A very Happy New Year to you and yours. Why no photographs of flowers? For me a simple pleasure is to visit the beautiful East Coast. Walk by the sea on a fresh, crisp clear blue sky kind of day. Inspirational.
My love of flowers continues. I never tire of receiving a delivery of gorgeous flowers to prepare for an event. Gorgeous parrot tulips, hyacinths, and those love them or hate them tete a tete. A bit like Marmite - you either like the smell or
As the Spring flowers start to flood the flower markets I can feel the season gearing up to the first of the weddings, although I did spy a gaggle of best men with their groom between Christmas and NewYear waiting to be collected in what was a rather gorgeous old fashioned coach. They all looked very smart. Blue suits, white shirts, copper coloured ties and brown shoes. I take my hat off to the florist who was providing flowers for that wedding. Flowers between Christmas and New Year, unless ordered in advance, are like gold dust, as the auction houses are not operating that regularly. I am sure they had a fabulous day, and an anniversary never to be forgotten that is for sure.
If you became engaged over the Christmas or the New Year, and have begun planning your wedding, maybe this year or the next or indeed at some point in the future, and you are looking for a florist, then it would be lovely to hear from you.. Just a few details is always helpful. Where you are thinking of getting married. How many people need flowers in the bridal party. Church/reception flowers and finally any thank you bouquets for those un-sung hero's of the day.
Having completed my last wedding of the year three days before Christmas, I was so surprised to receive a lovely note on my Facebook page from the bride a few days after Christmas thanking me for her flowers. She loved them. It was my complete pleasure to provide them.
I look forward to hearing from you, for what ever occasion you need beautiful flowers for in 2019 and beyond.
Have a great 2019.
Well folks - here we go on the run up to Christmas. The television is awash with Christmas Adverts from the big stores. Some of them are so clever now. Who will save that animal driving that big truck!!
For Christmas this year the wreaths will still be very foliage based, but I am planning on adding a bit of sparkle here and there. Watch this space.
Christmas Wreath Workshops are available again at the rather cosy and delicious Number Ten in Lady Street, Lavenham.
Three to choose from - all undertaking basing a wreath ring, adding various foliage and then you make choices of what you would like to add and finally a big bow. Go to the Christmas Wreath Workshop button for further details.
It is a very relaxed atmosphere. All materials are provided. A bit of a snip at £49.00
Your wreath will last over the Christmas period with a gentle spray of water now and again.
For those of you who would like the opportunity to make a Christmas Garland - then please give me a ring. This will be on a demonstration basis.
I look forward to hearing from you. Phone 07779 017923 or e-mail me at email@example.com
It has been a most beautiful Summer, with the most gorgeous weather and I have provided some really beautiful flowers for some rather stunning brides. The above photo being one of my favourites of the year - thank you Fairweather Photography. Do visit their web site as there are some most amazing photos to be found..
As we are fast approaching the end of October, and thinking of Christmas, but in the meantime there has been another Royal bride on view who, I have to say, had the most beautiful bouquet, which I think in the floristry business we would term as "all wired". This means that all the stems in that bouquet were wired and then formed into a beautiful small tear drop bouquet and the handle made from the wires which were then covered in ribbon and moulded to fit the user.. Charming, light and easy to carry. Rob Van Helden and his team created some stunning arrangements for the day. Beautiful autumnal colours.
I was invited to attend an open evening at Smeetham Hall Barns last Wednesday. It is a beautiful venue and always a joy to provide Bridget and her team with flowers for the event. I decided to use some autumnal tones in my arrangements.
Some rather lovely deep pink hydrangea, astilbe, and succulent velvet black baccarat roses, sitting on top of a very tall vase.
I met some lovely couples that evening - some only weeks away from their special day, and some looking to 2020.
Hoping to meet more brides and grooms at the beginning of 2019 at the next wedding fayre. In the meantime enjoy the last of what is turning out to be an Indian Summer.
Finally if you are interested in attending a workshop for making a traditional Christmas Wreath - get in touch!
What a start to the Summer - such fantastic weather. It is always good to take some time to refresh ideas and gain inspiration from other. Chelsea Flower Show was rather fabulous. The floral tent was truly amazing. A florists heaven.
There have also been lots of Open Gardens. Everyone works so hard to get their gardens in order and speak to their visitors with such passion about their designs and planting schemes. There are some real treasures to be seen.
Visiting Helmingham Hall for the first time on what must have been one of the warmest days so far. What a beautiful place that is. Worth a visit. If you are looking for Wedding Flowers that will be in season for your day then this would be one of the places to go. Beautiful flowers and luscious foliage.
And of course, The Wedding! Keenly anticipating what flowers and foliage were going to be used and in all honesty was not disappointed. Fresh, zingy, clean palette. Perfectly sized bouquets. Elegant. The veil moment!! Very romantic.
If you are planning flowers for your wedding - last minute this year or in the future this is a great time to visit your local garden centre to see what is in bloom. Buy a good quality Bridal Magazine. Choose your dress first. Bridesmaids second then think about colour of flowers. However if flowers are your thing - work round them. Be sure to keep your florist informed of colour choices - a year down the line the original bridesmaid dress choice might have changed.
Wedding Flowers magazine is always good for palette choices.
Enjoy the journey.
Easter will be here this weekend - Good Friday is on the 30th March. In the scheme of things, quite early
Having had such a mixed bag of weather recently it would be lovely to hope that we will see the temperatures rising
with the arrival of the longer days.
It is always so lovely to see the countryside and gardens springing to life. As a florist the choices of flowers
and foliage start to expand as the wedding season starts..
With Easter in mind and present giving, then chocolate is always high on the list. Eggs, chocolate box assortments,
and for the children Peter Rabbit will be high on the agenda this year. I like to make chocolate Malteser Ice Cream
as it always feels like you are enjoying mini eggs with an ice cream treat!
For flowers, narcissi are still beautiful to see on their own in a vase or jug. Or how about some lovely foliage with tulips
mixed in. Gorgeous.
Have a fabulous Easter Weekend whatever your plans.
Mother's Day is this Sunday 11th March. If you have booked a rather delicious lunch somewhere, or afternoon tea, or
even a visit to the seaside (let's hope the weather stays calm now!) to celebrate the day - enjoy..
Flowers, are always lovely to receive on Mother's Day. This year I have decided to produce three arrangements:
a lovely chunky basket filled with flowers and foliage, the rather gorgeous and every popular Spring Delight
bouquet with a florists choice of spring flowers and gorgeous scented foliage, and finally a sweet smelling posy.
So where did Mother's Day come from. A quote from a BBC website reads as follows:
The first Mother's Day celebrations can be traced back to the ancient Greek Festival dedicated to Rhea, the Mother of the Gods. In England, it was in the 1600s when the phrase "Mothering Sunday" was first coined. In Christianity, Mothering Sunday is the fourth Sunday of Lent.
Today we just celebrate the fact that we have lovely Mum's to spoil for a day..
Whatever you choose to do for your Mum - have a wonderful day.
I just love this photo. Not one of mine I have to say. Love the puppy and love the red tulips. Love is in the air.
With Valentine's Day only a few weeks away, now might be time to start thinking about what you
would like to buy your loved one on this special day.
I must admit I loved to receive red roses or even just a single red rose. Chocolates were also a good one.
Hotel Chocolat in Bury St Edmunds has some lovely ideas for presents. Their blushing hearts look rather
sweet, but there are plenty more to choose from.
Perfume or some lovely scented body cream is another favourite. I have to go with Jo Malone here, or indeed
her own brand now Jo Loves. On the Jo Malone front their Lime and Basil body cream is utterly indulgent.
They also have some rather wonderful fragrances for men too. Jo Loves has a rather fab product out at the moment which is a Fragrance Paintbrush. Rather nifty idea and with some gorgeous choices too., White Rose and Lemon leaves sounding beautiful.
With both Jo Malone and Jo Loves their packaging is superb.
Another company that has some lovely products and and another go to for me is Biscuiteers.
They provide bespoke biscuits that can be personalised - and again arrive in a rather gorgeous box or
tin - depending how many biscuits you feel like buying.
Going back to flowers though - I have some lovely bouquets this year - lots to choose from - ranging from traditional
red roses - spring flowers - white roses - lovely scented foliage - all wrapped and packaged with a rather gorgeous
ribbon and card for your personal message.. Go to my Valentine's Day page to see the full range.
To place an order you can either phone me on: 07779 017923 or 01787 248082 or e-mail me on
Happy Valentine's Day to you all.
A very Happy New Year to you.
At the beginning of a New Year there is a lot to think about and looking at the calendar it will not be too long before Valentine's Day is here, then very quickly followed by Mother's Day and then Easter all in the first three months of the year.
For florists it is time to look at different trends in the floristry world, browse the flower markets for inspiration and organise the work shop - throw out the old and bring in the new.
For those of you who over Christmas and New Year got engaged, and are planning a wedding for maybe this year or next, then it is an exciting time, planning and speaking with all those wedding suppliers including florists.
Whatever your plans are for 2018 - enjoy the journey - enjoy your day - enjoy the moments.
Busy times over the past month or two with weddings of all shapes and sizes and brides arriving to discuss their weddings next year.
The flower markets can be interesting to navigate - trying to get the right flowers with the colours., tones and textures to create the perfect palette.
Some flowers have diva qualities: peonies for example. Tricky, and can perform perfectly but sometimes they just decide to have a blousy moment just at the wrong time, which for a florist means starting again!
Garden roses are the prima donnas of the flower world and again they can decide to outshine everything else, without being held in check. Gorgeous though, and usually with the most amazing perfume.
Then there are the fabulous and what we do without them lisianthus. So many varieties, so many colours. Beautiful. Avalanche roses, soft white, pink and peach. Then stocks, when fresh, smelling divine and muscling in with their full flower heads. Dahlias whilst in season are beautiful. Lovely pom pom varieties. Amazing depths of colour and texture..
The list is endless.
If you have the opportunity to visit a flower market before making choices on wedding flowers it is really worthwhile rather than just relying on social media sites. It gives you the opportunity to see the size, texture, colour, and tone of all those flowers that you love.
I had one bride who really wanted to use a specific rose for button holes because she had seen a photograph of the same on a web site. Trying to explain that these really would be too big - I sent her a button hole made with a very similar rose and then another smaller rose button hole that would be a better option and look just as lovely. She had to agree. - the smaller rose worked.
It is always with anticipation that I await the arrival of flowers for the next wedding. Exciting, gorgeous, and then waiting to see if I have any divas or prima donnas in the mix!
Looking forward to meeting with brides for 2018.
Writing about all things flowery.