This week I have ......
This week I wasn't sure what I would be doing having just finished a long run of weddings but there is a lot going on and I have to say I'm loving the variety. Today I have been making little posies for guests at a dinner party. On Monday I will be running a workshop, Tuesday supplying flowers for a photo shoot, Wednesday there are funeral flowers to be made, Thursday is bouquet day and Friday a 50th birthday party.
I am still cutting Sunflowers, Dahlias, Zinnias, Cosmos along with leaves and seed heads. Everything has an autumnal feel. Plans are well advanced for the cutting garden next season with boxes of bulbs arriving and bienniels being planted out.
Bienniels fill a gap in the cutting year in late spring/early summer they include Wallflowers, Sweet Williams, Sweet Rocket, Forget me Nots, Foxgloves and Honesty. It is quite easy to forget about them as they must be sown in May/June just when the garden is at it's busiest. I am trying to grow more than ever as my order book is expanding. I just need a few more hours each day!
I have chosen three images, one from each of the weddings this weekend. One at Walberswick, one at Somerleyton Hall and the third in North Norfolk. It was the last big wedding weekend of the season for me. Now it is time to plan the cutting garden for next year and do a lot of gardening and paperwork!! I also run workshops over the winter and of course there is (Christmas)!
Everything went well and it was a great final weekend to what has been an incredible wedding season. My brides have all been fabulous and to a woman totally in love with The Garden Gate ethos of seasonal garden flowers grown with love and without airmiles. Grown not Flown as my collegues from Flowers From the Farm would say. Thank You.
This weekend we arranged flowers for three weddings. I say we because I had to draft in the rest of the family to help! Along with Louise who I trained with at Otley College. Daughters getting up at 6am and husbands up ladders it was the only way to get everything done. So a big thank you everyone!!
I am using a lot of Dahlias in my wedding work this week and hope to continue picking them for a few more until the first frosts bite. They have been stunning this year and I already have a wish list for next year. The colours and shapes are so varied which makes them a very versatile bloom to use. They have impact and I use them instead of imported roses in autumnal and late summer weddings and bouquets. My absolute favourite this year has been Peaches but also good has been Con Amore, Karma Chocolate and David Howard. I have always loved the dark and vibrant varieties but as my wedding bookings are really increasing I am intending to grow more pale varieties. Next weekend is another busy wedding weekend, lets hope the weather stays fine for all the happy couples and their Dahlias!
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.