Being a Leap year this is apparently the day for ladies to propose marriage to their beau, does that really happen? I think women have been proposing marriage on any day of the year for a long time. The young women I see around me are strong and independent and I don't think would wait on tradition in this way but I might be wrong.
They do still love the romance of a wedding day and do so in their own style.
Over the next week/ ten days there is a Mother's Day and also International Women's Day so all in all every reason to celebrate the women in our lives.
Somewhere recently I saw the line " wouldn't the world be better if it was run by grandmas" I can't remember where I saw it or who to attribute it to but it got me thinking.....
When I first started with wedding flowers I wondered and I suppose assumed because of the way my college course was, that winter wedding bouquets would have to be made from imported blooms. Now I find this to be far from the case. For December weddings this year I used Paperwhites, Viburnum and other foliages from my garden and Mistletoe from Shropshire. Then in February I have been able to buy Alstroemeria and Stocks from Cornwall, Tulips from Lincolnshire. Freesias are also available from Guernsey. Leaves are always available through the winter either in my cutting garden or from Cornwall. This year my own Narcissus have come into bloom a little early and I also have Hyacinths. I make white and green bouquets through the year but they seem particularly appropriate for a winter wedding.
December is still popular for weddings and sometimes Valentine's Day but January and February are usually my quiet months. A chance to draw breath before the wedding season really gets underway in earnest.
This week saw the first of the farmer's markets at Snape Maltings. I had Cornish Green Iris ( very unique and unusual looking) and Ranunculus, Scented Narcissi from The Scilly Isles, Lincolnshire Tulips, British grown Stocks and Alstroemeria and my own homegrown Hyacinths. The scent was fabulous and it got the new growing and selling season off to a great start. I have a supply of similar flowers coming for my Valentine's Day bouquets. One of my gorgeous customers did make me chuckle she passed my stall twice admiring everything then a third time at which point her husband arrived. She then very pointedly said " I have passed this stall and said how much I like it three times, when are you going to get the hint!" He bought her a lovely selection of flowers.
The market is held on the first Saturday of the month from 9.30-12.30. There are lots of fabulous producers there...including Suffolk cheeses, meat, vegetables, cakes, desserts, pies, and of course my flowers. In the growing season I have my own blooms but at this time of year I have to buy in from warmer parts of the UK and those growers with larger undercover space. However I only sell British flowers. It is a great opportunity to meet me and look at my flowers, if you are interested in flowers for an event or you would like to order a bouquet. The Maltings has other shops and a very nice cafe so it is a lovely place to visit along with the concert hall and beautiful walks.
I will have a lovely selection of flowers there next month for Mother's day.
Whilst watching and waiting for my Sweet Peas to germinate I have been pondering what it is about flowers that makes people happy. There is no doubt they do. That is one of the truly lovely things about what I do...people's faces when they see, buy or receive my flowers. Flowers and the smiles they engender are transient glimpses of joy. So what is it? Colour? Scent? Symbolism? Being treated? Treating yourself? It is so hard to pinpoint but I would guess a combination of all these. They make people feel special. They are luxury, indulgent yet simple pleasures. They evoke memories of people and places. They bring comfort in dark days and joy in happier times. What are your experiences?
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.