Sorry to spring this on you in October! I have started planning for Christmas. Firstly I am running a wreath making workshop at Somerleyton Hall on Saturday 6th December. I have started collecting cones, seed heads and hips to use in my wreaths and also drying Lavender and Hydrangea heads. The first Hyacinth bulbs have been planted for forcing and I later I will plant indoor Narcissus.
I make natural wreaths, mossed and using garden foliage, Rosemary, Holly, Ivy, Vibunum, seed heads including Fennel, Nigella, Beech, Ivy and hips. I collect fir cones and dry flowers including Lavender and Hydrangeas then decorate with raffia and ribbons. These can be used for door decorations and also for memorial wreaths. The moss keeps everything moist. It is nice to think ahead as Autumn and Winter are upon us and save things from the garden for Christmas celebrations.
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.