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Blush and peach – my new favourite wedding flower colours

  You absolutely need to see these pictures of Becky and Jack’s wedding way back in August 2019 (I know, how did I get so slack at sharing things on our blog?) These two love-birds married at Carey Baptist Church and then danced the night away at Ufton Court. Becky came to us with a dreamy mood board filled with pictures of flowers I love. The palette; blush combined with a warm peach. It was a refreshing twist on the blush palette, which has been gracing our floral studio and Pinterest boards for sometime. Don’t get me wrong, I’m a blush girl through and through, but it’s always a treat to get some of my favourite roses in the studio (David Austin Juliette, if you’re wondering) and combine them with all of summer’s bounty.     Becky's bouquet was filled with all of my favourites (did I mention those David Austin Juliette roses already?) including an array of roses from Quicksand through to Azore spray roses and those perfect Juliette's. Add in a sprinkle of sweet peas, some Queen Annes lace for...

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How to Arrange Flowers – the Thought Behind the Blooms

There is one thing I am super passionate about and its sharing my knowledge and my love of flowers, so over the next few weeks I’m going to be running a series of in depth floral principals I always think about before I grab my stems. If you want to up your floristry game, you’re definitely going to want to tune in each Wednesday to get my pro tips.   When you are arranging flowers there is a certain floral harmony that hits that visual sweet spot and today I’m going to let you in on the secret! It’s all about balance. I’m not about to lay down a whole pile of floristry rules, because lets face it, rules and nature don’t feel like they go hand in hand. But there are a few rules you should be thinking about that will elevate your floral game. I’ve cherry picked the best to share with you over the next few weeks. This week we’re kicking off with an overview of the 4 shape principals that I always think about when I’m choosing flowers...

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January – Journal

The frost is in the air and as long as there are blue skies I'm happy. I sit and write this whilst trying to cajole the little guy to bed. My efforts, are however, wasted, and secretly I'm quite happy sitting by the fire just that little longer. January. The month of fresh starts, resolutions, hunkering down and comfort food. On tonight's menu, pie - not the homemade version because today I've been flouncing around doing my flowery thing. January gets a bad rep for flowers, but I have to admit its one of my favourite times. The clear down after the decorations have gone leads to endless places to decorate with Spring bulbs and flowers. Little jars scattered on windowsills where once a garland or two sat. All those deep, rich colours swapped for fresh whites, a scattering of powder blue and pink. The shop has been filled, re-stocked (just like my energy levels after our Christmas break) and is now a homage to spring. Ranunculus grace the flower stand, along with scented lilac, spring hyacinths and blush...

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Autumn Flowers

I'm fickle, flitting from one love of the season to the next. But there is something about autumn - crisp air, moody colours and the richness of berries. It really is food for the soul. As soon as September hits I'm ready. I want the wooly jumpers, the log fires and a house full of rich colourful flowers If I were to marry again I'd have to book an autumn wedding - the textures and colours are just so phenomenal and always blow me away. Its not about the flouncy rose in October - its all about a whole host of foliages, seed heads and rich jewel like colour. I'd carry a bouquet filled with snowberry and rosehips and the last few snips of my scented geranium leaves. It would be sublime and smelly (in a fantastically earthy way) So here's to the changing season and to a peep at what we have arriving in the shop When you just can't help but swoon over a flower. The hydrangeas have me every time - the colours, the shape and most...

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Christmas is Coming …

Its been such a fantastically crazy week at the Parlour - Christmas is well under way, the dried fruits are out, the pine cones have been gathered (and scattered in various boxes) and we're busy designing wreaths and table centres to adorn many a Berkshire table over the festive period. I have to say this time of year really catches my attention, the colours are amazing, the excitement as Christmas approaches and I know its not everyone's favourite, but I love the change in weather (especially when the sky is that amazing crisp blue that you only get in autumn) Partly why I'm so excited about this Christmas season is I always feel totally inspired - I love the other seasons, but somehow the homemaking vibes of Christmas suddenly jolt into another gear and I want to create, make, grow, bake ... anything to make sure our home is the most welcoming place.  We work some ridiculously long hours all through December and taking a little time out to recharge not only the physical batteries but also the creatives is...

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Cliveden House Wedding Filled with Peonies

  As peony season draws to a swift close and we prepare to wave a sad goodbye to our favourite June flower I thought it was the perfect time to share these images of Emily and Jay's big day at Cliveden House wedding venue. Emily was the most gorgeous bride and with peonies featuring heavily in her brief, I knew from the start it was going to look pretty wow. Emily and Jay tied the knot at the end of June in true style at the wonderful Cliveden House wedding venue. Beautiful sweeping grounds greeted their guests with an entrance to die for and the most delightful ceremony and reception room. I've visited many times growing up, but providing wedding flowers here was truly magical. Emily held a bouquet of Sarah Bernhardt peonies complimented with a subtle hint of eucalytpus. Perfectly simple and stunningly elegant. The tables were to look a little more elaborate. We talked about full floral wreaths with white and pink peonies stealing the show. The French Dining room hosted both the ceremony and wedding breakfast - with guilt detailing...

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