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Mother’s Day Flowers
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Mother’s Day 2011 will be celebrated on Sunday 3rd April this year in Ireland and the UK.
Lamber de Bie Flowers have an exiting range of beautiful Mother’s Day Gifts available from their florist web site as well as from their flower shops in Kilkenny and Waterford. The full range of flowers on our Mother’s Day Flowers section in the website can be sent anywhere in Ireland and the UK.
There are Pink Mother’s Day Bouquets starting at €40.00, Extra large Mother’s day hand-tied for only €66.00, planted baskets starting from €30.00 and a selection of bouquets and arrangements for Mother’s Day starting from €28.00.
For our Mother’s Day Collection we have chosen the best value flowers available for Mother’s Day while ensuring a large selection of specialist Mother’s Day Flowers.
We have created beautiful bouquets including white lilies. bouquets including pink orchids, all pink bouquets, planted arrangements and flower baskets in pinks.
For the Mother’s Day 2011 range we have also included some magnificent floral arrangements from our exclusive flower range such as the clear glass vase filled with pink and lilac roses.
Mother’s day deliveries can be specified for both Saturday delivery as well as for Sunday Delivery. As a member of Interflora and trough our Interflora florists members we can guarantee best quality flowers for Mothers Day as well as best value flowers for Mother’s Day.
Wedding Fair Ormonde Hotel, Kilkenny
Sunday Feb. 6 2011
It is the start of the wedding season and we will be attending lots of wedding fairs over the next few weeks.
Today we were at the wedding show in the Ormonde Hotel, Kilkenny, conveniently just across the road from our flower shop in Kilkenny. We had a busy day talking to all the brides to be and their friends and family who attended the wedding fair.
The Ormonde Hotel as a wedding venue is a beautiful hotel with two different wedding venues. Both were set up today and looked perfect.
There were wedding photographers, lots of wedding dresses, hair dressers and much more wedding suppliers from the South East of Ireland on display at the Wedding Fair at the Ormonde Hotel.
The Mouthwatering wedding cakes from Kilkenny based company “A Slice of Heaven” looked brilliant. It was the Ferrero Roche Wedding Cake that I found hard to keep my fingers of.
Thanks to the Ormonde Hotel, Wedding team and all thewedding suppliers that were there for putting on such a great show. But especially a big thanks to the many brides to be that visited our stand today and talked to us about their wedding flowers.
Have a look at the Ormonde Hotel, Kilkenny Wedding Video on YouTube
Lamber de Bie Flowers Kilkenny
Ormonde Street, Kilkenny
Tel: 00353 – (0)56 – 7770161
( we’re just across the road from the main entrance of the Ormonde Hotel, Kilkenny)
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from http://www.lamberdebie.ie by Dutch Master Florist, Lamber de Bie.
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.
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.
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.
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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.
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How to make your own christmas door wreath
By Dutch Master Florist – Lamber de Bie
Decorate the door to your home with your own home made Christmas door wreath with a fools proof step by step guide by Dutch-Master-Florist, Lamber de Bie.
A beautiful wreath hanging from your front door is a wonderful welcome to all your family, friends and neighbors that will visit you over the festive christmas season.
With this easy to follow guide, anyone can make a magnificent door wreath and be the envy of all your neighbors.
There are a number of different base wreaths available to start making your own christmas wreath; You can use a metal frame that you can cover with moss or straw or even directly with noble fir, but the easiest option is to buy a ready made straw wreath base.
These straw bases are widely available from your florist or garden centre in a variety of seizes and are an in-expensive option. Make sure you choose an suitable size for your front door. Remember the finished door wreath will be approx. 3 to 4 inches wider after you add on the Noble Fir.
Next you need to get some fresh Noblis fir that you can get from your florist or garden centre and a hobby secretaurs and a roll of florist binding wire. A roll of garden twine can be used as a substitute for the wire.
Next we need to get some Holly with berries from the garden. However this evergreen Holly from my garden did not produce many berries this year and would also blend in to much with the green fir.
So I decide to cut some tips from this variegated Holly from my garden.
In order to grow a nice and compact Holly bush it is good to cut the tips of the branches every year, so your doing some important work to your garden at the same time.
Now we still have no berries on our Holly. So I decide to take some berries from my Cotoneaster bush. If you can’t find any berries in your garden you can always buy some artificial red berries from your local flower shop or garden centre.
Before we start with the making of our wreath we first have to cut our Noblis Fir branch into small twigs. Starting from the top of your branch (as in photo below) cut off all the nice tips at approx. 4 inches long. You will need 2 to 3 large branches for an average door wreath.
Now we start with tying the florist wire firmly to your base, make sure the wire is wrapped over the wreath and from the centre of the wreath under the wreath back towards you.
Place the first of your noble fir on your wreath holding it in place with one hand. Start with the larger pieces on the outside and the smaller pieces on the inside of the wreath. All branches need to be pointing in the same direction facing up.
Next while still holding the branches with your same hand lift the wire over the wreath with your other hand and than bring the wire back towards you underneath the wreath. Keep your wire tight at all time and pull the wire firmly do your branches are tightly attached.
Keep repeating this process while still covering the cut end of the previously added twigs with the tops of the next layer, moving forward on the wreath by approx 2 inches every time. Remember to always lay every branch in the same direction.
When you are almost at the end -or where you began- you may have to cut the bottom of your stems so only the nice tops are viable.
Now secure the end of your florist wire with a so called “German Pin” These can be got from your florist, garden centre or hobby shop.
If you are hanging your wreath outside on your door or if you are making a wreath to put onto your table you can protect your door or table from rust and scratching by the wire by covering the the back of your wreath by a ribbon of plastic. Cutting a strip from a black bin liner works perfect.
Use the “German pins” on the inside and outside to secure your plastic protection.
Time to start decorating. First choose a nice christmas ribbon. Make sure it is a waterproof and wire-edged ribbon. The wire edge helps you to shape your bow and keep it looking well over the festive season.
We are first attaching a piece of ribbon that we will use later to hang the wreath from your door. Use approx 1 meter of ribbon, bring it around the inside of your wreath with the ends together at the back of the base.
Fold the ends together and attach the ribbon to your wreath using 2 “German Pins”. Keep the pins on the inside (not right at the back) to avoid scratching surfaces to your door.
This is how it should look from the front.
Now it’s time for the bow. Cut about 2 meter of ribbon and hold it in the middle lying over your index finger with your thumb holding it on the top. Now while holding the ribbon between thumb and index finger with your other hand fold the ribbon underneath itself , keeping your thumb in position and sliding the fold over your index finger and under neath the centre of the ribbon. I hope this makes cense and I’m not making it sound more complicated than it really is. Next repeat this step with the other end of the ribbon and you should now have two loops as on the photo below. Repeat both steps to create your double bow.
When your bow is complete tie is in the centre tightly with a florist wire. Use this wire to tie your bow to the wreath over the ribbon you attached earlier to hang your wreath from.
Lay the straps of your bow across the wreath roughly dividing the wreath into 3 parts.
Now add small branches of Holly by pushing the ends into the straw base or by using the “German Pins”. Place two pieces, one on either side beside the bow and one piece at the bottom opposite the bow, again dividing the wreath into 3 sections.
Make sure you cut the ends of your ribbon in a neat way just over the edge of your wreath. The easiest way to do this is by folding the ribbon lengthwise in half and than cutting it at an angle.
Now add small bunches of berries into the centre of your holly. The “German Pins” are the easiest way to do this.
Next we need to choose the rest of our decorations. For this wreath I have chosen 9 small natural cones and a small bunch of gold, glass baubles. I am using a hot-glue gun to add all these following decorations to my wreath. These glue guns can be bought from hobby shops and some DIY shops. Alternatively you can attach a florist wire to each decoration and push the wire into your straw base.
Be careful using your hot glue gun as this gets very, very hot to melt the glue.( do keep away from kids ) Add some glue to your cones and push into place and hold for upto 10 seconds.
Place the cones at the base of the Holly leaves, creating 3 neat clusters on your wreath.
Repeat the same with your gold baubles.
And this the finished product, you own christmas door wreath. When attaching the wreath to your door you can use a heavy duty staple gun to staple the ribbon to the top of your door, when your door is open so after christmas there are no markings on your door.
Here’s some examples of christmas door wreaths we have made for our customers at Lamber de Bie Flowers.
Door wreath with cinnamon sticks and dried fruits.
Wreath with natural cones, artificial red berries and red ribbon.
Elegant door wreath with white and silver decorations and white ribbon.
Hope you have fun making your own christmas door wreath and please leave a message to this post telling me how you got on.
For a look at the full range of Christmas flower by Lamber de Bie Flowers, click on the picture below.
Lamber de Bie
Dutch Master Florist
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.
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.
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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Christmas Flower Selection now available from http://www.lamberdebie.ie
Christmas Flower Selection now available online from our online florists web site http://www.lamberdebie.ie
Have a look at the full selection of Christmas flowers, Christmas bouquets, Christmas arrangements, Christmas plants and many more Christmas gifts by going to the following link: http://www.lamberdebie.ie/shop/subcategory/id/15
At Lamber de Bie Flowers we guarentee perfect fresh flower gifts for the festive Christmas season. All our florists working with Lamber de Bie Flowers in our flower shops in Waterford, Ireland as well as in Kilkenny Ireland are ready to create their best floral Christmas gifts for you this festive season.
On our online florists website you will fine a large selection of floral Christmas gifts in a range of different prices. Hand-tied bouquets are available from as little as €35 including a clear glass vase. You will also fine an area of the most luxurious Christmas bouquets.
We also offer a range of Christmas baskets in wintery whites as well as the more traditional christmas flower basket in red and green.
As well as these Christmas bouquets and Christmas basket arrangements you will find a selection of gift plants on our e-commerce flower site such as the red Christmas plant, the Pointsettia. Each Pointsettia Christmas plant wil be giftwrapped in a luxury gift bag.
All products you buy from http://www.lamberdebie.ie come with the Lamber de Bie Flowers guarentee as can be found on our web site.
You can order flowers for the Christmas season for same day delivery in you buy flowers before 12 noon. You can send flowers to Waterford Ireland, Kilkenny Ireland, Nationwide Ireland and anywhere in the UK. For flower deliveries to any other country please contact us by telephone or email. We offer a flower delivery service that will cover almost worldwide.
We hope that you have fun browsing trough our selection of Christmas flowers and look forward to looking after your Christmas gifts.
Kilkenny Stores make it to Final Round of National Retail Awards
■ Two businesses ranked in Ireland’s Top 50 Stores for 2010
Embargoed 8 November 2010 – Two local retail businesses in Co. Kilkenny have received national recognition at the Retail Excellence Ireland Awards 2010 – the country’s largest and only dedicated retail industry awards. The award was presented on Saturday night by the Minister for Labour Affairs, Dara Calleary, T.D., at a gala event held at the Radisson Blu Galway. Hosted by TV and radio personality, Miriam O’Callaghan, the Awards were attended by more than 500 representatives of the retail industry in Ireland.
The award recipients in Co. Kilkenny were:
■ Lamber De Bie Flowers on Ormonde Street – runner up in the Best Small Store category; ranked 25 overall in Ireland’s Top 50 Retail Stores for 2010
■ Carraig Donn in MacDonagh Junction – runner up in Best Large Store category; ranked 26 in Ireland’s Top 50 Retail Stores for 2010
O’Briens Wine, Beer & Spirits on Sandymount Road in Dublin claimed the overall title of National Store of the Year 2010 while Topaz was named Best Employer and overall Company of the Year at the Awards, which seek out, recognise and reward those retailers deemed to deliver the highest standards in Ireland. Applegreen won the award for Business Growth while O’Briens Wine, Beer & Spirits won Industry Leader.
Chairman of Retail Excellence Ireland, Kevin Jephson said: “When individual retail stores across Ireland submit an entry to these Awards they are signing up to a thorough and extensive competition process – one which collectively contributes to maintaining and raising the standards of Irish retailing to the benefit of businesses and consumers alike. It requires a big effort on the part of owners, managers and employees so I want to extend my thanks to all those who participated,” he said.
Chief Executive of Retail Excellence Ireland, David Fitzsimons, said: “This year we received more than 400 entries from every corner of Ireland so I want to congratulate these Kilkenny stores on their achievement. It is a big honour to receive this accolade and we hope that these stores will display their awards with pride,” he said.
Established 13 years ago by industry group, Retail Excellence Ireland, this Award scheme is the only one of its kind in the country, rewarding excellence across the entire breadth and depth of the retail industry and not just one particular sector.
The award process is based on a thorough store review conducted by a fully trained assessor, which is subsequently assessed by a panel of 10 independent judges who determine the top 50 retail stores in the country and ultimately select the final winners in each of 12 categories.
For more information on the award process or to see a full listing of award winners and Ireland’s Top 50 stores, log on to: www.retailexcellence.ie
Retail Excellence Ireland is the not-for-profit organisation representing more than 580 companies – 8,500 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.
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