Mother-Daughter Lavender Business

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People flock to Edith Williamson’s farm in Fauquier County during June and July to pick flowers. Some of the most fragrant flowers are found here, often drying them out to use in baking or to add beauty to their homes.
Lavender is mainly grown at this farm, and the long purple stalks of “Croxton’s Wild” have already started growing.
William says, “we …


East meets West

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Whilst thinking about what I would write about today, I decided I would highlight what I believe to be one of our most overlooked items. It’s my personal favourite – a combination of the East with hints of East Asia sneaking out, running parallel to our beautiful European pink roses.
The juxtaposition of the two together is extraordinary. To me, it …


A Gardener's Favourite – the Daisy

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Daisies remind of the freshness of spring and summer, their white petals can remind us only of this.
They are a favourite among perennials, Shasta daisies are at their blooming peak at this time of year. They were created in 1890 by Luther Burbank, who gave them their name after Mount Shasta, found them close to his home.
Daisies are in fact …


Butterflies in the Garden

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If you want more excitement and colour in your garden, butterflies are the key to achieving this. But in order to get them to come you have to choose native plants, and luckily in the United States there are nearly 400 native flowers to choose from.
These flowers provide both nectar and shelter for butterflies. Large butterflies like the Monarch like …


Is Wimbledon Really Ready to Roll?

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Last Friday, we delivered flowers to Amélie Mauresmo at Wimbledon. And it took us over three hours to locate the correct location to drop the gift! Our driver was sent back and forth within the compound, driving from the first gate to the second, back to the first and around again. The security guards had no clue where anything …


Doyle Landscapes Wins Big at Bloom Festival

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The “Urban Native” exhibit, designed by Doyle Scapes from Dublin won gold at the Bloom Festival this year.
This landscape design company had a humble start in Dublin working only in the area, but with this win they have extended their services to all of Ireland, France, Poland and the Czech Republic.
Qualified architect Colm Doyle from Doyle Scapes described some of …


Vegetable Gardens Enhanced with Flowers

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Many people in the United have started planting vegetable gardens, some because of the bad economy and some have been inspired by Michelle Obama’s Whitehouse garden.
The problem with vegetable gardens is that they can be fairly sparse at times, making your garden look less appealing. If you plan on having a vegetable garden for the long-run it might be a …


Flowers Preventing Crime

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As a last resort, flowers are being used to stamp out crime and theft in a Tokyo district. Of course, these flowers will also serve the purpose of making the streets more beautiful.
City official, Kiyotaka Ohyagi says, “‘Operation Flower’ began about three years ago. By planting flowers facing the street, more people will be keeping an eye out while taking …


Time to Start Pressing Flowers

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This is the season when blooms and fresh leaves run abundant, and it is also the time to start cutting flowers and leaves for pressing.
There are several tricks you can try for pressing your flowers. First of all, you can put them in between two sheets of copy paper or coffee filters, then between paper towels or cardboard. Using rubber …


Japan combats crime with flowers!

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Tokyo has recently found a solution to combat crime and improve the atmosphere in some of the city’s more deprived areas.  This came as a result of a study, which found that burglaries were less likely to be committed on a road lined with flowers.  And rightly so – since the implementation of planted flowers, burglaries in Suginami; a district …