5 Places You Must Visit During Halloween

If ghosts and ghouls fascinate you and you look forward to Halloween, then there are a few places that you must visit during this spooky season. We’ve handpicked the spookiest places from America and beyond that you must visit.

New Orleans

Hundreds of people once died here in a tidal wave, that’s reason enough for it to feature in this list. The creepy Manchac Swamp, complete with old trees and wispy Spanish moss makes this place stand out, in quite a terrifying way. This city also has a reputation for voodoo.

Estes Park, Colorado, United States

The Stanley Hotel, that once inspired famed horror novelist, Stephen King to write his terrifying masterpiece, The Shining, stands tall here. Isn’t that reason enough for you to visit this spooky place? The hotel is believed to be haunted by at least a handful people, the founder of the hotel included.

New York City

This city, known for its amazing celebrations, hosts a great Halloween party and after party every year. Costumes, parades and giant puppets are a common sight. They say that you may bump into the ghost of Edgar Allen Poe on the ghost walk.

Sleepy Hollow

If the legend around the Headless Horseman hasn’t disturbed you enough, you may want to visit, the Sleepy Hollow Cemetery, especially during this time of the year. You would be excited to know that there still are reports of the Headless Horseman at cemeteries all around the area.

Dracula’s Castle, Romania

If you’re a real Halloween fanatic, loosen up your budget a little, and a real Halloween fanatic, you might as well pack your bags and head to Dracula’s Castle in Romania. Transylvania is quite conveniently or rather inconveniently close to the infamous Bran Castle. The castle is open to the public and if you’re lucky the ghost of Vlad The Impaler pay appear himself, to give you a personal visit.

If you think we’ve missed out on a creepy place that is a must for Halloween, please add it in the comment box below. For the rest of you, who prefer a Halloween back at home, here’s an easy-to-do Halloween centerpiece. Like they say, if you can’t make it to a Halloween party, throw one at home!


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3 Easy Steps To Make A Floral Halloween Centerpiece

Set the mood right for Halloween with this easy-to-do Halloween centerpiece.

Materials needed:
- 1 Pumpkin
- 1 Knife
- Flowers of your choice, preferably gerberas, cushion mums, red daisies.
- huckleberry, salal yellow oak leaves and artificial fall berries to accentuate the arrangement.

Step 1. Get a fresh pumpkin that is at least a foot in size.

Step 2. Cut the top of the pumpkin and scoop out the seeds.

Step 3. Fill the pumpkin with water halfway and then add the suggested flowers, or the flowers of your choice. Put the pumpkin’s top over the flowers, at an angle and your Halloween centerpiece is ready!


Tip: For a secure arrangement, you can put a floral foam (soaked in water) inside of the pumpkin and then stick your flowers in it. Use an artificial pumpkin, that way your arrangement will last long.

Have a spooktacular Halloween!


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Exploring Hawaii’s Floral Treasure

Hawaii is home to one of the world’s most exotic flora and fauna. Hand-woven flower garlands are often put on tourists and other guests and women adorn their hair with fresh plumerias in this paradise-like land. Hawaii’s abundance in flowers makes it one of the most unique floral paradises in the world. We’ve explored and handpicked Hawaii’s alluring flora so that you can view them without having to visit it.

Ma’o hau hele

Maʻo hau hele
The Ma’o hau hele that is also known as the Hibiscus brackenridgei, is Hawaii’s State flower. The tree that houses this beautiful flower can grow up to 10 meters tall. This flower is native to dry forest and shrub lands and grows at elevations from 400 to 2600 feet. It is found on all significant Hawaiian islands, except Ni’ihau and Kaho’olawe. Much to the dismay of flower lovers, this flower is listed as an endangered species.

Koki’o ke’oke’o

hibiscusThe Hawaiian, name for the Hibiscus flower is quite queer. This flower has its origins in Hawaii itself. With large white and wonderfully fragrant blossoms, it grows in mesic forests at low elevations (below 3,000 feet elevation). This species grows only on the island of O’ahu.


GAlso known as Gardenia, the tree that holds this beautiful flower can grow up to 15 feet.
This too is an endangered species that is found in dry forests at elevations from 1100 to 1700 feet.

Hawaiian Gardenia 01Tiaré is a sub species of this flower plant.


Another name for this gorgeous flower is the Hibiscus kokio. This is a subspecies and usually grows as a shrub or a small tree growing up to 3 to 7 meters in height.

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This flower is native to the island of Kauai in the Hawaiian Islands. The juice of the leaves and buds of this flower plant are used to treat constipation.


Melia is also known as Plumeria. Although this flower is native to tropical America, it grows abundantly in the Hawaiian islands.

Ko’oloa ‘ula

Koʻoloa ʻulaAlso known as Abutilon menziesii, the Ko’oloa ‘ula is native to Hawaii and is an endangered species.

Koali ‘awa

moonAlso known as Ipomoea or Hawaiian moon flower. This flower is native to pacific islands, and is found in abundance in the Hawaiian Islands.


Also known as Boehavia repens, this sprawling herb is common along dry coasts and leeward slopes.

If you think we’ve missed out on the floral treasure of Hawaii, do mention it in the comment box below.


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A Glimpse Of The Stunning Flower Markets In The World

If you’re fascinated by flower markets, then reading this will land you in a paradise for flower lovers. We’ve made a list of the best flower markets that you ought to visit at least once in your life time.


Amsterdam’s pride, the floating flower market is the only one of its kind in the world. This garden is functional all through the year and its various flower stalls stand on houseboats. The most prominent of flowers that are sold here are tulips, narcissus and other bulbs and flowers. This place is the hub for online florists who undertake online flower delivery.

The Flower Market, Bangalore, India

This market is centrally located in Bangalore that is Metropolitan city to the South of India. It is a hub of the city to supply flowers where sellers start their business as early as 5 in the morning and by 8 am, most of the sale is over. Despite of the place is crowded, noisy and even dirty, it still attracts flower lovers, because it is sweet smelling, colorful and vibrant. You will find everything from young mothers, weaving flowers into garlands to elegant floral arrangements.

Los Angeles Flower Market

The LA Flower Market is a total treat for all your senses. If you’re a wholesaler, florist or simply a flower lover, you must visit this place. This solar-powered market-place has brilliantly displayed in its 50.000 sq.ft, the world’s freshest flowers.

Flower Market, Brussels

Grand place, transforms into a flower market week long, except on Mondays and Thursdays. Amidst the daily abundance of flowers, plants and herbs, you will be stunned with the variety.

New York City Flower Market

It’s always springtime at New York City’s flower market. This gorgeous market opens at 5:30 am and closes up by around 10:30 am. If you aren’t a professional florist you can enjoy your breakfast after the sun has risen and get there by 8 am and still find a healthy collection.

Flower Market, Bangkok


Also known as Pak Khlong Talat, more of a wholesale market than a shopping experience, this beautiful market has become a tourist destination because of its sheer size and exotic flower collection. Several online florists take their supplies for their international flower delivery service, from this famous market.

If you think we’ve missed out on a flower market, feel free to add it in the comment box below. And if you’re a flower lover, you must visit the markets we named in our list.


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9 Gorgeous Gardens In Germany You Must Visit

If you’ve been to Germany you must know by now that no trip to Germany is complete without visiting Germany’s gorgeous gardens. From palace gardens to urban parks, we’ve listed down the best green spots for you to relax.

Mainau Island

Mainau or The Flower Island (99)PeacockThis place is also known as the “Island of Flowers”. It houses a palace built in 1853 by Grand Duke Fredreick I. The island is abundant with flower gardens and parks that are home to both tropical and subtropical plants. The butterfly sanctuary is home to a beautiful Italian rose garden, complete with pergolas, fountains and sculptures. The flowers bloom in spring, with as many as a million Tulips blossoming from March to May.

Palmengarten in Frankfurt

Palmengarten in FrankfurtThis horticulture extravaganza of a garden was built by a group of Frankfurt citizens. This place plays host to the African savanna, the exotic plants of the rain forests and the blooming flower gardens in Europe. It expands to around 50 acres and houses 6000 different botanical species from all over the world.

Planten un Blomen in Hamburg

PlantenUnBlomenWasserspieleThis park features a Botanical garden and the largest Japanese garden in all of Europe. In the summers you can get a chance to experience free water-light concerts, classical music in the rose garden and open-air theatre performances.

Botanical Gardens, Munich

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Elegantly decked glass houses exhibit a collection of Alpines that burst into blooms. The dry stone walls are covered entirely in moss. This place is home to an outstanding collection of exotic herbs, spices, edible grains and healing plants that have been arranged in the form of an apothecary garden.

Weihenstephan, Freising

weihenstephanWeihenstephan, a new age German garden is home to Foxtail Lilies, Euphoribia griffithii and Filipendula, Catmint, sages and Stachys.

Augustusburg, Bruhl

bryhlThis UNESCO World Heritage site has been built in traditional French style. The garden has delicate flower and box arrangements, water basins and is accessible from the terrace by stairs.

Nymphenbury, Munich

Munich NymphenburgThis placed used to be a small ornamental garden, but today it not only has a canal system, but has a variety of water features that include pumping mechanisms and symmetrical garden with ornamental flower beds.

Herrenhausen, Hanover

herrenhausen_hanoverThis place has several thematic gardens. The first African violet was brought to Europe and came into bloom in one of their glass houses. Few of the popular sights out here include, the Rain Forest House, a Prairie garden and the Schmuckhof ornamental courtyard with beautiful tub plants such as aromatic Pelargonium.

Botanika, Bremen

botanikaExplore the floral landscapes of this place that play host to a stunning and colorful show of rhododendron flowers, footbridges, waterfall and rocks, a Japanese Garden that unlocks exhibition of rhododendrons.

If you think, we’ve missed out on the exotic gardens of Germany; feel free to add them in the comment box. And, if you happen to visit Germany, don’t forget to go to these exotic places.


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5 Signs That Make You The Perfect Grandchild

Grandparents Day isn’t supposed to be just another hallmark holiday, but a day we ought to support the elders in our lives. Your grand old folks look forward to spending their day with you. If you’re lucky, your grandparents are nearby, if not you can still celebrate it from afar, by sending them various gifts using online flower delivery services.

They’ve always been the perfect grandparents for you. But are you the perfect grandchild for them? We’ve jotted down 5 signs that prove that you are every grandparent’s dream grandchild.

You Send Them Gifts Often

1.1You don’t need occasions like Grandparents’ Day to send them gifts. You like surprising them with flowers, tickets to the big game or simply a surprise visit. You understand that they are getting old, and they need to feel special and loved.

You Spend Time With Them

2They look forward to spending time with their grandchildren. Regardless of how busy you are, you take time out and visit them as often as possible. You love them and you show them that they mean a lot to you.

You Enjoy Listening To Them

3It isn’t easy to deal with people who are ageing. They’re often forgetful and needy. They have several stories to tell, but they have nobody to tell it to. You realise that all they need is someone who will patiently listen to what they have to say.

You Help Them Out In Every Way Possible

4You understand that they could very well need a helping hand, and you never shy away from being that helping hand.

You Let Yourself Be A Child When You’re With Them

5.1Whether it’s savoring grandma’s cookies, feeling loved with her hugs and kisses, or simply looking up to the heroic tales of your grandpa, you let yourself be a child when you’re with them.

Haven’t met your grandparents in the longest time? Here’s your chance to make up for all the years gone by. Celebrate Grandparents’ Day with your old folks this 7th September, and give them a surprise, they’ll cherish.


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10 Amazing Home Decor Ideas To Try Right Now

If you love the riotous color of flowers blooming outside, then you’ll love having them at home too.  Simple flower arrangements, can make any dull room bright, here’s how:

1. Three To Tango


A trio makes everything better. Deck up your dining space with three mason jars topped with the flowers of your choice. We’ve used roses and daffodils.

2. Wildflowers Along the Road

It’s easy to find wildflowers blooming alongside the road. Breathe new life into that vintage pitcher lying unused in your store room, by adding these fresh blooms, and a few spikes of straw to it just to make it stand neatly.

3. Mason Jars


The mason jars lying unused in your shelf, can be turned into beautiful and chic centrepieces. You tuck the flowers of your choice in them. We’ve decorated ours with snap-dragons.

4. Beaker and Flowers

Something as simple as sprigs added to a beaker, can look elegant. This arrangement will look perfect in your bathroom. Apart from adding a hint of aroma, the arrangement will make your bathroom look classy.

5. Pickle Jars With Flowers

If you have empty pickle jars in your kitchen, you can wash them and use them as pretty little flower vases. A simple combination of white hydrangeas can make a dull room elegant. To make the jar look more classy, you can add a tint of blue to it.

6. Add Life To Your Candle Holder

You can decorate your fancy candle holder with the flowers of your choice. Use warm colors like yellow that will stand out in contrast to the worn-out colors of the candle holder.

7. Peonies In A Pitcher

An enamelware pitcher can be put to good use at your home by adding the flowers of your choice. We’ve tucked in beautiful pink peonies in this pitcher, just to add a hint of color.

8. White Is Beautiful

White flowers of your liking, tucked in a vintage ironstone pitcher can add life to any dull space.

9. Simplicity Is The Key

Sometimes a flower arrangement as simple as this, can do the trick. Place it at the centre of your dining table, or your study table, or wherever you think it will look best.

10. Deck Your Reading Space

10A French enamel pot with beautiful, single pink hydrangeas can add an artsy touch to your reading space, to get those ideas creative juices flowing.

Feel free to add your suggestions and comments in the box below. We hope you liked our ideas.


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The Ultimate Gifting Guide For The 6 Stages Of Love

Everybody seeks love, anybody who denies seeking love is probably in denial, busy, unlucky, or maybe just too lazy to take the effort. Love is precious and it is gradually built upon several stages. And to make every stage bloom and progress to the other, we feel that it’s essential to give each other the right gifts. We’ve prepared the perfect gifting guide for those in every stage of love. You can find these flowers online on www.flora2000.com and through online flower delivery you have your surprises shipped to your desired destination.


It All Begins With Attraction

mixed tulipAt this stage it’s important for you to make sure, you make the first move. Light a fire in her by surprising her with an anonymous gift. Make sure it looks special enough for her to be bowled over by it, but not overtly taken aback by it. A charming mixed bouquet of tulips, roses and carnations in a bright shade of pink would be just perfect.


mixed color roses
Be her secret admirer. Women love that. Send her another anonymous bouquet that gets her intrigued for good. By doing this you’ll make her feel wanted and special. Send her an exclusive rose bouquet that is a combination of yellow, red, orange and pink roses.


passionSend her another bouquet, this time mention your name and attach a love letter to it, (nobody does that nowadays), so that will make it doubly special. Compliment her, but don’t butter her. Tell her what you love about her and she’ll passionably be yours. A bouquet of bright red tulips would make the perfect gift during this stage. You can buy it here.


Remember that she isn’t all yours as yet. It’s only the beginning of your relationship and also the time you need to be extra careful to make your roots strong. For a woman to love someone, trust is an important factor. Build that trust, step by step. If she’s having a gloomy day, send her a sunny bouquet that will give her the assurance that you will always be there for her. Or send her a bouquet simply to make her feel special.


teddyThis is the trickiest stage in your relationship. This is the part where she is going to give into you fully, but isn’t sure yet. She loves you, but is afraid of admitting it. She is in fact so attached to you, that she is unsure of how life would be without you. But it is at this part that you need to make sure, you don’t turn her into a clingy partner. Ask her to take joy in her space, tell her that you’ll be with her, no matter what. It’s only when you give her space, she’ll realise that she is truly attached to you(in a good way of course). Pamper her with surprise gift. A rose arrangement and a teddy bear should do the trick.

Now that both of you have let go of your insecurities, you know that you’re truly, deeply, madly in love. Seal your love with a romantic, all red rose bouquet. Express your love with gratitude to her. She’ll be yours forever.

We hope you liked our tips. If you think you can add to our post, please feel free to comment in the box below. Keep it simple and don’t forget to fall in love.


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9 Occasions To Send Flowers To Your Loved Ones In Philippines

Philippines is the land of clean waters, archaic landmarks, blessed with plenty of flora and fauna. Even their festivities are full of color. There are several occasions on which you can send flowers to the Philippines. If you’re a Filipino who resides outside of Philippines we’ve made a list of significant events, so that you can mark your dates and book your flowers online in advance.

Chinese New Year
31st January, 2014

Philippines has a significant Chinese population and naturally the Chinese New Year is one of the most celebrated festivals out here. The festival is best celebrated with exchanging pleasantries and gifts with family and friends. This is the perfect occasion to send flowers, especially if you’re away from your family.

Valentine’s Day
14th February

valuThe celebration of LOVE is a big event in the Philippines. Lovers send each other flowers and love baskets, not only within Philippines, but also get them shipped from abroad. This is the perfect occasion to add a touch of magic to your romance.

April 20th, 2014

Celebration of Jesus Christ’s resurrection is a significant event in the Philippines owing to the vast Christian population out there. Filipinos send gift baskets and flowers from all over the world to the near and dear ones.

Mother’s Day
11th May, 2014

Several Philippines are out stationed and have to stay away from their families to earn a better living. Mother’s Day is one such occasion where children send their love to their mothers by sending flowers and gifts.

Pahiyas Festival
May 15, 2014

This festival celebrates the bountiful harvest. Locals decorate their house with fruits, vegetables and dyed leaves known as kipings. It’s customary to meet relatives on this occasion. Entering someone’s home with flowers comes across as a kind gesture.

July 29th, 2014

Philippines also has a signification Muslim population and Eid naturally is a big celebration out here. Filipinos staying away from their families in far off countries can send their love to their loved ones with Flora2000.com’s custom Eid baskets.

Kadayawan sa Dabaw
August 23-24, 2014

This is an annual thanksgiving festival to celebrate flowers, fruits and other produce. Near and dear ones are visited. Gifting flower baskets to the relative’s being visited can be a nice way to commence celebrations.

Christmas and New Year
25th December and 31st January, 2014

Christmas and New Year celebrations have become a worldwide phenomenon and Filipinos too celebrate it in a grand way. It has become customary to greet each other with flowers and gift baskets. Even if you are away from home, you make your celebrations count by sending gifts and flowers by online flower delivery services.

So book your gifts now and never miss the chance to surprise your loved ones in your home country.


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7 Useful Tips To Keep In Mind When Buying Flowers Online

Flowers are a universal expression of love. And they’re never out of season or fashion. Online flower delivery gifting portals are taking the lead in the lives of tech savvy consumers and have also made their shopping and gifting expeditions easier. However it isn’t all that easy either, very often consumers get confused because of the vast variety that is offered to them. We, being floral experts have listed down 7 useful tips that you can keep in mind when you buy flowers online.


1.Flowers That Suit The Person And The Occasion
Make sure you gift flowers that suit the occasion that is being celebrated and also the person you’re gifting the flowers too. You don’t want your flowers to look misplaced or mismatched. You can read more about flowers and their significance here and here.

2.Flowers Of The Season
Do a little search on the flowers that naturally bloom in the season. Flowers of the season look doubly fresh.

3.Meaning Of Flowers
Do a quick internet search on what each flower signifies, that way you can make your floral gift more meaningful.

4.Decide On A Delivery Date
Book your floral surprise well in advance. Save yourself embarrassment by confirming your dates. You don’t want to send a floral gift on the wrong date.

5.Categories On The Website
Gifting portals have floral ensembles listed as per occasion, that way you don’t have to break your head over making a choice.

6.Check Product Reviews
Check what consumers and recipients have to say about products that were ordered by them. This is another way to filter products.

7.Call Them
If you still aren’t convinced, call their contact center or write to them. Premium gifting portals like Flora2000.com are very customer friendly and eager to help you with finalizing a gift.

So go ahead and book a wonderful surprise for those who matter to you. You can use flora2000.com‘s international flower delivery services to send a surprise anywhere in the world.


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