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.

native flowers


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!

native flower bouquet


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.

native flowers


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`.

native flower arrangement

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!

native flowers in pot

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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Winter Giveaway! Beautiful Flowers & ECOYA Candles

There is a reason why Flowers for Everyone only stock ECOYA home fragrance products.

Because the product is really, really good.

Fragrance is at the heart and soul of everything ECOYA does. Sweet pea and Jasmine; Coconut and Elderflower; French Pear; Vanilla Bean; Lotus; and Lemongrass and Ginger… it is no wonder we adore pairing these candle and reed diffuser fragrances with our flower bouquets.

Guided by leading Master Perfumer, Isaac Sinclair, the ECOYA vision blends luxury and natural. The brand has grown to be one of the leading eco-luxe home fragrance and body care companies around the world, gracing the shelves of iconic department stores and boutiques in over 25 countries and making their mark in the global fragrance industry.

Why Eco-Luxe?

ECOYA candles are crafted from natural waxes and feature pure lead-free cotton wicks. Created in collaboration with leading fragrance experts, their products are designed to release the optimal fragrance throw.

They do not use paraffin wax (which is the predominant wax used in the candle industry), hence their candles do not contain the harmful chemicals associated with the use of paraffin.

Flowers for Everyone stock a range of ECOYA candles and reed diffusers that customers can purchase directly from any one of our four Sydney florist stores, or online in conjunction with flowers. We also offer a beautiful collection of seasonal flower and home fragrance package offers for Sydney delivery.

Hyacinth Posy & Limited Edition Winter Candle

This beautiful fragrant winter posy of hyacinth, orchids, berries and Peruvian lilies is matched perfectly with a limited edition ECOYA Blue Cypress & Amber soy wax candle. Order now for $89 plus $10 delivery fee (Sydney metro only).

posy and candle

Win 1 of 5 Winter Posy & ECOYA Packages!

Win a winter posy valued at $85.00 and an ECOYA soy wax candle (80hr burn) OR ECOYA reed diffuser in your choice of fragrance delivered to your door (prize available for Sydney metro delivery only).

To enter, simply scroll to the bottom of this post and write in the ‘Comments’ box which of these ECOYA fragrances would be your top pick:

Sweet pea & Jasmine * Coconut & Elderflower * French Pear * Vanilla Bean * Lotus * Lemongrass & Ginger * Winter Berries & Sweet Peppercorn (Winter Limited Edition) * Blue Cypress & Amber (Winter Limited Edition)

Winners will be picked at random on Friday 26 June and notified by email.

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Giacomo Casanova: Smooth Talking Charmer or Misunderstood Intellectual?

Venetian Giacomo Casanova was an Italian adventurer and author famous for his often complicated and elaborate afffairs with women, earning him a reputation as a womaniser that still remains centuries later. Yet he was so much more than that.

According to the Smithsonian Magazine, “His many achievements would put the likes of Hugh Hefner to shame”.

“He hobnobbed with Voltaire, Catherine the Great, Benjamin Franklin and probably Mozart; survived as a gambler, an astrologer and spy; translated The Iliad into his Venetian dialect; and wrote a science fiction novel, a proto-feminist pamphlet and a range of mathematical treatises. He was also one of history’s great travellers, crisscrossing Europe from Madrid to Moscow”.

“And yet he wrote his legendary memoir, the innocuously named Story of My Life, in his penniless old age, while working as a librarian at the obscure Castle Dux, in the mountains of Bohemia in the modern-day Czech Republic”. (1)

When he died, Casanova had no idea whether his memoir would even be published. In fact, when it finally did emerge in 1821 in a heavily censored version, it was denounced from the pulpit and placed on the Vatican’s Index of Prohibited Books. Oom-ah!

The miracle of Casanova’s manuscript lies in its tale of survival over the centuries and its escape from destruction in World War II.

Casanova’s erotic memoir was originally bequeathed on his deathbed to a nephew in 1798, whose descendants later went on to sell it to a German publisher that kept it under lock and key for nearly 140 years, only releasing pirated and mistranslated extracts.

In 1943 an Allied bomb landed on the publishers office, yet it miraculously survived. The family secreted it by bicycle across Leipzig and placed the precious manuscript in a bank security vault. When the U.S. Army occupied the city in 1945, even Winston Churchill inquired after its fate. Reunited with its owners, the first uncensored edition was published in 1960 in French, during a time of major sexual revolution.

Now housed in the Bibliothèque nationale de France in Paris, this reverence and treatment of his manuscript as a sacred relic would have made Casanova roll over in his grave and do a little happy dance. Often dismissed as a frivolous sexual adventurer, a cad and a wastrel, his hilarious, provocative, philosophical and (still) shocking memoir provides an amazing window into authentic 18th century life.

“Apart from the more than 120 notorious love affairs with countesses, milkmaids and nuns which take up about a third of the book, the memoir includes escapes, duels, swindles, stagecoach journeys, arrests and meetings with royals, gamblers and mountebanks”, explains the Smithsonian Magazine. (1) 

Even in today’s modern thinking world some extracts still raise eyebrows, especially the pursuit of very young girls and an interlude of incest. Attitudes towards these behaviours were tolerated quite differently in the 18th century!

“He would have been surprised to discover that he is remembered first as a great lover,” says Tom Vitelli, a leading American Casanovist. “Sex was part of his story, it was incidental to his real literary aims. He only presented his love life because it gave a window onto human nature.”


Mostly identified as a famous lover who romanced women all over Europe in the 18th century, Casanova was also a revolutionary thinker, food-writer, kaballist shaman, and bisexual traveller. Below are some interesting insights into this remarkable man’s life by author of ‘Casanova’ by Ian Kelly.

  • Casanova was a dedicated food writer and in his epic memoirs, he spent almost as much prose on recalling his meals as his lovers.
  • Casanova collaborated with Da Ponte on the libretto for Mozart’s Don Giovanni.
  • Casanova’s promiscuity may not be all that remarkable: over the course of his life, he averaged ‘only’ 3 sexual partners a year. It is his manner of writing about sex that was revolutionary.
  • In his own time, Casanova was never famous as a womanizer. This aspect of Casanova’s story is posthumous, the result of the 12 volumes of memoirs found after his death.
  • Casanova was bisexual and began his career in Venice as a sort of upmarket rent boy.
  • Casanova was a devoted disciple of the Kaballah – a craze amongst 18th century urban elites as it has become again in the early 21st century.

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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


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


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.



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.

Paul Bangay

Paul Bangay

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Attract Butterflies into your Garden

You can’t beat lying on a hammock in the garden with gazillions of butterflies fluttering around you. Create your own butterfly garden and start attracting these flitting, flapping beauties into your yard.


According to Better Homes & Gardens, you want a sunny spot, nectar-rich flowers, a little garden ‘chaos’ and a mud puddle. Yes, a mud puddle! Who would have thought pretty butterflies would be attracted to mud!


When planting butterfly friendly gardens, do so in a sunny spot that offers protection from the wind. Butterflies use the early morning sun to warm themselves and retreat to cooler, shadier places during the heat of the day. Okay, they like moisture too – see below under ‘Mud Puddles’ for how to simulate this environment!

Butterflies and Lavendar


Create a butterfly garden by planting colourful beds en-masse, particularly in blue, yellow and red. Some research suggests grouping plants together according to colour, creating ‘big colourful clusters that butterflies just can’t resist’ (3).


Choose nectar-rich flowers to create a butterfly meadow (they particularly like tubular or ‘long’ flowers to pollinate). Different species of butterflies are attracted to particular plants, so it would pay to determine what butterflies are native to your area before designing your garden.

Butterflies and Grevillia     Butterflies and Daisies

Here are a list of some butterfly favourites:

  • Bottlebrush
  • Buddleia
  • Daisies
  • Grevillia
  • Kangaroo Paw
  • Lavendar
  • Meleleuca
  • Marigold
  • Alyssum
  • Flannel Flower
  • Rice Flower
  • Sunflowers
  • Verbena
  • Helioptrope
  • Banksia
  • Wattles (including Silver, Black Wattle & Blackwood)
  • Eucalypt
  • Tea Trees
  • Clematis
  • Purple Coral Pea
  • Running Postman
  • Native Violet
  • And just about all wildflowers, check with your local nursery on what they suggest for your area!

*Lantana may be extremely popular for butterflies but is an obnoxious pest in Australia and best to avoid planting.

Butterfly and Buddleia


Ask at your local nursery or do a bit of visual/online research into what butterflies are native to your area. Find out what their caterpillars look like and what their favourite plants are. Apparently caterpillars are quite fussy. You need to ensure they have an appealing diet to munch on! Yes, your leaves are going to be munched but the pay off is worth it…

Caterpillar favourites include:

Shrubs & Trees – Wattles (Acacia sp.), Bush Peas (Pultenaea sp.), Purple Fan Flower (Scaevola sp.);

GrassesLomandra sp., Poa sp. (including australis, tenera, labillardieri,) and sedges like Gahnia sp. and Carex sp; and;

Ground Covers – Purple Coral Pea (Hardenbergia violacea), Running Postman (Kennedia prostrata).


Your butterfly garden just became even more gorgeous – attract larvae and provide shelter with the likes of Crepe Myrtle; Citrus; Paper Daisies; Kangaroo Grass; Cotton Bushes; Sassafras; Snapdragons; and Native Violets. It is dependent though on the variety of butterflies native to your area as to which they will prefer to lay their eggs on.

Butterfly Garden   butterfly garden


Avoid poisonous pesticides and products containing Bacillus thuringiensis – use organic pest control methods instead.


Butterflies love a bit of chaos so ‘untame’ your butterfly garden and create a more wild and carefree environment… a little bit like butterflies themselves.


Pretty butterflies are attracted to pretty flowers and…mud puddles. Try placing a shallow dish of muddy water in a sunny spot or alternatively dig a couple of small, shallow depressions in the dirt and periodically fill them up with water. When butterflies gather in mud puddles it is actually called ‘puddling’. They land there to suck water out of the soil, which is why it often happens ‘en masse’, creating a visual display to behold! Add a couple of flattish rocks aka sun loungers into your butterfly garden so they can land and sun themselves too. A bit like a Club Med for butterflies 🙂

butterfly mud puddle


Offer an alternative butterfly food source, particularly if you are not in a position to go planting a designer butterfly garden. There are lots of websites that give instructions on how to set up – it is very easy to do and a fun weekend project to do with the family.

Butterfly Feeder

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Better Homes and Gardens February 2001

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Spring Hill Peony Farm

Every year the Spring Hill Peony Farm in country Victoria host a picnic and open paddock day.

Punters from all over descend on this beautiful property, less than two hours drive north west of Melbourne, paying a small admission into the paddock to pick a giant bunch of peonies. A mix of Melbourne hipsters and country hipsters, Asian tourists, families and Maggie Beer-esque ladies swinging baskets on their arms, tramp along a picturesque trail under ancient gums, to a field of peony roses blooming in white and every shade of pink.


charlotte in the peony farm

peony farm

peony flower fairy

peony flowers

the flower fairy

Heading back from the paddock laden down with peony roses, the rest of the day can be spent lounging on the grass under the gums, listening to music, sipping wine and enjoying a picnic. To add to the overall beauty of the scene, is ‘The Little Church’, a quaint old white weatherboard church used for weddings, creating a backdrop filled with rustic charm and character.

spring hill peony farm

sprng hill peony farm picnic

spring hill peony farm

the little church at spring hill

little church at spring hill peony farm
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Stunning peonies are not only an extremely sought after, super popular flower (brides love them!), they are only around for a short time each year (late spring to early summer) which makes them extra, extra special. If you are ever planning a visit to Melbourne in November, we highly recommend hiring a car and timing a trip around the Spring Hill Peony Farm Annual Picnic and Open Paddock Day.

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Attention Budding Botanical Artists!

Did you know it can easily take more than 50 hours to complete a relatively small botanical art drawing or painting? That’s intense.

Why bother spending so many hours drawing a rose in such exacting botanical detail when one can use their iphone to take a photo of it (then use cool filters on Instagram to make it look even ‘better’)?

In a society that is all about rapid gratification, focusing our mind’s eye on the small details of a flower stem or single leaf can invoke a zen-like meditative quality.

Furthermore, the sheer intensity of analysing and honouring an object from nature in a drawing of botanical perfection is often said to create a unique ‘bond’ between the artist and their subject.

victorian botanical art    Peony fine art watercolour print     japanese botanical art

Botanical Art v Floral Art

Contemporary botanical art is often described as having a dual focus: science and art.

The ‘challenge’ of botanical art compared to simply ‘floral art’ however, is that it requires a ‘dedication to acquiring knowledge about plant forms and the delicacy of their structure and their life cycles, as well as developing techniques in a variety of media used in the aesthetic representation of this knowledge’. (1)

botanical art - rose    succulent    heliconia

Botanical Art: Getting Started

magnolia by Georg Dionysus Ehret
MAGNOLIA drawing, Georg Dionysus Ehret, 1743. Museum no. D.583-1886. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London

Formal definitions aside. A careful study of plants is essential in botanical art. The chosen subject has to be accurately sketched with precision so the genus and species are clear, yet also display an appealing composition. Typically the subject is drawn against a blank backdrop, using the likes of graphite, watercolour, coloured pencil, pen and ink.

Keen to have a go? Check out our list of  inspiration and resources below…

Contemporary botanical artists are often influenced by 18th-century masters such as Pierre-Joseph Redoute and Georg Dionysius Ehret.

Pierre Joseph Redoute
Botanical painting by famous Belgian artist Pierre-Joseph Redoute

Books worth referring to for inspiration are:

The Golden Age of Botanical Art by Martyn Rix

The Illustrated Herbal by plant historian Wilfred Blunt, with Sandra Raphael, a study of the development of herbals, their decorative, botanical   and medicinal interest.

The Art of Botanical Painting by Margaret Stevens, published in association with the Society of Botanical Artists.

The Catalogue of Botanical Prints and Drawings from the National Museums of Wales by MH Lazarus, includes works by Ehret and Redouté.


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A Sniff of Spring Flowers

Can you sniff a little whiff of spring in the air? It may be hard to imagine spring is just around the corner, but we start noticing the change as soon as early season bloomers make their way into the markets.

Opening boxes of fresh flowers to discover the first bunch of sweet peas showing their super sweet little faces for the year, is cause for GREAT EXCITEMENT.

The same goes for other special florist favourites; the first tiny bunch of violets, daffodils, Lily of the Valley, blossom and dogwood branches, David Austin roses, hydrangea, rhododendron, Cymbidium orchids, lilac, gardenias and peonies (I could go on here); the buzz of discovery never gets tired.

We wave one of these cheeky new season bunches in the air for all the team to see, and pass around for a unison of oohs and aahs. Noses are buried into the flower heads to drink in the scents of those extra special flowers, like the slow-growing super special Daphne that smells like fruit tingles, yum!

And as ‘floral artisans’, the signs of a season change mean we get to start playing with new colours, shapes, and textures.

So on that note, it’s time to get inspired along with us. Check out our latest mood boards on Pinterest and share the excitement about the pending onset of beautiful spring flowers…

Follow FlowersForEveryone’s board Spring Floral Mood Board 2014 on Pinterest.Follow FlowersForEveryone’s board Spring Wedding Mood Board 2014 on Pinterest.

Follow FlowersForEveryone’s board Happy Daffs & Darling Jonquils on Pinterest.

Next week we might even share a few sneaky snaps of our new spring floral collection currently getting photographed for its launch in September. Stay tuned!

The Naughty Narcissus

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 / daffodil  is worn by those not afraid to wear a perfume that makes a statement. (1)

cluster of jonquilsperfume

The essential oil is predominately produced in the Grasse region of France and the Netherlands (2), and used mainly in high end perfumes, such as Dior’s Eau de Toilette Miss Dior, Tom Ford’s Jonquil de Nuit, Molinard de Molinard, Guerlain Vol de Nuit, Armani Armani, Lancôme’s Climate de Collection, and Hermes Amazon.

It takes 500 kilograms of flowers to produce 300 grams of ‘absolute’, making it an expensive oil! (2)

white daffodil   candle

The use of narcissus in perfume isn’t a modern day haute couture occurrence.

The narcissus was used in ancient Rome for the creation of a fragrance called Naricssinum. Arabs used it in their perfumery, as well as to cure baldness. In India, narcissus oil is applied to body before prayer. It was used in cosmetics as an additive to powders, soaps and lipsticks. (2)

jonquil farm   white jonquil

The name narcissus itself was probably derived from the Greek word ‘narke’ and later adopted by Romans as ‘narce’, meaning ‘to be numb’, referring to the narcotic effects of narcissus, which can sometimes be overwhelming. A bit like when one wears too much perfume! (2)


About Narcissus Flowers…

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’.

lamb   narcissus flower   erlicheer jonquil





Vintage Flowers: Layer Upon Layer

Teaming pretty vases of flowers against vintage floral wallpaper may sound a bit much, but trust us, layering flowers with flowers makes for a gorgeous interior look that is fresh, stylish, easy and in-trend.

Check out these ideas and tips below for a little creative inspiration.

Keep it Simple

Tip #1: Vintage floral wallpaper can be ‘busy’, so choosing just one type of flower that picks out a colour in the paper is a great way to start.

pretty vintage floral wallpaper   pretty ranunculas

Vintage Wallpaper – Vintage Vases

Tip #2: Vintage floral wallpaper generally works best with vintage-era vases. Use an old mason jar if you don’t have the right vase. Or rummage through op shops for jam jars, pastel-coloured parfait glasses, crystal bowls or cocktail tumblers…

daisies  vintage floral wallpaper

Use Classic Cottage Garden Blooms

Tip #3: With feminine vintage floral wallpaper, opt for old fashioned, ‘English country garden flowers’ such as the dainty Cecile Brunner roses pictured below, rather than bold natives and exotic orchids.

pretty vintage wallpaper pink   Cecil Brunner roses

Contrasting Colours

Tip #4: Sometimes vintage floral wallpaper comes in out-there Seventies colours, like this bold blue print featured below. A contrasting colour such as orange, or these simple yellow ‘Billy Balls’ in a matching blue (or white) vase not only stand out against the paper, but maintain an essence of simplicity when there is so much happening in the print design.

craspedia   vintage wallpaper blue

Keep to the Era

Tip #5: If your wallpaper is from the 1920’s, for example, consider opting for a floral arrangement that is also typical of this period.

1920's vintage wallpaper   poppies

So there you have it. Five tips from our in-house floral gurus on how to style vintage flower covered wallpaper with flower arrangements. Because let’s face it – you can never have too many flowers in the house!

For more gorgeous vintage floral wallpapers and flower inspirations check out our Pinterest board.