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.
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.
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.
For the month of July we are offering FREE BONUS TULIP STEMS on our 20 and 30 stem tulip bouquets!
Purchase a beautiful tulip bouquet starting from $59.95 and receive free tulips to upsize your gorgeous gift.
Available in a variety of glorious colours including juicy orange, sunshine yellow, vibrant red, scrumptious purple, pretty pink and classic white, our tulip bouquets are great value and the ideal pressie for any occasion.
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.
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.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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!
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.
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.
A bud vase you say? What is a bud vase exactly? A bud vase has a small, narrow opening to fit one to three single flowers or foliage stems (or a miniature posy). The opening is usually no more than 5cm wide, thus restricting the amount of flower stems that will fit, and also enabling the single stem to be well supported.
Win a $250 flowers gift voucher just for putting a flower stem in a vase you say?
Yep, that’s correct. It may sound like a no-brainer, but the beauty of a bud vase and the thought that goes into styling it for a photo does take skill. Take a look at the work of Japanese Ikebana master Toshiro Kawase and you will see what we mean.
The Vase is as Important as the Flowers
Get creative with your bud vase. Scout op shops and garage sales or rummage through nanna’s kitchen cupboard. Use this as the basis of your design, then select your flower stem and/or foliage from there.
Getting the Photo Just Right
You may have a lovely bud vase arrangement but your picture lets you down. Instagram offers lots of lighting/colour effects but you still need to get the background and composition just right. Take a look at these examples below – whether you opt for a plain background or a scene set up with ‘props’ to create an overall look is up to you!
So unleash your inner florist and get arranging and instagram-ing folks! Happy creating.
*Remember – the prize is valid for flowers purchased and/or delivered in the Sydney metro only and to be redeemed within 12 months. Entries and voting end 8th January. Winner announced on Facebook and Instagram on 9th January.
Summer is on our doorstep and our hydrangea is flush! It was a family affair on the farm last weekend as we rolled up our sleeves to pick bunch after beautiful bunch of hydrangea to deliver to our customers.
Super Dooper Hydrangea Special
To celebrate these darling little florets of summer we have just launched a $55 Hydrangea Bouquet to our online flower shop for delivery anywhere in the Sydney metro.
And for this week only we are including a FREE Ecoya candle worth $19.95. Now that, dear friends, is what we call absolutely fabulous value.
To order your summertime hydrangea bouquet and receive a free ECOYA candle, click here!