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.

 

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.

Photo Sources/Credits: https://www.pinterest.com/ffeaus/flower-tattoos/

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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/

3. http://ideas.homelife.com.au/media/article-steps/3/0/321-1_asl.jpg

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

5. http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5230/5634254145_970e19107c.jpg

6. http://flypapertextures.com/wp-content/uploads/violets-after.jpg

XMAS CURATED: Xmas Gift Ideas We Love!

We are well and truly into the advent calendar now folks! So for a little inspiration we have curated our favourite Xmas gift ideas into the most fabulous combinations at equally fabulous prices, so you don’t have to work out what goes great with what. All of the below are available for Sydney delivery right up until Xmas Eve…

UNDER $80

THE VIXEN & FREE ECOYA CANDLE – Only $77.00

‘The Vixen’ is one of our most popular flower arrangements for Xmas. Starring rich burgundy lilies, creamy roses, festive berries and fresh evergreen, this gorgeous gift also comes with a free ECOYA Mini Metro candle. Order now for Christmas!

http://www.flowersforeveryone.com.au/christmas-flowers/    Ecoya Mini Metro Candle

BROMELIAD & ‘RUSTY TOOL KIT’ DARK CHOCOLATE – On Sale $75.00

Perfect for blokes (who like dark chocolate!) – The hardy bromeliad can be enjoyed as either an indoor or outdoor plant, and is perfect for a balcony or modern apartment. And our rusty tool kit chocolate box? Well, this little number is handmade in Tuscany by maître chocolatier Andrea Slitti, and flown directly to our head office in Sydney. These are special chocolates. Quality, Italian made, 60% cacao dark chocolate to be exact. And in the shape of tools, which in itself is quite quirky 🙂 Order now for Christmas!

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UNDER $100

MINI FIR TREE & WARM BONFIRE NIGHTS – On Sale $96

Spruce up a friend, partner, relative or employee’s Sydney apartment this Christmas with our miniature fir Xmas trees and your choice of either a ‘Warm Bonfire Nights’ or ‘Fresh Pine Needle’s ECOYA Xmas candles. With an 80 hour burn time, these beautiful quality candles offer maximum enjoyment and are the perfect complement to a little Xmas tree in a summery seagrass basket! Order now for Christmas!

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VANILLA CREAM FLOWERS & ECOYA PAMPER PACK – On Sale $88.95

This is an ideal gift for mum (or the mother in law). Let’s face it – what mum doesn’t like getting spoilt and how often does mum get sent flowers? Our sweet Vanilla Cream flower arrangement is presented in a stylish chevron-print basket and features seasonal blooms including classic roses and gerbera daisies. Add to this an Xmas ECOYA gift containing your choice of French Pear or Lotus Flower scented hand cream and candle, and mum has all the elements required for relaxing and pampering over the holiday season. Order now for Christmas!white xmas flowers          Ecoya Xmas

UNDER $155

RUSTIC HYDRANGEA PLANT, ITALIAN CHOCOLATE & BUBBLES – On Sale $130

A handy, rustic wooden crate starring a large flowering hydrangea plant, Italian chocolate ‘tortina’  handmade in Tuscany by maître chocolatier Andrea Slitti, and a bottle of Chandon bubbly. The fantastic three – flowers, chocolate and sparkling wine. Love, love, love! Order now for Christmas!

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UNDER $185

WHITE CHRISTMAS & ECOYA XMAS GIFT BOX – On Sale $170.00

Twenty stems of beautiful snowy white roses and berries in a ‘Parisian’ pot is the perfect match for an ECOYA Xmas gift box containing a scented Madison jar candle (80 hour burn), mini metro candle and reed diffuser (available in French Pear or Lotus Flower). Stylish and a little decadent! Order now for Christmas! *Please note: The picture featured below is based on ten rose stems, this offer uses twenty.

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THE BIG FLORAL XMAS KAHUNA

FLOWER PAVLOVA & A BOTTLE OF MOET CHAMPAGNE – On Sale $240.00

A spectacular ‘long and low’ table arrangement starring rich red and creamy roses, perfumed white oriental lilies, orchid blooms and berries. The ultimate festive flower arrangement to add colour and beauty to the home over Christmas. Plus a decadent bottle of Moet Champagne to fill everyone’s glasses with for a Xmas toast. Beautiful bubbles and blooms, you can’t go wrong. Order now for Christmas!

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MANGO BELLINI & MINI FIR XMAS TREE – On Sale $225.00

How does a rustic re-usable wooden crate filled with tropical mangos and a bottle of Moet Champagne sound for Xmas? Good yes? Now add a Xmas fir tree (90cm) in a summery seagrass basket and you are really on fire. Fresh fruit for the holidays, bubbles for Christmas lunch and a cute fir tree to spruce up the abode. Order now for Christmas!

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Making Dandelion Wine

Somewhere along the way the majority of us came to believe wine was simply ‘made from grapes’. Yet in bygones past, ‘wine-making’ encompassed a vast array of fruit, flowers and herbs.

Curiosity piqued, we proceeded to investigate the ancient art of dandelion wine making, resulting in a handy little instruction piece below on how to make one of the most popular flower wines in history, from one of the most common and accessible flowers available to us, the humble dandelion.

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To many of us the dandelion is an annoying weed in the lawn, albeit a colourful one.

Yet in addition to dandelion wine (which also happens to be good for the digestion and liver), their leaves can be eaten in salads, and their petals make a lovely syrup to use instead of plain sugar in baked good or to pour over crepes. Apparently, dandelion syrup is known to have a unique ‘barley sugar’ flavour. (1)

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Dandelion Wine: Key Tips to Getting Started

  • Dandelions are most abundant during spring.
  • Pick dandelions in full sun in the morning, after the dew has dried.
  • Ensure the dandelions have not been sprayed with insecticides.
  • Avoid roadside dandelions due to pollutants.
  • Begin to make your wine as soon as you get the flowers home (their petals close once picked).
  • Use just the petals (some wine makers use the whole flower for more ‘tang’).
  • Allow six months to a year after bottling before drinking.

Dandelion Wine Recipe

For a rich, strong, medium sweet wine flavour…

Ingredients

The petals from enough complete dandelion flowers to loosely fill a gallon/3.8 litre container * 4.5 litres of water  *  1.5kg sugar   *  Zest and juice of 4 lemons  *  500g raisins  (chopped or squashed by putting in a carrier bag and pounding), or 200ml can of white grape juice concentrate  *  1 sachet of white wine yeast  *  Yeast nutrient

Equipment

Easily purchased online from Australian brew-making sites: A large enough container with lid to steep 3.8 litre container of petals with 4.5 litres of water  (stainless steel, earthenware, glass or un-chipped enamel)  *  Large saucepan  *  Large spoon  *  Sterilised funnel & sieve  *  Two x ‘Demijohns’  *  Campden tablet  *  Bubble track or airlock  *  Bottle for final brew.

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Method

Step One: Sterilise all equipment thoroughly.

Step Two: Hold each flower by the calyx (the green bit below the petals). Snip off the petals with scissors into a clean fermenting bucket.

Step Three: Boil the water and pour over the petals (make sure you use a large enough container to do so). Cover and leave 24 hours, stirring occasionally.

Step Four: Pour everything into a large saucepan and add the lemon zest, bring to the boil then stir in the sugar until dissolved. Continue to boil for five minutes. Take off the heat and add the lemon juice and the crushed raisins or grape juice concentrate.

Step Five: Clean the fermenting bucket thoroughly using a campden tablet, pour in the mix and cover until cool. Add the yeast and yeast nutrient and cover. Ferment for three or four days then transfer into a demijohn using a sterilised sieve and funnel. Fit a bubble trap and allow to ferment for a couple of months, rack-off into a fresh demijohn, leave until clear, then bottle. (1)

Now we cannot claim to have tried this recipe, and after researching the topic of dandelion wine making online, there appears to be a number of different methodologies. We’d love to hear from anyone who is inspired enough to give it a go!

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Reference:

1. http://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/wordofmouth/2012/apr/04/how-to-make-dandelion-wine

2. http://www.holysmoke.org/wb/wb0326.htm

Photo Credits: See http://www.pinterest.com/ffeaus/dandelion-wine/