Hey there! I’ve had so many new followers over the past few weeks (thank you all, feeling grateful that you want to join me in this floral world) so I thought why not hop over to the blog and write 10 more facts about the woman behind the blooms – me of course! Flowers are a huge part of my life, but there are a few other things I get up to, and some personal quirks that I thought you’d love to know about me. If you missed my 10 fun facts a few years ago, you can check it out here.
Today I am sharing with you one of my favourite floristry tutorials – my ultimate jam jar flower tutorial. There is nothing better than decorating your home with little arrangements. They are my favourite thing to whip together when I have people coming over – versatile, simple to make (when you know how) AND perfect for using little bits from the garden. I’m sharing with you my tips for arranging a trio of jam jars with seasonal flowers. This is a must read post if you want a simple, floristry DIY that always looks amazing.
I’m guessing that you are considering becoming a florist! I am here to tell you the three best things about being a florist. Now if you tuned in a few weeks ago, you may have seen my post What you really should know before becoming a florist. I left the post on a bit of a downer, so I needed to balance out those negative vibes and tell you my favourite things about being a florist. So let’s get started!
Are you about to delve into the world of wedding planning? I’m guessing you’ve set up some Pinterest boards for inspiration and there are at least 2 relating to DIY’ing your wedding flowers. I am not about to bash DIY weddings, BUT I am going to share with you 3 reasons WHY you should hire a professional wedding florist and tell you it could actually SAVE you money.
So you want to become a florist. Welcome to the crazy (all consuming) world of flowers and everything that goes along with it! I honestly love my career. Believe me when I say it’s not a career you can do if you DON’T love it! I am so grateful I’ve had the opportunity to work in floristry since the age of 16 (oh my, SO many years ago) and I’m not trying to put you off this amazing career, but, there are some things I wish I’d known before becoming a florist, and I’m going to share these with you today.
There is one thing I am super passionate about and its sharing my knowledge and my love of flowers, so over the next few weeks I’m going to be running a series of in depth floral principals I always think about before I grab my stems. If you want to up your floristry game, you’re definitely going to want to tune in each Wednesday to get my pro tips.
When you are arranging flowers there is a certain floral harmony that hits that visual sweet spot and today I’m going to let you in on the secret! It’s all about balance. I’m not about to lay down a whole pile of floristry rules, because lets face it, rules and nature don’t feel like they go hand in hand. But there are a few rules you should be thinking about that will elevate your floral game. I’ve cherry picked the best to share with you over the next few weeks.
Carlie and her man got married at the end of May – for me a time when the gardens are bursting with summer colour. The Chelsea Flower Show has graced our screens and everyone who’s anyone is thinking about flowers! If I were to marry again, May would be my month. The peonies are just popping up, delphiniums are in full swing and sweet peas have burst onto the scene with all the scent and wow you’d expect.
Carlie’s brief was a perfect cacophony of colour – blues, whites, oranges and just a smidge of zesty green. The vibe – country garden, just picked and everything tied with raffia. Boy oh boy is it the perfect time of year to carry off this palette!
We just provided Carlie’s personal flowers – a gorgeous bouquet for her to hold, 2 for her maids and some bouts for the men and women. I love doing personal flowers, it sets the scene for the whole wedding and if budget is tight this is the perfect way to make your bucks go that little bit further. If you’re under tight budget constraints then the one area I’d splurge would be to get a florist to do my personals – then rope in a load of family and friends for your tables and the other decoration.
Carlie’s bouquet contained; delphinium, stocks, thistles, tenecetum, alchemilla mollis, butterfly flower, sweet peas, veronica, campanula all tied off with a pretty raffia bow.
The maid’s had a more simple affair, with blues and whites to tie in with their strong navy blue dresses. For these, we used stocks, delphiniums, scilla, alchemilla mollis, the subtlest touch of orange butterfly flower and white sweet peas in abundance. Again these were both tied in a raffia bow to give a really rustic vibe to the day.
I’ve ranted and raved about men’s boutonnieres until the cows come home so I’m not going to get on my high horse about them just now. All you need to know is if you want to give your wedding a true country vibe you absolutely MUST go for mismatched boutonnieres, preferably tied with string or ribbon, rather than those funny twirly pigs tales that some florists seem to love. Carlie took my advice (a wise girl!) and so each of the men’s pins was different with varying tints and tones to tie everything together.
Summer to me is always a celebratory time of year. We’re done hibernating and want to get out there and socialise. BBQ’s, weddings, festivals …dancing! I hope I’m setting the scene! Come rain or shine, summer is about channelling your inner hippy – colour, loose clothes AND, in my humblest opinion, flowers in your hair!
Our DIY Summer Flower Crown Tutorial will have you reaching for the scissors and whipping one of these beauties up in no time at all – perfect if you’re about to slip out to a festival, informal gathering or wedding!
The tools of the trade
The great news is you don’t need loads of floristry gubbins to make your crown:
• some sharp snips
• some wire (floristry or garden wire will do the job)
• around 1m of decorative ribbon
• some floristry tape, which you can easily get hold of at most florist shops or craft stores such as Hobby craft
Choose your flowers
This is where the fun really kicks in – this is your crown and you can customise it however you like – go bold or go home, stick with more of a pastel affair … the choice really is yours!
For our crown we used:
• 1 hydrangea head
• 5 stems of Blanchette spray roses
• 6 scabiosa heads
• 4 stems of alchemilla mollis
• 4 stems of bronze fern
Shape the base of your crown
All you need to do is place the wire on your head and bend it into shape. It doesn’t have to go all the way around, in-fact I personally prefer it if there is a break because I love adorning with decorative ribbon. It also feels a little bit more informal.
Bend two loops at the base of the crown – this is where eventually your decorative ribbon thread through.
Secure all sharp ends with floristry tape.
Wire your flowers
You want to keep your crown lightweight otherwise you’ll be taking off your handiwork before everyone’s had a chance to comment on how super you look. To get this lightweight feel we need to wire the flowers. Effectively were make a flexible stem that is thinner and more malleable than the actual stem. The first few times you wire it may feel a little fiddly, but you’ll be wiring like a pro in no time!
• Cut your flower head reasonably near the base of the flower.
• Bend a small piece of wire into an ‘n’ shape, with one end of the ‘n’ longer than the other.
• Hold the wire against the flower stem and gently wind the longer piece of wire around the flower-head and the shorter wire.
• Stretch out your flower tape and wind around the flower and the wire.
• Repeat for all flowers!
Assembling your crown
You want to start gathering small bunches of flowers together and holding them against your wire base. You want to start right by one off the loops, with your flowers pointing towards them. Hold the flowers onto the base and tape them on using your floristry wire.
Repeat, layering each group of flowers on top of each other.
Note: I tend to leave around a 3cm gap between each group of flowers, to stop the crown getting over-full!
Tie the ribbon
Simply thread your ribbon through the loops to make your band adjustable and give a quick mist with water! VOILA! Your hairpiece is ready to wear!
VOILA! Your DIY Summer Flower Crown is ready to wear and should stand up to the most vigorous of dancing!
I think blush and white is one of those colour palettes of which I will never tire. It’s the perfect romantic tone – not too much white and just the right amount of pink without going super girly. Its like a grown up romance novel translated into colours. All the tenderness you want with just the right amount of sexy.
Louise and Lewis married at the ever-beautiful Wasing Park back in April. The flowers were a seasonal affair, which works so well at this venue. Louise trusted us to go to town on the flowers and so in true Green Parlour style we did; with ranunculus, blousy roses, the last of the seasons anemones, lilac, trails of jasmine and astilbe. It encapsulated everything I adore about spring, wild abundance, un-arranged perfection and the perfect mix of textures. Plumes of fountain grass shot through the designs to give that delicate movement which I adore and I may have also snuck in a sweet pea or two, because there were some beauts available at market when I was collecting the fleurs and quite frankly it would have been rude not to.
This is what I love most about bridal work, the freedom that some give to create and flex the flowers used ever so slightly to achieve the look. Louise was a total dream to work with – she let me run with her brief and I knew from early on we’d be totally on the same page. Trust us florists, we literally adore flowers (believe me its not the kind of job you could do if you don’t adore flowers!) and we all want your day to be magical. I think choosing a florist is a little like buying a house, if you get a good vibe in the first meeting/contact then they are the one for you. Yes price can be a factor to consider, but it’s also important to have that connection. The florist is going to be interpreting what’s in your head, it’s so important your on the same page and that neither side has any niggling doubts.
If you’ve ever had the chance to visit Wasing Park you will know it has a certain elegance of its own. You don’t need to do loads to it to make this venue shine and there are no areas you need to hide! Louise opted for simple rose petal runners and lanterns for her ceremony. Romance, romance, romance! The more candles the better!
Tables were a simple affair but totally gorgeous with it. 5 jars each held a beautiful posy of flowers and throughout we scattered silver tea light holders just to make everything sparkle. Louise provided her own jars so the flowers could be given away as gifts for her guests. This is always one of my top tips because its so lovely for the flowers to be enjoyed that little bit longer and you’re guests will so appreciate the gesture.
“I just want to say a massive THANK YOU for the absolutely stunning flowers you did for us on Saturday. I actually can’t get over how perfect they were! We had so many compliments on how beautiful they are. We’ve brought them all home with us and our house is filled with them, it makes me so happy to be surrounded by them.
I’ll send you some pics when we get the official photos back, but it was just so wonderful, you and your team are incredibly talented and we can’t thank you enough!!!“