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 your  flowers and greenery at different levels.

Tie your buttonhole arrangement at the top using some thin string. Take care not to tie it too tightly, just enough so everything stays where it is.

Cut the left over string using your sharp scissors and cut the end of your almost there buttonhole.

Pick out some rather fancy ribbons to match or clash with your buttonhole and wrap them around to cover your string and tie in a bow. Find a fancy pin and place into a little cup of water until your ready for your public.

Raise a glass to the Bride and Groom

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.

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.

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!


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.

Flowers, Wedding Flowers

Spurred into Action, Dolly to the Rescue

Today I was spurred into action by the wonderful Wedding Sparrow who tweeted she was going to nose at the blog for some inspiration before a meeting with her wedding florist in a few weeks time. Hugely flattering but I also realised everything was looking a little out of date so my interim offering, before I upload lots of gorgeous wedding photo’s, is another homage to the white rose. Not only do I love its simplicity, its romantic ivy collar and the satin bow (I’m big on bows right now) but I also love my model mannequin with wooden arms.

She is called Dolly if you were wondering …

Flowers, Wedding Flowers

White Wedding Bouquet

I am such a white rose girl and they are the perfect for a classical, elegant wedding. I think my favourite thing of all has to be spray roses, I am a complete sucker for them especially when you get these gorgeous green buds poking out between the Akito roses. We filled this wedding bouquet with yummy scented freesias and had one happy bride! hurray!

DIY inspiration, Some little thoughts, Wedding Flowers

The Day That Rock N Roll Bride Came to Play


The Green Parlour girls got pretty excited when I told them about our VIP guest appearance from Kat at Rock n Roll Bride! Not only was she coming to say a massive hello but we invited her in to experience a day in the life of, well us, with some DIY tutorials to share with all of her beautiful readers to boot. Just the ticket to brighten up a dark Wednesday in January me thinks.

Take a look at our day with the pink haired beauty here and watch this space for an announcement on some new flower school bridal courses we will be running … the perfect way to come and play with gorgeous blooms with your bridesmaids, mums and friends.

Big love to Kat at not only for writing such an awesome wedding blog but she’s a pretty hot trainee florist too.

Flowers, Wedding Flowers

How to Choose Your Wedding Flowers Part 2

Part two of a three part series to help you get the most out of your wedding flowers!

In part two of our guide on How to Choose your Wedding Flowers we start to look at all the fun things! The actual flowers! First on my flower list is always the bridal bouquet. Along with the dress I believe the bridal bouquet helps to set the scene for the whole wedding, introducing the look of your day and containing your personality. In this, part 2 of our guide, we show you some of the key styles, talk about ways to introduce colour and … don’t forget the groom …

The bridal bouquet is always first on my list of flower requirements to talk about; it is my favourite part of the whole ‘let’s talk about wedding flowers’ process, and also probably the most daunting – all the wedding ideas suddenly become super real!

This is the time to whip out all the mood boards, images of your dress (I love this part!), colours that you love, plans, ideas, thoughts, all the little details that you probably don’t think will be connected to flowers. As much information as you can load us up with.

And then it’s time for the big questions … what style of bouquet do you want?


The hand tied wedding bouquet, sometimes known as a posy or an upright bouquet, is the must-have bridal bouquet right now. Definitely my favourite shape for its versatile nature, taking you from chic country bride to glitz and glam with a few tweaks here and there.

Fill with in-season flowers to create a wild, natural and just-picked-from-the-garden look, or go for a tightly packed rose dome bound in a satin ribbon for sheer elegance.

What I love most about a hand tied wedding bouquet is the fun you can have on the handle. It’s my favourite place to add in extra details to make the bouquet completely unique. Why not try attaching old brooches, winding vintage lace detailing around the stem or platting together satin ribbon dotted with pearl-headed pins for a plush ornate feel?

Shower or cascade bouquets are in the midst of a major resurgence! Gone are the days of the Princess Diana (heavy, cumbersome and super showy) … in are a smaller, more delicate feminine cascade with subtle country twists and bags of movement using interesting foliage.

For an utterly romantic bouquet, fill with a mixture of scented English roses, smaller rosebuds and jasmine foliage in a soft feminine trail. Or go super modern: bold minimalist flowers with bags of colour … my favourite has to be deep purple vanda orchids which look like tropical butterflies.

This is such a gorgeous statement shape! I love seeing it with simple, elegant gowns or with vintage style dresses with delicate sparkly beading around the bodice. It’s my dare-to-be-different bouquet of choice and should be made using some of the most standout flowers available.

For the ‘wow’ factor include crisp white calla lilies with modern leaves, or for a country twist go for strong groupings of zesty lime hydrangeas; a must-have colour for 2011.

The first rule is always reflect what’s happening in nature … Simple huh?

Every time I talk about reflecting the seasons, an episode of Don’t Tell the Bride pops into my mind. Specifically, the one when during a heat wave in July, a snow loving Groom transformed a barn into a winter wonderland. It looked beautiful, yes, but there was something slightly unnerving about seeing guests in very summery dresses, walking down an isle covered in snow. Flowers follow the same rules!

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