How to love parts of the flower business we think of as unlovable

Beloved Flower Lover,

We were thinking about parts of the business that we force ourselves to do and it occurred to us. We did not love those parts of the business. In fact, they were inour minds unlovable. OMG!

How so?

We had been making up a story that they could not be loved, or not meant to be loved. So the question is how do we love the part so the business that we think are unlovable. Just by posing this question made forcing ourselves is irrelevant.  Why- well we can keep making anew our story.

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So how are we making this up in our minds in away that is different to the way we feel about other aspects of the business?- still exploring that one, since we are making it up in our minds.

We can just make up another story- a story we want to feel lovable about. Even just loving the mundane- making that lovable too.Tehuti Sky Blue Handbag Oracle,Flowers The London Flower Lover Collage

No one is forcing us to do that. We can turn a page. We don’t have to know what will turn up on the next page either. We don’t have to because we can turn over again. We could set up a 100 different ways of being in love with the different parts of the business, that we so call do not love. And  if we don’t like it, we can do it differently. That the beauty of the creative mind. It is not stuck, it flows.

If we don’t like the version of the story we made up, we are not stuck with it, we can go back to the drawing board and recreate love. Infinite possibilities, infinite ideas- love can take any shape, and the love for other parts of the business can take any shape.

Recreate love- its infinite!

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The Team,

The London Flower Lover

 

 

 

 

 

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Avoid being killed by deadlines-Not turning writing a blog post about flowers into an adversary-instead go make good floral art and let the blog post flow!

Beloved Flower Lover,

The team have been really busy recently. Not surprising. You might have noticed that we have not always been posting fresh new images, even repeating some. Initially it was a strategy to fill in space whilst we felt guilty, but now deepened our appreciation of this experience of blogging at The London Flower Lover. It’s began to show us how to release issues of guilt about shoulds and musts.  So we have a few bits here to talk about which may ring true to you  too.

Fed up with forcing the team to do things we don’t want to do. Fed up with deadlines, with a gun against our heads.  We began to explore the difference between motivation and inspiration. Instead of doing battle with our selves, we decided to just enjoy what we got, like existing images and not putting a gun against our heads. Hence why some of the visual repeats that we actually love.

 

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Yes,  its a life saver, the ability to make art.  We had been triggered to prepare this post after listening to Michael Neil talking about make good art even on the bad days as its yours alone. Sounded good, but we are high performers and still felt a bit stressed.We decided to allow ourselves to be where we are and  still love to make good art even when  not posting brand new photos. The only thing we have is us, our story, our life as only we can and therefore work in only the way we can.

During this process of relaxing into it this so called ‘failing’ we realized that we were letting go of a sense of fighting, the sense of what things are supposed to be.  This experience of being super busy led us to the work of  Isiah Mcgee who wrote a blog post about not turning what you love into an adversary.  His blog post seemed to articulate what we had been going through. Parts of the post articulated the creative mind. The mind that creates floral designs for life. We felt today was the day to share. The process of letting go of the inner fight. Letting go of strong arming ourselves. Letting go of self intimidation. Releasing it and letting it become a flow of loving what we do, what ever we are doing- because we can indiscriminately love anything. watch a little child play with a box. Some  how we had learnt to be picky and choosy but this taught us to love what we are doing-what ever we are doing.

Mcgee articulated our sense of just enjoying where we were. That allowing for all the phases of blog positing, the super productive times and the less so . Life is big enough to allow for all of it, so why not enjoy the less productive times as well. His  post  articulated the  empowering insight  that talked about  rendering the “opponents” in your life – in whatever ways expressed – invalid.  Isiah points to the fact that resistance occurs when there is something to resist; when the opponent is released so too is the resistance and undue difficulty. So he suggests something different. We remained intrigued in this time.

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Here is a snippet from his blog post,

The typical way we approach an issue or matter is to think or say, “I am working on it.” This intention on its surface seems innocent enough, however more frequently than not, the subconscious intent is that of “tackling”, “battling” or “fighting” something. In fact, we often use those very words when describing an issue or matter being addressed.

“I am ‘tackling’ my weight,” “I am ‘battling’ a cold, cancer, arthritis, back, shoulder, hip issues, etc.,” “I am fighting with divorce attorneys,” “I am always ‘dealing with’ difficult co-workers and office politics,” and on and on. This approach creates a phantom menace because of your unrecognized power. (Even thinking you are ‘powerless’ in certain circumstances is an unfortunate inverted use of your power!)

To be very clear – health, wealth, purpose, love thru releasing the adversary is not about becoming a doormat in the challenges before you. Quite the contrary! Mentally and emotionally releasing the opponent in matters is a cunning way of reclaiming and reinstating your power! “How so,” you ask?

Your Intrinsic Power

That question is answered by first understanding what it means to recognize and appreciate your intrinsic power. Most individuals – writ large, society in general – view power as an objective reality. We assign it to those that have money, influence, connections, quasi gender or race authority, etc. These indeed are ways that power is empirically recognized however those things are not the origin of power itself.

Let’s keep this simple. To understand the origins of power you must get quite basic with the nature of power itself. This can be understood through two dynamics. The first is through recognizing the power witnessed in Nature.  Why is nature compelled to do what it does? It is due to the innate Power of expression and intention.

And what is the basis of your fundamental “nature?” (Human identity is not called human nature by accident.) The innate power and intention of Life (nature) is your fundamental ‘nature’ too! As the import of this astounding, intrinsic reality is appreciated you reinstate – in your perception that is – “your power to fulfill

This sounds like a reason to go and make good art, what ever the situation as we have the power to fulfill and express. This stopped us in our flow and became an invitation to just be still for a while.

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Isiah goes onto to say,

Speaking of perception – that brings me to the second dynamic in understanding the origin of your irrevocable power. This idea is a kind of chicken or egg, circular dynamic. The secondary medium your power uses, beyond your natural propulsion to express, is the thoughts that shape perception. Or the perception that shapes thoughts

We used to think that it was about working with flowers that we loved alone, but what about the things we don’t like. Well Isiah basically got us to fall back into love with all parts of the flower business. Dropping our preferences and instead getting into what we are doing.getting engaged with it rather than being tense as we run through the task.

Isiah reminds us that our basic premise of working with flowers  is to alter subconscious perception – which alter thoughts; and as thoughts are altered perception continues to shift into the alignments that heal, restore and reinstate (in perception) “your power to fulfill.” To just get into all aspects of it and dropping preferences for some parts of the business and just getting into it.

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This was all nice, but then the sexy part from Mr Mcgee,-Trading Power for Right-ness.

 As he points out, there is an almost irresistible temptation to ‘be right’ in contentious matters (and any matter you find yourself wrestling with is contentious). In arguments with others – and even self – the zeal to be ‘right’ disperses your power rather than propels it forward in fulfillment.

Being ‘right’ does not necessarily fulfill, heal or accomplish (unless you are settling for the pseudo accomplishment of being right just for its own sake which is lateral movement not forward propulsion.) Realizing health, wealth, purpose and love thru releasing the adversary begins by no longer trading your power for right-ness. (This is not about moral rightness but ego-centered rightness.)

That said, here is where the radical application in releasing the adversary comes into play – at least as it relates to relationship challenge and then we will address other areas of expression. You begin saying to yourself – with meaning and intent – “I LOVE relationship!” (Say what, you say!????) Before your knee-jerk reaction to this approach I urge you to remember and understand the context of the approach.

You are not declaring your love for current relationship circumstances – or your thoughts about it – you are profoundly releasing the subconscious adversary towards the nature of relationship itself! This. Is. Radical. As you release the conditioned perspective of relationship through loving the possibility of relationship – you, in effect, are releasing the adversary that sabotages and inhibits the experience of relationship’s harmonious potential.

The science of this is recognizing that you actually cannot get away from using your power. As resentment and “me vs. you”, accrue in the psyche your “natural” power subconsciously empowers the relationship opponent! Your power – whether recognized or not – is akin to a magnifying glass. If resentment and opposition are harbored, your inherent natural power magnifies the expression (experience) of what is harbored.

By the same token, as you ‘love’ relationship (itself, not the current state of things) you release sustaining the relationship adversary unwittingly propelling itself in your experience as conflict. Don’t you want the power of your subconscious to magnify love rather than opposition? (Sounds like a no-brainer to me.)

(The more you realize – without self-blame or self-judgment – that resolution is an ‘inside job,’ the more you no longer cede your power to circumstance, conditions or an individual.)

A Radical Approach

As this radical “love” approach is employed in health you release the unconsciously powered adversary that blocks, impedes or sabotages your natural restorative agency. “I LOVE my hip(s).” “I LOVE my circulation.” “I LOVE my bones, muscle and tissue!” “I LOVE my breast/chest.” “I LOVE my testicles.” “I LOVE my shoulder(s).” “I LOVE my vagina,” etc.

Do not allow this to devolve into affirmation rhetoric – which is what occurs from presupposing that the power is in the words intoned. Nothing could be further from the truth! Which is why surface approaches (the misunderstanding of intent) become exercises in novelty rather than a means of transformation.

As this adversary-release approach is employed from respecting that YOU are the power empowering the words, then words are not reduced to meaningless rhetoric or a mood-oriented belief system. “I LOVE my skin!”

It is important to note from your radical recognition and use of your power, that you are not trying to “make” something happen – just as you do not “make” a plant planted in a garden grow. You are simply, yet profoundly, respecting the power of (your) nature. This is not about effort-ing it is about respecting.

You can employ your reinstated power – in fact it is best to – while engaging present remedies, processes, and treatments. “I LOVE my skin” while applying treatments to it. “I Love my hips” while engaged in physical therapy. I LOVE my (kidney, breast, lung, groin, etc.) while undergoing chemo or using other treatments. I LOVE relationship – regardless of the state of things. “I LOVE my healthy mind” while taking medication for depression.

As you employ the adversary-release approach you allow greater efficacy of any treatment, process or participation occurring because there is no unconscious opponent undermining the process. The result is more effective treatment impact or perhaps less invasive or innovative practices are revealed. Perhaps there becomes no need for the methods and treatments that essentially were battling the unconscious opponent anyway.

Use this approach in financial matters. “I LOVE money!” (“And money LOVES me.”) Have the courage to release all the cultural and societal, rhetoric and belief systems surrounding money so that you can freely employ the adversary-release approach in releasing the subconscious opponent to money forged by the experience of it. (Money is no different from breathing – a means to an end.)

The Novelty Store

An end note regarding novelty and the ego. This is most relevant in the application of health, wealth, purpose, love thru releasing the adversary. Most “new” things (an approach, a treatment, an exercise workout, an idea, etc.) will initially be enthusiastically embrace as the mind processes incoming data through the novelty – the newness – of it.

Once novelty wanes – which is natural because the brain takes in untold amounts of incoming data daily so it must relegate or toss out relatively “old” data (such as this empowering information) to absorb incoming daily data.

The ego by its nature has little use for “old” data – this is why workout programs, new habits, and new practices initially embraced with gusto will be dropped or the resolve dissipates. The ego has moved on to newer data. (We unfortunately blame ourselves for lack of ‘will power’ – when it is really this natural phenomenon at play – but that is another post.)

Just being aware of this brain phenomenon empowers you to not be its victim! Apply this useful technique to program into the brain the “habit” of adversary-release: Put a weekly reminder – right now – in your calendar to READ this post ONCE PER WEEK (download it, print it – whatever means makes it convenient for access).

The brilliance of this technique is that, by nature, your brain absorbs something “new” – something different in the post will become relevant – from each reading. This will constantly re-introduce novelty to the brain/ego permitting the consistency of absorption to become reprogrammed process! (That [advice] will be five cents please.)

(I am not interested in your temporary empowerment, inspiration or motivation from liberating information; I am interested in your true capacity to transform your life. This happens through true reprogramming).

Celebrate your health, wealth, purpose, love thru releasing the adversary to its natural expressions!

Not creating fake musts and should’ s, not making ‘deadlines’ to motivate self,  shifting away from holding a gun to our heads.Yes we are ambitious florists, we love the work, however  its not about working on the verge of a panic attack from making everything  essential.  Instead its about loving the part of ourselves that is all about shoulds and musts as part of that love that  ebbs and flows as life.

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Making friends with real of self imposed deadlines is one way of turning an adversary into a friend….that’s what not posting a blog post for a while with fresh visuals taught us. Not to fight with our own creative ebb and flow. To fall in love with how we work is the basis of love!

Wonder what you think?

 

The Team,

The London Flower Lover

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Flowers for World Gratitude Day: September 21st 2017

Beloved Flower Lover,

Its’ time to say thank you. The only thing we have to do right now is to get into  giving thanks  and we do it again on World Gratitude Day.

Its a time to reclaim our selves and relax into the process of gratitude. We have all the time in the world to get into it. We are fascinated with what we are gratitude for. It allows us to tap back into our natural way of being. We don’t have to practice it. We don’t need to turn it into a discipline. We are not worried about fixed time and the bla bla of that. We have all the time we need.

Professor Robert Emmons of the University of California suggests we only need five mins of it to enjoy great benefits. http://www.ucdmc.ucdavis.edu/medicalcenter/features/2015-2016/11/20151125_gratitude.html.

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His research found the following:

  • Keeping a gratitude diary for two weeks produced sustained reductions in perceived stress (28 percent) and depression (16 percent) in health-care practitioners.
  • Gratitude is related to 23 percent lower levels of stress hormones (cortisol).
  • Practicing gratitude led to a 7-percent reduction in biomarkers of inflammation in patients with congestive heart failure.
  • Two gratitude activities (counting blessings and gratitude letter writing) reduced the risk of depression in at-risk patients by 41 percent over a six month period.
  • Dietary fat intake is reduced by as much as 25 percent when people are keeping a gratitude journal.
  • A daily gratitude practice can decelerate the effects of neurodegeneration (as measured by a 9 percent increase in verbal fluency) that occurs with increasing age.
  • Grateful people have 16 percent lower diastolic blood pressure and 10 percent lower systolic blood pressure compared to those less grateful.
  • Grateful patients with Stage B asymptomatic heart failure were 16 percent less depressed, 20 percent less fatigued and 18 percent more likely to believe they could control the symptoms of their illness compared to those less grateful.
  • Older adults administered the neuropeptide oxytocin showed a 12 percent increase in gratitude compared to those given a placebo
  • Writing a letter of gratitude reduced feelings of hopelessness in 88 percent of suicidal inpatients and increased levels of optimism in 94 percent of them.
  • Grateful people (including people grateful to God) have between 9-13 percent lower levels of Hemoglobin A1c, a key marker of glucose control that plays a significant role in the diagnosis of diabetes.
  • Gratitude is related to a 10 percent improvement in sleep quality in patients with chronic pain, 76 percent of whom had insomnia, and 19 percent lower depression levels.

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So where we stand, we are grateful to have you as our dear friends reading this material. We are grateful for a platform from WordPress that enables us to being able to share ways to enhance wellbeing using flowers. We are grateful for flowers and all their impacts.

We invite you to go through today and give thanks for something you appreciating in your life and send your gratitude . You might even like to use flowers to send a message of gratitude to someone or place some in your home or office environment to remind yourself of all that you are thankful for.

The Team,

The London Flower Lover

p.s. If you want let us know how this process attracts more things to be thankful for.

 

The Team,

 

The London Flower Lover

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What does Christine Northrup say about Happiness and why we love Flowers and Kintsugi, the process of loving broken things?

Beloved Flower Lover,

Looking through wilted lavender vintage roses and listening to the radio, we re-discovered Dr Christine Northrup, the medical doctor who is a pioneer for women’s happiness and just smiled at our selves with deep gentle soft eyes.

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We wondered, if you actually focused on the language of happiness and the choice to feel happiness despite the inadequate circumstances. But before wondered about you, we thought, do what Byron Katie says, pay attention to your own business and that was a question which was so needed. This lead to another conversation, because we were not OK with living with habits of scaring ourselves to death and using martyr language that was not great.  So,suppose you would like to explore some more pleasure in life what might you do?

We did several things after that in our team and thought about our habits.  Some of the ladies in the team  went and found flowers that they loved. Over and over again, they were not the flowers that were  so called perfect ones. They were the ones with change, some wilting, some decaying. We opened up our minds and accepted their perfection. Then one woman in to the team pointed to a vase which she loved but which had become broken. She had put tape onto it and continued to use it,even in some of our photo shoots. In Japan, instead of tossing the vase, some craftsmen practice the 500-year-old art of kintsugi, or “golden joinery,” which is a method of restoring a broken piece with a lacquer that is mixed with gold, silver, or platinum.

We feel we have been on that golden joinery, linking flowers as a practice to the joy of life. The process of growing and change. Rather than being embarrassed with the sticky tape, to instead notice “it’s very important that we understand the spiritual backgrounds or the history behind… the material.” This is interwoven with the philosophy of wabi-sabi, which means “to find beauties in broken things or old things,” .

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We have been reading the work of . Dr Mario Martinez and Dr Douglas Holt. Martinez , invites us to find out who are our cultural editors and cultural co editors. He invites us to consider this question.

Who taught me/you/us to think to be what you/we want to change?

As you reflect on the answer consider, are they really in the best position to edit your life?

Holt, invites us to ask awkward questions of a brand. Does it stand up for the contradictions in society? In fact does it speak with the voice of the contradictions of a society ? Does it help us to find a story to reflect the meaning of our lives? Does it help us to redefine, re edit our life? e.g. to give birth to inner receptor sites of self love.

We felt super vulnerable talking about this in the team as we noticed parts of ourselves that still needed the attention.  Instead we felt the fear gone as we each noticed in our own way putting our hands on our hearts and loving ourselves.

We think about that, especially as ever since this blog started, we talked about how we have been blogging about flowers and the putting real contradictory,sometimes unspoken issues that women and men face when dealing with self love are experiencing. The inflamed topics  in  a society where, we habitually celebrate the birthright of men and women to experience love.  That it. Our radicalness for our brand is to state openly that we completely love and accept all the love, support and beauty around us.  That you can never be to sad to help the sad, to unhappy to help the unhappy, to poor to help the poor.

Instead giving that love support and beauty to ourselves and others in a gentle way is what we do. It’s a gentle work that we do as we put our hands on those flowers which may be wilting or fading and love up on them.

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As we conclude today’s thoughts we appreciate the words of  Joseph Campbell  quote even more. “that give up the life you planned to welcome the life waiting for you.”

Filling up with joy and pleasure, we ask for even more joy and pleasure to overflow as we give thanks for all that has passed, that is to come as we stand today in  the today of appreciation of life.

 

The Team,

 

The London Flower Lover

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Happy Flowers to remember the universal love of Tree Mother, Wangari Maathai, First African Woman Nobel Peace Laureate

Beloved Flower Lover,

As florists we work with enjoy resourcing floral material each and every time. As florists we enjoy working with water, land and the shared space called our home. Earth. We see and hear of fights all the time about land, trees and so on. That eats up the neurotransmitters and opiates.That joy vibe.  However we heard recently a shift in this discussion. An enjoyable dignified spirit of change. A way of finding joy and solace in what’s important to us. Fights occur not because we are different…., says Nobel Peace winner Maati, we wanted to hear more.

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“When we remove the superficial layers of our differences we find a common ground”, she says.  “How to allocate resources fairly without people feeling marginalise is my agenda”, she said. “Peace and the environment is an important element of life…. Water, land, grazing ground, farming land, resources. Sharing them equitably is at the heart of what our world agenda is about”

In 1977, Maathai founded the Green Belt Movement to plant trees in hopes of helping poor, rural Kenyans, especially women, by preventing environmental and social conditions from further deteriorating.

Maathai won the Peace Prize in 2004 after enduring death threats, whippings and being tear-gassed at a protest because of her devotion to forest preservation and her anti-corruption work. We wanted to learn more so began our floral journey. We found quotes such as,

“I’m very conscious of the fact that you can’t do it alone. It’s teamwork. When you do it alone you run the risk that when you are no longer there nobody else will do it.”
Wangari Maathai, The Green Belt Movement: Sharing the Approach and the Experience

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We found more material such as an interview where She spoke with the NewsHour’s Jeffrey Brown about her ecology work and social activism in 2005.

“Today we are faced with a challenge that calls for a shift in our thinking, so that humanity stops threatening its life-support system. We are called to assist the Earth to heal her wounds and in the process heal our own – indeed to embrace the whole of creation in all its diversity, beauty and wonder. Recognizing that sustainable development, democracy and peace are indivisible is an idea whose time has come”
Wangari Maathai

So in the end we felt inspired to dedicate pieces of our floral work to her memory, inspired by this quote.

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“In trying to explain this linkage, I was inspired by a traditional African tool that has three legs and a basin to sit on. To me the three legs represent three critical pillars of just and stable societies. The first leg stands for democratic space, where rights are respected, whether they are human rights, women’s rights, children’s rights, or environmental rights. The second represents sustainable and equitable management and resources. And the third stands for cultures of peace that are deliberately cultivated within communities and nations. The basin, or seat, represents society and its prospects for development. Unless all three legs are in place, supporting the seat, no society can thrive. Neither can its citizens develop their skills and creativity. When one leg is missing, the seat is unstable; when two legs are missing, it is impossible to keep any state alive; and when no legs are available, the state is as good as a failed state. No development can take place in such a state either. Instead, conflict ensues.”
Wangari Maathai, Unbowed

We even found an animation piece she was involved with to help people explore how to manage land resources when they feel overwhelmed with a lack of resource.

So in summary, Wangari Maathai,  the winner of the Nobel Peace Prize in 2004,  the founder of the Green Belt Movement in her home country of Kenya, an environmental group that has restored indigenous forests and assisted rural women by paying them to plant trees in their communities. Since 1977, it has planted more than 30 million trees in Kenya and has been replicated in dozens of other African countries.

She reminds us about peace and happiness in the face of adversity and that peace and happiness are not superfical  and energised in the face of adversity, makes us all go forward.

Thank you for focusing on peace and happiness so we can energise and heal ourselves. The gift here is that you can be the protection for others in this world because you focus on universal love. It keeps us optimistic and so much more…..universal love.

 

The Team

 

The London Flower Lover

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“Education, if it means anything, should not take people away from the land, but instill in them even more respect for it, because educated people are in a position to understand what is being lost. The future of the planet concerns all of us, and all of us should do what we can to protect it. As I told the foresters, and the women, you don’t need a diploma to plant a tree.”
Wangari Maathai, Unbowed

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Heal your inner mean girl with flowers

Beloved Flower Lover,

Giving flowers to ourselves is part of a self love journey. You may not call it self love, but it can be part of your self love antidotes.

Christine Arylo has inspired us from her very beginning and we would like to share her programme for self love here. She teaches us how to love ourselves when we are our most mean to ourselves.

She identifies 13 ways that we as women are mean to ourselves and finds 13 antidotes we can use to love up on ourselves.Since its an inner process, its a way to bring counter balance to these  mean inner forces. e.g. comparison queen, achievement junkie, good girl,rejection queen, perfection queen, fixer, skeptic, superwoman, martyr,  optimistic cheerleader,worrier wort, and the drama queen.

Take all the time you need to go through this and play with the different ways she suggests you can energize the internal inner antidotes like inspiration and admiration for the mean girl self within who is a comparison queen.

 

Christine is not preachy, just real…..so enjoy

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Gladioli: the Summer’s Superstar

Beloved Flower Lover,

If you ever want easy and effortless stardom for the summer get her,  yes she who is known as the gladioli. Invite her into your home, your office, your reception desk, or for your dinner party.

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The superstar blooms in midsummer and her fashionable status is what we love about the gladioli.

She is in many ways, like the summer tulip and no more difficult to grow. Like tulips, she really make perfect, long-lasting cut flowers.

This classic cut flower, she the  gladiolus serves you by producing perfectly tall flower spikes adorned with large, showy flowers. Let her in you will adore her.

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If correctly cared for, she can bloom between 6 and 10 days when displayed in a vase.  She, Lady Gladiolus is available in a huge range of colors, including apricot, blue, burgundy, pink, gold, red, orange, and white, as well as multicolored varieties.

If you have her in your garden, possibly invite yourself to embrace her energy and bringing them closer to you by preparing her for your vase. So in the early morning or evening, prepare your heart use a  lovely sharp knife or scissors to prepare to cut the stems, leaving at least four leaves on the plant to nourish the corm and guarantee for you her gorgeous blooms next planting season. Cut her lower stems diagonally, place them in a bucket of warm water, and set the bucket in a cool dry place for 2 hours before arranging flowers.

Before arranging your unmistakable super stars , strip away her leaves that would fall below the waterline. Fill a clean vase with water and add floral food to the water. Re-cut  her stem ends on the diagonal and place her stems in vase. Set the clean vase away from direct sunlight and heat sources.

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Lengthen her superstars life by giving her daily care. Every day, change her water and add floral food. She really appreciates it. It really works. Cut her stems back by 1 or 2 inches and pick off any of her wilted flowers to keep her arrangement tidy and to allow the unfurling upper buds to take center stage.

Keep smiling. She will keep sharing with you feelings of  joy. Keep turning to her this summer as every summer and notice what you notice.

The Team

The London Flower Lover

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Harvest Flowers, Berries and Vintage Plates

Beloved Flower Lover,

 

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Flowers for Gratitude-Yes its simplier sometimes to say thanks with flowers but there is more to it

Beloved Flower Lover,

Struggling, dropping back, but getting back up. Struggling, dropping down, and getting back up. Struggling, dropping off and stayed up. So grateful for the whole journey.

Where are you with your struggle.Frustrated,Miserable,Charged with emotion

Or grateful,appreciative or thankful?

Today might be the day to learn more about what scientists have found out about gratitude. Today might even be the day to return to thanks and collaborate with the part of us that seems so different, but is bringing so many gifts.

Professor Emmons from the University of California believes a successful gratitude practice starts with recognizing what you’re grateful for, acknowledging it and appreciating it. He recommends establishing a daily journaling practice to remember gifts, grace, benefits, and things enjoyed.

“Setting aside time on a daily basis to recall moments of gratitude associated with ordinary events, your personal attributes, or valued people in your life gives you the potential to interweave a sustainable life theme of gratefulness,”

He says that, scientists are latecomers to the concept of gratitude. Religions and philosophies have long embraced gratitude as an indispensable manifestation of virtue, and an integral component of health, wholeness, and well-being. He also says that  gratitude heals, energizes, and transforms lives.

We use flowers to help with the state of mind called gratitude. To reinforce peace in the face of a challenge and to reinforce peace in when what we don’t want seems to be all we are experiencing. We use flowers as a way to acknowledge this state of mind and invite you to use flowers as part of your process for giving thanks for situations that you  find challenging as well as for those that are  lovely.  That then moves us away from thinking that its all about just giving us what we want, when we want.

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Give thanks.

 

The Team,

The London Flower Lover

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Flowers and Money

Beloved Flower Lover,

What’s your money story?

If you feel brilliant with money and buying flowers then this material is not for you. However if you want to enjoy more intimacy around money and the pleasure of flowers then you might find that this post is really an invitation for a new self expression. An opportunity for course correcting, which is kinda what we do here. A sort of pattern interrupt. A sort of interuption of a way of being.

So let’s think a little more.

When you go and buy your flowers, or for someone else, what do you say to yourself?

Can you admit to yourself that you do not know about things like retirement,investments, tax?

Are you more committed to being seen in a certain light than actually being clear about your real net worth?

what ever the answers, we want you to take yourself to a safe space first. Grow the self love, the self worthiness and then flower as you would like.

A lot of these questions have been inspired by Nancy levin’s book ‘Worthy. We find her to be a great coach and so wanted to share her with you as we to take the opportunity to rewrite the real love story about ourselves, money and flowers.

 

TheLondonFlowerLover peace is my nature yellow background rose posy Collage

 

TheLondonFlowerLover peace is my nature yellow background rose posy Collage

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