Pretty Things

Pretty Things … Sophia Mercury Glass Candlesticks

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    

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Lodge Park, Wedding Flowers

Wedding Flowers … Country Elegance

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...

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Pretty Things, Some little thoughts

Pretty Things … Gorgeous Owl Vase

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 store with 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.

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Some little thoughts

Pretty Things … New Tea Light Holders Available Online

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.

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Green Parlour in the Press, Some little thoughts

Vote for Us!

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... To win we need your comments and support on the...

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DIY inspiration

Street Party Buttonholes …

... for a right Royal knees up Cakes baked, champagne chilled, trestle tables dusted ... check ... check ... check ... Sit down with a gin and tonic and prepare for your fancy spruce-up-any-outfit and fit-for-a-Princess street party buttonhole DIY tutorial What you need: some beautiful blooms - we went all out with scented roses gather some gorgeous greenery from the garden - rosemary, mint and ivy will all look stunning a sharp pair of scissors some string have a rummage for some scraps of ribbon We're going to show you how to make real buttonholes, forget all of that fiddly wiring nonsense, these are the way buttonholes should be. First things first, pick out your favourite greenery from your garden - I've chosen mint and rosemary for their heady scent. Place your garden finds flat upon a table and lay your chosen flowers on top. I love large buttonholes so the more flowers and greenery the merrier. Remember when the buttonholes are pinned on your rather Royal Wedding outfit they will be flat at the back so its a good idea to lay...

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Flowers, Wedding Flowers

Wedding Bouquet Roses, Anemones and Fritillaria

My favourite spring bulb has to be fritillaria, their beautiful checkered heads are scattered throughout this spring inspired wedding bouquet which also contains white Avalanche roses, zesty green guelder rose, clematis, black centered anemones and scented eucalyptus. We love the fresh zing that the guelder rose brings to the brides bouquet, especially when combined with the deep rich tones of the fritillaria, clematis and another favourite of ours - anemones. Bind wedding bouquets in bold ribbons - I love the polka-dot ribbon on this bouquet.

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Flowers, Wedding Flowers

Country Wedding Bouquet, Buttonholes and Table Centres

We are actually in love with this bridal bouquet we created this week! As much as we love roses, its so lovely to play with hedgerow texture, allowing us to create this gorgeous relaxed country bridal bouquet - designed to feel as if it has been gathered from the meadow on the way to the church. Filled to the brim with ammi majus and daucus carota, flowering clematis, scented eucalyptus and secured with an antique lace trim, this bouquet is perfect for a country inspired bride. Miniature lace detailing on the Groom's buttonhole of flowering clematis, viburnum berries and eucalyptus ... perfect! Large mismatched jam jars finished with antique lace detailing to match the bridal bouquet adorn the centre of the tables.

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Some little thoughts

New Pretty Vases and Flowers in the Shop

Its so exciting to get pretty new things in our little shop. Today we were treated with some beautiful new flowers and this gorgeous smokey glass vase.   Both are delicious.   I'm always proclaiming love for these white Majolica spray roses, they are, in my opinion just perfect.     With Valentine's Day around the corner we have our hearts set on any of these bouquets ... we're not fussy! TTFN

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Flowers, Some little thoughts

Tuesday 1st Feburary … We Are Looking Forward to Spring

Today is the 1st February and hopefully that means spring is around the corner. The shop is filled with Ranunculus, scented Hyacinths and Anemones - I literally love them all and have treated myself to an old biscuit tin filled with all sorts of lovely flowers and viburnum. Don't even get me started on how much I adore Helleborus. I have also being dreaming of an Auricula theatre, possibly inspired by my Emma Bridgewater mug... Our bellies are full of Nigella Lawson's chocolate and orange loaf and all is well with the world.

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