July

July is here! For this month we’re celebrating all things related to wellbeing and mindfulness, in order to help you feel recharged and rejuvenated. From this month’s full moon, to happenings around town, we share what’s on the Floristry radar for this month.

FLORA & FAUNA

During July, enjoy the abundance and array of animals and plants at Kadoorie Farm and Botanical Gardens from bougainvillea, bamboo leaf orchids, changeable lizards that alter their colour to blend in with their surroundings to colourful sunbirds.

July is also the month when hydrangeas are in abundance. The name for these summer-flowering plants comes from the Greek “hydor”- water, and “angos”- vessel, meaning “water barrel”. They were first discovered in Japan, and the country’s temples and gardens are one of the best places to view them when they’re in full bloom during July. The flowers are traditionally linked to apologies and gratitude. According to legend, a Japanese emperor gave hydrangeas to a maiden he loved as an apology for neglecting her when other business took up all his attention and to show how much he cared about her.

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LUNAR

Native American tribes call July’s full moon the Buck Moon, as new antlers emerge from the heads of bucks during this time of year. Another name is the Thunder Moon, reflecting the thunderstorms that happen during the month. While, the Anglo-Saxon name is either Hay Moon, after the hay harvest that takes place in July, or Wort Moon, indicating it’s time to gather herbs (worts) to dry and use as spices and remedies. The full moon will fall on the 16th July this year. In Chinese culture, July’s full moon is referred to as the Hungry Ghost Moon.

HAPPENINGS

Join our afternoon of floral mindfulness on 20th July at our studio in Sheung Wan, perfect after a busy week and guaranteed to make you feel revitalised. The first part of the afternoon will be a gentle flow yoga session with Nikita Ramchandani, founder of chic yoga studio, Kita Yoga. After a short break, the second session will be a floral sound bath lead by Minnie Cheung of Mins Yoga, experience a deep sense of tranquil to the sound of singing bowls in our floral-filled studio. Book tickets here

Nikita Ramchandani, founder of Kita Yoga

Nikita Ramchandani, founder of Kita Yoga

Minnie Cheung, Mins Yoga

Minnie Cheung, Mins Yoga

 
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BIRTHSTONE

The birthstone for this month is ruby, one of the most highly valued gemstones and it is believed to give the wearer good fortune and success. Its name in Latin means red, and the stone’s deep hue evoke feelings of lust, power, excitement and love.

According to an 8th-Century Arabic book on dreams by Achametis, if a king dreams about a crown set with red jewels such as rubies, this indicates he’ll have great joy, fortune and his enemies will greatly fearing him.

In ancient China, noblemen would adorned their armour with rubies because they believed the gem would grant them protection. They also buried rubies beneath building foundations to secure good fortune.


 

LITERARY

In celebration of English writer Emily Bronte’s birthday on 30th July, we share a quote from one of our favourite books by the author, Wuthering Heights. In this extract, Cathy and Linton are describing their perfect heaven, the classic novel is set in the rustic and rural beauty of the Yorkshire moors in the UK.

He said the pleasantest manner of spending a hot July day was lying from morning to evening on a bank of heath in the middle of the moors, bees humming dreamily about among the bloom, and the larks singing high up overhead, and the blue sky and bright sun shining steadily and cloudlessly
— Wuthering Heights, Emily Bronte
Wuthering Heights (2011) by Andrea Arnold

Wuthering Heights (2011) by Andrea Arnold

SOUNDTRACK

This month, we’ll be checking out the new Freespace Livehouse in the West Kowloon Art Park, the bar and music venue will showcase local Hong Kong and international talent. Plus the West Kowloon Art Park is perfect for picnics.

 

GET THE LOOK

An ode to summer with our just-picked blooms

Gypsy Heart Flower Bouquet

Aurora’s Call Bud vase

Two Roads Flower Bouquet