Valentine’s Day

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Valentine's picture
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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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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

 

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Mistletoe

Mistletoe berries from the European Mistletoe

Mistletoe

The name was originally applied to Viscum Album(European Mistletoe, Santalaceae), the only species native in Great Britain and much of Europe. Later the name was further extended to other related species, including Phoradendron serotinum (the Eastern Mistletoe of eastern North America, also Santalaceae). European Mistletoe is readily recognized by its smooth-edged oval evergreen leaves borne in pairs along the woody stem, and waxy white berries in dense clusters of 2 to 6. In America, the Eastern Mistletoe is similar, but has shorter, broader leaves and longer clusters of 10 or more berries. In the United States, Phoradendron flavescens is commercially harvested for Christmas decorations, as is Viscum album in Europe.

Mistletoe plants grow on a wide range of host trees, and commonly reduce their growth but can kill them with heavy infestation. Viscum album can parasitise more than 200 tree and shrub species. Almost all mistletoes are paracites.(A parasitic plant is one that derives some or all of its sustenance from another plant.), bearing evergreen leaves, and using the host mainly for water and mineral nutrients.

Most mistletoe seeds are spread by birds, In Europe mainly by the Mistle Trush.

Mistletoe was often considered a pest that kills trees and devalues natural habitats, but was recently recognized as an ecological keystone species, an organism that has a disproportionately pervasive influence over its community. A broad array of animals depend on mistletoe for food, consuming the leaves and young shoots, transferring pollen between plants, and dispersing the sticky seeds. The dense evergreen “witches brooms”formed by the dwarf mistletoes (Arceuthobium species) of western North America also make excellent locations for roosting and nesting of the Northern Spotted Owl among others.

European mistletoe, Viscum album, figured prominently in Greek Mythology. In cultures across pre-Christian Europe, mistletoe was seen as a representation of divine male essence (and thus romance, fertility and vitality), possibly due to a resemblance between the berries and semen.

Wedding Bouquet of Lamber de Bie Flowers

Mistletoe is commonly used as a Christmas decoration, though such use was rarely alluded to until the 18th century. Viscum albumis is the Mistletoe used in Europe whereas Phoradendron serotinum is used in North America.

American Mistletoe

According to custom, the mistletoe must not touch the ground between its cutting and its removal as the last of Christmas greens; it may remain hanging through the year, often to preserve the house from lightning or fire, until it was replaced the following Christmas Eve. The tradition has spread throughout the English-speaking world but is largely unknown in the rest of Europe.

According to Christmas custom, any two people who meet under a hanging of mistletoe are obliged to kiss. The custom may be of Skandinavian norign and is found in history as early as 1820.

“The mistletoe is still hung up in farm-houses and kitchens at Christmas, and the young men have the privilege of kissing the girls under it, plucking each time a berry from the bush. When the berries are all plucked the privilege ceases.”

Mistletoe leaves and young twigs are used by herbalists, and it is popular in Europe, especially in Germany, for treating circulatory and respiratory system problems. Use of mistletoe extract in the treatment of cancer, however clinical evidence does not support claims of anti-cancer effect for mistletoe extract.

The sticky juice of mistletoe berries was used as adhesive to trap small animals or birds. In South Africa it is called “Bird lime” in English and voelent in Afrikaans. A handful of ripe fruits are chewed until sticky, and the mass is then rubbed between the palms of the hands to form long extremely sticky strands which are then coiled around small thin tree branches where birds perch. When a bird lands on this it gets stuck to the branch and is then easy to catch by hand.

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Our New E-Commerce Web Site is Live.

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New E-Commerce Web-Site Live Today.

New E-Commerce Web-Site Live Today.

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Our new e-commerce site is live.

Lamber de Bie Flowers is launching their new e-commerce website today to the World Wide Web.

From our website you are able to order flowers for delivery anywhere in Ireland, Northern Ireland and anywhere in the UK for next day delivery.

For delivery to anywhere else please contact us and we will be delighted to look after your needs.

After lots of preparations we are proud to introduce you to our new 24/7 online store. At www.lamberdebie.ie you will be able to shop from a large, and ever growing selection of flowers, bouquets and arrangements for every occasion.

We promise all our online customers the same attention to detail as well as the same approach of 100% satisfaction guaranteed for all our customers as well as for those lucky recipients of our flowers as we have been doing over the past 10 years in our 3 retail stores in Waterford as well as in Kilkenny.

Approx. one year ago I followed a number of courses in web design, not with the intention of creating our own but to make sure we would find the right partners in creating our new online flower web site.

12 Years ago we launched out first web-site and have learned trough trail and error, some times they were expensive lessons and other times, often with the help of friends we improved our than web presence.

This time, wanting to create e modern E-commerce site, we chose to work with a Waterford based company called Smartweb to whom I was introduced by Gavin Dixon. We have been using Gavin’s Company “BITS”(Business IT Solutions) for many years.

I met first with Eugene Silov, from Smartweb early this spring. The first number of meetings were about the layout and content required and that meant that I spent hours and days looking at websites from florists and other online product sellers. There was a lot of R&D (Rob & Duplicate) as well as finding solutions on how to implement our own ideas.

Our website is developed so that I control the input all products, descriptions and price as well as most other content. This was, and will be very time consuming but will be the only way I can guarantee that the site will be up to date always.

As our web site is now live our next step is to create a suitable google-adwords campaign in order to drive more traffic to our site as well as discussing further plans with Eugene for our site as I believe any store needs to be updated to keep it fresh.

We are 10 years in retail at the end of this month and I know that this is only possible trough constant improvement on the stores, services and products, this same approach we will use towards our online sales of flowers.

On our new site you will also find a selection of photos of wedding flowers we are creating. These will be continuously updated.

If anyone needs help with the development of an online store I would be more than happy to recommend Eugene from Smartweb. I look forward to working with both Bits & Smartweb in the future to constantly improve our service.

We sincerely look forward to any comments on how we can make the experience of shopping at our online store better.

Send us your comments to info@lamberdebie.com .

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Ireland’s Top50 stores

Retail Excellence Ireland Awards 2010 –

announcement of

Ireland’s Top50 stores

Wednesday 6th October 2010 –  Retail Excellence Ireland have today announced the Top50 stores in Ireland as part of the Retail Excellence Ireland Awards in association with the Sunday Independent to be held at the Radisson Blu Hotel, Galway in November. The awards will be attended by over 500 representatives of the Irish retail industry and hosted by Miriam O’Callaghan.

Established by industry group, Retail Excellence Ireland (REI), the awards recognise and reward the highest standards of excellence across the entire retail industry – not just one particular sector.

Chief Executive of Retail Excellence Ireland, David Fitzsimons, said: “This year the standard of stores did not fail to impress with a very high calibre turnout of applicants.  In spite of the challenging trading conditions this year, we still received more than 400 entries from across the country, which proves how important these awards are to store owners and their employees. To achieve a Top50 award these stores have proven that they are vigorously investing in their businesses and their people and remain true to what is best about Irish retail” he said.

The rigorous selection process involves a mystery customer visiting each entered store to complete a full visit report, which is initially narrowed down to a ‘Top 100’ list.  A fully trained retail assessor then conducts a thorough store assessment, which added to photographic evidence results in the selection of the Top50 stores in Ireland.

About Retail Excellence Ireland

Retail Excellence Ireland is the not-for-profit organisation representing more than 600 companies – 8,000 retail stores – more than one third of the total store numbers in the Republic of Ireland. REI’s members collectively employ approximately 100,000 people across all retail sectors ranging from pharmacy and fashion, to grocery and homeware.

For more information:

David Fitzsimons, Retail Excellence Ireland

Ph. 065 6846927

3 Store Main Street Wexford
Adrian Dunne Pharmacy Main Street Portarlington Laois
Alchemist Earth Sarsfield Street Limerick
Appleby Dublin Johnsons Court Grafton Street Dublin
Applegreen Killeshin Portlaoise Laois
Arboretum Lifestyle & Garden Centre Kilkenny Road Leighlinbridge Carlow
Ardkeen Quality Food Store Dunmore Road Waterford
Butler’s Chocolate Café Liffey Street Dublin
Carraig Donn MacDonagh Junction Kilkenny
Champion Sports Dundrum Town Centre Dublin
Cleary’s Pharmacy Main Street Skibbereen Cork
Corry’s Foodhall & Café Station Road Loughrea Galway
Daintree Paper Camden Street Dublin
Debenhams Mahon Point Shopping Centre Cork
DocMorris Lower Rathmines Road Dublin
Donnybrook Fair Morehampton Road Donnybrook Dublin
Egans Opticians Lavitts Quay Cork
Elverys Sports Dundrum Town Centre Dublin
Esquire Coffee House Tesco Retail Park Carrick on Shannon Leitrim
Fresh – The Good Food Market Grand Canal Square Dublin
Heffernan Fine Foods Market Square Ballina Mayo
Howards Storage World The Park Carrickmines Dublin
Hugh Maguire Craft Butchers Ashbourne Shopping Centre Meath
Il Valentino Gallery Quay Grand Canal Habour Dublin
Instore Spruce Avenue Sandyford Dublin
Lamber De Bie Flowers Ormonde Street Kilkenny
McArdle Meats Charlestown Shopping Centre Finglas Dublin
McElhinneys of Ballybofey Main Street Ballybofey Donegal
Medicare Superquinn Shopping Centre Castletroy Limerick
Molloys Fine Foods Abbeytown Roscommon
Mulligans Pharmacy Summerhill Centre Tramore Waterford
Nolan Butchers of Kilcullen Main Street Kilcullen Kildare
O2 Grafton Street Dublin
O’Briens Wines, Beer & Spirits Sandymount Road Dublin
Orchard Home and Garden Dublin Road Celbridge Kildare
Pamela Scott Bedford Row Limerick
PC World Jervis Street Shopping Centre Jervis Street Dublin
Phamacy First Plus Carraig Laoi Grenagh Cork
Portwest Suffolk Street Dublin
Sam McCauley Chemist Market Square Bunclody Wexford
Sienna Home Furnishings Tramore Road Business Park Waterford
Spar Merrion Row Dublin
Superquinn Knocklyon Road Knocklyon Dublin
The Food Store Silverbridge Claremorris Mayo
The Kilkenny Shop Emmet Place Cork
The Loop at Dublin Airport Dublin Airport Dublin
TileStyle Ballymount Retail Park Dublin
Tony Kealys Northside Retail Park Coolock Drive Dublin
Topaz Font Hill Road Clondalkin Dublin
Weir & Son Jewellers Grafton Street Dublin

LAMBER DE BIE FLOWERS – FINALIST IN RETAIL EXCELLENCE IRL. 2010

WE DID IT AGAIN !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Friday September 17th, 2010.

We are very proud to announce that Lamber de Bie Flowers have once again made it into the final for the best store of the year award by Retail Excellence Ireland.

On two previous occasions we received the winning award for best small store of the country, once for our Waterford store and once for our Kilkenny store.

With celebrating our 10 years in retail next month this is “The Icing on the Cake” to be placed once again in the final by the experts in retail from Retail Excellence Ireland.

The wait is now starting for the official awards ceremony this November in the Raddisson Hotel in Galway. !!!!

We are very grateful, especially to the team of Lamber de Bie Flowers that understand as we do that there is always room for improvement as well as their understanding for customer service and top quality flowers and creations.

I would like to take this opertunity to congratulate and wish every succes to our fellow finalists. Especially to the other 5 stores in our category and also to our friends of Arboretum lifestyle & Garden Centre. May the best one win on the night !!!!

An enormous thank you goes out to all our wonderful customers that inspired us over the past 10 years to be our best for them.

Below you find the list of all finalists in the Retail Excellence Ireland awards for 2010.

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Retail Excellence Ireland Store of the Year Finalists 2010

Best Small Store

Alchemist Earth Sarsfield Street, Limerick

Butler’s Chocolate Café Liffey Street, Dublin

Daintree Paper Camden Street, Dublin

Il Valentino Grand Canal Habour, Dublin

Lamber De Bie Flowers Ormonde Street, Kilkenny

McArdle Meats Charlestown Shopping Centre, Dublin

Best Medium Store

Corry’s Foodhall & Café Loughrea, Galway

DocMorris Lower Rathmines Road, Dublin

Hugh Maguire Craft Butchers Ashbourne Shopping Centre, Meath

Molloys Fine Foods Abbeytown, Roscommon

O2  Grafton Street, Dublin

O’Briens Wines, Beer & Spirits  Sandymount Road, Dublin

Best Large Store

Carraig Donn MacDonagh Junction, Killkenny

Howards Storage World The Park, Carrickmines, Dublin

PC World Jervis Shopping Centre, Dublin

Portwest Suffolk Street, Dublin

The Kilkenny Shop Emmet Place, Cork

Mulligans Pharmacy Tramore, Waterford

Best Xtra-large Store

Champion Sports Dundrum Town Centre, Dublin

Donnybrook Fair Morehampton Road, Dublin

Instore Spruce Avenue, Stillorgan, Dublin

Orchard Home and Garden Celbridge, Co. Kildare

Pamela Scott Bedford Row, Limerick

Weir & Son Jewellers Grafton Street, Dublin

Best Super Store

Arboretum Lifestyle & Garden Centre Kilkenny Road, Carlow

Debenhams Mahon Point Shopping Centre, Cork

McElhinneys of Ballybofey Ballybofey, Donegal

Superquinn Knocklyon, Dublin

The Loop at Dublin Airport, Dublin Dublin Airport, Dublin

TileStyle  Ballymount Retail Park, Dublin


EVENING HERALD Thursday 9 September 2010

FEATURES

A DAY IN THE LIFE….

FLORAL DANCE:

Lamber de Bie dashes between his workshop in Thomastown and shops in Waterford and Kilkenny.

FLOWER
POWER

FLORIST LAMBER DE BIE TELLS CONOR DE LION ABOUT MINDING HIS OWN BLOOMING BUSINESS

MONDAY morning starts early with the arrival of a lorry-load of flowers from Holland. They arrive at about 6am at the workshop witch is near our house in Thomastown. We check the order, put the flowers in vases and store them in a cold room. By 9am we have the van loaded up for delivery to our two stores in Waterford and one in Kilkenny. We buy direct from Holland and pay the daily auction price, plus a commission to our agent. Once the van has left, I get to have breakfast, usually at around 10am.

After the rush of the early morning, I spend a few quiet hours in the office. I deal with email enquiries, mostly about weddings. Our wedding season has definitely got longer in recent years. It stretches trough the whole summer and even takes in some of the spring and autumn. On top of that Christmas and New Years weddings are becoming very popular.

Tuesday is our quietest day and if I get time off this will be it, which is nice because Wednesday morning is our busiest time of the week. This is when we get our main delivery for the week – these are all our wedding flowers and retail stock for the weekend. Because it’s such a big delivery,it’s all hands on deck. The Van delivers to our two shops in Waterford and I take care of Kilkenny.

When I get to the shop, I pitch in to condition, clean and present the blooms. Last Wednesday, there were around 35 orders waiting to be made. Many of them were wrist corsages for debs. Young guys have become a lot more romantic in recent years, asking for specific colours and flowers. They often buy a bouquet for their date’s mother, too.

CONFIDENT

We definitely see more men walk into our shops than we did when we opened 10 years ago. Irish men are a lot more confident about buying flowers and there’s no shame in walking down the street with a colourful bunch for your partner.

Thursday is usually the day to meet the weekend bride. This week I’m doing the church and Marquee for a Waterford wedding. The marquee is in the mother of the groom’s garden so she’ll be meeting us, too. Sometimes it’s tricky to keep everyone happy!

I spend most Fridays doing the arrangements for a wedding the following day, and Saturday morning is an early start to get the bouquets and buttonholes to the bridal party, not to mention decorating the church and venue.

I have to place my order for the following week before lunchtime on Sunday, but I allow myself to have a rest after the business of Saturday before I set my mind to that task.

I’ve noticed a few new occasions where flowers are in demand in recent years. March 8, International Woman’s Day, is a popular celebration among eastern Europeans. They also buy for name days, witch are almost as important as birthdays.

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Dutch Master Florist

Dutch flower art, brief history

This page contains following subjects:

  • History
  • Fast development
  • Styles today

History

The Dutch flower art is based on a strong structure of education. For more than a century flower art courses are given. Diplomas in levels from basic till Dutch master florist have a strong tradition. This means the Dutch florist and his staff can have a good education, to do a good job. In the Netherlands there are courses for almost the start of twentieth century. The florist association is taken exams since 1926. There are many styles coming from the past often created with many flowers like Biedermeier style, Mille fleur style, classical one sided triangular style, as well all kind of hand tied bouquets, cascade forms and so on. Since 1960 there is a big change after the Floriade flower exhibition in Rotterdam. New styles like linear, parallel and elegant open designs became slowly popular. Because of the use of a new product ‘Oasis foam’ it was easier than ever before to create a nice flower arrangement. Creative designers developed all kind of new mechanics and styles. A few examples: decorative, vegetative, linear, parallel, neo-cascade, floral objects, and of course al kind of free style experiments. The life of a florist became more interesting and creative.

Fast development

The development in flower art go as fast as never before. We cannot permit ourselves to stand still. Trends, mechanics, design, color and the use of materials are in dynamic movement. New is in the focus. It is an exiting time for the creative floral artist. The Netherlands develop many trends. The Dutch flower art is based on a good education system. The highest level is Dutch master in flower art. or ‘Erkend bloemsierkunstenaar’ (Proeve). De SOB/EFDA takes exams. VBW/SOB are doing this since1926.

Styles today

Nowadays there are a wide variety of styles and variations in flower art in the Netherlands. We see a huge collection of accessories, equipment and mechanics to make it possible to create all we want. Mechanics like bindings, constructions, frames and gluing are changing flower art dramatically. The influence of general design elements like color and composition play a great role in the individual work of the florist. Of course the Dutch have a good eye for the development in trends in interior, fashion and architecture. Art developments, the view of trend watchers are an important element in the actual style of flower arrangement. Besides this it is also more important to have a good presentation of the arrangements. Finally a flower arrangement must have a function in a setting in an interior, by a party, by a wedding or funeral. As we can see the trends are developing in different directions in the same way as trends in the interior.

The variety of flower arrangements is very wide. We still see as most important the hand tied bouquet, arrangements with many flowers, but also single flowers in a nice vase. Often also in a group together. Exotic flowers like Zantedeschia, Anthurium, Heliconia, Strelitzia give a special effect in a contrast with other materials. The power of the little accent in the interior is popular. But a big part of the customers is still a lover of blooming bouquets and arrangements. In Holland we have since a few years a special design team for trend presentation, we call it the impulse team. It is organized by the Dutch florist association. Important is also the trend promotion done by the Dutch Flower Council. Twice a year they publish a few trends, based on the result of the ideas of trend watchers.

Finally the florist must consider how he can develop a more own personal style and identity in his shop. More important in the future will be to set the trends by us, an individual style. We must not always follow, but create by ourselves. This means that education and permanent training is the key to success.

Newest development in The Netherlands is Environmentally friendly flower design, introduced by Aad van Uffelen in 2002.

Contemporary hand tied bouquet, Aad van Uffelen.

Floral masters from the Netherlands travel since many years around the globe to demonstrate, teach and inform. The Dutch diplomas of flower art will guarantee further development and beauty of flower arrangement. More and more schools and countries want to start these Dutch courses.

Lamber de Bie, Dutch Master Florist

Lamber de Bie,

Dutch Master Florist.

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International Woman’s Day

8 March International Woman’s Day

International Women’s Day (IWD) is marked on 8 March every year. It is a major day of global celebration for the economic, political and social achievements of women.

Started as a political event, the holiday blended in the culture of many countries (primarily Russia and the countries of former Soviet bloc). In some celebrations, the day lost its political flavour, and became simply an occasion for men to express their sympathy and love to the women around them – somewhat similar to Western Mother’s Day and St Valentine’s Day mixed together. In others, however, the political and human rights theme as designated by the United Nations runs strong, and political and social awareness of the struggles of women worldwide are brought out and examined in a hopeful manner.

The IWD is also celebrated as the first spring holiday, as in the listed countries the first day of March is considered the first day of the spring season.

International Women’s Day is marked on March the 8th every year.

It is a major day of global celebration for the economic, political and social achievements of women.

When is Mother’s Day ?

When is Mother’s Day

Mothers Day is celebrated in several countries across the globe, though the month and date on which Mother’s Day is celebrated in different countries varies. Most countries celebrate Mothers Day on second Sunday in the Month of May. This Mother’s Day date was declared by US President Woodrow Wilson on May 8, 1914 when he signed a Joint Resolution designating the second Sunday in May as Mother’s Day. This US tradition of celebrating Mothers Day and paying tribute to mothers spread across several countries over the years and these countries too adopted second Sunday of May as Mother’s Day. However, in many countries the way Mothers Day is celebrated varies and is quite different from the manner in which Mothers Day is celebrated in US. But what is more important than the date and fashion of celebration is the feeling behind the festival. The idea of celebrating Mother’s Day the world over is to pay tribute to mothers for all their love and support and to make them feel special.

Mother’s Day Date in Different Countries

Mother’s Day in United Kingdom and Ireland:

The fourth Sunday in Lent.

2010 – March 14

2011 – April 3

2012 – March 18

2013 – March 10

2014 – March 30

2015 – March 15

2016 – March 6

United States, Australia, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Denmark, Finland, Germany, Greece, India, Italy, Japan, New Zealand, Singapore and Turkey:

Second Sunday in the month of May.

2010 – May 9

2011 – May 8

2012 – May 13

2013 – May 12

2014 – May 11

2015 – May 10

2016 – May 8

Austria, Hong Kong, The Netherlands, Taiwan, Hungary, Portugal, South Africa, and Spain:

First Sunday in May

2010 – May 2

2011 – May 1

2012 – May 6

2013 – May 5

2014 – May 4

2015 – May 3

2016 – May 1

France:

First Sunday in June or last Sunday in May

Much of South America (as well as Mexico), Bahrain, Malaysia, Oman, Pakistan, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates:

May 10

Mexico: – May 8

Albania: – March 8

Russia: – November 28

Poland: – May 26

Indonesia: – December 22

Egypt: – March 21

Norway: – February 13

Thailand: Birthday of Queen Sirikit Kitiyakara – August 12

Sweden: Last Sunday in May

Lebanon: First day of Spring

Norway: The second Sunday in February

Costa Rica: August 15

Argentina: The Día de la Madre – The second or third Sunday in October


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