My display at South Cove Flower Festival which is running until Monday this week. The theme was based on numbers and as I was allocated the altar I decided on a quirky take on the bread and wine with ten green bottles.
This weekend's wedding took place in a small country church in Suffolk. The bride had asked for a very natural floral scheme and daisies. I used a combination of wild and cultivated flowers including Fennel, Feverfew, Scabiosa,Nigella, Ox Eye Daisy and a cultivated Daisy, Cosmos, White Sweet Peas, Rosa Kent (which is a small white rose) and White Lavender. The pew ends where challenging as they didn't lend themselves to having anything attached, but with the Vicar's permission I pinned test tubes of flowers creating a delicate effect with all the different individual stems.
The bride had a bouquet made from Daisies, Alchemilla, Lavender and Nigella and a flower crown made from Ivy, Lavender and small florets of Hydrangea. The buttonholes were combinations of all the flowers used in the wedding and all different. I finished the bouquet and the buttonholes with raffia and white organza ribbon.
The church had long unmown grass except for a footpath and the grass contained a sprinkling of wildflowers which looked stunning. I wanted to continue this theme inside the church and for the wedding as awhole. The church had a special saint's day today so all the flowers were left for the congregation to enjoy.
This was a wonderful theme to work with and I hope the couple had a really special day.
Last week was all about the Hampton Court Flower Show! On Wednesday I visited the show with my Mum. We had a lovely day and took in the stands, had lunch and visited the palace gardens. THEN Sunday I returned with Frances from Moat Farm Flowers and we helped on the Flowers from the Farm stand in the Rose Marquee. We handed out leaflets and spoke to people about our passion for growing British flowers. Then at 12.30, both very nervous, we gave a talk about wedding flowers. I had taken flowers from my cutting garden at Somerleyton Hall, Hydrangeas, Roses, Nigella, Lavender and foliage. I demonstrated making a bridal bouquet....I have never made one so quickly in my life!! Then in the afternoon we made up bouquets with our flowers and those grown and donated by other members of FFtF. With the demon bouquet makers Martin and the Magpie we made about 30 bouquets in one hour and sold them all in aid of FFtF.
Our stand looked amazing with an incredible joint effort from lots of members. The caravan was made by Julie Clark's husnand David ( Norfolk) and there was a beautiful willow horse made by Jo Hammond.Flowers had been donated by members from all over the country and the stand styled by Martin and the Magpie.
It was an incredilbe experience to be involved in such a prestigious show.
Yesterday I made a funeral sheaf. Flowers for a goodbye to a much loved lady. Her husband is a well known gardener and so I tried to include as many flowers that they both loved as I could. I read somewhere " Real flowers for real lives, real loves." Very apt. I don't use floral foam for my funeral pieces as it is not biodegradable and also is not kind to many garden flowers. I do however make mossed wreaths and sometimes other shapes, when I use topiary frames. These can be planted later for a more permenant tribute.
This has to be my busiest time of year. The wedding season is in full swing. Cutting, watering, deadheading, weeding and feeding are all daily activities in the cutting garden. Plus I am sowing bienniels for next year. It is a juggling act. My house needs cleaning and there is a huge mountain of ironing waiting to be done. However there is the fact that I am working outside at a beautiful time of year, with flowers! I am cutting all the wonderful cottage garden favourite flowers including Larkspur, Love in the Mist, Sweet Peas, Sunflowers, Dahlias, Cornflowers, Catmint, Verbena, Marigolds, Scabious, Lavender and more. Then this week there is the RHS Hampton Court Flower Show where I am giving a talk along with Frances a fellow grower about DIY wedding flowers. It is all great fun but sooo busy.
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.