Monthly Archives: January 2014

Rose Hip Tea

Rose Hip Tea

Hi there, it’s Ken Bolt from Brant Florist and if you’ve never had tea made from rose hips, you really should try it. Roses are one of the most popular flowers in the world and, unbeknownst to most modern people, are also a great source of tasty treats. One of my favourites of those is rose hip tea.

Rose Hip Tea

Rose Hip Tea

Some of the best varieties for getting relatively sizeable hips from for tea making are Ethyl Rose, Lyda Rose, and Crimson Floorshow. There are several others too, of course, but these three have two things I like: they’re beautiful rose flowers in their own right and their hips often don’t match their blossom colours.

Ethyl Rose, for example, often blooms in white, pink, yellow and other colours, but the hips are nearly always bright, crimson red. They’re about the size of grapes too, making them a great tea source.

Lyda Rose is similar in that the blooms are usually white (the most fragrant) or pink-tipped. Other colours are possible too, of course, but the hips are nearly always a setting-sun orange hue. They’re lovely and they grow upright and nearly perfectly spherical. It’s easy to thin the plant, harvesting hips, while leaving plenty for decorative buds and blossoms later. In fact, it’s recommended if you’re a rose tender.

Crimson floorshow is also lovely for those same reasons. The blooms themselves give the plant its name, with these relatively small roses opening up in a bright purple-red display of crimson. The hips, however, are tightly-bunched little round knobs of bright orange with pinkish-green petals coming out one end. Very lovely and quite tasty.

Most who enjoy rose hip tea have tried Sweet Briar, of course, one of the oldest rose varieties. These are also bright red hips and the Ethyl Rose is a close variant of these long-standing favourites.


Until next time,
Ken Bolt

Holidays Gone

Hi there, it’s Ken Bolt from Brant Florist and well, the holidays are finally over. I say “finally” in a mixed bag of emotion, since I love the family and friends and the time spent together, but at the same time, I also love the peace, quiet, and rest that comes when it’s all done.

Of course, rest rarely lasts long as there’s always work to be done. Still a weekend or so dozing in front of the fireplace won’t hurt anyone. Maybe a long weekend..

Sitting in front of a fireplace

This time of year is also when gardeners of every type begin thinking about the spring and what it will bring. Seed catalogs, thoughts of compost, maybe an idea or two to sketch out for a new layout somewhere.. that’s what happens to those with dirt in their nails after the busy months of winter’s holidays are done. We start thinking fondly of worms, absentmindedly turning imaginary soil as we daydream about the coming spring warmth and the flowers it always brings.

Yesterday was one of those days for me. I flipped through a seed catalog, only marginally paying attention to the offerings therein, as I aimlessly considered ways I could change the back patio’s hanging plant-based symmetry. Of course, before long, the greenhouse comes to mind, then…


Well, you get the picture. This time of year is, at least for me, the antsiest time. It’s too early to begin anything in the garden, but just about the right time to order seeds before spring prices begin to emerge. Nurseries and greenhouses obviously have year-round happenings with their growing, but not all of us are involved in that hands-on.

So we daydream and absently till soil that isn’t there instead.

Until next time,

Ken Bolt

Untold meaning of flowers at the moment of being Man and Lady

Have you decorated or brought flowers to the wedding? Well then the absence of flowers at a wedding or decoration makes it incomplete. Flowers are the symbol of romance, commitment and beauty, a best gift that could be done in the form of creative and beautiful bouquets. Confused with what flowers to begin? Stop! Don’t abruptly pick the flowers without knowing their meanings as the hosts of beautiful blooms are out there. Every spray in a wedding bouquet has its own extraordinary significance dating back to the Victorian era, when the flowers were used to convey secret messages of undying love between courting couples.

Wedding Flowers

Wedding Flowers

Opting perfect bloom for perfect combination would not only add interest, colour and beauty to your bouquet but would also show a significance which would be truly personal.

It has always been a conventional choice to show romance for weddings whose meaning vary depending on the colour, even though you stick to only a single flower.

  • White rose means “Innocence”
  • Pink rose means “Perfect Happiness”
  • Red rose means “Romantic Love”
  • Tea rose means “A memory that lasts forever”
  • Rosebuds signifies “Beauty and Youth”
  • Yellow rose means “Joy and Friendship”

Lily of the Valley:
It is white bell shaped flowers that convey “Return of Happiness”. In addition to this it adds poignancy to the couple who have overcome difficulties or for second marriage. Moreover it also includes other meanings, i.e. Purity and Sweetness. In a wedding bouquet it is often combined with other flowers because it adds fresh scent and dark green foliage with its classic touch. Traditionally white lily is best known but you could also add a rare pink version to your arrangement.

Wedding Table Centerpieces

Wedding Table Centerpieces

These exotic wedding flowers signify “Love and Beauty” and it is often chosen to add excitement to bride’s bouquets. Even though they are associated with the tropics, they are found all over the world. Many of the varieties are grown most of the time in the hothouses. It has been often considered as a popular choice for wedding because it comes with host of colours including pink and white.

It is an appropriate choice for a table centrepiece, a wedding bouquet or an arrangement of reception because these impressive flowers symbolize “Generosity” and “Sincerity”. They are available in wide varieties of colours, including magenta, deep wine red, evergreen and as well as bicolour varieties.

This brightly coloured member of the sunflower family symbolizes “Innocence”. It could be an add-on to your wedding flowers because this popular cut flower comes in a range of colours including orange, pinks, yellow and white. Thus, the reception or ceremony would be impressed with the addition of these stunning and cheap flowers.

Generally it is combined with other flowers to give a sense of joyful enthusiasm, informality and also to add frothy effect and light; furthermore it also goes with any colour scheme. In America, the young girls going at a wedding decorate their hat with this flower while this might not be custom followed in the UK where there it is still a popular arrangement of flowers at ceremonies. This popular flower symbolizes “Fertility”.

Finally, by creating a beautiful floral arrangement for a wedding reception or ceremony a visual impact with enduring meaning over the years would be created.

Author Bio:
Ryan Holman, a blogger and a florist who sells cheap and beautiful flowers over London is keen to share the meaning of different flowers to make the moment of his readers enduring all over the years.