Today is Boxing Day and the first day I have really had a chance to write a blog post for weeks! All of December has taken up with making wreaths, swags, table decorations, bouquets and running workshops.
I started with making wreaths and swags for the two pubs on Lord Somerleyton's Estate, The Duke's Head and The Fritton Arms. Here I made traditional mossed wreaths using foliage from the Estate and Pheasant feathers also foraged on the Estate. This year I used Holly, berried Ivy, firs, Viburnum, Camellia and Eucalyptus plus twigs of Silver birch and Dogwood, fir cones, feathers and teasel. They were finished with either hessian ribbon or Black Watch tartan. I also dressed the White Hart at Otley, here I make really big wreaths for the eaves as well as the door and a big swag over the bar. This was all interspersed with private commissions for door and grave wreaths made from natural materials.
At the beginning of the month I ran a really successful wreath making workshop at Somerleyton Hall, the ladies made beautiful wreaths. Then nearer Christmas a table decoration making session at a local care home. The residents made table decorations for all the dining tables for Christmas Day and considering many had dementia this was amazing. I would definitely do this again as it was a really pleasurable morning.
Then I decorated the fireplace in The Hall using Silver Birch twigs, trails of Ivy and paper Holly leaves.
Finally Christmas week, the holiday lodges at Fritton Lake were adorned with festive foliage. A fabulous box of Cornish flowers arrived on Tuesday and I made lots of jam jar table posies, jugs of flowers for presents and tables and eventually stopped on Christmas Eve. When it was over to my family in Norfolk and back to Suffolk for a lovely family Christmas Day and a rest!
So now into 2015, I have lots of weddings already planned and the cutting garden at home and at Somerleyton to think about. Wishing you all a very happy, healthy and prosperous New Year.
We had a fab day yesterday making wreaths and eating mince pies at Somerleyton Hall. The ladies were able to use greenery from the gardens and all produced some truly stunning creations. I think they were surprised what is involved in making a traditional mossed wreath. They take time to moss and then secure in all the foliages. Totally different products to the cheap mechanically produced items often on sale. They are made all the better if you incorporate garden foliages and flowering shrubs.
A lovely relaxed morning to get in the Christmas spirit.
Advent is here and this is the part of Christmas I love. Not the buying part but the making wreaths from natural materials, carol singing, children coming home part! I started making the wreaths at Somerleyton Hall today. All the materials come from the gardens. I am using Holly, Ivy, Viburnum, Eucalyptus, Fir, Feathers, Hydrangeas, Fir cones, Teasel, Dogwood, Silver Birch....Tomorrow they will go to the pubs on the estate tied with Black Watch tartan ribbon. Then I will make garlands and table decorations.
At home we are thinking about menus, planning our decorations, clearing the wood shed for a delivery, dusting off the carol music, looking forwards to people coming home!
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.