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.

ONE YEAR IN OUR COCONUT GROVE STUDIO

Tuesday 26th March 2019

Today marks one year full since we opened our florist shop and floral studio in Coconut Grove. It’s not your typical Darwin flower shop and we think that’s what makes us stand out from the crowd. We’ve made flower buying simpler with lots of fresh and seasonal flower varieties by the bunch. Our flowers are also available from Parap Fine Foods, so you can still pick up a bunch of beautiful flowers outside our studio hours. 

Beija Flor Darwin, florist and floral design studio in Coconut Grove, NT

Space for weddings and retail flowers

Our brief was to create a space where we could better serve our increasing customer base of wedding and corporate clients but also where customers can call in and pick up a bunch of flowers. Our studio serves both with a great location on the corner of Dick Ward Drive, making it easy to call in for a bunch of flowers on your way home and also plenty of space for all the flowers when we do really big wedding set ups like we did for The Bachelorette in August.

Beija Flor florist and floral design studio located on the corner of Dick Ward Dr. and Tang St. Coconut Grove, Darwin, NT.

We’ve a huge warehouse out back, to grow our collection of props and vases, which are integral to our floral designs. We’ve been working hard the last few weeks photographing and uploading these to the rental collection here on the website. We’re looking forward to this weeks An Outback Affair where we’ll be showing off the latest additions to our rental collection. 

wedding table set up at Beija Flor floral design show room and flower shop in Coconut Grove, Darwin.

It was a slow start when we first moved in on the back of Cyclone Marcus, but we had a great last dry season and we’ve been overwhelmed by how many new customers and friends we’ve made in our first year. 

event florist, small business Mum, working from home with toddler, Nightcliff, Darwin, NT

Growing up our Home Business

Although it’s just one year at Coconut Grove our floral business actually started in Darwin in 2014. We prepared our first floral event centrepieces out of the kitchen sink in my apartment in Nightcliff. Our unit didn’t even have a spare room for the flowers and I was permanently nervous my curious toddler would pull all the heads of the flowers! We now have a great location, off the main road on Dick Ward Drive, a large cool room and we recently upgraded our refrigerated van which makes working with flowers in Darwin so much easier. 

….and if you need another reason to stop by the Beija Flor studio, there’s great coffee just next door at Ruby Gs.



An Outback Affair | a wedding fair for adventurers

We can’t wait for the upcoming An Outback Affair, having been involved with all of the wedding fairs from A Fair Affair, since it’s inception in 2016. A Fair Affair wedding fairs follow a theme each year and we love this creative challenge. 

In 2016 we had A Rural Affair at Fred’s Pass Show which was all about the rural, rustic and vintage inspiration. In true Territory outback fashion, the Beija Flor florists dressed a palomino in a  beautiful floral garland for the photoshoot. 

palomino pony wears beautiful floral garland in true Northern Territory wedding fashion

2017 saw the wedding fair move uptown to Mitchell Streets, Six Tanks Brewery, the theme here was An Urban Affair. One of the things we love about these wedding fairs is that no business is closed in by traditional expo booths. Think of it as catching up with a few friends at a bar over drinks! Guests meander throughout the area weaving in and around vendors in a space that is beautifully decorated everywhere you look. 

an urban affair, wedding fair, simple brides bouquet of peonies, Darwin, Northern Territory

Last years An Island Affair (possibly our favourite theme to date), was held at Club Tropical Resort. The Beija Flor floral team created our most popular table setting yet. A Ralph Lauren inspired table with navy and gold accents, masses of candlelight, cascading phalenopsis orchids and monstera deliciosa. 

The oh, so glamorous photoshoot and promotional video, featured a private jet along with not to mention, our trailing phalenopsis orchid bouquet. 

an island affair, Darwin wedding fair, bride carries bouquet of cascading phalenopsis orchids

We’ve got lots in store for An Outback Affair, which will be held at Pee Wees on Sunday 31 March, 10am - 4pm. Entry is $15 each or $20 per couple. The bar will be open and Pee Wees are offering small delicious plate to purchase. 

We’ll be setting up our timber ceremony canopy, which we can’t wait to see on the new look ceremony lawns at Pee Wees. This is a huge four post chuppa style arbor which is ideal for seating your wedding guests in a semi circle. 

Pee Wees is such a popular choice for Darwin weddings and it’s proximity to our new studio was one of the deciding factors when we chose the Coconut Grove location for our new floral studio. (Can you believe we’ve been there for almost a year). 

Even if you’ve already booked your wedding with us this year, pop by An Outback Affair and say hello. Or if you are planning your wedding for this year or next we would love to see you there, what better way to spend a Sunday afternoon, than surrounded by flowers with stunning views of Fannie Bay from Pee Wees.

an outback affair, Darwin wedding fair at Pee Wees, 31 March 2019