Bring a Smile This Mothers Day

Mother's Day is just around the corner, and on Sunday 11th March, families across the UK will take time to do something special to thank their mother for all her help and support during the last year.

In Christianity, Mothering Sunday is the fourth Sunday of Lent. As Christianity spread throughout Europe the celebration evolved to honour both the "Mother Church" and mothers. After a prayer service in church to honor Virgin Mary, children brought gifts and flowers to pay tribute to their own mothers.

In the past, Mothering Sunday was a day when servants, apprentices and other employees staying away from their homes were encouraged by their employers to visit their mothers. Traditionally children brought gifts of flowers and a special fruit cake or fruit-filled pastry called a simnel.

We know that not all families are the same, and for our florists Mother’s Day is a special time to not only thank mums but to acknowledge special people who are like mums to families and friends. This year our florists have also introduced a memorial posy to remember mums on this special day.

This Mother’s Day, we are celebrating with beautiful fresh, seasonal and colourful flowers like gerbera, roses and lisianthus to brighten up your special persons day! The range includes traditional and contemporary options, guaranteed to bring a smile.  Visit our Mother’s Day collection.

Hello Autumn

After the lush greenery of summer with it’s vibrant and colourful flowers, Autumn is just around the corner with it’s wonderful rustic reds, golden oranges and mellow yellows and deep rich browns.

Autumn is one of the most exciting and beautiful times of the year and here at Simpsons Florists we have brought together these key floral components in our bouquets and arrangements to embody the essence of the season with our collection of warm, rich and elegant flowers, that will warm any home.

So what flowers can you expect to find in our autumn collection? We’ll have stunning gerberas in rich colours of orange, red and yellow. Beautiful orange Asiatic lilies and seasonal sedum flower-heads which are each made up of hundreds of tiny flowers which will explode in a shower of colour.

Ornamental brassicas, in shades of green and purples, co-ordinated with rustic seasonal colours adds a striking and modern twist to our collection.

You’ll find lush hypericum berries tucked into many of the arrangements in our Autumn range. These delightful red berries are noted for their size and oval shape and give a pop of rich autumn colour to our arrangements. The hypericum shrubs in the garden are also in berry at this time of year, so reflect nature, adding dynamic interest.

Carthamus flowers also known as the Safflower which is a lovely herbaceous, thistle-like plant with globular flower heads which look like little fireworks and bring an explosion of colour to our arrangements and bouquets.

We’re sure you’ll agree, these seasonal flowers will really bring arrangements together beautifully. To see the full Autumn Range, visit our page HERE

Peony Roses

Peony Roses are something special. Each flower is a work of art with layer upon layer of petals and a sweet and alluring perfume. Peonies come in single and double varieties and are really popular in summer wedding bouquets.

It’s hard to believe that they were called the poor man’s rose bought by those who could afford to buy roses!

Have you ever thought about the history surrounding these beautiful flowers?

With a recorded history that dates back thousands of years, the latin name for Peonies is Paeonia, named after the physician to the gods Paean. As legends go, Zeus turned Paean into the peony to save him from the anger of Asclepius, who had become jealous of his student’s healing abilities.

In medieval times peonies were treasured by European royalty and the church who believed the flowers had medicinal properties and spent much time cultivating them. It was thought that the roots could cure epilepsy, convulsions and even lunacy. The peony’s reputation as a curative survived into the nineteenth century when the peony water was prescribed for nervous disorders and childhood ailments.

Today the peony is still used in traditional Chinese medicine however at Simpsons Florists we prefer to admire and appreciate its beauty and lovely fragrance.

Why not have a look at our summer bouquets many of which include peony roses or our stunning full peony bouquet, which is full of different peony colours and varieties. Click HERE to view.

Get Ready For Wedding Season

A Guide to Buttonholes and Corsages

As summer approaches, ‘wedding season’ is upon us. If you’re attending a wedding this summer, it’s lovely to wear flowers to compliment your outfit. We get asked a lot by wedding guests about button holes and corsages, so here’s our quick guide to what they are and how they can be worn. Buttonholes and corsages can be created with fresh or silk flowers.

Buttonholes

For the wedding party…

More often than not, the groom, best man, fathers of the bride and groom and the ushers will wear a buttonhole. It’s also a nice touch to have one for the grandfathers and brothers too.

The colour of your buttonholes can be chosen to either contrast or complement the colour of the bridal flowers and/or the groom's outfit, or in Scotland more often than not the colour of their kilt.

For wedding guests…

For example if wearing a lilac tie or cravat, it’s lovely to have a purple or lilac flower. For many men wearing kilts, a thistle is the way to go, often with the wedding party wearing a slightly more extravagant version. One way to make it really different is to add different foliage like herbs – lavender and rosemary will be an usual and lovely scented addition.

The mens buttonhole should be worn on the outside of the buttonhole of the left lapel, and not in it. Secured with a pearl-headed pin from the back of the lapel, ensures that the pin will be invisible from the front. Alternatively, if you have a decorative pin and want to show it off, you could pin the buttonhole from the front.

Corsages

Wedding corsages are created from a single or small group of flowers and are worn by the female members of the wedding party. They are similar to the male buttonholes but usually slightly bigger.

For the wedding party…

The mothers of the bride and groom normally wear corsages, and it’s also lovely to include the grandmothers as well. Check what they are going to wear so that appropriate flowers can be chosen for the corsage. Singapore orchids, stephanotis, spray roses and calla lilies all make beautiful corsages, and can be co-ordinated with the bridal party flowers.

If you want a uniform look to your wedding, co-ordinate your corsages with the men’s buttonholes.

Corsages will usually come complete with a pearl-headed pin that is pushed through from the back of the garment, through the corsage, and back through the garment. Corsage magnets are also available for delicate fabrics where a pin may damage it. A small magnet is incorporated at the back of the corsage design and a thin metallic disc is placed on the back of the garment that secures it in place.

For wedding guests…

Wrist corsages can also look very stylish. These should be created from sturdy, circular focal flowers such as orchids or roses and finished with a wide ribbon to tie around the wrist or a diamante or pearl bracelet.

Handbag corsages are becoming more popular because guests want to protect their clothes. These are created in a similar way to a normal corsage and are best attached to a rigid part of the handbag, either the handle or the main part of the bag itself.

If you’re going to a wedding this year, come and speak to our florists about your outfit and how you would like to wear your buttonhole / corsage. With a huge range of flowers available, our experienced team can create the perfect addition to compliment your outfit. 

Celebrate Mother's Day

This Mother's Day, on Sunday 26th March, people across the globe will take time to do something special to thank their mother for all her help and support during the last year.

But why do we celebrate Mother's Day, and how have things changed over the years?

The first Mother's Day celebrations can be traced back to the ancient Greek Festival dedicated to Rhea, the Mother of the Gods. In England, it was in the 1600s when the phrase "Mothering Sunday" was first coined. 

In Christianity, Mothering Sunday is the fourth Sunday of Lent. As Christianity spread throughout Europe the celebration evolved to honour both the "Mother Church" and mothers. After a prayer service in church to honor Virgin Mary, children brought gifts and flowers to pay tribute to their own mothers. 

In the past, Mothering Sunday was a day when servants, apprentices and other employees staying away from their homes were encouraged by their employers to visit their mothers and honor them. Traditionally children brought with them gifts and a special fruit cake or fruit-filled pastry called a simnel.

We know that not all families are the same, and for our florists Mother’s Day is a special time to not only thank mums but to acknowledge special people who are like mums to families and friends.

This Mother’s Day, we are celebrating with beautiful fresh, seasonal and colourful flowers to brighten up your special persons day! Visit our Mother’s Day collection

The History of St Valentine

As Valentine’s Day fast approaches we thought we’d look at the history of St Valentine and why we send flowers on this day.

The history of St Valentine’s Day originated during the third century in Rome. During this time, Emperor Claudius II decided that single men made better soldiers, so he outlawed marriage for young men. A young priest named Valentine was furious with this injustice and defied Claudius by continuing to perform marriages for young lovers in secret. Claudius eventually discovered Valentine’s actions and sentenced him to death!

During his time in jail, Valentine fell in love with his jailer’s daughter, who visited him in prison. Before he was put to death, Valentine sent a letter to the girl and signed it, “From Your Valentine” — an expression many still use today.

Valentine was executed on February 14, 270 AD. Later, around 496 AD, Pope Gelasius declared Feb. 14 a day to honor Valentine, who by that time had become a saint.

Today, we continue to honor St. Valentine and recall the history of Valentine’s Day each year on February 14 by celebrating our love for significant others, friends, and family.

The rose is the traditional Valentine’s Day flower, as it signifies romantic love, but there are many other flowers that people send to communicate the different types of love they feel for those important people in their lives.  

Why not have a look at our Valentine's flowers to send to your loved one this year. 

Christmas Flowers

This month at Simpsons Florists we have some beautiful seasonal flowers arriving daily. There are some stunning colourful plants that we also include in our festive bouquets and arrangements, here's a bit more about them:

Skimmia Rubella: This is a compact evergreen shrub which has a beautiful red compact flower head throughout the winter, adding a burst of colour and interest to our festive bouquets and arrangements. 

Hypericum Berries: another winter favourite, this decidious shrub has bright colourful flowers through the summer, but in winter it really excels with its bright red berries which are a stunning addition to our festive range.

 

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