Sept Houseplant of the Month – Large- leaved Ficus

You may remember we wrote a blog a short while ago on how House Plants make you healthy- it’s true! You can read it here if you’ve not had chance yet. We’ll wait right here while you catch up…

 

All done? Great, so now we’re up to speed, I bet you’re wondering which to go for? Well that’s handy because our Sept Houseplant of the Month is the Large-leaved Ficus. This statement plant adds real character to your room, and there’s an added bonus of them improving the air in your home as the leaves convert CO2 into oxygen AND reduce the humidity by evaporating moisture in the air gradually -  a much nicer atmosphere for all! 

Ficus Facts:

Ø  They come in various forms including branched, unbranched, single trunk, woven trunk or corkscrew- take your pick!

 

Ø  Ficus is Latin for ‘Fig’ and these plants originate from sub-tropical regions such as Africa, Asia, South America and Australia

 

Ø  They’re easy to maintain with minimal maintenance required, a good choice for someone new to the world of houseplants (plus your friends and family will be impressed too!)

 

Ø  They like a lot of light so be sure to position these somewhere bright although not in direct sunlight ☀️

 

Ø  They look like little trees 🌳 🌳

 

We do keep some beauts in the shop but for any special orders or requirements just get in touch or call in and see us. We can buy lots of different varieties and at different heights. We can help you find your perfect plant.

Sara is always on hand to offer care tips and advice so if you’re ever stuck, why not pop us a message on Instagram, Facebook or give us a call at the shop!

 

If you’ve been following our blogs for a while now then you know the score. Our love of plants doesn’t end once you’ve left the shop, we want to see how you’re getting on! So, once you’re home and all set up, post a pic and tag us on Instagram or Facebook.

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Sept Flower of the Month - All about the Alstroemeria

Well hello there Autumn, another truly fantastic time of year and a whole new season of flowers to enjoy. This month’s flower of the month is the stunning Alstroemeria (also known as the Inca Lily), they come in amazing and rather eye catching colours of the rainbow although white tends to be a favourite in September (signifying a new start!) and we think they’re a pretty awesome addition to any room in the house.

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Alstroemeria’s bloom between June and October, so September is the perfect month to enjoy them at their absolute finest. These flowers love a dramatic entrance and save their beauty for just the right moment so if you pop in store to pick some up, you won’t find them in full bloom as they hide in their buds, it’s only once you’ve got them home that they’ll embrace the spotlight and make their blooming entrance- pretty cool right?

 

Other interesting facts include:

Ø  They originate from the cool mountain regions of the Andes in Brazil, Peru and Chile

 

Ø  Over recent years, through careful growing and care, the flowers have adapted resulting in sturdy stems, aesthetically pleasing green foliage as well as a much longer vase life- more for your money there then!

 

Ø  No flower is the same as they can come in various styles and markings- some leaves have stripes, some have spots and some are completely plain

 

Ø  The Alstroemeria flower is a symbol of wealth, prosperity and fortune as well as being the flower of friendship 🏵️ 🏵️ 🌸

 

Ø  You’ll have to appreciate these ones on looks alone we’re afraid as they actually have no fragrance!!

 

Ø  Oh and keep an eye on the room temp, these guys stop producing flowers if the soil gets too hot.

 

 

We do stock these right here in our Longridge store, so if you fancy adding them to your September flowers shopping list, pop by or even give us a call and we’ll ensure they’re ready for collection. Then once you’re home and they’re basking in their full glory, pop a pic up and tag us on Instagram and Facebook

 

See you soon…

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Catchy Carnivores

Best known as plants such as the Venus Flytrap, Pitcher Plant and Sarracenia – this month’s houseplant spotlight is on the carnivorous kind. They’re a perfect choice for adding a bit of character to your room, particularly as they come in all shapes, sizes and colours!

 

These plants are incredibly intriguing and we love how clever they are - So what didn’t you know about these plants? Good question, we’ve uncovered some fun facts for you right here:

  • They attract spiders and insects before then catching, digesting and absorbing them for nutrients… interesting

 

  • The Venus Flytrap (famously) snaps shut once the prey has landed BUT only when all six sensors have been touched twice, the Sarracenia lures with its nectar before trapping the insects within its leaves and the Pitcher Plant lives up to it’s name by also trapping the insects using pitchers hanging from its leaves. Keeps your house free of pesky flies then!

 

  • Wild carnivorous plants tend to grow in fairly damp regions with nitrogen poor soil (if you’re thinking swamps then you’re definitely on the right track)

 

 

Looking to add one or all of these to your houseplant collection? We like your style- here’s some handy care tips for you to follow:

  • They prefer rainwater, distilled water or soft tap water so if you live in an area with hard water, then boil the kettle and leave to cool before watering

  • Position in full sunlight- these bad boys aren’t afraid of the rays ☀️ ☀️ ☀️

  • No plant food needed thanks to the aforementioned catching of their own food

  • Don’t be fooled come Winter- the traps will wither once the cold season arrives but they’ll reappear back in earnest in the Spring. Just carry on watering as normal.

  • Remove any dead brown leaves to keep them healthy and free of fungi

  • Oh and remember to repot them in Spring every other year

By following these, your houseplants will be good to go and a part of the family for a good long while.

 

You know where to go to find ‘em- here at FWP of course! Give us a ring if you’re looking for a specific one otherwise pop on down and have a chat with us! Tag your pics on Insta and Facebook and keep us updated on how they’re getting on…

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Summer lovin' had me a blast...

We’ve got that tune in your head now haven’t we- sorry! However, we can’t get enough of the range of Summer flowers currently available…

Sara with some of her homegrown Summer flowers!

Sara with some of her homegrown Summer flowers!

 

We spoke last month about the glorious Sunflower 🌻 (check out our blog here) but there’s also a whole range of other seasonal sunshine flowers to choose from this month too! From wedding bouquets to a simple treat for yourself or a loved one. Our Sara is a member of the Flowers of the Farm Network and she’s been busy growing some of these in her garden this Summer too:

 

The Hydrangea - (coincidentally we’ve just blogged about this one too- so take a look for more info here) This gorgeous flower comes in a whole range of colour which immediately brightens up any room and adds a pop of sunshine! ☀️

 

Cornflowers – These are both historic and handy flowers to have around! Historically, they were used in the funeral wreath for Ancient Egyptian Pharaoh Tutankhamun! There’s also an old folklore- Cornflowers were worn by young men in love, if the flower faded too quickly then it was a sign his love was unrequited. Handily, they’re also used in Herbalism – they’re particularly effective in treating conjunctivitis and tired eyes.

 

Ammi – A member of the carrot family and a flower which goes by many, many names including: “Bishop’s Weed” and “Queen Anne’s Lace”, “Large Bullwort”, “Laceflower”, “Greater Ammi” and “Toothpick Weed”. Ammi flowers not edible and are without medicinal value HOWEVER, research is currently underway to investigate the possibility of these flowers helping to combat cancer.

 

Achillea – Another useful flower to have around should the need arise! The Achillea is also known as the rather less fetching sounding ‘Nosebleed plant’. The leaves, when used fresh, encourage clotting so it’s considered to be a powerful healing herb for wounds, cuts and grazes as well as a popular veg to eat back in the 17th century.

 

Dahlias – Considered to be one of the most spectacular of garden flowers plus they come in a variety of showstopping shapes, sizes and colours! These lovelies are a native from the Mexican climate but oddly, although they grow in a warm country they actually prefer more cooler conditions!

 

 

Sweetpeas – A sweet smelling flower (the clue’s in the name!) These are native to Sicily, Cyprus and Southern Italy and were first brought over to the UK in the Victorian era (where they became super popular). Their beautiful colours allow them to stand out as well as their long straight stems (more so when they enjoy cool, sunny conditions which allow them to grow steadily and slowly!)

 

  The Sword Lily – More commonly known as Gladioli. These funnel shaped flowers bloom on both sides of the stem, they’re considered to be bold and glamorous and they come in a whole range of colours too. The petals may be frilled, ruffled or even plain- they look fabulous any way.

 

We do happen to have these in stock ready and waiting for you in store at our Longridge shop or give us a call to discuss your order! Once they’re home and in pride of place, pop your pics up and tag us on Facebook and Insta

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Aug Flower of the Month- Hi there Hydrangeas

Well hi there Hydrangeas! These fluffy cloud shaped beauties are the ultimate symbol of high summer and one you should most certainly be including on your floral shopping list.

We love these flowers here at Team Passion because the colours are to die for; think fresh greens, bright whites, sky blues, deep purples and stunning lilac and pinks and you’re definitely on the right track- the perfect addition to add a pop of colour to your day. They can be found from early Spring to late Autumn so this time of year is definitely the best time for them.

 

So firstly, here’s some fun facts you might not know about these summery flowers:

  • There are around 70-75 species of the flower and they grow literally everywhere from South Asia right over to America although believed to originate from Japan.

  • In Asia, if you give someone a pink hydrangea you’re basically telling them they’re the ‘beat to your heart’ – romantic much? ❤️ ❤️ 🌸

  • Hydrate your Hydrangeas - these are thirsty flowers, so it’s not one for a forgetful waterer if you’re looking for them to last

  • They can look truly stunning in a wedding bouquet – actress Blake Lively featured pink ones in hers when she married Ryan Reynolds.

 

If you’re looking to purchase hydrangeas, here’s some of Sara’s top tips to follow to ensure you get the best out of them:

 

  • Cut the stem tip diagonally and place in a clean GLASS vase filled with 2/3 room temperature tap water

  • When you cut your stem use a sharp knife and cut diagonally through the stem. Then scrape out the white pulp from inside. This gives a little tunnel which helps the hydrangea drink plenty.

  • Should your cut hydrangea wilt in the first few days don’t throw it away. Take it out of the vase. Submerge the head in a bucket of cold water and leave for a few hours. Take it out, re-cut the stem and place back in the vase. By the next morning it should have bounced back to life. Hydrangeas should last at least a week, possibly two. Obviously this trick won’t work once the hydrangea has reached the end of its life but it’s always worth a try! We’ve had hydrangeas in the shop that last a month if they are kept cool and well hydrated.

  • Keep them away from full sunlight, draughts and fruit bowls

  • As well as all of the above did you know that flowers, especially hydrangeas, love to be spritzed with water daily? Try it. It certainly prolongs their life.

 

As always we stock Hydrangeas in store, however if you’re looking for a specific colour get in touch beforehand so we can make sure we have them in especially. Tag us in your happy hydrangea pics on Facebook and Instagram we LOVE to see them…

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Plants to keep the Bee’s happy

We LOVE Bee’s- it’s vitally important we continue to create environments where these super cute pollinators can thrive, mainly because 75% of our food crops rely on insect pollination- yes 75%! We NEED these guys to carry on the good work.  So, what are the best Bee friendly plants for your garden? Excellent question:

 

The Sunflower! We’ve JUST blogged about this summer beauty, check it out for yourself here. They score highly for both nectar and pollen so they’re a perfect garden addition for bees, butterflies and any other insect pollinators.

 

Aster! These bloom in Autumn so perfect for the post summer garden. Also nectar and pollen rich, although this depends on variety. The N5/P5 version has light blue/violet petals and scores the highest for pollinators.

 

Dahlia! Another super summery flower as they bloom from July right through until October. A popular one with Bee’s and it’ll also give you a boost too as it actually represents creativity, change and inner strength- awesome!

 Did you know that Sara is a member of the Flowers From the Farm network and grows a lot of the flowers that she sells in the shop. All three of these flowers are personal favourites in her garden and definitely keep the bees happy.

All three are growing happily but not in bloom as yet. Once they are they will be cut, conditioned and then added to the large array of gorgeous flowers. Leaving some in the garden to keep the bees happy of course.

For more handy tips on bee friendly gardens, where to plant them (sunny but sheltered areas) and what to plant together- checkout the fantastic Florismart magazine here.

You can purchase all of the above here in store and don’t forget to tag us in your bee friendly garden pics! You can find us on Facebook and Instagram.

 

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July's Flower of the Month - The Sunflower

A favourite of Vincent Van Gogh himself, these summery beauties are a sight to behold and July is the perfect time to enjoy them!

 

Did you Know:

-          Sunflowers are the ONLY flower with ‘flower’ in their name?

-          They follow the movement of the Sun across the sky from East to West

-          They’re the symbol of Faith, Love and Adoration

-          They have supersonic growing speeds and can reach a height of 8-12 feet within 6 months, although the Guinness World Record books state that the tallest Sunflower ever recorded was 25feet, 5 ½ inches tall- wow!

-          A Sunflower head is actually made up of 1000 to 2000 individual flowers which are joined at the base. So that’s a lot more flower for your money then 😊

-          There are more than 60 varieties of the flower found globally

-          And one more… Sunflower oil is amazing! It’s full of minerals like calcium, iron, Vit A and Vit D

 

These flowers are hugely popular Summer wedding flowers, and they can add a gorgeous pop of sunshine colour to your décor.

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If you’re purchasing Sunflowers to enjoy at home, here’s a few Top Tips to ensure you get the best out of them:

-          Trim the stem diagonally with a sharp knife

-          Use a glass vase filled with approx. 7cm of room temp tap water

-          Don’t forget to add the flower food to the water

-          Keep them in a room with an ideal temp of no more than 20 degrees

-          Keep them out of draughts, direct sunlight and avoid leaving them beside a fruit bowl

-          Sunflowers are thirsty so be sure to keep the vase topped up

 

We stock Sunflowers here in our Longridge based shop (and this month we have a special 10% discount offer for anyone who quotes ‘Team Passion Facebook/Instagram’ when purchasing in store!) We’d also love you to tag and share your Sunflower pics with us on Facebook and Instagram.

 

 

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Are your house plants making you healthy?

Ok, so we’re HUGE fans of a house plant (comes with the job), but did you know that as well as looking amazing, your house plants could actually be providing you with a whole host of health benefits too? There’s actually been studies and research conducted on this theory and this not only applies at home, but in work spaces, schools and care homes also.

 

Some key facts and figures to mention:

Ø  Indoor plants can reduce staff sick leave (possibly over 60%)

Ø  37% reduction in tension and anxiety when houseplants were introduced into the workplace, as well as promoting wellbeing and performance. 

Ø  Increased productivity when placed on your desk

Ø  Decreased perceptions of pain and discomfort

Ø  Dementia sufferers have also been noted to have better stimulated senses and more positive emotions when indoor plants are present.

 

You can’t argue with science right? So which plants would be best? Let’s see, here’s a few of our favourites:

If you’re wanting to absorb any negative energy, then how about the Climbing Fig? We love this one as the plant can look truly fantastic whether it’s growing from a hanging basket or climbing the wall itself (it’s all in the name). The white edges of the leaves are believed (in China anyway) to be the good green spirit, erasing any negative energy hanging around in the room.  

The Monstera is big, bold and eye catching especially as it’s such a stunning injection of green to your space. This plant will balance energies and boost your mood right up.

IF you’re feeling lucky then that could be down to Devil’s Ivy- don’t let the name fool you as this plant is said to provide good luck and fortune to its owners as well as inspiring creativity thanks to its beautifully patterned leaves

If it’s a sense of calm you’re looking for, then we definitely recommend the Asparagus Fern. Super easy to care for, it’s light, bright and airy bringing calm vibes to your surroundings.

 

Did you know we stock all of the above in our shop? If we don’t have them in stock then we’re able to source them for you with just a few days’ notice. Don’t forget to tag us @flowers_with_passion in your feel good floral pics- we’d love to see them!

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