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Valley Fresh Flowers Wholesale
1413 George Booth Drive
BUCHANAN, NSW, 2323

P : 02 4936 1649
F : 02 4936 1640

E : natalie@vffw.com.au



Thursday
Aug232012

UP AND RUNNING IN A FLASH

 

It's been in the pipeline for a little while and now it has quickly become a reality.

We are so very proud to announce the launch of our New venture



Our State of the Art Photo Booths were released only this year and have all the traditional features of your typical booth and so much more

  • Touch screen operation 17” screen
  • Our photo booths are hard-walled traditional photo booths that require only a small space to operate. They are all metal cabinets filled with the latest in digital technology and despite their weight and size they are quite mobile. Transported via trailer and maneuvered via trolley, as long as we're not hiking Mt Kosiosko with them, there's a good chance we can get one into your venue. 
  • Our Booths come with 6 different photo strip programs to offer your guests

Full colour, black & white, street art, frames, hats and hairstyles

  • Customised welcome & goodbye screens, customised music, and customised side text on the photo strips this is invaluable so your guests always remember your special day. 
  • Double copies print every session - so you can share the love! 
  • Unique to our booths Video messaging - No need for that expensive videographer with our booths you have the best of both worlds photo & video booth
  • Ability to have immediate internet upload of images
  • The entire process from entering the booth to having the strip in your hand takes as little as 36 seconds. No waiting, not even enough time to top up your bubbly — just hours of fun! And best of all, at the conclusion of your event we will provide you with a USB of all the photos to do with as you please. 
  • Ideal for weddings, Birthday Parties, Xmas & holiday Parties, Corporate events, festivals, fundraisers, school socials, Expo’s, Grand openings, marketing – the list is endles

VISIT

TODAY

Wednesday
Jun202012

Ever thought some flowers look good enough to eat?

...well, some of them are!

Edible and Non-Edible Flowers

It’s a popular trend these days to add some colourful petals to a salad or simply place a flower or two on a dish as a decoration. It’s a simple way of adding colour and variety to your meals, but a word of caution is required. Make sure you pick the right flower – many cut flower favourites are actually poisonous and should never be used, even as a garnish.

Several vegetable favourites, like broccoli and cauliflower are actually flowers, so you probably eat flowers more often than you think. But remember, there are many more poisonous flowers than edible ones, either sold as cut flowers or grown in our gardens, so you need to be very sure the flower you use is safe. Never eat any flower that you are not absolutely sure is safe, and make sure you know how it was grown. Many cut flowers have been sprayed with insecticides and fungicides, so don’t use flowers sold in bunches in cooking. Edible flowers are most often sold loose, either as part of a salad, or by themselves. You will need to wash all flowers that you intend to eat – even if you grew them yourself.

So what flowers are safe to eat? There are only a few of the more common cut flowers and garden plants that are safe and delicious. If the flower you wish to use is not on this list, don’t eat it.


Safe to Eat

(please note the food safety section to make sure your flowers haven’t been grown or treated in a way that would make them inconsumable)

Whole Flowers 

Petals Only 

Garden Flowers

Fruit Blossoms eg apple, plum

Calendula

Fuschia

Carnation

Chrysanthemum

Tuberous Begonia

Gardenia

Cornflower

Nasturtium

Violet

Bellis perenis (English daisy)

Hollyhock

Lavender

Gladiolus

Evening Primrose

Lilac

Safflower

 

Rose

Sunflower

 

Snapdragon

 

 

Peony

 

 

Phlox

 

 

Pansy ‘Johnny Jump Up’

 

 

Plum and apple blossoms are delicious with icecream and Hollyhocks are a great addition to any salad, as long as stamens and green parts are removed from the flower. Hollyhock petals are also used as decorations, as are nasturtiums, which are common in salads these days. Tuberous begonias have a wonderful tangy citrus flavour, but be careful not to touch other forms of begonia as they can be toxic.

Some websites list Daylilies as a safe flower to eat. Daylilies have been a popular food in Chinese cooking for centuries, where the flowers are eaten fresh, or dried petals are used in Chinese Sweet and Sour soup. However, Daylilies are included in a list of flowers that must not be added to food by Food Safety Australia and New Zealand (FSANZ) under Schedule 1, so it is not recommended that you use these flowers.


Never Eat!

It’s very important to know which flowers should never be eaten. The flowers on this list are fine to handle, as long as you wash your hands thoroughly afterwards (or wear gloves), but NEVER use these in a salad or as a garnish. There are some very popular cut flowers in this group, like Alstroemeria, Anemone, Anthurium, Asparagus fern, Calla lily, Dahlia, Delphinium (and Larkspur), Eucalyptus, Hyacinth, Iris, Narcissus (Daffodils and Jonquils), Poppy, Ranunculus and Tulip.

Common Poisonous Cut Flowers – Never Eat

Aconitum (Monkshood)

Daphne

Lupin

Agapanthus

Delphinium

Narcissus

Achillea (Yarrow)

Foxglove (Digitalis)

Ornithogalum

Alstroemeria

Eucalyptus

Poppy

Anemone

Euphorbia

Pieris

Anthurium

Gloriosa

Queen Anne’s Lace

Arum Lily

Grevillea

Ranunculus

Asclepias

Ivy

Rhododendron

Asparagus Fern

Helleborus

Sedum

Azalea

Hemerocallis (Daylily)

Tagetes (marigold)

Calla

Hippeastrum

Tulip

Crocus

Hyacinth

Begonia (other than tuberous)

Convallaria (Lily-of-the-Valley)

Hydrangea

 

Cyclamen

Iris (all forms)

 

Dahlia

Larkspur

 

 

 

Food Safety

All fruit and vegetable growers in Australia must follow an accredited food safety quality assurance scheme and their produce must conform to the Food Safety Australia and New Zealand (FSANZ) Standard 2.3.1. These are designed to make sure our food is safe to eat and not contaminated by bacteria or other micro-organisms that can cause illness. Foods grown in Australia are also regularly tested by state and federal agencies to ensure they do not contain harmful levels of agricultural chemicals. These rules also apply to edible flowers, so it is safe to assume the petals you see in salad mixes are OK. 

You need to make sure you follow the same food safety rules, in a general sense, if you want to eat flowers grown in your own garden.

Here’s a few suggestions:

For more information on food safety, visit the website of Food Standards Australia and New Zealand (FSANZ): http://www.foodstandards.gov.au/

 

Thursday
Jun072012

Winter Wonderland

There's always something special at Valley Fresh

Paeonia

aka "Peony Rose"

 

Hanging Amaranthus

aka "Dreadlocks"

 

Kale

aka "Ornamental Cabbage"

 

Allium Gigantum

aka "Drum Sticks"

 

Peach Sticks

 

Black Bamboo

 

Hypericum Berry

 

Exciting Range of Greenery

Photinia

aka "Red Robin"

 

Gardenia

 

Pittosporum

"Tenuifolium"

 

Persoonia

aka "Geebung"

 

We also have some exquisite Natives & Protea's available

Coccinea

aka "Scarlet Banksia"

 

Protea Cynaroides

aka "Mini King Protea"

 

Native Mixed Bouquet

ready to wrap & sell

 

Protea Venus

a truly stunning hybrid

 

Green Leucadendron

this particular variety is called "Green Laurel"

 

Protea Magnificica Didi

aka "Nerifolia" (White)

 

Leucadendron Argentum

aka "Silver Leaf Leucadendron"

 

Chamelaucium "Pearl Bud"

aka "Bud Wax"

 

Eucalyptus Crenulata

aka "Mini Gum" (budding)

 

Have a sneak peak at our extensive variety of Succulents




Monday
Feb062012

Love is in the Air

and Cupid is armed and ready with his bow & arrow.

Meanwhile here at Valley Fresh Flowers Wholesale we are armed and ready to supply you with superb quality roses of all colours and sizes, competive prices and unbeatable service!

Call us now to place your orders on 4936 1649

you won't be disappointed

We love a satisfied customer!

Valley Fresh Flowers Wholesale is the one stop shop to supply your florist, shop or business

Thursday
Jan192012

Look out for VFF001

Valley Fresh Flowers Wholesale now has some slick new wheels