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.