Live from the RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2016

Flowers for Everyone Senior Florist Extroadinaire Jeff Smith live from the RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2016.

Flowers for Everyone’s Senior Florist Jeff Smith is one lucky man and the envy of many of our florist crew at the moment, jetting off to London for a stint at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show. Here is a little bit about the wonderful Jeff, his experience of the Show, and a few snaps to tantalise any flower lovers tastebuds!

Chelsea Flower Show

About Jeff Smith

Number of years working as a florist: Over 16 years

How would you describe your style?: Structured 

Is this your first time to the Chelsea Flower Show?: Yes…. it’s every florist’s dream (the biggest flower display!). 

Why did you decide to go to the Show?: I’m on a study tour with 11 students from Sydney TAFE (Jeff is a teacher there). The class got to assist Joseph Massie on his large display.

Check out the ‘before and after’ pics below:

 

What was your personal highlight/experience at the show?: Working with the amazing Joseph Massie (UK top designer). Also seeing plant material we don’t get to see in Australia. 

How many days would you recommend for visiting the show?: One day, but a full day. (Tickets are about £100 each)

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Here are some more pictorial highlights from the RHS Chelsea Flower Show. Enjoy!   

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5 Ways to Decorate your Home with Roses

Love the look of roses in your home? Don’t bother waiting for someone to buy them for you. One simple bunch of fresh roses each week shouldn’t be considered a luxury. A standard bunches of roses (as is, not arranged as a bouquet) from your local florist usually averages around $20. These bunches nearly always come in stems of ten, and are available in a variety of lengths ranging from around 20cm upwards (the shorter the length, the cheaper the bunch).

Roses are one flower that really add a luxe vibe to the home. But not everyone is a natural floral stylist. Below are some of our favourite styling and decorating ideas for roses in the home that anyone can do. But first….you must prepare your flowers to ensure maximum longevity.

PREPARING YOUR ROSES

First of all, remove any thorns or leaves from the section of stem that will be sitting in water (usually 1/3 to 1/2 from the base of the stem). If the rose has lots of tiny little thorns, use an old teatowel in your hands as protection, then holding the rose gently below its head, use the other hand to run the teatowel down the stem. This will remove all the tiny thorns without pricking your skin. Otherwise use a sharp pair of secataurs to snip off those gnarly thorns!

Then using your secataurs, trim 1-2 cm off the end of the rose stem at an angle, make sure your vase or pot has been cleaned with warm soapy water, then fill with fresh cold tapwater.

DECORATING THE HOME WITH ROSES

  1. That ol’ Yarn

Take balls of natural string and arrange them on an occassional table. Place a short shot glass (or similar) in the centre of the spool. Cut one to three rose heads down so their heads sit just above the twine. Add a spring of greenery from your garden if you wish.

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2. Painted Mason Jars

This idea isn’t only exclusive to stylish brides for decorating their wedding tables. Get hold of plain glass mason jars from a $2 shop and paint them with a can of spray paint in your favourite colour. Arrange a ‘grouping’ of jars in identical sizes along a window sill or mantlepiece and divide your roses evenly between. Voila, your room will look just like the pages from a Home Beautiful magazine.

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3. The Humble Tin

Short tins, tall tins, modern coffee tins, Twinings tea tins, vintage soap and biscuit tins. Easily accesible and economical. If using a short squat tin, cut your stems down so the heads sit just above the rim and work in odd numbers when arranging roses (the natural foliage of the stem will help support their position). Alternatively place your roses in a medium to tall tin and make sure your stem height is at least the 1 x times the height again.

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4. Antique Pewter Jugs

Hunt around for an antique pewter jug or teapot in second hand stores. Cut your stems short to sit sweetly in a little jug or place them in a larger vessel. Look for bunches of roses that still have plenty of healthy green leaves on them, as the foliage will help to fill spaces and assist your roses to behave beautifully.

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5. Bottled Roses

This is so easy to do and gives a designer look to your home. Create a display of short and/or tall clear or coloured glass bottles and put a rose stem in each one. Stagger their position and create variance with different height stems. Ideal for when a rose head breaks off – just pop it in a tiny bottle and continue to enjoy!

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Photo Credits: https://au.pinterest.com/ffeaus/decorating-with-roses/

 

 

 

 

Win One of Five Copies of ‘A Year in Flowers’ Book

Answer our four simple survey questions to go into the draw to win one of five copies of the superb floral decorating book ‘A Year in Flowers’.

‘A Year in Flowers’ by Shane Connolly

This superb coffee table-esque book is ideal to unleash the inner-stylist. ‘A Year in Flowers’ usually retails for AUD $80

A Year in Flowers and is an inspirational flower arranging book that uses Spring, Summer, Autumn and Winter as a guideline. Flowers in urban and country settings are shown, with useful information on growing techniques and recycling, preparation tools and containers.

Author Shane Connolly has many high-profile and international clients and works by Appointment to HRH The Prince of Wales (he designed all the flowers for the Royal wedding of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge in April 2011 too!)

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Upon completion of the survey you will receive a confirmation with the link to submit your details to go into the draw to win flowers.

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Hot Special on Winter Orchids!

We couldn’t help it. The Cymbidium orchids. They were just too good to walk past. So lush. So, so pretty, so crazy perfect. Suddenly we found the Flowers for Everyone van filled to the roof with their pretty little stems. The honest truth? We just can’t get enough of these beauties since they came into season.

Anyway, we thought we may as well share the orchid love. Have ourselves a hot sale on these delectable winter orchids. Our advice is to get in quick while stocks last!

The Single Stem Stunner

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One perfect Cymbidium orchid stem in a cylandrical glass vase lined with a fabulous tropical leaf. Mmm,mmmm. This darling number is currently on sale for only $66 (usually $76). Plus if you are a Flowers for Everyone member, you receive a further 10% off at checkout (it’s easy to join our Flowers Fan Club, just sign up here).

Available in pretty pink, perfect white and luscious lime. So sublime. Order here now.

The Lush Bouquet of Orchids

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Take the vase out of the equation and you have a gorgeous bouquet of long lasting Cymbidium orchids in a delectable array of colour combinations, including pink and white, pink and lime, burgundy and pink, and more! Artfully arranged by our talented florist team using glossy magnolia foliage, tropical leaves and lichen-covered sticks, this lovely lady comes in two and three stem bouquets, or in three and four stem vase arrangements.

Our two stem bouquet option starts at only $66 (was $89!). Check it out here.

The Vase of Orchid Blooms

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Take a tall cylinder vase and wind tortured willow stems inside. Add two or three chunky Cymbidium orchids in pink, white or lime, and voila, you have an elegant and modern vase arrangement perfect for any occasion. And the best part is, they are on sale. And you can re-use this fabulous glass vase in the future too!

Starting from only $99 for a two stem vase arrangement (a $20 saving!). Click here to order.

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