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Flower obsession is nothing to worry about. If you’re caught in a vicious (well, not so vicious, more fun) circle of buying fresh, cut flowers for your home, over and over again, we can’t blame you. They add life and positive vibes to every room, they even inspire and motivate us. Hence, our urge to always have a fresh pair of blooms on our desk is totally justified, if you ask us. The only thing that rains on your parade can be that they give up on life after pretty much only two days.
If you want to avoid having to shop for flowers every other day, learn which cut flowers tend to last the longest in your home.
Did you know that these babies can last up two three weeks when cut? Talk about endurance!
They might not have a long lifespan as Chrysanthemums, they are still a good choice because they can last up to two weeks.
The iconic rose can last up to two weeks with proper care.
Orchids are the soldier disguised in an elegant and delicate uniform, but they are known to last for quite some time. Up to three weeks!
Bring some sunlight into your room with these attention-grabbers, and keep it there for one to two weeks!
This baby can also last for a 7 days, which doesn’t make it the champion of durability, but it still beats two days.
When was the last time these enchanting blooms took the stage in your home? Probably not in a long time, but hey, give them some credit. When taken care of properly they tend to last for one or even two weeks.
Carnations are the IT flower, the outcast, the outsider that always gets mistaken for solely funeral flowers. However, carnations can last two to even three weeks if taken care of properly, and their beautiful pastel shades are perfect for home decor.
And finally, we have to give it up for Dahlias, which can last up to a week in your beautiful home.
Bear in mind, that it’s all about finding a florist you trust, so that the flowers are truly fresh and cut on the same day or the day before. If you get flowers that are three days old, obviously they won’t last as long as you want them too. Activate your inner florist and nurturing instincts and take care of your flowers so that they remain perky and bright for as long as possible. It’s a double effort.
Don’t let your friends get caught up in the Bitcoin bubble. They’ll lose big when it bursts.
What does a flower and a coin have in common? At one point in history, their prices have both artificially skyrocketed due to frenzied trading, with many people buying into ‘get-rich-quick’ schemes.
The Bitcoin bubble may not have burst yet, but many of these get-rich-quick seem suspect for good reason. Unlike an investment in a company, where a valuation is at least in part based on current or potential future earnings, the price of these crypto currencies is determined by speculation, and market forces that most crypto-investors don’t understand! Many financial experts are drawing comparisons between this current cryptocurrency craze and the Dutch Tulip Bubble, and warning of a similarly dramatic crash.
1630’s Dutch Tulip Mania is the first documented speculative bubble in history. The exponential rise of prices and the hype surrounding the commodity culminated in a catastrophic collapse. So, the next time your crypto-crazed friends try to rope you into investing on Bitcoin, send a bouquet of tulips their way to pre-emptively burst their bubble before they end up losing big.
The Bitcoin Bonanza
The soaring price of Bitcoin has been the subject of much interest and speculation in the past few years. While a lot of people have been quick to invest and join the bandwagon, the meteoric rise of Bitcoin’s value along with its volatility has warned investors of the Bitcoin bubble—drawing parallels with the current sharp up and down movements of the asset to the Tulipmania bubble of the 1630s.
As of January 26, 2018, Bitcoin is worth $11,451. At its peak, its value surged at nearly $20,000 last year from $2 in 2011. Its meteoric rise in 2017 took the financial world by storm, with various analysts and financial institutions closely documenting developments in the market. However, financial gurus Warren Buffett and Joseph Stiglitz believe this is just another bubble waiting to pop.
Goldman Sachs was quick to warn investors about the Bitcoin bubble which their analysts say is likely bigger than the dot-com boom and the Dutch Tulipmania. In both instances, the surrounding buzz and wave of enthusiasm caused a boom in valuation followed by a crash when the bubble eventually burst. Due to its volatility, Bert Ely, principal of consulting firm Ely & Company Inc., compared the Bitcoin craze to gambling. The Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) has also issued two warnings about investing in cryptocurrencies because susceptible investors could suffer significant losses from these highly speculative instruments.
Cryptocurreny, Bitcoin, and Blockchain
Cryptocurrencies have no physical form and are not regulated by any government or institution unlike the usual coins or paper money. These digital currencies can be used to pay for goods and services for certain merchants willing to accept this mode of payment. There are currently thousands of cryptocurrencies worldwide, including Bitcoin, Ripple and Ether.
Bitcoin was first introduced in the market back in 2009 as an open-source technology developed by a mysterious and still anonymous individual who goes by the pseudonym Satoshi Nakamoto. Nakamoto invented a decentralised system of creating cryptocurrencies and keeping financial records using a shared financial infrastructure called the blockchain which is maintained by a network of computers (nodes).
The risk and unpredictability of Bitcoin is not only down to the fluctuating prices. It has been associated with unlawful activities since the lack of regulation makes identity easier to conceal. Bitcoin’s security has also been called to question as incidents of Bitcoin phishing and hacks become ever more widespread as cryptocurrency’s popularity starts reaching fever pitch.
Winners and Losers
Early adopters managed to rack in a lot of profit from taking a risk early on. Rapper 50 Cent gained an estimated $8 million after accepting Bitcoin for his album “Animal Ambition” back in 2014. Back then, a Bitcoin was valued at $662. However, the trading frenzy over Bitcoin has also resulted in major losses for people who joined the fray late in the game.
To put Bitcoin’s volatility in perspective, entrepreneurs Cameron and Tyler Winklevoss, otherwise known as the Winklevoss twins who famously sued Mark Zuckerberg for allegedly stealing their idea for Facebook, have lost nearly $1 billion from the Bitcoin crash. Granted, they still remain Bitcoin billionaires on paper, it does make Bitcoin a highly risky investment for the average investor.
The same kind of excitement happened in The Netherlands back in the 1630s. However, according to Elliott Prechter of The Elliott Wave Theorist, this Bitcoin craze will likely surpass the Dutch Tulipmania which is considered the first recorded speculative bubble in history.
Tulipmania: A Lesson in History
A bubble occurs when the price of a commodity rises dramatically, far beyond its intrinsic value, and then suddenly collapses. During the Dutch Golden Age of the 17th century, rich merchants and traders in The Netherlands flaunted their wealth by surrounding their mansions with tulips—considered to be exotic blooms in Europe at the time. By the 1630s, tulip bulbs have become so popular that the price of a single bulb became outrageously expensive due to the extraordinary demand. At its peak, a single bulb of a rare breed of tulip managed to sell for over ten times the annual income of a skilled craftsman.
Many people participated in the nationwide craze, even trading or selling off possessions to get in on the action. The mania finally ended when people suddenly realised they were paying obscene amounts for a bulb that was not that valuable. The demand dropped dramatically causing the bubble to collapse in 1637. Bulbs were sold off or traded for a fraction of what they initially paid which left a lot of people in financial ruin.
The Parallels Between the Bitcoin Boom and Tulipmania
Many scholars and analysts have drawn parallels between the Dutch Tulipmania and today’s Bitcoin boom. Technology actually facilitated the spread of crypto-craze and the rapid acceleration of value from just last year alone. For this reason, the Bitcoin bubble has surpassed Tulipmania in size and scale which means the risk of an even bigger bust is imminent—the biggest in recent history.
Below is a comparison of the prices for both tulips and bitcoins which shows a clear similarity in trajectory, with Bitcoin poised for a major bust following its current meteoric rise which has already exceeded Tulipmania.
While the Bitcoin boom could end in a bust, there is significant interest in the blockchain technology behind it. This open-source ledger technology behind cryptocurrencies effectively eliminates middlemen and makes transactions nearly impossible to forge, hence variousfinancial institutions envision the blockchain to be one of the biggest trends of the future.
“We think the concept of a digital currency that leverages the blockchain technology is viable given the benefits it could provide: ease of execution globally, lower transaction costs, reduction of correction since all transactions could be traced, safety of ownership, and so on,” Goldman wrote. “But Bitcoin does not provide any of these qualities.”
In this Bitcoin bubble that we’re living in, tulips not only symbolise elegance and romance, they can also serve as a valuable lesson in history and a reminder about the perils of getting caught up in the hype. In times of uncertainty, it pays to look back in the past for some wisdom and guidance.
The risks certainly outweigh the benefits when it comes to the Bitcoin boom. So before you think about taking out a loan or dipping on your funds to get yourself in the game, better think again. At least where the Tulipmania is concerned, buyers were left with the tulip bulbs from whence beautiful flowers can bloom.
If you’re not Shakespeare or John Keats when it comes to writing love poems, and you can’t write anything deeper than the good old Roses are red verse, then we have a solution that’s doesn’t require a pen or paper. Or a romantic mind for that matter. All you need is a florist who knows what he’s doing, and flowers that are going to make for the most beautiful and touching love poem your significant other has ever read or heard.
Which flowers send a romantic message, and what kind of a message it is? Stick around to find out.
1. Purple Roses
The red rose is known as the lover’s rose, but this time, we want to make a romantic twist and suggest a purple rose, that can be coupled with lilac flowers. This arrangement is given to the one that, similar to fairy tales, you’re enamored with.
Although the name tells a lot on its own, this flower can hit two birds with one stone. It can be sent as a symbol of a long love full of memories, as well as a symbol of true love. When you want to ensure someone that she’s ‘the one’, this is the bloom to go with.
3. White Daisies
Valentine’s Day is the perfect day for daisies, as this gentle, white-petaled bloom represents loyal love. If you want to express love and loyalty with one flower or one bouquet of flowers, daises will do the trick.
4. White Dittany
Never heard of this mysterious bloom? Well, you’re about to remember it forever. This white flower not only sends a love message, it’s known as an aphrodisiac. Gentlemen usually gift it to ladies when they want to express their desire and passion, but it can also work wonders for couples.
Want to let a lady know that you’re absolutely ravished by every single aspect of her? Gift her a lush bouquet of Ranunculus flowers this Valentine’s Day, and we guarantee you that she’ll get the message.
Classic, colourful and affordable, tulips are the ideal choice this February, if you want to deliver the message of a perfect love.
Orchids are a sophisticated and delicate bloom, but beware! Orchids have a romantic meaning that you might not know about. They’re the ideal gift for Valentine’s Day, because they symbolise exotic seduction. Therefore, if you want to send out a stronger and bolder love message, go for orchids.
8. Red Carnations
No, they are not funeral flowers, and we’d like to forget about their bad reputation once and for all. Red carnations show someone who deep your love is, and it’s perfect for couples who are over the beginnings and are, in the words of Adele, rolling in the deep.
In less than a month, our streets are going to be filled with fresh bouquets, chocolate hampers and smiling faces. The faces in the city will be hidden behind gorgeous flowers, kisses from their loved ones and the smell of fresh roses will spread through the air like magic. That’s right – it’s Valentine’s Day. All the true love birds are already brainstorming Valentine’s Day flowers and gifts, and we wanted to jump on the bandwagon and give our two cents.
Stay tuned for our Valentine’s Day gift and flower suggestions for 2018.
A rose is only a rose, until you give it away… Stick with the classics. If you want to gift something that is tried and true to the person who fills up the space between your fingers perfectly, an elegant and rich 99 rose bouquet is the best choice.
Why not go for something completely unique and ask your favourite florist to create a heart flower wreath made of her favourite flowers? Bouquets are beautiful, but if you’re looking to make a lasting impression with something yet unseen, a flower wreath in the shape of a heart is a beautiful, one-of-a-kind statement that can’t be forgotten.
For the less typical Valentines’ Day flower arrangement go for tulips. A vibrant mixture of colourful tulips is going to brighten up your Valentine’s Day, yet still send the right message – the message of love.
Our bundles are one of Valentine’s Day best sellers, because they’re the ideal combo of flowers and cute little tokens of appreciation. It’s perfect for that occasion when you don’t want to overdo it. Maybe you’re just starting off with your relationship, and you don’t want to come off to strong. Our ‘The Pamper Her Bundle’ as well as ‘The Wonderland Bundle‘ are going to set the right tone for Valentine’s Day.
If that special person in your life has a sweet tooth, a gorgeous chocolate hamper is going to sweep them off their feet! Customise your hamper with decadent chocolates that will melt in the mouth of that person that melts your heart! Don’t forget to add her/his favourites into the mix! Who can say no to chocolate?
This might be the most common holiday gift, but a fruit basket can be a sweet surprise for your loved one, especially if they’re into a healthy lifestyle and love fruits. Customise your fruit basket and add her/his favourite fruit, to add that personal touch every Valentine’s Day gift needs. Add flowers into the mix and you’ll have the complete package that’s thoughtful and beautiful.
The power of flowers is undeniable. We use them to make someone’s day better, to show our love and appreciation, to bring warmth into our home, in our kitchen and our favourite meals and drinks and in beauty as well. If you’re a beauty junkie and want to update your beauty routine, we suggest you utilise the flower power and blooms that are going to make a huge difference in your beauty routine.
Below you will find flowers that are going to sizzle up your beauty routine.
This vibrant flowers is packed with carotenoids and works wonders as a skin toner. You can mix in these beautiful petals with honey or milk, and make yourself an all-natural facial mask. Marigold is also known as a remedy for treating skin infections, acne and rashes. Some use it as an anti-aging cream, because it enhances the production of collagen, and helps with those pesky wrinkles and lines.
A bloom with the most tantalising fragrance is also used in the beauty world to achieve that coveted glow. If you’re stressed out because of dry skin, jasmine will work wonders for you, unlike over-the-counter products that can sometimes make dry skin even worse. Just like marigold Jasmine can be a powerful assistant in your battle with wrinkles, especially if you combine it with coconut oil.
Ah, roses. There’s nothing roses can’t do, right? Rose petals can be used with honey as a natural lip treatment, if you want that hydrated, rosy look on your lips, but it also works well as a natural skin toner. Rose petals contain powerful natural oils that work great as moisturiser, since it can lock in the moisture our skin needs to stay fresh, hydrated and bright. Depending on what you combine it with, it can be used as a face mask, a moisturiser, a toner, an exfoliator and so much more.
If you’re a fan of making your skin brighter and lighter, lavender is going to be the bloom for you. You’ll find numerous DIYs online for Lavender water, which everyone raves about because it’s great for skin that’s prone to breakouts and inflammation. Don’t jump for supermarket products, and try this natural elixir to soothe and brighten your skin.
When we say that Hibiscus is often referred to as the ‘Botox plant’, I’m sure you’ll be grabbing your wallet and hitting the store for some fresh hibiscus. This beautiful flower has the power to boost the elasticity of your skin, giving you that young look without any needles. It’s also rich in antioxidants, works wonders for your complexion and gives you one mean boost of moisture.
The world of blooms is known for its role in the beauty world, and if you still haven’t tried using flowers in your beauty, it’s about time you try.
A Christmas Cactus is the most talked about plant during the festive season. It’s unusual, attractive and a beautiful decor piece or a gift idea for Christmas. Red, yellow, pink, white – these are just some colours the beautiful petals come in, so it’s also a great plant to keep around your home, as it doesn’t have to be associated just with Christmas. If you want to nourish this plant all year long, so you always have it in your home, here’s how you should do it.
When spring arrives, it’s to fertilize after flowering. Maintain watering, but only water when the soil is completely dry.
Feel free to give your Christmas Cactus a taste of the outdoors. Bring it outside, but don’t place it in a sunny spot. Direct sunlight can actually damage the leaves, and burn them, if the heat is too intense. Instead place it in a location where there’s shade, or at least semi-shade.
Just because it’s a cactus, it doesn’t mean it doesn’t mean moisture. This is the most common misconception, that leads to your Christmas Cactus wilting. In fact, Christmas Cactus is different and requires a lot of moisture, especially during the summer.
When the leaves start leaving the branches of trees, it’s time to take your Christmas cactus back inside. Make sure to place it in a room that’s going to provide light, but not additional evening light. When buds start to appear once again, you can bring it into your living room or any room that you like. This will usually be around September.
As far as watering is concerned, it’s time to change things up. While you were supposed to water it continuously during the summer, tone it down a bit in autumn, and water it simply so it doesn’t start wilting.
When you slowly start to approach winter, keep nourishing it and watering it, and make sure that the air doesn’t get too dry in the room where your Christmas Cactus is. It needs humidity to a certain point, and it needs hydration to keep budding and producing gorgeous blooms. At this time, it’s best to place it in an area of your home where it’s going to get about six hours of indirect sunlight.
Are you as equally obsessed with this gorgeous plant as we are? Then we suggest gifting it to someone, or if you are lucky to receive one, start nourishing it so that you will have it all year long.
With the festive season on our doorstep, you’re going to need a lot of flowers for all the dinners, parties, and events that you have to attend. A birthday here and there, and you’ll be desperate for new, fresh ideas and beautiful flowers that are going to help you celebrate this season properly. A Better Florist has a few suggestions for you, on how to bring the spirit of Christmas into your flowers, and stand out no matter where you go, with flowers who’ll tell the story of Christmas.
Gentle Yet Festive
Try something other than poinsettias this season, and bring Christmas spirit into the room with a bouquet of gentle white dahlias, spray roses, black sabiosas and lush greenery, and you’ll hit the jackpot. You’re going to have a beautiful, festive bouquet on you, but at the same time, it won’t be traditional and boring.
2. Roses and Pine cones
If you still want to go with the classic rose bouquet, try asking your florist to mix things up. Go for roses that have a deep, wine red colour, and add a few pine cones into the bouquet, in order to validate that it is the season to be jolly. It’s beautiful, romantic, powerful yet has a little bit of traditional between the beautiful petals, that are going to draw attention right to your bouquet.
3. Winter Wonderland
Want to go for something different from the traditional red and green? Go for white elegance, and a lush bouquet of white tulips, spray roses and ranunculus. It’s a beautiful table centrepiece, but also a sophisticated flower arrangement to gift to your family.
4. White Statement
Love poinsettias and want them in your arrangement? There’s no reason to avoid them, just because you can see a red poinsettia bouquet on every corner. Try switching it up with a combination of white roses and white poinsettias. This bouquet will definitely make a powerful impression on anyone you gift it to.
5. Luxurious Combo
Want to combine the most beautiful blooms into one fantastic and festive arrangement? Ask your florist to combine ranunculus, roses and hanging amaranthus, and you’ll have in your hands the most powerful statement of all times.
Christmas flowers are all about keeping the tradition, cherishing it through statement Christmas flowers, but putting an authentic spin on traditional flower bouquets.
Shakespeare’s Juliet, the queen of romance, famously said that “a rose by any other name would still smell as sweet”. It might well smell sweet, but will it mean the same thing?
For centuries, roses have been understood to be the most enduring symbol of love. But roses also speak of friendship, of forgiveness, of sympathy and of gratitude. The colour of roses in a bouquet can change its entire meaning.
Our comprehensive guide on the colour of roses and their meaning will help you in selecting the right roses for your bouquet to ensure the perfect gift, every time.
So stop leaving your bouquet to chance. Find the right rose colour for your next gift and find a new and meaningful way to tell someone how you really feel.
Nothing speaks the language of love quite like roses.
We can all agree that a gift of roses is the perfect way to say “I love you,” “thank you”, or perhaps even just “I’m thinking of you”.
But did you know there’s much more to giving or receiving roses than that? Depending on the number of roses that you send, your gift can mean different things. Whether it’s a single rose to proclaim your love or a perfect dozen to say be mine, sending the correct number of roses will help you express your feelings and might just turn your relationship around.
Our helpful infographic will help you decode the messages of love hidden in your bouquet.
So next time you want to let that special someone know how you feel, you may not need words – find the bouquet with the right number of roses, and let it speak for you!
No birthday is complete without something sweet, some candles and a precious wish. However surely the practice of lighting a cake on fire, or better yet stuffing ourselves with cake had to start somewhere…
Celebrating can be a bittersweet occasion. For some it can be a joyful event to celebrate the gift of life. For others, it can be an unwelcome reminder of becoming a year older. Either way, each birthday hopefully finds you wiser with the occasion made sweeter by a tasty birthday cake and a magical wish for the year.
In Asia, traditional food served during birthdays varies. In China, birthday pastry called shòu bāo (壽包, simp. 寿包) or shòu táo bāo (壽桃包, simp. 寿桃包) is a bun made of wheat flour served individually instead of one big cake. Koreans serve seaweed soup, while Southeast Asians traditionally serve Birthday noodles to represent long life. But overall, the birthday cake still holds its position of power.
Birthday cake trends keep getting wilder and wilder- from Unicorn cakes to naked cakes- but their origin remains fairly simplistic. So before you gobble up another cake, let’s trace the origin of this worldwide practice of commemorating your birthday by blowing out candles on a birthday cake.
While there is currently no clear evidence pointing to the origin of birthday celebrations, rabbi and scholar Benjamin Edidin Scolnic points out in his book that the earliest known mention of a birthday in history is in Genesis 40:20 when Joseph, the interpreter of dreams, came upon a pharaoh who threw a feast for his birthday. Other scholars doubted whether the celebration mentioned is the same as the current incarnation of birthdays, although Dr. James Hoffmeier explained that it could be a reference to the pharaoh’s coronation instead of his actual birthday. According to him, Egyptians believed that pharaohs became gods when they are crowned, thus their coronation marks their “birth” as a god.
Celebration and Cultic Birthday Cakes in Roman Culture
The birthday cake, meanwhile, may have originated in ancient Rome. Dr. Sarah Bond points out that the Romans liked celebrating dies natalis or birth day not just for people, but temples and cities as well. Though the practice of celebrating people’s birthdays were often ritualistic and cultic in nature where religion and celebration intersect as attendees clad in white robes would sacrifice a spiritual deity for the protection of the new born, burn incense—and eat ritual cakes, of course.
Birthday Candles: Origin and Symbolism
Incense transitioned to candles when Greeks celebrated birthdays. Author Linda Rannells Lewis attribute the placing of candles on cakes to the ancient Greeks. Lewis wrote that every lunar month, the Greeks would offer moon-shaped honey cakes with lit candles to Artemis, moon goddess of the hunt.
Much like the symbolic significance of burning incense, the smoke created from blowing out candles likely stems from the fact that Egyptians believed that the smoke from incense creates a means of communicating your intentions to the heavens. Similarly, blowing out your birthday candles send your wishes to the ears of the higher powers where they may come into fruition.
Victorians then borrowed this idea of birthday cakes and candles from the Germans in the 1800s, with a few lavish improvements naturally. The wealthy and extravagant Victorians began serving two-layer cakes arrived when the freestanding cook stove was invented in the 1840s.
Finally, the current incarnation of blowing out candles on birthdays likewise appears in Great Britain’s 1883 issue of The Folk-lore Journal which documented various superstitions of the Swiss gathered by researchers in 1881. Same as the Germans, their birthday cake come with lit candles, one for each year of the celebrant’s life. The celebrant would then “solemnly blow out the candles one after another.”
So the next time you blow the candles on yet another delicious birthday cake, you’ll know how this ubiquitous ritual started and the underlying meanings behind it.