It has been a busy week at Garden Gate Flowers. I have been helping Bethany at her shop in Saxmundham with a woodland style wedding and then Valentine's Day is coming! Delivering my bouquets, flowers for holiday homes, making up bunches for Wow Vintage and at the start of the week joining 500 nationwide flower growers and artisan florists at our national conference in Birmingham. I love collaborating with others and so enjoy getting new ideas from all the other wonderful generous souls in Flowers from the Farm.
So this weeks bunches at Wow include Smith and Munson Tulips from Spalding and little Narcissus ....some from Scilly and some Paperwhites grown by me. The subscription bunches also contain little green Iris from Cornwall. I hope you have saved your greenery from last week as this will fill out this weeks vase. This week I have taken two bunches and split them. Below you can see the tulips on the left simply as they come but on the right with five stems of additional garden foliage which makes a much bigger arrangement.
If you have kept your twigs in water they will gradually come into tiny leaf which is so pretty. I have cut the Narcissus short and added a few little twigs and an Anemone that is braving the cold in the garden! The twigs and green Iris look so unusual together. Then I cut the Narcissus short and with the Hellebore from last week and a little garden Viola I filled a shell vase I found this week. I am always on the look out for unusual containers.
Next week is Valentine's Day....I have some fresh Tulip bunches going to Wow and have a few imported Ranunculus and Magnolia to create some gorgeous Spring confections for those that have ordered bouquets for delivery.
I am really really excited by the projects I have planned for this year. I am helping Flowers from the Farm with our display at The Chelsea Flower Show, our local branch are exhibiting at The Sandringham Flower Show again. I am running a series of workshops at Darsham Nurseries, talking at the annual East Anglian NAFAS conference...and that is without my florist workshops, and creative collaborations with a couple of fabulous photographers. The year is starting to take shape!
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.