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Flowers For Your Valentine

Valentine’s Day is just around the corner, and I can hardly believe it – it seems like it was Christmas only a couple of week ago! By now florists and gift stores everywhere are kicking into gear to prepare for the big day, but why do we even celebrate it?


Where Did the Day Originate?


Well, it’s connected to a Saint who lived in Rome in 270 AD, named Valentine, and there are a few stories floating around about why the day was named after him. The first most recognized saying was that the Roman Emperor of the time, Claudius II, outlawed the marriage of young couples, because he believed that single men made better soldiers. The priest Valentine protested this and married them in secret, but he we was eventually found out and sentenced to death on February 14th. In another story Valentine was thrown in jail for refusing to give up his Christian beliefs, and while waiting his execution, he fell in love with the jailer’s daughter. On the day of his death, February 14th, he wrote her a note signed ‘From Your Valentine’. Over the years the British and Europeans romanticized the day, and turned it into a celebratory day to express your love for the special people in your life.


Valentine’s Day Doesn’t Mean Red Roses Only


Red roses immediately pop into people’s heads when they think of Valentine’s Day. They are a classic choice and symbolise romance and true love, but they are not the only rose with meaning. Pink roses over all represent grace and sweetness, while lighter tones are tenderness and darker pinks mean gratitude. Purple roses signify love at first sight and desire. Orange says passion and enthusiasm. Yellow roses convey friendship and joy. Green roses denote peace and tranquility, and last but not least, white symbolizes purity and innocence.


Big bunch of multicoloured roses in orange, white, purple and pink.
Stunning bunch of multicoloured roses.

So What To Get?


As for what you should send your love for Valentine’s Day, you’ve got a wealth of options. If you’re looking to make an impression but not overwhelm, a single red rose is perfectly romantic. A timeless choice is a beautiful bouquet of red roses, a dozen or half a dozen is gorgeous, and if you wanted something magnificent 2-dozen or 3-dozen is definitely the way to go. We will also be doing amazing boxed roses, simple and elegant. If roses aren’t what you need, a stunning bouquet of their favourite flower or a mix of seasonal blooms will convey your love just as much as roses. We can also send your flowers with a bottle of champagne and a box of artisan chocolates. This year we have a divine choice of chocolates from Zokoko (trust us, we’ve sampled them!), perfect for the chocolate lover in your life. We are also very excited to be getting in a gorgeous range of luxury hand poured soy candles from Lumira, which we can absolutely send with your flowers.

Bouquet of red roses in a fish bowl vase.
Red rose bouquet in a fish bowl.

What About The Men?


And to all of you lovers with a special man in your life, don’t think he won’t want flowers too! Lots of men like flowers even if they don’t admit it, so instead of racking your brain for something romantic, get him flowers! Ask for something suitable for a man, red roses work for everyone or a single rose is perfect! Even a mixed bouquet, maybe in autumn tones with some native flowers!


Beautiful Valentine's Day bouquet for a man.
Gorgeous bouquet suitable for your man.

Pop in and visit us in the shop or head over to our website to our website to get some ideas and place your order.


Get in quick because it’s going to be a busy one!

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A Floral Christmas


Our first 6 months have flown here at Wollongong Flowers and we can’t believe it’s already Christmas time. I just love this time of year, when everyone is getting into the holiday spirit, decorations are being put up and preparations for Christmas day are well under way (although I still have yet to finish buying gifts – whoops!). Along with all the glittering baubles and red fuzzy hats come some of the most gorgeous flowers and foliage of the season. An ever-popular favourite that will never go out of style is Christmas bush. With clusters of small red flowers on branching stems, this beauty is found everywhere at this time of year and can bring that cheerful Christmas vibe effortlessly on its own in a lovely vase.


Christmas bush
Gorgeous Christmas Bush


Christmas bells also make their appearance during December. They have thin dark coloured stems with the most amazing red, orange-tipped bell shaped flowers hanging from the top. These are so unique and a real treat for the eyes. Poinsettias are a long time favourite for Christmas. These are generally in the form of a potted plant and make a great gift for anyone. Striking red flowers with leaf shaped petals bloom all over this plant and bring instant Christmas charm to any space. And if red isn’t quite what you are after, they also bloom in white and pink.


Christmas Bells
Christmas Bells


Red Poinsettia
Red Poinsettia


Christmas foliage added to any red and white flowers can transform them into the perfect festive bouquet or arrangement. Wonderfully fragrant cypress pine and holly with its tiny red grouped berries are Christmas staples, along with spruce, and of course mistletoe. If you are looking to add just that little bit of extra “Christmassiness” to your arrangement, pine cones and even baubles or bows will do the trick.


Christmas Foliage
Holly, Cypress Pine and Spruce


An exciting addition to our shop during December is stunning fresh Christmas trees. Walking into the shop in the morning we are met with a delightful pine smell that really makes it feel like Christmas. We are offering many different sizes of trees and even living trees in pots that you can plant in the garden in the new year, come in and visit us or call on 02 4244 1688 to order yours. We are also taking orders for Christmas bouquets and arrangements – make sure to get in early because this time of year can be really busy for us florists! Whether it’s for yourself or a gift, we can design bouquets, arrangements, wreaths and table centers for pick or delivery.[divider]

Our opening hours for Christmas week will be Monday to Wednesday 8am to 6pm and Christmas Eve 8am until late. We will be closed for the holidays from Christmas Eve to January 4th 2016.


Christmas display
Stunning Christmas Display


[quote]Have a “floral” Christmas everyone! We wish you all happy holidays and are looking forward to seeing you in the New Year. [/quote]