Over the past month we have seen a enormous increase of sales for our summer basket as well as our scented summer basket. Both flower baskets are very popular for any gifts but paticular popular as Birthday gifts. Both flower arrangements feature a beautiful selection of lilac, cream, purple and mostly pink summer flowers.
Taking our inspiration from the natural beauty of country gardens, this arrangement features a gorgeous selection of seasonal blooms. We´ve selected the very freshest flowers of the moment and arranged them in a crisp white softwood basket. It´s an evocative collection of rich summer shades that will brighten any room.
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
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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; firstname.lastname@example.org 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
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.
Lamber de Bie dashes between his workshop in Thomastown and shops in Waterford and Kilkenny.
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.
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.
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.
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
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:
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
Every February the fourteenth, chocolate, flowers, and gifts are exchanged between loved ones across the world, all in the name of St. Valentine.
But who is this mysterious saint and why do we celebrate this day.
The history of Valentine’s Day — and its patron saint — is shrouded in mystery. But we do know that February has long been a month of romance. St. Valentine’s Day, as we know it today, contains vestiges of both Christian and ancient Roman tradition. So, who was Saint Valentine and how did he become associated with this ancient rite? Today, the Catholic Church recognizes at least three different saints named Valentine or Valentinus, all of whom were martyred.
One legend contends that Valentine was a priest who served during the third century in Rome. When Emperor Claudius II decided that single men made better soldiers than those with wives and families, he outlawed marriage for young men — his crop of potential soldiers. Valentine, realizing the injustice of the decree, defied Claudius and continued to perform marriages for young lovers in secret. When Valentine’s actions were discovered, Claudius ordered that he be put to death.
Other stories suggest that Valentine may have been killed for attempting to help Christians escape harsh Roman prisons where they were often beaten and tortured.
According to one legend, Valentine actually sent the first ‘valentine’ greeting himself. While in prison, it is believed that Valentine fell in love with a young girl “who may have been his jailor’s daughter” who visited him during his confinement. Before his death, it is alleged that he wrote her a letter, which he signed ‘From your Valentine,’ an expression that is still in use today. Although the truth behind the Valentine legends is murky, the stories certainly emphasize his appeal as a sympathetic, heroic, and, most importantly, romantic figure. It’s no surprise that by the Middle Ages, Valentine was one of the most popular saints in England and France.
In Great Britain, Valentine’s Day began to be popularly celebrated around the seventeenth century. By the middle of the eighteenth century, it was common for friends and lovers in all social classes to exchange small tokens of affection or handwritten notes. By the end of the century, printed cards began to replace written letters due to improvements in printing technology. Ready-made cards were an easy way for people to express their emotions in a time when direct expression of one’s feelings was discouraged.
According to the American Greeting Card Association, an estimated one billion valentine cards are sent each year in the USA alone, making Valentine’s Day the second largest card-sending day of the year after Christmas.
In addition to the Ireland and the U. K. Valentine’s Day is celebrated very big in the United States, Canada, Mexico, France, and Australia. Countries like Holland and Germany are only in the last few years getting into sending Valentines greetings. And still in very small numbers at that.
Valentine greetings were popular as far back as the Middle Ages (written Valentine’s cards didn’t begin to appear until after 1400), and the oldest known Valentine card is on display at the British Museum.
However the largest percentage of all valentine greetings are still sent by women, Irish men are getting more romantic. Valentines day is the one day that we will see at least as many men in our flower shops as we see woman buying flowers.