Monday, March 16, 2009


A number of the floral companies guarantee the delivery of flowers
within five hours of placing the order. They have arrangements to
hand deliver the exotic floral arrangements. A quantity of the
companies do not charge extra for same day flowers delivery, while
others do charge a fee. The same-day flowers delivery service is
also subject to the place where the recipient lives. The proximity
to the suppliers and the competition among the florists to provide
the best customer service plays a major role in determining the

Despite the exceptions, the companies strive to provide the best
customer services. They address the requirements of the customers
as early as possible and guarantee the supply of fresh, fragrant
and attractive flowers to loved ones.

There are certain exceptions, as same day flowers delivery is
possible only within certain countries. The order has to be placed
within a stipulated time and is depends on the time zones of the
different countries. If the stipulated time is 12 noon in the
country from where the flowers are to be delivered, the order has
to be placed according to the time zone of that country. This is
applicable only in case of weekdays. If the same day flowers
delivery order is placed on the weekend, the order is not
guaranteed. Similarly, on Sundays, the same day flowers
delivery is not assured.

Sunday, March 8, 2009

Bulb Health

Bulb Health
The first part in selecting healthy bulbs is knowing the bulb parts.
1. The tunic of a bulb is the paper-like outside of the bulb that protects it from damage and
keeps it from drying out.
2. The scale leaves are under the tunic and hold all the nutrients needed to grow the
3. The first parts of the plant to push through the soil are the immature leaves, closely
followed (or so we hope) by the flower bud and the stem.
4. The roots of bulb cultivars grow from the basal plate, which lies at the bottom of each
When selecting bulbs for bulb flower gardening, the bigger the better. Large bulbs ensure big,
healthy blooms.
Healthy bulbs are firm, well rounded, and heavy for their size. Although bulbs come in a range
of colors, some even with distinctive patterns, color should be uniform with no dark patches or
light splotches. Look for firmness and avoid any with soft spots or other signs of damage. Don't
buy bulbs that are cracked or deeply scratched. Discard any bulbs with weak spots or spongy
areas, which are signs of rot caused by disease or other damage.
Keep them in a cool, dry area away from sunlight until you're ready to plant.

Thursday, March 5, 2009

“Bulb” Types

Along with true bulbs, several types of flowers, sold as bulbs, grow from the underground stem
growth of rhizomes, tubers, and corms.
• True bulbs are rounded, self-sufficient, underground storage organs. True bulbs are an
incubator for a flower bud embryo already inside.
• Many perennial flowers grow from tubers, which are flat underground stems that store
food and plant energy.
• Corms are thick underground stems that produce the new roots, leaves and flowers of
their cultivars.
• Rhizomes are modified plant stems that grow horizontally under the surface of the soil.
New growth emerges from several different points along each rhizome.

Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Selecting Healthy Bulbs

Think about when you want color in your bulb flower gardening site.
There is an excellent color
choice available in tulip bulbs. No matter what type of color design
you want to create your
choices range from white to pink to even black tulips. Daffodils,
although typically sunny yellow,
are also found in combinations of yellow and white. Crocuses are
commonly white, purple or
There is no need to stick to only one type of bulb, as spring bulbs
all complement each other
very well. Tulips pair very nicely with daffodils and crocuses are a
small plant that add color to
the lower end of the garden.
You can extend blooming times by planting different varieties of bulbs
also extends bloom times.
Bulb varieties exist for every bulb flower gardening season:
–Some of the most popular early spring bulbs are tulips, crocuses and daffoodils.

–Snowdrops and winter aconite also bloom in early spring
–Grape hyacinth and Grecian windflowers are mid-spring bloomers.
–Lilies and Persian buttercups blossom in early to mid-summer.
–Amaryllis does its thing in late summer
–Begonias, dahlias, eucomis,elephant ears and caladiums are also
popular summer bulbs

–Meadow saffron shows off in the autumn.
Choosing the right bulbs involves more than just selecting colors and
cultivars. Type, timing,
bulb size, and most importantly, bulb health are equally significant
factors in designing your
spring garden.

Monday, February 23, 2009

Antherium Flowers

Related to the Arum Lily, the Antherium is a striking heart shaped
flower that grows only in tropical climates. They are imported all
year around, together with large heart-shaped glossy Antherium leaves
and tropical orchids. Because of their large size, bright colors, and

longevity, Antherium work well arranged with orchids or just simply
with tropical foliage.

It originated in South and Central America, and also grows naturally
in Hawaii and in Queensland, Australia. Antherium are one of the few
flowers that respond well to light misting, but not to refrigeration.
Antherium are available in shades of red, pink, white, brown and green.
The Antherium goes by the name Painters Palette, due to its one large
flat veined petal and tall spike, resembling the painting plate and

They are a popular choice for corporate offices or to decorate more
modern homes.

Monday, February 9, 2009


Common Name. florist azalea
Scientific Name. Rhododendron spp.
Bloom Season. The florist azalea blooms from
early to late spring and is most commonly sold
during the Easter season and for Mother’s Day.
Flower Color. The florist azalea comes in
all flower colors except blue.
Foliage. The foliage ranges from small and
rounded to large and pointed. The leaf is ciliate
(has small hair-like structures coming out the side
of the margin) and slightly pubescent (has hair-like
structures coming out of the upper side of the leaf).
Flowers. The flowers range from small to large,
single, semi-double, and double forms. The petals of
the flower are fused together in a star shape.
Plant Selection. Check the following list
when choosing a florist azalea:
• Foliage all the way to the base of the plant
and no long shoots coming out of the top of the
canopy of the plant.
• No more than 25 percent of the blooms open.
• A plant that has not been crowded out by
other plants; crowding gives a flat side or yellowing
• A plant that can support its own weight and
does not need string or wire supports around it.
• A plant without disease or insect
problems—disfigured or discolored new as well
as established growth (shriveled or yellowed
leaves), or damaged stems, leaves, or flowers.
Plant Care. After bringing the plant home,
you need to take several steps to keep it healthy
and flowering. While all plants and flowers
have a limited life, you should enjoy a florist
azalea for 2 to 3 weeks by following these
recommended care and handling tips.
L i g h t—B r i g h t , i n d i r e c t s u n l i g h t i s
recommended to keep the plant growing
without fading the blooms.
Water—Water daily or more often as the plant
needs it, when the potting mix becomes visibly
dry. Irrigate with enough water to allow some to
come out the bottom of the pot. Be careful not to
allow the potting mix to become too dry, as it will
not easily become wet again.
Fertilizer—Fertilizer will not be needed on
florist azaleas.
Maintenance—Remove all dead leaves and
faded blooms and keep the foliage dry to help
prevent disease and insect problems.
Usage. The florist azalea is a nice accent to
almost any part of the house. The main concern
is to keep the potting mix from drying out


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