Narcissus Fact File

Posted on January 28, 2022 at 1:59 pm

The Narcissus is a flower we all know and love in the Spring, but most people know it as the Daffodil. Here are a few facts about the wonderful Narcissus.

The Narcissus is the first flower to bloom in the Spring, indicating that Winter is finally ending. Because of this, Narcissus was seen to represent rebirth and new beginnings.

The Narcissus is given to celebrate ten years of marriage because it symbolises joy and happiness.

Narcissus is also known as ‘lent lilies’ as they bloom between Ash Wednesday and Easter. 

In China, they believe if a Narcissus blooms in your garden on New Years Day, your house will have good fortune for the rest of the year. 

Most cultures see the Narcissus as a symbol of hope and joy, but in Medieval times, a wilting Narcissus was seen as an omen of death. 

And finally, the Narcissus was not native to England. The Romans introduced it in 300bc.

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Flower Arranging

Posted on July 31, 2021 at 2:45 pm

Most floral arrangements go inside vases, but consider looking for alternative containers if you want to do something more unique like a vintage watering can or mason jar. Be sure to choose a variety of flowers so you can use different colours, sizes, shapes and textures.

Prepare the flowers by cutting the bottom of the stem at a 45-degree angle and removing all the leaves under the waterline.

Arranging the flowers is part of the process to use your creativity to build a stunning, unique floral arrangement. If you are using more than one type of flower in your arrangement, add odd numbers. The perfect floral arrangement will be about one and a half times the height of the container that holds it.

To make the arrangement look full and dense, secure them together with a rubber band. If you plan on placing the flowers inside a clear vase, you may want to find a clear rubber band.

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Making Your Own Flower Food

Posted on October 16, 2020 at 6:57 pm

Sometimes when you buy cut flowers, they do not come with a packet of flower food or maybe you like to cut flowers from your own garden to bring in the house. For either of these instances, your cut flowers will last much longer if they are given some flower food and you can easily make some yourself. Normal tap water typically has too high of a ph level for flowers to tolerate for very long.

DIY Flower Food

1. Citrus Fruits- squeezed from a lemon, orange or lime, are great for feeding flowers but should be used if the vase is coloured or tinted as the citrus could stain.

2. Lemonade- for a clear vase you can use a clear lemonade. Don’t use diet lemonade as the flowers need sugar or you could always stir in a teaspoon of sugar into diet lemonade before adding flowers.

3. Vinegar and Sugar- mixing two tablespoons of sugar with two tablespoons of vinegar in one litre of lukewarm water is another useful homemade flower food.

Flower water should be changed every two-three days to keep flowers at their freshest.

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Best Way to Make Cut Flowers Last Longer

Posted on September 13, 2020 at 9:43 pm

It is lovely to receive a beautiful bouquet, but don’t you wish they stay fragrant and beautiful longer? There are a few steps you can take to help keep that bright, mood-lifting floral arrangement last longer.

1. Upon receiving, or first bringing home a bunch of cut flowers, you should trim them stems by using a sharp knife instead of scissors and cutting the stem at an angle.

2. Next, remove any unnecessary leaves. Any leaves that will be in the water upon filling the vase or container need to be removed.

3. Do not remove the thorns on roses. This creates scars on the stems and shortens the life of the flowers.

4. Keep the bouquet cool by ensuring it is kept away from direct sunlight or heat sources. You may even cool in a fridge a few hours before displaying in your home.

5. If you intend to cut flowers from your garden, collect them in the early evening after they have had all day to store water and food.

6. Be sure to use a very clean vase. It is best if the vase has been rinsed in water with a little bleach added to it.

7. If you have a flower food packet, try using half the first time you fill the vase, then when the water needs changing out, use the other half of the packet.

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Repurposed Garden Planters

Posted on August 7, 2020 at 6:59 pm

More and more people are deciding not to buy new garden planters when they can simply repurpose or upcycle an item they already have lying around and turn it into something beautiful. This is a great way to get your creative juices flowing and also reduce waste.

Old tyres are a trending item to get creative with and turn into colourful and creative garden planters. They have been shaped and painted into graceful swans, vibrant peacocks, and elegant teacups!

Some examples of other items being used are old wellies, a chest of drawers, hollowed out logs, old chairs, chandeliers, plastic soda bottles, old steel drums, bicycles, kettles, broken clay pots and even old jeans!

It is incredible what a little imagination and a fresh bit of paint can do. If you find it hard to think of some ideas on your own, check out what others are doing online. There are so many incredible ideas out there, please try something new (or not so new in this case) and get repurposing!

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Can you plant cut flowers?

Posted on July 19, 2020 at 7:43 pm

Have you ever received a lovely bunch of flowers that you would love to keep for longer? You may be wondering if you can plant cut flowers and if they will grow roots. The good news is that you can generally plant most cut flowers. With some TLC and the right nutrients, they should grow roots.

To start you will need to act whilst the bouquet is still fresh. You will need a piece of the stem that contains two or three sets of leaf nodes, remove any flowers or leaves on the bottom nodes.

Dip the bottom of the stem in hormone powder which you can purchase from most garden centres. You will now need to plant your stem into a soilless mix such as half sand and half moss. You cannot plant into regular soil.

Place into a plastic bag and inflate slightly by blowing into it and tying with an elastic band, this will keep it moist until it has roots. Place in a warm location but not in direct sunlight and patiently wait for your stem to grow roots.

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Dusty flower choices for your home

Posted on June 15, 2020 at 11:22 am

2020 has been the year for nude and dusty colours so far and it isn’t looking like this trend will be disappearing any time soon. So, what type of flowers can you place in your home to match your homes neutral interior.

If you are looking for pale pinks or light purples such as lilac then dusty pink roses, soft pink gerberas, or lavender tulips are great choices for you. These colours will look amazing paired with white or creamy flowers.

If you are looking for peachy or rusty shades of orange then Narcissi Vanilla Peach, or Dianthus Peach Party flowers will be a great option for you and a lovely addition to your home’s interior.
White and creamy flowers are the perfect addition to any home and in keeping with pretty much any interior colour scheme, opt for cream or white roses or orchids.

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How to remove pesky nettles

Posted on May 25, 2020 at 7:01 pm

Stinging nettles are a tall growing weed which many gardeners are not fond of. Their tiny hairs can give quite a nasty sting which can quite a while. Although they are a difficult weed to remove there are a few ways to do the job.

Dig them up – this is by far the most effective method of removing them for good but will require some effort. You should always try and cut them back before they have had a chance to flower and set seed. Wear a good strong pair of gloves and make sure all of your arms and legs are covered by clothing to avoid nasty stings, you will need to dig up the whole root to try and prevent them from returning.

if you have struggles digging them up or aren’t capable of doing so you can choose to use a weed killer. You will need a strong weed killer which contains glyphosate – but be careful not only will this weed killer destroy your nettles it will also kill any other plant it comes into contact with. Make sure you protect any surrounding plants with plastic sheets.

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How to naturally keep slugs and snails away

Posted on April 30, 2020 at 8:29 am

Some gardeners get so frustrated with slugs and snails that they decide to buy high strength products in attempt to deter them. These products can be harmful for your plants as well as other insects and animals. There are lots of natural ways that you can try to keep slugs and snails at bay.

• Remove them by hand – although time consuming this is an effective method, just pick them up and move them at least 20 feet away from your plants.

• Add a layer of gravel or bark to beds – its more difficult for slugs and snails to slide on these surfaces. They also struggle to get around on dry hard soil, so you could also water plants in the morning, meaning it should be dry by the evening.

• Copper tape – when snails touch copper, their slime reacts in a way that they receive an uncomfortable but not deadly electrical shock.

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Wooden Pergolas for Gardens

Posted on February 28, 2020 at 8:40 pm

Pergolas are wooden structures that are placed in gardens, often domestic ones that can benefit from better shelter, or some form of key integral design features. Pergolas are quite traditional in their appearance, providing a traditional type of shelter that’s preferential for some than modern options such as awnings or verandas. Pergolas can be purely decorative, or they can give you a space to sit inside under the shelter of a wooden ceiling.

Sometimes, pergolas can be built from scratch. It’s perfectly possible to do it this way, but it will be more tricky and might require various types of timber that is custom milled to size. Pergolas kits are another option, which will come pre packaged with all the types of wood that is needed to build the structure. Fixtures and fittings will also be included, so you know that you have everything from the start and will be able to complete the construction more easily.

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