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Funeral Flowers

 

Flower Colors

Flowers associated with months of the year

January - Carnation
February - Violet
March - Jonquil (small daffodil)
April - Sweet Pea
May - Lily of the Valley
June - Rose
July - Larkspur
August - Gladioli
September - Aster
October - Marigold
November - Chrysanthemum
December - Narcissus



Below is a chart of all the birth signs, dates, associated flowers and appropriate colors.

Star Sign

Dates

Associated Flowers

Appropriate colors

Birth Stone

Capricorn

22nd December - 19th January

Pansy,Carnation

Dark colors

Garnet

Aquarius

20th January - 18th February

Orchid, Violet

Electric Blue

Aquamarine

Pisces

19th February - 20th March

Jonquil

Whites, Lilacs, Greens

Moonstone

Aries

21st March - 19th April

Thistle, Wild Roses, Sweet Pea

Red and Orange

Diamond

Taurus

20th - April - 20th May

Lilly of theValley, Floxglove

Pinks,Blues,Greens

Emerald

Gemini

21st May - 21st June

Rose, Rose

Sky Blue, Black

Agate

Cancer

22nd June - 22nd July

Larkspur

Silver, Sea Green

Pearl

Leo

23rd July - 22nd August

Marigolds, Gladioli

Gold, Scarlet

Ruby

Virgo

23rd August - 22nd September

Chrysanthemums, Asters

Warm colors

Sapphire

Libra

23rd September - 22nd October

Calendula

Bright Blue

Opal

Scorpio

23rd October - 21st November

Chrysanthemums

Maroon; Dark Red, Crimson

Topaz

Sagittarius

22nd November - 21st December

Narcissus

Reds

Turquoise





Caring for Flowers

 

 


Buying and cutting flowers


An important part of getting the most from cut flowers is to buy them at the right stage of development. With some flowers buying them when they are immature is as bad , if not worse , than when they are past their best. It pays to spend extra time to select the more mature flowers, with thicker stems than buy small ones you find in prepackaged bunches. They might be a little dearer but they will last longer.

As a general rule, aim to buy or cut flowers from you garden when a few buds are open showing their color. Often tight buds will not open once cut.

Caring for flowers
When flowers and foliage are brought home, before arranging them they all need to be prepared and given a long drink in tepid water to prolong their life as you don't know how long they have been in water.

Before placing the flowers in water the stems should be treated so that they will take up water more readily. The reason for this is that the cut stems heal up quickly with the sap drying ,like a wound. The following treatments should be carried out both when the flowers are given their initial drink and when they need to be cut again. Remember to put the newly cut flowers into water immediately.

Some kinds of flowers have special requirements but as a general rule, we can divide flowers into 3 categories.


Soft stems
e.g. Tulips, Arum Lily. These can take up water very readily. Cut each stem on the slant to give a larger area through which the stem can drink than a straight cut. Use a sharp knife instead of scissors as scissors can tend to compress the stem. The correct technique should be used when using a sharp knife.

Hard and Woody stems
e.g. Roses and Lilac. These have greater difficulty in absorbing water than soft stemmed flowers and greenery. Make a small slit up the center of the stem or a long slanting cut with a knife. You can crush the bottom of the stem, this has the sane effect but it is more difficult to push into oasis. Another way is to scrape the outside of the stem at the bottom. The easiest and effective way is cut the stem with a long slanting cut.

Hollow Stems
e.g. Lupins and delphiniums. Flowers with hollow stems are liable to wilt quickly or droop their heads. To prevent this turn each flowers upside down and fill the stems with water. Keeping your thumb over the bottom of the stem, put the stem into the water. The water pressure will keep the water in the stem

Other tips
Hot water treatment can benefit flowers. E.g. Dahlias and other greenhouse grown flowers like roses. Bring water to the boil and dip the ends of the flowers into the boiling water to depth of 1 inch for about 20 seconds, protecting the bloom from the steam. After taking the flowers out put them into water to a depth just below the flower heads.

Burning stems e.g. euphorbias and poppies. When these stems are cut they give off a white milky sap. Holding the bottom of a stem in a flame for a few seconds will enable them to absorb water more easily.

Pricking the stems e.g. tulips and ranunculus. These flowers will last very much longer if their stems are pricked with a needle just under the flower head as it prevents an air bubble forming, allowing the flower to take up water more readily.

Submerging certain flowers. E.g. hydrangeas and foliage benefit greatly from this and spraying afterwards with a mister. These types of flowers, roses included, take a lot of water in through their leaves.

Straightening flowers. E.g. tulips. Tulips are not easy flowers to arrange because they bend and continue growing towards the light. Leave them in the wrapper you purchased them in and put them in deep water.

Encouraging blooming e.g. gladioli and roses . To encourage flowers to open more quickly, place in fairly warm water and in the case of some flowers like gladioli, take off some of the top buds so the lower ones open more quickly. With roses, you can gently blow into the flower head to encourage blooming.

Keeping water clear and fresh. Before you put any flowers in water, clean the vase, put in the flower food provided, remove any foliage from the flower stems as they quickly sour the water. Cut the stems and place the vase in a cool room with a constant temperature, away from any radiators. Check the vase the next morning as flowers initially can take up a lot of water.


Reviving flowers
Reviving flowers. In the first instance, you can repeat the initial preparation of flowers for your vase or arrangement. E.g. roses, dip them in boiling water, cut stems again and place them in deep water. A lot of problems with flowers occur because the previous procedures have not been applied whether in the home , the florist or the wholesale supplier of the flowers. So give the florist a ring and say what has happened. They want you to come back again for more flowers so if they are good they will work with you to solve the problem

What flowers to send ?


Introduction

What flowers to send when sending flowers, is such a personal thing that choosing the right flowers is important. You also have to consider how the recipient will feel when receiving the flowers. If you take care in your choice, this will be understood by the recipient.

If you have time, look at the flower meanings page and star sign page for help.

As general rule, think of the occasion and age of the person, and imagine how the recipient will feel when they get the flowers. Sending flowers is saying what you want to say in flower language. There is always a card message to help !!

Birthdays
Birthday flowers and balloon

This is a happy occasion, so bright cheerful colors, appropriate to their birth sign would be a good start. I would suggest a Hand Tied with roses, carnations and gerbera in an appropriate color. Perhaps you could send a helium balloon with the flowers.


Anniversaries
At the foot of this page is table of Anniversary names so you will always know how many years represent a particular anniversary e.g. 30 years is a Pearl Anniversary. The flower selection can include a particular color. of flower to represent the anniversary.


Sympathy Flowers
The loss of a friend or dear one is always a difficult time. Flowers sent to the bereaved is always appreciated at a time of sorrow whether to the home, the funeral or as a remembrance. It is always a comfort to know someone is sharing your thoughts of the deceased.

A traditional or hand-tied bouquet, basket arrangement or just simple flowers in a vase are quite in order.

Flower deliveries for a Funeral can be quite difficult as you don't always know all the information about the funeral. As a local florist, if you don't have all the details of a funeral, we are only to glad to help. Local florists will know the local Funeral Directors and will be aware of what is going on. That's our job.

The ideal situation is to supply the date and time of the funeral, the deceased's name and the Funeral Director organizing the funeral. If you don't know this then the flowers would be taken to the home of the deceased, so phone no is very handy.

What flowers should I send to a funeral ?

I would suggest that if you were close family send a spray or maybe a personalized tribute and if your were a friend of the family a wreath. It is quite common to have only family flowers as there might be a collection at the service for a favorite charity so in that case it would be appropriate to send flowers to the home in the form of a bouquet or basket where they can be appreciated for longer by the family.


Special Days
Special days would be Christmas, Valentine's Day, Mother's Day, Easter. For these peak period days I would advise that you send your gift, with the exception of Valentine's Day, in advance of the rush as the florists will have more time to prepare and deliver your gift.

 



Flower Meanings

Flowers have been used as symbols of love and expressions of emotions as well as superstition for centuries.

The language of flowers started in the Middle East, where secrecy between lovers was essential. Each flower had a meaning and secret messages could be exchanged using flowers.

The Victorians adopted this language to send secret love messages as we still do today.

Nowadays however, anything goes and while we might not be using the old language of flowers so much, flowers still convey messages but are used increasingly as a fashion statement whether in the home or as a gift.

Common Name

Latin Name

Meaning

Acacia

Acacia

Friendship

Aconite

Aconitum

Danger

Allium

Allium

Humility

Alstroemeria

Alstroemeria

Wealth and prosperity

Ambrosia

 

Mutual Love

Amaryllis

 

Splendid Beauty

Anemone

Anemone

Expectations

Aster

Callistephus

Daintiness

Azalea

 

 

Baby's Breath

Gypsophilia

Innocence

Begonia

Begonia

Beware

Bells of Ireland

Mollucella

Good Luck

Cactus

 

Endurance

Cala

Zantedeschia

Beauty

Caladium

 

Great Joy

Camellia

 

You're adorable

Carnation red

Dianthus

My heart aches for you

Carnation pink

Dianthus

I'll never forget you

Carnation Striped

Dianthus

No or refusal

Carnaton White

Dianthus

Sweet and Lovely

Carnation yellow

Dianthus

You disapoint me

Chrysanthemum red

Dendramthena

Love

Chrysanthemum White

Dendranthema

Truthfulness

Crocus

 

Cheerfulness

Cyclamen

Cyclamen

Goodbye

Daffodil

 

You're the only one

Dahlia

 

Elegance

Daisy

 

Loyal love and Purity

Delphinium

 

Fanciful

Fern

 

Fascination Sincerity

Frget me not

Myosotis

Don't forget me

Forsythia

 

Innocence

Freesia

 

Trust and Friendship

Gardenia

 

Purity

Geranium

 

Folly and Stupidity

Gladioli

 

Sincerity and Generosity

Gloxinia

 

Love at first sight

Grass

 

Submission

Heather lilac

 

Solitude

Heather white

 

Protection Good luck

Hibiscus

 

Beauty

Holly

 

Domestic Happiness

Hyacinthe purple

 

Forgive me

Hyacinthe yellow

 

Jealousey

Hydrangea

 

Thankyou

Iris

 

Wisdom and promise

Jonquill

Narcissus

Love me

Lilac lilac

 

First love

Lilac white

 

Purity and Virginity

Lilly calla

 

Beauty

Lilly eucharis

 

ladies charm

Lilly tiger

 

wealthand and prosperity

Lilly of the valley

 

Return of happiness

Longi lilly

Longiforum

Modesty

Marigold

 

grief and despair

Mimosa

Acacia

Sensitivity

Monkshood

Aconitum

Beware

Myrtle

 

Affection

Narcissus

 

Stay the same

Nasturtium

 

Victory

Oleander

 

Caution and Beauty

Orange Blossom

 

Marriage and Eternal Love

Orchid

 

Beauty and Refinement

Palm Leaves

 

Victory and Success

Pansy

 

Merriment

Peony

 

Properity

Petunia

 

Resentment and Anger

Phlox

Phlox

Unity

Poinsettia

 

Be Cheerful

Poppy

Papaver

Imagination

Primrose

Primula

i can't live without you

Queen Anne's Lace

Ammi Maju

Haven

Ranunculus

 

Radiant and Charming

Rose red

 

I love you

Rose Pink

 

Please belive me

Rose cerisse

 

Thank You

Rose Yellow

 

Friendship

Rose white

 

Innocence and Purity

Rose orange

 

Enthusiasum and Desire

Snapdragon

Antirrhinum

Deception

Spider Flower

 

Elope with me

Statice

 

Sympathy and Rememberance

Stephanotis

 

Desire to travel

Sunflower

Helianthus

Sunshine

Sweet Pea

 

Goodbye and Thankyou

Sweet Willaim

Dianthus

Give me a smile

Tulips red

Tulipa

Love and Passion

Tulip yellow

Tulipa

Hopeless love

Tulip variagated

Tulipa

Beautiful eyes

Verbena

 

Heres hoping

Violet blue

 

I'll always be true

Violet white

 

Take a chance on happiness

Viscari

 

Dance with me

Wallflower

Erysimum

Fidelity

Water Lily

 

Pure heart

Wisteria

Sinensis

Welcome

Xeranthemum

 

Imortality

Yarrow

 

Healing

Zinnia

Zinnia

In memory of

 

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