The Sweet Scent of Success

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. 

To read more about dream creative jobs and the Australians doing them, check out the full article here.

Hydrangeas on Manly’s Shelly Beach

Flowers for Everyone recently held a ‘Battle of the Florists’ among two of its retail stores. Our Balgowlah team had a beach theme with the design condition of incorporating ornamental kale.

The girls went all out, photographing their stunning floral arrangement on Manly’s Shelly Beach. Plenty of passers by stopped to comment on how gorgeous it was, but one of our Facebook fans took it a step further, and, after seeing the photo on our page, painted the most amazing still life of the flowers.

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Hydrangeas on Shelly Beach by Terri Maddock, acrylic and pastel on matboard, 25 x 35cm.
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The original photo taken on Manly’s Shelly Beach, featuring ornamental kale, hydrangea, Scottish thistle, Eucalyptus foliage and monsteria leaves.

Curiousity piqued, we checked out Terri’s portfolio listed on Redbubble and were wowed. An accountant by day, Terri’s humble confession to art and textiles being a ‘sideline’ is understating her talent.

About Terri

How long have you been painting for?

I studied art at high school & part-time evening at TAFE (over 30 years ago, how embarrassing!). I started again 9 years ago after children etc & have really enjoyed being able to focus on painting again – mostly with pastels & oils.

How did you learn how to paint? 

I started back at art learning pastel painting with Bernard Devaux at Forestville Community Art Centre.  Bernard is a wonderful artist & our group at Forestville was great.  Since moving to Bonny Hills on the Mid north coast in December 2013, I’ve been painting with the Hastings Valley Fine Art Assoc & enjoy plain air (outdoors) painting on a Monday morning the most. We have a gallery in Port Macquarie overlooking Oxley Beach where I exhibit.

What is your favourite flower?

Roses are my favourite flower – doesn’t matter what colour, although I do like the old fashioned roses that have a beautiful perfume the best.

How can people buy your art? 

My original artworks are available from my home studio in Bonny Hills, as well as the Hastings Fine Art Gallery in Port Macquarie. Redbubble has a portfolio of paintings that are available as prints & other merchandise, with the descriptions indicating if the original has been sold.

Terri can be contacted via email at bonnyviewstudio@gmail.com if you are interested in her work.

We are so glad Terri spotted our photograph on Facebook and took inspiration from it to produce such a gorgeous painting. Thanks Terri for sharing!

Keep an eye out on our Facebook page for the next #battleoftheflorists competition announcement and the chance to win a $50 gift certificate with Flowers for Everyone!

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Win! Gift fit for a Super Star – Chocolate Flowers & Bubbles

To launch our new line of amazingly divine edible chocolate flowers we are running a giveaway on Instagram worth over $200.

The Prize

Our most supreme chocolate flowers of all – the ultimate ‘Super Star’ pot of sparky gold and silver foil wrapped chocolate stars. That’s five dozen chocolate stars all up. Made in Sydney from premium quality Belgian Calebaut chocolate. Yep. A veritable feast of decadent deliciousness! And to wash it all down with? A bottle of the only the finest. Moet et Chandon baby!

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The Conditions

The prize is valid for pick up or delivery in the SYDNEY METRO ONLY. Must be redeemed by 31 December 2016. Cannot be swapped for other product. All good? Now follow the entry steps below!

To Enter

  1. Go to our Instagram page www.instagram.com/flowersforeveryoneaustralia
  2. Follow our page. Go on now, we know you want to.
  3. Like our pic ‘#FFEsuperstar’. It’s the one with #FFEsuperstar on it.
  4. Re-gram our pic and type hashtag #FFEsuperstar and tag @flowersforeveryoneaustralia in the comments.
  5. We will be checking to ensure you have completed all the steps! Your Instagram profile settings need to be public for us to be able to verify your entry is valid.

Prize winner to be drawn and announced after 12pm on Monday 27th June on Instagram.

Chocolate Flower Bouquet

Oh and by the way, did we mention we have launched a new line of edible chocolate flowers starting from as little as $45? Just in case you somehow missed the memo, take a peek at our beautiful range of deliciously decadent chocolatey gift ideas. They are perfect for birthdays, thank you’s, congrats and new baby pressies. Teamed with a bottle of bubbles or a fun balloon they really are the bomb!

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Florist Design Challenge: Ornamental Kale

Welcome to the first of our Sydney inter-store Battle of the Florists!

Pitted against each other for this inaugeral floral design challenge are the Flowers for Everyone florist team from Stocklands Balgowlah versus the super stars from our Market Street CBD store.

THE CHALLENGE

To design a modern flower arrangement incorporating ornamental kale.

Value: $100

Sydney CBD Theme: Appropriate for an inner city industrial style apartment.

Stocklands Balgowlah Theme: Appropriate for a modern beach side home.

THE BATTLE

And here is the outcome. Vote for your favourite design to win here.

Modern Flower Arrangement
Modern flower arrangement incorporating kale by Flowers for Everyone Sydney CBD store

BEACH THEME

Beach Themed Flowers
Beachy flower arrangement incorporating ornamental kale by our Stocklands Balgowlah team.

Will it be our florist team from Stocklands Balgowlah or our Market Street CBD store that will win this first design challenge?

VOTE HERE FOR YOUR FAVOURITE DESIGN & GO INTO THE DRAW TO WIN A $50 FLOWERS FOR EVERYONE GIFT CERTIFICATE.

Stay tuned. The winning team will be announced Monday 6th June after midday!

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About

Balgowlah Flowers for Everyone is located in Stocklands Balgowlah, Shop 29, 197 – 215 Condamine Street.

Phone: 61 2 9907 6988

Email: balgowlah@flowersforeveryone.com.au

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

Phone: 61 2 9264 4033

Email: sydney@flowersforeveryone.com.au

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

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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Chelsea Flower ShowChelsea Flower Show 3Win a Copy of ‘A Year in Flowers’ Book by UK stylist and florist to the royal family, Shane Connolly (RRP $80). Enter our survey now to go into the draw.

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Paul Bangay Private Garden Tours 2015

Attention avid gardeners, passionate horticulturists and designers. Paul Bangay, currently regarded as Australia’s most celebrated garden designer, has released 2015 private tour dates of his personal garden Stonefields, one of the most iconic gardens in the country.

Paul has designed more than 2100 gardens around the world, including New York, St Tropez, Positano, Jamaica, New Zealand and The Cook Islands. Stonefields is his personal ‘patch of paradise’ in rural Victoria and has been his labour of love for the last eight years.

“In that time he has placed his signature style of precise clipped hedges, oak-lined driveways, symmetrical parterre plantings and carefully manicured lawns and water features on what was previously a vacant paddock of nearly 20 hectares”. (1)

Paul Bangay Stonefields Garden

Paul Bangay Stonefields

2015 PRIVATE TOURS

Paul’s exclusive tours are held in each season and include morning tea, where you have the opportunity to chat one-on-one with Paul about his garden design feats, failures, and grand successes. His most recent publication, ‘The Gardens of Stonefield’ is also available for purchase and signing on the day.

You can book either as an individual or small group, with numbers limited to 30 – 40 people to ensure a personalised experience.

The cost is $220 per person and bookings for the below dates can be made online.

Friday 13th February 2015 – 10.30am

Friday 15th May – 10.30 am

Friday 2nd October – 10.30 am

Friday 20th November – 10.30 am

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Paul Bangay

 

ABOUT PAUL BANGAY

Paul Bangay’s garden designs are internationally renowned for timeless elegance and classic simplicity. His extensive list of projects span private and public commissions in Australia and New Zealand, as well as further afield in Europe, North America and the West Indies. His distinctive approach has been featured in countless publications and he is a sought-after guest on gardening and lifestyle programs. Paul has published nine garden books including The Defined Garden (1996) and The Garden at Stonefields (2013).

Learn more about Paul here.

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STONEFIELDS ‘THE FARMHOUSE’

As an alternative (or addition to) a private garden tour, you also have the option of booking to stay at The Farm House at Stonefields, and wander Paul’s gardens at your own leisure.

Located an hour and 20 minutes North East of Melbourne, halfway between Kyneton and Daylesford, The Farm House at Stonefields is a labour of love for Paul Bangay.

The Farm House is set 100 metres from the Main House and garden at Stonefields, Paul’s country residence, and is surrounded by two large paddocks where Paul’s herd of rare breed British White cattle freely roam.

Paul Bangay

Paul Bangay Stonefields Garden

The Farm House boasts four bedrooms, two with an ensuite, a large sitting room complete with wood fire heater, open-plan kitchen and generous – yet inviting – dining room.

Chic and comfortable by design, The Farm House is surrounded by French doors, and each room looks out onto either vast swathes of flowering perennials or cascading groves of crab apples, fruit trees and the large vegetable garden.

The Farm House next to Stonefields has allowed Paul to invite guests to enjoy a walk around Stonefields iconic main garden during their stay. This once in a lifetime opportunity – for the weary traveller, garden aficionado and day-tripper alike – offers a glimpse into the magic and majesty of Paul’s design.

Rates and reservations can be found here.

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Paul Bangay

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Amal & George Clooney Wedding Flowers

Hundreds of articles have been published about Amal & George Clooney’s fairytale Venetian wedding; from the exquisite Oscar de la Renta wedding dress and famous guest list, to the menu, speeches and opulent Aman Canal Grande.

Yet there has been inadequate, and at times, inaccurate references made to the Clooney’s choice of wedding flowers. Sacrilegious!

It is guaranteed a significant portion of the wedding budget was not just spent on food and wine, but flowers. So in honour of the sheer artistry, skill (and stress) involved in creating and installing wedding flowers on this scale, we are going to attempt to bring you the floral low down.

By scrutinising the pages of our trusty Woman’s Day magazine and analysing wedding pictures online, we have deduced the Clooney’s chose the following flowers to reflect their style and taste…

Amal Alamuddin’s Wedding Bouquet

Timeless and elegant, Amal’s all-white posy consisted of lisianthus accented with stephanotis. We are also going out on a limb here and suggesting a touch of hydrangea was used.

The Floral Arch

While some articles referred to an ‘archway of imported white roses’, others simply described this floral, Garden of Eden-esque backdrop as ‘an arch of white flowers’. A little bit off the mark really! Peering through our looking glass, we can not only spot a splendid display of roses, but a plethora of lisianthus, hydrangea, hanging green amaranthus, elegant amaryllis lilies, dahlia and stephanotis. The jury is still out on whether there is also a touch of snowberry or flowering hawthorn stems?

Aisle Décor

Big fat blown white roses combined with lisianthus, dahlias, hydrangea and dripping green amaranthus, fitting with the style of venue.

Table Arrangements

Classic, low-set arrangements of amaryllis lilies, roses, lisianthus, hydrangea, dahlias and chincherinchees.

Wall Arrangements

Suspended beneath candelabra wall features were arrangements of Singapore orchids, dahlia (or chrysanthemum), roses, lisianthus, hydrangea, and those mysterious branches of miniature white flowers again (anyone? anyone?).

So there you have it. Amal & George Clooney wedding flowers in detail. But wait! Did we miss out a flower? Can you recognise what the mystery flowers are in the archway and wall arrangements? Help us honour the floral element of this supremely elegant, tasteful wedding of George Clooney and Amal Alamuddin. Share your input in our comments box at the bottom of this page.