Meet The Team | Bonnie

Bonnie is head florist at Beija Flor. You'll find her at the studio creating gorgeous bridal flowers or out and about setting up beautiful weddings. Bonnie is also our flower buyer, she puts together the colour palettes for our weekly flower selection and sources our seasonal flowers.

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Bonnie is mumma to fluff ball Bailey and kick ass at roller derby. We asked Bonnie a few questions to get to know her better.

Q1. Favourite flower for our tropical climate?
I always have a vase of monstera leaves in my house. Not technically a flower, but they bring a fresh pop of green to any room and can last for months!

Q2. Favourite task at Beija Flor?
I'm in the flow when creating detailed gents boutonnieres for the Groom and his groomsmen, I love designing intricate little floral pieces.

Q3. Customers always ask me 'What's your favourite flower?'
It's nearly impossible to pick just one! We get to play with so many stunning varieties, but a top contender has to be the delicate sweet pea. Although fleeting they have the most beautiful fragrance, I wish I could smell them all day!

Q4. Favourite Darwin cafe / restaurant / retailer ?
It has to be Trampoline Gelato on the waterfront, it’s the absolute best place in Darwin to get ice-cream. They introduced me to my new all time favourite flavour, caramel pear sorbet (you MUST try it!)

Q5. Beija Flor is inspired by travel, where is your favourite travel location or where would you like to go next?How can I pick only one location to travel to next? The cherry blossoms in Japan, the lakes of Canada or patisseries in Paris to name a few!

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CULLEN BAY CEREMONY

There are plenty of gorgeous beach or garden wedding locations in and around Darwin, but Olivia and Rhys choose an altogether more urban setting for their ceremony.

Copy of smoke glass vase filled with orchids and roses at Darwins, Cullen Bay Marina

This was our first wedding ceremony at Larrakeyahs, Kahlin Beach, set on the inside of Cullen Bay marina, with views out over the gleaming yachts and luxury apartment buildings.

Copy of wedding ceremony overlooking Cullen Bay marina

Olivia chose a clean and modern floral style with crisp white phalenopsis orchids teamed with masses of quicksand roses. The white gloss pillars and smoke glass vases sitting perfectly with the clean lines of the yachts out in the marina.

Copy of floral decor at Cullen Bay wedding

Simple whitewash bench seating and candlelight from AAPH, complete this stylish urban wedding.

More from this gorgeous wedding including some dreaming sunset shots of this stunning couple, and of course the bridal flowers, here.

Copy of phalenopsis orchids with quicksand roses

Mothers Day in Darwin

Mothers Day is on Sunday 12 May.

This mothers day we've chosen a floral colour palette inspired by our stunning Darwin sunsets, with lots of fresh floral varieties in apricots, mauves, oranges, dusty pinks and cerise shades.

Australian grown mojo roses, available this Mothers Day from Beija Flor in Darwin

Our Mothers Day selection includes Australian grown garden roses, one of our favourite varieties is 'mojo' with hot pink outer petals, opening with an apricot centre. For longer lasting blooms choose from cerise sweet williams, magenta oriental lilies or spectacular cymbidium orchids.

The studio will be open on Sunday 12 May from 8am until sold out, so pick up a bunch early or place your order for delivery on Saturday or Sunday. Our fresh flower selection is also available at Parap Fine Foods, ideal for shopping at Parap Village Markets on a Saturday morning.

Fresh flower gift wrap with apricot roses and gladioli, available this Mothers Day from Beija Flor in Darwin.

We'll also have a selection of petite gifts for the kids to give mum, flower filled jars from $35 and orchid bunches from $25 as well as single stem roses.

Mindel Beach markets is probably the most popular spot to catch the sunset, we also love the Nightcliff foreshore and Fannie Bay from East Point or the Darwin Sailing Club. My personal favourite is taking in a sunset on Darwin Harbour with a sailing cruise with Sail Darwin from Stokes Hill Wharf.

Wheres your favourite spot to watch the sunset?

Mothers Day in the UK

Sunday 31st March 2019

The UK celebrates Mothers day on the fourth Sunday in lent, which this year falls on Sunday 31st March. Australians and many other countries around the world don’t celebrate Mothers Day until May. 

Sending flowers interstate or overseas?

Ahead of Mothering Sunday in the UK, I thought it would be a good time to write a blog about sending flowers to other countries, interstate or to anywhere that falls outside of the Beija Flor flower delivery area of Darwin and Palmerston.

Local Darwin florist, Maria Okwa of Beija Flor delivers flowers to Darwin city on Mothers Day, photo by: George F

Local Darwin florist, Maria Okwa of Beija Flor delivers flowers to Darwin city on Mothers Day, photo by: George F

Buy from a local flower shop

Our number one tip is to order directly from a local florist at the delivery location, in this day and age there really is no reason to use an online wire service such as Interflora.  It’s just as easy to look up the local florist in the recipients home town and order with them directly. 

This means: 

  • you get to see exactly what kind of thing they do and can choose a florist who’s style you like. 

  • you’ll get better customer service, as professional local florists we really want to please both you the person placing the order and the person receiving the flowers. We hope to become your preferred florist for years to come. 

  • local knowledge of delivery location, we know the delivery protocols for local hospitals and businesses. 

  • going direct to the local flower shop takes out the guess work. You can discuss what they have in stock and if your first choice is not available the florist can give you other options. 

  • the full value of your spending goes to the local business, meaning you’ll get more flowers for your money. When you order from a national wire service, you pay commission, which can be up to 30% of what you spend.

Value for money fresh flowers

If you want more flowers for your money, find a florist in your recipient’s town and call them directly. But it’s harder than you think: some florists at the top of your Google search are national businesses masquerading as local ones, they even buy local phone numbers. So make sure you look for a physical address in town.

Flowers delivered to a sailing boat at Cullen Bay marina by Darwin florist, Beija Flor, photo by: George F

Flowers delivered to a sailing boat at Cullen Bay marina by Darwin florist, Beija Flor, photo by: George F

Get to know your local florist

The personalised touches and attentive service a local florist provide will be well worth the extra dollars. Beautiful, long-lasting flowers take effort to care for, arrange and deliver on time. Knowing a quality local florist you can trust, is a benefit you can enjoy all year round, not only for Mothers Day.