Flowers, be they in a garden, vases or in arrangements, besides making a space more lively, give it special touch. Flower arrangements, however simple, have the power to transform an environment, making it more merry, elegant and welcoming.
When decorating your home, opt for seasonal flowers. Pay attention to the place being decorated (centerpiece, hall, etc.) and the best type of arrangement for that location, how it integrates harmonically with the chosen place. Inspire yourself with our images and create beautiful flower arrangements.
Flowers have been used for millennia to adorn places and people. Flower arrangements are traditionally associated with the feminine but, throughout history, both men and women from all social strata have creatively used flower and plant symbolism.
In Egypt flowers were common in vases, diadems, crowns, collars and decoration of spaces, in ceremonies or processions.
In China, flowers and plants were important components of Eastern medicine and flower arrangements were part of religious ceremonies. In Japan, floral arrangements were considered an elaborate art with complex symbolism. The art of offering the Buda flowers was developed and the first school of floral art was created – the Ikenobo.
The Greeks and Romans often used flowers, creating diadems and crowns, or decorating spaces with petals spread on the floor or bed.
The concept of arrangements only arrived in ancient Europe after the middle ages. They began to be used in the decoration of churches and monasteries.
In the Victorian era, a period of great prosperity for the British people, a more educated middle class arose, whose leisure time was devoted to the home, garden and flowers. Floral arrangements became part of print patterns, and could be found in fabrics, wallpapers, stationary, etc. In this era, there was also an intense increase in the attribution of a meaning to each flower.
The “language of flowers” was created from the letters of Lady Mary Wortley Montagu, published by Louise Cortambert. They include reference to the language used by lovers to send messages, using only flowers.
Inflorescence: The basic definition for this term is: group of two or more flowers on the same stalk or peduncle. An inflorescence can vary greatly in format, from the long spike, like the Gladioli, to the larger and rounder, like hydrangea. (Also see raceme, panicle, spike and umbel.)