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Meet the team: 60 seconds with Jenny M

Mar 4, 2016

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Jenny Mantis (Jenny.2) has been an integral part of the Melbourne Florist team and family for over 15 years.

An ex-flight attendant for Emirates, Jenny brings a strong customer service background to the florist and also helps look after the admin side of the business.

Jenny has always loved the vibrant colours and sweet scent of flowers and she believes they’re the ultimate pick me up! Her favourite flower is the fragrant oriental lily.

In her spare time Jenny enjoys cooking, taking long walks along the beach and fun girl’s nights out!

February Birth Flower – Violet

Feb 17, 2016

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Representing faithfulness, wisdom and hope, the Violet is February’s birth flower. Known for their heart shaped leaves and five delicate petals, Violets traditionally come in shades of purples, but are also available in blue and white.

Used by the ancient Romans as a medicinal herb, violets can be eaten raw or cooked and are often used in desserts.

The Australian native violet and African violets are two of the most popular varieties, growing well in most areas of the country, blooming during the warmer months.

Potted violets make an ideal indoor plant, preferring a cool shady spot away from direct sunlight and needing minimal care.

Rose colours & meanings

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Classic and elegant, roses have been used for hundreds of years to send heartfelt messages and continue to be the most popular flower on Valentine’s Day.

Each coloured rose is known to carry its own meaning and significance, here’s our top three:

Red: represents true love and enduring passion, ideal for anniversaries and romantic occasions Pink: represents admiration and happiness, perfect for a new romantic interest or friend Orange: represents attraction and conveys a message of friendship and love together

You can also mix rose colours like red and pink, to express combined meanings like happiness and love…

Call our friendly florists to put together a meaningful Valentine’s Day bouquet!

Valentine’s Day – a brief history

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Valentine’s Day – also known as Saint Valentines Day, is celebrated with the exchange of cards, chocolate, gifts and flowers – but do you know where this tradition began?

It’s said, an early Christian bishop named Valentine was executed on 14 February for performing illegal marriage ceremonies and left a farewell love message signed ‘from your Valentine’!

References to Valentine’s Day can also be found in ancient Roman and Greek Mythology, and the rose was associated with Venus or Aphrodite – the goddess of love.

Today, the red rose is considered most romantic and symbolises love, but pink and orange flowers are also popular gifts.

Visit our Facebook and Instagram page for some great Valentine’s Day offers…

Floral Emblems of Australia

Jan 20, 2016

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Did you know each Australian State and Territory has a unique floral emblem? Victoria was the first State to appoint one, selecting the pink Common Heath in 1958.

Native to the southeastern states of Victoria, Tasmania and South Australia, the red, pink or white tube-like flowers of the Common Heath bloom from autumn to spring and attract birds like the honeyeater.

Other floral emblems include the Waratah (NSW), Cooktown Orchid (QLD), Sturt’s Desert Pea (SA) and Kangaroo Paw (WA). The Golden Wattle was announced as our national floral emblem on 1 September 1988.

Talk to our florists to order a bouquet of natives for Australia Day!

January Birth Flower – Carnation

Jan 6, 2016

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The Carnation is January’s birth flower, a ruffled bloom that represents love, fascination and distinction. Carnations come in many colours with each possessing a unique meaning – pink means affection, white means pure love and yellow means disappointment.

Carnations are exotic to Australia but have been grown commercially since 1954. They originated in the Mediterranean where the Greeks and Romans used them as crowning garlands during important ceremonies.

Carnations are an edible flower, used for cake decorations and to make the French liquor Chartreuse. Keep Carnations moist but try not to overwater, they can last quite a while, cut or planted.

Happy New Year!

Jan 1, 2016

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Merry Christmas

Dec 24, 2015

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Christmas Holly – a short history

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Featuring prickly green leaves and small red berries, Holly is a popular Christmas flower. Dating back to ancient Roman times, Pagans gave it to the god Saturn to promote healthy agriculture.

Centuries later, Celtic priests wore Holly crowns during forest ceremonies. Today, Holly symbolises truth and is said to provide protection from negative thoughts – a great plant for the New Year!

Hang a wreath of Holly on your front door to invite family and friends into your home this Holiday season. Or plant a Holly bush in your garden or balcony; they do well in the cooler Southern states of Australia.

December birth flower – Poinsettia

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Deep scarlet and green in colour, the Poinsettia is December’s birth flower and a popular decoration for Christmas. Made up of clusters of red leaves, the ‘flower’ sits in the centre.

Originating in Mexico and used by the indigenous people for its fever-reducing qualities and reddish dye, the Poinsettia naturally flowers in autumn and winter, and grows best in warm climates.

In Australia, the Poinsettia is made to flower during summer by placing it in a darker position and mimicking the short winter days. Keep your Poinsettia in a warm spot, protected from wind and frost, with about 6 hours of indirect sunlight.