Flower trends, Wedding Flowers

A Country Garden Wedding in a Marquee

Dominique and Tim's wildlife meets country garden wedding is full of all sorts of pretty. From English grown blooms to giant flower balls. Their style has completely stolen our hearts Dominique and Tim wed in May (which is possibly my favourite flower month of the whole year) and with a little guidance we were encouraged to let our creative juices flow ... and flow they did! From some amazing English grown sweet peas through to giant flower balls that hung throughout the marquee, this wedding encapsulated the very meaning of English Country garden No picture could ever do this bouquet justice - the smell, all the amazing textures ... it was filled to the brim with the most wonderful seasonal flowers we could lay our florist hands on! Dominique carried this beautiful blossoming bouquet filled with choysia, sweet peas, alchemilla mollis, phlox, Majolika spray roses, solomons seal, ranunculus, astrantia, eucalyptus and ammi majus. The movement of this bouquet was phenominal, basically I bloody loved it! I find a sweet pea incredibly hard to resist, and combined with bouncy alchemilla mollis they make...

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Flower trends, Pretty Things, Some little thoughts

Flower Club – What Flowers Do You Sell

Whether you go to market or buy your flowers online, how on earth do you decide what flowers you want to sell. There are literally hundreds and hundreds of varieties available and tons of different colours. Some florists go for the scatter gun approach - a little bit of this and a little bit of that until they have every colour under the rainbow in their arms or virtual trolley. Sure this is the way you can work, and indeed this is the way loads of florists shops around the country have run for decades, but we like to think of ourselves as a fine artists picking our paints very carefully so we can blend and get depth. I call it a 'currated' colour palette which sums up whats happening not only in the floral world but also in fashion and lifestyle. We're constantly looking around, gathering inspiration and then transporting it to our flower stand in tints and tones that blend together beautifully. So for spring the catwalks are all about spring colour - light bright and airy. The media bats...

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Flower trends, Flowers, Wedding Flowers

Wedding Flowers for Men – Buttonhole Recipe’s for Winter

  Every man should wear flowers … and not just on his wedding day. I’m such a firm believe in this – a little nod to the seasons pinned onto ones jacket certainly gives the wearer such an air of distinction it would be a shame to limit this effect just to your wedding day.   And boys, guess what – you don’t have to wear a single rose with a teeny tiny leaf … no! The modern man dons a tiny collection of fleurs fully embracing the season. Here to inspire (as always) are 3 of our winter buttonhole recipes (or if your feeling awfully posh, boutonnieres)   I’m still pinning down a name to call them, I know everyone KNOWS what a buttonhole is, but it just sounds so … none floral! Perhaps a floral jacket pin … or a jacket posy …. Ideas very much welcome!    

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Flower trends, Pinterest inspiration, Some little thoughts, Wedding Flowers

A Confession – I Dislike Pinterest!

Wow, already I feel better just writing the title of this post. Perhaps saying I dislike the whole of Pinterest is a little steep, there are some really great things about it, but equally there are some things I really hate. I figure the great things plus the hating overall balance out to a dislike.   Been in the wedding business, I should probably be raving about this crazy online pin board system. Its like a whole load of inspiration without having to buy a load of wedding magazines which publish the same stuff month after month. You've always got this fresh stream of updates and on demand inspiration at your finger tips. This is the great part about Pinterest - you search for something and sure enough there will be an image capturing what your brain is thinking about. I think its a great starting point tool of wedding planning - but when I say starting point tool that's exactly what I mean! Combining Pinterest and floristry has its ups and downs. After a rather negative start in the title, let...

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Danesfield House, Flower trends, Venues, Wedding Flowers

Peach Wedding Flowers at Danesfield House

March, you are already shaping up to be an absolute stunner! Leslie and Arkadius have been blessed with the most amazing spring sunshine for their big day at Danesfield House. As well as the sun shining down on the lucky couple, Leslie also managed to choose some of my all time favourite flowers and colour combination. Peach is still huge, especially when teamed with dashes of rose gold, metallic and just the slightest sprinkle of copper. We started planning Leslie's wedding flowers just a few months ago, with her coming to see us with tons of visual inspiration for the flowers. She was a total joy to work with and she completely trusted our flower choices for the big day. David Austin Juliette roses were combined with Bombastic spray roses, ranunculus, orchids and hints of lilac to create a lush dome of floral gorgeousness to carry down the aisle. How much do you love the ranunculus/rose combination, it totally took my breath away. The amazing fireplace in the Versailles Suite at Danesfield House needed something huge and natural to balance with...

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DIY inspiration, Flower trends, Some little thoughts

DIY Floristry Courses – Table Centres

We're so pleased you dropped by for our bright spring inspired table centre DIY. I don't know about you, but spring is the time that our house seems to come alive again. We start entertaining, people drop in and there is a whole host of blooming beautiful flowers available. This easy peasy table centre tutorial is the perfect way to spruce up your home ready for Easter celebrations and lets face it who doesn't love a bit of flower DIY, especially with us there to hold your hand every step of the way. If you've got any questions, just leave a comment below and we'll get back to you pronto! First things first you want to choose your container. We opted for this rather vibrant orange number, mainly because I've become a little obsessed with everything orange. I also think its perfect for spring. Who doesn't want a little (or bold and large) injection of colour after those dull winter months. If you wanted something a little more pastel you could recreate this whole tutorial in a teracotta pot or maybe...

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Flower trends, Flowers, Pinterest inspiration, Wedding Flowers

Top 5 Country Bridal Bouquets for Your Barn Wedding

Country weddings are big business at the moment, the current trend for big beautiful barns, yards of bunting and blousy blooms is right up our street! If your after an English country wedding, our top 5 country bridal bouquets will be the perfect compliment to your relaxed wedding day. Read on for some jaw dropping gorgeous floral inspiration ... Looking Peachy! You can't get much more country than the blousy David Austin roses. The Juliette rose is an absolute favourite of mine, I can't help but think 'huge peach marshmallow' every time I see them. Combine this gorgeous specimen with some of my favourite country flowers including sweet peas, veronica, scabiosa and berried eucalytpus. Wrap the bouquet with hessian to complete the look and you're ready for your big barn entrance with this beauty! Bright, Bold and Beautiful! Getting married between May and June? In that case peonies just HAVE to be on your country wedding flower list. One might say that they are the ultimate country wedding flower with tones from soft pinks, the most amazing coral, blush and white. Going bold? Combine the...

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DIY inspiration, Flower trends, Flowers, Wedding Flowers

Spring Urn

This beauty almost fell into my handbag on the way home today. I think it may be my favourite urn arrangement to date. These miniature metal urns are completely perfect - the right size for plants, arrangements and not too huge that they would swap a table setting for a dinner party. They are also super versatile to arrange in. Make a hand-tied bouquet, use some oasis, chicken wire (always my preference) or those funny little pin cushion flower frogs. I'm more of a chicken wire lady myself, scrunch a tiny piece up and simply just start threading your stems through, starting with your foliage and voila! A scaled down vase suitable for any stately home (or semi-detached terrace house) The ingredience of my urn arrangement includes; jasmine, eucalyptus, forget-me-nots, sweet peas, spirea, astilbe, helleborus and the most gorgeous to die for ever roses (aka Caramel Antique) the perfect amount of blouse, don't you think? For more spring/summer loveliness you should really take a little peek at our recent post about some of our favourite flowers of the season. Take a look...

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Flower trends, Wedding Flowers

Vintage Wedding Flowers

Our vintage inspired bridal bouquet was packed with Amnesia roses, Ocean Song roses, waxflower, lisianthus, berried eucalyptus, dusty millar and Mikado spray roses The vintage vibe is so big in wedding flowers, I don't think I'll ever tire of it! Amnesia and Ocean Song roses always steal my heart, and the berried eucalyptus is just heavenly. Combine these beautiful colours with lots of texture, as we did here. Waxflower is so versatile, with its soft ivory star shaped flowers providing a subtle lemon scent and with the silvery sage green dusty millar it ensures the roses are the stars of the show but with the relaxed vintage country garden vibe. Bridal bouquet containing Amnesia roses, Ocean Song roses, waxflower, lisianthus, berried eucalyptus, dusty millar and Mikado spray roses These vintage flowers can be re-created for your wedding day in different shades to suit your colour scheme. For me the key to creating a vintage bridal bouquet is keeping the flower selection simple, but using all sorts of foliage to soften the flowers. Some of my favourite foliages include berried eucalyptus, jasmine trails,...

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DIY inspiration, Flower trends, Flowers, Pinterest inspiration, Pretty Things, Some little thoughts, Wedding Flowers

Flower Crowns

What do you get when you leave three florists with a bucket of leftover flowers.... dress up time of course! It was flower crown central on Monday afternoon in the shop much to the surprise of our visiting customers - i think secretly they all wanted to join in! With a few wayward stems left over from Mother's Day we totally and unashamedly indulged our creative sides. It was such a pleasure to just go wild. Flower crowns are all over pinterest and instagram right now and it was the perfect excuse to do some in-house training with our lovely trainee Brittany, developing her own ideas and core floristry skills such as wiring and taping. Perhaps daydreaming of warmer climes, I went for a somewhat tropical design. Vibrant apricot toned Tulips, a soft marshmallow pink blousey statement Rose and a helping of cerise Rose buds for good measure went into my asymmetric number, finished of course with neon green ribbon! All I needed to complete the look was a grass skirt and a pina colada! Emma's design had much more of a...

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