Autumn Season Flowers

Photos of Autumn Flowers

Autumn flowers
Autumn lily bouquet in a vase

Autumn Flowers

After the lush greenery of summer and the brightness of its blooms, Autumn brings with it rustic reds, golden oranges and yellows and deep rich browns. This season is one of the most exiting and beautiful times of the year and here at Lamber de Bie Flowers you will find a floral gift to embody the verry essence of Autumn. As a member of Interflora we can organise delivery of your flowers local, nationwide and aslo to any country worldwide.

Bring the colour and lift of this season into your home with a beautiful Autumn flower arrangement, elegantly designed to reflect the warm richness of this wonderful season.

All designs are bursting with vibrant colours and will make a lively addition to any room. What’s more, each gift is hand created and conveniently available with same day or next day delivery.

Autumn selection rose gift
Stunning bouquet of autumn roses in a vase

For even more wonderful Autumn gift ideas you could visit our range of stylish Autumn plants in ourAutumn flowers selection.

So whether you’re looking for an anniversaryengagement or wedding gift, by sending one of these beautiful Autumn flower arrangements or bouquets, you can surprise and delight them with a stunning gift which truly reflects the time of year.

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Modern arrangement of seasonal autumn flowers

After creating some of our new autumn range of flowers we decided to take them into the beautuful autumn nature and take some photo’s reflecting the season.

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Hand-tied autumn bouquet in reds, yellows and oranges with detail of seasonal fresh fruits.

Essence of Autumn

Autumn was also known as the harvest season in the earlier days. It is so because this season provides the ideal conditions for harvesting crops, fruits and vegetables. Wheat ripens during this season. In fact in United States, the famous harvest celebrations takes place during autumn. Autumn also signifies the Halloween season and at Lamber de Bie Flowers were very exited about creating wonderful flowers that bring this season into your hands and home.

 

Thanks to Heather for the fantastic photos.

 

Summer Flowers Online

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Summer Flowers Online
Seasonal Summer Flowers Online

Scented Summer Basket

Presented in a classic rustic style trug basket, this collection of summer flowers and sweet scented herbs could have been just picked from the garden. The soft pastel colours and beautiful fragrance make this arrangement a wonderful centrepiece as well as an ideal gift. Featuring pink germinis, cream carnations, pink lisianthus, Blue September flower, and pink spray carnations with rosemary, lavender and foliage

Summer Flower Basket

Summer flower basket in Pinks

Large Hot Pink Perfect Gift

For those who just can’t get enough pink, we’ve made an even larger Hot Pink Perfect Gift. With even more of the flowers you love, this stunning arrangement is a wonderful vision in pink and a truly impressive gift. The Hot Pink Perfect Gift features 5 cerise germinis, 5 cerise carnations, 3 pink alstroemeria, 2 alchemilla mollis with salal tips in a clear glass vase with a pink sisal collar.

pink summer flowers in vase
pink summer flowers in glass vase

Summer Bright Gift Bag

Brimming with the cheeriest flowers our bright stripy jute bag is a great way to bring some of that glorious summer colour inside. This pretty arrangement includes not only the most radiant shades of pink, purple and sunshine yellow but also a fragrant hint of lavender to rejuvenate the senses. Featuring yellow spray chrysanthemums, pink germini, purple lisianthus, scabious and lavender presented in a colourful jute bag.

summer flower gift bag
Summer Flowers Gift Bag

Pretty Petite Flower Basket

Add a burst of colour to any room with this delightfully dainty summer basket arrangement. Here, we’ve contrasted some of the hottest colours of the season with cool blue and added a touch of dried lavender to really treat the senses. Our petite basket is filled with freesias, orange germinis, cerise large-headed rose, Blue September flower and dried lavender.

Petite summer flowers basket
Pretty Petite Flower Basket

Large Summer Perfect Gift

This larger version of our Summer Perfect Gift is bursting with colour. We’ve chosen two elegant large-headed roses and hand-tied them with a host of sunny chrysanthemums and pink carnations. This is a big impact gift that’s ready to display and enjoy straightaway. Our Summer Perfect Gift features 2 cerise carnations, 3 yellow spray chrysanthemums, 2 cerise large-headed roses, 2 scabious and 3 pink spray carnations presented in a glass vase with a pink sisal collar.

Large Summer Perfect Gift
Large Summer Flower Perfect Gift

Sunflower Perfect Gift

Sunflowers are the perfect choice for summer. For a truly chic gift we’ve complemented this vibrant trio of sunflowers with pretty pinks and purples. Presented in a clear glass vase and finished with a pink sisal collar this gift is ready to display and enjoy straight away. The Sunflower Perfect Gift features three sunflowers and a Blue September flower, with purple lisianthus, trancetum, and pink spray carnations with rosemary, lavender and foliage. It is presented in a clear, glass vase.

Perfect gift with Sunflowers
Sunflower Perfect Gift

Large Summer Selection Hand-tied

With more of your favourites, our larger Summer Selection Hand-tied is sure to make a big impression. Featuring some of the most popular summer flowers in soft pastels and bright colours, this is a wonderful celebration of the season and a great way of sharing your best wishes. Presented in an Interflora gift bag, this selection features 3 lilac stock, 4 cerise carnations, 4 cream carnations, 5 peach germinis, 2 cerise large-headed rose, and pittosporum.

Large summer selection hand tied Bouquet
Large summer selection hand-tied Bouquet

The Scent of Summer Vase Arrangement

This sweetly scented flowers sensation of summer flowers will add a perfectly elegant touch to any home. The informal design gives this delightful bouquet real garden-fresh appeal. Beautifully presented in a lavender glass vase too, this is a gift that can be enjoyed from the moment it arrives. Featuring light pink large-headed roses with alchemilla mollis, peach germinis, pink lisianthus, light pink large-headed roses and yellow germinis with menthe, lilac stock and salal

summer country flowers in vase
summer country flowers in blue vase

Extra Large Sunflower and Agapanthus Hand-tied

Our extraordinary Sunflower and Agapnthus hand-tied looks even more amazing in this luxurious extra-large bouquet. With even more dazzling sunflowers and exotic agapanthus, we’ve created a stunning display of rich summer colour and texture. This is a truly captivating gift that will leave a lasting impression. This hand-tied features 3 medium sized sunflowers, 3 blue agapanthus, 3 alchemilla mollis, 6 cerise carnations, 7 medium sized sunflowers, 4 white tanacetum and pittosporum.

Sunflowers hand-tied bouquet of summer flowers
Sunflowers hand-tied bouquet

Extra Large Rose and Lily Hand-tied

With so many incredible large-headed pink roses and Oriental lilies, this is an exotic and extravagant hand-tied; perfect for celebrating that extra special occasion. Its rich blooms and elegant gladioli stems combine to beautiful effect, and its complementing pinks and creams are like the most exquisite blossom. Featuring 7 light pink large-headed roses and 5 pink Oriental lilies, with 3 ammi, 7 cerise gladioli and pittosporum.

Summer Large Roses and Lilies Hand-tied Bouquet
Extra Large Rose and Lily Hand-tied

Summer Planted Basket

Enjoy the lavish colours and vitality of summer with this planted basket selection. We’ve combined soft blue and dainty pink flowering plants with fresh green leaves to create an elegant indoor display that deserves to take pride of place. Simply keep the compost moist and this pretty basket will thrive. Featuring a blue campanula, a pink kalanchoe, variegated ivy and a palm all planted in a wicker basket.

Summer gift of plants
Summer Planted Basket

Order your Summer Flowers online from Lamber de Bie Flowers at www.lamberdebie.ie for delivery of flowers anywhere in Ireland and UK.

Summer gifts online
Summer gifts of Flowers

How to choose the right flowers for your wedding.

Choosing the right flowers for your wedding

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Your wedding day really is one of the most important days of your life. Making everything perfect for this day is a daunting task. Finding the correct venue, selecting the perfect wedding dress, picking the most beautiful invitations, and choosing wedding flowers, are just some of the things you have to contend with.

Let’s see if we can’t make these tasks simpler. Today we will go over everything involved in getting the right flowers for your wedding. Finding the perfect flowers starts long before your wedding day. Here are some things you should consider beforehand.

What colors are you using in the wedding? This is a very important factor affecting the whole wedding. Flowers are available in almost every color these days. You wouldn’t want to fall in love with a certain flower and then find that it doesn’t work with your color scheme at all.

Lamber de Bie, Wedding Florist.

Decide if you want sophisticated or simple flowers. Roses are the flower of choice for traditional wedding services. If you want something different, a little more modern, go with orchids or tulips.

The budget is a big consideration when choosing wedding flowers. Flowers such as carnations are less expensive than roses, and roses cost less than orchids. Know your budget before going to the florist to pick the flowers. If your flower budget is small, you re better of with a few large displays than a lot of small ones. For the venue you can place one very large floral display in the centre of the room that can be admired by everyone, and decorate the individual tables with just some rose petals in the colour of your wedding and some tea-lights.

Unusual Bridal Flowers

How many people in your wedding party need flowers? Make sure you know the number of attendants before getting flowers for your wedding. Your wedding bouquet is the most important. Some brides have one bouquet that they keep and another to throw at the reception, so decide if this is something you wish to do. All of the bridesmaids need flowers, as does the maid of honor. The flower girl if you have one and the Mother of the bride will need flowers. You’ll also want boutonnières for the groom and his attendants.

Another thing to remember when choosing wedding flowers is decorating the church and reception hall. Some places flowers are used in the church are at the altar, on the end of pews, and the front door. If you want to go all out, throwing rose petals along the isle is nice. For the reception hall, you’ll need centerpieces for each table, a larger centerpiece for the bride and grooms table, and flowers around the wedding cake. Remember to take the colors used on your wedding cake into account when picking flowers. You wouldn’t want anything to clash.

As you can see, there are quite a few things to consider when choosing wedding flowers. You want the wedding to be beautiful, and picking the perfect flowers will go a long way in achieving this goal. A little organization and planning is all it takes to have the perfect wedding.

If you like to see some more ideas go to the wedding section on our website by clicking on the picture below.

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Mothers Day Flowers

Mothers Day Flowers

Sunday 3rd of April 2011 is Mother’s Day

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Mothers Day Flowers Online Ireland

Best selection of fresh bouquets for mothers day 2011 are now available online for delivery in Ireland and the UK. We deliver on Mother’s day Sunday.

This Mother’s day basket filled with beautiful pink, creme and blue flowers will put a smile on any mums face when the delivery person arrives at her door on mothers day morning. This Mothers day basket is available for €40.00 plus delivery.

Mother's Day Basket
Mother's Day Basket with Pink Flowers

Mothers Day Vase.

We created the stunning mothers day vase in 3 different sizes for you to choose from:

The standard mothers day vase comes arranged in an elegant clear glass vase and has a selection of  large oriental pink lilies, and pink large headed roses. Bursting with beautiful, feminine colours and contrasting textures, this vase arrangement makes an impressive Mother’s Day gift. A classic combination of pink roses and lilies is completmented by soft cream lisianthus, all carefully arranged in a tapered glass vase. Featuring pink large-headed roses, pink Oriental lilies and cream lisianthus with palm and salal leaves, presented in a tapered clear glass vase. The mothers day vase can be delivered in Ireland and the UK for €60.00 plus delivery.

Mother's Day Vase
Mother's Day Vase

The large mothers day vase can be delivered in Ireland and the UK for €72.00 plus delivery.

Large mother's day vase
Large Mothers Day Vase

The extra large mothers day vase can be delivered in Ireland and the UK for €84.00 plus delivery.

Extra Large Mother's Day Vase
Extra Large Mother's Day Vase

Mothers Day planted Basket

We’ve chosen African violets and palm for our Mother’s Day planted basket. The vibrant pink and purple look stunning against the green foliage, and the grey-wash split willow basket adds a contemporary twist. It’s a beautiful gift, which Mum is sure to love. Featuring 2 African violets and a palm carefully planted in a split willow basket and finished with a pink ribbon bow.

The mothers day planted basket is available for delivery in Ireland and the UK for €30.00 plus delivery.

Mothers day planted basket
Mother's Day Planted Basket

Mothers Day Rose Vase

From our exclusive range of flowers we have chosen for the clear glass globe vase with a compact hand tied bouquet of large headed pink and lilac roses as the ultimate luxurious mothers day gift.

Mothers Day Roses in Glass Vase
Mothers Day Roses in Clear Glass Globe Vase

Mother’s Day Hand-tied Bouquet

Mum is going to love in this beautiful bouquet. Including elegant Oriental lilies, large-headed pink roses, and vibrant germinis, this is a very stylish Mother’s Day gift. The rich pinks and lush greens are big impact colours too – just what you need to celebrate your Mum’s special day. Featuring pink Oriental lilies, pink large-headed roses, cerise germinis, pink lisianthus and gypsophila, expertly hand-tied with aspidistra, eucalyptus and salal and finished with Mother’s Day wrap and ribbon.

The mothers day hand tied bouquet is available for delivery in Ireland and the UK for €40.00 plus delivery.

Standard size hand tied mother's day bouquet
Mothers Day Bouquet Standard

Large Mother’s Day Hand-tied Bouquet

A large version of our popular Mother’s Day hand-tied, this vibrant bouquet includes spectacular Oriental lilies, gorgeous large-headed roses and cheerful germinis. It’s elegant, stylish and is sure to delight Mum on her special day. Featuring pink Oriental lilies, pink large-headed roses, cerise germinis, pink lisianthus and gypsophila, expertly hand-tied with aspidistra, eucalyptus and salal and finished with Mother’s Day wrap and ribbon.

The large mothers day hand tied bouquet is available for delivery in Ireland and the UK for €54.00 plus delivery.

Large hand tied mothers day bouquet
Large Hand Tied Mothers day Bouquet

Extra Large Mother’s Day Hand-tied Bouquet

Such an extravagant hand-tied is the perfect way to show Mum your appreciation. This rich medley of stunning cerise and soft pink flowers includes exotic Oriental lilies and classic large-headed roses in abundance. This extra large bouquet is a fabulous gift for Mother’s Day. Featuring pink Oriental lilies, pink large-headed roses, cerise germinis, pink lisianthus and gypsophila, expertly hand-tied with aspidistra, eucalyptus and salal and finished with Mother’s Day wrap and ribbon.

The extra large mothers day hand tied bouquet is available for delivery in Ireland and the UK for €66.00 plus delivery.

Extra large hand tied mother's day bouquet
Extra Large Hand-Tied Mother's Day Bouquet.

This is just a selection of the most popular bouquets and arrangements for mothers day 2011.

For a look at the full selection of our floral mothers day gifts go to our website at http://www.lamberdebie.ie or click on the photo below.

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Mothers Day Flowers Online Ireland
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Flowers online for Mother's Day from Dutch Master Florist, Lamber de Bie.

Wedding Trends 2011

Wedding Trends – 2011 – A Vintage Year

Vintage style bridal bouquet
Vintage style bridal bouquet in pinks and purple

Spending almost every sunday in January & February at wedding fairs in different hotels in the South-East in Ireland may result in aching feet and a sore throat, but it certainly is a fantastic way of getting up to speed with current wedding trends, as Lamber de Bie (Lamber de Bie Flowers) found out.

The main season for all the wedding fairs in the South-East of Ireland is always in the first two months of the year. Lamber and his team are attending wedding fairs in both Waterford and Kilkenny almost every Sunday during this time. Some of the hotels that Lamber de Bie Flowers were attending are; The Newpark Hotel, Kilkenny, Waterford Castle Hotel, Waterford, Langtons Hotel, Kilkenny, Woodlands Hotel, Waterford, Ormonde Hotel, Kilkenny, The Step House Hotel, Borris, Co. Carlow, The Lord Bagenal, Loughlinbridge, Co. Carlow, and many more. At the many wedding shows the wedding suppliers showcase everything that is current and ‘Must Have’ for prospective brides to be. Including an incredible selection of wedding dresses. Indeed the focus of the majority of the brides was the bridal fashion shows, which provided an ideal opportunity to have a sneak preview of what’s in fashion. Big skirts are very much ‘in’ but bodices remain fitted, and in the majority of cases, strapless. There is less intricate beading and glitz about. This seems to have been replaced instead by trails and fabric embellishments.

Vintage style wedding arch
Vintage style wedding arch at entrance to the church

And as for colour and styles, well vintage is without doubt the buzz word for weddings this year.

So what sums up a vintage themed wedding? Colour-wise: cream, ivory (never white) and all shades of pinks from pale to dusky with a splash of cerise. Green is also popular, particularly olive green and the soft grey/green of eucalyptus. Overall the look could be described as cottage garden, very flowery, natural and pretty.

Reception designs seem to fall into two groups, quirky or elegant. For quirky it’s ceramic jugs and pitchers, individual glass vases, bone china cups and saucers. A sort of mix and match, church hall/ marquee on the village green type of feel. On the elegant front, brides at the show loved the tall glass martini vases, filled with water and roses petals (in vintage pink of course). Storm lanterns and decorate birdcages also seemed to tick a lot of the boxes with many brides who were looking for a variety of designs for the reception, rather than repeating the same one all the way trough.

A contrast from the vintage muted shades is purple, a colour witch looks to be big over the next couple of years. A top table of trailing amaranthus and purple vanda orchids was one of the most popular items on display. – one bride even took her bridesmaids shoes out of the box so she could match them up (they went perfectly).

So to sum up the wedding look for 2011/12 – well, it’s very flowery, which is great for florists, with lots of pastel shades and natural greens accented with splashes of purple.

Amnesia wedding rose
Amnesia rose

Flower-wise, roses are going to be even bigger this year, in particular the more (and it’s that word again) vintage colours, such as Amnesia, Hypnose, and Amalia should fit the bill.

Away from roses, hydrangeas continue the cottage garden theme, along with delphiniums, gladioli and for something a little more up-market for the bridal bouquet, vanda orchids.

Who would have thought that just a couple of Sundays at the different wedding events in the south east of Ireland could provide you with such valuable insights!

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Lamber de Bie Flowers are based in both Waterford and Kilkenny, Ireland and can be contacted trough their website; http://www.lamberdebie.ie

Valentine’s Day Flowers

Valentine’s Day Flowers from Lamber de Bie Flowers

At Lamber de Bie Flowers we’re ready for Valentine’s Day.

Interflora Florists Waterford ready for Valentines Day
Interflora Florists from Lamber de Bie Flowers, Waterford ready for Valentines Day

Valentine’s Day is one of the busiest days in a florists calender. This is no different for the team of Lamber de Bie Flowers. Before the Valentine’s Bouquets arrive on Valentines Day morning to the home or desk of our customers loved ones, there is a lot of work to be done.

It starts immediately after we’re all back to normal after the new years celebrations are over with the first planning. Lamber de Bie and his team of qualified Inteflora florists sit down to plan the upcoming Valentines Day. From planning for what variety of roses they will offer to their customers this year, to designing the Lamber de Bie Signature Valentines Bouquet down to what vases, teddy bears to buy and what wrapping they will be using.

Soon thereafter the Valentines gift wrapping, vases, teddy bears and handmade chocolates are ordered and over the following weeks the team of florists start with preparing the luxury gift wraps for what Lamber de Bie Flowers is well known; Everything, Always Perfect – Even on the busiest day of the year, is their motto.

Interflora Florist, Lamber de Bie Flowers getting ready for Valentines Day
Interflora Florist at Lamber de Bie Flowers in Waterford getting ready for Valentines Day

In the photo above; Mashy and Baiba showing off the magnificent Grand Prix Red Roses as well as the Beautiful white Avalanche roses and bright pink Aqua roses. This photo was taken in the flower shop of Lamber de Bie Flowers in the Superquinn Centre on the Tramore Road in Waterford.

You can contact the florists at 051-379440 or email to waterford@lamberdebie.com

 

Interflora Florist, Lamber de Bie Flowers
Interflora Florist, Lamber de Bie Flowers, Waterford & Kilkenny

 

Lamber de Bie Flowers have three flower shops. one flower shop in Kilkenny and two flower shops in Waterford, Ireland.

The company that has build up a name of providing top quality flowers and floral displays with the biggest smile and best service possible for all their customers always. This is the reason that Lamber de Bie flowers has become the choice florist for many over the past more than ten years.

 

The Interflora Florists at Lamber de Bie Flowers, Waterford
The Interflora Florists at Lamber de Bie Flowers, Ardkeen Quality Foodstore, Waterford

In the photo above; Tanja and Margaret preparing some roses for a early Valentines delivery.. This photo was taken in the flower shop of Lamber de Bie Flowers in the Ardkeen Quality Foodstore on the Dunmore Road in Waterford.

You can contact the florists at 051-844848 or email to ardkeen@lamberdebie.com

 

 

Interflora Florists at Lamber de Bie Flowers, Kilkenny
Interflora Florists at Lamber de Bie Flowers, Kilkenny ready for Valentines Day

 

Isolde and Sally in the Kilkenny flower shop of Lamber de Bie Flowers on the Ormonde Street, Kilkenny can be contacted at 056-7770161 or by email at kilkenny@lamberdebie.com

Valentine's Roses Online
Valentine's Roses Online from Lamber de Bie Flowers

 

The choice of, only the best, roses available for Valentines Day at any of the Lamber de Bie Flowers stores will be the exact, top quality only, flowers you can expect if you order from the Florist Website from Lamber de Bie Flowers; http://www.lamberdebie.ie

 

Valentine's Day Flowers
Valentine's Day Flowers from Lamber de Bie Flowers, Waterford & Kilkenny.

It is not only red roses that can be found on Valentines Day as trends many people like to choose the amazing Amaryllis flowers as in the photo above or a bouquet of tulips as in the photo below.

Valentines Tulip Bouquet Available Online
Valentines Tulip Bouquet Available Online from http://www.lamberdebie.ie

On behalf of all the team of Lamber de Bie Flowers, both those you will meet in our stores but also those working behind the screens and their team of drivers, would like to wish you all:

A Wonderful Happy Valentine’s Day

 

Lamber de Bie Flowers Kilkenny and Waterford
Lamber de Bie Flowers Kilkenny and Waterford looking forward to Valentines Day

Luxury Flowers Online

Luxury Flowers Online

from http://www.lamberdebie.ie by Dutch Master Florist, Lamber de Bie.

Luxury Pink Calla Lilies in Vase
Luxury Pink Calla Lily Bouquet in Vase

More people are looking for Luxury Flowers Online. Over the past years more and more people are looking for very special bouquets. When sending flowers online it often means that you can not be there yourself to tell your loved ones how much you care.

Luxury Tulip Vase bouquet
Luxury Tulip Bouquet in Glass Vase

In order to feel confident that your message of love, care or sympathy is delivered correctly on time and with flowers as you ordered them of the best quality.

At Lamber de bie Flowers we offer a guarantee being a established retail florist with flower shops for more than ten years now. Lamber de Bie Flowers offers it’s customers confidence trough the fact that co-founder, owner and creative director studied for seven years in one of Holland’s best floral collages to achieve the title of Dutch Master Florist.

Luxury Flower Arrangement Online
Luxury Orchid and Rose Arrangement

At Lamber de bie Flowers, with their association to Interflora Worldwide and Interflora UK we have access to the latest new developments in the flower business. Lamber also travels to Holland regular to keep up to date with new developments in the world of flowers.

Luxury Purple Orchid and Rose Vase
Luxury Purple Orchids and Rose Vase

At lamber de Bie Flowers we have added a selection of luxury flowers to our online flower website; http://www.lamberdebie.ie

Luxury Bird of Paradise Arrangement in Glass Vase
Luxury Bird of Paradise Display in Glass Vase

 

 

Designer Flowers Online
Luxury Designer Flowers Online

Valentine’s Day

Love Sweats
Valentine's picture
Ultimate 100 Red Roses Hand-Tied Bouquet
Go All Out with 100 Grand prix Red Roses Hand Tied Valentines Bouquet.

The History of Saint Valentine’s Day

Valentine’s Day started in the time of the Roman Empire. In ancient Rome, February 14th was a holiday to honour Juno. Juno was the Queen of the Roman Gods and Goddesses. The Romans also knew her as the Goddess of women and marriage. The following day, February 15th, began the Feast of Lupercalia.

The lives of young boys and girls were strictly separate. However, one of the customs of the young people was name drawing. On the eve of the festival of Lupercalia the names of Roman girls were written on slips of paper and placed into jars. Each young man would draw a girl’s name from the jar and would then be partners for the duration of the festival with the girl whom he chose. Sometimes the pairing of the children lasted an entire year, and often, they would fall in love and would later marry.

 

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Valentines Flowers at http://www.lamberdebie.com

Under the rule of Emperor Claudius II Rome was involved in many bloody and unpopular campaigns. Claudius the Cruel was having a difficult time getting soldiers to join his military leagues. He believed that the reason was that roman men did not want to leave their loves or families. As a result, Claudius cancelled all marriages and engagements in Rome. The good Saint Valentine was a priest at Rome in the days of Claudius II. He and Saint Marius aided the Christian martyrs and secretly married couples, and for this kind deed Saint Valentine was apprehended and dragged before the Prefect of Rome, who condemned him to be beaten to death with clubs and to have his head cut off. He suffered martyrdom on the 14th day of February, about the year 270. At that time it was the custom in Rome, a very ancient custom, indeed, to celebrate in the month of February the Lupercalia, feasts in honour of a heathen god. On these occasions, amidst a variety of pagan ceremonies, the names of young women were placed in a box, from which they were drawn by the men as chance directed.

The pastors of the early Christian Church in Rome endeavoured to do away with the pagan element in these feasts by substituting the names of saints for those of maidens. And as the Lupercalia began about the middle of February, the pastors appear to have chosen Saint Valentine’s Day for the celebration of this new feaSt. So it seems that the custom of young men choosing maidens for valentines, or saints as patrons for the coming year, arose in this way.

 

Valentine's Day Cupid
Valentine's Cupid

St. Valentine’s Story

Let me introduce myself. My name is Valentine. I lived in Rome during the third century. That was long, long ago! At that time, Rome was ruled by an emperor named Claudius. I didn’t like Emperor Claudius, and I wasn’t the only one! A lot of people shared my feelings.

Claudius wanted to have a big army. He expected men to volunteer to join. Many men just did not want to fight in wars. They did not want to leave their wives and families. As you might have guessed, not many men signed up. This made Claudius furious. So what happened? He had a crazy idea. He thought that if men were not married, they would not mind joining the army. So Claudius decided not to allow any more marriages. Young people thought his new law was cruel. I thought it was preposterous! I certainly wasn’t going to support that law!

Did I mention that I was a priest? One of my favourite activities was to marry couples. Even after Emperor Claudius passed his law, I kept on performing marriage ceremonies — secretly, of course. It was really quite exciting. Imagine a small candlelit room with only the bride and groom and myself. We would whisper the words of the ceremony, listening all the while for the steps of soldiers.

 

Engagement rings and a Bouquet of red Roses go Hand in Hand.
Engagement Rings and red Roses

One night, we did hear footsteps. It was scary! Thank goodness the couple I was marrying escaped in time. I was caught. (Not quite as light on my feet as I used to be, I guess.) I was thrown in jail and told that my punishment was death. I tried to stay cheerful. And do you know what? Wonderful things happened. Many young people came to the jail to visit me. They threw flowers and notes up to my window. They wanted me to know that they, too, believed in love. One of these young people was the daughter of the prison guard. Her father allowed her to visit me in the cell. Sometimes we would sit and talk for hours. She helped me to keep my spirits up. She agreed that I did the right thing by ignoring the Emperor and going ahead with the secret marriages. On the day I was to die, I left my friend a little note thanking her for her friendship and loyalty. I signed it, “Love from your Valentine.”

I believe that note started the custom of exchanging love messages on Valentine’s Day. It was written on the day I died, February 14, 269 A.D. Now, every year on this day, people remember. But most importantly, they think about love and friendship. And when they think of Emperor Claudius, they remember how he tried to stand in the way of love, and they laugh — because they know that love can’t be beaten!

Valentine's Bouquet of red and pink Tulips
Red Tulip Hand-Tied Bouquet

Valentine Traditions

Hundreds of years ago in England, many children dressed up as adults on Valentine’s Day. They went singing from home to home. One verse they sang was:

Good morning to you, valentine;

Curl your locks as I do mine —

Two before and three behind.

Good morning to you, valentine.

In Wales wooden love spoons were carved and given as gifts on February 14th. Hearts, keys and keyholes were favourite decorations on the spoons. The decoration meant, “You unlock my heart!”

In the Middle Ages, young men and women drew names from a bowl to see who their valentines would be. They would wear these names on their sleeves for one week. To wear your heart on your sleeve now means that it is easy for other people to know how you are feeling.

Valentines Arrangement of Roses and Carnations
Featuring 6 large-headed red roses with diamanté pins and 6 red carnations carefully arranged in mirrored glass cube.

In some countries, a young woman may receive a gift of clothing from a young man. If she keeps the gift, it means she will marry him.

Some people used to believe that if a woman saw a robin flying overhead on Valentine’s Day, it meant she would marry a sailor. If she saw a sparrow, she would marry a poor man and be very happy. If she saw a goldfinch, she would marry a millionaire.

Hand tied Bouquet for Valentine's Day
Valentine's Rose & Lily Hand-tied

A love seat is a wide chair. It was first made to seat one woman and her wide dress. Later, the love seat or courting seat had two sections, often in an S-shape. In this way, a couple could sit together — but not too closely!

Think of five or six names of boys or girls you might marry, As you twist the stem of an apple, recite the names until the stem comes off. You will marry the person whose name you were saying when the stem fell off.

 

Hand made Interflora Valentine's Day Chocolates
Hand made Interflora Valentine's Day Chocolates

Pick a dandelion that has gone to seed. Take a deep breath and blow the seeds into the wind. Count the seeds that remain on the stem. That is the number of children you will have. If you cut an apple in half and count how many seeds are inside, you will also know how many children you will have.

Modern Valentines Flowers
Modern Valentines gift with flowers and chocolates

Order Valentine’s Flowers Online

Browse our huge selection of fresh flowers bouquets and Valentines arrangements at Lamber de Bie Flowers website http://www.lamberdebie.ie

You will find all you are looking for from single red rose, dozen red roses bouquet, fantastic tulip bouquets, valentines chocolates and much more.

Valentines bouquet of 50 purple tulips
Bouquet of 50 purple tulips

 

Valentines bouquet of 50 pink tulips
50 Pink Tulips for Valentines
Bouquet of 50 Orange Tulips
50 Orange tulips Valentines Bouquet

All flowers for the greater Kilkenny and Waterford area are delivered by our delivery team on a daily base. As a member of Interflora , Lamber de Bie Flowers at interflora can also deliver to almost any address in Ireland and the UK.

For deliveries outside of Ireland and the UK please contact us directly by email; info@lamberdebie.com or call us at 056-7770161 and we are able to organise delivery of flowers to most countries worldwide trough our association with Interflroa.

For a full listing of all Valentine’s Day flowers available online go to

http://www.lamberdebie.ie

 

Online Valentine's day flowers
Valentine's Day Flowers at http://www.lamberdebie.com