Flower Spotlight: Calla Lily

This month, we’re putting the spotlight on the calla lily! This gorgeous flower has become a staple of wedding season, but it’s a beautiful choice for any occasion. Origins Calla lilies are native to regions near South Africa. They are able to grow in water, and can even survive frost. The name ‘Calla Lily’ comes from the Greek word for beauty. They have come to be an extremely popular choice for weddings, but are also a great flower for any occasion that involves major transitions or starting over. Facts Calla lilies aren’t actually lilies! They were mistakenly named in the 18th century by a Swedish botanist, but the error was realized shortly after. It was too late— the name calla lily had already stuck! Extremely popular by the 20th century, they became a fixture in American art, especially in the paintings of Georgia O’Keeffe. She painted several famous works depicting a close-up view of the flowers. Colors and their meanings Most commonly, calla lilies are white, but they can also come in a wide assortment of colors. The colored versions are called mini calla lilies. White – purity, innocence Pink – admiration, appreciation Purple – passion Yellow – gratitude Black – elegance, mystery With so many varieties of calla lilies available, you’re certain to find them a great choice to send for any occasion.

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Orchid Care Guide – Top Tips On How To Care For Your Orchid Plant

Orchids are one of the most common types of household plant that people tend to buy. Their beautiful blossoms add a touch of colour and grace to any room. However, many people struggle when it comes to caring for this popular plant. The problem is, most fall prey to the myths surrounding them and more often than not, end up killing their poor orchid before it has a chance to shine. So, we’ve broken down the most frequently asked questions when it comes to caring for orchids so you can become a pro in no time. Watering – How often should you water an orchid? This is the most frequently asked question when it comes to orchid care. The problem is, there is no set answer. How often you water your orchid depends on a number of things such as what conditions the plant is in. But do not despair. There are some simple ways to know just when you should be watering your orchid and when not. Top Tip: The best way to check if your orchid needs watering is to place a finger about an inch into the pot mix and pull it out. If your finger is damp, you can leave watering it for a while longer. If it is completely dry, you are safe to water. First thing to check is what type it is. You can see our most common types that you can buy in the UK. There will usually be a label on the plant when you purchase it to tell you what type it is. Most orchids prefer only a little water though. The best bet, if you are ever uncertain is to check how dry the pot mix is. If it is damp leave it alone. If it is bone dry, then it is safe to water. Don’t worry about leaving your orchid to dry out. The one thing you don’t want to do is over water, that is the number one killer for orchids. In warmer weather, you may need to water more frequently but always check first. What Are The Perfect Conditions For Orchid Flowers? In the wild, orchids naturally tend to grow on trees with their roots exposed. So, they prefer to sit in places where lots of air can get to their roots. This, again, means less watering is needed. Like with most plants and flowers, you want to keep them away from drafts and direct sunlight. Orchids also usually prefer humid climates. This can be difficult to replicate in the home where the air tends to be rather dry. A simple solution to this is to mist the leaves and visible roots to keep the plant moist. Simply use a spray bottle filled with clean water. You can do this up to two times a day depending on where your orchid is situated in your home. The water will evaporate quite quickly especially in warmer weather. If you are worried about over misting, simply check if the leaves and roots […]

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Tinggly Experience Gift Boxes – “Choose-Your-Own-Adventure”

It’s no secret we are big fans of experience gifts. There is nothing more memorable than gifting something they can experience and remember far after the holiday season. If you aren’t completely sure what your recipient has on that growing bucket list, enter, Tinggly — a way for them to “choose-their-own adventure.” With Tinggly, you choose a gift box and your loved ones get to choose from an entire collection of experiences. From a New York craft cocktail experience for 2 to a one night stay in a bubble hotel in France — they have experiences in over 100 locations around the world. Tinggly.com Tinggly is a partner of TheGiftInsider.com

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