Battle of the Florists: Starring Daffodils and Jonquils

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?


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!).


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.

Daffodils in Terrarium
Flowers for Everyone Sydney CBD


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!

Jonquils and Poppies
Flowers for Everyone Balgowlah


Winners announced 8 August 2016 after 12pm. Prize valid for use in Sydney metro only.

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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?

French provincial style tulip flower arrangement


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

Chocolate Flowers Made with Love

Have you heard the news? Flowers for Everyone are now selling edible chocolate flowers beautifully arranged to resemble a gorgeous arrangement of flower blooms. Except you can eat them.

Why are our edible flowers so fantastic? Not only are they designed and assembled by professional florists, these chocolate flower pots are made using beautiful quality chocolate.

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Our Belgian chocolate foil wrapped treats are made right here in Sydney using Callebaut chocolate. What is Callebaut chocolate you ask? Callebaut chocolate is produced by a Belgian couveture chocolate manufacturer that makes chocolate with a high cocoa butter content favoured by many gourmet and culinary professionals.

In other words, YUM.

Edible chocolate flowers make fabulous gifts for birthdays. They also make a super sweet romantic gesture, particularly if teamed with a long stem red rose, bottle of red wine or bubbles.

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Have a pollen allergy? Perfect, this gift fixes that problem! Have a serious sweet tooth? These edible flowers provide the look of a ‘flower arrangement’ and fulfil the chocolate craving at the same time.

Starting from $45, these chocolate flowers look great and taste even better.

Check out our full range of chocolate flowers in a range of fun retro ‘ice cream’ style pots, colourful tin pails and gift boxes here.

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Go to our Instagram page for details on how to enter our #FFEfashionista chocolate flowers giveaway.

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*Valid for Sydney metro. Winner announced after midday Wednesday 27 July!


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

lilies and choc  chocolate

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

autumn roses

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.


It’s All About Fresh Wreaths This Xmas

Fresh wreaths for Xmas are so hot right now. Whether they are for hanging on the door or decorating the table for Christmas lunch, fresh wreaths are it.

Our fabulous evergreen Xmas wreath has been selling like hotcakes this year and there is still time to order one for yourself or as a gift. And if you rent, it can always be propped on a mantlepiece or hall table instead of on the front door too!

Adorned with a stylish ribbon, this lovely lady is only $75 plus $11.95 delivery in the Sydney metro. Click here to order now for delivery right up until Xmas Eve!

Evergreen wreath

And for the table? The ‘Bing Crosby’ Xmas wreath is the perfect centrepiece for Christmas entertaining. Ideal for people who are hard to buy for, or again, simply for yourself! Order this classic white and silver fresh wreath for Xmas now for only $129 plus $11.95 delivery in the Sydney metro. It would look exquisite with a white linen tablecloth and vintage silverware for a sophisticated Xmas theme don’t you think?

Xmas wreath

We even have a version including a glass hurricane candle holder and fragrant Ecoya soy wax candle. Order with glass candle holder for $155 plus delivery, or $199 with the candle as well. What a gorgeous gift idea for Xmas!

Xmas Wreath Centrepiece

There is still time to place your order for fresh wreaths this Christmas. And if you would like something customised, just give us a call on 1800 66 66 46 and we’d be more than happy to assist!

Merry Christmas everyone!

From the Flowers for Everyone Team

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Our 2015 SPROUT Spring Flowers Online

Sweet peas and daffodils, tulips and blossom. Roses and lilies and lilac delphinium. These-are a few-of my fav-our-ite things!

Spring has sprung and with a change in season comes a change of bouquet style and flowers for our florist team to play with. Take a look at some of our favourite new designs and products featured in the Flowers for Eveyrone 2015 ‘Sprout’ collection of spring flowers online!

Pink Lily Queen – $130.00

A tall cylindrical glass vase filled with a fresh pink and green bouquet of fragrant oriental lilies, roses and long lasting alstoemeria (‘Peruvian lilies’). Finished with lush fern fronds and vibernum foliage, this pretty flower arrangement is perfect for birthday and ‘thinking of you’ gifts. Order these gorgeous flowers here.

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Fragrant Spring Posy – $66.00

The essence of spring – this pretty little spring posy features dainty sweet peas, exquisitely scented jonquils and pink hyacinth, mixed with a combination of fresh green foliage and silvery dusty millar leaves. Send these divine flowers here.

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Sweet Violet – $88.00

Our posy vase of violet, mauve and purple blooms features gorgeous roses with long lasting alstroemeria lilies and frilly carnations. Accented with fresh greenery and dainty vibernum flowers, this darling spring flower arrangement is ideal for any occasion, including birthdays, celebrating the birth of a new baby, a special thank-you or a get well soon. Order these pretty flowers online here.

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Dainty Moth Orchid – $132.00

These delicate orchid plants with moth-shaped blooms come in a variety of gorgeous colours, including lemon, pink, white and purple. Beautifully displayed in a crisp white ceramic pot with fresh green moss, these long lasting plants are perfect for indoors and make ideal gifts for any occasion. Order our phalaenopsis orchid plants online here.

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Little Miss Rosy – $89.50

A popular choice for spring, this vase of girly pink roses, geberas daisies and lisianthus is beautifully arranged with silvery dusty millar leaves and fresh greenery. A fabulous newborn baby girl gift idea, a get well soon, birthday or thank-you present. Order our Little Miss Rosy here.

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And if these don’t quite tickle your spring fancy, then why not leave it up to the experts to get creative with the most beautiful blooms that happen to be in the market on the day of your order? Our mystery spring posies and bouquets online gives free reign to our designers to incorporate the most divine spring flowers and colours that peep their little heads out on market day.



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A Lush Winter Wonderland of Tulips & Orchids

Welcome to Flowers for Everyone’s lush winter wonderland. Our new 2016 Winter Floral Collection features the most beautiful fresh, locally grown blooms of the season, at equally fabulous prices. Check out some of the highlights below!

A BLIZZARD OF BLOOMS – $195.00 + $10 delivery

This extravaganza of winter white flowers is arranged in a tall, narrow cylindrical vase and given extra height with an earthy palm husk backdrop. Brimming and blooming with lush foliage and berries, the stars of this flower show are the exotic white cymbidium orchids, white Dutch peonies, perfumed oriental lilies, and Singapore orchids. This is the kind of flower arrangement you would send to make an impact! Click here to go to our online florist shop.


POTTED WINTER CYMBIDIUM PLANTS – From $99.00 + $10 delivery

You just can’t go wrong sending a cymbidium orchid plant for any occasion, from birthdays to new babies, welcomes and congratulations. Available in a multitude of colours including pretty pink, sunny yellow, burnt orange, lime green, burgundy and white, these divine plants come in a chocolate ceramic pot and are beautifully presented with fresh moss, a seagrass wrap and contrasting bow. Order these cymbidium orchid plants online here.



WHITE WINTER TULIPS AND BERRIES: From $69.00 plus $10 delivery

The essence of winter, this beautiful bouquet of white winter tulips, fresh greenery and red hipericum berries comes in a natural-look wrap finish and gross-grain ribbon. Available in twenty or thirty stems, or in a vase (particularly great for hospitals). And if you are looking for an extra little gift to send with your flowers, take a look at our fabulous limited edition ECOYA winter candles and reed diffusers or white Kennedy & Wilson chocolate bars handmade in the Yarra Valley.


LUSCIOUS WINTER ORCHID VASE: $165 + $10 delivery

A true statement piece, our tall proud vase of classic white cymbidium orchids would look fabulous in anyone’s home. Delivered in a quality glass vase, this front facing vase arrangement features a combination of lush, interesting foliage, accents of tortured willow and divine white orchid blooms for a wintery touch. Order these beautiful flowers online here.


Like what you see? Check out our full collection of winter flowers online here.

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Mothers Day DIY for Kids

Mother’s Day will soon be upon us and what a worthy celebration it is! Now in addition to all the gorgeous Mothers Day flowers you can spoil mum with, there are some fabulous Mothers Day DIY for kids craft projects that will keep them busy and add a special, personal touch to mum’s day.

Here are some of our favourite kids DIY Mothers Day gift ideas below. We’d love to see pictures of your completed work if you would care to share them on our Facebook page!

Don’t Forget Grandma on Mother’s Day

Four generations of mothers and mothers-to-be in a photo for Grandma on Mother’s Day. What a great idea by Moose Photography. All you need is a camera and a frame. Take a photo of your granddaughter holding the frame. Print out the picture and put inside the frame, then have a photo of your daughter holding the framed picture. Print and put the new photo inside the frame. Then have one taken of yourself holding it. Print out, put inside frame, then give to grandma to have another photo taken of her holding all three generations. Confusing? Just look at the picture below and you will get the gist.

Mothers Day DIY for Kids

 Vintage Tea Cup Candles

A fun craft for older kids to try. You can purchase candle making kits from most art and craft shops (or online) and spend fun Saturday looking for the perfect tea cup in a local op shop. Detailed instructions and video tutorial can be found on this website.

Vintage Tea Cup Candles for Mothers Day DIY

Finger Print Pendant

A simple, special Mothers Day DIY gift idea for kids. All you need is some white air dry or oven bake clay from an art supply shop and your child’s fingerprint to make a pendant necklace for mum to cherish. Instructions on how to make can be found on this website.

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Cute Mother’s Day Card Alternative

This idea on Pinterest is cute and simple to make. A wooden peg, glue, paper and pens is all you need to write a secret message to mum for Mother’s Day. Cut out a little rectangle square of paper, fold the middle inside the end of the peg clip and then fold the outer layers onto the top (then glue to secure). You can always trim around the paper to have it fit exactly to the shape of the peg once glued. Using a marker pen, draw the outline of an envelope, then open the peg and carefully write your message inside (or you can do this first before attaching to peg). Cute.

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Love Heart Fried Egg

So the website I found this on is in Spanish…but the concept shown in the photograph looks straightforward enough to follow! You will need an egg ring and a love heart shaped metal cookie cutter to create this Mother’s Day breakfast with love. Spray your frying pan with oil, get it to a medium heat, then separate your egg yolk from your egg white. Pour the egg yolk slowly into the heart so that it doesn’t leak out from underneath the heart. Once it starts to set, remove the cookie cutter and crack the egg white into the surrounding space of the egg ring. Getting the temperature right so the yolk doesn’t leak out will be key to making this fabulous Mothers Day DIY idea work!

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So there you have it – cute Mothers Day DIY for kids to make mum this Sunday 8th May. And don’t forget the flowers!

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Sweet Peas for St Patrick

“In 1699 a Sicilian monk called Franciscus Cupani sent seeds of the local wild sweet pea to his friend, English schoolmaster Dr Robert Uvedale. This was the beginning of a love affair between gardeners and sweet peas that continues to this day”. (1)

pink sweet peas in vintage can   sweet peas in mason jar

Over the centuries sweet peas have been crossed and hybridised to create a wide range of shapes and colours, yet at a cost to the strong perfume sweet peas exude.

If you want to grow the `authentic` sweet pea as nature first designed them, look for the `Original Sweet Pea` seeds by Yates. A small, bi-coloured flower with an intoxicatingly strong scent, this darling sweet pea is truly special and brings back memories of grandma`s garden 🙂



Sweet pea seeds should ideally be sown in Australia on St Patrick`s Day (March 17). Not law mind you, but a good guide to follow! Essentially February, March and April are the months to plant.

If you live in hotter climates, waiting until April or May when the soil has cooled down may be wise. Seed packets are available at your local nursery or garden centre from late summer. Seedlings are available from mid autumn.

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Sweet peas like sunny positions (a good six hours of sun) with good drainage. Most varieties require some support for climbing, and prefer an east-west orientation to get as much sun as possible.

Before sowing, add some complete fertiliser to the garden bed, and in the majority of areas a small amount of dolomite lime (a soil pH test of pH6 is pretty close to ideal, if it is was pH5, you would be adding dolomite). Water the soil well the day before planting and sow in a moist bed, 20cm apart and 2cm deep. Try to avoid watering again until the seedlings have emerged. When young seedlings appear, poke some little sticks int he ground to help guide them to their climbing support.

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Sweet peas grow and flower during winter and are picked in spring. It is lovely to enjoy the colour and fragrance of sweet peas growing in your garden, but if pods are allowed to form it sends a signal to the plant to stop flowering. So once flowering, pick and enjoy! Picking early in the morning for the best perfume.

Once they have finished flowering, dig the spent plants into the soil where they will add extra goodness.

Note: Sweet peas can suffer from powdering mildew fungus, so use a Rose Gun Advanced to control both fungus, as well as insect pests and mites.

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Yates has two new sweet peas – Pink Diana and May Gibbs Sweet Pea Fairy – in its range this autumn. The former is a long-stemmed, fragrant pink and the latter a ground-covering, pink and white bicolour.

The most popular Yates sweet pea is Colourcade, a cheery blend of mixed colours. It blooms early in the season, thus avoiding any late spring hot spells. Bijou is a popular, low-growing (to 60cm) variety that suits smaller gardens. Pixie Princess is a tiny sweet pea that doesn’t need support and looks at its best in an attractive container. There are many other sweet pea varieties available in the Yates range so it’s worth checking out the autumn seed stands.

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Flemington Racecourse Roses

Did you know Melbourne’s Flemington Racecourse, home of the Melbourne Cup, boasts the largest public rose garden in the Southern Hemisphere?

That is quite the responsibility for any gardener. Yet ‘Keeper of the Roses’ for over 30 years, Terry Freeman knows everything there is to know about caring for of over 16,000 roses bushes.

“In a funny way we are farming roses, not just growing them,” Freeman says. “Much like everything, you put as much as you can into it. The more effort you put into your roses, the better they perform.” (3)

Terry Freeman
Terry Freeman, Flemington Racecourse Chief Rose Wrangler
Photo Credit: James Greer for Crown’s Photo Finish Exhibition

According to ABC’s Gardening Australia, the roses were initially planted in the 1960’s as a cost cutting measure, to replace the more costly and labour intensive annuals they grew in the racecourse’s own nursery.

Nowadays roses and the races are synonymous. And to ensure they bloom in the first week of November to coincide with the Melbourne Cup, takes a lot of skill and knowledge of rose growing. It is an artful manipulation of their flowering time involving ‘pruning, watering, fertilising and pest control carried out to a strict regime’. (1) A bit like a ‘rose boot camp’.

A typical schedule comprises of one pruning and two trimmings a year for each of the 16,000 rose plants. They receive a solid feed of fertiliser, an all-Australian diet of Sudden Impact and Charlie Carp, three times a year in September, late November and late January.

“The carp-based feed deposits a slightly oily coating on the leaves, deterring black spot among the roses,” Freeman says.

An additional deterrent to black spot is a drip-irrigation watering system. (3)

Plus fortunately for Terry, he has an ample and free supply of top quality mulch to aid his efforts, collected from horse manure, straw and leaves dropped on the course.

“When roses are pruned, fed and watered on schedule, they will perform under almost any condition as they are sturdy plants. Never forget, though, that nature still has the last word.” (3)

Says Freeman: “We do all we can, but we are in the hands of the elements.”

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Flemington Rose Varieties

Flemington Racecourse’s roses are predominantly floribundas (they produce flowers in dense clusters). New roses are purchased as potted plants in December so they have time to settle in before the following November race schedule.

“We used to buy bare roots, but in the past three to four years we have been buying mostly potted plants as they establish more quickly,” says Terry Freeman.

It must be hard to have a favourite when you are passionate about roses and work with so many varieties, but according to the, “Freeman’s personal favourite is a rose called Grimaldi, a French floribunda with blooms that are salmon pink splashed with white. About 5000 of these roses are planted along the main driveway of the racecourse.” (3)

The Grimaldi Rose Photo Credit: Jilly Bennett Photography
The Grimaldi Rose Photo Credit: Jilly Bennett Photography

Love fragrant roses? Consider Chartreuse de Parme, a hybrid tea rose with deep magenta blooms or Abraham Darby, a David Austin rose with apricot/light-pink blooms. (3)

You can learn a lot from the experts on a guided tour of Flemington Racecourse, which delves into its fascinating history, including a tour of the rose gardens.






#PicturePerfectPetals Flower Photography Competition

Attention amateur photographers! We are offering a great excuse to get out and about in nature this October with our #PicturePefectPetals flower photography competition.

As with any art project, how one views, photographs and edits an image of the same flower will invariably produce remarkably different results and perspectives. We would like to inspire a love and appreciation for flowers and encourage budding amateur photographers to enter our comp. The lucky winner will receive a $250 Flowers for Everyone gift certificate for flower delivery in Sydney (valid for use until 31 December 2014).

To Enter:

1. Take a photo of a flower. Any flower.
2. Go to the Flowers for Everyone Facebook page ( and click on the tab ‘Enter our Photography Comp’


1. You can upload as many entries as you like. You can be creative as you like.
2. All entries are to be submitted by 31st October 2014.
3. Winner with the most votes will be notified and announced on Facebook 1st November 2014.

To see what the professionals are doing, take a look at these fine flower photographs and tips from the photographers featured on For the full article click here.

‘Cool’ by bfgstew


Stewart’s zoom blur flower heads have always stood out in the ePz gallery. He desired to create something much more than just a ‘plain flower shot’. “The method I adopted was purely accidental,” Stewart explains. “I just experimented in Photoshop for a few weeks until I achieved something that was eye catching.

“I had tried using the zoom effect ‘on camera’ but didn’t achieve the same results, my way you can really accentuate the central part of the flower, drawing the viewer in. The blur can and does take away any imperfections with focus and blemishes so all round it’s a win win combination.”

You can learn more about Stewart’s method in a tutorial he wrote for ePz a couple of years ago: Creating zoom blur flower heads

‘Kissing the Pink’ by mikesmith


According to ePz, a camera with a great macro facility has been at the forefront of Mike’s production of bold images, helping him to appreciate the colours and detail in flowers.

“When I bought my first digital camera, the first lens I bought was my trusty old Tamron 90mm. I started to sell my work around 5 years ago and made the decision to incorporate black velvet into each image. That way I knew the colour and detail would stand out and make an immediate impression on the viewer,” explains Mike.” I market my work as ‘photographic art for the home’ and I felt that the bold colours would stand out well and make strong statements on any wall.”

“I owe part of my skill set to my fellow ePz members. However, I have also learnt many techniques by experimenting myself. Many set ups can be fairly complex especially when it comes to lighting. The successful set ups often happen after long shoots experimenting with different lighting from different angles until I find the result that I am looking for. Sometimes I know what I want to achieve and others, I just end up liking one of the resulting shots.

The introduction of glycerine (another tip from a fellow ePz member a few years back) to some of my work adds yet another dimension and opens up a whole new avenue of flower photography.”

‘Blue Anemone’ by cattyal


You don’t need a professional studio to create amazing works of art. “Add to good light a sheet of paper for a background and maybe some greaseproof paper for diffusing the light and it’s an easy set up,” explains photographer Alison on ePz.

I also plant my garden very much with flowers for photographing in mind – that way I can just pop out of the back door and grab whatever takes my fancy.”

Nowadays, ePz explains, “Alison has no particular preference towards macro, full flower shots or a huge vase of them – anything goes. Quite simply, Alison likes flowers because they are pretty, they stay put (usually), don’t talk back or fidget and don’t object when being subjected to the occasional cruel treatment i.e. clamps or wire up the stems when they won’t pose naturally (which is actually quite rare).”

“I usually start out just shooting them against plain backgrounds – black velvet and white colormat,” explains Alison. “Once those are done I might rummage amongst my rather large collection of small vases and bottles and see what happens!”

ePz shares Alison’s advice if you want to have a go at photographing flowers using the most basic equipment: •A Good sized window •Some kind of background •A tripod •Clamp for holding flowers •Greaseproof paper for a diffuser

‘Bluebells’ by clintnewsham


“Clint first begin playing around with Photoshop back in 2006 after he started using a digital camera,” explains ePz. “As well as using flowers as the focus of his images, Clint also turns them into colourful, out of focus backgrounds”.

The photographers advice? “Pop down to the supermarket and buy the wife a colourful bunch of flowers, wait for her to arrange them nicely in a vase and put them on the window ledge. When she’s not looking, you can move them to a convenient place and use them as a back drop. Shoot at f/2.8 at a distance far enough away from the flowers and you get a nice out of focus background.”

‘Papaver Passion’ by MandyD


ePz explain that Mandy combined her interest in macro photography with her love for flowers to come up with the perfect photography subject for her to work with.

“As flowers are so diverse in colour, shape and texture they give me a wide range of choice,” explains Mandy. “There’s always something new appearing every day to get excited about.”

“I really like the shallow depth of field associated with macro lens. I usually turn this to my advantage by using large apertures in many of my images to create backgrounds that fall away to a beautiful blur, but for the Poppy shot I used f/22 and went in very close to capture its lovely detail throughout.”

‘Parchment’ by johnjohn01


John incorporates textural work in his flower photography to create a unique look all his own.

“The texture work started about the same time as my flower photography when I was shooting some Carnival Glass that used to belong to my grandmother,” explains John. “I didn’t like the background I had used and decided to change it rather than re-shoot. I added a texture layer to the image intending to erase the background and allow the texture to show. Before I erased the background though I played with the layer blending modes and really liked the effect of the texture over the glass. I then tried it on flowers and loved the effect.

Finding the right texture and effect is a matter of trial and error. I’ll play with an image adding various layers of texture and changing the blending mode and opacity until I achieve an image I like. If a texture doesn’t work then I’ll try others.

I still use the technique today although most of my recent work are high key flower portraits with no texture.”

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