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Florist Oasis – Tips for Using the Most Popular Florist Tool

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Florist Oasis – Tips for Using the Most Popular Florist Tool

Florist Oasis is one of the most versatile florist tools in existence. Yet despite this, it is often misused. Failing to use this product correctly can have disastrous effects, however, with the right guidance and a little practice, green-fingered connoisseurs can make it one of their go-to implements. The secrets to using floral Oasis First things first, you’ll need to master wetting the foam. With its open-celled structure, this foam is extremely lightweight and fragile in style, and as such, should be handled with care. If not, the tiny...

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All you Need to Know about Lisianthus

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All you Need to Know about Lisianthus

This particular specie of plant, often called Eustoma, originates from North America and is native to both prairie regions and desert riverbeds. Due to this, many refer to it as the ‘prairie gentian’, particularly in the states of Nevada, Texas, Nebraska and Colorado. In the 1930s, Japanese growers crossed the prairie gentian, creating the Lisianthus species we see today. In literal terms, Lisianthus means ‘bitter flower’ and was given the name to the taste of the flowers which we traditionally used in herbal medicine. So, if you...

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How to decorate your home with indoor flowering plants

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How to decorate your home with indoor flowering plants

Flowers and foliage are an asset to the garden, just as they are an asset to the home – in fact, indoor flowering plants work to bring an interior space to life through both sight and scent. Top tips for decorating from experts When it comes to decorating the home with indoor flowering plants, there are a number of unique ways to create a distinctive display. If you have some old china teacups lying around, use these to create a quirky, indoor garden with a vintage edge. Alternatively, save space by planting flowering plants in mason jars and...

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10+ Stunning Blue Flowers

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10+ Stunning Blue Flowers

The colour blue is associated with both spirituality and intellect. This shade also boasts calming properties and is said to encourage a restful night’s sleep. Light blue is the hue linked to peace, calmness and tranquillity, whilst deep blue is linked to confidence and importance. With this in mind, it is of little wonder that blue flowers are so popular. Although extremely sought after, blue flowers are also extremely rare. In fact, they’re said to be some of the rarest flowers in existence. Gifting a bouquet of blue flowers to a loved one,...

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All you need to know about pruning roses

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All you need to know about pruning roses

Roses are an asset to our homes and gardens; however people tent to steer clear of them under the misconception that they are difficult to maintain. This is far from the case and pruning roses doesn’t have to be a difficult or intimidating task. In fact, there are a number of tips to make pruning more effective… Why Prune Roses? Colder temperatures have the tendency to produce unattractive, mottled blossoms, with yellowing foliage which regularly falls. On top of this, rose hips may form, which can result in interrupting the next...

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Wine Delivery is on the Rise

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Wine Delivery is on the Rise

Being able to order wine online and have it delivered directly to your door is a benefit to many, especially those with a busy lifestyle. Asides from not having to worry about carrying heavy crates from the supermarket to your car and into your home, it’s a great service to use if you’re hosting a party. It’s a service that’s quickly increasing in popularity (and it’s easy to see why!) On another note, it’s an attractive gift to send to a loved one, especially those with an interest in fine wines and champagnes – you can even go the extra...

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15 Tropical Plants you can Easily Grow at Home

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15 Tropical Plants you can Easily Grow at Home

If you’re looking to add some colour and greenery to your home, tropical plans can be a great place to start. While not all species are suitable for life indoors, there are plenty of options that are relatively easy to care for, as we’ve detailed here. 1. Amazon Elephant’s Ear These popular tropical plants are both common and unique. With their large, arrow-like green leaves, embellished with silver, many describe them as regal. Unlike a number of Alocasia species, they are in fact extremely easy to grow inside and can be an asset to...

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All you Need to Know about Avalanche Roses

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All you Need to Know about Avalanche Roses

It was only in 2000 that the Avalanche Rose first became popular, yet it’s now hugely prevalent with high-end florists, wedding planners and floral designers. Many think of the Avalanche Rose as the go-to element when it comes to fashioning exclusive rose arrangements, centerpieces, bouquets and venue decor. In fact, it’s now one of the most sought after wedding flowers available, especially for brides wishing to create a ‘vintage wedding’ flower display. Occasions Since their introduction, Avalanche Roses have become more and...

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15+ Peony Bouquet Ideas for your Summer Wedding

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15+ Peony Bouquet Ideas for your Summer Wedding

From traditional all-white arrangements to bold, bright and modern mixes, peonies are a great option for a wedding bouquet. Their soft, romantic petals not only look the part, but are said to symbolise luck and prosperity. Here we’ve listed 16 of the most popular peony trends, all of which are perfect for a summer wedding… Teardrop bouquet with roses, blossom, orchids and peonies If you are looking for a peony bouquet that has that extra wow factor, look no further than a bunch of flowers brimming with blossom, roses, orchids and peonies. All...

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7 Tips on How to Save Water in your Garden

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7 Tips on How to Save Water in your Garden

Just as we would save water in the home, it is important to conserve it in the garden too. Why? Firstly, to save money (especially if like 40% of the population, you are on a water meter) and secondly, because when in high demand, an astounding 70% of our water supply can be used to quench our gardens’ thirst alone. Here we have listed seven ways to minimise the use of water in our gardens. 1. Water at the right time A large number of us are prone to over-watering our gardens. Asides from being extremely wasteful, it also means we are putting...

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Beauty in Danger: 15 Stunning Flowers and Plants Close to Extinction

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Beauty in Danger: 15 Stunning Flowers and Plants Close to Extinction

There are a number of extremely rare plants, dotted all around the world, some of which are very close to extinction. The reason for their dithering numbers comes down to climate change, land development and deforestation. Here we have listed a number of the affected species… Baobab Tree Although this unique specie sprouts leaves just three times a year, it’s often described as the ‘life giving tree’. This is because it is able to store water in its large, twisted trunk. To survive dry seasons, those native to Madagascar,...

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Flowers according to the Zodiac sign – Taurus

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Flowers according to the Zodiac sign – Taurus

Taurus: April 20 – May 20 Those who share the Taurus star sign tend to laugh a lot, communicate well and enjoy life to the full. When choosing flowers to complement this star sign, opt for hydrangeas, daisies, pretty pink roses, daffodils, hyacinths, blueberries, violets and primroses. Go all out and create a boho bouquet comprising an assortment of these floral species for best results. If you’d prefer to buy your loved one a plant or tree, choose a fig, cypress, vine, ash, wheat or fruit tree. Recommendations for Taurus from...

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How to pick the perfect bunch of flowers for any occasion

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How to pick the perfect bunch of flowers for any occasion

When a flower-worthy occasion arrives, it’s important to choose a bunch of flowers that are thoughtful, perfumed, picture-perfect and symbolic. In order to get it right, you must consider a few factors – namely the personality of the recipient, the season, the event and what the flowers symbolise. If you’re unsure of what to go for, here we’ve have compiled a list of our favourite bouquets that are fitting for all occasions to help you on your way. How to pick a bunch of flowers for any occasion Wedding When choosing flowers for a wedding, be...

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All you need to know about Moon Flowers

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All you need to know about Moon Flowers

Nature is alive and effective 24 hours a day. Moon flowers are nocturnal bloomers, best enjoyed by late night strollers and night owls. Post sunset, these magnificent, light-reflecting white flowers bloom and glow all night long – hence their name. However, when the sun begins to rise, they close their perfectly perfumed flowers tightly shut. Although moon flowers are predominantly white, they are also available in rich reds and vibrant yellows, all of which will add contrast to your floral display. Although extremely beautiful, several...

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A Florist’s Guide to Trending Greenery

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A Florist’s Guide to Trending Greenery

Flowers are enjoyed by all, however this season we are seeing more and more greenery in our floral arrangements. Asides from bringing budgets down, foliage (in the shape of lamb’s ear, magnolia leaf, fern and baby eucalyptus, for example) boasts an organic, fresh style and is one that is extremely popular for 2017. Whether you’re planning a wedding, a small soiree or a decadent dinner party, using greenery and foliage in floral arrangements, centrepieces and bouquets is a sure-fire way to keep costs down. While going green is a popular option...

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7 Essential Rules for Planting Tulips

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7 Essential Rules for Planting Tulips

Tulips are a great addition to the garden, as they add colour, vibrancy and structure to any outdoor space – especially as they’re available in an array of different hues, including pinks, purples, reds, crimson, yellow, orange and white. Regardless of whether they’re planted in pots, containers or in the ground, they’re a green-fingered connoisseurs’ perfect companion! However, as with all flowers and shrubs, it’s important to follow a few tips and tricks when planting tulips. 7 Tips for Planting Tulips 1....

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Flower Trends to Watch out for in 2017

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Flower Trends to Watch out for in 2017

With spring upon us, flowers are on our minds! Regardless of whether you’re planning a soirée, organising a wedding or hosting a dinner party, decorating your home with an array of floral elements is a simple yet effective way to bring it to life. Read on to learn more about our favourite floral trends for 2017… Organic shapes and shades Asides from the many prevailing organic food trends taking centre stage this season, the floral scene has also adopted an organic theme. Natural, curved shapes and patterns with plenty of organic...

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8 Plants with Amazing Anti-Anxiety Benefits

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8 Plants with Amazing Anti-Anxiety Benefits

Plants are not just for the garden as they have a number of health benefits too, including the ability to soothe headaches, calm ailments and reduce everyday stresses and strains. If you spend a lot of time indoors, be this due to long working hours or weather conditions, poor air quality is bound to affect your health. In fact, indoor toxins can have a detrimental effect on our health. Such toxins can cause allergies, asthma, inflammation, anxiety, stress and even certain types of cancer. Thankfully, there are a number of ways to improve...

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Flowers According to the Zodiac sign – Aries

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Flowers According to the Zodiac sign – Aries

When choosing a bouquet of flowers, many will choose the floral variants according to their meanings, but have you ever considered choosing a bouquet because of its astrological sign? The signs of the Zodiac can reveal a lot about a person, including their talents, characteristics and tastes. Knowing what your loved one’s star sign is prior to choosing them a bouquet of flowers is a great way to ensure you choose something that matches their personality and a floral arrangement that they’ll enjoy displaying in their home. Flowers According to...

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15 Green Flowers you Probably Didn’t Know Existed

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15 Green Flowers you Probably Didn’t Know Existed

Green flowers represent life, nature and rejuvenation. In some parts of the world, they are also symbolic of good fortune and youth. Despite this, they’re often disregarded when choosing flowers for a beautiful bouquet, when in fact; green flowers can create an extremely stunning floral arrangement and one that is perfect for any occasion. For this reason alone, we’ve put together a list of our top 15 favourite green flowers: 15 Most Beautiful Green Flowers 1. Green Carnation When added to a bouquet, this dainty little flower is often...

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Meaning of roses – From 1 to 100 Roses

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Meaning of roses – From 1 to 100 Roses

A flower’s meaning is no longer specific to its colour and type alone, but also, to the number of stems you choose. To better help you understand these meanings, we’ve created a comprehensive guide which goes some way to explaining what different numbers of roses mean – starting with just one… Meaning of Roses – from 1 to 100 A single rose – often gifted to those you love, a single rose indicates ‘love at first sight’. 2 Roses – you would gift two single roses to those you are deeply in love with. 3 Roses – ‘I love you’. 4...

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15 Most Beautiful Black Flowers

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15 Most Beautiful Black Flowers

Black flowers are extremely unique in their appearance. However, it’s impossible for a bloom to be completely black, and what many perceive to be black, is in fact a deep shade of purple. Because they’re so rare, dark coloured blooms add instant intrigue to a bouquet or garden arrangement and suggest mystery, elegance and power. So if you’re looking to add something a little different to your floral display, here are a few of the most beautiful black flowers out there. 15 Beautiful Black Flowers Queen of the Night Tulip Black tulips are both...

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Meet the Most Popular British Flowers

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Meet the Most Popular British Flowers

There are millions of different colours, variants and shapes of British flowers to be found…some of which you’ve probably never heard of! Of those we are familiar with, certain species have remained favourites among florists, horticulturists and botanists for centuries. Here, we’ve listed Britain’s top ten most popular flowers. 10 Most Popular British Flowers The Rose Roses have been a favourite British flower for many years. Yet despite this, they’ve only just regained their top status. Originally from China, they are now...

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6+1 Bloggers Who Know How to Style Their Flowers

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6+1 Bloggers Who Know How to Style Their Flowers

From their hot hues, to their varied connotations, to their delightful fragrances; what’s not to love about flowers? Many of us will only buy them on special occasions, whether as a centrepiece for a dinner party, or for a loved one on their birthday. However, according to these top ten floral-fond bloggers, the act of buying flowers shouldn’t solely be reserved for special occasions. Here, we’ve detailed the ones to keep an eye on – providing you with inspiration, style tips and everything else you could need to create mesmerizing...

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10 Ways to Decorate Your Home with Flowers on a Budget

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10 Ways to Decorate Your Home with Flowers on a Budget

Flowers and plants are a great addition to any room in the household. They add an instant injection of life and colour to our homes, which not only elevates tired décor; it makes us feel more upbeat. Whether you opt for simple green foliage or an over-the-top floral centrepiece, both (when used in the right way) can create a striking effect and neither need cost the earth. Less is more Instead of filling an oversized vase with towering blooms, separate your bouquet into an abundance of containers. Groupings of flowers often create more impact...

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Wedding trends for 2017

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Wedding trends for 2017

From flowers to invitations, to food and venues – a new year is always brimming with new ideas for all things wedding related! So what’s expected to trend in the year ahead? Read on for some inspiration on what to consider to make your big day even more memorable… 1. Colours trending in 2017 Metallics – Just as they were last year, they’re still trending for 2017. Brides to be are embracing all things rose gold, copper and pewter. These hues are extremely versatile and add a hint of pizzazz to a black-tie event. However, when opting for this...

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SerenataFlowers.com Wins Feefo Gold Trusted Service Award 2017

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SerenataFlowers.com Wins Feefo Gold Trusted Service Award 2017

February 2017, SerenataFlowers.com has won a Feefo Gold Service award, an independent seal of excellence that recognises businesses for delivering exceptional experiences, rated by real customers. Created by Feefo, Trusted Service is awarded to businesses that use Feefo to collect genuine ratings and reviews. A badge of honour, this accreditation remains unique as all the awards are based purely on the interactions with verified customers. This feedback has been collated by the Feefo review platform, with the accolades being awarded based...

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Flowers make you happy! Want to know why?

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Flowers make you happy! Want to know why?

Asides from adding a splash of colour to the home or office environment, flowers boast an abundance of other benefits. One of these includes triggering positive emotions, with studies conducted by the floral industry supporting the notion that flowers in fact induce happiness. Flowers & Happiness: The facts A team of specialists conducted two experiments, both of which revealed impressive results. Each of these experiments suggested that flowers played a big part in improving the mental state of those surrounding them. This heightened...

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Virtual Personal Concierge on Valentine’s Day? Read on!

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Virtual Personal Concierge on Valentine’s Day? Read on!

Valentine’s Day tends to be the holiday most of us forget about, either because we want to or because our lives are so busy that romance is unintentionally sidelined. Most of us celebrate with a card, maybe some flowers, or box of chocolates, which is great, but nothing special. The problem is organising something truly special takes time and our hectic schedules don’t allow for any extras. But what if you could make this the best Valentine’s Day ever without sacrificing your other commitments or loosing any time? Enter: the...

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Flower Deliveries – Common Issues and Quick Fixes

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Flower Deliveries – Common Issues and Quick Fixes

Flowers make a great gift for birthdays, Valentine’s Day and celebrations. If you’re gifting a loved one and wish to ensure your purchase arrives on time, it’s important to always read the terms and conditions issued by the site you’re buying from. This is a sure fire way to avoid disappointment. When do I need to place my order for next day delivery? Many of today’s florists have cut-off times when it comes to next day delivery. The likes of Serenata Flowers have a cut-off of 10pm on weekdays and Saturdays, and 6pm on Sundays. However, this...

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Flowers and Sentiments – the Complete Guide

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Flowers and Sentiments – the Complete Guide

Flowers have many different meanings and sentiments, which makes them an extremely versatile specie. Certain floral displays are the epitome of love, whilst others are the essence of beauty, innocence, purity and betrayal. Before gifting a loved one a bouquet of flowers, it’s wise to learn a little more about their hidden romanticism. Love If you wish to convey feelings of love to a certain someone special, choose the Lilac flower. This particular specie’s sentiment is one of ‘my heart belongs to you’. Another floral specie that indicates...

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How to Choose Organic Hampers

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How to Choose Organic Hampers

Hampers are a great gift for all of the family. They’re available in a range of sizes, styles and qualities. From meat hampers to fruit hampers, to hampers brimming with sweet treats and organic beauty goods – there is something to suit every persona. With so many of us trying to stay healthy in this day and age, organic produce is high on the agenda. Local and farm produce is a big business and as such, it’s no longer a chore to find moreish (yet healthy) organic hampers. In fact, some even prefer them – especially when the treats are just...

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Meet 8 Popular Designers and their Designer Flowers

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Meet 8 Popular Designers and their Designer Flowers

Just like there are many famous painters and actors in this world, there are also many renowned florists. Floral design is an intricate business and one that can take many years to perfect. Here we’ve listed some of the most celebrated floral designers of all time and discover exactly what it is that has helped put them on the map. 1. Vera Wang She’s not only famous for her incredible wedding dresses but also, the floral displays to accompany these high fashion items. Just like her couture, Vera Wang’s floral arrangements are stunning, chic,...

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Investing in Wine – a Short Guide to Vintage Wines

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Investing in Wine – a Short Guide to Vintage Wines

The wine boom first began in the mid-1980s, when prices for finer beverages began to rise. Today it’s a serious sport for investors. If you have money to spare, vintage wines could be your ticket to an early retirement. To put this into perspective, it was only in October that the most expensive lot of wine ever sold went under the hammer. 114 bottles of Romanée-Conti Burgundy were purchased for an incredible £1,035,000 – that’s around £9,800 a bottle! However, as with every investment, there are risks to encounter, which means...

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Forget fruit hampers – how about meat hampers?

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Forget fruit hampers – how about meat hampers?

Hampers are proving to be a hugely popular gift for a number of occasions. The beauty of a food hamper is the fact it can be tailored to almost every taste, and with so much variation available, there really is something to suit all. Have you Heard about Meat Hampers? Something a little different… The majority of today’s hampers feature chocolates, fruits, jams, chutneys and a number of moreish beverages, including loose teas, smoothies, fine wines, champagnes and whiskeys. More recently, meat hampers have risen in popularity, and why not?...

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Know your Flowers – a Guide to Luxury Flowers

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Know your Flowers – a Guide to Luxury Flowers

Regardless of taste, a beautiful bouquet of flowers is a guaranteed party pleaser! In fact, they’re the perfect gift for any occasion. With so many styles, shapes, colours and species of flower to choose from, there truly is something to suit all. If you’re searching for a gift for a particularly special occasion, simple add a little luxe to your bouquet! From ensuring they arrive in a crystal vase, to gifting a loved one a hamper containing both an exquisite floral display and a box of delectable chocolates, there are a number of...

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Best Office Plants to Boost your Productivity

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Best Office Plants to Boost your Productivity

Adding a little greenery to the office environment not only looks aesthetically pleasing; it’s a proven way to boost productivity. From wellness benefits to air purifying advantages, there are a number of reasons why you should invest in an office plant. Best Office Plants to Boost Productivity Here we’ve listed some of the best plants to place in the work environment… The Spider Plant This particular specie of plant is an ideal option for offices with plentiful shelves. Simply pop this low maintenance plant into a hanging basket, close to a...

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Lilly Plants: Growing & Basic Care

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Lilly Plants: Growing & Basic Care

The Lily or Lilium is a genus of herbaceous flowering plants, which grow from bulbs and all boast large protruding flowers. These groups of flowering plants are important in both culture and literature and are renowned in many parts of the world. Lilly Plants: Growing & Basic Care How to plant Lilies Valued for their large, significant flowers, lilies are popular in both the garden and in the home. In order for them to thrive, they must be planted or placed in the correct environment. When cared for correctly, they will usually display...

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The Best of Black Friday Deals 2016

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The Best of Black Friday Deals 2016

Black Friday comes around and your inbox starts filling with spectacular deals in just a few minutes. It is a great chance to get your Christmas shopping done with some amazing deals and save money on something you would have to buy eventually. If you’re like most of us, you will still leave most of your Christmas shopping at the very last minute and all the deals won’t wait that long. Here at SerenataFlowers.com, we believe that great prices should last all year long, not just one day in a year. That’s why this year, we are...

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Morning Glory Plant

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Morning Glory Plant

Morning Glory Plant, one of September’s birth flowers, boast slender stems, trumpet-shaped flowers and heart-shaped leaves. They’re annual climbers and come in a range of beautiful colours, including magenta, pink, white and purple-blue. They’re often described as romantic flowers because of their old-fashioned charm, pretty shape and sweeping tendrils that unfold in the sunshine. There’s certainly something magical about these plants, which hold their name bplantsecause they bloom early in the morning before closing as the light fades. This...

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Currently Trending – Flower Walls

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Currently Trending – Flower Walls

Instead of a bouquet of flowers or a simple centrepiece, why not create a flower wall? This new, on-trend theme is certainly causing a storm and is a perfect display to choose for a wedding or event. From whimsical and elegant designs, boasting soft pastel hues and glamourous petals, to bold backdrops, awash with colour and fragrance, there is a flower wall to suit every persona. Pink is the new black Today’s trending themes boast an array of popping pink hues, and what better way to make a statement than to dress an otherwise simple wall...

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How to celebrate Kindness Day

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How to celebrate Kindness Day

Simple tips on how to be kinder every day November 13th is almost upon us and with it comes World Kindness Day – a 24-hour celebration of kindness in place to help promote random acts of kindness. Being kind is something we should all strive to do. From stopping to have a conversation with a neighbour to admiring a colleague’s new hairstyle, there are a number of small, almost effortless ways to be kind to those around you. Even just a smile is sometimes all it takes to brighten another’s day. Buy a loved one a gift just because you can Why...

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Mokara Orchids – Care, Watering and Repoting

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Mokara Orchids – Care, Watering and Repoting

The Mokara Orchid is one of the easiest orchids to grow and maintain – provided you follow a few simple tips when it comes to caring for this plant. Native to Singapore, this particular specie is used to humid climates and produces extremely exotic flowers. Mokara Orchids make great houseplants and are one specie of flower that tends to bloom all year round – making them the perfect display pieces for the home or office. Choosing Mokara Orchids Before choosing a Mokara Orchid, it’s recommended you look at the plant’s leaves and roots. If...

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Peace Lily Care Guide

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Peace Lily Care Guide

Peace Lily is one of the most prevalent houseplants on the market today and make a great centrepiece due to their pretty white blossoms. Despite the beauty of peace lily, they’re relatively easy to care for. On top of brightening up the home and providing a fragrant scent, they’re also renowned for their air purifying properties. To ensure you get the most out of your Lily, it’s important to follow a few handy tips… Peace Lily – Basic Care When it comes to finding the perfect home for your new plant, it’s important to pick the area...

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7 Stunning Blue Orchids to Brighten up your Home

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7 Stunning Blue Orchids to Brighten up your Home

Orchids come in all shapes, sizes and hues, including a beautiful blue shade. If you’re looking for a plant to brighten up your home, a blue orchid guarantees to bring even the dullest of interior spaces to life. And providing you take care of them, they can last for many years. Blue orchids, although rare, are now becoming more readily available. Orchids themselves have always been acclaimed. A vivid blue Orchid on the other hand has the ability to really wow its audience. Read on to learn more about the many stunning blue orchids available...

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15 Beautiful Flowers you have never heard off

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15 Beautiful Flowers you have never heard off

In the world of floristry, beauty is something that occurs everyday in many shapes and forms. Here you’ll discover some of the most beautiful flowers in existence, many of which are stranger than fiction. 15 Beautiful Flowers you have never heard off It is no surprise that many of our 15 spots are taken by orchids. With such a large family of species and varieties, you’re bound to find not just beautiful flowers, but truly extraordinary ones too. Have a look yourself: 1. Monkey Face Orchid (Dracula Simia) With its two long, fang-like...

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Dendrobium Orchids – Care, Watering and Repoting

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Dendrobium Orchids – Care, Watering and Repoting

Dendrobium Orchids – with their profuse, delicate blooms – are hugely popular with many a green-fingered connoisseur. Their life cycle consists of three stages, which include the ‘flowering stage’ (winter to spring), the ‘growing phase’ (summer to autumn) and ‘dormancy’ (late autumn to winter). Whether you wish to grow this particular orchid in your home or garden, there are a number of tips and tricks to follow, all of which will help you prolong your flowers lifespan. With the correct care and growing conditions, orchids can double in...

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Cymbidium Orchid – Care, Watering and Repoting

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Cymbidium Orchid – Care, Watering and Repoting

Also known as ‘boat orchids’ – Cymbidium Orchids are traditionally used for corsages and cut flower displays. They’re also a popular houseplant, and when taken care of correctly, they can flower for between eight and ten weeks. The flowers are usually extremely large in size and appear patterned on the surface. Available in almost every hue but blue, they make the perfect addition to any space. They’re also one of the most maintenance-free orchids available to buy, making them an ideal option for those who possess busy working and social...

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How to find the best London florist

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How to find the best London florist

Looking for a little flower power? Look no further than our capital. It’s here you’ll discover an array of independent florists and flower shops, all stocking the latest blooms, plants and bouquets. Whether it’s Valentine’s Day, Mother’s Day or a friend’s birthday, a fresh bouquet of flowers from a London florist is guaranteed to put a smile on a loved one’s face. Instead of opting for the local garage, do your research and ensure you pick the best of the bunch… How to find the best London florist Pick three...

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Your Guide to Thank You Gifts for all Occasions

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Your Guide to Thank You Gifts for all Occasions

It’s polite etiquette to buy the host of a party – be it an engagement soiree or a baby shower – a gift post the event. This thank you gift signifies your gratitude and is a welcome present to even the most sophisticated of hosts. Dinner parties From corporate dos to family events and friends’ dinner parties – regardless of whether they’re low key or OTT – all deserve a gift. After all, the host has most likely provided you with welcome drinks, appetizers, canapés and a three-course meal. In fact, they probably spent the...

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Guide to traditional wedding anniversary gifts

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Guide to traditional wedding anniversary gifts

When it comes to a wedding anniversary, every year is important, from the very first to the sixtieth year. There are an abundance of traditional wedding anniversary gifts to choose from, including an array of creative and fresh ideas suited to all budgets. Read on to discover our top picks… Guide to traditional wedding anniversary gifts 1st Wedding Anniversary – Theme: Paper Budget: If you’re looking for thoughtful yet cost-effective traditional wedding anniversary gifts, simply pick up a pen and paper. There are a number of fancy stationary...

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Glasgow Florists – Your Guide to Flower Shopping

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Glasgow Florists – Your Guide to Flower Shopping

Flowers are a wonderful addition to the home, office or garden. Whether you’re buying them for yourself or for a loved one, you can guarantee they’ll add a splash of vibrant colour to an otherwise dull space. When it comes to buying flowers in Glasgow, there are a number of options to choose from, including placing an online order, visiting a local farmer’s market or purchasing a bouquet from an independent or high street chain. With so many options to choose from, we’ve created a handy list to help you in your search for the perfect flower...

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London Flower Delivery – 5 mistakes to avoid

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London Flower Delivery – 5 mistakes to avoid

Regardless of whether you’re buying flowers for an event, such as a wedding or dinner party, or for a special someone, there are a number of tips and tricks to consider… London flower delivery – 5 mistakes to avoid 1. Damaging flowers in transit If you live in central London, it’s likely you travel by tube. Carrying even a small bouquet home in this way can have detrimental effects on your beautiful blooms – especially if in rush hour. Either choose a florist that offers London flower delivery or take the car! Alternatively, purchase...

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Flower Delivery in Manchester – looking for best deal?

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Flower Delivery in Manchester – looking for best deal?

Whether you walk into a local store, drive to one further afield, or purchase a bouquet online, there are a number of ways to buy flowers today – especially if you’re on a budget.. Flower delivery in Manchester – where to get value for your money 1. The hassle-free option If you’re looking for a hassle-free option, ordering your flowers online is a great alternative to buying them in store. Online florists, such as SerenataFlowers.com, are open seven days a week, 24 hours a day – allowing you to scour the many displays, reviews and...

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Flower Delivery in Birmingham – top tips for best blooms

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Flower Delivery in Birmingham – top tips for best blooms

Flowers are loved by all – they’re a great gift to give to a loved one, but also, to yours truly. Regardless of whether you’re purchasing them as a present for a friend, adored one or family member, or as an aesthetic to brighten up the home, knowing where to buy is a must! When it comes to flower delivery in Birmingham, there are a number of options to choose from, including shopping online, visiting a local store, picking your own flowers at a local farm, or purchasing them from a department store or garden centre. Finding the best flower...

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Seven Types Of Flowers To Grow In Your Summer Garden

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Seven Types Of Flowers To Grow In Your Summer Garden

Whether you wish to brighten up your entire outdoor space, or quite simply your day – you can guarantee a summer garden bursting at the seams with fragrant, floral displays will do just that. From plants that require a great deal of attention to flowers that require minimum maintenance, there are a number of styles, shades and types of flowers to choose from – which you opt for will usually depend on both your lifestyle and the space you have to work with. Good soil, some great fertiliser and a little love and care will ensure your garden...

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All You Need to Know about Ranunculus

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All You Need to Know about Ranunculus

The Ranunculus flower comes from a family of 600 species. Family members include Spearworts, Buttercups and Water Crowfoots to name but a few. The petals are quite often highly glossy, especially on the yellow variants of this plant. Many Ranunculus species provide food to various plants and animals, whilst others are popular ornamental flowers – especially the brighter and bolder versions. Water Crowfoots This particular species of plant grows in still or running water. Water Crowfoots have two different types of leaf, including both broader...

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Best Spring Flowers for your Kitchen or Home

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Best Spring Flowers for your Kitchen or Home

  Whether you wish to brighten up a dull room or bring a little of the outdoors inside, flowers are a cost-effective and colourful way to add vibrancy to your home – especially if it’s raining outside. Displaying a vase of fresh flowers on the counter top, the mantelpiece or the kitchen table is a brilliant way of creating a welcoming ambience. Daisies Inexpensive and unassuming, daisies are an ideal option for the kitchen come springtime. Clustered together, they look superior when displayed in a pretty vase. Choose from white, yellow,...

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Garden Helpers – Best Plants for Pollination

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Garden Helpers – Best Plants for Pollination

Even our gardens need a little help from Mother Nature every now and again, so read on to learn more about the best plants for pollination… Aster x frikartii In early summer to autumn, butterflies often sunbathe as they feed on these perennial daisy-like blooms. Laden with pollen and nectar, they are tremendously popular with a wide range of different insects. Butterfly bush (Buddleja davidii) Boasting a series of slender cones, each sprouting an abundance of flowers in both the spring and summer time, the Butterfly Bush is not only a great...

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15 Weird Facts about Tulips

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15 Weird Facts about Tulips

Tulips signify the long awaited start of spring and because of this, they have become a celebrated perennial. Asides from their beauty, this particular floral specie also boasts a somewhat bizarre history… 1. Where did Tulips come from? Native to Central Asia, where they were discovered hundreds of years ago, the Tulip was later introduced to Turkey, where it became an important part of the local culture. 2. The word ‘Tulip’ doesn’t mean what you think it means… The word “tulip” means turban in Turkish and is thought to...

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15 of the most unusual flowers in the world

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15 of the most unusual flowers in the world

Flowers make an ideal gift for a friend, family member or loved one. In fact, there’s a bouquet to suit all occasions, but the chances are you’ve never seen any of the remarkable, rare, weird and wonderful flowers we’re about to share with you…many of which, will give each and every bouquet of daffodils, roses or carnations a run for their money. 15 of the Most Unusual Flowers in the World 1. The Titan Arum (Amorphophuallus Titanum) Described as the mother of all flowers, this particular floral specie can grow to a massive three metres...

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15 Romantic Flowers and their Meanings

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15 Romantic Flowers and their Meanings

A bouquet of flowers is the perfect gift for a loved one, friend or family member. Asides from being aesthetically pleasing, each flower has a different symbolic meaning. So if you’re considering buying some flowers as a romantic gesture, what do you need to know before you purchase? 1. Yellow Acacia This pretty flower signifies the value of true friendship and can indicate a secret love. With such versatile meanings, the Yellow Acacia is a great gift to give anyone you care about. If you’re looking for romantic flowers, simply add a handful...

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7 impressive champagne gifts for any budget

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7 impressive champagne gifts for any budget

Champagne is a welcome and also an extremely versatile gift. Whether you’re looking for inspiration for a birthday present or wish to buy for friends who have recently announced their engagement, there are a number of impressive champagne gift sets to choose from. And the best part? They’re suited to all budgets! Champagne gifts under £50 Champagne and Belgian Chocolates – £49.99 If you know someone with a sweet tooth, the Champagne, and Belgian Chocolate gift set is an ideal option for those who adore both chocolates and...

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Ten weird facts about lilies

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Ten weird facts about lilies

The lily is celebrated as being one of the most adored flower variants in the world. Boasting an array of shades and shapes, it symbolises simplicity, happiness and purity. Here we discover 10 interesting facts about this beautiful flower. Lilies are found in a variety of places across the world, including Canada, the USA, India, Japan, Australia and most European countries. In fact, lilies are one of the most prevalent flowers in Europe, with many choosing to display them in both their homes and gardens. Although the majority of lilies are...

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10 Father’s Day Hampers For Any Budget

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10 Father’s Day Hampers For Any Budget

With Father’s Day just around the corner, now is the time to start planning a great gift for one of the main men in your life! Held on the third of June, this date honours both fathers and father figures in the UK. It celebrates a paternal bond, a friendship and the influence of father’s in society. Asides from a date that is celebrated in the UK, Father’s Day is also celebrated widely in other parts of the world and was originally installed in the United States in the early 20th century to complement Mothering Sunday. Hampers are a...

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5 Sunflower Bouquets that will Brighten up any Room

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5 Sunflower Bouquets that will Brighten up any Room

Sunflowers are happy flowers. They make us smile, brighten up the room and bring an instant feeling of summer and sunshine. No wonder they are so popular in summer bouquets. Did you know that they originate in North America? They date back as far as 3000 BCE when they were bred to be used for food, medicine and even dye and oil. The rest of the world can enjoy them now thanks to the exports made by Spanish conquistadors around 1500. Sunflowers not only look like the sun, and have the sun in their name, but they also have an even close...

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Funeral Flowers and Sympathy Flowers – What’s the Difference?

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Funeral Flowers and Sympathy Flowers – What’s the Difference?

Many people believe funeral flowers and sympathy flowers to have the same meaning when in fact they’re both somewhat different. Although flowers are the fundamental medium for showing sympathies to those who have lost a loved one, there is still a difference between sympathy flowers and funeral flowers. The difference between sympathy and funeral flowers If you wish to send flowers to the residence of the grieving, instead of directly to the funeral or church, it’s important to choose something appropriate. Sympathy flowers are commonly...

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History, interesting facts and meaning of tulips

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History, interesting facts and meaning of tulips

Tulips (botanical name Tulipa) are one of the most prevalent of all bulbs, celebrated for their vibrant hue and interesting shape. Regardless of the occasion, this floral specie is a great addition to the home space, both indoors and outside. When to plant new bulbs To guarantee perfect spring tulips, it’s best to plant bulbs between mid and late autumn. Tulips  have a later planting season to most flowers, in order to prevent the disease tulip fire when brown spots of dead tissue occurring on the leaves. Another way to avoid unhealthy...

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Kadupul Flower – The Most Expensive Flower in the World

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Kadupul Flower – The Most Expensive Flower in the World

If you believe a simple bud picked from the ground to be one of nature’s humbler gifts, we’re about to prove you wrong! The Kadupul flower, Sri Lanka’s native blossom, is said to be the world’s most expensive flower. Why? Because it’s priceless! This floral specie is so expensive; it bares no price tag. The reason for this is because the moment it is picked, it quite often dies. Due to its cactus roots, each and every Kadupul flower has an extremely short lifespan and is only able to survive the night, before it fades to nothing...

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History, Varieties and Meaning of Pink Rose

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History, Varieties and Meaning of Pink Rose

Pink roses are a multipurpose flower, perfect for an array of occasions. They convey numerous emotions, including passion, thoughtfulness and sentiment and are extremely contemporary in style, packing a colourful punch, with the ability to brighten up any room or event. Whether you’re sending a bouquet of beautiful pink roses to a friend as a thank you, or are simply showing your affection and admiration for that special somebody, the pink rose is guaranteed to always express the right emotion. And the best part? You don’t have to say a word....

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Meet The Man who Grows Porcelain Flowers

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Meet The Man who Grows Porcelain Flowers

Meet Vladimir Kanevsky, Ukrainian born architect who used to work in the USSR and in his thirties emigrated to US. In there his skills were no longer used and demanded and he needed to find other means to make money. He put his skills to test and started with sculptures, which were not selling that well and moved to making porcelain flowers. He didn’t enjoy making flowers for money, but his work started getting more popular and he started selling his porcelain flowers to famous designers and collectors. Making sculptures was his real...

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7 Mothers Day Gift Sets that wont break the bank

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7 Mothers Day Gift Sets that wont break the bank

Whether it’s your mum, your mother in law or other mother figure you have in your life, they deserve a real treat for Mother’s Day. Surprise them by upgrading your Mother’s Day card to a full gift set including a combinations of some of our bestselling flowers with wine, chocolates or cuddly teddy.  Whether she prefers roses, lilies, carnations or a mixed bouquet, there is something to choose from for any mum. Our Mother’s Day Gift Sets start from only £24.95 and you can get them delivered on Mother’s Day for a...

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Valentine’s Day Gift Ideas for tight budget

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Valentine’s Day Gift Ideas for tight budget

Did you know that men in the UK spend on average £26 on Valentine’s Day Gifts for their other half? Do you fall in this category or are you trying to stretch your budget even further and get something on a cheaper side? The good news is that there is plenty to choose from even though your budget is pretty limited. Here are few tips to keep in mind before you start shopping: 1. What does she like? Get your priorities right and find out what she likes. Is it chocolates? Flowers? Fancy lingerie? Jewelry? Or a combination of all of these?...

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All you need to know about Roses

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All you need to know about Roses

Roses – Basic Facts The common rose, which is part of the Rosaceae family, comes in the shape of a woody perennial flowering plant, boasting 100 species and thousands of cultivars. From erect shrubs to climbing and trailing plants (often embellished with sharp prickles) each and every style varies in both shape and size. Choose from compact and miniature roses, to variants that grow up to seven meters in height! Renowned for their large and bold flowers, with shades ranging from crisp and delicate white through to vibrant yellows and...

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Birth Flower for February – Violet

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Birth Flower for February – Violet

There is a flower for every occasion. In fact, there is a floral arrangement to suit every date in your diary, from birthdays and anniversaries, to Christmas and notable calendar events. Asides from corresponding to a variety of diverse events, flowers also symbolise different feelings and emotions, with each month of the year celebrating its very own flower specie. Birth Flower for February – Violet Beliefs and symbolism February’s flower is violet and this particular specie symbolises both truth and loyalty. A violet is not only a...

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10 Resolutions for a Healthier New Year

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10 Resolutions for a Healthier New Year

It’s a tradition on New Year’s Eve to make one (or many) resolutions for the year ahead. For some, it’s to join the gym and for others, it’s to do something they’ve never done before – such as travel to a new and exciting destination, run a marathon or volunteer for a local charity. Below, you’ll find a list of common resolutions, guaranteed to give you inspiration for 2016. 1. Join the gym After splurging over the festive period, this has to be one of the most widespread resolutions out there. From eating healthy meals to toning up, sticking...

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Best House Plants for your Office Desk

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Best House Plants for your Office Desk

House plants add organic character and cheer to an otherwise uninteresting office environment. Additionally, they can separate workspaces, improve air quality and eliminate impurities. When choosing house plants for your desk, it’s important to choose one that will thrive in the office environment. We’ve made this decision a little easier for you by listing a number of our favourite work-friendly house plants. Top 10 House Plants for Office Desk Kalanchoe This easy to grow, delicate houseplant is an asset to the office space – not only...

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Xmas Hamper Ideas for Friends

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Xmas Hamper Ideas for Friends

Buying gifts for friends is not easy. You want to get them something thoughtful while not blowing your budget. You know they have everything they need, and lets be honest a GPD navigation is hardly a thoughtful gift, no matter how practical it may be! Don’t get them something that will be just collecting dust on the shelves either! The statute that you loved that much in the shop looks amazing right there, but your friend might not be equally impressed if it has to find a place on his or her shelves. Getting clothes is tricky because...

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Common Phalaenopsis Orchid Diseases and How to Fight them

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Common Phalaenopsis Orchid Diseases and How to Fight them

Orchids, with their fragrant and vibrant blooms, make a graceful and welcoming edition to our homes, however they can become susceptible to certain diseases. Thankfully, there are a number of ways to treat these complaints, ensuring your potted plants endure a long and healthy lifespan. Is your Phalaenopsis orchid sick? First things first, in order to establish whether your orchid has a disease, you need to know what to look for. There are a number of different explanations to why your orchid may not be in great health. Cymbidium Mosaic Virus...

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Xmas Gift Ideas for Her

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Xmas Gift Ideas for Her

Are you looking for a Christmas gift for your lady? Something that will make her feel loved and appreciated? You can never go wrong with Flowers or Chocolates. All women love them and it will be a refreshing change from the usual perfume or shopping voucher! We picked some of our favourite flowers, plants, chocolates and hamper that are guaranteed to be enjoyed by her! Xmas Gift Ideas for Her – Flowers Opt for red and green hues for the traditional Christmas feel, or choose modern pink and silver sparkling hues that will appeal modern...

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Cheat Guide to herbs and food pairings

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Cheat Guide to herbs and food pairings

For any flourishing chef or foodie, understanding how to pair herbs with food is incredibly important, because let’s face it, if you get it wrong, it doesn’t taste too great! Believe it or not, herbs are just like people; each with its own style and personality – in fact, pairing them with food is almost like playing matchmaker. While there’s nothing wrong with experimenting to discover what these natural marriages are, almost every cuisine in the world has done the work for you, so why try to reinvent the wheel? Getting to grips with...

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5 tips for sending gifts by post

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5 tips for sending gifts by post

With Christmas fast approaching and many of our relatives living across the country, sending gifts by post seems like the best way to ensure everyone gets the Christmas present they want. However, sending expensive and thoughtful gifts by post does come with challenges and so it’s important that you prepare accordingly. Whether you’re ordering gifts online ready to be delivered by post or are sending a gift yourself via Royal Mail, here are some top tips you should keep in mind: Send as early as possible The earlier your Christmas gifts are...

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6 pampering ideas for ladies’ night in

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6 pampering ideas for ladies’ night in

Whether you’re rounding the girls up to celebrate a hen party or just fancy a night in with your favourite DVDs, there’s no reason not to indulge in a little pampering together. With pamper hampers selling out by the day, it’s time women decided to save their cash on spa days and treat themselves to a little bit of luxury and relaxation in their own homes. There is no better way to de-stress and recharge your batteries than having a little me-time while catching up on the latest gossip from your group of friends. Whether you’re the Carrie...

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Help! What’s happening with my Phalaenopsis Orchid?

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Help! What’s happening with my Phalaenopsis Orchid?

Were you bought a beautiful Phalaenopsis orchid for your birthday and now it just doesn’t seem to be blooming as it should? Don’t worry, we’ve all been there! No matter what your orchid is up to, we’ve got the answers to help you keep your beloved plant in tip top condition throughout the year. Help: my blooms are wilting/ falling off Calm down, this is a normal part of an orchid’s lifecycle. However, premature flower loss could be the result of a sudden change in temperature; for example, if the temperature becomes too low when the plant is...

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Surprising health benefits of drinking beer

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Surprising health benefits of drinking beer

There’s nothing better than a refreshing cold beer after a week at work, and to make this drink taste even better, you may be surprised to know that there are actually a number of surprising health benefits to partaking in a beer or two. However, it is important to note that these benefits can only be gained when beer is drank in moderation and not excessively. It reduces the risk of heart disease According to the Harvard School of Public Health, beer can actually decrease the risk of heart disease by between 20% and 40%! Meanwhile,...

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A Little Indulgence – Luxury Hampers for Men

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A Little Indulgence – Luxury Hampers for Men

Contrary to popular belief many men like a little taste of luxury too, so why not give the man in your life a little indulgence every now and then? Whether it’s your partner, dad or even your brother, here are a number of luxury hampers that just about any man will love. Simply sublime Trust us when we say this hamper will impress any man who loves a little luxury in his life. This luxury hamper is ideal for promoting a little TLC with a beautiful gold mature cheddar, complemented with a cheese board chutney that will make his mouth water. To...

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Top Florist Tricks for Better Looking Flowers

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Top Florist Tricks for Better Looking Flowers

Do you just wish you had that knack of keeping your flowers looking absolutely perfect, just like your local florists does? There’s nothing worse than leaving the florist with a beautiful bunch of blooms, fully aware they won’t look like that when you get them home. Well, fear not! Here are the top secrets to keeping your flowers looking beautiful that your florist won’t tell you, so you can create the perfect flower display in your very own home. 1. Put the scissors away! We’re all guilty of having those kitchen scissors on stand-by for when...

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How to Impress a Gourmet Friend

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How to Impress a Gourmet Friend

Everyone has that one gourmet friend that’s the ultimate foodie and while it’s handy for when you fancy an exquisite meal or two, it can prove to be a little tricky when it comes to impressing them with a gift. You can guarantee your friend is always on the lookout for the next big thing, whether that’s a reservation at the most coveted table in town, a meal from the new hot burger joint, or a classy food hamper. From gourmet edibles all the way to beautiful bottles of wine, we’ve got nine gifts sure to impress even the toughest-to-please...

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Plant Gifts for Men – 5 surprising gift option even men enjoy!

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Plant Gifts for Men – 5 surprising gift option even men enjoy!

Times have changed: plants are no longer solely for women, but for men too! However, when it comes to plants, men aren’t exactly well known for their reputation as green thumbs so you should keep this in mind when you’re choosing a plant gift for your male recipient. There’s no doubt about it that plants are fantastic when it comes to boosting home decor and feng shui – not to mention the air quality. And believe it or not, not all plants require copious amounts of TLC, there are in fact a few that can cope with a little unintended neglect...

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5 plants with surprising beauty benefits

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5 plants with surprising beauty benefits

Sometimes it pays to order your plants online rather than popping out to your local garden centre, simply because they’re fresh, sure to look beautiful and believe it or not, are fantastic when it comes to home beauty treatments. Yes, you read the phrase “beauty treatments”! So, it’s time to get your green fingers out and grow some of the best plants that are sure to keep your beauty intact throughout the year… Here are the top five plants that you never knew contained such surprising beauty benefits that guarantee that stunning glow in your...

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10 flowers that look like animals

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10 flowers that look like animals

Flowers come in all shapes, sizes and colours. But when Mother Nature plays around, something wonderful happens – check out these orchids that look exactly like animals! Which one is your favourite? Leave a comment below. 1.Dracula Simia – Monkey face orchid 2. Moth Orchid (Phalaenopsis) 3. Bumble Bee Orchid – Ophrys bomybliflora 4. Parrot Flower – Impatiens Psittacina 5. Flying Duck Orchid – Caleana Major 6. Dove Orchid – Peristeria Elata 7. White Egret Orchid – Habenaria Radiata 8. The Fly Orchid...

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Orchids by post – all your questions answered!

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Orchids by post – all your questions answered!

Are you a big fan of beautiful orchids? Who can blame you? In fact, they’re one of the most popular house plants in the UK – because, let’s face it, they look wonderful no matter where you place them. But if you don’t have the time to go to your local garden centre to pick up the orchid of your dreams and are looking to buy it online, here, you’ll find everything you need to know – from getting your orchids by post, to looking after them when they arrive. 1. Always read the details On most, if not all websites there will be a small...

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Your Ultimate Guide to Cheese Tasting

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Your Ultimate Guide to Cheese Tasting

There is no doubt that cheese tasting is an art form and it takes a pretty long time and effort to really nail it. There are a number of cheese tasting events across the UK, but the best way to learn is probably in your own home. To help you along your cheese journey, let’s look at all of the elements behind the cheese. Milk – where would we be without you? We all know that cheese can’t exist without milk. In fact the milk of different animals provides a range of different tastes and even creates unique textures too. Once you’re used to...

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How to grow chrysanthemums in your garden

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How to grow chrysanthemums in your garden

Are you getting your garden ready for the coming autumn months? Then chrysanthemums are a must have, they are absolute show stoppers during this time of the year. To get you started on turning your garden into a thing of beauty this autumn, here is how to plant and grow your chrysanthemums. First thing’s first though – what type of chrysanthemum are you planting? There are thousands to choose from, including: Single – long, daisy like petals Decorative – large with many rows of petals Cushion – aptly named for its medium sized cushion-shaped...

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7 Stunning Rose Bouquets under £30

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7 Stunning Rose Bouquets under £30

“Won’t you come into the garden? I would like my roses to see you.” Richard Sheridan Make space for some romance in your life and don’t wait for the next special occasion. With these affordable rose bouquets, there are no more excuses not to spoil your special someone, just because you can! 1.Luxury Pink Roses Even under £30 you can still afford a bit of luxury, this bouquet with 20 luxury pink roses is simply breathtaking! £29.99 with free delivery* 2. Rouge Romance A modern twist to a traditional red rose bouquet, 9...

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Your Cheat Sheet to Wine Tasting

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Your Cheat Sheet to Wine Tasting

Do you want to kick start your exploration of wine? Well, we’ve got you covered! Learning to taste wine is no different to learning to really appreciate music or art in the way that the pleasure you receive is proportionate to the effort you make. In order words, the more you fine tune your sensory abilities the better you’ll understand and enjoy the nuances great wines can express. If your stomach normally sinks when you share a bottle of wine with your wine-expert friend and they start to swirl, sniff, swish, spit and use words like...

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7 Delicious Food Hampers under £40

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7 Delicious Food Hampers under £40

We all deserve a little treat once in a while. If it’s a treat for a friend, then you should definitely consider sending a food hamper! Guaranteed to delight all senses, our food hampers are packed with the best ingredients we could source. Who wouldn’t like a surprise box full of goodies arriving at their door? Here is a selection of our wallet friendly gift options, all with free next-day delivery. You can order all of these at SerenataFlowers.com 1.Time for Tea Trug, £29.99, 2. Sweet Treats, £29.99, 3. Sugar Blush, £29.99, 4....

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Calories in wine – how much is in your glass?

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Calories in wine – how much is in your glass?

For many of us, there’s nothing better than a nice soothing glass of wine at the end of a hectic day. But would you have that second or third glass if you knew how many calories you were knocking back? Well, new research has actually revealed that the vast majority of us have no idea just how many calories are in our precious vino and unwittingly drink ourselves fatter in the process. The highest calorie wines also tend to have the highest alcohol content which means plenty of other impacts on our bodies and general health. In fact, alcohol...

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Best Food for Stress Relieve

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Best Food for Stress Relieve

With work deadlines continuing to pile up and your social calendar completely booked, the last thing you want to hear is to stay away from the vending machine. Who has time to make a healthy packed lunch anyway? Actually, when it comes to combating stress levels, what you eat can actually help to relieve your tension. While some foods may stabilise your blood sugar, or better yet your emotional response, others can help you feel much better about yourself. Whether you choose to incorporate these foods in food hamper gifts for your friends or...

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10 most expensive wines in the world

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10 most expensive wines in the world

Are you thinking of picking up a bottle of wine for your dinner tonight? Who can blame you! There’s nothing better than a nice glass of red with a thick steak or a glass of crisp white with a bit of monkfish but while most of the time we’ll settle for a medium-grade vintage sometimes it’s worth splashing out and enjoying something at the top end of the scale. While the prices of the wines on this list are, well, astronomical, they are also said to be the very best wines in the world. From the French Domaine de la Romanee-Conti Romanee-Conti...

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5 pampering ideas for the weekend

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5 pampering ideas for the weekend

Let’s face it, whether you’re a stay at home mum or a working woman, you’re always busy. That means you have little time to spend pampering yourself and making yourself feel like the goddess you are. Even if you do have a free moment from time to time, you can bet your last pound there’s a basket full of washing that needs to be done or your hubby has left his breakfast dishes in the sink – which you’ve told him not to do, how many times? Anyway, forget time, what about the cash? It can be so expensive to simply pop to your local restaurant...

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8 beer hacks you didn’t know about

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8 beer hacks you didn’t know about

As summer hits its stride, there’s nothing better than dusting off the deckchairs and relaxing on the patio with a cold beer. But how to keep your drink cool? For anyone at a festival, barbeque or camping trip, keeping beer cold often proves to be an exercise in futility. And worse yet, what if there’s no bottle opener in sight? It’s every beer lover’s worst nightmare. But fear not – help is at hand in this new infographic which shows 8 clever hacks to solve all of your-related problems. Arguably the most common sight at any social gathering...

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7 unexpected health benefits of drinking wine

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7 unexpected health benefits of drinking wine

As far as simple pleasures go, there’s little that beats unwinding at the end of a hard day with a glass of wine. While there’s obvious risks from overindulging – those awful hangovers should be enough of a deterrent – could there also be some unexpected health benefits hidden inside that bottle of Malbec? It’s certainly true that wine – particularly red wine – contains a number of antioxidants, such as quercetin and resveratrol, which may play a part in reducing the risk of heart disease and cancer. Drinking an abundance of resveratrol-rich...

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How to take care of your phalaenopsis orchid

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How to take care of your phalaenopsis orchid

  While we all love to look at our Phalaenopsis orchid, few of us are aware of exactly how to look after one to ensure it continues to thrive. It’s time to put the myths to rest and establish the facts. What’s in the name? Also known as the Moth Orchid, the Phalaenopsis is the most common orchid for UK homeowners, simply because it’s widely available. It’s also relatively easy to grow … or so they claim. Where should you put it? As a Phalaenopsis owner, you’ll soon see that these plants absolutely love living on the windowsill....

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5 Mistakes you make when drinking beer

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5 Mistakes you make when drinking beer

Even though beer is the oldest fermented drink in the world and we’ve been drinking it for many years there are a surprising number of us who still don’t know how to do it properly. You may not think it but there is actually an art to beer drinking. When you’re down the pub after work on a Friday, sinking a few cold ones, you probably don’t take the time to savour and taste it. Understanding how to taste beer properly is just the same as learning how to enjoy a good wine or scotch – and we’re going to teach you right now. Mistakes you’re...

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The word is out – 5 most popular cheeses in the UK

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The word is out – 5 most popular cheeses in the UK

Who doesn’t just love a good bit of cheese? Whether we’re enjoying a nice cheese sandwich with a touch of pickle or a bit of cheese on toast with a squeeze of Lea and Perrins, this dairy piece of goodness is a staple in our diets. The nation of cheddar Did you know that in 2008 Brits were branded Cheddar fanatics? That’s right, according to statistics we all love a bit of cheddar. In fact we love it so much, we voted it our favourite cheese! Word has it that one in three of us voted Cheddar – Britain’s oldest cheese – as our favourite with...

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14 Common Misconceptions about Food

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14 Common Misconceptions about Food

We’re all guilty of having a treat from time to time, whether that’s a nice cheese or a handful of chocolates. Because these foods are seen as calorific or bad for us in large quantities we tend to only have them on special occasions, but what if we told you that half the things you believe about common foods aren’t actually true? Let’s separate fact from fiction shall we? Here are 14 misconceptions about common foods that we’re all guilty of believing. 1. You can’t eat cheese if you’re lactose intolerant Yes you can! Those who suffer from...

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5 most popular orchid varieties – which one do you have?

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5 most popular orchid varieties – which one do you have?

Orchids are no doubt everyone’s favourite plant. Whether you have it placed outside in the garden or brightening up a room in the house, there’s no denying we love this beautiful easy-care plants but just which variety do we own? With literally thousands of orchid types around to purchase, discovering the type you have may sound difficult but we’ve compiled a list of the five more popular varieties and even included some care tips on how to look after them so you can get the most from your favourite flowers. 1. Phalaenopsis orchid Also known...

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5 Best Park Hampers on a budget

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5 Best Park Hampers on a budget

Here in the UK, we don’t take good weather for granted! And when there’s gorgeous sunny weekend ahead, make sure you get the most out of it! Embrace the great outdoors and plan a trip to your local park. Invited friends and family, and bring around a hamper filled with treats for the whole family. We’ve got some ideas to get your started! If you need an inspiration for some delicious picnic food, check out our post here! 5 Park Hampers on a budget 1. Small Picnic Hamper Why we love it? Perfect size for an intimate picnic for...

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10 tips for buying a gift for a wine connoisseur

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10 tips for buying a gift for a wine connoisseur

We all have that one friend who is obsessed with wine. They know just about everything there is to know about each and every bottle out there. From the grape to the fermentation process, they’re down with the lingo and know all the tricks to sniffing out a decent bottle for every meal. Although you appreciate their fine taste in wine, it makes it a nightmare to buy a gift. If you’re not a wine expert yourself, it can be a bit daunting task. We are here to make it easier for you – we compiled a list of ten practical tips that will...

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8 Best Tutorials for Beautiful Flower Arrangements

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8 Best Tutorials for Beautiful Flower Arrangements

Would you like to make your own wedding bouquet? Or do you just need a stunning floral arrangement as a centerpiece for your next dinner party? The internet is full of ideas how to make your flowers looks stunning and steal tricks straight from the florists! We’ve put together a list of the best flower arranging tutorials…. If you think we missed any other ones, feel free to leave a link in the comments! Before you start, here are some basic tips for flower arranging: Always use a clean vase or container Chop off leaves that will...

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10 Best Recipes for Picnic Food

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10 Best Recipes for Picnic Food

Heading out for picnic this weekend? In that case, forget about the supermarket packed dry sandwiches and boring tasteless salads. With these 10 easy and delicious picnic recipes there are no more excuses for lame and boring picnic food! If you need a pretty hamper to pack these goodies in, check out our selection here! Do you have your own picnic food staple? Leave a comment and recipe link below! 1. Green Goddess Sandwiches Recipe from The Bojon Gourmet 2. Purple Power Salad Recipe by My New Roots. 3.  Avocado Summer Salad Recipe by Gimme...

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5 easy to grow mosquito-repelling plants

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5 easy to grow mosquito-repelling plants

Whether you’re partaking in a little gardening or simply lounging under the sun trying to catch some rays, there is nothing that disturbs your calm and serenity faster than mosquitoes! There really is nothing worse than hearing that awful buzzing around your head or seeing a blurry dark cloud hovering over your ice-cold drink. And with the long-awaited summer months finally here, it’s time we did something about these pesky insects that ruin everyone’s fun. To help you win the war in your back garden, we’ve listed five of the best...

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Top 10 spots in UK to enjoy a picnic hamper

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Top 10 spots in UK to enjoy a picnic hamper

With summer finally upon us it’s time to get the picnic hampers out and the sun lotion on! Travel to your nearest beauty spot and enjoy the delight of good food, great wine and a little British sun! With the UK being a hotspot for stunning parks and fields with beautiful sceneries, you have ample choice of locations. To help you find the very best spot to enjoy your gorgeous picnic hamper this summer, we have trekked far and wide and listed our top 10 beauty UK spots, perfect for a picnic. 1. The Royal Botanic Gardens, London Whether you live...

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5 tried and tested bug repellents

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5 tried and tested bug repellents

No garden is completely free from pests and disease – fungal infections, caterpillars and beetles are just part and parcel of having a garden. Fortunately for us green fingered gardeners, we can fight back against these predators without risking our own health (or that of our family and plants). We also don’t need to spend a fortune on nasty chemical insect repellents either. Simply changing the way we take care of our garden can do the trick. Let’s find out how with theses five tried and tested ways to banish those bugs! 1. Know your plants...

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Learn about Flowers toxic to Cats

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Learn about Flowers toxic to Cats

Did you know there are plants that are toxic and even deadly to cats? Cat owners who love to decorate their homes with beautiful flowers and other plants should be aware of what might potentially harm a cat. Since cats are naturally curious animals, they will likely want to take a nibble of the plants in or around your home. Every cat lover should be aware of what plants are dangerous to cats. While some plants must be avoided, there are plenty of alternatives that can be purchased and are equally beautiful! The first step to keeping your cat...

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5 tips for buying hampers online

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5 tips for buying hampers online

Want to give someone the perfect gift but can’t decide which of their favourite things to get them? Why not go the whole-hog with a hamper? They’re the ultimate way to spoil that someone special and with our five tips to buying them online, you can guarantee big smiles from the recipient. 5 tips for buying hampers online 1. Know your recipient! Everyone likes food and drink but not everyone will like the contents of every hamper. The trick is to know what the recipient really likes and then find a hamper that matches these tastes. If they...

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Champagne vs. Prosecco: What’s the difference?

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Champagne vs. Prosecco: What’s the difference?

Have you often wondered what the difference between champagne and prosecco is – apart from the price tag of course? Or have you been reprimanded by that wine snob at work for referring to prosecco as champagne? In light of this much debated topic, here is your ultimate guide to the differences between both bottles of fizz: Some Facts about Champagne: It is made with Pinot Noir, Pinot Meunier and Chardonnay grapes A standard glass of Brut Champagne has 128 calories Champagne is produced using the costly “Traditional Method” You will pay £25...

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Summer Flowers at SerenataFlowers.com

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Summer Flowers at SerenataFlowers.com

Summer is here and it’s time to start decorating your home with fresh blooms, planning picnic in a park and enjoying the great outdoors! We can certainly help with the flowers – here is a round up of our most popular summer bouquets, available with free next-day delivery anywhere in the UK. Choose from vibrant carnations in all the bright colours of summer, fragrant freesia, delicate pastel roses or the popular lilies that will bring the smell of summer indoors.  Let’s not forget about Sunflowers! We have a wide range of...

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5 mistakes everyone makes when drinking champagne

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5 mistakes everyone makes when drinking champagne

There is nothing better than drinking a lovely cold glass of champagne to celebrate a wedding, engagement, graduation…or just because we fancy treating ourselves. No-one can deny it. We all love a bit of champagne now and again? And who can blame us? It’s a gorgeous drink and as Madame Bollinger once said: “I drink it when I’m happy and when I’m sad. Sometimes I drink it when I’m alone. When I have company I consider it obligatory. I trifle with it if I’m not hungry and drink it when I am. Otherwise I never touch...

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Simple guide to wine and cheese pairing

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Simple guide to wine and cheese pairing

Wine and cheese have gone hand in hand for centuries. However, with the vast number of wines and cheeses available on the market it can be tricky to pair the right couple together. Everyone likes a nibble of cheese with a sip of wine but few realise how difficult it is to ensure they complement each other perfectly. With cheeses varying in colour, texture, fat and flavour and wines differing in acidity, sweetness, body and structure; match-making is complicated to say the least! Here are a few tips to keep in mind when you’re next shopping...

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10 Beautiful Desserts Featuring Flowers

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10 Beautiful Desserts Featuring Flowers

Have you ever thought of using flowers for decorating your desserts? Or playing around with floral shapes on your cake? No? In that case beware!!! The following images might make you want to run to the kitchen and start a baking revolution. Click on links for full tutorials. Enjoy! 1. Fairytale Wedding Cake Perfect for Fairytale inspired wedding. See details here.   2.  Raspberry (Rose) Cupcakes We are pretty sure these also smell of roses! Tutorial here. 3. Flowers Overload Design by Sylvia Weinstock, see more of her creations here. 4....

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How to care for orchids

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How to care for orchids

Orchids have long been a symbol of beauty and love and as a result are often grown by enthusiasts due to their sheer elegance. However, while having an orchid can really be the finishing touch to any room in the home, the question of how to care for an orchid is a big one. For many of us, our very first orchid, no matter if its white, yellow or pink, is the beginning of a thriving love affair with the bloom so it’s important to learn how to look after orchids and prolong their life as much as possible. Listen up and learn the ultimate tips on...

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How to Grow Tulips In a Glass Jar

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How to Grow Tulips In a Glass Jar

Have you ever seen a stunning bunch of tulips sitting in a jar of water without any soil and wondered how on earth they can survive? A beautiful way to display these stunning blooms, it’s actually easier than you might think to achieve. Making tulips grow from their bulbs in just water can actually be pretty simple to execute if you know how – so listen up! Why choose tulips? To begin with, why should you use tulips to create this ultimate look in your home? Well, to be honest, it’s because they are absolutely beautiful. These spring time...

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Online Florist vs High Street Florist – which one is better?

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Online Florist vs High Street Florist – which one is better?

With 2015 seeing an even larger number of individuals turning to their tablets and smartphones in search of the perfect bouquet of flowers it poses the question; is online florist any better than a high street one? Using a high street florist No one can deny the fact that popping into your local florist is a great experience; the stunning smell and the sight of those lovely flowers, really is something to behold. Here are the benefits of using your high street florist: See before you buy An image of a flower is great but how do you know...

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Tulip Bouquet – Ideas for Spring Wedding

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Tulip Bouquet – Ideas for Spring Wedding

Planning a spring wedding? Are you wondering what flowers are in trend & season? The answer – Tulips! Widely available, and sometimes underrated, tulips are a wonderful addition to a bridal bouquet. Here are the best 10 Tulip Bouquets from Pinterest, enjoy & get inspired! 1. Country Vintage Bouquet 2. Pink Tulips & Gypsophila 3. Romantic Tulips & Roses 4. Modern White Tulip Bouquet 5. Yellow Tulips in Modern Bouquet 6. Beautiful Garden Inspired Bouquet 7. Bouquet with Parrot Tulips 8. White Tulips & Red Roses 9. 50...

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10 surprising facts about Gerbera Flowers

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10 surprising facts about Gerbera Flowers

Gerbera flowers are some of the most popular cut flowers included in all sorts of arrangements. No matter if you’re celebrating a birthday, anniversary or just want a floral gift to say thank you, gerbera flowers with their cheerful nature will surely brighten up the day of the recipient. Thanks to their affordability, adding gerberas to your bouquet won’t cost you a fortune and it will make the bouquet a lot more impressive.  Gerberas are the fifth most popular cut flowers after roses, carnations, Chrysanthemums (surprisingly)...

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10 tips from National Gardening Week

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10 tips from National Gardening Week

National Gardening Week 13 – 19 April With spring finally here, it’s time to get those green fingers out and get gardening! The sun has finally graced us with its presence so make the most of it and get out into your garden and prepare it for this year’s bloom! In light of the change in season, it’s an exciting month for your garden and according to National Gardening Week there are ten jobs you should be doing this month: Be sure to keep your weeds under control Be careful to protect any fruit blossoms from late frosts Tie in climbing...

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5 Tropical Flowers You Have Never Heard Of

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5 Tropical Flowers You Have Never Heard Of

From plants that eat rats to flowers that smell like a rotting corpse and alien looking fungi; the world of tropical flowers is filled with some … interesting examples. While you’re unlikely to come across some of these blooms in your average florists, curiosity over these unusual flowers is still likely to exist. In light of this, here are five of the most tropical and exotic flowers you’ve probably never even heard of: 1. The Rat Eating Pitcher Plant (Nepenthes attenboroughii) This strange but amazing plant was only discovered in...

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4 Gardening mistakes to avoid

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4 Gardening mistakes to avoid

Let’s admit it. No matter how green your fingers may be, we are all prone to making a few common mistakes. Contrary to popular belief, there is a science to gardening and it’s important to get it right to ensure your lawn IS the best in the town. So, roll up your sleeves and read on! 4 Gardening mistakes to avoid 1. Starting out too big Something you might be guilty about too. We’ve all seen those fantastic images in the gardening magazines or shows. Every plant looks like a supermodel of the plant world, with their perfect green leaves...

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The secret flower arranging tips from florists

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The secret flower arranging tips from florists

Receiving a gorgeous bunch of flowers is a wonderful feeling … until you try and arrange them in a vase. Trying to keep your blooms looking brilliant can be difficult to say the least and few of us are trained in the art of flower arranging which makes it even harder. Thankfully, you don’t need to be a whizz with the secateurs to get your bouquets looking their best. Follow our secret flower arranging tips and arrange flowers like a pro. The secret flower arranging tips from florists Lesson 1 – How to treat your stems First things...

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How to bring your orchid back to life

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How to bring your orchid back to life

Did you know there are over 250,000 different species of orchids around the world? And that the number is continuously increasing because of our everlasting love for them? Due to the popularity of orchids, these beautiful plants are taking root in homes and gardens up and down the country and while they are known for being a relatively low maintenance plant there are occasions when they seem to be languishing. When our orchid starts to decline we are all guilty of feeling at a loss over what to do. Surely there’s no way to bring it back...

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How to grow your own mint

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How to grow your own mint

Are you looking around your kitchen and think it could use a bit of greenery? Growing your own mint might be just the thing for you! The bit of greenery will make your kitchen feel and – more importantly – smell fresh! Mint is one of those low maintenance plants and has wide variety of uses in cooking or for making cocktails. Sainsburys Money Matters Blog put together this helpful guide that tells you all you need to get started! Mint Facts Mint is known as Mentha, originating from a Greek word of Mintha. It belongs to the...

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5 simple mistakes that can kill your plants

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5 simple mistakes that can kill your plants

If you’re thinking of getting your green fingers out and planting some gorgeous blooms in your garden it’s essential that you do your research first. No one wants to spend money on plants that you don’t know how to look after – because, well, they eventually die. We all kill our plants from time to time due to misjudgment or a busy schedule meaning and as a gardener this can be difficult to come to terms with. To help you we have listed the five most common mistakes gardeners make that lead to plants dying – and how to fix them. 1. Planting...

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Flower Crafts for Kids

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Flower Crafts for Kids

Making a flower craft is a fun way to learn about nature. Creating crafts with real flowers, also known as blooms, gives you the opportunity to look at them as well as touch and smell them. You can use blooms you find out in the yard or recycle some that are ready to be thrown away. You can also learn a lot about flowers when you use tissue paper, pipe cleaners, paints and other materials to create a unique craft. Making this type of craft gives you the chance to take a closer look at what a flower looks like. Check out a variety of exciting...

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Caring for Flowers Year Round

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Caring for Flowers Year Round

Flowers can bring beauty to gardens and homes all year long. With knowledge of proper care and the fortitude to stick with it, anyone up to the challenge can have a yard brimming with colorful blossoms. Each new season brings with it new duties related to caring for flowers. Each new season brings opportunities for new varieties of blossoms, as well. Fall and winter may not be the time of year most people think of when flowers are mentioned, but cool-season prep is key to a spring and summer of beautiful blossoms. Fall is the time to plant...

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Flowers and Bees: All about Honey

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Flowers and Bees: All about Honey

Flowers and Bees: All about Honey A honeybee flitting among flowers in a garden may be a typical summer sight. As common as this is, an important process is occurring through the work of the honeybees. Flowering crops such as nuts, fruits, and vegetables are dependent on pollination to continue their life cycle. Honeybees are involved in the pollination of about three-quarters of the flowering crops in the United States. This service amounts to the pollination of about $14 billion worth of crops every year in the United States. Some plants...

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Butterfly Flower Gardens

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Butterfly Flower Gardens

Butterfly Flower Gardens Humans aren’t the only creatures who appreciate gardens. Butterflies do, too. A butterfly flower garden contains special plants that provide food for a butterfly to eat during all stages of its life. These gardens give butterflies a safe place to live and grow. There are many different types of butterflies in the world. Before creating a butterfly garden, learn about this insect’s life cycle and the types of plants it likes to eat. Life Cycle of the Butterfly There are four stages in the life cycle of a...

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5 biggest mistakes men make when buying flowers online

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5 biggest mistakes men make when buying flowers online

Buying flowers for your partner can always be a little tricky, right? You don’t want to get it wrong – after all, no flowers are better than bad flowers – but how can you stop yourself from making simple mistakes when it comes to ordering a bouquet? Luckily, we’ve tracked down the five most common mistakes guys make when buying flowers online – so listen up boys – and listen good! 1. Be original and ditch the roses Red roses may be the staple bunch of flowers you get your misses, but come on let’s be a bit more original shall we? It’s a...

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5 ways to use Pantone’s 2015 colour of the year – Marsala

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5 ways to use Pantone’s 2015 colour of the year – Marsala

It’s the beginning of 2015 and without disappointment Pantone has released their colour of the year: Marsala. Named after the gorgeous red wine we are all guilty of enjoying on a Friday evening, Marsala incorporates full bodied and elegant qualities that have the ability to create a real statement. So, why Marsala? The colour has found its way onto our catwalks, into our flower choices and even onto the latest cars to fill the showroom so it’s no real surprise that it’s the top choice for 2015. Here are our five ways to get the most out of...

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8 Work-Life Balance Tips for Busy Mums

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8 Work-Life Balance Tips for Busy Mums

Do you feel like you are spending too much time at work and not enough with your family? Are you juggling work appointments with after school activities of your kids? Are you constantly faced with the same dilemma of choosing to invest more time into your career or your own family? You are not alone! 13% of mums feel guilty about working and 17% of women feel like they can’t achieve the right balance between their career and family life. The competitive world we live in dictates the pace of our lives and technology makes us accessible...

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9 work-life balance tips for busy parents

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9 work-life balance tips for busy parents

Getting your life and work balance right is almost an impossible task these days. You’re surrounded with technology that keeps you accessible nonstop. No one can blame you for working the extra hours as we all know we live in a competitive world. If you don’t go the extra mile, someone else will.  It is a common practice these days that employees are taking their work home and work at weeknights and even weekends. While the days are not getting any longer, the works seems to be piling up and there’s simply not enough time...

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Mother’s Day Gift Guide for Men

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Mother’s Day Gift Guide for Men

Every man knows how important Mother’s Day is. Forget to celebrate it and you’ll be in as much trouble as if you forgot your wedding anniversary or your girlfriend’s birthday! Your mum wants you to make the most of this day to celebrate her for everything she does for you. After all, mums support us in every aspect of our lives and nurture us into the adults we become – surely they deserve recognition for that at least one day a year. With Mother’s Day just around the corner, it’s time for you to dig deep into your pockets and find that...

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Impress your crush with the perfect flowers

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Impress your crush with the perfect flowers

Valentine’s Day is approaching. If you’ve got someone in mind that you want to impress, keep it sweet and simple with a bunch of flowers. It may be that you want to make your feelings known but you’re not quite sure how to go about it, so why not let flowers do the talking? Roses It may be a cliché but roses are still the go-to flower for this kind of occasion. If you’re worried about going a little too passionate it this early stage, it might be best to steer clear of red rose bouquets, particularly of the dozen variety (although who knows,...

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Valentine’s Day flowers guide

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Valentine’s Day flowers guide

Valentine’s Day is celebrated around the world every year on February the 14th and is a time when those in love display their feelings through gifts, dates and flowers. The history of Valentine’s Day Valentine’s Day began many years ago and is thought to have come about due to Saint Valentine of Rome. Saint Valentine was imprisoned in Rome for illegally marrying soldiers to their loves despite the fact they were forbidden to marry by the state. The Roman Emperor believed that once married, men made terrible soldiers and as a result put a ban...

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The language of flowers

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The language of flowers

Flowers had particularly powerful meanings during the Victorian era and were often used as a method of communication – especially to someone of a romantic interest. However, the meanings and traditions of flowers have changed throughout the years to adapt to certain cultures. During the 1800’s in the world of the Victorians, flowers often represented the language of love and it was often a favoured pastime to learn the meanings of such flowers. It was found that emotions and feelings which could not be said publically could be communicated...

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The January birth flower: Carnations

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The January birth flower: Carnations

Carnations are flowers for all those born in the month of January. With its delicate and durable flower, the carnation – scientifically known as the Dianthus caryophyllus is full of history and tradition. With its scientific name translating to ‘flower of love’ and ‘flower of the gods’ (depending on translation) it has been loved and used for centuries around the world. Carnation is one of the oldest flowers on earth and is most loved due to its clove like scent and ruffled appearance. The history of the carnation dates all the way back to...

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5 reasons to send flowers in January

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5 reasons to send flowers in January

You might be thinking that after all the expense and excitement of Christmas, January isn’t prime time for sending flowers. Read on and you’ll realise that’s not the case: 1. Everyone needs cheering up The post-festive slump affects us all. The nights are long and without the glow of the Christmas lights and the prospect of the presents under the tree to keep our spirits up, January is quite frankly just a bit gloomy. A bunch of flowers is a guaranteed way to brighten someone’s day … so do your good deed by picking a great bouquet! 2....

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Orchids SOS

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Orchids SOS

Orchids are known for their meaning of love and beauty and have been part of many people’s homes for years. As a result, the orchid is fast becoming the most popular plant – just behind Poinsettias at Christmas. However, receiving an orchid for the very first time can be quite daunting – especially if you have no idea how to keep it alive. So, here at Serenata Flowers we have created an SOS guide to help you to look after your exotic orchid. Identify your orchid The first step to look after your orchid is to identify which type of orchid you...

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Flower Focus: Daffodil

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Flower Focus: Daffodil

Poet William Wordsworth’s favourite flower: the daffodil is one of the most popular flowers in England due to its beautiful yellow flower and large central trumpet. The daffodil is also known as the Narcissus amaryllidaceae due to its cultural history and Roman heritage. Many florists around the UK including Serenata Flowers will be stocking up on daffodils in the New Year due to their huge popularity. But, where did the story of the daffodil begin? The history The flower was originally found in the south west of Europe by the Romans who...

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