Money raised for the McGrath Foundation place specialist McGrath Breast Care Nurses in communities right across Australia. These special nurses help to empower and comfort women experiencing breast cancer, as well as their entire family. Funds also contribute to making breast health understanding a priority.
START A CONVERSATION THAT MATTERS
The McGrath Foundation recently announced the launch of its “Moments with Mum” campaign, encouraging mothers and daughters around the country to start a conversation that matters about breast health.
Research conducted by the McGrath Foundation found that although half of Australian women believe that mums are best-placed to first raise breast health with their daughters, only 24% had had such a conversation with their mums.
And in only 12% of cases it was the first conversation about breast health.
The McGrath Foundation is encouraging people all over Australia to make a moment with Mum a moment that matters.
Country singer Catherine Britt shares her family’s experience with breast cancer in this touching video below.
*Flowers for Everyone have pledged up to $10,000 from our Moments With Mum Mother’s Day Competition to the McGrath Foundation, in addition to the money we raise through the sale of our Moments With Mum Bouquet.
When Flowers for Everyone Owner & General Manager Ryan Primrose decided it was time to start his own business, he looked no further than his family (and, coincidentally, his last name) for inspiration. With a floral empire now encompassing the whole of Australia, and with an impressive network of floral professionals, Ryan was recently featured in the article ‘Dream Creative Jobs and the Australians Doing Them’.
Ryan was inspired to build a team comprised of local florists and growers, and today Flowers for Everyone is renowned for their superior service and outstanding arrangements.
He took a moment out of his busy schedule to discuss his inspiration with Bupa Life Insurance, listing the work he did for the ARIA awards and Andrea Bocelli’s concert as the chief highlights in his career. As for inspiration, he finds it in the everyday running of his business as well as international flower superstars and what he sees on social media.
A passion for the floral business and long standing relationships with growers allow the company to create a superior product due to the freshness of flowers that are grown locally and delivered daily. Aspiring business builders should recognise that the success in any creative field is based on a passionate belief in producing high quality products, delivered professionally.
Are you unsure how to care for a Phalaenopsis orchid? If you have recently purchased or been fortunate enough to receive one of these beautiful plants, take a look at our useful tutorial. Shot in the Flowers for Everyone Sydney Olympic Park head office, our head floral designer demonstrates how to care for a Phalaenopsis orchid plant using easy to follow steps.
About Phalaenopsis Orchid Plants
The Phalaenopsis orchid (pronounced phal-ee-nop-sis) has broad, glossy green leaves and delicate blooms shaped like a moth in flight, which explains why they are often referred to as Moth Orchids.
They come in a myriad of colours, from snowflake white to soft lemon to deep magenta. Some hybrid plants have blooms that are striped or mottled with colour (we love the white petals with splashes of hot pink!).
The plants are one of the most popular in the horticultural marketplace, and are native to southern China, Taiwan, the Indian Subcontinent, Southeast Asia, New Guinea and Queensland.
DID YOU KNOW Phalaenopsis orchid plants were among the first tropical orchids in Victorian collections?
Most Phalaenopsis orchid plants are epiphytic shade plants, or ‘air plants’ because they do not root in soil. Instead, their roots grow harmlessly upon another plant (usually a tree), and they get their moisture and nutrients from the air, rain and surrounding debris.
You will notice when buying a Phalaenopsis orchid, the pots are filled with a specialty orchid mix, not regular soil.
If you care for your Phalaenopsis properly, the flowers may last two to three months. After flowering, your Phalaenopsis orchid will need to conserve energy for further leaf, bud and root development. Treat it right and it will grow a new stem and reflower. Now that is a thrilling moment!
We hope you have found this tutorial useful. Good luck and enjoy your gorgeous orchid plant. Questions? Post them in the comments box and we will be more than happy to answer them.
Hold up your paw if you are a fan of Kangaroo Paw!
Kangaroo Paw is one of our top picks of the bunch when it comes to Australian native flowers. Here are some interesting facts you may not have know about this furry little flower…
Kangaroo Paw is native to south-western Australia but has been developed as a cut-flower crop in the US, Japan and Israel. In Israel the plants are propagated from tissue culture imported from Australia.
The flower has unique, bird-attracting appeal. A bit like Lynx for birds…
Its flower resembles kangaroo paws. No, really.
Most kangaroo paws are from the genus Anigozanthos. There are additional species in this genus that resemble kangaroo paws, but are actually cat paws. I wonder what would happen if you crossed a kangaroo paw with a cat paw? A cataroo paw maybe? Are we onto something here?
This is a Cat’s Paw…..
We love using kangaroo paws for their interesting flower shape, texture and height. The dwarf variety are also divine in posies too, including the pretty dusty pink kangaroo paw favoured by many an Australian bride.
Kangaroo paw colours are both vivid and bold or soft and subtle, including a magnificent two-toned bright red and green kangaroo paw, which also happens to be the emblem of Western Australia. You can get paws in a deep rich red, golden yellow, mustard yellow, soft pale green, an amazing black and lime green, burnt orange and a two tone orange and yellow.
Kangaroo paws make wonderfully long lasting cut flowers (as do native flowers in general) and work really well in modern corporate office installations and vase arrangements that need height and colour. Like these rather brilliant designs created just this week out of our head design studio…
Rio 2016 is in full swing and Flowers for Everyone are going green and gold to celebrate!
We can’t be there is person, but we are dedicating these green and gold inspired flowers to the amazing Aussie athletes competing in the Olympic Games. Get into the spirit of Rio 2016 with this lush collection of Australiana inspired blooms. And go Australia!
First up on our flower podium are these legend 4 x 100m gold medalists. This pretty bouquet of Cymbidium orchids, roses, poppies, carnations, and sunflowers is for you girls!
Waiting next to mount the Olympic flower podium is this smart green and gold number starring golden blooms such as Vanda orchids, lilies, heliconia and Banksia. Dedicated to the lads on the Archery field who won bronze in the Archery teams event. Well done guys!
If we could have handed Matt Horton a bouquet on the Olympic medal podium, it would have been this brilliant golden sunflower, freesia and orchid (with a touch of native Banksia and Eucalyptus) Our Rio 2016 inspired number is a shout out to golden boy Matt Horton for winning gold in the 400m Men’s Freestyle. Go Matt!
Gosh there is quite a pool of medal winners to choose from already and its only the start of the Olympic Games! These fab sunflowers, Magnolia and Eucalyptus are dedicated to the absolutely amaaaaazing Women’s Rio 2016 rugby sevens team and their golden win against New Zealand.
Rugby sevens is among the fastest growing sports in the world. And with this victory, we predict the number of women participating in the sport in Australia is only going to rise!
And our last dedication on the flower podium? These brilliant yellow tulips are for you Catherine Skinner, for winning gold in the Women’s Trap against New Zealand’s Natalie Rooney.
These beautiful winter bouquet blends are as hot right now as the stars of the Rio 2016 Olympics. It’s all about bright yellow sunflowers and poppies, golden orchids and roses, orange lilies and bushy Banksias, happy yellow tulips, Eucalyptus gum and glossy green magnolia leaves.
Rainbow roses are one of our most popular selling flowers. So much so, we have dedicated an entire page on our website to these multi coloured beauties. And deservedly so.
Inspired by Willy Wonka and magical unicorns, these super fun and super bright rainbow roses are the bomb.
Dyed in a myriad of candy colours including blue, pink, purple and yellow, rainbow roses are perfect for people who have a cheeky disposition and a twinkle in their eye.
They can be a little polarising amongst rose fans though. Some folks are purists, who believe a rose should remain as nature intended. And we TOTALLY get that.
BUT THERE IS A PLACE FOR RAINBOW ROSES IN THE WORLD.
Personality Profile: Rainbow Roses
Rainbow roses are for people who love to dream big dreams. Who laugh out loud at themselves, and don’t take life too seriously.
Rainbow roses are for people who love colour, and lots of it. They like to believe magic exists in the world.
Rainbow roses are for people who walk a little on the wild side. Don’t conform to set boundaries and social expectations. Are like a ray of sunshine when they enter a room.
ARE YOU A RAINBOW ROSE PERSON?
Flowers for Everyone organise rainbow roses delivered throughout the Sydney Metro region. Our range includes 10, 20 and 30 stem bouquets, as well as long stem rainbow roses in our signature rose presentation boxes (exclusive to Flowers for Everyone). Of course we can also customise an order based on your needs and budget! Give us a call toll free on 1800 66 66 46 or email the team at firstname.lastname@example.org
Rainbow Roses Australia
Want to send rainbow roses outside the Sydney metro? Our consultants can check availability in the area you wish to deliver to, provide a quote, and even place an order on your behalf via our affiliate florist network. Give us a call on 1800 66 66 46 or email email@example.com!
Welcome to our latest Flowers for Everyone Battle of the Florists design challenge! The star of this month’s floral design challenge are daffodils and jonquils. We love these cheery little flowers filling our stores with their beauty and fragrance at the moment (insert happy dance)!
What better way to lift the spirits during winter than a bunch of happy yellow daffodils or creamy, perfumed jonquils?
VOTE FOR YOUR FAVOURITE
Our Balgowlah and Sydney CBD stores have gone up against each other this month, with one design condition – the daffodils or jonquils must be the star of their flower arrangement.
Have your say! VOTE for your favourite design here and go into the draw to win a $50 gift certificate with Flowers for Everyone (valid for Sydney metro deliveries or store pick only folks!).
SYDNEY CBD ENTRY
Our Sydney CBD team have decided to go for gold and cast daffodils as the solo star of their entry. This gorgeous glass terrarium-style flower arrangement is a super stylish way to showcase a ball of bright daffodils. Tucked in a bed of green moss, these daffodils are perfectly styled for a mantlepiece or hall entrance feature. We love this design not only for its simplicity, but for the added bonus of the vase, a beautiful addition to the home long after the daffodils have faded.
An entirely different take on the design theme, the Flowers for Everyone Balgowlah florist crew have chosen jonquils as their star. This beautiful winter flower arrangement uses poppies and freesias to offset their buttery jonquils, with a frill of nandina foliage adding extra depth and warmth. Love the white pitcher and flourish of hessian ribbon – its rustic charm is sure to win a few votes!
Winners announced 8 August 2016 after 12pm. Prize valid for use in Sydney metro only.
PREVIOUS BATTLE WINNER
Congratulations to the Flowers for Everyone Sydney CBD store who won the last battle against our Rouse Hill shop with this gorgeous arrangement! Will they be able to hold onto their title this month?
ON DAFFODILS AND JONQUILS…
We dug around in the blog archives and found this beauty of an article, ‘The Naughty Narcisuss”. Did you know that Narcissus flowers provide the perfume world’s most ‘naughty notes’?
“Described as sultry, rich, and earthy, its fragrance is almost a little sharp, with a ‘green’ animalic scent and traces of hyacinth and jasmine. A bit naughty smelling, the narcissus is worn by those not afraid to wear a perfume that makes a statement…”
Not everyone is familiar with the term Narcisuss. So allow us to brush you up on the lingo. The cultivated narcissus come in three different varieties:
The Daffodil:Featuring four to six flattened, grass-like leaves and a flower stalk bearing asingle flower with a long, trumpet like ‘corona’.
The Jonquil: Featuring two to four narrow, cylindrical, rush-like leaves and a flower stalk bearing two to six relatively small flowers with short ‘coronas’.
The Narcissus: Similar to daffodils, but its flattened flower stalk bears four to eight flowers with short ‘coronas’.
We hope you are more enlightened by our Narcissus trivia!
Big shout out to Daisy May, Stylist from Sydney based Pretty Up! who styles and photographs the flowers for our #battleoftheflorist comp! You can find her cute pics on Instagram @prettyupblog
Have you heard the news? Flowers for Everyone are now selling edible chocolate flowers beautifully arranged to resemble a gorgeous arrangement of flower blooms. Except you can eat them.
Why are our edible flowers so fantastic? Not only are they designed and assembled by professional florists, these chocolate flower pots are made using beautiful quality chocolate.
Our Belgian chocolate foil wrapped treats are made right here in Sydney using Callebaut chocolate. What is Callebaut chocolate you ask? Callebaut chocolate is produced by a Belgian couveture chocolate manufacturer that makes chocolate with a high cocoa butter content favoured by many gourmet and culinary professionals.
In other words, YUM.
Edible chocolate flowers make fabulous gifts for birthdays. They also make a super sweet romantic gesture, particularly if teamed with a long stem red rose, bottle of red wine or bubbles.
Have a pollen allergy? Perfect, this gift fixes that problem! Have a serious sweet tooth? These edible flowers provide the look of a ‘flower arrangement’ and fulfil the chocolate craving at the same time.
Starting from $45, these chocolate flowers look great and taste even better.
And the battle of all florist battles is on again! Vote for your favourite in our #battleoftheflorists challenge for the chance to win a $50 gift certificate with Flowers for Everyone!
Pitted against each other this week are the Flowers for Everyone florist team from Rouse Hillversus the super stars from our Market Street CBD store.
To design a flower arrangement incorporating tulips.
Sydney CBD Theme: French Provincial
Rouse Hill Theme: 1950’s Retro
Rouse Hill won the second round of #battleoftheflorists against our Balgowlah store. This week they are up against past champions from our inaugural challenge, the Sydney CBD Flowers for Everyone store.
Daisy May from Pretty Up is a brand marketer, events and product stylist, and interior decorator who loves to “pretty up” life. Whether it be an event, interior space or a photography shoot, she is forever styling to make it more pretty.
We spend a large proportion of our waking hours at work, so why not instill some style to your personal work space with fresh flowers and plants? It doesn’t have to break the bank if you follow some of our handy tips below. And you don’t need to be a floral stylist to pull it off either!
Whether you are lucky enough to sit near a window or have a desk in a windowless office space, here are some simple ideas to jazz up your personal office space with flowers and plants over the winter months.
IF YOU HAVE NATURAL SUNLIGHT NEAR YOUR OFFICE DESK
Flowering Cyclamen Plants
Autumn and winter is the season for beautiful flowering Cyclamen plants. Available in all shades of pink, mauve, purple, crimson and pure white, these little beauties look great in a basket or schmick ceramic pot on your office desk. You can also purchase quite small sized plants, if you don’t want to take up space. All they need to flourish is some natural sunlight and watering to keep their soil moist.
If your plant starts to look a little tired (getting a bit over the internal heating), take it home and place it outside on your patio or in the garden for some cool fresh air and sunshine, keep it watered, and it will spring back.
Once winter is over and the flowering season has finished, plant these beauties in the garden. They will go dormant over the spring/summer months but fresh green leaves will begin to sprout from the soil when the cooler weather kicks in.
TIP: Remove dead leaves and flowers at the very base of their stems to allow for new growth.
Expect to spend as little as $15 for a mini Cyclamen plant (no pot), or around $45 to $55 for a larger Cyclamen plant in a stylish ceramic pot.
Purchasing a ceramic pot in a style and colour that suits your office and reflects your personal taste is a great place to start. Not only is it more economical to own your own pot in the long term, but as seasons change you can easily switch your Cyclamen plant for another gorgeous option that flourishes in spring and summer.
This Cyclamen plant below is a great starting point to get your office desk looking beautiful.
These can be super small terrariums, or larger ones like pictured below. It all depends on how much space you have to work with. Terrariums are easy to make (the perfect weekend project!) or you can buy them ready made from your local florist. Succulents are perfect for using in terrariums, but they do require natural sunlight to thrive. Watering is at a minimum, bonus!
Tip: Follow our instructions on how to create and care for plant terrariums here.
IF YOU HAVE NO NATURAL SUNLIGHT IN YOUR OFFICE
Did you know there are more than 650 types of air plants that can grow and thrive without soil? These bromeliads get water and nutrients through their specialised leaves, thus they are perfect for the office and anyone who does not have much of a green thumb.
Display by laying on a flat ceramic tray or plate for an architectural look, or in a mini glass terrarium like the one pictured below (we particularly like the touch of Old Man’s Beard in this!)
Tip: Spray with a light water mist daily during warmer weather, less often in colder conditions. Fertilising helps to keep your air plants healthy for longer.
A small glass terrarium and one air plant might set you back around $25.
Simple Cut Flower Bunch or Single Flower Stem
Okay so not everyone in a sunlight-free office space is lucky enough to have a stylish all-white office ensemble like the one pictured below, but see the difference a simple vase of flowers makes? What is smart about the picture below is the size of the vase. It’s narrow width at the opening means you don’t need many flower stems for them to sit nicely in the vase. In fact there are probably a few too many in this picture.
You can buy certain flowers by the stem from your florist, which is a great way to stick within a budget. If it’s a chunky, woody stemmed flower with lots of foliage, you can easily get away with just one. Flowers such as King Protea, Warratah, Banksia, tropical crab claws and Cymbidium orchids are ideal.
Alternatively a few stems (odd numbers are best) of lilies or orchids work just as well. Chyrsanthemum daisies are cost effective too!
Single flower stems can cost around $5 to $15 depending on what they are. Note that the more expensive the single flower stem, the hardier and longer lasting it usually is. A plain bunch of cut flowers can be picked up from a florist from around $15 to $25. You could even get additional value out of the bunch by splitting it between a vase on your office desk and one at home.