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10 Best Tips To Buy Flowers In Cyprus

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Standing outside the florist’s shop on a bright sunny afternoon, I embrace myself for the ordeal of picking out flowers yet again. It is our 10-years anniversary and I am determined to make it a memorable day for my wife. This slight inconvenience would be totally worth the look of utter joy on her face when I present her with her favorite flowers, at the surprise party I plan to throw to celebrate a decade of love and happiness with her.

Normally, I would have delayed it until the very last minute as for me this task is tantamount to sheer confusion and bafflement. A great part of this ridiculous paranoia stems from the hustle we faced at the time of our wedding. But today I am not as troubled as I once used to be. Having done this quite a few times before (always with a lot of help), I walk confidently into the shop today and place an order.

According to Greek myth, the most ideal place to get married is in Cyprus, because this is where Aphrodite (the Greek Goddess of love) was born. Taking the wedding vows under a shower of beautiful flowers in a beautiful setting is the idea of a dream wedding for many. If you have your big day coming up and feel your nerves fraught with apprehension, trust me, I know exactly how you feel. Although the choices are enormous and you may feel lost once in a while, following a few simple steps, you can easily overcome this challenge. These are as follows:

  • Always remember that when it comes to choosing flowers, there are no right or wrong decisions as everyone has their own taste and preferences. So go for what you like and you are good to go.
  • The less is more approach holds true in this case as well. Flowers add a splash of color to the wedding and are like a cherry on top of a cake (in this case, the ornamentation). So keep it simple as excess of everything is bad.
  • To get an idea of the trends popular in floral decorations, you can browse through several bridal magazines or even gardening books that focus on flowers. This could be of particular help when you have no idea of what kind of flowers you want.
  • Next on the list is selecting the right color for your flowers. This would significantly narrow down your list of options. The color of your flowers should complement the bridal gown, the wedding theme, and the clothing of the rest of the bridal party. The colors selected also give a calm, serene or vibrant feel to the wedding.
  • While picking out flowers, also consider the setting of your wedding, be it outdoors or indoors, your flowers should stand out. In an outdoor wedding, avoid using large centerpieces that obstruct the scenic view.
  • Another helpful tip is that you should take seasonal variations of flowers in account. Seasonal flowers are cheaper and more easily available as compared to the non-seasonal ones, which are expensive. So it really depends on how much you are willing to spend on floral decorations.
  • If you want things to run smoothly, plan out a budget for the decoration and select flowers accordingly; your savings need not take a plunge with you.
  • The purpose for which the flowers are selected also helps to refine your available choices. Flowers are required for the bridal bouquet and those of the bridesmaids’, for the church (or other place of marriage), for decorating the bridal arch or arbor and for tables at a sit-down dinner. For an outside wedding, you need a carpet of fresh petals. Flowers are also used to decorate the hall, marquee and the dance area for reception.
  • While selecting flowers for the centerpieces, avoid choosing strongly scented flowers. Even though it may sound a romantic idea, it will drive your guests insane if they are prone to allergies.

Finally, selecting a florist for your wedding is of utmost importance. A competent florist could assist you with all the aforementioned hurdles and there is no one better suited for this job than Cosmea Gardens Wedding Flower Service. You can discuss with them your preferences and they will bring your ideas to life. This is where spending a little extra truly pays off. You can therefore sit back and relax, and let Cosmea Gardens Wedding Flower Service take care of the rest.

 

International Women’s Day

International Women’s Day is celebrated this year on the 8th March and whilst it passes almost unnoticed in many countries, it’s an important day for it recognises the role women play in society whilst underlining the shameful fact that in many countries worldwide women aren’t treated equally to their male counterparts.
Several occasions are put forward for its inauguration but the generally accepted one for an international marking of the occasion is in 1911 when women across Europe demonstrated primarily for suffrage – the right to vote and to hold public office, but secondarily and potentially more importantly, to be granted the same rights in the workplace as men.
Since then it has been celebrated annually but in many different ways. In many of the eastern European countries it’s celebrated as a national holiday but in Montenegro and in China, it’s only a holiday for women!
In other countries it’s taken on a less serious note and is seen more as a celebration of women rather than a chance to highlight inequalities. In countries such as Serbia, Croatia and Romania, it’s treated a little like Mothers’ Day or Valentine’s Day when men offer gifts or flowers to the women in their lives.
Whilst not celebrated like this in Cyprus or the UK, if you’re looking for a good excuse to buy a gift to show your mother, sisters, girlfriends or wives how much you love them, order a hand delivered bouquet of flowers for them from Cosmea Gardens. You can guarantee they’ll be very happy but they’re likely to be very surprised too as few know about the occasion.
On a serious note, this year’s International Women’s Day highlights the continuing saga of violence against women, particularly topical in the light of the recent Indian bus rape story and the Oscar Pistorius story in South Africa. These are high profiles examples of violence to women but every day in every country women suffer domestic violence in the home, behind closed doors and are either too ashamed or too scared to speak out about it. This year, the organisers of the occasion want governments around the world to hold to their promise of eradicating violence against women, not just in the home but in parts of the world where violence against women is commonplace. Sadly, this has been the theme of the year for six out of the last eighteen years and still the problem persists.
Let’s hope that finally this year, the people who can do something to wipe out this blight on human relationships take that step forward.
For now, thinking of the happier side to the day, which woman in your life would you like to send a bouquet of flowers to? Who would you want to tell that they mean so much to you? Who do you want to tell that you hold them in the highest regard and that your life wouldn’t be the same without them?
We’re sure there are plenty, so, to make sending that special gift easier click here to discover the beautiful bouquets that the woman in your life would love to receive.

 

Valentine’s Day is right here!!

I was given a jolt the other day when I found that my wife, who is usually totally disorganized, had purchased and secreted away a Valentine’s Day card for me. Those of you that read this blog regularly know that she’s very much a last minute kind of girl and one year was searching Platres, the Cypriot mountain village, on the actual day, for a card and gift. Having said that it was one of the more memorable Valentine’s Days with me convinced she’d find nothing and instead I got a fabulous and huge card with words like they were written for us and a naff but forever memorable pink stuffed rabbit on a spring that croaked ‘I love you, I love you’ with every slight movement! Now this year it’s my turn to be disorganised as I’ve yet to order flowers or a card. Still, she’s currently in the UK visiting her mother so I’ve got plenty of time to get things done. If you’re not so lucky in having your partner go away at the time you need to get things organised then don’t panic. All you need is a laptop and a credit card and you’re away without him or her even noticing. This is what you do…
Send yourself a secure email with your card details but not the security code, you’ll have to remember that one. Then whilst checking the computer for football scores or the latest soaps, quickly read the email whilst logged on to www.cosmeagardens.com. Choose a fabulous bouquet from their marvellous selection and enter the card details from your email. Perhaps throw the odd comment across to your partner such as ‘city have just gone ahead, I can’t believe it!’ or ‘I knew that would happen, Josie’s going out with that Darren that had an affair with her mother’ and they won’t suspect a thing!
What’s even better now you (and I) have left it so late is that Cosmea Gardens are rewarding us laggards by offering an online discount – can you believe it, we think we’ve messed up and still we get the best deal. It’s certainly not like my Christmas shopping where by leaving it all last minute I buy the very first thing I see, no matter what the cost, because the countdown to Christmas is ticking away and I’ll never get it all done. Psst, don’t forget to use coupon “verylastminute” to save 10% on a minimum of 50Eur purchase.
The card is the next detail and if you haven’t organised it, you can still take the lazy way out by using one of the online card designers who will send a personalised card to your beloved with just a few details and for even fewer euros. What could be simpler? Now I’m wondering whether it’s possible to do the same with dinner for the big night too, meals on wheels – OK, maybe not a pizza or take away delivery, but a sumptuous three course meal with champagne? Come on Google… D.E.L.I.V.E.R.Y.O.F.V.A.L.E.N.T.I.N.E.S.D.I.N.N.E.R
Ah, no luck this year but maybe next year with you internet entrepreneurs?
 

The Basics of Flower Arranging – Part 1

OK, I think it’s time we got down to the serious business of arranging flowers. As I’m often told, although there are plenty of wonderful flower colour combinations, there’s no such thing as colours that don’t go together in an arrangement – after all does Mother Nature decide which colours should grow near each other?

What’s more important is making sure that, as in nature, we try to help the flowers last, giving as much pleasure as possible.

There are two aspects of this – preparation of the flowers and ensuring that the medium they are displayed in is suitable and properly prepared. In this post we’ll look at the display medium and in a later blog we’ll look at how to prepare your flowers.

The most important thing cut flowers need is moisture and this can be delivered in two main ways, through being immersed directly in water or in a water retaining medium.

Secondly, cut flowers need food or they and any foliage will fade quickly.

The temperature of the water is important, cool water will slow the rate of opening and subsequent degeneration of the bloom, warm water assists many blooms to open quicker, very useful if you want to manage the blooms for a particular time. Whichever you use, it’s important to start off with freshly boiled water which has been allowed to cool – this will kill any bacteria which could shorten the life of the cut blooms.

The water (and plant food) will need to be changed every two to three days to ensure that bacteria is not allowed to build up

Green oasis, the dense foam used for arrangements must be soaked  thoroughly in water before use and cut flower food added in a more concentrated form once you are ready to start arranging.

We’ll look at more helpful tips in a later blog but I find that when I buy my flowers and products for arrangements from Cosmea Gardens the staff are always happy to advise on ways to make the best of the beautiful blooms they sell.