Talking Flowers // November
Come inside! Make yourself at home! Welcome to our November issue! We’ve packed it full of winter treats and tips because, if you didn’t you know, winter is the season to indulge little and often!
This month we'll be looking at the fascinating subject of birth flowers and describing the special flower associated with each month. Discover your birth flower and that of loved ones so that your next birthday gift can have even more meaning!
We'll also look at those all-important winter health routines to keep you in good health and looking good!
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- In Bloom: What’s Your Birth Flower?
- The Flower Fashionista Top Tips For Surviving The Winter Ravages
- Flowercard People: New Winner Announced
- Made With Love: An Orange Pomander
IN BLOOM: WHAT'S YOUR BIRTH FLOWER?
Did you know that, just as each month has a birthstone, it also has a birth flower? Here we'll look at the flowers associated with each month, giving you a great little reference to print-off and keep with your calendar or birthday book. The next time you send birthday flowers, or buy a potted plant, you can make the gift match that person’s birth month!
Fabulously fragrant and long lasting, these flowers represent pride, beauty, fascination and affection. Available in so many colours, a white carnation means friendship, a pink one romance and a red one love. With its spray of purple carnations our Birthday Ditsy card is perfect for anyone born in this month.
A herald of spring, with a warm deep colour, the iris means faith, wisdom and hope. In its blue or snow-white form, it also harks back to mid-winter, making the iris the perfect symbol for this month that sits between the seasons.
One of the first flowers of spring the daffodil mixes pretty yellows and a delicate fragrance to symbolise new life. Other meanings include respect, unrequited love and hope. It is also, of course, the traditional flower to send on Mother’s Day and is the national emblem of Wales.
The daisy is associated with innocence and often it’s the first flower a toddler learns to name. When it comes to fresh flowers, however, the gerbera daisy is always a favourite because it is just so big and colourful. In our Petal Pinks Flowercard, we feature an amazing fuchsia pink gerbera that would delight on any April birthday.
May: Lily of the Valley
With its row of delicate white blossoms, like tiny baby bonnets, and its very pretty fragrance, no wonder this flower represents sweetness and purity. Its meaning is ‘the return of happiness’, the perfect sentiment for a birthday, especially after a difficult year.
The flower of love and romance the rose is also the flower with the most meanings according to dictionaries of The Language of Flowers. Red roses mean passion, pink love, white friendship and yellow platonic love, making roses perfect posy for any June birthday you can think of!
The tall and beautiful spike flowers of the larkspur bloom between June and September, with a variety of colours making it very popular for summer bouquets. Representing an open heart and ardent attachment, larkspur is the perfect birthday surprise that conveys so much love.
Tall and dramatic, they look like large swords - no wonder these flowers were named after the gladiators! A symbol of remembrance, gladioli bouquets come in every colour but blue, with the stature to make fantastic centrepiece on any dining table.
With their stunning pointed shape, these glorious flowers are named after the Latin for ‘star’. Representing both patience and daintiness, asters are also frost resistant, so the perfect bloom as autumn takes hold.
With a meaning of “winning grace” a marigold is a gift full of compliments. A very sacred flower in India, where it is often placed around the necks of holy statues, in the UK, marigolds are also known as the Summer Bride: the flower heads follow the sun and bloom almost non-stop for the entire summer.
A symbol of the sun, this flower can be enjoyed in red, white or yellow and flowers in late summer through to autumn. Representing compassion, friendship or secret love, chrysanthemums are incredibly long lasting, making them a favourite with florists and flower lovers alike.
December: Paper White Narcissus
Fabulously fragrant flowers that are often given as Christmas gifts, their white petals capture the magic of fresh snowfall and bring it into the home. The meaning behind the paper white narcissus is that you think the recipient is sweet and it’s also a symbol of peace.
THE FLOWER FASHIONISTA
As the air turns chilly and the wind starts to blow, we all have to make little changes to our routines to keep ourselves healthy and beautiful. Follow our top tips for surviving the winter ravages!
Wrap-up warm. It sounds obvious, but so often we just ‘pop out to the shops’ without adding those hats, scarves and thick woolly socks that protect our bodies from the shock of sudden cold. Why not treat yourself to some new woollens this year, to make dressing-up warm a pleasure?
Invest in a rich night cream along with a lighter daytime moisturiser. Winter winds and indoor heating remove a lot of moisture from the skin. A richer night cream during the winter months, paying particular attention to the delicate area under your eyes, can work wonders. It’s also worth switching to a more gentle toner and cleanser; one that’s less as astringent – maybe made from flower extracts.
Buy a new lip balm. Keep it handy in your bag to put on before you step outside, so you can prevent chapping before it becomes a pain!
Resist long, hot showers as they strip out moisture from your skin. Soak less often in a warm bath instead, perhaps adding a bath bomb like those in our Rose Relaxer card (left). When you’ve finished your soak, pat yourself dry and apply body lotion when your skin is still slightly damp to lock that moisture in.
Drink lots of water to combat the drying effects of winter damage, and if you fancy something hot, try a refreshing herbal tea instead of caffeineated drinks.
Swap salads for soup to keep up a healthy five-a-day fruit and veg routine. A homemade broth filled with hearty root vegetables can do wonders to keep colds and coughs at bay. Just add a crusty bun and you’ll have a full, warm tummy in no time! A great source for recipes on the web http://www.bbc.co.uk/food/recipes/
And don’t forget a little treat every now and then is good for the soul. A recent study reported by the BBC stated that melting chocolate in your mouth produces an increase in brain activity and heart rate that was more intense than that associated with passionate kissing! So why not indulge, or give a friend permission to indulge, with some top quality chocolates, like those found in our gorgeous Choc Box card (pictured left).
Another postbag bulging with wonderful people! Another difficult decision to make as we select November’s Flowercard Award winner!
This month we’re honouring Joanne Hilton, nominated by her friend Jaqui Ponsford. Jacqui told us:
"Joanne is a Nurse Practitioner and works 3 x 13.5 hours weekly and looks after local folk who cannot look after themselves. Joanne is married with 2 teenage sons. During recent years Joanne has had to battle personal illness such as a stroke and cancer. Joanne is also a senior youth leader in her local church for teenagers in her local area, many of whom look upon Joanne as their best friend. Joanne is always smiling, willing to help and answer a cry for help.”
We are delighted to honour their kindness with our Flowercard People Award, and take our hats-off to the devotion and support Evelyn and Colin have shown over the years."
We are delighted to send Joanne her Award Flowercard to recognise all the fantastic work she does in her local community, despite her own recent problems. We wish there were more people like Joanne out there making everyone’s lot a little better! As soon as Jacqui tells us which Flowercard she wants us to send to Joanne, and what special message she wants us to print on the front we’ll send it off to her!
If you know people like Joanne who deserve a Flowercard, why not nominate them for a Flowercard People Award?
Every month we’ll select a winner to receive your choice of Flowercard, with your personal message on the front, for FREE. Even if they don’t win this month, they’ll still go back into the draw, to be considered again and again.
So what are the qualities we'll be looking for in our Flowercard People Award?
Well, that's up to you! Maybe people who always think of others, individuals who've stayed strong through difficult times, friends who've shown courage, kindness, selflessness and determination. You tell us by nominating them.
HOW TO MAKE YOUR FREE FLOWERCARD NOMINATION
- Please describe why your nominee deserves a FREE Flowercard in no more than 100 words in an email to firstname.lastname@example.org
- Be sure to include a daytime phone number for us to contact you, should your nomination win.
- To help us identify your email, please type 'Flowercard Award Nomination' in the subject line.
- Please read the Flowercard Award Terms and Conditions
MADE WITH LOVE
This month we're looking at the classic orange pomander. A pleasure to make and beautiful to look at, these creations traditionally fragranced wardrobes in the colder winter months, but as they are so lovely to look at, we think they should be put on display, not tucked in with your coats!
You will need...
- Oranges - one for each pomander you wish to make
- A toothpick or cocktail stick
- Whole cloves - a handful for each pomander
- A mix of spices - we recommend a tablespoon each of cloves, nutmeg, cinnamon, ginger and, if you can obtain it, orris root power which is a fixative.
- Use the toothpick or cocktail stick to puncture the orange skin where you want the cloves to go. You can do this randomly all over, or in a pattern such as stripes or spirals.
- If you are planning to tie the pomander with a ribbon, you could use masking tape to mark out a strip of skin to leave bare, where the ribbon will sit once the pomander is dry.
- Insert a clove into each of the holes you have made.
- Once you’ve covered the orange with cloves, and you are happy with the design, remove any masking tape and roll the orange in the spice mixture, to create that fabulous Christmas smell.
- Place in a cool, dry spot for a couple of weeks to fully dry.
- Tie with a ribbon to hang, or if you have made several balls, why not display them in a bowl along with some pine cones?
- This craft idea also works with apples, lemons and limes - for a pomander with a fresh new twist!
- Once you've made your lovely pomander, why not send us a photograph? We’d love to see it. Please email to email@example.com.
We’ll look at the origins of our biggest Christmas traditions, especially those Christmas decorations full of holly and mistletoe.
Our latest Flowercard People Award will be announced - it could be your friend or relative if you enter them for the award today!
And we'll also share a lovely but easy craft idea for paper Christmas lanterns - simple enough to make with the kids, they’ll love hanging them on the tree!
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