Zoë first contacted us almost a year ago to start thinking about the flowers for her wedding taking place in The Black Barn, Rushall Farm. The barn is stunning, set in the middle of the Berkshire countryside with fields as far as you can see. With this stunning backdrop, we took full inspiration from the barns surroundings when designing the bridal bouquet and table centres for the wedding.
Zoë’s wedding bouquet was filled with English grown roses, scented stocks, sweet peas, lisianthus and hints of scented Baby Blue eucalyptus, it certainly smelt amazing!
Collections of old glass jars filled the long banqueting tables in The Black Barn, each filled with a miniature hand-tie of flowers. Queen Anne’s Lace is complimented with scented stocks, English grown roses, garden sedum, alchemilla mollis, eucalyptus, mint and agapanthus to create these wild, garden inspired wedding table centres.
The final touches involved winding ivy and fairy lights around the rustic centre pillars in the barn.
Learn professional flower arranging in our summer 2011 flower schools.
We have finally announced our new season of flower schools, we are running a selection of day courses, evening courses and half day courses, designed to teach you how to arrange in the gorgeous Green Parlour style. Anyone can take part, budding amateur to professional florist wanting some fresh inspiration.
Flowers and home-made cakes are provided in abundance, as well as some gorgeous containers and all the know-how you need.
Our flower school is run from our flower shop in Pangbourne, Reading in small informal groups.
Its going to be a giggle.
Full Day course £200.00
Wednesday 14th September 2011
9.30am until 3.30pm
This one day course gives you an insight into how to arrange the flowers we love. Suitable for all abilities, this course will teach you how to make one of our signature hand-tied bouquets, a beautiful vase display and learn how to use small vases. The price includes all flowers and containers, refreshments and cake, lunch with a glass of sparkling wine. You also receive a discount card valid for 6 months on all flower purchases and a pair of professional floristry scissors. Please book in advance as places are limited.
Half day course £80.00
Wednesday 20th July 2011 and Friday 30th September 2011
9.30am until 12.30pm
This half day course gives you all the knowledge to produce one of our signature hand-tied bouquets within a beautiful glass vase. We will give advice on how to combine flowers and colours to create the perfect floral arrangement. Price includes all flowers and containers, a pair of professional floristry scissors, refreshments and cake. Please book in advance as places are limited.
Evening course £80.00
Thursday 18th August 2011 and Friday 7th October 2011
6.30pm until 9.30pm
This evening course teaches you how to make a table centre for the home using a selection of glass vases and containers. We will give advice on how to combine flowers and colours to create the perfect floral arrangement. Price includes all flowers and containers, a pair of professional floristry scissors, a glass of sparkling wine and cake. Please book in advance as places are limited.
Is there a proper word for this? There are proper words for other types of addictions. Mine is equally unhealthy, I have over indulged.
Maidenhair, Boston you name it we have it.
They are starting to gather names, like Miranda, Fenella and Percy.
I have taken to wearing ferns in my hair, a sort of homage to Julius Caesar with a few delphinium flowers for a more feminine touch. I think this should be part of my regular wardrobe, sort of a Green Parlour uniform.
Today we have mainly been thinking about cakes, lots and lots of cakes. I have vowed to whip out my whisk and produce something spectacular. Marzipan carrots are sounding like a suitable decoration to a three tiered carrot cake. Over the top doesn’t even cover it.
We’ve been busy filling our flower shop in Pangbourne, Reading, Berkshire with some gorgeous new home ware, hand chosen by us for its nostalgic yet practical twist. Our new range of Beautiful Finds can be found in our online store with inspiration from all over the globe designed to fill your home with quirky unusual beautiful products.
These to-die-for Lustre photo frames have stolen our hearts. Beautifully designed, these silver lustre finish will steal the show on any sideboard, add our Sophia candlesticks or Antique silver tea light holders for extra sparkle! Our Lustre photo frames are available to purchase in 2 shapes:
square measuring 16cm by 16cm (this will hold a picture measuring 9cm by 9cm) and portrait measuring 20cm by 16cm (this will hold a picture measuring 14cm by 9cm).
We’ve been busy filling our flower shop in Pangbourne, Reading with some gorgeous new home ware, hand chosen by us for its nostalgic yet practical twist. Our new range of Beautiful Finds can be found in our online store with inspiration from all over the globe designed to fill your home with quirky unusual beautiful products.
Transform your dinner party table with our Sophia mercury glass candleholders! These antique feel holders will add an elegant antique sparkle to home, perfect grouped together, or scattered along your mantle piece. Decorated with a gorgeous barley twist design these mercury glass candlesticks will hold a standard sized column candle and are available in two sizes, small measuring 20cm in height and the large measuring 28cm in height. Take a look at our Beautiful Finds range and purchase these beautiful Sophia candlesticks HERE
As soon as we had our first consultation with Samantha and Kevin way back in the deepest depths of winter, we knew this wedding would be right up our street! The brief: country elegance. The colours: creams, ivory and zesty green. The venue: Lodge Park a completely gorgeous National Trust property near Cheltenham. HEAVEN!
Samantha knew from the start that she’d love hydrangeas and peonies to feature heavily, and scent was important too. I’m such an advocate for splashing out a little more for a wedding bouquet with scent. Freesias have to be one of my favourites, their heady citrus scent instantly transports me to a tranquil holiday somewhere in the south of France.
With a rather regal entrance with stunning, uninterrupted views across the Chiltons, Lodge Park needed something to bring a splash of Samantha and Kevin’s day to the venue for the ceremony. We toiled with heaps of ideas, but after much deliberation (and a sign from him upstairs) we decided on bay trees, decorated elegantly with white Avalanche roses.
I’m not a pedestal girl, I have never been convinced of their beauty. A vase filled with gorgeous spring and summer flowers … great! A hefty black iron pedestal stand … not my bag. Lodge Park needed something light, clear glass and plain unassuming plinths. Just perfect. We filled the vases with scented eucalyptus, white hydrangeas, peonies, viburnum opulus, white delphiniums, and white Avalanche roses in a simple hand tied arrangement, which complimented the stairway perfectly.
We’ve been busy filling our flower shop in Pangbourne with some gorgeous new home ware, hand chosen by us for its nostalgic yet practical twist. Our new range of Beautiful Finds can be found in our online storewith inspiration from all over the globe designed to fill your home with quirky unusual beautiful products.
This gorgeous owl vase has stolen our hearts! Perfect filled with freshly cut blooms from the garden, this owl vase, measuring 12.5 cm in height and made from white ceramic, it will nest beautifully on your kitchen table. Available to buy online from our new Beautiful Finds range, designed for your home, on our website.
Every girl likes pretty things … right? I’m head over heels in love with all the gorgeous new vases and tea light holders that have been arriving in the shop over the past few weeks. You may know, I am more than a little fussy regarding tea lights, the clear glass never really rock my boat, candles can have so much more ambiance. Fear not, there are tons of gorgeous holders available to make your tables glow including these to-die-for antique silver numbers available from our online store here
If your after a more rustic look, get collecting! Interesting glass jars and bottles tied with vintage lace, scraps of fabrics and miniature salvaged brooches make perfect tea light holders.
Scatter between small cut glass vases filled with miniature flower arrangements for the perfect table centre for a dinner party or a wedding.
We’re looking to expand! with your help and votes we can make this dream a reality … take a look at our entry into Barclays ‘One Small Step’competition and vote for our village florist franchise concept by posting a comment and pressing the like button.
We would love to be able to open another Green Parlour in another village like Pangbourne, so we have entered a competition with Barclays to get some funding…