6 Incredible Facts About Flowers

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Here at Impala Flora, we are obsessed with everything related to flower arrangements. In this blog post, we give you six incredible facts about flowers that you might not have known:

  • 400 K Flowers

There are an incredible 400 000 different types of flowers in the world!

  • No. 1 Remains Roses

The no. 1 selling cut flower in the world is roses.  According to realtors, roses are the flowers that make your home the most irresistible to potential buyers.

  • Making Cut Flowers Last Longer Is Easy

One teaspoon of sugar along with a few drops vodka will keep your cut flowers looking good for longer in a vase. Just remember to change the water every other day.

  • 67,2% Will Buy Mom Flowers

Of those celebrating Mother’s Day, 67,2% will buy flowers for their moms. That added up to USD$2,3-billion in 2015.

  • 7 Million+ Flowers At Keukenhof Gardens

There are more than 7 million tulips, daffodils and hyacinths that explode in brilliant colours over 79 acres at Keukenhof Gardens in the Netherlands. Over 800 000 visitors make the pilgrimage to Keukenhof Gardens in April to see the flowers.

  • Trading Land For Tulip Bulbs

12 acres of land was once traded for a single tulip bulb back when Holland was in full-on tulip mania in the 1600s.

We sell bunches of flowers, flower arrangements, edibles and gift baskets. Flowers are still a much-appreciated gift from everyone ranging from colleagues and new neighbours to loved ones. Order your beautiful flower arrangements from Impala Flora today.

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Which Flower Arrangements Are Best To Say ‘I’m Sorry’?

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‘Love means never having to say I am sorry’– this quote may be famous; however, we at Impala Flora disagree. The ability to pluck up the courage to sincerely apologise is one of the most important skills you will learn in life – and it especially becomes handy with the people you love.

It turns out that people who are able to bite the bullet and apologise are emotionally healthier than those who can’t. A study at MacEwan University in Edmonton found that people with low self-esteem feel worse after a conflict and are less likely to apologise for their role in the conflict. On the other hand, there is a strong correlation between good self-esteem and the ability to apologise. A University of Illinois study also found that people who apologise seem to fare better financially than those who don’t. Are you still putting it off? Then remember what William Shakespeare said, ‘Cowards die many times before their death.’ What he means is that putting off on apologising is more painful than actually apologising.

Of course, apologising can be terrifying. It is the type of thing people lose sleep over and continuously procrastinate on. If you are preparing for the difficult, awkward moment of apologising, consider taking a gift with you. Some great options include flower arrangements, edible gifts and hampers. Taking along a peace offering will show your sincerity and commitment to resolving the conflict.

Once you have your gift ready, be sure you deliver your apology in the correct way. The right way to say ‘I’m sorry’ is to state clearly what you are apologising for. Don’t minimise the situation or simply glance over what you did wrong. Write down and practice your apology so that you make sure you do not miss anything.

If you need flower arrangements, edible gifts or a hamper to accompany you on your apology, get in touch with Impala Flora today.

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Celebrate A Loved One’s New Baby With These Special Flowers

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Did your loved one just welcome a new baby into the world? Congratulations! Having another person in your family or social circle is always exciting, especially if it is a beautiful little baby.

You may be wondering which type of flower arrangements to buy the parents. At Impala Flora, we specialise in all things flower-related. Here are a few ideas of which flowers to buy when you want to celebrate a new-born baby:

  • For Baby Girls
  • Daffodils and posies
  • Parisian pinks
  • Long-stemmed red roses
  • Pink Lilies
  • Pink hydrangeas
  • Violets
  • Lavender
  • For Baby Boys
  • Purple tulips
  • Yellow tulips
  • White roses
  • Daisies
  • Carnations
  • Delphiniums
  • Living plants

It does not really matter what type of flowers you choose to celebrate the new-born, as long as they are arranged in a beautiful bouquet. You can also consider putting the flowers in a pretty ceramic jar or basket that the parents can keep.

Traditionalists will tell you that the flowers should be sent to the hospital, but this is not always a good idea. Find out beforehand if you will be able to have flowers delivered to the hospital. If the new mom is not staying for a night or two, then you can have the flowers delivered to their home. Better yet, you can take the flowers yourself and see the new baby!

The birth of a baby is a life-affirming occasion and it often leads to a renewed commitment to the profound promise of life. Be sure you get the right flower arrangements for your loved ones by contacting Impala Flora today.

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What Are The Perfect Get-Well-Soon Flower Bunches?

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Is someone you care about going through a tough time? Illness can be devastating, especially if the person is unable to go to work or take care of themselves. It is not always possible to support people through their illness in a way that works for them, but everyone appreciates an unexpected flower bunch when they are sick.

You can share your heart’s feelings by having a flower arrangement delivered to their home or the hospital. Not only will this brighten their day, but they will have a nice-smelling addition to the room they are staying in while they recover. Some options to consider if you want to send get-well-soon flowers:

  • Cherry Blossoms

In Japan, cherry blossoms are synonymous with spring and new life. If your loved one is ill, cherry blossoms are a great way to tell them that better days lie ahead.

  • Daisies

If you are sending a get-well-soon card, then daisies are the perfect flower to accompany the card. Daisies are bright and cheery, and they match virtually any interior décor. Brighten a person’s day with daisies, which are guaranteed to stay fresh for a week.

  • Peonies

The beautiful blue, violet and lilac tones of peonies make them a great addition to any bedside table. This flower is a bit harder to find in certain areas and at certain times of the year, which will show that you put some thought and effort into your choice of flowers.

  • Pansies

An equally bold and bright option is pansies, which represent loving thoughts. The varied, striking colours make them uniquely beautiful.

Whether you are looking for flower bunches, edible gifts or hampers, Impala Flora has got you covered. Contact us for more information today.

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Get To Know Your New Favourite Plant And House Warming Gift: Gerbera Daisies

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When a flower arrangement filled with gerbera daisies arrives, a smile soon follows. Gerberas are long-lasting and best known for their brightly coloured petals. These beautiful plants are perfect for a gift as they bring joy to all who behold them – and they add a splash of vibrancy to any room. Here is why you should pick Gerbera daisies as a heart-warming gift that will add bright splashes of colour to a room for a fraction of the cost of live flowers.

  • They Brighten Up A Room

Even just a single bloom in a vase can brighten a room. With stunning colours of the gerbera ranging from vibrant purples, reds, pinks, oranges, yellows, creams and white, this plant is very special. They can cheer anyone up who is having a bad day and they will definitely add a sense of liveliness to a dull environment.

  • Each Daisy Has A Meaning And Significance

The colour of the Gerbera has a special meaning, so you can choose the recipient’s favourite colour or choose a colour based on the type of relationship you have with them.  You can choose between:

  • White – means honesty and innocence,
  • Yellow – reveals the desire to impress,
  • Orange – tells the recipient that they bring sunshine into the giver’s life, and
  • Fiery red – means passionate love.
  • They Are Long Lasting

Gerberas have a long flower vase life and are great to add some colour to any room or garden for a long period of time. Just make sure that you do not leave it dry, especially when the Gerberas are growing. Add some water to the drain of the pot. If replanting, the Gerbera seeds must be planted in small pots, until they get big enough to transfer them into flower beds.

Impala Flora For Gerbera Plants And Flower Arrangements

Impala flora has a range of beautiful, freshly cut flower arrangements and plants for your convenience. We deliver and are available online for easy access to plants. If you would like to contact us, we will be happy to talk to you about your flower requirements. Contact us now for your pick of Gerbera daisies – they are the perfect house warming gift!

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Show Your Appreciation With These Great Thank You Gift Ideas

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Nothing says “thank you” like a beautiful arrangement of flowers. They are perfect for when you want to show how grateful you are for a tiny favour or if you are trying to express a sentiment to someone you care for. You can get your message across perfectly with a gift of potted plants, flowers and roses. Here are some thank you gift ideas for that special someone:

  • Rose Bunches

A bouquet of roses in full bloom represents gratitude. Pink, peach and yellow are especially good colours to show appreciation with. Pink roses symbolise admiration and friendship, peach roses symbolise appreciation and yellow roses symbolise joy and friendship. Send sweet-smelling roses individually or in a bunch along with a personalised card for that extra touch.

  • “Thank You” Pot Plants

A pot plant is a small and intimate way in which to say thank you. Pot plants also last longer and they show your commitment to the person. Bellflower plants, Gerbera and Spathiphyllums are ideal choices. They generally come in white, blue, purple and pink, and the tall stalks complement other flowers very well. Campanulas are perfect to represent gratitude.

  • Flower Bunches

Chrysanthemum and Iris flower bunches:

  • Choose chrysanthemums if you want to thank someone for their friendship. They represent cheerfulness and are available in a rainbow of colours so that you can send the recipient their favourite colour.
  • The iris is another flower perfect for saying thank you. They are available not only in purple but in white, blue, peach, pink and bi-colour.

Impala Flower Plants And Flower Bunches

Impala Flora has a diverse range of plant baskets available to say thank you to that person or group or people for a job well done or for an act of kindness. Plants can be repotted to grow and bloom throughout the season. You can save time from going to nurseries or flower stores by ordering online. Do your shopping online at Impala Flora for lovely thank you plants and flower bunches. Contact us today.

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Planning An Autumn Wedding? These Are The Best Flower Arrangement Options

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If you are planning for a wedding this autumn, a season as colourful as autumn deserves vibrant flower arrangements. The weather may be cooler in autumn, but many of the flowers and foliage are nothing less than fiery and fierce.  From blooms in a classic palette to exotic flowers in rich fall colours, fall brides have the best of all blooms to choose from. Here is a range of rustic fall flower bunches to inspire you on the big day:

Autumn Flower Arrangements And Bunches

  • Orchid Bunches:

Golden orchids are perfect for an autumn affair. Freshly picked orchids, garden roses, mini carnations, scabiosa and blueberry branches, wrapped in a lace ribbon are perfect for a wild, yet romantic bouquet.

  • Mixed Rose Bunches:

Mixed rose bunches are perfect for bridesmaids or flower girls to sprinkle along the wedding aisle. Red, white and even yellow roses are bright, fresh and look gorgeous when the bright autumn sun is shining.

  • Lilies, Carnations And Hydrangea Flower Arrangements:

Rich, bright tones are an autumn favourite and these flower palettes are perfect for weddings. Deep Lilly blooms along with a mix of flowers with reds, pinks, purples and blues make for a bright and rustic autumn feel. Mix up lots of floral tones and textures for added interest – and to make sure the palette is still beautiful and interesting.

  • Lavender Arrangements:

Lavender is the flower of the season. Not only is it aesthetically pleasing, but its calming aura is also perfect for the big day. Add lavender to a bouquet comprised of rich garden florals, shades of blush and champagne hues for the perfect combination of romance and the outdoors.

Impala Flora For Your Flower Arrangements And Bunches

The cool autumn weather will prompt for a more creative floral styling and vibrant flower arrangements for a wedding. Impala Flora has a range of beautiful flower arrangements and flower bunches for your big day that is bound to leave the day memorable for you and your guests. Contact us now for your autumn flower arrangements.

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Say It with Flowers and Luxury Hampers This Valentine’s Day

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Roses are red, violets are blue… Yes, you guessed it; Valentine’s Day is just around the corner! Whether you are a hopeless romantic- or a cynic struggling to come up with romantic ideas to spoil your loved one – we can help you at Impala Flora. At the very least, the love of your life is expecting flower arrangements and small spoils to show off to friends… Don’t leave her empty-handed!

At Impala Flora, we have seen Valentine’s Days come and go, and we are happy to report that each and every year, we have been overjoyed at the love and happiness that has been shared between hundreds of people, not just in South Africa, but globally. Whether you are looking for hampers or delicate arrangements, our friendly team at Impala Flora is more than willing and happy to assist. Let us create the type of Valentine’s Day gift that sends the perfect message.

Why are Flowers Traditionally Sent on Valentine’s Day? 

We all know why we celebrate Valentine’s Day, but what is the significance of sending flowers? Legend tells us that in the 18th century, Charles II of Sweden introduced the custom of sending flowers to pass on a message. At the time, each type of flower had a specific meaning or sentiment attached to it, and so a message could be sent sending only a flower or flower bunches (and no actual note). Today, most flowers used as gifts symbolise fertility, romance, love, sympathy, luck and marriage.

Before you send flower arrangements or flower bunches, find out what the flower or plant typically symbolises. You might find yourself making better Valentine’s Day flower choices.

Need more advice or would like to place an order? Simply contact us via email or telephone at Impala Flora today.

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Tips for Proposing this Valentine’s Day

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Ready to pop the question? Valentine’s Day is just around the corner and presents you with the perfect opportunity to propose. If you plan to make the most of this opportunity, you might need a little more than amazing flower arrangements to send the right message. Valentine’s Day and proposals are all about grand gestures! And this year, we’d like to share a few tips and ideas on how to ask for your love’s hand in marriage.

Three Great Ways to Propose this Valentine’s Day 

  • Sing Your Way Into Her Heart!

Ever watched Big Bang Theory when Howard proposes to Bernadette? If you haven’t seen it, check it out here. Recreate the scene with a love-song of your own and your closest family/friends as backup. Add a personal touch to make it your own. Perhaps your backup buddies can all be holding bunches of her favourite flowers or brightly coloured flower arrangements.

  • Flash Mob Her!

You probably know that a flash mob is a performance put on suddenly by a group of people in a public place. You can tone it up or down, depending on your preference. If you haven’t seen the Isaac Flash Mob Proposal, you can check it out here. It is the perfect example of how you can use your family and friends to create a flash mob scene that says “Marry Me” in the most beautiful, yet fun way.  Try work in some flower petal throwing like confetti and don’t forget, you need flower bunches to spoil her with before and after!

  • Classic Proposal!

Not keen on anything too extreme? Like to keep things simple? Why not say it with flowers. Flower bunches, plants and flower arrangements are just a phone call away. Fill the house or room with her favourite flowers with a cute note attached saying “marry me”.

Flower Arrangements, Plants, Flower Bunches – Order Online

Whether you want to go all out or keep it simple, if you plan to propose this Valentine’s Day, make it special. You can get all your flowers, petals, plants and arrangements for the occasion right here at Impala Flora. Don’t worry, we do deliver!

Need more advice or would like to place an order? Simply contact us via email or telephone at Impala Flora today.

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5 Perfect Flowers for Valentine’s Day

Bunch of White Roses

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Ralph Emerson said it best when he said, “The earth laughs in flowers,” so spread a little love this Valentine’s Day with flower arrangements and flower bunches from our gorgeous selection at Impala Flora.

Yes, it is that time of year again… The month of love is just around the corner. Secret admirers the world over are about to take a chance on love. It’s also the time of year when all the “Romeo” and “Juliet’s” of the world are making their love for one another clearly and publicly known. What better way to say “I love you” or “be mine” than by sending a bright bunch of delicate flowers and plants?

Avoid the Last-Minute Scramble for a Valentine’s Day Gift 

If you were caught last year scrambling for a last-minute Valentine’s Day gift, this year it is time to do things a little differently! Why not rather order your flower arrangements, plants, and bunches in advance this time around?

At Impala Flora, we have seen bunches of flowers, plants and arrangements of all sizes leave our store and head for their soon-to-be delighted recipients. What makes us so proud is that we have had a hand in helping someone spread the love. This year, we would love to help you spoil that special someone.

Five of the Best for Your Love

Of course, there are many types of flowers, arrangements and bunches to choose from. Below is our top pick of 5 flowers/plants that we recommend for Valentine’s Day:

  1. Roses – yes, this one is a bit obvious, but roses are indeed the flower of love and romance. If you’re not too keen on crimson red roses, try something a little different. Consider a gorgeous handful of yellow roses or even delicate white roses. All send a beautiful message of love.
  2. Proteas – these are elegant, strong flowers that typically symbolise diversity, courage, and transformation. They are the perfect Valentine’s gift – and will help to take your relationship to the next level.
  3. Gerberas – this plant is a type of daisy and is perfect to gift in a pot. This particular flower has several meanings, all of which point to happiness. If you are looking for a cheerful and bright way to say “be my Valentine”, the Gerbera is the perfect pick.
  4. Anthuriums – these are beautiful plants that are long-lasting too. The flower is shaped almost like a heart and symbolises good luck. If you are taking a chance on love, this is the ultimate Valentine’s Day gift.
  5. Spathiphyllums – these are also called “Peace Lilies” and they have many symbols associated with them. One of which is purity, which is perfect if you are sending Valentine’s Day flowers to a brand-new love (or someone you have been admiring from afar).

Hopefully, these top picks will help you to choose the perfect flower arrangements, plants or flower bunches for your love this Valentine’s Day. Need more advice or would like to place an order? Simply contact us via email or telephone at Impala Flora today.

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