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Great Easter Decorations For Your Home

In the lead up to Easter, when we start to see the first signs of spring, there's always a feeling of hope in the air. The winter is over and we can finally celebrate the change in the season. Many people choose to do this with Easter decorations for the home, and there are a huge number of different types of decoration to choose from! Easter Tree: This European tradition is becoming more and more common in the United States. All it means is setting up a small tree, usually made from natural twigs, in a pot or container around the home. The tree is then decorated with dyed eggs, paper flowers and candy. Flowers: Easter is really about spring, so bringing some spring flowers into your home is perfect for getting you in the mood for the season! Some typical Easter flowers include tulips, lilies (symbolizing the resurrection), and daisies. Decorated Eggs: These make great Easter decorations for the home, especially if you need a craft idea for young children! You can dye eggs with a simple mixture of vinegar, food coloring and water, or paint them to create pretty, festive decorations for the home. Banners and Garlands: These are an easy way to brighten up the home at Easter time! Either buy some ready made decorations, or make your own banners and garlands featuring images such as rabbits and eggs in spring colors. Baskets and Nests: These are traditionally prepared or bought around Easter time as a way to house the kids' treats from the Easter Bunny on the night before Easter. However, these also make perfect decorations for the home. Fill them with decorative eggs, or even candy, as a way of showing off beautiful spring colors and images. Ornaments: It makes sense to buy a few ornaments that can be brought out each and every Easter as a simple way to set the mood. These can include spring imagery, floral ornaments or those with religious significance. Table Decorations: A number of the decorations above can be used as table decorations for that special Easter meal. You'll also want to get a suitable tablecloth, napkins and place mats and put together an Easter centerpiece - flowers or candles are always a good idea for this purpose. Home Made Crafts: Easter decorations for the home can provide excellent projects for your kids, who can make homemade cards, banners, dyed eggs, Easter trees and more! The internet provides a number of excellent tutorials and printables for you to get going.


Cool gift ideas for Dad

You don't need a special day to tell your father how much you love or respect him; but you can certainly choose a day to make him feel special and shower him with surprises and pleasantries. As we celebrate father's day on the first Sunday of September, the time is ripe to plan something special for the man who is responsible for making you what you are. Even if you have missed this father's day, make it up to him with a cool gift coupled with a real impressive flower bouquet.

The least you can do is to send flowers for him through an online florist who can assure you of fresh flower delivery to anywhere in Australia. Here are some simple ideas that can help you plan a pleasant surprise for your dad. The important thing that you should keep in mind is that you don't necessarily require a big budget to buy a nice gift; a little thoughtfulness can go a long way in making your Dad's day special, and convey him how much you love him.

ies, shirts, books, and perfumes are a passé. Be a little more creative in choosing a gift for your dad, and it will have a far better effect on him. If your Dad is a gizmo lover, then you can buy him a latest smart phone, watch, camera, or another gadget. For the travel freak dad, you can buy a holiday package or a weekend getaway.

No need to be disappointed if you are low on budget, there are various gift baskets available with all kinds of goodies that can bring a smile on anyone's face. Just have one of these gift baskets sent to your dad, and he sure will become happy and impressed. Wine and chocolates can work well in all relationships, so if you are short of ideas, then wine could be just the right choice.

Whatever gift you choose, don't forget to add some soft touch and emotion to it by way of flower bouquets or arrangements. Most online florists such as flowersgalore.co offer a wide range of flowers for him, making choice much simple for you. And with same day flower delivery in Australia, you can send across flowers to your Dad even at a short notice. You can get flower arrangements or bouquets delivered straight to his office, and he will certainly be surprised and would love to flaunt them on his office desk.

Rose bouquets are considered a perfect gift for fathers and so are lilies. If you want to try something different, then go for seasonal Australian native flowers or bestselling flowers, and ask your flower for a professional designed flower arrangement. So, place an order now, and let your Dad know how much you love him.


A Healthier Home and Office With Houseplants

For many decades, we have been sealing up our homes as tight as a drum to conserve energy. As heating and cooling costs have risen, so has the effort to weather-proof our houses. This is all fine and good when it comes to saving money. After all, who needs to let their warmed or cooled air leak out of the cracks and crevices around doors and windows? We spent good money to get our temperature inside to a comfortable level, so let's keep that air inside. However, since we've started super-sealing and insulating our homes and businesses, we have found one drawback - the lack of fresh air. These tightly closed environments became associated with illnesses related to the pollution created in buildings that were sealed off from any source of air cleaning or filtering mechanism. After years of study by NASA researchers and scientists around the world, the answer became evident. Man does not live on this planet alone. In fact, our existence depends on our close relationship with other living things; namely plants. Yes, one of the answers to indoor air pollution is the simple houseplant. That brings us to our healthy home office. Many of us work in a tightly closed environment. If you have a home office and a busy family, you probably spend most of your time with the doors and windows closed. If that's the case, your air quality may not be as healthy as it should be. Air pollution can be causing you and your body stress. Perhaps you are getting headaches more often than you should, or you are battling a cold constantly. Itchy eyes, a nagging sore throat, or other ailments may be caused by what's in the air in your own home office. According to a NASA study, if we are to close ourselves into these sealed environments, we must take along with us our own natural fresh air system - plants. In their research, NASA found plants, along with their eco system (roots, soil, etc.), reduced the air pollution created by man within these air-tight environments. The houseplants found to be good air purifiers include: English Ivy Mother-in-Law's Tongue Golden Pothos Janet Craig Dracaena Chinese Evergreen Spider Plants These plants are typically low-light loving and easy to grow with just a bit of care. Of course, you'll want to have your home checked for radon and install a carbon monoxide detector. Once you have taken care of those issues, consider the air quality of your home office. Are you constantly feeling ill when you are in your home office? There could be reasons why your tightly closed office isn't feeling like a healthy haven. Now we know that little houseplant does so much more than brighten up a room - it actually cleans the air. Isn't it time to add a bit of greenery to your home office?


Orchids- A fact sheet

Scientific name

About Orchids
Orchids are known for their astonishing beauty, and are considered the most popular exotic flowers. There is a strange kind of fascination attached to orchids, and they are amongst the most desirable gifts. Each orchid has a unique appearance, and displays glorious colour and form.

Orchids are a part of the largest plant families, and there are more than 800 genera and 30,000 species of orchids available in the world. Orchids are available in a stunning variety of shapes and sizes, with some measuring just a few centimetres, to others that are as huge as a ton, and have a radius of about 30 inches.

Orchids grow throughout the world, but maximum varieties grow in the tropical countries. Some orchids have to seek support of trunks and branches of adjoining trees, and some others grow on ground. The orchids that grow in temperate zones of Australia grow on ground.

Horticulturists divide orchids in three main categories depending on how they grow. Epiphytes seek the support of trees and branches, and an example of this variety is Sophronitis Coccinea. Terrestrial varieties grow underground, and include varieties such as Cypripedium Calceolus. The third variety is known as the lithophytes orchids that cover the base and forks of tress, and rely on mosses for nourishment. Cytopodium Andersoniae is an example of such orchids.

History of orchids

The fascination for orchids can be dated back to the Roman and Greek times. The Europeans valued orchids for their medicinal and aphrodisiac properties. In America, back in the 13th century, some species of orchids were used for culinary purposes. They also used fragrant orchids as perfumes.

Meaning and significance of orchids

Orchids are a perfect gift for many occasions. They make great anniversary flowers, congratulations flowers, Thank you flowers, and birthday flowers. Orchids have many different meanings. Greeks considered them symbols of virility and fertility. In Victorian era, they were treated as manifestation of luxury. These days, orchids are considered symbols of delicate and rare beauty. They are also used to demonstrate love and affection.


Tulips- A fact sheet

Scientific name
Tulipa Gesneriana

About tulips

Tulips are the best spring flowers that you can think of, and undeniably one of the most popular flowers. In fact, there popularity ranks next only to roses and chrysanthemums. They come in myriad shapes, sizes, and colours, and make great gifting flowers for a large number of occasions.

Tulips bloom as large flowers with six petals on bulbous plants. There are as many as 3000 varieties of tulips available today. Holland is the largest grower and exporter of tulips in the world. They are used throughout the world for decorative, gifting, and many other purposes.

Horticulturists divide tulips into 3 main categories depending on the seasons in which they bloom. The tulips that grow in March till early April are known as early flowering tulips and include varieties such as Water lily, and apricot beauty. The tulips that bloom in April till early May are known as midseason flowering tulips and include Parrot tulips. Then there are late flowering tulips that bloom around May, and include Fringed Tulips and Viridiflora Tulips.

History of tulips
Tulips have a long and interesting history. It is believed that tulips originated in Turkey and Persia. They played an important role in the history and culture of those times, and Turkish people used to wear tulips on their turbans. As tulips entered Europe, they became so popular, so quickly that they became a big craze, and were being sold at exorbitant prices. They were treated as symbols of Ottoman Empire. This started something of an economic phenomenon in the 17th century, wherein people had to sell off their fortunes, and economy crashed. This phenomenon was called tulipomania. Today, most of the tulips around the world come from Holland.

Meaning and significance of tulips
Tulips symbolise perfect love, dreaminess, and expression of love. Different colours of tulips signify different meanings. Purple tulips stand for royalty, and the red tulips symbolise true love. Yellow tulips are used to represent sunshine and cheerfulness. White tulips a great choice if someone wants to say "I am sorry" with flowers. Tulips are 11th wedding anniversary flowers. A bouquet of tulips stands for beauty and elegance, and makes a great gift for any occasion.


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