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How Do You Take Your Tea?

Have you ever wondered why the Tea Tree was given it’s name? Well, if you have traveled or holidayed at Myall Lakes, Byron Bay or Fraser Island, then perhaps you could guess.  Tea trees are believed to have been named after observing the brown colouration of water caused by the leaching of tannins from the leaves of the tree in both salt and fresh waters. There are over 200 species of tea tree.

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Image; Tea Tree (Melaleuca alternifolia) via Australian Seed
Image; Common Tea Tree via ABC

Many people believe that bathing in water that has been leached by the Tea Tree has health benefits. When a water mass has Tea Tree plants growing in close proximity their supernatural oil slowly migrates into the water, creating what some consider to be a ‘medical bath’. The colour of the water resembles a cup of tea, with an oily film on top, which to be honest, is not all that appealing upon first inspection. But think about how the Tea Tree can work on your skin. Tea Tree oil has antibacterial properties, antifungal and antimicrobial properties, so can help keep away the bacteria that can cause spots. After a good ole soak you’ll come out looking refreshed, rejuvenated and revitalised. Many people also believe that swimming in Tea Tree waters slows down the ageing process!

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Image via Jend McCarty

Tea Tree is an Australian native, which means that this miracle treatment for just about anything is ALL AUSSIE! Aboringinal people have been using Tea Tree forever.  The Bundjalung people from North East NSW were among the first to use the Tea Tree plant for medicinal reasons. Tea Tree would be used to create a healing tea, but they would also take the leaves, crush them up and rub them into bites, grazes, burns and other skin irritations. Tea Tree can also be used as an insect repellent. According to Bodyecology, one legend even describes a magical lagoon where our native people bathed to heal their burns, cuts, and skin disorders. Tea trees surrounded the pool, and the fallen leaves created a natural healing bath.

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Image; Tea Tree Lkes

These days Tea Tree oil is used for many natural remedies to combat a variety of issues such as; acne, cold sores, warts, dandruff, ring worm, athlete’s foot, softens corns, reduce itch of insect bites and chicken pox .

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Image via Wafex

Some cultivated varieties of Tea Tree are also used as a cut flower that are ideal for native flower arrangements. It is perhaps an underrated material. Tea Tree is not a focal bloom so we use it as a transitional material; to fill spaces and make the arrangement appear more ‘full’. In recent years wholesalers have been offering particular lines in a variety of artificially dyed colours, so at times you may have seen hot pink or purple dyed tea tree. I am not a great fan of dyed products however as natives are often more neutral  or dull in colour, having a vibrant filler allows us to ‘pull’ more colour out of the natural pieces. For example, hot pink tea tree will make proteas appear more ‘pink’.

What are your thoughts?

Fwf x

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Quick Stick Decorating

Winter is a time to spend a little more time cosied up on the couch, or near the fire, so it makes great sense that we create an internal space that makes our hearts and soul sing.  The cooler temperatures mean that we are less social spending more time in our own homes, so it is nice to spend some of our energy doing some simple decorating. It is easy to stick your tried and tested methods of decorating, adding an indoor plant or a vase of cut fresh flowers, but winter offers up some interesting and long lasting alternatives to your regular fresh cut flowers or indoor plants.

Disiduous branches and sticks are a fantastic way of filling a vase for weeks at a time. Depending on what you choose you may or may not need to add water to the vase- and for someone like me who hates cleaning dirty vases of stinky water, this spells H-E-A-V-E-N! Some sticks, such as magnolia branches or cherry blossom for example will flower and bloom and will require a vaseful of fresh water, but believe me, the floral display is certainly worth the effort! Other branches are sold more for their architectural qualities and are striking in a vase en masse. In this case, you can choose to display them in a vessel without water. Any sticks that are displayed this way will become more brittle with time but in general, their appearance changes very little. As the branches become more brittle, it is advisable that they are not moved often, as you will see the branches breaking and becoming damaged.

So what can you get your hands on in the coming months? Well, consider these;

Budded magnolia branches are divine! The naked branches are shapely and interesting alone, but for a matter of weeks you can enjoy the pretty blooms in soft cream, mauve and pink tones. When the blooms are spent, simply pinch them off the stem, and enjoy the naked branches.

 

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Image via Pinterest

Lichen covered sticks are super interesting to look at;they look a bit moody and mysterious. The leafless branches are covered in silvery green flakes that resemble peeling paint. The branches bring a certain woodland vibe,  and the natural beauty of the forest.

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Image: Etsy

Dogwood is stunning throughout winter, with its reddish, golden glow. It is so different to the other sticks available with its vibrant colour, and adds visual warmth to a room or an arrangement.

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Pussy willow have furry buds called catkins along the length of their stems. Before they come into full flower, they are covered in a fine, grey fur, which leads to the comparison to ‘pussies’ or small cats.

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Image: The Spruce

 

Tortured Willow is a unique tree that is also known as curly willow, twisted willow or corkscrew willows due to its wiggly stems. It is a plant native to Korea and North Eastern China that was introduced to Australia for ornamental purposes, but when left, it invades riverbanks and creeks. All species of willow are considered weeds due to their invasive nature, as they have aggressive root systems that cause damage to footpaths and drains.  However as a cut material, it looks beautiful in its simplicity. Tortured willow does not require water, however if left dry, it will also become brittle, and break easily. If it is placed in water, the tortured willow will remain malleable, easily manipulated into different shapes- making it ideal for creating sculptures and wreaths. It will also quickly develop roots in water, so can be planted again.

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Image; Texas Tree Trimmers

 

Fruit tree Blossom are always popular, particularly cherry blossom, but there are many more fruit tree blossoms available such as peach blossom and apple blossom.

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Image; Apple Blossom by Pixabay

So, instead of sticking to what you know, give something different a go.

Fwf x

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Gifts from the Garden- II

After last weeks post on harvesting some of your gardens gifts, I noticed that on various social media platforms many other Sydney Florists had been having the same idea. Throughout this last week, keen gardeners have been busy bottling up their garden in preparation for the months ahead. And really, it is the perfect time to do so, before the cold weather really starts! Winter often brings on the undeniable desire for comfort eating, so following on from last week, we have a couple more treats for you to create from your flourishing garden that should hit the spot. Citrus should be in full swing now, so it makes it the ideal time to preserve lemons which you can utilise in a variety of sweet and savoury recipes, AND a gorgeous lemon curd; an excuse to make a delicious tart or a pie for dessert! YUM.

Preserved Lemon:

Preserving lemons is a pretty straight forward process, but to speed up the maturing process and to soften the rind, Taste suggests freezing the lemons first, letting them thaw overnight before preparing them with the salt.

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What you need;

5 Lemons

1 1/2C lemon juice *freshly squeezed from additional lemons

1/2C sea salt

You might also like to add 1 cinnamon sticks and/or 3 cloves for a twist on the traditional. Alternatively you can use bay leaves between each layer of lemons. You must work into sterilised jars to ensure that mould does not spoil your efforts.

Ensure that you clean the lemons sufficiently so that no dirt or dust remains on the exterior. Cut the lemons in quarters but not all the way down. Fill each lemon with as much salt as possible. The salt draws out the juice from the lemon, softening the rind. Pack the lemons into the jar and top the jar with the remaining salt. Pour the lemon juice over the lemons so that they are all covered. The jar should be stored in a cool spot, away from direct sunlight for at least 4 weeks. As the lemons settle you may find you need to add extra juice to ensure the lemons remain covered.

When you are ready to use your lemons, remove the pieces required from the jar and wash under cool running water. Use a sharp knife to remove the flesh, and pith from the rind. Discard both the flesh and pith. Finely slice/dice the rind to use.

Preserved lemon is a great addition Middle Eastern inspired meals and salads, it works brilliantly with roasted chicken, and it is fabulous to utilise in desserts. This little gift from the garden project will certainly be worthy of the time you invest.

Lemon Curd:

Curd is a dessert spread/topping/filling, that can be made from pretty much any fruit however generally citrus fruit is used. We have included a recipe using lemon, but you could just as easily use lime, mandarin or orange depending on what you have growing at home, as well as passion fruits, or berries.

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Creating the Curd;

2 whole eggs

2 egg yolks

3/4 C caster sugar

80g chilled unsalted butter

2 lemons, juice and zest

Whisk the whole eggs, egg yolks and caster sugar in a pan until smooth, then turn to a low heat. Add the butter, juice and zest and whisk continuously until thickened. Strain through a sieve.Curd usually keeps in the refrigerator for approximately two weeks.

Warm up the curd to add to pancakes, or as part of a sweet crepe filling, use it to top your cheesecake, a filling for a tart or just spread it on buttermilk scones. I think it is optimistic to think that it may keep for around two weeks….

Oh, and remember as the weather cools down, fresh flowers generally have a longer vase life. It makes it a great time to treat yourself or someone special. You can find great gift ideas on our website that can be delivered throughout Sydney, or pop in store to see what delights we have on offer!

Fwf x

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Gifts from the Garden – I

There’s nothing better than a thriving garden. For some it is not something that is easy to achieve and certainly many people struggle with keeping things alive, let alone thriving. There are plants that are easier than others to get going, and once you get it right, you can hit a sweet spot that sees things growing so well, that sometimes they stretch well over and above their peers, and start taking on more and more of the real estate within the garden.

When that happens in the herb garden (as it is for me right now) you have to get creative, and start to work out a way to use what you have immediately, or ways in which you can store them for use later.

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For me, Mint and Basil are two plants that get WAY TOO EXCITED; they are growing fast and spreading like weeds. (As a side note, we do live on the edge of a small rain-forest, and in a snake prone area and fragrant herbs are said to be a deterrent- rest assured, these plants are going nowhere!)

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Image: BASIL Home Guides via Pinterest

The basil plants are now getting so big that they end up growing horizontal from the weight- I just cannot keep up with the growth, and let’s be realistic- adding a few basil leaves to your pasta sauce just ain’t going to cut it if you are attempting to use what you grow without wastage.

So today, I’m sharing a couple of my favourite recipe ideas for you to enjoy, if or when your herb garden is flourishing.

My Lychee Mojito;

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My Lychee Mojito can be enjoyed with or without alcohol. Image; Serving Joy

Ahhh, nothing like an alcoholic beverage tarted up with tropical fruits and herbs to make you feel like you have escaped the rat race and are away on holidays somewhere luxurious. This recipe might be a little softer on the alcohol than if you were to order it at a bar, but the focus is instead on the fresh herb flavour. If you like it stronger hold back on the soda.

1T Brown sugar

10-15 mint leaves

1 Lime (cut into wedges)

200ml Soda Water/Sparkling Mineral Water

60ml White Rum (Bacardi)

3 lychees

Ice as required

Start by placing the lime wedges in the bottom of the glass along with the sugar- muddle them together so that the juices are released from the lime. Place the mint leaves in your hands and ‘clap’- the bruising will release the oils from the leaves, along with the flavour. Throw these in the glass along with the rum, then top the glass up with soda, lychees, and ice. If you like your drink sweeter, you can add a little of the lychee juice from the can. This drink is equally enjoyable sans alcohol; in fact it has been quite a few years since I have added alcohol to it with three littlies around. It is so fresh and tasty and certainly makes a tasty drink to enjoy at the end of the day or at a party without feeling it the next day.

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Basil Pesto is best enjoyed fresh, but with an extra layer of olive oil, can last for months. Image; Taste

The Besto Pesto;

Basil grows thick….and quick. It is hard to keep up when it is thriving, but then again, for many months throughout the year it doesn’t grow well at all. By harvesting your crop and turning it into delicious pesto, you can enjoy pastas, salads and more anytime! Plus, it freezes well so you can half your batch and putting it in ice cubes for quick defrosting!

2 C (firmly packed) fresh basil leaves

1/2 C nuts (lightly toasted in a non stick pan)- I like pine nuts and blanched almonds best

1/2 C freshly grated Parmesan cheese

3 garlic cloves, minced

1/2 C Extra Virgin Olive Oil

A pinch of salt

Pesto is super easy- you basically just pop it all in the food processor and hit GO! You can add slightly more or less olive oil depending on how ‘lose’ you like it.

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If you have any plants that are growing particularly well and you need some help with recipe ideas to use the excess, drop us a line in the comments section or via our Facebook page.

Fwf x

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Last Chance to Bury Your Bulbs for Spring!

Quick! With May coming to an end, Autumn is almost over and Winter is on it’s way.  If you haven’t planted your bulbs already, it’s time to get busy! Now is the time to put in your last ditch effort to give yourself gorgeous flowers throughout Spring.

What can you plant? There are many different types of bulbs that may appeal. Many bulb plants can be poisonous, so be careful what you choose.  Common plants like the daffodil are one of the most frequent causes of accidental poisoning- can you believe that!!?? They contain toxic alkaloids that can cause dizziness, abdominal pain and when eaten, even convulsions. Generally the symptoms are fairly manageable and treatment at home is sufficient, still, you should be careful.

There is also a wide variety of plants that have beautiful fragrances so make gorgeous additions to an already established garden.

Popular springtime bulbs include;

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Daffodils- there are many varieties of daffodils, so you can choose one, or plant a mixture throughout your garden for interest. Daffodils generally flower naturally late winter/early spring although you will see some varieties being ‘forced’ to flower earlier in the year commercially. Daffodil day takes place on August 25th and there are always plenty around.

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Image; Freesias via Thompson- Morgan

Freesias- freesias blooms are gorgeously delicate and highly perfumed. They are available in a variety of colours. Interestingly after a few seasons, you will find that the coloured varieties will revert back to white/yellow blooms, which is the natural (un-hybridised) version of the species.

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Gladioli- long and dramatic blooms. Although not technically a bulb, but a ‘corm’, Gladioli can add a touch whimsy to your garden, almost as though you have fallen down the rabbit hole. They are available in a variety of pastel and bright colours as well as stunning white. Inconveniently, gladioli do not like tap water due to the levels of fluoride. They have been found to be extremely sensitive to fluoride which causes petals edges to deteriorate, florets will not open, and the sheaf burns/yellows or darkens.

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Image; Hyacinth via Longfield Gardens

Hyacinth- highly perfumed short stemmed blooms in whites, creams, pinks, mauves, blues and violet.

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Image; Siberian Iris via Gardening Know How

Iris- dramatic leafy spears sprout from the ground opening to striking blue, yellow and white frilly blooms.

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Image; Lily of the Valley via God’s Growing Garden

Lily of the Valley- are an extremely popular wedding bloom due largely to their divine perfume and delicate appearance. This makes them a gorgeous addition to your garden if these blooms were used in your wedding bouquets, plus as an added bonus, they have lovely lush foliage as well.

Certainly a gorgeous (however not exhaustive) list of bulbs that you could plant in the next couple of weeks. Just think, a little work now, could have outstanding results over the next few months.

Enjoy.

Fwf x

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Countdown to Chelsea

This morning I opened up my Facebook feed to find that an old travel companion had created an installation for this years Chelsea Flower Show. Is it really that time again….already? Jo was a uni student when we met many moons ago in Central America, but she has since forged a successful career in interior design and prop styling. The display she has created for the flower show features a Sunflower garden, made entirely of fabric and paper, held together no doubt with the assistance of every tradie lady’s favourite tool, the hot glue gun.

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Image; Jo Bailey

The Chelsea Flower show runs from Tuesday May 23rd til Saturday May 27th this year and promises to provide new ideas, fresh inspiration and as always wonderful, eye catching, stunningly beautiful garden displays. In addition to 28 gardens, and 100 plant displays, this year there is also a secret garden which is only visible from a viewing platform, BBC Radio 2 Feel Good Gardens with each garden focused on heightening one of the 5 senses, a fruit and vegetable garden with over 50 varieties of edible produce, urban murals and much, much more.

The Chelsea Flower Show is certainly on the bucket list for most florists, and for those who are lucky enough to get there this year, I’m sure it won’t disappoint. As this is the first show after Brexit, the show organisers were keen to rethink the show and it certainly has been reinvigorated, with lots of fresh content which has been key in the increased interest in the event. In the past the tickets have been slow to sell with tickets even available on the day. However this year, unbelievably, the popular show sold out more than 2 weeks before it opens, and now tickets are being offered online for £1300 a pair!

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Also this year, Dame Judi Dench is being celebrated; having a gorgeous apricot toned rose named in her honour. The rose has a medium tea scent, and is a David Austin style rose.

Judi isn’t alone though, over the years many celebrities have had roses named in their honour. Barbara Streisand, an avid rose fan, has a deliciously fragrant lilac rose named after her. Freddie Mercury fans are said to have fund raised over 2000 pounds to breed a yellow rose in his honour 2 years after his death. The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge (William and Catherine) had a soft apricot rose that opens to white named in their honour at the show in 2011. And Julie Andrews had a rose named in her honour at the Chelsea Flower show back in 1992.

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Image; Barbara Streisand rose via Telegraph
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Image; William and Catherine Rose by David Austin

I can’t wait to see the photos emerging next week when the show opens, and I am keen to see how the public receives the new format and new features. As always, for the moment anyway I will admire the pictures from afar, but one day, maybe one day I will get there myself!

Stay tuned!

Fwf x

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Order with Us and Support a Local Family Business

Well, in case you missed it, it’s Mother’s Day THIS WEEKEND people! And whilst things are heating up to be another busy year, we are still accepting orders.

Yesterday the Australia Flower Association warned customers to be sure who is supplying their Mother’s Day flowers after the an increase in the amount of complaints stemming from online orders. This is particularly the case where a company is set up to look like a local florist, but it simply an ‘order gatherer’. Whilst some companies are honest and upfront about the structure and purpose of their business, others are using somewhat underhanded tricks and techniques, and increase their marketing reach to ensure they are attracting a large share of the business, without following through on customer orders, and effectively managing customer expectations or resolving complaints. Instead, hidden commissions and fees make it impossible for the executing florists to adequately fulfill the order. In addition to tha,t orders were sent out incorrectly, or not at all, and were reported to be poor value for money.

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Cyclamen Plants are a classic Mother’s Day choice

An order gatherer exclusively has an online presence- there is no bricks and mortar store, although many have been found to be claiming to be based in a particular suburb at a particular address, although no florist exists there at all. This is not a problem that is exclusive to florists, many industries have similar bodies collecting orders in a similar way.

What is the result? Whilst the order gatherer makes a tidy profit from you, an ever increasing percentage of the market is left UNHAPPY, blaming the small business who executes the order, which is often undervalue. In some cases undisclosed commission rates of up to 65%  were inbuilt in the products being ordered. This obviously misleads the consumers who would expect to get the full value from their order.

“The Association is warning consumers prior to Mother’s Day to ensure they can make their flower purchasing decisions from an informed position”, said Mr Holborn, The Flower Association Executive Officer.

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Would mum love this ‘Petite Surprise Box’

So what do you do to avoid getting stung? Order from your local florist. That may sound simple, and if you know the email address, go straight there…. BUT some sneaky businesses also buy domain names close to the name of reputable businesses or using a suburb name + florist to intentionally confuse customers. Walk into the shop and speak to your customer service member.

Our regular customers know that we are a small business. Florist with Flowers is a single site florist providing a fabulous selection of fresh cut flowers, indoor plants and gift ware. You can come in store and select the item you want to send, knowing that it will arrive looking as you had imagined. You can also order online knowing that we will fulfill the order as envisaged. And where you leave us to be creative, you can be assured a high quality product will be produced using premium fresh cut flowers.

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Send mum this ‘Honouring Mum’ bouquet

Florist with Flowers do also provide assistance with relay services, and we will guide you in how to best get something lovely delivered to your loved one interstate or overseas when we can not fulfill the order ourselves. This includes sticking to simple colour schemes where the florist is free to use what is the season’s best in their location, or by sending one variety of flowers en masse. This takes the risk out of cheap filler flowers being used or unnecessary substitutions, and still makes a statement by ‘wow’-ing the recipient with a full and generous display.

We pride ourselves on offering a variety of products at different price points to suit each and every mum, and budget. Our Mother’s Day menu this year features gift ideas from $45 that can be delivered. We will also have a selection of cash and carry items available in store over the weekend.

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A Native display like ‘Wild at Heart’ will have mum enjoying flowers long after Mother’s Day has come and gone. Win!

Fwf x

 

 

 

 

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Mother’s Day Messages

“All that a child needs is great love”

– Laila Gifty Akita

Mother’s Day is an annual event which takes place on the second Sunday of May in Australia. It is a day of celebration, a day of honour and a day of thanks. Mother’s day celebrates the matriarch of the family, but also honours the general idea of motherhood and maternal bonds. For florists, it is one of the busiest times in our year. This is partly because, unlike events such as Valentine’s day which is exclusively celebrated on ONE day,  Mother’s day seems to extend over a whole weekend- from Friday to Sunday. And unlike Valentine’s day where you would expect to only receive one gift (right?), it would not be unusual for some mums to receive multiple gifts from different offspring. So for us, next week will be a heads down, bums up kinda week!

Parenthood is a pretty tough task. Each day you give so much of yourself just helping your child find the best version of themselves. Sometimes you feel like there is nothing left for yourself, and many times, it feels like what you are doing for others goes unnoticed. Other parents will understand how many nights you lie awake painstakingly going over things in your head, and wondering if there is something you could have done better or different. And the decision making! My god, I used to consider myself quite a decisive person in my life pre-children. I guess everything is easier when you only have yourself to consider. And that in one simple notion is what parenting is all about- Thinking of others always, and never putting yourself first. Psychology Today says ‘Parenting is the ultimate long-term investment. Be prepared to put far more into it than you get out of it, at least for some time.’

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So as Mother’s Day rolls around, what can you say in one card message or in one gift that could possibly sum up everything you want and need to say to your mother? It is a tall order isn’t it? A Mother’s Day gift somehow manages to combine so many feelings and ideas into one neatly wrapped package. It says; Thank you. I love you. I’m grateful for you and all you do. It got me to thinking about what I would like to hear from the people I love most? What do mums really want/need to hear from their loved ones on Mother’s Day?

I know I can always count on you

You are enough; you try hard enough, you are good enough, we have enough, you play enough, you teach enough.

I know I am loved

I always feel supported

You are my safe place

I love you

I admire you

You make life interesting

I’m happy

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Whatever you choose to say, whatever you want your mother to know, know that we have created some beautiful gifts to accompany the words that you put together for her this Mother’s Day. Whether mum favours freshly cut flower bouquets, or indoor plants, Florist With Flowers has something that will make her day. We are offering Sydney wide deliveries as always, and also offer relay services for orders out of the area. Check out our Mother’s Day menu here, or call 02 9871 1666

Fwf x

 

 

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Mum’s the Word

Did you know that the saying- “Mum’s the Word” actually has no connection with mums or mothers? For some reason I guess I assumed that it was a reference to your mum being your ultimate confidant, that no matter what you confided in her, she would always remain loyal. After all isn’t that what we have all grown up basically believing- that your mother will love you no matter what?

But no, the mum actually refers to ‘mmm’, suggestive of the noise you make when you keep your lips sealed unable or unwilling to speak; a hum perhaps. ‘Mum’ is a Middle English word meaning silent which is derived from ‘mummer’, an actor in a pantomime, using only actions to tell the story and no speech. We know this as ‘miming’.

Most notably used in Shakespeare’s Henry IV, Part 2 Act 1, Scene 2; “Seal up your lips and give no words but mum.” The origins of the phrase are first found in print in the 14th century in William Langland’s poem ‘Piers Plowman’.

These day ‘mum’s the word’ or ‘keeping mum’ are phrases used colloquially to mean keeping quiet or keeping things secret. Presents and surprises are one thing that you need to keep quiet, so keeping ‘mum’ for Mother’s Day is not such a bad idea. Now, I KNOW I am not alone when I say, I can’t believe it’s going to be Mother’s Day again, soon! The Florist calendar is pretty busy from December to May what with Christmas, New Year, Chinese New Year, Valentines Day, Easter and Anzac Day, so it is with mild disbelief that I write this blog post- Mothers Day is just over 2 weeks away! Wait, what?

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Mothership Orchid presentation pot
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Balmy Rustic Trough arrangement

Now I know that I could never replace my beautiful mother, and would not intentionally forget her- but life is busy right? Our Mother’s Day menu is already available for you to peruse. So why wait? Before the panic sets in and before you find yourself short, check out the floral offerings we have for you. In addition to lovely fresh cut flowers, remember that we are able to create gift hampers for mum by adding chocolates, wine, balloons or candles. We have a selection of gorgeous fresh flower bouquets and arrangements in bright colours and pastels, soft feminine blooms, tropical flowers and native flora available for delivery throughout Sydney. We have also included a selection of flowering indoor plants beautifully presented wrapped, or in ceramic containers and stunning vase arrangements. And remember we also offer relay services for anyone who has mum living in out of area, interstate, or overseas.

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Gift Vouchers are available for purchase

Can’t decide but want to get organised now? Why not let mum choose her own delights by giving her a gift voucher to use instead- you can choose the amount you want to spend, and then mum can choose how to spend it. This allows mum to buy large arrangements or smaller market fresh bunches to fill vases around her home when it suits.

As always, our friendly team is on standby should you need to discuss any special requests in store or on the phone  02 9871 1666

Fwf x

 

 

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The Red ‘Flanders’ Poppy

For any date of significance when it comes to war, an image of a red poppy has been firmly etched on my brain. Stunningly vibrant, and richly red, the poppy is a symbol of remembrance.

The Red Poppy is also known as the Flanders Poppy, and was first described as the flower of remembrance by Canadian Colonel John McCrae. McCrae composed a poem scrawled on a page of his book while in charge of a small first-aid post, which has since become famously known as “Flanders’ Field”. The poem describes the graves of the fallen soldiers simply marked by red poppies.

For Aussies, Red poppies have special significance as they were the first flower to bloom throughout the battlefields after the First World War, in northern France and Belgium. It was believed that the vivid red of the poppy had come from the blood of their comrades soaking the ground.

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Image: PNEPS Visual Arts.

Poppies are generally available in Australia throughout the middle of the year, around July and August. They have a crepe paper texture, and soft stems, so are quite delicate. They are often scolded on the base of their stems, and are best kept in low levels of water, which is said to encourage the poppies to ‘stretch’ and therefore allow more of the blooms to pop open rather than deteriorating.

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Image: Forster Anglican ANZAC Day service at the National War Memorial Wellington.

A.N.Z.A.C (Australian and New Zealand Army Corp) Day falls on April 25 each year and commemorates the day that Australian and New Zealand troops rallied together with other allies in an attempt to capture the Gallipoli peninsula. As we know, it was not meant to be, and upon landing on Gallipoli that were met with fierce resistance, and were embattled for 8 months. When the allied forces were finally evacuated in 1915, both sides had suffered great loss in human life,  and endured immense hardships. Every April 25th, Australians remember the huge sacrifice the ANZACs made. Although the mission they set out to accomplish at Gallipoli failed, the ANZAC spirit triumphed and would be forever remembered.

Fresh poppies are a pretty tall order at this time of year so you will notice that often artificial blooms adorn the wreaths laid at the memorials. But interestingly, you will rarely see them substituted by any other bloom in their place on the traditional laurel leaf wreath.

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Image: Eternity News

Cloth red poppies are sold by the RSL to fund raise for their welfare activities. They are an exact replica in terms of size and colour of the Flanders Poppy that was found in the battlefields following the WW1.

If you are unable to get your hands on a fresh, artificial or cloth red poppy for ANZAC day this year, Rosemary is also a symbol of remembrance and is readily available.  Rosemary grew wild on the Gallipoli peninsula, so has a special significance for ANZAC day. Rosemary is also said to improve one’s memory.

They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old:
Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.
At the going down of the sun and in the morning,
We will remember them.

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