Valentine’s Day cards

February 2, 2010

Valentine’s Day will soon be here.

As I make greeting cards, Valentine’s day is a key date in the year of a greeting card maker, but I also realise that sensitivity is required when talking about the matters of the heart and Valentine’s Day can be the subject of a much heated debate.

It can be a day of pain for many people, for those who are single and those who have been through a divorce, or widowed for example, so I find it hard to advertise my cards for this reason.

Some feel that this day is far too comercialised and that they don’t appreciate the pressure of being told they ‘must buy’ a gift to tell their loved ones how much they love them, when love should be shown everyday.

Whatever your view on Valentine’s Day, my suggestion for this valentine’s day is to perhaps visit a garden, maybe one filled with snowdrops with some friends or a loved one. (I have provided some suggestions of where to visit some glorious snowdrop displays in an earlier post). Another suggestion is a visit to RHS Wisley to see their Butterflies in the Glasshouse event. They would make a lovely day out and wonderful memories of our lovely countryside.

I have designed some Valentine’s cards for those who wish to buy them and hope you will like my collection.

This year I have introduced a new size of card into the collection – 19.8 x 21cm

Here are a few examples of the cards available  –

Valentine's card - Love

Red rose Valentine's card

To see more of our collection please visit our online shop – Send a flower card – Valentine’s greeting cards

Tomorrow I will be adding a ‘how to make a special flower display for your loved one’.

All images © Send a flower card –  Anita Hunt

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Free Christmas gift tag and free colouring in Christmas card

December 7, 2009

 

This Christmas we have some freebies for you.

I have designed a downloadable Christmas Gift Tag template , which includes 12Christmas Gift Tag download available tags on an A4 sheet.

The download is free for you to use, for personal, non commercial use.

I have also designed a free A5 size colouring in Christmas card for children to print out onto card or paper, colour in and add any extras like glitter, to give to family and friends this Christmas.

We hope your children will enjoy using the card:) we would love to see any photos of their designs, and we will add to our website for all to see and admire.

If you would like to use our tag design and / or the colouring in Christmas card for children, please would you consider donating to our Anti-bullying fundraising campaign , raising money for the charity Bullying UK .

Donations can be made through our Just Giving page – http://www.justgiving.com/areyoubeingbullied the link can also be found on our Christmas  Page with our Just Giving Widget. Thank you.

A5 colouring in Christmas card for children

I hope you like the designs.

If you would like me to design a personal gift tag for you, I would be happy to do so, if you would be possible for you to make a donation to the campaign.

Through our fundraising work, we are hoping to raise £2,000. Please contact me if you would be interested in a downloadable designed gift tag.

Christmas special offer

December 7, 2009

This Christmas we have a special offer on our flower tote bags.

Our range includes Gerbera, Anemone, Bluebells, Anniversary rose…

Usually these special canvas eco-friendly tote bags are priced at £10.00. Our special offer price is £8.50 including a free keying from our collection.

This would make a great Christmas gift for someone who loves flowers and gardening!

We can even gift wrap and post directly to the intended recipient.                

Anniversary Rose Tote Bag

only £8.50!

Gerbera tote bag

only £8.50!

 

There is a also a gift set available, where you can purchase a tote bag and matching greeting card or Christmas card.

We can also personalise our canvas tote bags with your photo image for no extra cost!

This offer is running until midnight 15th December.

www.sendaflowercard.com

Lily – a flower for the business Studying Online

November 21, 2009

I hope you are enjoying our series of a flower for a business.

Today we will be looking at the business Studying Online.

The aims and objectives of Studying Online are – 

  • To provide professional online English lessons and courses to speakers of other languages.
  • To create a course tailored to your English language needs
  • To help with everyday English skills, to improve accuracy, fluency and pronunciation
  • To help you prepare for exams, entry to college or university
  • To help prepare you for the citizenship test 

The flower that I have chosen for this business is the Lily

In the language for flowers the lily stands for

  • Eloquence,
  • Fluency,
  • Articulacy,

 Lily - A flower for the business Studying Online

The lily is known for its grace, elegancy and beauty.

Here is some interesting information about this flower.

  • The lily has about 100 different varieties, from the lily of the valley to the Alliums.
  • To see a wide selection of the family of lilies, please visit  BBC Gardener’s World – lily
  • You can find them growing in Europe, North America and Asia.
  • The growing season of the lily is from early summer through to autumn.
  • The lily plays an important part in history, as a symbol in the Christian faith for purity and innocence linked with the Virgin Mary.
  • From Greek mythology the lily was said to be associated with the flower of Hera.
  • In Roman mythology Venus was so jealous of this flower’s beauty that she caused the flower to have a pistil grow within the flower.
  • To the Egyptians the lily represented southern Egypt.
  • Lilies are popular in poems, and plays, to see some quotes visit –  The world of Quotes – how many have you heard before?
  • The RHS have provided a guide to growing lilies in containers
  • Lilies are a favourite food of slugs and lily beetles and sometimes the bulb can be affected by mould.

I cannot talk about the lily without mentioning my favourite series of paintings by Monet; his ‘The Waterlily Pond’ is one of his most famous works, and I just love the detail that he includes in this piece. For all of Monet’s paintings with this beautiful flower please visit Claude Monet Complete works – the water lily.

A favourite garden for me to visit is Bennetts Water Garden in Weymouth. It is a beautiful garden to visit to see the water lily. They even have a replica bridge from Monet’s painting.

The RHS Wisley has one of the best national collections of water lilies, which is well worth a visit.

William Blake wrote a poem about the lily

The modest Rose puts forth a thorn,
The humble sheep a threat’ning horn:
While the Lily white shall in love delight,
Nor a thorn nor a threat stain her beauty bright.

Here is a poem that I wrote about the Lily 

Lily O Lily,

Your beauty portrays such innocence and purity.

Taking part in nature’s spectacular display,

Delighting the artist’s eye.

The moonlight touches your petals with such delicacy,

Protected by your strength and grace.

May your elegance always remain, shining brightly for all to see.

The language of flowers

November 6, 2009

 The language of flowers

I thought it would be interesting to look at the subject – the language of flowers over the next few days. Many florists display varying meanings behind flowers to help their customers choose the ideal bouquet. To help you choose the perfect personalised flower card for your friend, family member or for use in your business, I will be looking at the history and meanings of popular flowers.

  • The history of the language of flowers.

The Victorian era has always been strongly linked with the language of flowers, mainly focusing on love, but the meaning of flowers goes back to even earlier times than this with strong religious, cultural, and symbolic meanings.

There are though many differences in the symbology and meanings of flowers between eastern and western philosophies. Eastern flower meanings tend to be closely related to living a long life, prosperity, wisdom … for example, the oriental symbology of the blossom from the early flowering trees such as the cherry tree, are very important in Japan as it represents the cycle of life.

Victorian women elaborated on floriography (the language of flowers), expressing their feelings within the boundaries of social etiquette. Flowers were often used to get their silent message across, by communicating their feelings and thoughts when ordinarily they were unable or not allowed to do so.

As well as the particular meaning of a flower, the scent was also an important factor. If a floral scent could be detected on a ladies handkerchief by the person she wanted to relay a particular message to, it would further their silent conversation.

The whole theatrics of the art of this particular communication could also be changed by how the flower was displayed. If the flower was upright or upside down, the message meant that the secret meaning was either positive or negative. Ribbons were also used and depending on how they were tied displayed another hidden message.

Considerations had to be made about the type of flower, the way the flower was worn, the colour and scent, as they all played an important part.

If you were waiting for a reply from your  message, it could be answered in the following manner, if a flower was given to you from the other person’s right hand the answer was yes, if it was from their left hand that meant no.

The language of flowers had so many particular traditions and significance associated with it, it made it even more crucial to pay attention to the merest detail displaying and answering the message correctly.

In my next blog post we will begin to look at the significance of specific popular flowers and how we can apply it to businesses as well as for personal cards and gifts.

Christmas cards and gifts

October 27, 2009

As the clocks turn back an hour and thoughts turn to warming casseroles and preparing to meet up with friends and family over the Christmas season, we thought we would share with you, our new cards and services that are available this Christmas.

With the various Royal Mail postal strikes, this would be the ideal time to choose your cards, so that there is plenty of time for your order to be delivered.

Being aware of the recession, you may have to be re-evaluating your christmas gifts this year.

Sending a special card with your message can be a great way to show your loved ones, friends and collegues how much you value them.

We have a few options for you to choose from this year.

  • We can provide a completely bespoke greeting card service , turning your precious photo and wording into a special card.  
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  •  -You may have a family photo from a past celebration that would be great to send to friends and family.
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  •  – You could have a fun day out and be creative in capturing the perfect photo for your christmas cards. Do you still have that santa hat or reindeer antlers ?… maybe a bit of tinsel thrown in for good measure?… let your imagination grow 🙂 
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  •  – If you would like a larger pack of cards, please email  us with what you would like and we will get back to you as soon as we can with a quote.

 

  • We have various packs of 10 and mixed Christmas card packs of 20 – 25.

small mixed Christmas card pack 

 – If you would like to choose these options, we can personalise the cards with your message on the insert, which can be different in each card at no extra cost.

 – please let us know any wording you would like, otherwise we will not add an insert. 

 – We also have a range of gifts  that are suitable for Christmas, so please take a moment to look at our range.

 – Soon we will selling ‘Pocket Garden’ and the ‘Bee Good’ range which compliment our floral cards.

    • As getting ready for Christmas can be quite stressful, we can make your cards, add your message and also post the cards from your chosen pack to the intended recipients. This will then leave you to focus your attention on all the other things you have to do.

    – Please contact us  if you would like to take advantage of this service.

    – We will need a list of addresses to post the cards to (we will only use the addressed for this purpose) and we will also need to add a small p&p rate to cover the additional postal costs.

    We look forward to making a special selection of Christmas cards for you.

    Nita Joy Craft Design’s 2 year Anniversary!

    October 24, 2009

    Nita Joy Craft Design’s 2 year Anniversary!

    To celebrate our 2 year anniversary, yes 2 years! We have had an update, re-launch as you may say with new products, giving greater flexibility for you to be able to personalise a special card.

    Here are the new things that you will spot –

    Anemone Greeting Card – Free post and packaging on greeting cards

    Anemone Greeting Card – Packs of cards! – We have special offers on packs of small medium and large cards

    Anemone Greeting Card– Small cards are now only available as floral notelet packs – suitable for when you need a card quickly, to say thank you for a thoughtful gift, or to say thinking of you when a friend or family member who may be not well.

    Anemone Greeting Card– We are able to offer a bespoke service, turning your special photo into a greeting card with your wording. We can also offer this service for Christmas cards.

    Anemone Greeting Card– Christmas card packs! This year we have Special Christmas card packs available in 10, 20, 24 and 25 in various sizes. Each card can have a message included on an insert for free.

    Anemone Greeting Card– We have a selection of gifts suitable for Christmas, birthdays, celebrations or even to treat yourself!

    Anemone Greeting Card– Soon we will be stockists of ‘Pocket Garden’ and ‘Bee Good’! a lovely range of gifts that are perfect to go with our flower cards !

    So please visit our new website – www.sendaflowercard.com   www.nitajoycraftdesign.co.uk

    we look forward to helping you personalise the perfect card for you!

    A visit to Knoll Gardens

    August 19, 2009

    Last weekend I had the joy of visiting the Gold medal winner of Chelsea and many other shows – Knoll Gardens.

    If you live in Dorset, then it’s definitely a must see garden!

    Knoll Gardens is stunning throughout the year, as their planting schemes are for all year long interest.

    For those who are wheelchair users you will be pleased to hear that most of the garden is accessible, which is great to see, as so many beautiful gardens are unfortunately not too accessible.

    Echinacea

    Echinacea

    The garden has many areas of interest and planned in great detail. You recieve a free guide when you pay for your entry. The guide is well written with a detailed plan of the gardens, it also tells you the garden areas that are best seen in the particular month of your visit.

    The Water Garden

    The Water Garden

    We particularly enjoyed the Water, Summer and Dragons garden and walk, but we enjoyed all that the garden has to offer.

    Dragon Sculpture

    Dragon Sculpture

    We stood and watched an Emperor Dragonfly as he circled the pond feeding.
    Lily Pond in the Dragon Garden

    Lily Pond in the Dragon Garden

    Knoll gardens has a refreshment cabin where there is a self service area with good quality and range of products. You are also allowed to bring a picnic with you and eat in the garden if you wish, with plenty of seating dotted around.

    We were privileged to see many lovely butterflies enjoying  the Eupatorium purple bush.

    Tortiseshell Butterfly on an Eupatorium purple bush

    Tortiseshell Butterfly on an Eupatorium purple bush

    The entry fee is –

    • Adults £5.50
    • Consessions £4.50
    • Children 5-15 years £3.75
    • Disabled person and helper is £1.00 off each appropriate category
    • Free for RHS Members

    Knoll Gardens can be found at –

    Stapehill Road, Hampreston, Wimborne, BH21 7ND

    Directions and Map can be found here –Knoll Gardens

    All images (C) Anita Hunt

    New Service from a business that offers personalised greeting cards

    August 18, 2009

    New Special service!

    We would like to offer our regular and new customers our new bespoke service, turning your special photos into a set of greeting cards.

    We have 2 options for you

    • Large Greeting Card Set of 10 cards – image size 13.5 x 13.5 cm on a greeting card 13.5 x 27cm
    • Medium Greeting Card Set of 10 cards – image size 14.9 x 10.5 cm on a greeting card 14.9 x 21 cm

    We can do more on request, please contact us for a quote.

    Here are some suggestions of how this service could be useful to you.

    * You need some special party invitations

    * You are celebrating the birth of your child, with sending out a photo of your precious newborn with their details.

    * Wedding invitations – please contact us for a quote.

    * You would like a set of thank you cards

    * Maybe you live far away from your family and have a new photo to share your latest celebration, or special day out, and you would like the rest of your family to share in a memorable family event.

    * Christmas cards

    The list of possibilities is endless.

    Nita Joy Craft Design’s motto is

    ‘Send a card, brighten someone’s day.’

    Well you can now have a complete greeting card personalisation service, from a business that specialises in the personal touch.

    We love sending cards and delight in hearing customers stories, of how their friend and / or family member has smiled as they have opened their card that is just for them.

    Bespoke cards from your special photos

    Bespoke cards from your special photos

    You may purchase this through our website Personalised flower greeting cards, by choosing the ‘Bespoke greeting cards. Add the option you require to your shopping basket and after payment please send me an email with an attachment of your photo or photos  including your details.

    Savvy Auntie’s Day – 26th July 2009

    July 11, 2009

    Did you know that it is Savvy Auntie’s day on the 26th July?

    Melanie Notkin came up with this fantastic idea to have a day celebrating Aunts whether by relation (known as ABR) or by choice (known as ABC) or Godmothers.

    I happen to be a Aunt by choice to a dear friend of mine’s two young children.

    Melanie says there is so much advice, and help for parents, but very little for Aunts /Godparents and so on. So she decided to start a website – www.savvyauntie.com

    A place to meet fellow Aunts, swap advice, make new friends, with suggestions and ideas…

    You can find Savvy Auntie:

    On Twitter – http://Twitter.com/SavvyAuntie

    In Facebook – http://www.facebook.com/SavvyAuntie

    Please vist the Savvy Auntie Website, Twitter or Facebook for further information.

    I liked this idea so much, that I decided to design a couple of cards in celebration of this day for all our great Aunts, thanking them for their love and support!

    The theme: Flowers for a Savvy Auntie!

    Flowers for a Savvy Auntie

     

    Savvy Auntie Mix Flowers card

    If you would like to purchase a card, you can find these on my BT Tradespace on the right hand side.

    On Nita Joy Craft Design – Personalised flower cards we also sell flower notebooks and totebags with your chosen flower.

    Send a card to your Aunt and say thank you to them for all that they do for us.

    For all those Savvy Aunts out there, have a great day!

    Savvy Auntie’s Day (R) www.savvyauntie.com

    A trip to Hampton Court Flower Show

    July 9, 2009

    I visited Hampton Court Flower Show on the opening day – 7th July 2009

    To help visitors who will be attending the show later in the week, and to have a record of the day for those unable to go this year – here is some information about my day out and what not to miss!

    • Entrance into the show.

    There are a number of car parks that can be used. We went to the  Stud car park, which is ideal for those with mobility problems. The entrance name from this car park is the Longwater gate. They have an excellent free shuttle service that gives you a lift from where your car is parked to the entrance of the show, as the field is huge! Here is the map for travel infomation by the RHS.

    Hint: Make sure you take note of which row you park your car in!!! Very important. If you think you will forget, take a photo of the stand number just in case!

    You may need Wellies!! Also due to the rain, many of the seats outside will be soaking wet. My suggestion is to add a couple of plastic bags and tissues to your bag, to wipe off any surface pools and sit on the bag if needed.

    As soon as you enter the show ground, I would advise you buy a catalogue, as this is essential in getting the most out of your visit. The catalogue is priced at £4.50 If you had a code (to use online when you purchased your tickets) to get a free copy of Carol Klein’s Grow your own journal, remember to pick one up from an RHS Stand.

    Information about the awards for each garden and floral and plant exhibit.

    To the right there is a children’s area  –  (Fifi Zone Tue-Sun  Children’s zone sat-sun)

    • The Floral Energy Studio (Section D)

     We dashed into this floral studio as the rain began to plummet! What a delight it was, in the humid, packed out tent.

    Please visit if you get the chance. All the exhibits were lovely, but my favourite was the Jane Packer display (FE 12). It was based around a tea party with a giant teapot and a lovely cake display made out of flowers. I was very tempted to buy the little tea cup and saucer sets that you could purchase with mini flowers.

    two of my favourite things tea and flowers! Perfect.

    two of my favourite things tea and flowers! Perfect.

     

    Flowe rtea cakes stand

    Flower tea cakes stand

     We also enjoyed Capel Manor College display (of the four elements of Earth, Wind, Fire and Water (FE5)

    The Four Elements

    The Four Elements

    All the displays were lovely to look at, so enjoy 🙂

    There is also an area for talks and demonstrations.

    Also in this section you will find a variety of shops, nurseries, information to suit every taste.

    • The Small Gardens Section D

    The Small Gardens were a delight as always, I sometimes prefer the smaller gardens as I enjoy the detail. All the small gardens are beautiful with a  total of 13 gardens in this category.

    The following  are a few of my favourites –

    • The British Heather Growers Association and Down To Earth Design, ( D1) was designed beautifully! It was definitely one of my favourites! Promoting heathers, in how we can use them, and why they are so useful.
    • The Healing garden (D3) The Macmillian Cancer support with the perfumed Garden. This important garden set out to show the importance of plants and how they are used in medication. It provides a restful scene and accomplishes what it set out to do.
    • Within Sound of the sea breeze ((D4) I really liked the name! The focus of this garden is on relaxation,  with elements of a countryside seaside area, as well as the peace, it also reminds us the importance of recycling.
    • The Dark side of beauty (D5) The title certainly gained my attention! Not only was it interesting to look at, but also sucessfully put across the important message of being aware of poisonous plants.
    • The Teenage Santuary (D6) This was very interesting, as often younger children delight in the garden as they are fascinated by anything that moves, the sight, smell and touch qualities of plants, but often attracting the attention of teenagers to the joy of gardens can be difficult. This garden has been purely designed for them!
    • Six Wives of Henry the 8th Gardens (Section D)

    In this special feature there are  6 gardens on the subject of each of Henry the 8th’s wifes. Each designer has gone into great detail, looking at each of the wives characters. A lovely selection of gardens that can equally stand on their own as well as alongside the other gardens. Takes learning history to a whole new level and wish I had something like this when I did history at school!

    • The Country Living Tent ( Area D / CLM)

    Anyone who has read the Country living magazine will know what to expect. If you enjoy crafts, fashion and homewares, you will enjoy this exhibition and shopping area.

    We then crossed the pontoon. Make sure you admire the long water and Hampton Court Palace as you cross over.

    • For lunch, we headed over to the Palace Tearooms – in section B

    The food was a good price, drinks a little pricey. You can spot deer through the window, if you are lucky as we were. :)The seating was fairly comfy, and it was a self service tea rooms.

    There are plenty of places to give a rest to your weary feet, with outdoor and indoor facilities.

    • Section C

    During the day, there are different time slots for various dances and demonstrations (as shown in catalogue). Unfortunately due to the horrendous weather I didn’t see this, but I am sure it will be wonderful to see.

    • There is a marquee dedicated to ‘Growing Tastes’ a real foodies paradise! The Growing Tastes Growing Theatre has many demonstrations to tempt you to cook at home. Timetable can be found in your catalogue p121.                                                                                                                                                                                                                             
    • Inspiring places – ideas to help brighten up a small area or garden, useful for people living in flats, shared housing apartments and so on. (You can find them C98 -110)

    Don’t miss

    Grow your own Bra-skets & Plant-pants  Grow your own Bra-skets & Plant-pants

     

    As someone who loves flowers, I always head to the floral marquee at any show I go to, as you get the chance to be close and personal with your favourite flowers. I spent most of my time here as it is huge! There are three tents joined together, with every kind of flower and plant you would hope to see.

    I love Sweepeas and was pleased to see an old favouite Eagle Sweet peas (FM30) as their displays are always amazing.

    The beauty of the sweetpea

    The beauty of the sweetpea

    Also Downderry Nursery (FM85) had a magnificent display of lavender! The smell was incredible! The varieties and colour worked so well together, giving a glorious display.

    Lavender

    Lavender

    Here is just a taster, but if you love plants and flowers, I advise you spend quality time in the amazing marquee. All the stands are manned by the specialist growers, and are only too pleased to help you with any query you may have. With many of the stands, not only can you admire, but also buy! I came away with a couple of lavenders to add to my growing collection and was treated by my husband to a wonderful mini Orchid from Burnham Nurseries Ltd (FM97)

    I have to show you the next photo, taken of a wonderful Hibiscus Rosa Sinensis ‘Tarantella’. It really caught my eye! The detail is lovely! you can see this beautiful flower on The Old Walled Garden (FM86)

    The Wonderful Hibiscus

    The Wonderful Hibiscus

    If you are at the show all day, then try and fit in as many of the floral marquee stands if possible. If you only have the afternoon slot, have a look in your catalogue and check your favourite flowers and head for those, as you could easily spend the day looking at all the stands. I didn’t manage to get around all of them, due to the crowds, but I enjoyed the ones that I managed to see.

    Rachels Organic (C93-95)- who are sponsoring the show have a stand, where you can test their yummy yogurts! Definitely worth a test. At the entrance to the show you will be offered a free telegraph goody bag, inside is a voucher for a slightly bigger tester to try! With the voucher I tried their strawberry yogurt and with the mini testers, I tried the rhubarb and gooseberry very yummy! 🙂

    As you go around the gardens, many of them have leaflets about the designs, which are really interesting to read, so pick one up and add to your free bag, for later.

    • Area B

    Has a mix of nursery’s and a lovely array of artwork and shops

    The 5 Gardens that you can find in this area are called the ‘Sustainable Gardens’

    All of the gardens, shows the many ways that we can implement changes in our gardens to make them more sustainable. The ‘I Promise’ Garden (B88) designed by students from year 6 of the St John the Divine Church of England School in London is delightful, as you look at the detail, they focus on each childs promises that they have made, worthy of your attention.

    • Section A
    • Catwalk in Bloom Fashion using plants, flowers and foliage in their designs. Shows take place regularly throughout the day. The timetable of events is just outside the tent, or can be found on the RHS Website. I didn’t make it to see the shows in person, as I just didn’t have enough time. I am sure you will enjoy it! 

     

    If I am honest I have always struggled with the conceptual gardens, as I do love gardens overflowing with flowers, particularly cottage garden plants and wildflower meadows, but that’s not to say I am not interested in them. I didn’t get a great deal of time to look at them, as this was the time that we were hit by buckets of rain, thunder and lightning!

    • The winner of the Conceptual Gardens was – ‘It’s hard to see’ designed by Rebecca Butterworth, Victoria Pustygina and Ludovica Ginanneschi. (A47)

    First you see blackness surrounding a hole in the ground that has mirrors, surrounding a green planting scheme. I stood there for a while wondering what it meant, what I could take from it and what I did or didn’t like about it. The starkness of the black is a little startling! At first you overlook that there is a  hole in the ground. I could see that there was a point being made, and felt it had something to do with our values as a society, what we look for first and maybe what we miss!

    As I read about the garden it was a display to do with materialism and the artifical values we have surrounding our consumerism. It certainly makes you think. I am sad that I didn’t have the opportunity to really look in detail at the other gardens in this category. Whether you like it or not, it’s good for conversation, give it a go and see what you make of it all.

    • Shopping – There are loads of stalls for every taste and need, from plant signs, gloves,sculptures, furniture, water features and so on…

     

    • The Plant Heritage Marquee and the Tudor Rose Festival
    1. The Plant Heritage Marquee

    This marquee and floral display is all about providing information and education; on making sure we value and keep the plants and flowers that we have now. There is a large seed collection which is a joy to look through.

    There are around 18 exhibts from Dahlias, Poppys, Agapanthus, Roses, Iris, Dianthus and so on. If you have heard or even visited the amazing ‘Lost Garden’s of Heligan’ (PH19) they have a stand about their necessary work. Part of the exhibition is celebrating the bicentenary of the amazing William Lobb who went to South America and California. You can see the plants that were introduced to Britain. It’s a very interesting exhibit! I recommend you spend some time here.

          2. Tudor Rose Festival – in celebration of the 500th Anniversary of Henry the 8th’s accession to                       the throne.

    I was delighted to see a marquee full of the wonderful and Britains favourite flower – the rose

    It was very hard to take photos unfortunately, as it was packed from the latest rain storm, but nonetheless I enjoyed what I could. Peter Beales (FR2) put on a grand show as usual, you can walk through his display with roses surrounding you from every angle.

    I particularly enjoyed David Austin’s exhibit ((FR8), looking at the rose in weddings, it was very regal.

    David Austin's exhibit

    David Austin's exhibit

    Apuldram roses (FR11) also had a lovely mix of roses, one of my favourites was the Lavender Ice Floribunda.

    The beautiful 'Lavender Ice'

    The beautiful 'Lavender Ice'

    There is also an area for talks and demonstrations.

    Each of the Show Gardens are worthy of a visit, each bringing a new style and design, there is sure to be something for every taste.

    Our favourites were:-

    • The Beekeepers Garden ((GW2)  With the bee in serious decline, this garden is lovely to look at and educates all gardeners about what we must do to save this precious insect.
    • Enchanting Escape (GW3) A bed in a garden! Well I have had days where I would like to be in comfort, in the middle of a wonderous garden full of wonderful sights and smells.
    • Thailand: A Garden of Serenity (GW6) not only is this a garden that certainly brought an air of calm and serenity as the title suggests, but you can also sample one of their speciality drinks and have a thai massage!
    • The Dragons Garden (GW7) Another garden I’m a bit biased by as it is near me! But it’s also a fantastic garden that brings so many things to the table. The scene, scent and education!  Asking the question how can we protect our amphibians and reptiles?
    • Pastures Bye (GW9) A garden from the Southend-on-sea Council, looking at the shoreline and esturies of the areas coast. it brings a touch of history to the scene.

    Here are a couple of photos –

    The Pastures Bye Show Garden

    The Pastures Bye Show Garden

    The Enchanting Escape Show Garden

    The Enchanting Escape Show Garden

    Well I hope this blog has been useful to you, if you are going to the show or not.
    I have supplied lots of web addresses for various organisations and companies, so that if you are unable to visit, you can check their websites for further information.
    I think that even a whole day ticket doesn’t really allow you the time to see all the exhibits in detail. 2 days would be better for this event, but even if you don’t make it around everything, focus on the elements you think you would enjoy the most and enjoy and have fun!!
    (C) Anita Hunt

    A winner has been chosen

    May 14, 2009

    Congratulations – A winner has been chosen!

    As Nita Joy Craft Design seeks to grow, I have been considering adding some new products and services.

    For the last week I have been running a survey to help me get an idea of what customers are looking for.

    My thanks go to everyone who kindly took the time to answer my questions.

    I really appreciate it.

    All valid entries were put forward for a prize draw to win the following.

    * a tote bag (with chosen flower image)
    * notebook (We have three to choose from)
    * and a set of 5 small flower greeting cards of your choice.

    * The value of this prize is £ 23.50

    The winner is Sarah Thompson of Clarity Professional
    and the fantastic band Portland

    Busy, busy busy

    May 5, 2009

    Well, exciting things have been happening with Nita Joy Craft Design, I have been a very busy girl, so sorry that I haven’t posted for a while.

    As well as being busy working on my flower greeting card business, I have launched my new children’s book –

    ‘Matty-boy and the secret pigeon racket.

    The book was launched on the 3rd of April. To see more information about the book, please visit my website –www.areyoubeingbullied.com

    This fun story aimed at 8-12 year olds has the underlying theme of encouraging a child to tell someone/a trusted adult if they are being bullied.

    50p from every sale will be donated to the valuable work of Bullying UK

    we also have a justgiving page to raise as much money as we can for this charity. If you would like to donate please visit our just giving page

    I have also been enjoying the magnificent beauty of the bluebell.

    Everywhere I look there are bluebells ! I think we can safetly say that 2009 is a good year for them. I visited some woodland over the bank holiday weekend and they certainly put on a grand show. The lovely delicate white of the stichwort was also dotted all around, and certainly added to the scene.

    If you live near a wood, you must visit to see if you have any bluebells, as it is something not to be missed.

    News of Nita Joy Craft Design

    I am also going through a web redesign and will be adding new gifts and services.

    I would really value your opinions and wondered whether you would mind helping me, by completing my survey.

    All completed valid entries, will be put forward to win a tote bag, notebook and greeting card set worth £23.50. The winner will be selected at random, and the winners name will be displayed on my blog.

    The survey finishes on the 12th May at 5.00pm

    Please click here to go to our survey

    Many thanks

    A beautiful Spring day

    April 11, 2009

    In an earlier post, I mentioned that Exbury Gardens was a great garden to visit.

    Admission prices can be found here

    Well I visited this week, on a truly wonderful spring day.

    The Cherry tree blossom and magnolias were just beautiful. The daffodils were still holding their own, but day by day their numbers are declining as the season moves forward to the next flowers.

    I also came across the wonderful tree – ‘Prunus Serrula’ The Mahogany Cherry.

    This stunning tree’s bark was a gleaming copper colour with red tones.

    The beautiful bark of the Mahogany Tree

    The beautiful bark of the Mahogany Tree

    The blossom was gorgeous too –

    Beautiful spring blossom

    Beautiful spring blossom

    Not only was the blossom stunning, but we were also able to enjoy the lovely primroses and violets growing underneath the branches.

    As we wondered around the garden that was surprisingly quiet, we came across a delightful surprise – Fritilliaries.

    If you decide to visit the gardens, please make sure you visit the ‘Wiggly Tree’. There is a little mound of earth decorated in various grasses and flowers, as well as the delicate bloom of the fritilliary.

    For more of them there is a little collection of them just around the corner from the tree, so have a little investigation.

    The beautiful Fritilliary

    The beautiful Fritilliary

    The above photos are just a sample of the photos that was taken that day. If you love spring, beautiful flowers and trees then make sure you make time to visit this lovely garden.

    All photos
    © Anita Hunt

    Easter Cards

    April 6, 2009

    I always love the time around Easter. Not only for the significance of the celebration of Easter but also for all the flowers that can be seen at this time of year.

    This is truly the time to visit gardens as they slowly wake from the winter slumber.

    I have a collection of Easter cards that are suitable for this occasion.

    Some of my cards have scripture from the Bible and some cards with the wording Happy Easter.

    Here are a few of our designs.

    Happy Easter

    Happy Easter

    Cosmos Easter card with Bible verse

    Cosmos Easter card with Bible verse

    Magnolia Easter card

    Magnolia Easter card

    This selection of cards and more can be seen at –

    BT Tradespace – Greeting cards

    And our personalised greeting card website

    On both of our websites you can order packs of 5 cards at a special price.

    If there is a particular flower that you would like as an Easter card, please look through our portfolio to see if we have it and add your special wording.

    We will always be pleased to take special orders if there is a particular flower that you would like to be added to our collection.

    Our Last orders for Easter cards is Wednesday 8th April.

    Spring!

    April 2, 2009

    Sorry it’s been a while since I posted. I have been so busy with photographing every flower and tree in sight. Spring is here and I hope it stays as I love this season. When the sun is out glistening through the cherry tree blossom, magnolia buds and the splendid daffodil – it’s a real treat to the eye!

    One of the best sights to see daffodils funnily enough is either on roundabouts or down the centre of dual carriageways.

    But keep those eyes on the road!

    Have you spotted a real wow factor?

    One of the great places to visit would have to be the fantastic Exbury Gardens! situated in the New Forest. Daffodils, blossom, camellias, magnolias out in true magnificence – so if you are near by, get there quick!

    The National Trust gardens:

    Stourhead is a great place to visit for daffodils and magnolias

    Wimpole Hall in Cambridge

    Blickling Hall in Norfolk

    Brownsea Island in Dorset

    Other gardens:

    Docton Mill Gardens in North Devon

    Any of the RHS Gardens is a winner for all seasons!

    etc…. I am sure there is somewhere local to you that have lovely spring flowers.

    Enjoy!

    New Species of Tree discovered.

    March 7, 2009

    Last week it was reported that a new species of Tree has been discovered.

    Often plants are named after the ‘finder’ of the plant and where they have been discovered.

    Well, this new tree is no exception. It hasn’t been named after a person, but after a board that happened to be nailed to it!

    This new tree has the unfortunate name of – No Parking Whitebeam.

    Located in Devon, it had been affectionately known to locals as ‘No Parking’, so the comedy name has stuck – literally!

    The No Parking sign has now been removed and placed near by.

    This now famous tree as reported in several broadsheet newspapers, can be seen in Watersmeet near Lynton and Lynmouth.

    For more information on this story:-

    North Devon News

    The National Trust on Watersmeet

    The Telegraph

    The Independent

    Mother’s Day Cards & Gifts

    March 4, 2009

    The year seems to be going quickly again as it only seems like yesterday that it was Christmas.

    With Mother’s Day fast approaching, and the effects of the credit crunch affecting everyone, we wanted to share some gift ideas that are available from Nita Joy Craft Design.

    Geranium Mother's Day greeting card

    Geranium Mother's Day greeting card

    Cards – we have a variety of flower designs in our special Mother’s Day collection. Any of our cards can have your special message included at no extra cost.

    Consider what your mum’s favourite flower is… if it’s not included in the Mother’s Day collection, have a look through the rest of our flower images and add your message. Prices £1.20 – 2.00

    Gifts:

    Here is an example of one of our Canvas Tote bags with a Dahlia

    Tote Bag with Dahlia image

    Tote bags price £10.00
    In the interests of being eco-friendly, we have tote bags that can have your chosen flower image from our collection added to the front.

    Purple Notebook with Butterfliew

    Purple Notebook with Butterflies

    Notebooks price £8.50

    We have 3 Notebooks with various flower designs included. If your mum loves flowers, we hope you will find a card or gift in our collection that you will like, for Mother’s Day.

    Reviews of Nita Joy Craft Design

    March 2, 2009

    I thought I would share some of the lovely reviews that I have had for my personalised greeting cards

    Angela –

    Beautiful cards

    Rated: 5 / 5 Stars
    Thank you so much for my order – and for sending it so quickly. Your photos are beautiful and make really lovely cards. People I’ve sent them to have remarked how lovely they are 🙂 Anita is a very friendly person to deal with and I highly recommend her and her products.

    Jamie –

    Christmas Cards ordered

    Rated: 5 / 5 Stars
    Ordered the cards, each with individual personalised messages..paid for them with paypal..kept up-to-date on the delivery process, waited a couple of days for them to arrive, when they did, smashing job – coloured text, centered as I wished for but didn’t ask for… (I’d pay a bit extra for you to post them for me )!

    Elaine –

    Great Xmas cards, excellent service

    Rated: 5/ 5 stars
    Ordered some beautiful Christmas cards – great service, prompt delivery, definitely highly recommended!

    Chrissy –

    Rated 5 /5 Stars
    wow! Those pictures make me think about flowers in a completely new way, they are just so clear and sharp and the depth is amazing, they really jump out at you. Keep up the good work, I look forward to seeing more!

    This is a just a sample of some of the lovely comments that I have received for my personalised flower greeting cards.

    These comments have really brightened my day – thank you!

    As I seek to develop my business, the review process helps to build the ideas and design element for my greeting cards.

    My objective for Nita Joy Craft Design is to provide a friendly, professional service. providing cards that will help brighten someone’s day, as you add your special message for your friend, family member or colleague, for any occasion or simply ‘just because.’

    In an age where we rely on the internet for one of our main ways of communication, sending a card through the post is something that can be treasured.

    Mother’s day

    February 23, 2009

    I have been working on our Mother’s Day greeting card collection.

    Below are a few of my cards with wording suitable for this occasion.

    Any of our cards can be personalised with your special message for your mum.

    As flowers, in particular daffodils, have been the traditional gift for Mother’s day – I have provided a selection that I hope you will enjoy.

    A Daffodil card for your mum

    A Daffodil card for your mum

    Camellia Mother's Day greeting card

    Camellia Mother's Day greeting card

    Geranium Mother's Day greeting card

    Geranium Mother's Day greeting card

    Nigella Love-in-a mist Mother's Day Card.

    Nigella Love-in-a mist Mother's Day Card.

    This is just a sample of the cards available.

    This collection can be seen on my BT Tradespace Greeting cards

    Or my larger collection can be seen here – personalised greeting cards

    The ‘wow’ factor of crocuses in abundance

    February 22, 2009

    Well, I am a happy girl at the end of a busy week, as I have visited three wonderful gardens with their beautiful displays of the beginning of spring.

    Yesterday I was very fortunate to visit the wonderful garden of RHS Wisley.

    It has become a bit of a family joke over the years, about me and my ongoing desire to find crocuses in abundance.

    This lovely, yearly spectacle, has become quite rare. I have been known to threaten to hurl myself across busy traffic to get to a roundabout at the bottom of my road – where there is always a glorious display… don’t worry, I wouldn’t quite go that far! :0) but the passion drives – you sometimes need to suffer for your art!

    The sun was shining and the setting was very pleasing to the eye! The crowds must of been there in their thousands! Everyone was attracted by the lovely sunny day and the special butterfly event that I have mentioned in previous posts.

    I didn’t have a great deal of time to ‘play’ as I call it, so I spent my time in wonder of the majestic crocus. As we entered the gardens wandering past the fountain display, we came to the Alpine meadow.

    The colours of the many varieties of crocuses found at Wisley were of glorious blues and purple tones with hints of silver, with dashes of pure white dotted around. When the light catches these pretty little flowers they glow from their yellow / orange stamens. They are especially beautiful when the light can be seen shining through their petals observing their delicate detail of their specially painted design.

    Here is one of my photos that will be added to my collection shortly, I hope you like it.

    The beautiful crocus
    The beautiful crocus

    If you get the chance, make sure you visit this natural wonder…

    It has been reported that Kew Gardens and Glastonbury Abby, Portsmouth Cathedral also have a wonderful display.

    If you know of a garden in your ‘local patch’ that has a wonderful display, I would love to hear about it.

    Added note :

    Today we saw a lovely display In Kinson Bournemouth, someone had very thoughtfully planted a wonderful mix of crocuses around a couple of trees – a mix of purple, lilac, white and yellow
    Here is a picture

    A mix of crocuses

    A mix of crocuses

    Snowdrops and their Beauty

    February 20, 2009

    This is a quick blog post about the beauty of snowdrops.

    It certainly has been a busy week!
    This week I have visited The National Trust – Kingston Lacy in Dorset
    and
    Heale House Gardens in Wiltshire.

    I have to say that both of these gardens have beautiful displays of snowdrops.

    Snowdrops

    Snowdrops

    One was seen in glorious sunshine and the other in pouring rain!But that didn’t matter, observing their beauty individually and en masse is truly wonderful to see!

    I recommend visiting both of these places if you live near to them, or visit a garden that is near you – please don’t miss this natural wonder!

    We will be visiting Wisley soon, to see their spectacular Butterfly event in their lovely glasshouse, as well as taking the opportunity to see their Snowdrops and Crocuses.

    The Wisley Butterfly even ends on the 1st March

    I will be adding some new Snowdrops photos soon!

    New Flower Valentine Gallery

    February 3, 2009

    For a few weeks now I have been working on some new flower valentine greeting cards. My wonderful web designer has been beavering away on designing a special valentine gallery for me.

    You can see the new gallery on the front page of Nita Joy Craft Design.

    This year we have 9 Valentine greeting cards.

    If there is another card in our collection of flower greeting cards that you would like as a valentine card, just choose the card and add your special message when you add to your shopping basket.

    Here are a couple of examples, hope you like them –

    * Pink and Red Rose Valentine card

    Pink and Red Roses Valentine card

    Pink and Red Roses Valentine card

    I really enjoyed designing and taking this photograph. My husband wondered what on earth I was doing as I sat on the side of the bath, with my camera perched on a shampoo bottle to find the best angle and light for this picture.
    The base of the bath was slightly damp so that the light would bounce off the surface and create a reflection.

    * Love is patient, Love is kind Valentine Card

    Love is Patient, Love is kind Rose card

    Love is Patient, Love is kind Rose card

    This Valentine Greeting card has the wonderful verse taken from the book of Corinthians in the Bible – it is very popular for weddings, anniversaries and so on. The words truly describe what love is, so thought I would incorporate it into a special Valentines card.

    Special offer – If you buy any of our Valentines cards you will receive a free small chocolate with your order.

    We are taking Valentines orders until the 12th of February.

    Many thanks

    A Handmade Valentines gift suggestion

    February 2, 2009

    Valentine Heart

     

    A handmade Valentine Gift

     

     

    I wanted to share a suggestion for a Valentine’s gift that you could make for that special someone in your life.

    For one of my Valentine Greeting Cards I wanted to make a heart shaped floral display.

    Here is what I did –

    I bought an oasis from eBay in the shape of a heart (size 9″), (you could buy a square one and cut a heart shape out, if a heart is not available.)

    I then went to Tesco’s and bought several bunches of roses in various pink shades. (I used 40 roses)

    I soaked the rose stems in a bucket of water with flower food added, as well as soaking the oasis in water overnight.

    The following day I cut the roses and placed them in a pattern into the oasis.

    Last but not least, you can buy some waterproof ribbon in a matching or complementing colour to add around the edge of the oasis.

    To give this gift to you valentine, buy a gift box, place the oasis inside on some tissue paper and close. To finish add a pretty ribbon to tie around the box with a gift tag.

    The cost of the oasis, roses, waterproof ribbon came to around £15.00

    Finished Valentine gift as above.

    Here is our Valentine Heart greeting card

    To my wife Valentine card

    To my wife Valentine card

    The wording can be changed to suit your requirements.

     

     

     

    New Birthday Flower Greeting Cards

    January 26, 2009

    Nita Joy Craft Design enables you to choose your card design and add the message that you require, whether the card is required for Birthdays, Weddings, Thinking of you etc… In order to show the full potential of this, We decided to create a special Birthday Card category. These cards can have your special message included on the insert and/or have the name of the person you are sending the card to added. We have included a couple of designs on this blog to give you an idea.

    To see the full Flower Birthday Greeting Card category, please visit our website http://www.nitajoycraftdesign.co.uk

    Nita Joy Craft Design Anenome Birthday Card

    Nita Joy Craft Design Anenome Birthday Card

    (C) Nita Joy Craft Design

    Nita Joy Craft Design Pink Clematis Birthday Card

    Nita Joy Craft Design Pink Clematis Birthday Card

    (C) Nita Joy Craft Design

    We hope you like them.

    Send a card, brighten someone’s day.

    What is your favourite flower?

    January 18, 2009

    Snowdrops are almost here! I feel giddy as a school girl in anticipation for the glorious show.

    I recently completed a survey through Customers, Twitter and other means, asking – what is your favourite flower?

    The results were very interesting.

    The answers were the following-

    Roses,
    Bluebells,
    Snowdrops,
    Daffodils,
    Lilies,
    Freesias,
    Sweetpeas,
    Sunflowers,
    clematis.

    I had a few reasons for asking the question – what is your favourite flower? One of the reasons was to look at the results in order to add to my flower image catalogue over 2009

    Over the next few weeks I will look through this list and write about the flowers on my blog. Feel free to join the conversation :0)

    Roses

    Rose greeting card

    Rose greeting card

    Roses always come at the top of the list in literature and various gardening shows. The sheer abundance of varieties, colour and smell – makes it a truly inspiring plant. Whatever garden you have, there will be a rose variety to suit – whether you have a balcony, small patio or city or county garden, you can enjoy this flower.

    I have a shared garden with a few flats, but am very fortunate to have a small area allocated to me. Visitors always joke about how many plants can you squeeze on a patio the size of 12 small concrete squares – my answer is, as many as you can! I counted 36 at one point! I also have a little strip of earth either side of the patio where i have a variety of bulbs, bedding plants and wildflowers etc… I try to do my ‘one thing for nature’ as spring watch and autumn watch promotes.

    On my patio I have 3 roses and admire them every year, their elegance is just wonderful. If you love roses – my suggestion is to visit the RHS Garden of Hyde Hall in Essex. I visited in June 2007, it was truly a magnificent sight. I cannot tell you how many photos I took that day, the only trouble was that there was hardly any clouds in the sky, not very friendly to photographers. I also recommend the Chelsea Flower Show if you get the chance to go. I always head to the plant tent first, I probably spend more time in there than anywhere else. The various rose stands are always a wonderful treat.

    One of the best times to truly appreciate the scent of roses, is just as the sun comes down on a warm summers evening, ‘absolutely heavenly’. The rose – ‘Albert Bell’ is one of my favourites (as seen in my collection) it is a lovely shade of yellow that flowers and flowers and has a beautiful scent.

    Roses are always popular with weddings, anniversaries and Valentines. There are about 6500 different types / varieties – I think that would take me forever to photograph all of them :0)
    There are new ones added every year! So that list will keep growing…

    Bluebells

    Bluebell Greeting card

    Bluebell Greeting card

    There is something amazing about the sight of bluebells. Often when looking for them you can have the strong scent of wild garlic. One of my favourite places to visit for their sheer numbers is near the village of Milton Abbas in Dorset. The sea of blue can almost be startling to your eyes, these flowers also need to be appreciated in fine detail, as you notice the various tones of blue, with a purple tint.I often like to find a spot and just sit and gaze with the peace of the woodland surrounding me, as I listen to the bird song.

    With Bluebells and Wildflower meadows, I often want to dive in, both for very different reasons. The Bluebell blue in abundance is like a picture that has been painted just for you to enjoy, the wildflower meadow will have many colours that otherwise may clash and perhaps you wouldn’t wear the colours mixed together, but in this setting it just feels right, each flower and blade of grass works in union. It’s such as shame that both of these extraordinary displays are getting rarer as the years go on. Let’s support any project that works to grow their numbers.The ‘Good Gifts‘ catalogue through the ‘Tree Council,’ offers the opportunity to buy an area of Bluebell woodland to protect, what a great gift to give to a Bluebell fan, they also have wildflower meadows as alternative gifts too.

    Bluebells like Snowdrops are crafted in excellence singly, but their true magnificence is seen when grouped together. Bluebells grow and grow searching for any dappled sunlight as the leaf coverage on trees are not at their full capacity. When the trees finally catch up, bluebells finally begin to drift off back to sleep to regain their strength for another year.

    Snowdrops

    Snowdrops Greeting card

    Snowdrops Greeting card

    Next on the list was snowdrops, from looking at my customer records over the last year, snowdrops has always been a popular choice. I find that the snowdrop cards can have so many uses. Several people like them for condolence cards, thinking of you etc… January can be a tough month, cold wet, miserable…then WOW the spectacle begins with clouds of precious white flowers poking their heads from the dusty soil, as if to say ‘well here I am, Spring is on the way’.

    They have always been seen as a message of hope. I think that’s one of the reasons why I love them so much. Often people ask me around my birthday in February – what would you like to do for your birthday, my answer is simple – please take me to see the snowdrops and stop somewhere for a cup of tea :0). Their show comes and go in a fairly short time, and I need my fix of their glorious beauty. I love to get really up close to them and admire the delicate handiwork of their design features.

    There are 75 species and varieties of Snowdrops! People are often stunned when I tell them this. This is why you need to get up close to them as each one is slightly different. They are also wonderful in masses in woodland – The National Trusts Kingston Lacey is a great place to visit to see this. I have a few favourite places I visit every year, but am always on the outlook for new scenes. Old church yards are also a great place to see them as they lay undisturbed.

    Extra note –

    Before I go I must mention the wonderful gardens of RHS Wisley in Surrey. As this time of year is a fairly quiet time for gardens open to the public, Wisley has come up with a great idea! Between now the 18th of January and the 22nd of February you can visit the gardens and the relatively new glass house (which not only has fab exotic plants but is a great place to shelter from the rain!) will be filled with exotic butterflies. It is definitely on my list of things I must do and suggest it would be a lovely day out! The entrance fee is the usual price to visit the gardens, but there is no extra charge to see the Butterflies. If you are an RHS member it’s free!

    Hopefully I will see you there. I will be the lady in awe and wonder at the sight of her two favourite things – flowers and butterflies, must charge the batteries up for the camera and apply a little honeyed water to tempt the butterflies to land on me :0) Enjoy!

    Good Gifts

    The work of Good Gifts was mentioned today on Working Lunch, if you are interested here is the interview with Dame Hilary Blume – video

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    Personalised flower Greeting cards

    November 18, 2008

    I design and sell my flower photo greeting cards that can be personalised with your special message.

    If there is a particular card you would like with your own message included – just choose the card from our selection of small, medium and large cards and add your message to your shopping cart.

    Over the years I have seen card designs that I have liked but not the wording or vice versa.

    Nita Joy craft Design enables you to choose the design you would like and add your wording.

    Adding the name of the intended recipient has proved a very popular choice for Birthdays, Christmas, Bereavement , Weddings and so on…

    Here is an example of a personalised birthday greeting card:-

    An example of a bespoke birthday card

    Anenome and Cosmos Birthday Card

    Here is an example of a personalised bereavement greeting card:-

    an example of a bereavement card

    Orchid Condolence Greeting Card

    If you would like a card designed for you with a few of the flowers from our image catalogue, please contact us through our contact form or email with your enquiry.

    If we don’t have a flower image that you would like, please let us know and we will do our best to add it to our collection.

    Send a card, brighten someone’s day

    Wisteria A flower for Clear as Crystal web design

    November 6, 2009

    Today we will be looking at an appropriate flower for Clear as crystal web design.

    Clear as Crystal’s objectives are –

     – To understand what your business is about in order to develop a website for your business and client needs 
     – They work to provide the perfect package for you
     – They provide a ‘clear as crystal’ professional service.

    The flower I have chosen for Clear as Crystal web design is the wisteria

    In the language of Flowers the Wisteria means –

    • Steadfastness
    • commitment
    • promise
    • assurance

    Wisteria for clear as crystal wed design

    The Wisteria is a beautiful plant, providing wispy branches of purple, lilac, blue , pink, white or cream blooms, that has a lovely delicate scent.

    Wisteria flowers in late April / early May – June. The flower grows from spurs, and is often seen as a trained plant along old cottage walled gardens, bridges, arches and so on. They are part of the wonderful climber family of plants, with woody, flexible stems as they branch out.

    Gardens to see the wonderful Wisteria

    Here are the species and varieties –

    For advice on how to care for your wisteria the RHS have a guide on how to prune your wisteria 

    The 2 species that are usually seen as Wisteria Bonsai for example are the floribunda Japanese wisteria, and the sinensis Chinese Wisteria.

    To see their various varieties please visit the website gardening data

    The wisteria is often seen as quite a romantic flower; for its delicacy and ever reaching boughs of perfumed flowers. If you lavish care and attention on them each year, your wisteria will come back year after year, committed in giving us a spectacular show. I can’t wait for them to be in flower next year how about you?