The perfect way to say Thank You



You know how sometimes you just have a really full heart? Overwhelmed with love and gratitude. That's how I felt a few months ago when a half of a tree fell on my car during a big storm - my kids were even trapped inside! Luckily they were safe, but we were quite stuck during a big storm. The family who came to our aid had just had a death in their family, but they took the kids to swim in their pool, they gave me a cup of hot tea and they delivered the flowers in the car that were supposed to be taken to a house down the street. After the whole ordeal I just wanted to thank them for all the kindness they showed us during a stressful time in their lives (and a little stress in ours).

That's what the Luxe Gift Hamper is all about -  a basket of really soft beautiful flowers, and other lovely treats from local handyladies - Cleanse by Hepzabeth Soap Makers, Hutwoods Candles, and Salt and Glow body products. You have the option of choosing from three sizes too, big, bigger or very very big. It's a really special way to say thank you, a thoughtful gift, a basket of love.


Australian florists – why don’t we celebrate Australian flowers?

It's time we started celebrating Native Flowers

Australia has arguably the world’s most unique and diverse wildflowers. Native flowers are a dream for floristry – they just last forever and hold their shape incredible well. They are excellent for interior design – just a bud or two in a minimalistic vase and your whole room is transformed. As Lauren Vardy from Rent.com.au explains, "The ability to include portable plant and flower elements in open glass bowls or terrariums is a must, particularly for renters in Australia, who often face restrictions stopping them from hanging pieces from walls. Having plants on pedestals in unused corners, windows or a blank wall with bright flowers is just another way to maximise space."


The benefits of having beautiful flowers around the house aren't just cosmetic. Fiona Tuck, Sydney Nutritionist elaborates: "We all know it's healthy eating a diet high in plants, but plants and flowers also provide health benefits such as helping to purify the air that we breathe (...) plants help clean the air at home of household gases such as benzene, formaldehyde and carbon monoxide."

A vast range of native flowers are hypo-allergenic, they don’t have the heavy fragrances or sneezy pollens like more traditional flowers.

For stunning floristry designs these are our go-to top five:

     King Protea

King Proteas are easily recognisable for their huge regal heads atop thick stems. They come in a range of varieties – like the King Pink protea with blush pink tones. The King White Protea is a dream flower for florists and have made a huge comeback in bridal bouquets. They last and last, and always keep their shape which is a great relief for a blushing bride on a hot summer wedding day! (We do claim this as our own but they did originate in South Africa, but grow so well in our dry climate)

Banksia

The gnarly old Banksia tree provides us with a great flower – all bristly, some say like a toilet brush!  Our favourite is the Banksia Coccinea, bright red bristles which are excellent as a design feature in a single vase or with some small weathered branches. They come in red, yellow, orange and green tones so it’s easy to find a variety to suit your nest floral design project.

Leucadendron

Where would we be without Leucs? They’re a great filler flower but more than that, they come in great tones and give lift and texture to arrangements. Safari Sunset is by far our most popular leucadendron – multi-stemmed, long lasting and deep burgundy just as the name suggests.

Silver Dollar Eucalyptus

Yes, yes I know it’s not a flower, but its popularity has sky-rocketed recently and Silver Dollar is just so versatile. You can even pop some in a grey ceramic vase and on its own it looks incredible. We love it for it’s bluey grey colour, there’s no other foliage like it. It’s always on the top of our list for bridal bouquets.

Waratah

Waratah flowers are the native flower equivalent to peonies – very seasonal so all the more prized when they’re available. They flower full and red in Spring filled with incredibly delicate red detail set off by dark zig-zag-like leaves. Just writing about them makes me itch for them again, they are eye-catching in floral bouquets and a prized feature flower in larger arrangements.

Australian wildflowers are well-known the world over for their longevity, their unique textures and stunning colour schemes. We need to embrace and embrace and celebrate them! Do you have a personal favourite?

You'll find any of these Australian native flowers in your local Sydney florist, or just drop in and see what other Australian and Sydney flowers they have in store for you this time of year. 

Glitz and Glam Oriental Wedding Bouquets


Finally sharing some more recent bridal flowers, like these chic bouquets we made for a wedding at Tetsuyas. This bride sent us a photo of an elegant, deep maroon bouquet with a really feminine feel and we used it as inspiration for her wedding flowers. 

We knew that each table at the wedding reception would feature a single red vanda orchid in a small vase so decided to make vanda orchids a part of the bouquets too. For some lightness we mixed in the cymbidium orchids, and just a few cream hypericum berries. Siam tulips, carnations and alstromeria form the body of the bouquet, each with their own textures and glamour. I love how the deep red and black satin ribbon adds drama and elegance.




We're always happy to take Wedding flower bookings, and happy to chat if you're just starting to gather ideas for your own wedding, or definitely know what you want. Just give us a call on (02) 9745 1668 anytime or send a quick email and we will be in touch.

Late Spring Floral Designs at Urban Flower


We've been leaning into really romantic tones and bouquets this month. Frilly roses, divine smelling David Austins, and popcorn hydrangea have made their debut again too.
We bought armfuls of Phalaenopsis stems for race day fascinators and to add a little luxe to our bouquets. Everyone has been asking for corsages (like every second phone call!) and we're going a little corsage crazy!


We're about to launch a new hamper range so we're gathering pretty pieces to fill them. Like Bramble and Hedge nougat which we have become very enamored with. I hope to show off the new hamper range very soon.

Carli x 

Five Favourite Ways to Give Roses on Valentine's Day

What is it about red roses? 
Celebrate love with a fifty-stemmed bouquet... 


A delicate glass bowl of curated red blooms...


Showcase each premium bloom with a spectacular rose pot...


A simple gesture of love with a bouquet



Or a front-facing vase for that dynamic first impression...


For red roses, shop our romance range or talk to one of our friendly florists today, call us on (02) 9745 1668.

Today's Perfect Posies



Thirty-five perfect white posies.
For Portobello PR in Paddington, something petite and pretty to accompany press-kits for Sebamed Australia



Three Beautiful Funeral Wreaths

Funeral wreaths (also called Sympathy Wreaths) are floral tributes most often sent to the funeral service to express sorrow, sentiment and love. Symbolically, funeral wreaths have been made as a remembrance of the enduring, circular nature of life. Aesthetically they are a beautiful reminder of life and it's beauty, and also can be a quite personal link the the loved one who has passed away. We make a range of sizes, colours and styles of funeral wreaths at Urban Flower. I've chosen these three to show the variation, from vibrant reds to elegant, delicate floral whites. 





To find out more about the range of Sympathy and Funeral Flowers we offer, you can find other blog posts here and our view our range in our online store here.

Cranberry and Dusty Pink Wedding Flowers





Today I wanted to share these gorgeous wedding flowers Jules conjured up some time ago now. There's no shying away from the pink wedding trend here. I just adore these colour combinations so much - bespoke greens and blush pink, deep maroon, hints of white and woodland elements too. 

It takes a courageous bride to play with deeper colours like cranberry, but when they come together this well, the result is simply stunning - a rich warmth, sensual tones and dramatic hues add real beauty to the day. 

Here are a few bridal party photos from Marlene and Travis' special day (loving that whole tribe of bridesmaids!) taken in Lisgar Gardens, Hornsby.






King Protea Wedding Bouquet in Macquarie Park


This has to hands-down be one of my favourite weddings that we have done - I love that Jess wanted to make a white King Protea the champion of her clutch of flowers. The green bush foliage and paper daisies work seamlessly to beautify Jess and Daniel's wedding day, their botanical Eden Gardens setting, and reflect their relaxed style.






All photography courtesy of Bless Photography
Ceremony and reception held at Eden Gardens in Macquarie Park
Jess wears a Maggie Sottero wedding gown.
Wildflowers sourced from East Coast Wildflowers

Choosing Sympathy Flowers

It may come as a surprise, but the majority of flowers we prepare for delivery are Sympathy flowers. Many customers seem a little unsure when it comes to sending bereavement flowers Death often comes by surprise and leaves us wondering how to let the bereaved families know we care. We've put together some of our popular choices on the Urban Flower website to make the task a little easier. 

When choosing Sympathy Flowers, we suggest you:

Choose something easy-to-care for. Arrangements are less hassle than bouquets, all they require is to be watered once a day. Similarly, already-vased bouquets don't require the recipients to go searching the house for a vase of their own. 
- Choose something long-lasting. Native flowers are a popular choice for this reason. Orchids in all their varieties are also long-lasting.
- Consider pastels tones, white and more subdued classic colours. But, if you know the recipient well and you know they would appreciate bright, happy colours then that is perfectly fine too.
- Consider a leafy indoor plant or succulent bowl. With just a water every now and then, plants can live forever, be replanted in gardens and provide a special gift which can be appreciated long-term.


Fishbowl arrangements are a very thoughtful sympathy gift. Pure Delight showcases oriental lilies displayed with fine foliage, smooth river pebbles, and spear grass.  I have delivered these as a Sympathy gift on countless occasions and each time, they are received with awe and appreciation.


Broome is elegant and long-lasting. The orchids and native flowers are beautifully arranged in a ceramic trough.


White roses are often chosen as a bereavement gift. Our Pure Love arrangement with white roses and lush green foliage can be made in a few different sizes and price points.

We hope that these ideas have helped you. If you have any other questions don't hesitate to call us on (02) 97451668.

You may also be wondering where to have these Sympathy Flowers sent to and what to write on your card message. Perhaps you've been given the responsibility to choose funeral flowers for a loved one and need some direction. We answer those questions in the following posts: