Archive for the ‘Flowers’ Category

Natasha and Sam by Benjamin Stuart Photography

Tuesday, July 8th, 2014

A few weeks ago these beauties hit my inbox from the wonderful Benjamin Stuart Photography. We were lucky enough to both be involved in Natasha and Sam’s romantic country wedding at Combe Manor in Hungerford, Berkshire. I think you’ll agree Benjamin has captured our flowers beautifully and the images really are a feast for the eyes.

 

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Natasha’s bridal bouquet contains Majolika spray roses, sweet peas, blush Safi roses, eucalyptus, astrantia and ivory Akito roses

We were lucky enough to deliver Natasha’s bridal bouquet to her at Combe Manor, it has to be one of my favourite parts as a florist. Suddenly this wedding bouquet, which you’ve spent months planning, writing about, tweaking until its perfect is delivered to the Bride. All that love and emotion we have put into creating the wedding bouquet then takes on a whole new meaning as she walks down the aisle.

 

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Natasha and Sam tied the knot in late May, its such a gorgeous time for flowers, with some of my all time favourite blooms in abundance. I literally cannot get enough of sweet peas during the summer months, and for me they are the most perfect wedding flower. Having scented items (unless you are suddenly going to be struck down with a major allergy) should be something top of your bridal agenda. There is something completely magical about the power of smell. Who wouldn’t want to be reminded of their big day when they smell the delicate scent of sweet peas in the future.

 

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All the flowers were designed to compliment a soft romantic yet rustic theme. Combe Manor is set in the most idyllic Berkshire countryside one could wish for, and the reception barn is really something else. With bags of character from the hanging murals to big black barn doors, the space really suits some light, dreamy flowers to compliment the drama.

 

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Green Parlour wedding flowers Hungerford Combe Manor

Natasha and Sam tied the knot at St Swithun’s Church next to Combe Manor, with this beautiful archway reaching high into the rafters. Filled with tons of scented foliage, as well as seasonal stocks, daisies and roses, the arch really brought the space alive. I love the idea of an internal archway too, and then it can be enjoyed throughout the service.

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The tables were adorned with rustic matt zinc jugs each holding chic country hand-tied bouquets. These were filled with sweet peas, alchemilla mollis, scented stocks, Sweet Avalanche roses, daisies and lots of scented foliage.

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Thank you so much to Benjamin Stuart for sharing the love with these wonderful photographs, I think you’ll agree he’s one to watch in 2014/2015. We can’t wait to work with you again.

The Flower School by Green Parlour

Thursday, May 15th, 2014

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Summer is definitely in full swing in our lovely flower studio. We’re bursting with gorgeous peonies, scented stocks and our favourite delphiniums. I think the heady scent is getting to us as we’re busy planning our next flower school course on Tuesday 10th June.

If your a budding flower designer, our Vase Arrangement course is for you! Not only do you get lots of gorgeous flowers to arrange with you also get to take home your vessel and a whole load of inspiration to boot.

Held in our working studio, we will talk you through the know-how of using oasis to create wonderful arrangements as well as touching upon hand-tied skills required for some containers.

We teach you the tricks of the trade, walking you through a step by step guide to perfect vase arrangements!

 

Flower School Details

Date: Tuesday 10th June
Time: 19.00 – 21.00
Tickets: £55.00
Bookings: You can book your place online at www.greenparlour.com or by calling our studio on 0118 984 4000

Spring urn

Tuesday, April 29th, 2014

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This beauty almost fell into my handbag on the way home today. I think it may be my favourite urn arrangement to date. These miniature metal urns are completely perfect – the right size for plants, arrangements and not too huge that they would swap a table setting for a dinner party.

They are also super versatile to arrange in. Make a hand-tied bouquet, use some oasis, chicken wire (always my preference) or those funny little pin cushion flower frogs. I’m more of a chicken wire lady myself, scrunch a tiny piece up and simply just start threading your stems through, starting with your foliage and voila! A scaled down vase suitable for any stately home (or semi-detached terrace house)

The ingredience of my urn arrangement includes; jasmine, eucalyptus, forget-me-nots, sweet peas, spirea, astilbe, helleborus and the most gorgeous to die for ever roses (aka Caramel Antique) the perfect amount of blouse, don’t you think?

For more spring/summer loveliness you should really take a little peek at our recent post about some of our favourite flowers of the season. Take a look here Early Summer Flower Inspiration

There may be more arrangements to come this week that may want to accidentally come home with me.

Learn professional flower arranging

Saturday, April 26th, 2014

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It may be tipping it down outside but we are busy planning our next flower school course on Wednesday 14th May.

The studio is full of late spring and early summer flowers and we are literally bursting with inspiration. If your a budding flower designer, our Vase Arrangement course is for you! Not only do you get lots of gorgeous flowers to arrange with you also get to take home your vessel and a whole load of inspiration to boot.

Held in our working studio, we will talk you through the know-how of using oasis to create wonderful arrangements as well as touching upon hand-tied skills required for some containers.

We teach you the tricks of the trade, walking you through a step by step guide to perfect vase arrangements!

 

Flower School Details

Date: Wednesday 14th May
Time: 10.00 – 12.00
Tickets: £55.00
Bookings: You can book your place online at www.greenparlour.com or by calling our studio on 0118 984 4000

Flower crowns

Tuesday, April 8th, 2014

What do you get when you leave three florists with a bucket of leftover flowers…. dress up time of course! It was flower crown central on Monday afternoon in the shop much to the surprise of our visiting customers – i think secretly they all wanted to join in!

With a few wayward stems left over from Mother’s Day we totally and unashamedly indulged our creative sides. It was such a pleasure to just go wild. Flower crowns are all over pinterest and instagram right now and it was the perfect excuse to do some in-house training with our lovely trainee Brittany, developing her own ideas and core floristry skills such as wiring and taping.

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Perhaps daydreaming of warmer climes, I went for a somewhat tropical design. Vibrant apricot toned Tulips, a soft marshmallow pink blousey statement Rose and a helping of cerise Rose buds for good measure went into my asymmetric number, finished of course with neon green ribbon! All I needed to complete the look was a grass skirt and a pina colada!

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Emma’s design had much more of a refined and vintage air. With textures of Sweet Williams, threaded Hyacinth pips and cloudy Gypsophila, not forgetting the beautiful open Anemones. I think her headdress was very elegant and wouldn’t have looked at all out of place on set in a 1920′s film.

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And last but definitely not least – what a stunning piece from Brittany! And a first attempt to boot! She was inspired by the electric blue Delphiniums running through her crown. The Anastacia bloom is used like a living pompom with romantic swirly Lisianthus and Rose buds clustered above  – I think it looks great and she wears it so well!

Donning our floral masterpieces I think we were all pretty chuffed with the results and a mini photo shoot ensued. Well it would have been rude not to!

I wonder what next weeks leftover blooms will bring….