Great Flower Markets Of The World

The great flower markets of the world are evidence of the ability of man and nature to create beauty, tradition and a positive livelihood for many people. The sight of thousands of fresh cut flowers in one location with different hues and shades colouring the area creates a picturesque and lively setting, not only popular for locals but tourists alike.

The fresh cut flower industry has thrived in recent years. Online florists have enabled customers worldwide to send flowers to South Africa and other international destinations with the flower and gift services they offer. Floriculture is a major industry which creates many jobs and provides the vast majority of flowers sold by florists. Unlike the online floral industry, the great flower markets around the world have been operational for many years through tried and tested methods.

The Bloemenmarkt in Amsterdam and Aalsmeer Flower Auction in Aalsmeer – The Netherlands
The Dutch have splendid displays of flowers all over the country, but the most striking are at the Bloemenmarkt in Amsterdam and the world’s largest flower market, the flower auction at Aalsmeer.

The Bloemenmarkt is a floating market situated along the Singel canal in the South of the city. The market is a major tourist attraction and one of the most famous in Europe. It consists of 15 florists and garden shops as well as souvenirs and gifts. The market is constructed from flowers on houseboats which include tulips, a typically Dutch flower, as well as bulbs and other flowers. Bulbs can be taken home for planting and the market even sells Christmas trees in December.

The flower auction in Aalsmeer in the Netherlands features tulips, gardenias, roses, lilies and gerber daisies. All in all the market features nearly 13,000 different types of flowers! In fact, over 20-million flowers are sold each day from the Aalsmeer flower market. Customers buy flowers in the same tradition in which the market has operated for decades – by bidding in auction. The market is in full operation by 6.30am every morning on weekdays and bidding begins at 7.30am.

The market features a walkway which has been constructed over the market to provide visitors with a bird’s eye view of the bustling crowds buying and selling every type of flower imaginable. Motorised carts carry buckets of flowers across the market creating a beautiful scene which is constantly changing.

The auctions take place in specially designated rooms where potential buyers sit in rows and bid electronically as the carts carrying the flowers move across the room. Customers bid on decreasing amounts, unlike traditional auctions. When a seller sets their price for their product the price will decrease until a bidder makes an offer. The difficult part of the auction is making sure that a bid is not offered too early as the price will be higher, and to be careful that another bidder does not place an offer first as they will then get the flowers. The front of the bidding room features a screen which displays details about the flowers and a clock face which is indicative of the price of the flowers (12 o’clock being the starting price). Once the auction begins, the clock begins to move to indicate the decreasing price.

Columbia Road Flower Market – London
The Columbia Road Flower Market is situated in London, England. Set in a small street within the East End of the city, the market encapsulates English charm and pleasantry mixed with exotic, international products. The Columbia Road Flower Market began in the 18th Century when locals would trade goods from stalls alongside a cattle driving road which eventually grew into the successful and popular market in operation today.

The market features 52 independent shops selling fresh cut flowers. Pubs, Italian delis, antique and vintage shops as well as art galleries are interspersed amongst the many flower sellers. The market is operational every Sunday morning and has become a very popular place to relax and spend time browsing not only local flowers, plants, trees, shrubs and bulbs which have been grown in nurseries all over the country, but also imported blooms and bulbs from international locations. Exotic flowers are featured from all over the world. The market prides itself upon a love of flowers and its history and tradition.

The Bangkok Orchid Market (Pak Klong Talard) – Thailand
The Pak Klong Talard (‘talard’ means ‘market’ in Thai) is a fresh flower, fruit and vegetable market in Bangkok and is the largest fresh flower market in the city. Orchids as well as other flowers such as roses are sold throughout the night when the air is much cooler and more pleasant, allowing visitors the opportunity to view the flowers in comfort under fluorescent lighting. The best time to visit is in the evening or the early morning when trucks and boats on the Chao Phraya River deliver the flowers to the market as along with fruit, vegetables and spices. The busiest time is between two and three oclock in the morning!

The market has a wholesale and consumer area; the wholesale area can be found in close proximity to the river whilst the consumer market is closer to Memorial Bridge and is spread out across a few streets, namely Chak Phet Street and smaller side streets.

Although these incredible flower markets are situated across the globe, fresh flowers can be enjoyed without having to travel internationally. Online florists offer very reliable services which allow customers to order flowers online and choose from a wide selection of exotic and classic flowers arranged into aesthetic bouquets. Reliable international delivery services make online florists the perfect way to bring the vibrancy and jovial atmosphere of the world’s flower markets into any home.

Send Spring Day Flowers In South Africa

In South Africa, spring is incredibly colourful and vibrant because the flowers which grow country-wide bloom in a variety of striking colours. Spring Day is celebrated annually on the 1st of September in South Africa as this is when the spring season begins in the Southern Hemisphere.

This season is anticipated and welcomed because it is the start of the pleasant, warm weather for which South Africa is so well known. The end of winter and beginning of spring has always been associated with rebirth, hope and love and is the time when plants regenerate, animals birth and the world awakens from the chilly winter season.

The colours best associated with spring season are pale blue, yellow and white, as well as other soft pastel colours. These hues can be seen in typical spring flowers such as daffodils, hyacinths and tulips which are recognised as the international flowers of spring.

In South Africa, there are a multitude of flowers which are connected with spring time and grow during this season. The Agapanthus, Amaryllis, Anemone, Bird of Paradise, Calla Lily, Cosmose, Dahlia, Delphinium, Freesia, Heather, Helleborus, Hyacinth, Larkspur, Casa Blanca Lily, Gloriosa Lily, Liatrus, Lisianthus, Narcissus, Orchid, Peach Blossom, Phlox, Poppy, Protea, Tortured Willow, Ranunculus, Rose, Seeded Eucalyptus, Solidago, Stargazer, Statice, Stock, Strelitzia, Sweet Pea, Tulip, Viburnum and Wax Flower are some of the flowers which are commonly available in the spring time.

Send Spring Day Flowers
On Spring Day it has become commonplace to send Spring Day flowers to friends, family or colleagues. What better way to invite the fresh smells of spring into one’s home or office than to place an arrangement of beautifully prepared spring flowers for all to see? A bright and striking flower indigenous to South Africa is the Strelitzia and makes a wonderful gift to send on Spring Day, especially when arranged with other spring flowers to compliment these bright and unusual blooms.

Buying Spring Day Flowers Online
Online florists provide a simple and hassle-free way of sending flowers and gifts on Spring Day. Whether intended for a colleague, friend or family a delivery of fresh cut flowers in typical pastel shades will help them bring the warmth and fragrance of spring into their home.

The websites provided by online florists are extremely easy to use. A good florist will always provide a detailed product catalogue with clear photos and descriptions of their products. The catalogue may even feature specific ranges for certain holidays and events such as Spring Day. With easy to follow instructions and such a wide choice of products, choosing a bouquet to send as a Spring Day gift is simple.

While the 1st of September may be Spring Day in South Africa, sending Spring Day flowers to family and friends overseas is also a fun gift to give. Conversely, those staying abroad can send Spring Day Flowers to South Africa. International deliveries ensure that flowers and other gifts are delivered timeously and in the freshest condition. Same-day deliveries are also possible if the order is placed at the correct time.

Spring Day flowers are a perfect symbol of what the season represents: rebirth, new beginnings and the start of warm, relaxed and happy times. Sending a gift of flowers across South Africa or even to other locations around the world is a special gesture.

Easter Decor And Flower Gift Ideas

Easter is a Christian celebration, celebrated with chocolate eggs, Easter decor and flower gifts. Despite the religious connotations, the festival is celebrated around the globe as a time for friends and family and has themes of new beginnings, symbolised by the eggs and bright flowers associated with Easter. The Easter bunny and egg concept comes from the pagan festivals relating to Spring and coincide with the Christian and Jewish festivals. The egg and rabbit themes symbolise fertility.

Easter decor is fun, colourful, engaging and invites a happy and bright feeling to any interior. Flowers and other creative items make for wonderful Easter gifts. The following are decor ideas which are easy to create and extremely effective decorations for the home.

An Easter Basket
A basket with African violets is a striking Easter decoration as the pink and purple hues are reminiscent of the autumn season in South Africa. When Easter is over, the flowers can be removed from the basket and placed elsewhere as decoration because they last for months.

To make this arrangement, take a medium to large basket and place small pots of African violets inside it until it is full and gaps are disguised by the flowers. Lay some small chocolate eggs wrapped in coloured foil amidst the blooms and wrap a pink ribbon around the basket and wind it around the handle. Do not over-water the African violets; keep them in filtered light and away from cold draughts.

Easter Egg Tree
At Easter, a small tree with hanging eggs and other decorations makes a warm addition to any interior and is a tradition practised widely in Germany and Austria. To make an Easter tree, simply cut a small section of branch from a tree (make sure that it is approximately one meter in length and that it has smaller branches to hang decorations from). Place floral foam into a vase or other large container and secure the branch in the foam to stand upright with branches extending away.

To make eggs to hang from the tree, take a raw egg and clean it with white-spirit vinegar. Paint the egg with craft paints or leave them to dye in a solution of three cups of boiled water, 25ml of white vinegar and drops of food colouring, giving the egg a pastel shade. Use a strong glue to secure a brightly coloured ribbon to the egg, creating a loop to hang over one of the tree branches. Make as many eggs as needed and hang them at even intervals from the tree. A nice addition to the arrangement is to tie a brightly coloured ribbon around the container securing the branch. Once the tree is taken down after Easter, throw the eggs away.

Pastel coloured decorations, chocolate eggs and Easter-Bunny soft-toys are effective additions to the basket or tree arrangement. These are symbolic of the pagan roots of spring and fertility and can make any Easter decor idea look attractive and festive.

Easter decor is an easy and effective way of brightening ones home interior during Easter and the onset of autumn. Easter decor and flower gift ideas are an original and unusual way of celebrating Easter that are cost effective and even more meaningful than purchased gifts.