Monies raised go towards placing McGrath Breast Care Nurses with families experiencing breast cancer.
So not only will you be making mum feel super special this Mother’s Day, but your gesture will also be helping others.
HOW TO ORDER
This gorgeous pink bouquet features roses, dahlias (or disbud chrysanthemums) and velvety celosia and is available via our online store for $84.95 including a FREE ECOYA CANDLE worth $24.95. Mother’s Day delivery is available in the Sydney, Melbourne, Perth, Brisbane and Canberra metro regions.
Alternatively place your order with any of our Sydney retail stores located on Market Street CBD, Stockland Balgowlah and Rouse Hill Town Centre. We even have florist shops in the Royal Prince Alfred Hospital and Blacktown Hospital!
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
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.
This rustic wooden box of marshmallow roses is pretty cute too. Maybe with a bottle of our pink sparkling wine? Or Wild Brumby butterscotch schnapps? A nice drop of red maybe? Only $77 for this darling Mothers Day gift!
Spread soft and goo-ey love this Mother’s Day with our soft pastel marshmallow perfection. Order now for delivery in the Sydney metro!
*Marshmallow roses and Ecoya candle offer available for delivery in the SYDNEY METRO only.
What are the most popular flowers for Mothers Day in Australia? We’re running a survey to get an idea of what flowers mums most like to receive.
Will the pretty petalled winner be the ubiquitous chrysanthemums, the most ‘obvious’ choice for Mothers Day flowers? Or will it be the ever-popular rose? Fragrant oriental lilies maybe? Oooooaaah we want to know!
Most Popular Flowers for Mothers Day
What is your flower fancy? Have your say and go in the draw to win a $150 gift certificate* with Flowers for Everyone.
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.
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…
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.
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.
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!
Looking for beautiful Easter gifts to send family and friends this year? Our fabulously talented florist crew have been busy little bunnies in the lead up to Easter, creating gorgeous flower gift boxes and bouquets paired with beautiful quality chocolatey treats.
Think pastel pink and lilac roses and chrysanthemums combined with pretty speckled decorative eggs and silvery foliage. Pale lemon and apricot gerbera daisies and roses, and snapdragons with pops of vivid green. Bright coloured tulip bouquets, orchids, rainbow coloured ‘Willy Wonka-esque’ roses and frilly, dainty cyclamen plants.
There are so many gorgeous gift options for Easter it makes it difficult to decide what to choose! Plus to add some chocolatey goodness into the mix, we’ve paired our favourite Easter blooms with Lindt Gold Bunnies, boutique chocolatier Kennedy & Wilson’s handmade freckle coated chocolate rabbits and Baileys Chocolat Luxe liqueur. YUM!
Our Favourite Six Easter Gifts for 2016
In order of appearance are our pick for Easter gifts this year! All are available on our website for a flat delivery fee of $11.95 anywhere in the Sydney metro.
Our delectable 90g gift box of freckle coated milk chocolate bunnies by Kennedy & Wilson offer a superb quality chocolate gift for Easter handmade in Australia. Containing 8 creamy chocolate solid bunnies made in Victoria’s Yarra Valley, these darling little rabbits are a lovely treat to add to your Easter flowers (and are gluten free too!).
With prices for Easter flowers and gifts starting from only $44.50, we are confident you will find something gorgeous and great value!
*Pictured flowers and chocolate are exclusive to Sydney metro delivery only.
Style your home with flowers and foliage in the tones of autumn.
Embrace the change of season and start making a shift from summer brights and whites to warm, soothing colours. You don’t need a huge budget to add fresh floral touches to your living space.
TIP: Bring your vase into your local florist shop. Give them your budget and ask for advice. A good florist will know what works best with your vase and which flowers and foliage provide excellent value for maximum impact.
Flowers and Foliage, Autumn Style
Cymbidium orchids have already made their way into the Sydney flower market, indicating an impending change of season. They are not cheap, but are excellent value as they can last around two weeks (sometimes more) if their vase and water is kept clean and away from heaters or direct sunlight. Plus you only need one or two stems in the right vase (tall with a narrow opening) to create maximum impact.
Add a single sculptural leaf or stem of glossy green magnolia foliage with curly, tortured willow for drama and height, and voila! Guaranteed chic.
The variety of colours Cymbidium orchids come in are to die for! Pure white, chocolate, burnt orange, golden yellow, and burgundy are all perfect choices for bringing autumn indoors.
Fall Foliage and Berries
Nandina, silver dust, magnolia, oak and maple. Autumn-winter foliage and berries are absolutely gorgeous simply arranged en-mass in a vase without anything else. Let the leaves speak for themselves!
A vase that is straight up and down, or wider at the base than the top, is perfect for displaying foliage. The smaller opening at the top helps to make the vase appear ‘full’ with only three to five stems, and the extra width at the base enables you to angle the branches at varying degrees.
Florist shops sell all types of foliage by the stem or bunch. Most varieties are wonderfully long-lasting (providing you keep the water fresh and vase clean), and are excellent value for money. Fresh foliage = Fab feng shui! Your florist can even arrange the foliage properly so all you need to do is pop it in a vase when you get home.
Straight or wild, interesting sculptural branches are what autumn is all about. Style your home or office with autumn branches on their own or combined with fresh foliage. Particularly gorgeous if you have high ceilings to add a touch of drama!
You might want to try your hand at an ‘Ikebana-style’ floral design and place one exquisite, gnarly magnolia branch in an earthy pottery vase. Or get your hands on a quirky old alcohol bottle like the one pictured below and fill it with fabulous pussy willow.
You can purchase all kinds of interesting branches and sticks from your local florist!
Apothecary medicine jars are very vogue right now too, and the brown versions (new or vintage) are perfect for adding an ‘essence of autumn’ to your home. Split an inexpensive bunch of long lasting alstroemeria lilies in a series of jars as per below pic or group together in one big jar.
Farewell summer, it’s been fun, but we’re ready for you autumn!
And don’t forget, creating a stylish ‘vignette’ of autumn flowers for the home can be achieved on a budget. Keep your eye out at op shops and garage sales for vases in all shapes and sizes and bee line it to your local florist for helpful style advice.
Phalaenopsis orchid plants (pronounced fayl-eh-NOP-sis) are not only exquisite and delicate in appearance, but also great value, with their exotic moth-shaped blooms lasting for weeks on end. They make the perfect indoor plant for either home or office, for male or female, for any occasion.
Learn how to care for your orchids with these handy tips:
Position your plant near gentle filtered sunlight. Window sills are great! If you can tell your north from your south, then growing your ‘phaly’ near an east facing window is ideal. If the sun coming through your window is quite harsh, an orchid plant will benefit from a sheer curtain or blind to filter the light and heat.
Your orchid plant’s leaves should be an olive green. If they are darker, it means the plant is not getting enough light. If they are red tinged, the plant is getting too much light. Once your plant is in bloom, you can place it anywhere in the home out of direct sunlight. If it does not re-bloom, increase the amount of light it receives.
To water, place the plant in a sink of tepid water. Let the water seep through the plant for a minute or so. It is important that the plant drain completely. If there is any water remaining in the crown (where the leaves join in the centre), blot with a paper towel to avoid crown rot.
How often you water will depend on the potting medium. Bark retains less water than moss. If your phal is potted in bark watering once a week is generally sufficient. If your plant is potted in moss, water when the top feels dry (usually every seven to ten days). The amount of light and heat your plant receives will also affect how soon your phal needs watering. Summer months will need more frequent watering, winter will need less. You can generally tell by the weight of the pot whether it has dried out.
After your Orchid has Finished Blooming
After a spike has lost all its blooms, it starts to turn brown and die. This is the time you cut the spike back and re-pot.
If the spike is dead and brown along the top part of the stem yet green still near the base, you may be able to grow a new spike to branch out from the existing one. This method is usually done when the plant is a large, well established orchid with a robust root system. To do so, cut the spike just above a ‘node’ where the stem is still green (see picture below). Cut at the same angle of the node. If it is only a small, young plant with an immature root system, just cut the spike completely off at the base. In either instance, re-pot using quality orchid mix.
A beautiful new spike emerging from an orchid plant should look something like this.
Just to confuse you, some species of Phalaenopsis orchids (violacea to be precise) do not need their spikes cut as they bloom sequentially from the same flower spike. You may have a violacea species if the plant bears horizontal spikes. Obviously the best way to know whether to cut the spike or not is to know the parentage of the orchid, otherwise just observe the plant. If the spike remains green, leave them alone to re-bloom!
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So Valentine’s Day is just around the corner and now is around the time ‘hints’ start getting dropped, some subtle, some not! Sound familiar to anyone?
If you were lucky enough to receive an elegant rose presentation box for Valentine’s Day (hint), which colour would you choose? Are you a red rose person? Pretty pink maybe? Or a bright and bubbly rainbow rose fan?
To express love and passion, red roses are the ultimate symbol of romance for Valentines Day. The ultimate ‘shout it from the roof tops’ kind of love statement. Just so you know, our classic one dozen long stem red rose gift box is only $99 including free delivery in the Sydney metro and a free ECOYA candle worth $19.95. Not so subtle a hint that one! 🙂
Pink roses mean love, affection and gratitude. They are the elegant option to the classic red rose for Valentine’s, exuding a sweet, ‘poetic’ kind of romance. Tickle your fancy? We have single pink rose stems in our super awesome ‘Love Me Tender’ signature gift boxes for $39 plus $11.95 flat delivery in Sydney. Another not so subtle hint! 🙂
The fabulously fun and vibrant rainbow rose is perfect for people with equally fun and vibrant personalities, who are not so big into tradition, but still love a bit of romance! Stray away from the pack with these `Willy Wonka-esque’ beauties. On that note, they go really well with chocolate! Check out this gorgeous gift box of 12 rainbow rose stems and chocolate for $109 plus $11.95 delivery in the Sydney metro. Okay, that was yet another not so subtle hint… 🙂
So which colour roses are your favourite? Red, pink or rainbow? Write your favourite in the ‘Comments’ box below for the chance to win one dozen roses delivered in Sydney this Valentine’s Day!
*Prize winner drawn at random on Friday 12 February midday and winner notified by email by close of business. Prize delivered in the Sydney metro only either Saturday 13th or Sunday 14th February 2016.