Battle of the Florists: Starring Daffodils and Jonquils

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?


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!).


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.

Daffodils in Terrarium
Flowers for Everyone Sydney CBD


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!

Jonquils and Poppies
Flowers for Everyone Balgowlah


Winners announced 8 August 2016 after 12pm. Prize valid for use in Sydney metro only.

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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?

French provincial style tulip flower arrangement


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

Chocolate Flowers Made with Love

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.

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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.

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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.

Check out our full range of chocolate flowers in a range of fun retro ‘ice cream’ style pots, colourful tin pails and gift boxes here.

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Go to our Instagram page for details on how to enter our #FFEfashionista chocolate flowers giveaway.

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*Valid for Sydney metro. Winner announced after midday Wednesday 27 July!


Florist Design Challenge: Tulips

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 Hill versus the super stars from our Market Street CBD store.


To design a flower arrangement incorporating tulips.

Value: $100

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.

Now into our third round, we have enlisted Sydney-based stylist Daisy May from Pretty Up to do a styled photo shoot of our gorgeous entries (see below pics). Vote for your favourite design to win here.


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French provincial style tulip flower arrangement by Flowers for Everyone Sydney CBD

1950’S RETRO

1950's Retro Tulip Flower Arrangement
1950’s Retro Tulip Flower Arrangement by Flowers for Everyone Rouse Hill

Will it be our florist team from Rouse Hill florist shop or our Market Street CBD store that will win this week’s design challenge?

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Stay tuned. The winning #battleoftheflorists florist team and lucky prize winner will be announced Wednesday 6th July before 5pm!

About Flowers for Everyone

Rouse Hill Flowers for Everyone is located GR 5 Rouse Hill Town Centre, Windsor Rd

Phone: 61 2 9629 9266


Sydney CBD Flowers for Everyone is located in the Allianz Centre, Corner of Market and Kent Streets.

Phone: 61 2 9264 4033


Flowers for Everyone also has florist stores located in Balgowlah, Merrylands, Blacktown Hospital and the Royal Prince Alfred Hospital Sydney, and has been delivering flowers since 1999. Shop online at

About Pretty Up

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.

Follow Daisy May from Pretty Up on Instagram @prettyupblog  or Facebook, or check out her inspiring blog


Autumn Flowers – New Designs for 2016

Autumn is officially here and to enhance or seasonal fall collection the Flowers for Everyone creative team have added fabulous new floral designs featuring popular autumn flowers.

Our ‘Oak & Amber’ range features fresh autumn blooms in burnt orange, golden yellow, peach and burgundy red with splashes of lime and accents of silver.

Long lasting lovelies such as orange vanda and red spider orchids feature alongside soft apricot roses and velvety textured blood red celosia in this divine vase arrangement pictured below. Aptly named ‘Taste of Autumn’, you can purchase these autumn flowers online designed in a hessian wrapped vase for $89 plus a flat $11.95 delivery fee in the Sydney metro.

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Pale apricot roses, peachy carnations and golden vanda orchids are beautifully contrasted with burgundy copper beech, native red leucadendron and vivid green hypericum berries. For $69 plus delivery this fabulous fall floral concoction could be yours…

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We’ve named this flower arrangement ‘Fall Harvest’, inspired by its French provincial rustic-ness. Sunflowers and sculptural willow sticks are blended with golden vanda orchids and velvet celosia, offset by bright peachy pink roses and pops of fresh green. It’s great value too, for only $77.00 plus a flat $11.95 delivery fee in the Sydney metro.


What do we love most about this sweet little rose basket arrangement? Everything! For only $66 (plus delivery), this stylish basket features a mixture of sunset hued fresh roses with smatterings of lime green hypericum berries. Rustic, bright and oh-so-autumn, these roses are perfect for absolutely any occasion.

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If pretty-pretty is not your thing, our modern flower bouquet of juicy orange vanda orchids and burgundy coloured foliage is the answer. Starting at $65 plus delivery, these stunning orchids, autumn copper beech, willow and striped tropical cordyline leaves make a bold statement.

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Earthy natives in a rustic stone pot also feature in our new range of autumn flowers. Neutral, classic and long lasting, this native flower arrangement is a beauty!

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View our complete range of fresh flowers for autumn here!

Gourmet Treats with Autumn Blooms

With the onset of autumn we have launched three special gifts exclusive to Sydney, featuring beautiful fall inspired flowers paired with quality gourmet treats.

Our florists have combined autumn-hued blooms in burnt orange, gold, amber, peach, red and yellow with such delectable delights as organic milk chocolate covered roasted almonds, Italian-style hazelnut and chocolate biscotti, and Madagascan 70% cacao chocolate.

All our gourmet goodies are just the thing to curl up with on the couch and enjoy with a coffee or hot chocolate as the temperatures start to drop of an evening (any day soon we hope!).

Autumn in a Box

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One of our best selling flower arrangements, this gift box features bright orange gerbera daisies, golden orchids, apricot roses, red berries and fresh greenery, and is paired with delicious Green Grove organic milk chocolate coated almonds.

On Sale! Save $13.50 Buy Now $69.00*

Autumn Lilies

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Our long lasting Asiatic lilies are beautifully gift wrapped and perfectly complemented by a bar of Bahen & Co Madagascan 70% cacao chocolate. Ground from bean to bar in Western Australia’s Margaret River, this fair trade chocolate is both delicious and stylishly presented. Select from three different autumn coloured lily blooms; burgundy red, orange or classic cream and you have the perfect present for any occasion.

Starting from only $58.00* Buy Now

Autumn Roses

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This gorgeous rose bouquet of peach and golden yellow hues, autumn foliage and sculptural willow has been teamed with delicious Italian-style gourmet hazelnut & chocolate biscotti. Available in ten or twenty stems. Beautiful!

From $87.50 (10 stems). Buy Now

Plus stay tuned for more autumn floral designs launching via our online shop in the coming days!

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*Prices exclude $11.95 delivery fee. Offer and product exclusive to delivery in the Sydney metro.


Spotlight: Ikebana Master Toshiro Kawase

It’s amazing what you can discover trawling on Pinterest. Ikebana master Toshiro Kawase is one of them. Searching for beautiful pictures of ikebana floral designs, I couldn’t help but notice the name Toshiro Kawase cropping up on pins. And what stunning pins they were.

Portraits of Japan in Flowers…

Born in Kyoto in 1948, Kawase earned a degree from Nihon University College of Art. After graduating, he tripped over to Paris  to work in theatre and film, which no doubt had a major influence on his perspective and poetic style. Returning to Japan in 1974 he continued to study many forms of floral arranging, his amazing talent receiving much acclaim, and his ikebana designs being described as capturing ‘portraits of Japan in flowers’.

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Toshiro Kawase Ikebana

Toshiro Kawase Ikebana

Toshiro Kawase Ikebana

What is Ikebana?

Ikebana is characterised by ‘extreme discipline and minimalism’. An intense study of a floral specimen to reveal its essential form. It is a balanced, contemplative, ‘meditative’ art.

As one website describes,

‘Go too far in stripping the details and the piece looses its vitality. Not far enough and the energy is obscured. To achieve such a delicate balance is the ultimate expression of humankind’s harmony with Nature, and the mark of a true master’. (1)

There are a multitude of Ikebana schools and styles that have emerged over centuries, yet Toshiro stands out as a modern day master of this ancient floral art form….

Toshiro Kawase Ikebana

Toshiro Kawase Ikebana

Toshiro Kawase Ikebana

Kawase’s work convey the delicate balance of body, mind and soul that is an integral basis to the art of ikebana. Elemental vases play an equally important role as the floral forms themselves in his compositions.

Described by art blogger, Toshiro Kawase’s designs are;

‘They are like epiphanies, embodying all the tension and fragility of a state of grace. Small and yet hugely evocative, they are haikus in flowers. They are limitless energy barely contained in a halo of quiet. They are nature manipulated by man. Man in harmony with Nature.’ (2)

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Toshiro Kawase Ikebana

To some these examples of Toshiro’s work may appear simple, easy to execute. Yet their simplicity belies the eye. A lifetime of study and intense practise has gone into these floral compositions. His work is inspired. Pure art. Take a look at more of Toshiro’s work on our Pinterest board here.

Make sure to follow our blog for further stories about the art of ikebana, and all things floral and beautiful.

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1920’s Style Wedding Flowers

‘Everything old is new again’ is still one of the hottest wedding trends around. Nostalgia over beautiful black and white photos of our grandparent’s (or great grandparent’s) wedding day only adds to the inspiration for wedding flowers and theming.

If you are a fan of the fabulous roaring 20’s era and considering incorporating 1920’s style wedding flowers, take a look at some of these beautiful wedding bouquets, old and new, below for inspiration.

Something Old, Something New

Roses are a clear trend for 1920’s style wedding flowers, as are Asiatic lilies and calla lilies. A large number of wedding bouquets are ‘super sized’ and ‘grand’, taking centre stage. Fine, voluminous strands of foliage such as fern and ivy, flow to the ground, as do multitudes of cascading ribbon strands with dainty flowers tied onto them. And the shape – wide, oblong bouquets dripping long tendrils of foliage from each end, rather than from the centre, that is typical of contemporary wedding bouquets. Alternatively, flat-backed sheafs (particularly the art deco favourite, lilies) show prominence, resting on the crook of a bride’s arm.

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Something Borrowed, Something Blue

Contemporary, 1920’s inspired wedding bouquets are so hot right now. They may not all display the grandiose size of the original styles, and the trailing ribbons with flowers tied in them hasn’t really been taken up, but the wide, oblong shape and loose, wild, foliage filled bouquets are super popular. Wedding bouquets with splash of drama and a touch of the avant-garde express a glorious and stunning modern-day take on a classic era.

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1920’s inspired wedding bouquets

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View our complete inspiration mood board for 1920’s style wedding flowers on our Pinterest page.

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Top 10 Flower Tattoos to Consider Getting This Spring

Whether they are permanent or temporary, if you are going to go down the body art path, flower tattoos offer a huge variety of style and design options, whether it be a classic or avant-garde look.

In no particular order, here are our top ten favourite flower tattoos for spring if anyone is looking for ideas and inspiration!

1. Simple and Discreet

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2. Floral Ankle

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3. Forget Me, Not

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4. Watercolour Poppies

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5. Lady Rose

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6. Walking Flower Apothecary…

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7. Intricate Floriography

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8. Ahoy Petal!

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9. A Little Japanese, A Little Avant-Garde

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10. Summer Meadow

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To view more flower tattoos, check out our Pinterest board here.

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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 or fill in this online quote request and we’ll be back to you within 48 hours.

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Get Wild with Native Flowers

Not everyone is a fan of pretty English-garden flowers in vintage-style arrangements and Flowers for Everyone aim to cater to all tastes (aka flowers, for everyone!) 🙂

Lately our florist crew have been designing bold new native flower bouquet and arrangements for our online shop and stores. Native flowers don’t just have to be great ‘gifts for men’ or for ‘people from the country’. Their strong and sculptural stems fit any type of interior, whether it be a sleek and modern house, industrial studio, or classic period home.

Take a look at these great value, gorgeous and long lasting looks using bold native shapes, colours and textures.


This crisp white gift box of native flowers and foliage is ideal to send for any occasion, combining the best wild blooms currently in season to create a fresh and compact floral design.

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The name says it all. Make a statement with this flat-back tall bouquet of layered native floral lovelies featuring seasonal flowers and foliage such as protea, banksia, tortured willow and silvery gum. It’s design is particularly well-suited as a presentation bouquet to say thanks, congratulations, farewell, or great job!

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This floral design is delivered in a stylish white ceramic pot and showcases a mass of seasonal native flowers and foliage cascading loosely for a flowing and ‘wild’ look.

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This extra large flower arrangement in a ceramic pot is a full and rounded floral design using a wide variety of seasonal native flowers and foliage to create the ultimate `essence of the outback`.

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A LA NATURALE – $100.00

Go a la naturale with this white ceramic pot of compact seasonal native flowers and lush greenery to celebrate a birthday, send a `get well soon’, or to say thank you or congrats!

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Alternatively, customise your look, colours, presentation and price point with our team directly. There are so many amazing native flowers in season at different times, from striking black and lime green kangaroo paw and delicate white and pale pink blushing bride, to giant silvery king proteas and dainty flannel flowers. Give the team a call toll free on 1800 66 66 46 and we’ll guide you through what native flowers are available at the time of your order!

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