famous when Geri “Ginger Spice” Halliwell named her new born baby girl.

Clover:

The perfect unisex name, it is also known as inflorescence. When we say “clovers” then we are talking about the members of the genus Trifoliumin, the Bean Family. The popularity of this flower has grown over the last few years.

Dahlia:

This Mexican flower needs minimum eight hours of sunlight. This plant derives from the daisy family and got popularity for its brightly colored single and double flowers. In the language of flowers, dahlia has red and yellow colored which represent elegance and dignity, you can start dahlias from seeds, it is easy to begin with tubers. It is a most popular flower in most of the countries.

Fleur:

Fleur reflects to the French word for flower. This flower is getting popularity for birthday and Valentine’s Day events. Fleur was the name of a beautiful girl in the Harry Potter series from Beauxbatons Academy of Magic. It has variety of colors, but red and golden are most famous.

 Ivy:

This flower has almost 15 species and most famous in the central and southern Europe. It can be found in the northwestern part in Africa and in the southern Asia but also getting famous in Japan. This flower is greenish yellow. When we talk about its popularity, Beyonce and Jay-Z named their babies as Blue Ivy. The one of Batman’s most villainous opponents was in fact Poison Ivy.

Jasmine:

Jasmine is the most popular name for such a long time. It is a genus of vines and shrubs which belongs to the Olive family. This is a climbing plant. Jasmine flower is a decorative and fragrant beauty. These flowers are most popular in white, pink, or yellow colors. This flower got popularity after the release of the 1992 Disney film, Aladdin, a character of beautiful Princess Jasmine.

Lotus:

This beautiful flower is most popular especially used in the religious traditions of both Buddhism and Hinduism.

Primrose:

This beautiful flower includes a wide range in varieties and colors. This flower basically belongs to Asia, North America and Europe. These flowers are in bloom throughout the season. They don’t require mulching or protection in the winter season.

A Dream Like Reality Of Sending The Same Day Flowers Online

A Dream Like Reality

One can find the best variety of flowers online which is beautifully decorated in a bunch or bouquet. Flowers are something, which help you to deliver the best beauties of the world, and you always find a unique way of expressing your emotions to your beloved ones through the flowers. Florists have made use of the online technology to deliver the happiness on the same day even if you are in one continent while other beloved ones are sitting in the other continent. In all ways, you always find the bouquets of flowers as a best companion in Sadness or happiness; these are always a prove of happiness to your beloved ones and this is always one of the best options available.

IF you are one, who is searching out to send the flowers to your beloved one, then you should be happy that, you can deliver the flowers same day to your dearest and nearest ones, which is a beauty of the services of Florists. When it comes to send the flowers to your dearest and nearest ones, then there are different kinds of flowers available according to the different events in the freshest form.You can use the same day flower delivery service from the florists to send the flowers to your family members and the family friends. Florists companies claim to deliver the flowers with in the specified time as they mention to the customers, and this is always a best option available to them.

One who is unable to express one’s sentiments and deep affection, then sending the flowers online is always a best way to express a deep affection of your love and care. Flowers have universal appeal due to its attractive fragrance, eye catching soothing freshness, and natural beauty. Here, we do not need to wait for a special occasion; you can send a bunch of bouquet to your loved ones anytime you want. In this way, online flowers delivery is the quick and the most convenient way of delivering the flowers to your dearest and nearest ones. Online flowers delivery is the most convenient and the quickest ways to those you are care about.

There are lots of people, who are very special in your life, and sending the flowers online to your dearest and nearest ones can bring a color in the life of your beloved ones. You have a wide range of flowers to choose from like roses of different colors like Jasmine, Orchid, roses, and wide range of other flowers which have been helping the people to send the flowers to those you are care about.

Florists have the vast service experience to deliver the same day flowering services like colors, Jasmines, lily, orchid, and all of these flowers arrangements capture the attention of the viewers and say them each and everything.There is an increasing trend of sending the flowers same day to the beloved ones; flowers can express all what you can not express to your dearest and nearest ones.

Online Flower Shops Make It Home For You

Online Flower Shops

A number of nature loving people use to have a small flower garden in their home usually in front or back yards or in balconies depending on the size of their house. They use to have multiple flowers of their choice and do take care of them all the time without making any carelessness. They use to water them, spray insecticides, give fertilizers and also take care of their positioning that they will have proper sunlight and other requirements as well. The purpose of developing and maintaining a flower garden at their home is to get the fresh flowers for every occasion easily from their home. They do not have to go to another place to get the best flowers as they will have the best flowers and the desired specie of flowers which sometimes is not available on time of need.

But, all of the people are not blessed with such house or daily routine so that can develop and maintain a whole flower garden at their house which provide them fresh flowers of their demand at the time of need. Because a number of people work for long hours and in present economical situation and in some families to match their financial requirements every member of the family has to work and all of the people are not so good in management so they will get the time for anything else. For such people buying flowers form the market and other retailers are the best option. At any event or occasion they use to rush the flower shops and get the flowers form them but it mostly became difficult for them to get the desired flowers. This happens sometimes due to season or some other problems such as transport or delivery problem also make them suffer.

But now there is a great solution is available on internet for their third problem, now to get the best and desired flowers on any special occasion it is not important to have a home flower garden but you should have an internet connection. Because there are a number of online flower shops are situated on internet now which are offering a huge verity of flowers or best quality all the time and all four season without any dely. It is convenient for you to visit them online and search out for your demanded flowers and order them from you home and you will get them on your home within twenty four hours maximum, some of the shops are also offering emergency delivery services.

When you have to rush to any place or at any event then your time is more precious for you and you cannot take a chance to stop and buy flowers form the florist. In this situation you need to have all the gifts, flowers and other presentable ready, you might be arrange the gifts before the time but it is not possible that you will have flowers at home before the time as they will became rot. But how about the idea of having flowers at home just before your departure, by this you don to have to stop at any florist’s shop and you will not get late. For this purpose you have to order the flowers from the online flower shop in advance and get the appropriate time of delivery form them. They will provide you flowers on time and you can easily bring them to the destination. These flower shops are making the available of your flowers at home you are no more required to visit the shops physically.