Hot Special on Winter Orchids!

We couldn’t help it. The Cymbidium orchids. They were just too good to walk past. So lush. So, so pretty, so crazy perfect. Suddenly we found the Flowers for Everyone van filled to the roof with their pretty little stems. The honest truth? We just can’t get enough of these beauties since they came into season.

Anyway, we thought we may as well share the orchid love. Have ourselves a hot sale on these delectable winter orchids. Our advice is to get in quick while stocks last!

The Single Stem Stunner

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One perfect Cymbidium orchid stem in a cylandrical glass vase lined with a fabulous tropical leaf. Mmm,mmmm. This darling number is currently on sale for only $66 (usually $76). Plus if you are a Flowers for Everyone member, you receive a further 10% off at checkout (it’s easy to join our Flowers Fan Club, just sign up here).

Available in pretty pink, perfect white and luscious lime. So sublime. Order here now.

The Lush Bouquet of Orchids

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Take the vase out of the equation and you have a gorgeous bouquet of long lasting Cymbidium orchids in a delectable array of colour combinations, including pink and white, pink and lime, burgundy and pink, and more! Artfully arranged by our talented florist team using glossy magnolia foliage, tropical leaves and lichen-covered sticks, this lovely lady comes in two and three stem bouquets, or in three and four stem vase arrangements.

Our two stem bouquet option starts at only $66 (was $89!). Check it out here.

The Vase of Orchid Blooms

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Take a tall cylinder vase and wind tortured willow stems inside. Add two or three chunky Cymbidium orchids in pink, white or lime, and voila, you have an elegant and modern vase arrangement perfect for any occasion. And the best part is, they are on sale. And you can re-use this fabulous glass vase in the future too!

Starting from only $99 for a two stem vase arrangement (a $20 saving!). Click here to order.

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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