Say it with Flowers

Feelings and emotions can be best expressed with flowers. It is well appreciated and admired by most humans, it conveys as objects of romance, sympathy, ritual, religion, medicine and even as a source of food.



These blossoms can be a perfect way to show love and affection, it could cheer up a sick person and could express commiseration for the dead.

Flowers add to make beautiful decorations for important occasions and events like weddings, birthdays, business openings and more.

It may also give an inviting scent for our homes and can be an attractive table centerpiece during family holiday celebrations.

Edible flowers can be used for cooking like the squash flowers and some can be turned into wine. Dried fragrant blooms can be used as potpourri for bathrooms and bedrooms.

Flowers are usually used in perfumery, as most perfumes in the market are mostly made from sweet scented flower oils.

Some flowers are added to beauty and hygiene products while some has medicinal value that has been used traditionally by old folks.

It can be an insect repellent like marigold, which can drive away mosquitoes as it also attracts bees and other helpful pollinators.

Garden embellishments are dull without flowering plants. These blooms can add loveliness and splendor to the home’s patio.


Note: Some of the photos are mine and others are taken from the web.

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Liven up your life this Autumn!

The Autumn season for most people is always associated with melancholy, as the chill of winter is approaching fast on the horizon, the skies turn grey and a lot of people turn inward, both physically and mentally.

There is nothing worse than a dark, grim winter to make you feel all gloomy. However, we have spotted a wonderful competition from Flowers Direct that will brighten up your day.

The lovely people at Flowers Direct are giving away 4 x £50 Flowers Direct vouchers presenting you with the chance to win a gorgeous bunch of flowers that you can use to add colour to your living room or as a gift for a loved one (or someone you hope will become a loved one!)

For your chance to win all you need to do is head over to Flowers Direct on Google+ , pop them in your circle and +1 one of their posts. Easy peasy!

Good luck! Don’t forget, if you are lucky enough to win, remember to shout that you heard about the competition here on Joy’s Flair.

autumn cheer
Bring Autumnal cheer to alleviate winter blues through giving bouquet of flowers.


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Flowers From Around the World

Flowers have been cultivated and adored by humans for thousands of years.

Their beauty has been so appreciated that they are used to decorate all of the most important celebrations in life. There are some flowers that have gained more significance through their symbolism or through reference within literature and other cultural narrations.

Here is a list of some of the blooms from around the world considered most beautiful by humans:

cherry blossoms
photo by: orca owl at picasaweb

Cherry Blossom – These delicate blooms are synonymous with the Far East and the beauty of the cultures that can be found there. Cherry blossoms have been cultivated within western society and can be ordered from all specialist flower stores such as Interflora. The fact that cherry blossoms bloom in early spring only further reflects their gentle and elusive nature.   Continue reading “Flowers From Around the World”

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More Mosquito Repellent Plants for Your Homes

I already have mentioned in one of my previous posts about Lemongrass, as a natural mosquito repellent that can be planted on pots to help drive dengue mosquitos away from your home.  I find out that there are more ornamental plants around that could be of big help and could combat the invasion of mosquitos and other insects that would bring ailments to the family.

Catnip is one of the most potent mosquito repellant plant. A plant that draws attention to cats but hated by mosquitoes and other insects such as ants, roaches, fleas and beetles. The leaves make a very soothing tea as it is an aromatic herb from the mint family. Studies show that it is more effective than DEET at repelling mosquitos. Crushing the leaves will release the aroma.

Continue reading “More Mosquito Repellent Plants for Your Homes”

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Lemongrass (Tanglad) A Natural Mosquito Repellent

Dengue cases have been growing in number day by day.  It is becoming rampant lately.  The daily news on tv reports and shows numerous Dengue patients, mostly children lying in hospital beds, folding beds and even in chairs in government hospitals here in Metro Manila. Two to three children patients are sharing a common bed already, most of them came from different areas within the Metropolis.  It is very sad to hear and see that some of them died and more of them are still fighting for their lives in the intensive care unit.
I am very much involved in spreading the Dengue campaign.  This is already my third post regarding this disease. This time I will be sharing another way to repel those mosquitos.
Some plants around us can repel mosquitos and one of these plants is the Lemongrass or commonly known as Tanglad.  Its scientific name is Andropogon citratus DC.  This plant emits oil and lemony scent that is hated by mosquitos.

I have planted this Tanglad in a big pot 5 years ago, for I use it as a herb in my cuisine not knowing that it is also a mosquito repellant. I usually use it as a filling in broiling  chicken.  I used it also in cooking fish pangat instead of ginger.  My Mom makes a tea out of its leaves for health benefits.  The subtle citrus flavor can be used dried or fresh.
I did some researching and found out that it also contains citronella oils used to make the mosquito repellent candles.  One of these days I will begin to do a re-planting of my Tanglad and surround my home with it.  I think it will not be hard to grow as it is classified in the grass family.
I also intend to visit the Manila Seedling Foundation to look and buy for other mosquito repellent plants.  I will feature them in my next posts. So stay tuned!
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