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September 2013

Sep 29

Wonderful WaratahsYvette

  Wonderful, spectacular, unique Waratahs are now in flower and putting it out there for your enjoyment in the bush, gardens and through suppliers of cut flowers. Waratahs belong to the Telopea genus of the Proteaceae family, so they’re related to Banksias, Leucospermums and Leucadendrons. There are only four species of Waratah. They originally comeRead more

Sep 26

Stressed out? Build in some flowers….Yvette

  We know it might appear that some of us here at Bloom College HQ have little to do but trawl cyberspace for weird, wonderful and inspiring facts and features about flowers, design, innovation and all things related to sustainability, but it’s not true. We also have to eat, drink, be merry, create pieces ofRead more

Sep 23

Ikebana: what’s old is newYvette

  Over the past few years many of our favourite florists and floral artists have been incorporating more found objects, repurposed and reused items and varieties of natural objects into their designs. Whether their primary motivation is due to a commitment to sustainability or good design (or both), we could argue that Ikebana (long distinguishedRead more

Sep 19

Edible flowers for kidsYvette

  Inhabitat.com is a weblog which focusses on innovation for sustainability in architecture and home design. Inhabitots.com is its baby and parenting supplement website, set up by Inhabitat.com co-founder Jill Fehrenbacher. It’s a resource for parents, care givers and others interested in sustainable, healthy modern design for children. Check out this recent blog: Grow HeirloomRead more

Sep 18

Better than rose coloured glasses?Yvette

  Today we’re letting you know about a product that lets you both look sharp and also frame your world view in vintage style. Cruising around the not-so-mean streets of Melbourne a week or two ago, looking out for style that doesn’t cost the earth, we came across a rather unique example of someone makingRead more

Sep 17


Retrash is a soft cover book, which showcases the work of over 80 artists who are reusing waste in creative and innovative ways. The 3-year collaborative project is complete but the creators need to raise funds for printing and distributing it. They’re launching Retrash on kickstarter.com in November 2013. You can help spread word byRead more

Sep 16

To preserve or not to preserveYvette

flower stems bloom college hydrangea, orchid, hyacinth, david austin rose, water lily, english box, water bamboo, green trick carnation

  At Bloom College flower school we’re all about helping people have fun whilst learning about the art and craft of flower arranging. Design and technique, though, are of little use if the beautiful flowers you’re arranging wilt and die before your very eyes. Professional florists often sell or give customers a little sachet ofRead more

Sep 11

The many faces of Chrysanthemum continued…Yvette

love petals bloom college

Chrysanthemums and Mothers’ Day Last week’s blog on ‘The many faces of chrysanthemum’ seems to have been chopped off before we got down to answering why chrysanthemums are associated with Mothers’ Day in Australia. The period around Mothers’ Day is one of the year’s busiest for Australian florists who sell enormous quantities of gift-wrapped cutRead more

Sep 09

In season: Gymea lilies, magnolias and buttercupsYvette

gymea flower bloom college

  Gymea lily or Spear lily (Doryanthes excelsa) is in season now. With red flowers up to 50cm in diameter, stems that can be over 5m tall and well-formed spear-like leaves around  1m long, the Gymea lily is perhaps the grandest of all flowers we get to use in floral arrangements in Australia. The GymeaRead more

Sep 04

The many faces of chrysanthemumYvette

Chrysanthemum Bloom College

With Fathers’ Day on our minds, we found ourselves thinking of Mothers’ Day and chrysanthemums. Chrysanthemums could be said to be a more interesting thing to think about than socks, drills or golf balls. Native to Asia and north-eastern Europe – with most deriving from China – chrysanthemums are now grown all over the world.Read more

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