I have been thinking a lot about winter flowers this week. It always seems a long haul from Christmas to Easter when the cutting garden starts producing in earnest. Those early scented Narcissus are so fabulous. With that in mind I have been thinking about Valentine's Day which whilst already a saint's day, the tradition of sending Roses was, I believe, really started to help struggling florist with winter trade....despite the fact we are unlikely to have home grown blooms at that time. Anyway it is here and a firm part of the floral calendar. I have been wondering about what to do this year...I have the option to buy in Roses grown in Kenya from the Real Flower Company...they are scented garden Roses and I do use the Roses they grow in Sussex in the summer.....but and it is a big but I don't usually use imported flowers and do my customers want them?? If I don't use Roses, I will have Tulips from Lincolnshire, British Alstromeria, Scented Narcissus from Cornwall and fingers crossed some of my own....Foliages from Cornwall and my own.....Foliages and winter flowering shrubs such as Magnolias, Viburnum, Silver Birch and Hazel Catkins add something special to winter bouquets. If you have thoughts do let me know!!
Meantime I have posted this year's workshop dates, please let me know if you are interested. If there is something you would like to do but it isn't listed please let me know that as well.
Last but not least I am trying to get much more efficient with my mailing list this year before it all gets too hectic. If you would like to be on it please let me know.
Happy New Year. After an age I am finally updating my blog! 2015 was an incredibly busy year for my little business, with weddings, parties, bouquets, funerals, farmer's market's, pop up shops, flower shows and so on. Finding time for everything was at times a struggle. So what are my plans for 2016? In one way more of the same I guess! Bring it on! I am also planning more workshops which will start with a couple of workshops for Mothers Day. There will be a chance to make a bouquet of spring flowers or a planted container. I will post details on the workshops page and also on my social media feeds. There are plenty of weddings booked but there are still some days free so if you are interested in my wedding flowers please contact me to discuss it further. Other plans include having some lovely professional pictures of my flowers as up to now I have just taken all the pictures myself mostly using my phone!
Through January I will be selling pots of bulbs and planted containers as well as my usual jugs and jars of flowers containing my own Narcissus and greenery along with Alstromeria and other flowers bought in from the lucky growers in Cornwall who always get things so much earlier than us.
In the garden/greenhouse I am sowing Sweet Peas and Snapdragons....promise of things to come.
Whilst I don't welcome the bad weather and dark mornings, January does give me a chance to draw breath and plan the year ahead.
My story in flowers started as a child growing a tiny patch of London Pride Saxifraga...also known as Whimsey or Look Up and Kiss Me! Fast forward to 8 years ago when I started a City and Guilds training in floristry. I qualified as a florist and then to deepen my growing knowledge and skills I trained in horticulture as well. I trained under a WRAGS scheme at Darsham Nurseries and at Somerleyton Hall. Developing a passion for both growing and designing/arranging British garden flowers, I planted a cutting garden. Having become increasingly concerned about where and how flowers are grown, coupled with a love of British grown flowers. and natural styling, I now specialise in growing and using beautiful British grown flowers to make romantic natural designs. for weddings, events, gifts and much more.