Mumbai state of Mind
Genevieve McElroy, puts me in a Mumbai state of mind.
Its been a deluge of torrential rains this last weekend in Mumbai, and that picture translates into a wonderful kaleidescope of the Mumbaikars mind.
Its glorious, the rains, the weather, sometimes dull with deep blues in our mood and grey skies.
Many times the monsoon weather makes nature glorious in Mumbai. Flowers bloom everywhere, and the thirsting tress used to traffic fumes of Mumbai, suddenly start breathing a brightness that translates into the bright pink of Genevieve’s flower palette above, making the bright pink shifting to the pure white cineriras flowers a smooth transition, Just like Mumbai makes it transition from dullness to cheer.
Flowers really do convey emotions in myriad ways, this is so evident from the glorious flowers on display above, floating in a bowl of waer, floating like our dreams do on a wet, dull, blue yet clean and bright monsoon Mumbai weekend.
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Posted by Nirmala Korade in Flower Ideas on September 30, 2012Comment?
Your Florist featured in the Femina
“The best way to keep flowers fresher longer is to make sure they are kept in a container with clean’ water. Please ensure, that you change the water daily and cut off the sodden stem at the base, this will ensure that the water remains bacteria free and the flower can actually drink’ the clean water,” says India’s premier floral designer Laxmi Lobo of Spring Blossoms, Mumbai.
• “The best way to keep flowers fresher longer is to make sure they are kept in a container with clean’ water. Please ensure, that you change the water daily and cut off the sodden stem at the base, this will ensure that the water remains bacteria free and the flower can actually drink’ the clean water,” says India‘s premier floral designer Laxmi Lobo of Spring Blossoms, Mumbai. “Put 2 tablespoons of lemon juice, 1 tablespoon of sugar, and 1/4 teaspoon of bleach in a quart of warm water. The acid from the lemon ensures an improved water flow in flower stems, sugar helps buds open and last longer, and the bleach is a preservative to reduce growth of bacteria.”
Laxmi provides priceless styling tips to help you plan your flower decoration in terms of space and accessories.
• Keep in mind the space you have around the floral display before you plan a large or small display and where you want to place it.
• Since flowers are inherently beautiful, do not add so many embellishments that you take away from the flowers’ natural beauty.
• The container that you use for your floral display is as important as the flowers you choose. Tall containers can be dramatic with few flowers whereas multi•coloured containers will look nicer if the flowers are all of a single colour.
• The background of your floral display has to be considered when designing with flowers. If there is lot of movement behind the floral display, like a hotel display or a passageway at home, then a monochromatic theme will attract the viewers’ eye. A background can be enhanced with brightly coloured runners on a dinner table setting; this will make a white floral display look stunning.
• “While decorating with flowers at home for a party that will last late into the night or go on till the wee hours of the morning, choose sturdy flowers like Orchids and Anthuriums rather than hollow stem Gerbera Daisies,” suggests Laxmi. This will ensure your flowers look as fresh as when the guests came in.
tags: Business, Cocktail party, Floristry, Flower, India, mumbai, Sweetest Day, Water
Posted by Nirmala Korade in News and Articles on September 26, 2012Comment?
Flower Rangoli for Onam in India
Thiru Onam (from Sravana?) is celebrated in the second half of August (the Chingam month of Kollam Era) when the August monsoon rains come to an end and the summer heat gives way to the pleasant warmth of the Kerala autumn. Anthropologists see in Onam a great fertility rite, the ceremony of Thanksgiving for a plentiful harvest. For Keralites Onam is the celebration of the return of Mahabali, their once and future king. This king once ruled over the Keralites during the Golden Age before caste existed, “when all men were equal, when no one was poor, when there was neither theft nor dread of thieves”
The celebration of the return of Mahabali takes four days for the Hindus. The house and yard are cleaned; a temporary mud stall is put up and washed with cow-dung solution for the royal visitor; flowers are strewn over it for the king to sit upon; pyramid-shaped images of the king called Trikkakarappan, made of wood or clay, are placed upon it as the onlookers applaud and cheer in sheer welcome. Pujas (worship service) are performed during the four days of Onam every morning; parents give children presents, especially dresses on the occasion. Large scale feasts are held at this family reunion — increasingly Onam is becoming a holiday like Thanksgiving which is characterized by family reunion and feasting. The Flower design or Rangoli above is a typical way of dressing the home and the places of worship.
The Flower Rangoli below is made to look like a flower. Various patterns of Flower Rangoli are made with passion and creativity.
Flower petals in various hues and colours are used. The flower rangoli pattern is first sketcked with a white chalk paste and then the petals of various local flowers are filled in.
tags: Festival, Floristry, Holidays, India flowers, kerala, Onam, Thanksgiving
Posted by Nirmala Korade in News and Articles on September 9, 2012Comment?
Festive Garlands in Mumbai
My friend Arun Shanbag has caught the splendour of the festive garlands in the Mumbai flower market. (every picture leads you to his wonderful blog)
This flower market in Mumbai is where, all of mumbai comes to purchase the wonderfully entwined flowers which we mumbaikars call garlands to annoint our Lord, the Elephant God Ganapati or Ganesha with.
The Lord Ganesh is venerated all across India. In Mumbai this festival is particularly heralded with Ganapati Pandals all across the city. The Lord is on every street corner, the festival is a public festival and the community celebrates, different from most other festivals which are celebrated only in the homes.
These festive flower garlands are made of rose petals, strung together in a unique way.
The stringing of garlands is done by hand, entwining thread with the little flowers, sometimes using petals in a formation using flower needles.
The flower sellers entire lifestyle fits into this little cubicle. Notice the clothes and the pictures of deities he worships, the flower seller lives out of this box, even his accounts and cash drawer is in this space.
This double layered spaces shows us how very effectively 6 people can sit and make flower garlands.Its the spirit of Mumbai, always short on space, innovating and with the entrepreneurial ‘never say die’ Mumbaikar who is showcased in this photograph.
Traditional Lilies used for garlands hang side by side with the blue orchids from Thailand. It seems even Lord Ganesh is enthralled by the imported orchids.
The Mumbai Flower market is a sight to behold, if your in Mumbai at any festive time its a sure tourist destination. Best time to to go to the market to take photographs is around 5 pm when the crowds are less and the lighting is perfect.
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Posted by Nirmala Korade in News and Articles on September 4, 2012Comment?
Why send Flowers?
There are special occasions and holidays which give you the excuse to send a relative or close friend flowers just to let them know that you are thinking of them.
This is especially appropriate if you haven’t written to them or spoken to them on the phone for some time.
In most cases, a surprise gift of flowers will invariably result in a joyous telephone call from the receiver of the gift.
A telephone call is the only way to thank someone for a gift …