Pearsons Floral Diary

  1. Tulips

    Tulips

    What do Antique Serapi Carpets, Saffron Ice-Cream & Tulips have in common?

    They are all absolute heaven to the senses AND share Persian ancestry.

    While the team at Pearsons Florist do have a great eye for interiors and a keen taste for exotic ice-cream flavours (do you blame us?), flowers are our speciality! So allow us to tempt and tantalise with a trip down the Royal Road to Tulip Paradise.

    Your journey begins in the Persian & Ottoman Empires where it is believed the Kingdoms’ most captivated poets endowed the Tulip with its name due to its resemblance to a Turban (Tülbend meaning muslin or gauze in Turkish). Illustrations also reveal early fashionistas wearing tulips on their Turbans.

    Jump to 16th Century Europe where the tulips made their debut and have been charming the trendsetters on The Continent ever since. With most Tulip species producing a single, goblet shaped flower with 6 waxy petals, some distinctive variations have been spotted on the (cobble stone) streets. Parrot tulips for instance, have broken, serrated, incurved blooms and white lily-flower types have pointed petals that curve outwards. Nowadays, nearly all hybrid Tulip bulbs come from Holland.

    Your voyage comes to brief a stop in present day Sydney, where Tulips have found their way into the hearts and homes of flower-lovers all over the city. Around the globe, Tulips are still one of the most popular blooms used by contemporary florists with over 150 species and over 3000 cultivars. The Sydney season is from early Autumn through winter to late Spring (aren't we lucky?).

    Let the journey continue!

    Order your tulips from Pearsons today.

    Parrot Tulip Vase

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  2. Pearsons Florist NEW Store

    Pearsons Florist NEW Store

    Pearsons Florist are thrilled to announce the opening of our new store in North Sydney. At the tip of the point in the Northpoint retail space, our new store boasts beautiful floating stands to make sure the flowers are the stars! If you are in the area pop in and visit us - we would love to see you! Click here for opening times and map.

    Pearsons Florist North Sydney

    Northpoint

    100 Miller Street

    North Sydney

    Phone: 02 9188 7425

    Email: northsydney@pearsonsflorist.com.au

    Pearsons Florist North Sydney

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  3. Mother's Day

    Mother's Day

    Meet our Mums

    In the lead up to Mother's Day we'd like to introduce you to some of the mums behind our great team of florists here in Sydney. It's been a bit of fun pulling this together, we hope you enjoy it too!

    If you're looking to spoil your mum... let us help you. We've got a range of beautiful blooms and plants.


    Meet Emelia and her Mum Del

    Mia and her Mum

    Emelia works in our design centre. Not just a floral designer, Emelia can wear many hats and enjoys being able to work in different areas in the business. From product development to managing the vast range of corporate clients and even running a few classes with the School of Floristry.

    Use one word to describe your mum?

    Phenomenal!

    What is your favourite mum memory?

    Just being together, since I got married and moved out of the family home I just enjoy the simplicity of being in each other’s company for a quick coffee or a grocery shop.

    What flower best describes her personality?

    Iris, for one it is her favourite and secondly like the blue on the outside she is so cool calm and collected. Although once the Iris opens up she is the most funky, flamboyant and funny lady!

    Tell us about this photo of you and your Mum?

    This is my mamma and I on my wedding day. It was the best day of my life and I am so glad I decided to not only have my dad give me away but my mum too!


    Meet Santa and her Mum Jolanta

    Santa and her Mum

    Santa is one of our super talented Designers who recently joined us from London. With Event and Wedding background she loves working closely with clients and selecting the perfect blooms to fit the brief!

    Use one word to describe your mum?

    Hmm this is hard, think it would be - CRAZY

    What is your favourite mum memory?

    When I and mum went to a gig few years ago…we had a blast!

    What flower best describes her personality?

    Her favourite is Lily of the Valley but I would describe her as ‘’ All for love’’ rose.

    Tell us about this photo?

    This is a really old photo of us, I always keep it close to me. It’s a constant reminder of how similar we are!


    Meet Andrea and her mum Sophia!

    Andrea and her Mum

    Andrea is one of our Customer Service superstars – who has graced our Instagram feed many a time and been the backbone of the Design Centre team for three years looking after all our wonderful customers!

    Use one word to describe your mum?

    My rock.

    What is your favourite mum memory?

    Pretty much every musical theatre show we’ve seen together, especially Priscilla Queen of the Desert – SO much fun! Also, watching The Graham Norton Show together on the couch & laughing ourselves stupid.

    What flower best describes her personality?

    A slipper orchid. Not only does she grow them & LOVE them, but these orchids have a majestic & mysterious quality that reminds me of my mum, & they are just so darn beautiful & soft hearted like her.

    Tell us about this photo?

    This snap is of us a few Christmases ago when I attempted to make a Christmas-themed flower crown & it turned out more bushy than floral. My mum’s expression towards me says it all: a sweet combo of humour & love.


    Meet Suzanne and her Mum Helen

    Suzanne's Mum

    This is Helen! She's mum to our Chatswood Chase Store Manager, Suzanne. Suzanne is an amazing florist and has worked for Pearsons for many, many years. Needless to say she is well and truly part of our floral family.

    Use one word to describe your mum?

    Generous! My mum is generous with everything she has and everyone she comes across!

    What is your favourite mum memory?

    Recently we had a night in Canberra, for her seventieth birthday. It was a lovely day. We went to the national art gallery to see the work of one of her favourite artists - Fred Williams. We then ate tapas and talked for hours. She shared some memories of her past. It was very special.

    What flower best describes her personality?

    Mum would be a Bromeliad (any variety, she has loads of them) and like her they're unique, sturdy, adaptable & easy to love.

    Tell us about this photo?

    I had to share this image. It is my favourite ever photo of mum. She's an amazing lady.


    Meet Claire (and Fred)

    Pollak Family

    Barbara, our CEO's mum Claire (and dad, Fred) purchased Pearsons Florist three weeks before Mother's Day in 1969. Barbara and her brother Bernard now run the business with Bernard's son, Avi.

    Use one word to describe your mum?

    Just one? Strong and loving.

    What is your favourite mum memory?

    I was the youngest child, with three older brothers so shopping was a treat for us both!

    What flower best describes her personality?

    Sweet pea... My Dad always gave her the first bunch of the season.

    Tell us about this photo?

    This photo was taken on my parents wedding day (she made the chicken sandwiches for the reception). They look so happy! She would be so proud to think that 3 generations of Pollaks have been involved in the business!

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  4. Office Professional's Day

    Office Professional's Day

    Friday 4th May 2018

    A history of Office Professional's Day

    During World War II, there was a shortage of skilled administrative personnel in the United States due to Depression-era birth-rate decline and booming post-war business. The National Secretaries Association, founded in 1942, was formed to recognise the contributions of administrative personnel to the economy, support their personal development, and to help attract workers to the administrative field. The official period of celebration was first proclaimed by U.S. Secretary of Commerce Charles W. Sawyer as "National Secretaries Week", which was held June 1–7 in 1952 with Wednesday, June 4 designated as National Secretaries' Day. The first Secretaries' Day was sponsored by the National Secretaries Association with the support of corporate groups. The name was changed to Professional Secretaries Week in 1981 and became Administrative Professionals Week in 2000 to encompass the expanding responsibilities and wide-ranging job titles of administrative support staff in the modern economy. In Australia we celebrate Office Professional's Day on the 1st Friday in May.

    What to send?

    A gift of flowers is always a great choice for any occasion. For Office Professional's Day flowers suitable for a desktop are a thoughtful gesture. The Pearsons Flower Bottles are fun or a vase of bright flowers always looks beautiful. Chocolates or a candle as an add on gift are pretty and easy to carry home from the office.

    View our range to say 'thanks a bunch' on Office Professional's Day

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  5. ANZAC Day

    ANZAC Day

    Most of us are familiar with the archetypal image of ancient Greek scholars; with fabric draped around their shoulders, temples adorned with garlands of ... Ivy? Holly? Juniper? Think again! It’s Rosemary.

    For many Australians, this eminent perennial shrub is a key ingredient for our beloved lamb & potato roasts. We also know to fasten a sprig onto our collars on Anzac Day.

    But why Rosemary? Ancient mythology proposed that the plant’s fragrant aroma strengthened memory – which is why those Greek scholars wore Rosemary (not ivy, not holly, not juniper) in their hair - to help memorise their studies! This association with remembrance has continued to be woven into literature and folklore in cultures all over the world and today, it remains an emblem of remembrance & commemoration especially in Australia on Anzac Day. In fact, some Australians insist that a special species of the herb – called Gallipoli Rosemary (Rosmarinus officinalis) - was propagated from a bush that was brought back from ANZAC Cove by a Digger in 1915.

    That’s why Australians pay tribute to fallen soldiers & current and ex-service men and women by wearing of small sprigs of rosemary in the coat lapel or pinned to the breast.

    Flowers have traditionally been laid on graves and memorials in memory of the dead. Rosemary, symbolising remembrance, is popular on Anzac Day. Laurel is also a commemorative symbol; woven into a wreath, it was used by the ancient Romans to crown victors and the brave as a mark of honour. In recent years, the poppy, strongly associated with Remembrance Day (11 November), has also become popular in wreaths on Anzac Day.

    Click here to order your floral tribute

    ANZAC Day wreaths

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  6. St Patrick's Day

    St Patrick's Day

    "What are those adorable fluffy green balls called?”

    The amazing florists in our retail stores are calling it the Green Fluffy Ball Phenomenon. “I get asked about them at least 5 times a day” says Bec from our Bondi store. She’s talking about the adorable carnation variety called Green Trick Dianthus. With a fuzzy golf ball sized bloom in an almost-fluorescent-green colour, it’s no wonder they get so much attention.

    Green Tricks (known as Trixies by most florists) are a unique Carnation variety, originally bred in Holland. Now available in all parts of the world - from Israel to Ecuador to Australia - the Green Trick Dianthus is a real show stopper. In fact, in won the 2008 World Flower Show for best novelty flower.

    With an exceptionally long vase life of 2-4 weeks, these little green balls of joy are not only adorable, but versatile too. Admired in contemporary corporate arrangements, especially popular in vase designs, these darlings of the flower industry are also a commonly chosen addition to jazz up a floral gift for the birthday girl or host of a weekend dinner party. You’ll find Green Trick Dianthus in some of our most popular designs, such as Pure White & Cool Breeze.

    With St Patrick's Day, next week, on the 17th March we thought we'd share our love of all things green! 

    Popular blooms like roses, chrysanthemums, orchids and carnations come in gorgeous shades of green, from emerald to lime, moss, olive and sage.

    To find out more about St Patricks Day in Sydney - visit the City of Sydney website.

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    Green Flowers

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  7. International Women's Day

    International Women's Day

    In the lead up to International Women’s Day on March 8, the team at Pearsons have been sharing stories about the exceptional women in our lives; friends, wives, girlfriends, mothers, grand mothers, aunts, employees and colleagues who have made (or continue to make) selfless contributions to the home, office, school, community and beyond. These are the incredible women whose efforts and sacrifices often go unacknowledged. Even when we say “congratulations” for a win at work or “thank you for going above and beyond your call of duty” on that project, it’s easy to overlook that (on average) these women are still juggling the majority of domestic duties at the same time. Let’s not forget the gender gap when it comes to equal pay either!

    For Bernard, Barbara & Avi Pollak - second and third generation Pearsons Florist owners, managers & designers - International Women’s Day is a time when they devote particular respect to their mother and grandmother Clare who, together with her husband Fred, established Pearsons Florist in 1969 and sowed the seeds of the blossoming business that they would be proud to be a part of today. Clare worked tirelessly in the original Bondi store while being the primary carer for her four children. Sadly, both our beloved founders Fred and Clare have passed away 5 years ago.

    Clare delighted in the joyful reactions of customers who received flowers as gifts from friends and family. Because the gesture of giving flowers is an act of gratefulness. It’s about making that special someone feel valued, appreciated, seen. On International Women’s Day, giving flowers to your personal wonder woman also signifies your acknowledgement of the social, economic, cultural and political achievements and contributions made by women in general. It’s a commitment to further gender equality.

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  8. Valentine's Day Roses

    Valentine's Day Roses

    Valentine's Day - SAY IT WITH ROSES!

    When you can’t find a seamless way to say “I know it’s only been a few months, but I’ve got a really good feeling about this and I’m pretty sure I’m falling for you”

    Say it with roses

    When “For some reason I find you the most adorable in the morning, especially when your hair is a mess” just doesn’t strike the right romantic chord,

    Say it with roses

    When “Even after all these years, nobody makes me laugh the way you do when you sing off key” isn’t sensitive enough, “I’m sorry I don’t tell you I love as much as you’d like” just won’t cut it, When “Thank you for putting up with me” is too self-deprecating, “You’re sexy when you get angry” is too saucy, “You’re top notch” lacks poetic flair but “Shall I compare thee to a summer’s day?” just isn’t you …

    Say it with roses

    When “Be my valentine” sounds too cliché and “Be my sweetheart” sounds too saccharine; When “Be Mine” sounds too controlling, But “I am yours” sounds too submissive; When “Roses are red …” has been done to death, “I’ll love you until the day I die” feels too morbid, “I can’t live without you” feels too needy and “I want you every day” feels too greedy

    Say it WITH ROSES

    Pearsons Florist are here to assist.

    As the Number 1 Sydney retailer of the highest quality roses, your message of love with be relayed perfectly this Valentines Day.

    Order your roses here:

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  9. Chinese New Year

    Chinese New Year

    Don’t you just LOVE the way Sydney comes alive during Chinese New Year celebrations? The streets around China Town and the CBD glow with giant lunar lanterns and vivid parades featuring elaborate costumes and puppets. Darling Harbour attracts a bustling crowd to experience the spirited dragon boat races, where modern-day warriors battle it out to the beating of Chinese drums!

    Celebrate the Year of the Dog in 2018. Sydney will be vibrant with celebrations for the Lunar New Year. Dress your home with stunning flowers in brights reds and golds including roses and orchids. Send a gift of flowers in these bright bold colours to share luck, love and prosperity. The Chinese New Year will be celebrated from 16th February 2018

    With Christmas, New Year and Valentine’s festivities finished, Chinese New Year gives Sydneysiders another reason to celebrate, another chance to make some fresh resolutions (that we’ll definitely keep this year, we promise) and another opportunity to give (and receive) gifts.

    Because Chinese New Year is one of our favourite holidays, the team at Pearsons Florist have sourced the most BEAUTIFUL red & yellow blooming flowers and some AMAZING gifts and to give to family and friends, along with your “good fortune” envelopes, “happiness” lanterns and paper dog paper cut-outs.

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  10. Lovely Lilac

    Lovely Lilac

    Noticed a little Spring in your step?

    Spring is in FULL SWING and we can’t help but skip and hop around our stores which are bursting with bunches of lovely lilac blooms.

    The Lilac (botanical name Syringa vulgaris ) is a species of flowering plant in the olive family native to Eastern Europe. Widely grown as an ornamental plant, the Lilac is prized for it's gorgeous little flowers and incredible perfume, making it a real people pleaser!

    Beyond it’s visual and fragrant appeal, the Lilac also has symbolic resonance: In Greek mythology, Lilacs signified love and passion while in the Royal courts of Asia they were used to endow leaders with confidence. In Romanian literature, Lilacs represent first love & in certain parts of Russia, locals still wave a sprig of Lilac over a newborn to bring them wisdom.

    Lilacs are the perfect gift for a partner, new mother, recent graduate or a promoted colleague and are available in Sydney in September, for a short time only. So swing (or hop, or skip) into a Pearsons Florist store (or order online here) to swoop a precious bunch of Lilacs today !

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