Oh, the tulip! It can’t get any more Dutch, you might be thinking, but the tulip originates from Iran, Afghanistan and Kazakhstan. Nomads took the flower to Turkey, where sultans wore a tulip on their turbans. That is how the tulip got its name: ‘tulipan’ means turban.
Colours and shapes of the tulip
The popular tulip is available in white, red, yellow, pink, purple, orange, green or with petals in different colours. You also get a lot of choice of shapes. There are tulips with a single or a double row of flower petals, striking frilly and parrot tulips with serrated- edged petals and the elegant lily tulip.
Caring for the tulip
With these care tips you can enjoy your little turbans for 5 to 12 days:
Choose a vase which is tall enough: tulips can still grow a few centimetres.
Place the tulips first of all for an hour in the vase, in their wrapping. The tulips will suck up the water and will straighten themselves.
Use tap water at room temperature.
Cut the stems diagonally off at the bottom.
Place the vase in a cool, not too sunny position, away from the fruit bowl.
Symbolism of the tulip
When you give flowers, in some cases you also send a message. Red tulips mean turbulent love, yellow tulips mean rejection and black tulips: ‘I love you so much I would give everything up for you’. If you gave a tulip in the sixteenth century, then you would be giving riches. In that time the flower was extremely popular and a speculative trade in tulip bulbs quickly developed. In those days you could buy a whole canal house in Amsterdam for the price of one tulip bulb! Those times are over, but you will still feel rich, with a beautiful bunch of tulips in your home.
At Lamber de Bie Flowers we are very exited with the arrival of the first spring flowers into our flowershop.
The first offering of Spring flowers from the dutch flower auction in Aalsmeer starts often well before Christmas. However it is Lamber’s choice to hold off on buying any spring blooms untill the new year.
In the months January, February, March, April and May you can expect a large selection of spring flowers in our flowershops in Waterford and Kilkenny.
We will carry the usual spring flowers such as Tulips and Daffodills as well as the less often used Ranunculus, Lilac, Forcythia and Hyacinths. It is in the cold winter months of January, February and March that we surround ourself with these fresh spring blooms. creating spring flower bouquets in bright yellow, yellow and blue, pastel pinks and many other colour combinations.
Tulips are one of the most admired and beloved flowers the world around.
Meaning of the Colour of Tulips
Tulips are symbolic of fame and perfect love.
The symbolic meaning also changes with the colour of the tulips. Red tulips mean “beleive me” and are a declaration of true love.
Variegated tulips mean “You have beautifull eyes.”
Yellow tulips mean “There’s sunshine in your smile” and cheerful thoughts
Cream coloured tulips mean “I will love you forever.”
Orange tulips mean energy, enthausiasm, desire and passion.
Tulips as Heralds of Spring
Tulips also mean eternal life and are heralds of spring.
Along with crocuses and daffodils, tulips are the first flowers to blossom each year, sometimes while there is still snow on the ground nearby. Tulips are perfect for gardens that are designed to bloom from the earliest possible date. The meaning of the garden can be encoded in the choice of flower colors. For example, a white tulip garden would symbolize heaven on earth.
Send a burst of spring sunshine with this glorious hand-tied. These sunny golden yellow roses make a bright contrast to the snowy white lilies and pristine germini. Even if the spring weather disappoints, this is the perfect way to welcome spring into their home. Created by your expert, Local florist, Lamber de Bie Flowers, based in Ireland with flower shops in Waterford and Kilkenny.
For her birthday, choose this ultra-feminine bouquet that is bursting with spring freshness. This pretty selection in shades of soft pink and white features beautifully fragrant freesias and genista to give it a springtime twist. It is trimmed with a Happy Birthday ribbon to mark their special day. Featuring 2 pink Asiatic lilies, 5 pink roses and 4 white freesias hand-tied with white genista, palm leaves and salal and finished with a Happy Birthday ribbon.
Scented Spring Pastels Vase
One of the pleasures of spring is the fresh, heady scent from flowers of the season and we’ve captured that uplifting experience with this exquisite gift. The combination of pastel hyacinths and ranunculus with dainty spring paper whites is irresistible. Featuring paper whites, mixed pale hyacinths, pink ranunculus and white genista with salal, arranged in a green glass globe vase and finished with a daisy wooden tag Created by your Local florist, Lamber de Bie Flowers, based in Ireland with flower shops
We hope that we’ve brought the Spring a little bit closer to you by showing some of our gange of Spring Flowers that we will be creating for you over the next few months in our Flower shops in Kilkenny and Waterford.
If you would like to see the full range of Spring flowers have a look at our florist website at : www.lamberdebie.ie or call into one of our shops where you can not only see the creations but tough and smell them.
Royal weddings have been the inspiration for many brides-to-be when it comes to planning their own wedding. wether it is the dress, the flowers, the cake or any other detail of the last big wedding.
I am looking at some of the biggest royal weddings in europe and what they did with their flowers.
As a Dutch Master Florist, with great love for our Dutch Royals living and running 3 Flower shops in Ireland, where we do not have our own Royals but more or less adopted the british Royals, I have put together a chronological list of royal weddings focussing mostly on the Dutch and British Royals.
Queen Victoria 1840
Queen Victoria. She married her first cousin, Prince Albert of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha, in 1840.
As for her bouquet, Queen Victoria carried a small posy made up solely of snowdrops (Prince Albert’s favorite flower). In reference to bridal bouquets, there is a royal wedding tradition of brides including a sprig of myrtle in their bouquets. This bush was grown from a cutting brought from Coburg by Prince Albert. Sprigs have been included in the bouquets of all royal brides since the 1850s.
Queen Victoria Royal Wedding
The 19th century bride even decorated her gown with this symbol of fertility. But it was Queen Victoria who created the vogue for the sweet smelling blossoms when she wore them in a grand wreath for her 1840 wedding, and the classic floral theme for the Victorian bride was set. The very influential etiquette journals of the 19th century dictated that every bride include the blossoms in her wedding. This was so opulently obeyed, that by the 1870s, one of the powerful arbiters of good taste in England, John Cordy Jefferson, was begging for a change from the all-white headdresses, stating ” ‘not one lovely girl in a thousand could wear without disadvantage the solely yellow-white orange-flowers’ “, according to Ann Monsarrat. And it seems that “he also found the connection between orange blossoms and fertility extremely distasteful”. Those Victorians!
When real orange blossoms were in short supply or in northern climates where citrus fruits did not flourish, wax replicas were used instead. However, reports in society newspapers of some extravagant Victorian weddings would specify “real orange blossoms” were used and the effusive accounts of the nuptials told of lush scents wafting through the air! These exquisite folkloric flowers, either genuine fresh blossoms or wax replicas, continued to be used to “fulfill the demands of tradition” well into the 1950s. The wax reproductions so prized during the Victorian era have become extremely precious today. Whether it is an entire vintage wax flower wreath that has been restored to wear again or some individual flowers saved to nestle into a newly made headpiece, these harming wax replica orange blossoms are being treasured again, and being used for their uniqueness, beauty and sentiment.
Lady Alice 1935
In August 1935, Lady Alice became engaged to Prince Henry, Duke of Gloucester, the third son of King George V. They were married in a private ceremony, in the Private Chapel, Buckingham Palace, on 6 November of that year. A much more elaborate wedding was originally planned for Westminster Abbey; but after Lady Alice’s father died of cancer on 19 October 1935, and in consideration of the King’s own failing health, it was decided that the wedding should be scaled down to a more private setting. Her bridemaids were her sister the Lady Angela Scott, her nieces, the Lady Elizabeth Scott, Miss Clare Phipps, Miss Anne Hawkins, her husband’s nieces Princesses Elizabeth and Margaret Rose of York, her cousin Miss Moyra Scott and her husband’s cousin the Lady Mary Cambridge.
She wore a large traditional “Crescent” bridal bouquet of mainly english garden roses.
Grace Kelly 1956
On April 18, 1956 Grace Kelly and Rainier had both civil and religious weddings. The 40-minute civil ceremony took place in the Palace Throne Room of Monaco , and was broadcast across Europe. The following day the church ceremony took place at Monaco’s Saint Nicholas Cathedral. Kelly’s wedding dress, designed by MGM’s Academy Award–winning Helen Rose, was worked on for six weeks by three dozen seamstresses. The ceremony was watched by an estimated 30 million people on television.
Grace’s bridal bouquet was of lily-of-the-valley, and the ribbons of her bouquet had small sprigs attached to them. She left the bouquet on the altar of the Chapel of St. Dévote after the wedding.
Grace Kelly’s “Juliet cap” headpiece was decorated with orange blossoms.
Grace’s matrons of honor carried bouquets of tea roses, and the flower girls carried white daisies.
Queen Beatrix of Holland 1966
On the 10th of March Crown Princess Beatrix marriages Claus von Amsberg, First in a civic ceremony and later that day in a religious ceremony in Amsterdam.
The balcony of the Palace in Amsterdam was decorated with white tulips.
The bridal bouquet for Queen Beatrix, than princess Beatrix, was made from the pure white, stunning Eucharis flowers and white Lily if the valley flowers.
The Eucharis flower is a stunning pure white flower that at times looks like a perfect open single daffodil flower. It is however part if the Amaryllus family and is available in the spring.
Camilla’s first wedding 1973
On 4 July 1973, Camilla married Andrew Parker Bowles, at the Guards Chapel, Wellington Barracks, London. Camilla wore a bouquet of large open “Longi” lilies and Stephanotis flowers (also called the brides flower).
Diana, Princess of Wales 1981
On 29 July 1981 Twenty-year-old Diana became The Princess of Wales when she married Charles at St Paul’s Cathedral, which offered more seating than Westminster Abbey, generally used for royal nuptials. It was widely billed as a “fairytale wedding,” watched by a global television audience of 750 million while 600,000 people lined the streets to catch a glimpse of Diana en route to the ceremony. At the altar Diana accidentally reversed the order of Charles’s first two names, saying Philip Charles Arthur George instead. She did not say that she would “obey” him; that traditional vow was left out at the couple’s request, which caused some comment at the time. Diana wore a dress valued at £9000 with a 25-foot (8-metre) train. The couple’s wedding cake was created by Belgian pastry chef S. G. Sender, who was known as the “cakemaker to the kings.”
Diana wore a large cascading wedding bouquet of white roses white scented stephanotis flowers. The wedding bouquet that Diana, Princess of Wales carried for her wedding in 1981 was made by Longmans Florists, who also designed and made the bouquet for the Queen when she married in 1947. The bouquet was a gift from the Worshipful Company of Gardeners.
The bouquet, 42″ long and 15″ wide, was of a cascading shower design similar to those from Edwardian times. It set a trend for wedding bouquets which up to that point at been comparably small. The designers of her wedding dress, David and Elizabeth Emanuel wanted Diana to have a large bouquet, as a small one would have obviously been dwarfed by the size of her dress. The flowers that comprised the bouquet were:
Gardenias, Stephanotis, Freesia, Odontoglossum Orchid (Royal Wedding), Lily of the Valley, Earl Mountbatten Roses, Hedera (Ivy), Tradescantia, Myrtle and Veronica (Hebe)
It’s worth noting that it is a royal wedding tradition for a sprig of myrtle, from the bush grown from the original myrtle in Queen Victoria’s wedding bouquet, to be included. The Earl of Mountbatten roses were a tribute to Prince Charles’ “Uncle Dickie” Lord Louis Mountbatten, who had died in 1979. The yellow color of the rose incidentally inspired the bridesmaid dresses.
Three bouquets were made, one for the practice the night before the wedding, the second was delivered to St. James’ Palace. The third was taken to Buckingham Palace on the day of the wedding and used for the formal photographs. As per royal wedding tradition, at least one of them would have been placed after the wedding on the tomb of the Unknown Warrior in Westminster Abbey.
According to the press release for the wedding bouquet: ‘It is well balanced,and although heavier than most carried nowadays the distribution should not be too tiresome for the Bride.’
Whatever the weight, lets hope there was no bouquet toss; she could have seriously injured someone in the process!
Prince Andrew and Sarah Ferguson 1986
On 17 March 1986, Prince Andrew, Duke of York (the second son of Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh and fourth in line to the throne) and Sarah Ferguson announced their engagement, having met at a party at Windsor Castle the previous year.
After securing the Queen’s permission (which is required by British law for children of the monarch) Andrew and Sarah were married in Westminster Abbey on 23 July 1986.
In her arms, Sarah carried a crescent-shaped bouquet created from gardenias, cream lilies, yellow roses, lilies of the valley and a sprig of myrtle – traditional in all British royal wedding bouquets.
Dutch Crown Prince Willem Alexander Maxima 2002
Dutch Crown Prince Willem Alexander marries Maxima from Buenos Aires (Argentinië) on 2nd of Feb. 2002.
After the wedding ceremony Prins Willem-Alexander and Prinses Máxima tour trough Amsterdam in the golden Carriage.
This carriage was also used in 1966 for the wedding of the current queen of The Netherlands, than, Princess Beatrix en Prince Claus, in 1937 for the wedding of Beatrix’s mother than Prinses Juliana en Prins Bernhard and in 1901 for the marriage of queen Wilhelmina and Prins Hendrik.
Maxima choose a compact bouquet with a slight teardrop shape with the magnificently scented Gardenia flowers, pure white roses and Lily of the Valley flowers for her wedding bouquet.
The balcony was decorated with large white lilies, white roses, green Viburnum flowers and white gypsophylla flowers.
Camilla Parker Bowles 2005
On April 9 2005 Camilla Parker Bowles wed Prince Charles. Williams father. As this was a second marriage for both of them it was kept low key and Camilla wore a silver silk wedding gown, teamed with a stunning hat created by milliner Philip Treacy.
Her bouquet consisted of yellow, purple and white primroses with traditional lily of the valley flowers and myrtle foliage. Like many Royal weddings, her bouquet contained flowers mostly taken from Queen Victorias garden on the Isle of Wight.
Laura Parker Bowles 2006
On 6 May 2006 Laura Parker Bowles, daughter of Camilla Parker Bowles, married Harry Marcus George Lopes (former Calvin Klein Model), born 7 October 1977, son of the Hon. George Edward Lopes and his wife, the Hon. Sarah Violet Astor. Lopes is also a grandson of the 2nd Baron Roborough and the 2nd Baron Astor of Hever. The wedding took place in St. Cyriac’s Anglican Church, Lacock, Wiltshire. Laura wore a diamond tiara on her wedding day that belongs to her mother’s family. Some 400 guests attended the wedding, including Kate Middleton, the fiancée of stepbrother Prince William.
She had a very simple choice of flowers for her bouquet, all one type of flower, and her choice was Lily of the Valley… and lots of it. Laura’s bouquet was in a cascade shape, and surely was the result of some floral designer going home with terribly aching fingers and hands. Each spring of L O V has to be individually wired and taped, and with meticulous care, for their stems are very fragile. I would think that a team of designers and floral shop employees teamed up for the wiring and taping of all these tiny stems, probably to be brought together into one bouquet just hours before the ceremony. Lily of the Valley, not only fragrant, delicate and pretty, is also difficult to keep fresh once the smaller shoots are cut from the main stem or “pip”. At any rate Laura’s bouquet is a lovely one, and well worth the intense labor and technique involved.
Prince William & Kate Middleton 2011
Three florists, including Simon Lycett (who did Prince Charles and Duchess Camilla‘s wedding) are preparing flowers for the grand event. Among the stems: gardenias, lily of the valley, delphinium and roses all grown in Britain. “It will be white and very scented, along the lines of an English garden.
Easter time is one of the nicest seasons in a florists calender. There is a wide selection of flowers available in wonderful bright. happy colours. This combined with the fact that everyone tends to be extra happy (not sure this is because of the flowers or the idea of eating lots of chocolates all weekend) around this time makes it very special.
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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You will find all you are looking for from single red rose, dozen red roses bouquet, fantastic tulip bouquets, valentines chocolates and much more.
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If you plan to walk down the aisle anytime soon, you should be aware that the flowers you carry might say more than you intended. That’s right; most flowers carry a meaning, or a special significance that has been passed down from generation to generation.
We can trace this back to the Victorian Era. It was improper in those days for a man to come out and tell a lady how he felt, so he would choose a flower with special meaning and send it her instead. Because the meaning of flowers was so well known, the woman receiving them understood the message as clearly as if it was written on a piece of paper.
As every flower lover knows, flowers have a language all of their own. Every sentiment can be expressed with flowers. Wedding flowers are no different. For instance, you wouldn’t want to have yellow carnations at your wedding if you knew that yellow carnations mean disappointment and rejection. Make sure you know what the flowers mean before you use them as your wedding flowers.
There is a reason that roses are the most popular choice of flowers for brides. A white rose stands for innocence, beauty and charm-just the traits every bride wants to portray. A bride that chooses red roses for her wedding flowers is sending a message of passion and of fiery love. If dark pink roses are used for a wedding, the couple is expressing a thankfulness that they found each other.
An ivy coloured Rose stands for fidelity in the marriage-something every new couple strives for. Pink roses mean perfect happiness but yellow roses mean jealousy. Sometimes, it’s not the colour that holds the meaning but the type. A tea rose means I’ll always remember you but a dried white rose means I would rather die than lose my virtue. Rosebuds means beauty and youth but roses signify secrecy and silence.
Roses aren’t the only flowers that hold meaning. Lilies are a very popular wedding flower. The most popular type of lily is the Calla Lily, which means beauty. Most lilies have beautiful meanings. The white lily means it’s heavenly to be with you while the yellow lily means I’m walking on air. Did you know that the day lily is the Chinese symbol for Mother? The tiger lily means wealth and pride.
Not all flowers have negative meanings; there are very few negative meanings for tulips. Tulips in general mean the perfect lover; this might be a good one to tuck into the buttonhole on his tux. Red tulips are a declaration of love while a yellow tulip means there is sunshine in your smile. If you are having a spring wedding, there is simply no better way to express your love for your future spouse than by carrying a bouquet of tulips. They are not only beautiful, but speak of an undying love.
There are some flowers you can just look at and assume you know what they mean. Never be too hasty in assuming anything. For instance, when you look at a cactus you would think that there had to be a negative meaning for it – wrong. A cactus means endurance and forever. This fits if you think about the cactus; they can survive anything.
There are so many different types of wedding flowers that no one could name them all but here are a few more. Peonies mean shame. Orchids are the Chinese symbol for many children.
No matter what wedding flowers you pick, no one is really going to know the meaning unless you tell them. Your wedding flowers, like your wedding, should be memorable and not based on superstition. Finding the meanings of flowers is like being superstitious about the groom seeing the bride in her wedding dress before the wedding. We make our own luck.
As you can see, the flowers that you choose for your wedding will definitely set the mood. Knowing that, before you select your flowers, determine what type of wedding and reception event you want to have. Once you do that, choosing the flowers will be a breeze.