How to: Press and Dry Flowers 
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by Oonagh Fisher
1M ago
Pressing and drying flowers is the perfect way to preserve a special memory. It’s also fun, easy, and inexpensive — you can even make your own flower press with things that you probably already have lying around your house!  What You’ll Need  • A Book or a Flower Press  • Lining Paper  • Your choice of flowers (smaller works better!)  • Some heavy books, or flat heavy objects.  Prepare Your Flowers  Before you begin, it’s important to prepare your flowers. Remove any leaves, dirt or debris from the flower by gently brushing it off with your fingertips or a ..read more
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Get Your Business Noticed Entries (Final Quarter 2022) 
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by Oonagh Fisher
1M ago
Each month our Good Florist Guide members have the chance to see an image of their work featured on the GFG website and Facebook Page. Every month we announce a theme, and our members can send in images to be in with a chance of winning. It is an exciting way for members to reach a wider audience for free, using images of their own arrangement and design.  Although we can only have one winner each month, we have so much talent sent in to us that it would be a shame not to share it with you! Check out our entries for the final quarter of 2022.   Want to take part in next month’s ..read more
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4 Top Tips for Beating the January Blues 
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by Oonagh Fisher
1M ago
As the festivities come to an end, we are often struck by a feeling of gloom during the long month of January.  The hustle and bustle of the holiday season is no longer there to distract us and the warmth and camaraderie one feels at reunions often dissipates as guests return home. January is often a gloomy month, but we’ve come up with three tips to help you beat the January blahs.  Make Plans & Set Intentions for the Upcoming Year  One of our favourite tips to beating the January Blues is to make some plans and set your intentions for the year. The passing of time is not ..read more
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January’s Birth Flowers & Their Meanings
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by Oonagh Fisher
1M ago
As the festivities draw to close and we begin to settle in to another new year, January’s babies are celebrating a new year of their own. As the days are still short, the nights long and the weather cold – it is important to make January babies feel cherished in this month that often feels as though it drags on for the length of two.  January’s birthday flowers are carnations and snowdrops. Two very different flowers but both absolutely gorgeous!   Image by Sixteen Miles Out Carnations  One of the moment popular flowers and cut stems in a florist shop, Carnations are in f ..read more
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5 Plants that Flower in a Winter Garden (UK) 
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by Oonagh Fisher
1M ago
As we come to the end of each year in the Northern Hemisphere, the nights get longer, days grow colder and the lush green life that colours our planet slowly fades back into the earth for winter slumber. During these months our surroundings can appear very black and white, our gardens are not their usual display of colour and life, which can be challenging for some. While there is not much thrives when the world is in this state, there are some plants that can help you bring life to a Winter Garden.  Image by Peter Turner Photography Clematis ‘Winter Beauty’  Like its summer cousin ..read more
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Order Your Christmas Flowers Early 
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by Oonagh Fisher
1M ago
With Christmas just around the corner, it’s time to start thinking about festive flowers! Sending a bouquet to family and friends is a fantastic way to spread some holiday cheer. Ordering your Christmas flowers early can ensure you get the perfect collection date and time—but if you wait until the last minute, it may be too late.  Flowers and plants make great gifts!  Not sure what to get your office Secret Santa recipient this year? A beautiful floral arrangement or potted plant may be just the thing! A beautiful floral arrangement can make a gorgeous, bespoke gift that keeps on giv ..read more
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Caring for Poinsettias
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by Oonagh Fisher
2M ago
A sure sign that Christmas is well and truly on the way, poinsettias are right up there with holly and mistletoe in the book of iconic Christmas plants. For a plant that is typically only available in shops for 2 months out of 12, the UK sells a whopping 8 million poinsettias each year. With so many sold, it is important to know how to care for these ho ho ho-useplants and how to ensure they thrive throughout the festivities and beyond.  Temperature  Despite their availability being limited to the Winter months, Poinsettias do not particularly like the cold. Originati ..read more
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How To: Set a Christmas Dinner Table
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by Oonagh Fisher
2M ago
There is nothing better to come home to after a day in the cold than a house full of Christmas sparkle and magic. Decorating your home for Christmas is one of life’s many joys… or burdens, depending on how you feel about it. The best thing about home décor is there is no right or wrong way to do it but if you fear that your décor often looks a bit of a muddle and want to make a great impression on your guests, then follow our guidelines below to create a winning combination that you can use again and again for years to come.  Make a Plan  When you don’t know where to start, the best ..read more
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How to Dry Hydrangeas
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by Oonagh Fisher
2M ago
Hydrangeas; a floral firework display – these glamorous bursts of blooms are a staple in most florist shops throughout Summer and Autumn. They can be found in varying shades of pink, blue, purple, white and green, though once dried and over time tend to take on more muted, dusky hues. If you are lucky enough to have been given a bouquet with hydrangeas in or have some growing in your garden, why not make the most of them by drying them to display.  From Your Garden  1. If you are drying Hydrangeas from your garden, it is best to wait until the end of their season when the flowers ar ..read more
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Gift Wrapping with Flowers
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by Oonagh Fisher
2M ago
A perfectly presented gift adds an extra bit of magic and sparkle on all occasions, but especially at Christmas. In Japan, the way a gift is wrapped is almost as important as what is inside the wrap. It is your opportunity to add your own personal touch and show your recipient that you have taken the care and time to offer them something thoughtful and beautiful.  Japanese and Korean gift-wrapping is incredibly beautiful with its origami-like folds and creases that creates something truly unique-looking. However, for those who don’t have the time or patience to learn, one of our favourite ..read more
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