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Intriguing Flower Meanings

A customer rang the other day and asked for some advice on flower meanings. In particular, she was interested in something to suggest 'thank you for having us' and 'we're thinking of you'. A quick google search suggested pansy (thinking of you), fern (sincerity), dark pink roses (thankfulness) and basil (good wishes). Browsing through several different pages filled with flower meanings produced some hilarious and often contradictory definitions of what certain flowers symbolised. Many of these definitions have to be relics from Victorian times, when the language of flowers was taken very literally by both senders and receivers of posies and nose-gays. Some intriguing definitions included below:

 

The Case of The Multiplying Bunnies

Our delicious Lindt bunnies are multiplying like, well, bunnies. 
Please forgive us if one happens to stowaway in your gift hamper or bouquet! 

UK Father's Day

It's UK Father's Day this Sunday, June 15. If you have a dad in the UK, don't forget to send him a little love. Browse hampers for the UK here, and flowers for the UK here. Don't forget our free delivery! Orders must be received by Wednesday 11 June.

Amazing Alstroemeria

Alstroemeria . . . what's that?
A question we are asked frequently by customers who call to order flowers.
Alstroemeria is a plant native to south america, and now successfully cultivated world-wide.
Also known as the Peruvian Lily, alstroemeria produces small lily-like blossoms in a huge variety of colours, with the petals usually featuring stripes or spots. Quite possibly one of the most under-rated and under-valued flowers around, alstroemeria is a favourite of florists due to its delicate, pretty blossoms, and its extraordinary longevity!


Facts about Alstoemeria:

  • In the language of flowers, Alstoemeria symbolises prosperity and good fortune
  • Hybrids commonly grown today result from crosses between species from Chile (winter-growing) with species from Brazil (summer-growing). This strategy has resulted in plants that flower year-round.
  • named after the Swedish baron Clas Alströmer (1736 – 1794)
  • blossoms are fragrance-free
  • Alstroemeria stops producing blossoms if it gets too hot (soil temp exceeds 22c)
  • Alstroemeria come in almost all colours, except for blue.

Send a bouquet of gorgeous alstroemeria to someone special (or yourself!) here

Mother's Day Gift Ideas

It seem's we've barely had a breather from the double whammy that was Easter and Anzac Day, and already another event is upon us: Mother's Day! This year it falls on Sunday 11 May, and we've prepared a number of exciting new gifts for deserving mums. Check them out here.
If you're keen to design your own gift hamper for mum, you can always create your own hamper.  We have a variety of items that are perfect to send, such as candles, gourmet food products and luxurious pamper products. These items are also ideal to send along with a gorgeous fresh bouquet. 


  

Little Easter Chick Buns

We first saw a picture of these adorable little Easter Chick buns on Pinterest.
Detirmined to learn more, we eventually found the original image and recipe from a blog that's published in Bulgarian. 

Google Translate helped us get an idea of the recipe:

Basic dough:

  • 330g flour (sifted)
  • 50g sugar
  • 30-40 g soft butter (room temp)
  • 15-20 g fresh yeast
  • 125ml warm milk
  • pinch of salt

Glaze:

  • egg yolk with a few drops of milk

Eyeballs:

  •  nuts, pepper, raisins, cloves etc.

Knead the dough and leave covered for half an hour. Shape dough into individual 70g balls. Form into bird shapes as directed in the video. Place on a tray lined with baking paper and brush each roll with glaze. Bake at 200-220 ° C until golden. 

Video:

To visit the original blog, click here

Gift Card Messages: Bereavements

All customers have the option of including a message with their gift hamper or bouquet. These messages are printed on the reverse of the address card, which is then attached to the gift hamper or bouquet (when sent locally in Auckland) or to the exterior of the box (when sent nationally). See our images below for an idea of what your gift card will look like. 
Customers frequently ask for advice when it comes to the gift card message, especially if their gift hamper or bouquet is being sent to acknowledge a difficult event such as a bereavement or illness.
We believe it is always a good idea to keep your message short, sweet and simple. Your aim is to let the recipient know they're in your thoughts, and the gift is generally there to try and ease the burden of the situation, or provide a small relief from the difficulty of the event. 

Here's an example:

Dear (recipient),

Sending our deepest sympathy for your loss.
You are in our thoughts during this difficult time.

With love,
(your name)

Tips:

  • it's often a good idea to include your full name on the card. Under the circumstances of a bereavement, your recipient will likely be receiving a number of letters, messages, phone calls and gift baskets or bouquets. This doesn't make your gesture any less personal or thoughtful, but including a full name might prevent your recipient getting confused during a difficult time. 
  • Phrases such as 'chin-up', 'keep smiling' or 'look on the bright side' may be perceived as a little insensitive on occasions such as beareavements, illness or personal upsets. You might not want to sound too serious or emotional, but simply letting the recipient know you're thinking of them with love during a difficult time is usually the perfect sentiment. 
  • Including a kind comment or personal anecdote about the deceased in your message is a nice touch. For example: We will miss Michael greatly, and will fondly remember lovely summer sailing trips, and Michael's superb fishing skills and delightful company.
   

Valentine's Day

Although considered a 'Hallmark Holiday' by many, Valentine's Day is anchored in traditions that revolve around the expression of love, affection, empathy and sacrifice.

From wikipedia:
St. Valentine's Day began as a celebration of one or more early Christian saints named Valentinus. Several martyrdom stories were invented for the various Valentines, with the most popular account being that of Saint Valentine of Rome. Legend has it that he was imprisoned for performing weddings for soldiers who were forbidden to marry and for ministering to Christians, who were persecuted under the Roman Empire. According to legend, during his imprisonment, he healed the daughter of his jailer.  An embellishment to this story states that before his execution he wrote her a letter signed "Your Valentine".

The day was first associated with romantic love in the circle of Geoffrey Chaucer in the High Middle Ages, when the tradition of courtly love flourished. Jack B. Oruch writes that the first recorded association of Valentine's Day with romantic love is in Parlement of Foules (1382) by Geoffrey Chaucer:
For this was on seynt Volantynys day
Whan euery bryd comyth there to chese his make.
["For this was on St. Valentine's Day, when every bird cometh there to choose his mate."]

In 18th-century England, it evolved into an occasion in which lovers expressed their love for each other by presenting flowers, offering confectionery, and sending greeting cards (known as "valentines"). Commerce took over in 1797 with the introduction of The Young Man's Valentine Writer, which contained scores of suggested sentimental verses for the young lover unable to compose his own. Printers had already begun producing a limited number of cards with verses and sketches and moving parts, called "mechanical valentines". In 1835, 60,000 Valentine cards were sent by post in Britain, despite postage being expensive

            

Vintage Valentines, including pop-up cards ('mechanical valentines')

Since the 19th century, handwritten notes have given way to mass-produced greeting cards. In the late 20th century, the practice of exchanging cards was extended to all manner of gifts, including roses, chocolates and lingerie. In the 1980s, the diamond industry began to promote Valentine's Day as an occasion for giving jewellery.The U.S. Greeting Card Association estimates that approximately 190 million valentines are sent each year in the US. Half of those valentines are given to family members other than husband or wife, usually to children. When you include the valentines made in school activities, the figure increses to over 1 billion, with teachers receiving the most valentines.

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Valentine's day has certainly developed into an event that supports our industry. However, we invite those who refuse to engage with it to consider February 14th as chance, not a chore. Valentine's Day should be taken as an opportunity to express genuine love in whatever form you consider appropriate, be it in a handwritten note, via a bouquet of roses and box of chocolates, or through more imaginative pursuits. Furthermore, why limit your Valentines to your romantic interests? Showing your appreciation and affection for friends, family members and colleagues in a lighthearted way on Valentine's Day is a wonderful way to forge bonds and reinforce relationships.

Geek love! Star Wars Valentine's Day - Momo "Let's build something together, Valentine!" Valentine's Day lego packet    Now, that's a lot of love.

Modern Valentine's Day cards and ideas.