Five Key Things to Consider When Organising Funeral Flowers

For many of us there will come a time in our lives where we will need to organise a funeral. Whether the loss of a loved one has been expected to occur for a while, or it is a sudden shock, the process is always wrought with emotion. If you are ever in this position, there are five key things to know about or consider when arranging funeral flowers.

1. It is quite common to arrange for a floral tribute in the form of a wreath, cross or heart. We recommend also hiring a display stand so it can be set up at the funeral service to make it visible.

2. The ribbon sashes you see displayed on floral tributes can be custom printed with any message in any language you want (we offer the service for $9.95).

3. Most Sydney crematoriums have multiple chapels on their site, so to avoid any confusion with flower delivery make sure to specify the correct name of the chapel the funeral service will be held in.

4. When requesting a delivery time to the chapel or memorial location, be aware that funeral flowers are delivered one hour prior to the start of the service.

5. Handing out single rose stems to guests as they arrive to the service can be a nice touch. Always a good idea to ask your funeral director for a basket so you can easily hand them out.

Hopefully these suggestions help to make ordering funeral flowers a little easier when the time comes. Our team are highly experienced in providing advice and guidance for anyone going through this experience, so feel free to give us a call on 1800 66 66 46 or email us at sales@flowersforeveryone.com.au

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The Busy Bride’s Guide to Selecting Wedding Bouquets Online

You like the wedding bouquet you saw on page 22 of the latest Bride to Be Magazine. Those frilly little pink flowers that sort of look like roses but aren’t are really pretty. It kind of tapers down, with some trailing green vines that have little white flowers? Questioning whether they will be in flower on the wedding day though. And are we talking hundreds and hundreds for something like this? Damn, no more time to even think about wedding bouquets and flower stuff, you have to get a report finalised and submitted by C.O.B and then pack for that conference over in Perth before flying out in the morning.

Not every bride knows exactly what flower they want their wedding day themed around, or have a scrapbook of wedding bouquets cut out of magazines to bring along to a bridal consultation. Most brides are juggling a busy work schedule with wedding planning slotted in around it, and although the topic of fashion and choosing dresses may be a passion that many women enjoy and are knowledgeable about, when it comes to selecting wedding bouquets and flowers, not everyone knows where to start.

Although the Flowers for Everyone bridal division, Brides in Bloom, conduct regular free consultations with prospective brides and grooms, we understand not everyone has the time (or passion) to invest to much energy into choosing their wedding bouquets.

That is why we offer a variety of popular wedding bouquets online that you can simply view and purchase, all from the comfort of your chair. Each bouquet lists which month it is available too, so no confusion over when you can and can’t have peonies or David Austin roses!

Take a look below at just some of our wedding bouquets available for either inspiration or online purchase. You can select multiples in different sizes to cater for your bridesmaids as well. Our florists simply ensure these are designed in a slight variation to the main bridal bouquet.

What happens once I place my order?

Simple. When your order comes through, our wedding florists will get in touch by phone or email to confirm delivery address and timing, and answer any other questions you may have.

Oh, and we don’t just offer wedding bouquets online! We also have a range of corsages and buttonholes, pew decorations, table centrepieces, and even floral decorated wedding cakes that can be ordered too. If you are planning your wedding from afar our online wedding flowers and cakes are particularly handy!

Can I customise wedding bouquets online?

Sure! If you see something on our website that you like, but want to make some changes, that is fine too! At least you have a starting point to go by. Simply email us at enquiries@bridesinbloom.com.au or fill in this online quote request and we’ll be back to you within 48 hours.

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Violets: Grow, Decorate, Drink

GROW

Just because it’s cold out doesn’t mean you have to abandon all gardening until spring. The next time you wake up on the weekend to a brilliant blue sky sunny winter’s day, get outside in the fresh air and plant violets into your garden.

Australian Native Violets in particular are known to be extremely reliable and compact groundcovers. Growing primarily on the east coast of Australia, they like sheltered areas where there is moisture. Forming a sprawling, mat-like groundcover approximately 100mm high, their luscious, bright green foliage and vigorous growth rate is perfect for rapidly filling bare spots in the garden (eg. between stepping stones).

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You can also trail it down rock faces and walls for a dramatic effect.

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What is the difference between violets, pansies and violas?

Pansies and violets both belong to the genus Viola. They share many similarities, but there are some clear differences to help define between the two.

1. Pansies have a more compact growth than violets.

2. Pansy flowers are usually larger, with distinct markings (or blotches) that can look like a face.

3. Note the flower petals – pansies have four petals that point upward and one that points downward; violets have three petals that point upward and two that point downward. (1)

DECORATE

Not only do violets provide fabulous ground cover during winter and flower profusely in the spring and summer, their dainty blue, deep purple, and mauve heads (and equally lovely leaves) also look super sweet in a teeny vase on your bedside table or bathroom.

DRINK

Fans of Masterchef will be quite familiar with the use of little violets as edible garnish in the culinary world. In addition to flowers ‘prettying up’ plates, you can also use them for flavouring and in beverages. Take a look at this rather delightful idea below for violet syrup.

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Sweet Violet Syrup

Violet syrup is fabulous added to icings and butter cream for cakes, and is wonderful when used in beverages too. Only a small amount is needed to add to sparkling wine or lemonade for a delectable and elegant drink. Or why not try adding the syrup to homemade French macaroons or use to make violet ice cream?

All you need to make violet syrup is:

•40 to 50g Sweet violets (about 3 to 4 handfuls)
•150ml Boiling water
•300g White caster sugar

Click here to view recipe.

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Sources and Photo Credits

1. http://homeguides.sfgate.com/differences-between-pansies-violets-58561.html

2. http://www.secretgardens.com.au/plant-selections/plant-of-the-month-native-violet/

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4. http://plant.daleysfruit.com.au/trees/m/Viola-hederacea-Native-Violet-1013.jpeg

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All you Need to Know about Pruning Roses

Did you know July is the month for pruning your roses? Okay, there are some exceptions. If you love growing roses and want to know more about when and how you go about pruning roses, read on!

Exceptions

1. It is not advised to go pruning roses in July if your roses usually have one single massed flowering in spring. These types of roses often include old-fashioned roses and most climbing roses. In this instance you should wait until after they have finished flowering, then cut them back.

2. In cold districts, it is often better to wait until around early August to prune, when there is less risk of new growth being damaged by frost.

Why Prune? Roses respond really well to a prune. Pruning stimulates new growth, plus it also tidies them up. Roses can look a bit shabby otherwise!

Techniques and Tools for Pruning Roses

  • Good quality gardening gloves to protect your hands from thorns.
  • Clean, sharp secateurs.
  • Small saw with a narrow blade that curves slightly (easier to manoeuvre inside the bush).
  • Lime sulphur (eg. Yates) and a good sprayer to apply.

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Parts to Prune

  • Cut out weak, spindly, criss-crossing or dead stems.
  • If established, consider removing some of the oldest stems, sawing the old, dark brown stems off cleanly at their base.

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  • Remove remaining stems back to a few buds above where last year’s growth began. The topmost bud that remains after pruning should be facing afterwards.

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Stand back and assess. Does the remaining wood seem healthy and vigorous? Is the centre of the bush nice and open so that the sun and air can get right into it?

Completing the Job

Spray the whole roses and the soil beneath the bush with lime sulphur. This helps to remove rose scale from stems and destroy fungal spores lingering in the soil. A good layer of organic mulch over the root area is also a good idea, but don’t let it come into direct contact with the rose’s trunk.

In warm climates, before applying the mulch, spread some Dynamic Lifter Advanced for Roses or some Thrive Granular Rose Food. However, in frosty areas, it’s best to wait until the last frosts are over before feeding the roses.

Read more at http://www.yates.com.au/roses/tips/pruning-roses/#5EQ8uhi9eCRDA0aZ.99

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Sources and Photo Credits

http://www.yates.com.au/roses/tips/pruning-roses/#owvTlfaStpMSGKeC.97

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