Flowers, Pretty Things, Some little thoughts

In the Shop Today

Stealing ten minutes with a coffee - a much needed aid to post-Valentine's Day recovery, and I thought I'd share a little snap shot to remind us what lies ahead... yes I mean Summer! I know, we've Spring to come in between but I'm an optimist! In the midst of the busy-ness that engulfs Green Parlour on v-day as we refer to it 'in the trade' we had some pretty Pinks dotted throughout the shop lodged in these lovely zinc containers. I love them and just looking at them makes me happy! Updating the chalk boards is on our 'to do' list today! Valentine's is so last season, it's Mother's Day next don't you know! Peeping it's head around the corner - Mothering Sunday falls on the 10th March this year- three weeks away tomorrow! Ahh... where does the time go! As a treat for all my hard work this week, tomorrow I will assign the day to be spent in garden. There's nothing quite like the first day you spend in the garden. It looked positively pretty in the snow until...

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Wedding Flowers

Dusky Country Garden Wedding

From the moment we met Tanya and Angus way back in September last year we knew the flowers were right up our street! Sage greens Soft pinks Dusky purples Basically a whole lot of heaven. Brides-to-be take note: Tanya provided us with the most amazing book of fabric samples allowing us to match everything perfectly. It was such a joy to have this piece of kit at our disposal! Clusters of vases adorned the tables, each filled with peonies, Amnesia roses, veronica, scented eucalyptus and herbs, flowering nigella and Majolica spray roses. I know I shouldn’t have favourites but Tanyas bouquet has to be one of my favourite of the year so far. Filled to the brim with blousy peonies, little groupings of ivory Majolika spray roses, darts of veronica, nigella and to top it off …sweet peas! Yum! Congratulations to Tanya and Angus. We love getting professional photographs of our flowers and these were provided by the Groom’s company

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Some little thoughts

In the Shop Today …

A welcome break from dust and decorating, spring has well and truly sprung in the shop with some of my favourite plants and flowers filling draws, shelves and all spare space. I just wish my home and garden looked full of promise! Possibly my favourite spring bulb of all time, Muscari. I think they are the perfect way to brighten someone’s day They also smell like sweets. Hellebore heaven ... I am super dizzy with excitement! We just got a huge delivery of the most knock-out hellebore plants and cut stems. Its making me want to create some jam jar arrangements with some scented jasmine foliage for an extra dash of loveliness. I’ve wallowed in winter enough. To celebrate (slightly prematurely) the start of spring the girls are busy bee’s re-vamping our windows with botanical drawing inspiration.  

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Some little thoughts, The Elephant Hotel, Wedding Flowers

Roses are Red

Red and gorgeous! Marshmallow Piano roses are my current new beau … they make my heart skip a few beats. I’ve always wanted to use them in a bridal bouquet and finally I got my chance! How happy we’re we when a beautiful bride asked us to create the wedding bouquet filled with berried ivy (delicious – although not when eaten) scented eucalyptus, the marshmallows aka Piano roses and Red Naomi roses. Seriously romantic, seriously seasonal, seriously gorgeous. More please! Take a look at some more of our wedding work here:

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Some little thoughts, Wedding Flowers

Spring Is in the Air

Spring is in the air We’re a few weeks late on the ‘love is in the air’ theme, so we thought we’d skip straight to spring. Officially my favourite wedding bouquet ever! I’m head over heals in love with this gorgeous spring inspired wedding bouquet filled with anemones, scented lilac, parrot tulips, skimmia, blush Majolika spray roses and blousy ranunculus. I almost couldn’t bring myself to deliver it to the bride. Want want want! There are lots more gorgeous white wedding bouquets here:

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Some little thoughts, The Forbury Hotel, Wedding Flowers

Wedding Inspiration …

Come and see some of our gorgeous floral inspiration at The Forbury Hotel wedding fair on Sunday 26th February 2012. We’ll be there from 11.00am with a gorgeously designed stall (Emma’s been working her magic around a vintage theme) tons of flowers and a whole heap of bouquets, table centres and most importantly some fabulous ideas for your wedding flowers. Janine, our wedding co-ordinator will be on hand to answer any of those niggling questions you may have, or grab her by the hand and bend her ear for a few minutes for one of our complimentary wedding consultations. For some more information on how to get there, and the low down on some of the other fabulous companies you can meet visit:

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The Elephant Hotel, Wedding Flowers

Emily + Andrew’s Winter Wedding

Emily and Andrew first came to see us over two years ago, whilst this is super organized, it made the whole process of choosing the right flowers for them completely stress free. We had time to source, suggest and show them lots of different items, ideas and of course flowers! They chose to get married at The Elephant Hotel in Pangbourne for its truly relaxed vibe and super chilled out atmosphere. The perfect setting for the winter wonderland wedding of their dreams. The final touches to the ceremony room included these rather ‘WOW’ candelabras, which I found just days before the wedding. A rushed email to Emily and Andrew with attached pictures and they loved them too. The flowers were designed to create a wonderfully romantic setting, with an undertone of 1940’s vintage glamour. Completely up my street! White Akito roses, were combined with berried ivy, viburnum berries, steely green eucalyptus, scented freesias, Avalanche roses and hints of Amnesia roses to create luxurious, opulent table centres. We all absolutely fell in love with the large silver pedestal bowls and decided they were a...

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DIY inspiration, Some little thoughts

Dress Your Fireplace This Christmas – Inspiration

Hearth of the home. The fireplace is the centre of most homes at Christmas, roaring log fires and gorgeous surrounds also make this the perfect place to create your dream winter wonderland setting. Inspiration awaits... Fill old jars with handfuls of pussy willow and place along the entire length of the fireplace for a gorgeous woodland inspired scene. Pussy willow £10.00 a bunch Available in store Place beautiful finds from around your home in small groupings, scatter with pinecones and large pillar candles for an eclectic, romantic setting. Christmas trees £15.00 for 3 Large wicker star £5.50 Available in store and online Silver sparkle and candles go hand in hand at Christmas. These mercury glass candlesticks and tea light holders would look stunning paired with a simple pine garland. Large mercury glass candlestick £21.50 each Small mercury glass candlestick £12.50 each Tea light holder £4.50 each Pine garlands price available on request Available in store and online These gorgeous antique tea light holders add a perfect vintage glint to any Christmas table. Scatter amongst small hyacinths bulbs planted in glass container decorated with moss for a simply stunning way to decorate your hearth. Tea...

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