Seasonal Flower Alliance

004 Blog Syptych006 008 010 011 015 018It’s been a tough week.  It was also British Flowers week. Which I pretty much missed in it’s entirety.  There was all manner of beauty on my IG feed.  So many fabulous growers and talented florists out there.

But for me it was a week of vet visits, anti biotics, anti inflammatories, pain relief and scrambled egg. A very poorly post op pooch, who is now on the mend. So today to give her a little break from mooching around the house we went to the plot.  And oh my!  Such bounty. Such beauty.  So many gorgeous blooms to pick.  Here’s a rundown of my little arrangement.

Peonies, garden roses, chive flowers, nigella, apples, poppy seed heads,  cow parsley, geranium and the tiniest sweet peas.  And something purple that I have no idea what it is, but it looks pretty and well, why not.  There’s also a little snail mooching around the dining room.  Buggered if I can find it though.

Next week there is so much beauty planned.  BIG wedding.  The shop is closed on Friday.  And there will be four florists trying to fit in the world’s smallest lift with a giant urn.  It’s going to be fun.

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Blog Syptych 035 032 029 028 027 018 011 008 005buttonholesGender politics. The gender politics of hair? This week hair trauma.  I think it’s safe to say I’m not someone who is often described as ‘girly’.  But that said, it also doesn’t mean that because I don’t having flowing locks I lack any style.  So for a very simple short cut, a bit of undercutting on the back and sides and a longer choppy bit on the top it took two stylists.

TWO!   And an hour and half.  And the phrase ‘I can’t do men’s hair’. Err sorry to break this to you petal, but I’m a lady.  And not of course forgetting you’ve been cutting hair for eight years?!  Maybe it’s time to brush up on the ‘barbering’ skills.  Oh and one final thing, stop charging me for ‘women’s hair’ if it’s clearly a men’s cut.

Oh I’m glad that little rant is over and done with.  There was going to be another about organisations waffling on about ‘reduce, reuse, recycle’ and then using shit loads of plastic trays and floral foam. But I don’t have the energy for that.

Down at the plot amazing things are happening.  Artichokes a-go-go, I’m waiting until they develop that soft fluffy lilac centre before harvesting.  The Nigella bed is just about to pop and the poppies make one’s heart swoon.  Although the sweet peas are sulking immensely. A little like the whole of social media, which consisted of the phrase ‘first day of summer’ and ‘snowing in Scotland’. There will be warmth at some stage.  Ever the optimist.


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Northern Flowerhouse

002 005 008 011 bouquetA genuine question of ‘what time is the Sheik arriving?’  Oh yeah, that posh.  So posh you can’t even bring yourself to get to the camera out for fear of admonishment.  And I now know the answer to how many bouquets will the van hold.  41.

And Eurovision.  We don’t win because we just don’t enter a very good song.  There you go rocket science. Sweden on the other hand had a rather splended number.  Although personally I was routing  for Belgium.  Should have won on the basis of the ‘facegrab’ dance move alone.  Oh there was a Mancunian in the group too.

Things that bore me this week?  The Busy Post.  You know the one.  I’m sooooo busy I don’t have time to breathe.  Yet somehow I’m here on social media doing my thing.  Pah. You know exactly how busy I am.  By the deafening silence.  See that tumbleweed, listen to the breeze, because when it’s event time there aint nothing going on.

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Liver Birds

018Blog Syptych024 027Blog Syptych1 Blog Syptych2042 061 062 070 Blog Syptych4 Blog Syptych5Liver birds, looking out to sea and looking out over the city.  Looking out for a florist who hasn’t visited for some time and who’s slightly lost looking for the venue.  I love this city. The architecture, the fact it has so many more Georgian and Art Deco buildings than Manchester for instance. Although they can keep the purple wheelie bins.   Nobody beeped their horn, despite my terrible driving.  It was a relaxed day all round.

I managed to source some stunning locally grown lilac and azalea. A little homegrown jasmine, and British grown sweet peas mixed with the stocks and rosemary gave off a delicious scent.  If only you could bottle it.  This is what I call a cusp wedding, one season moving into the other.  In the floristry world we’re always a little ahead of the garden, commercially.

Design wise it’s ALL about a statement piece.  So go BIG.  Blow the budget on something amazing.  This top table design being a point in question.  The impact of one huge piece when you walk in a room is fantastic. Rather than dotting little things which dilutes the look.  Now what I’d really like to do is design around those windows.  How amazing would that be?

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The plant nobody wanted

3 0301 2 009 022Sometimes I’m left with slightly dodgy looking plants that nobody wants to buy, simply because they’ve stopped flowering.  So I take them home and give them a litte cuddle.  Or in this case the plot and give them a whole bed.  Look at that poppy. In amongst the weeds and other planty distractions, you look up and your heart races. And out come the snips.

It’s been a strange week.  Lots in the pipeline.  A very exclusive launch next week. Calls from location people about shooting in the shop. And meetings about our summer event in the city. Not of course forgetting all the fabulous weddings that are happening.  This week it was 31 tables of scented stocks, delphinium and astrantia with little lavender pots.

Next week?  Yes Fiona it’s yours!!!  I have a little flowery surprise to add to your bouquet. It’s going the be amazing.  And it’s here. Cool huh.



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Wonderful Stuff

001 003 006 009 Blog Syptych014 015 025 026 030 034 039 040 042 045 046 054 057 Blog Syptych3blog5Out and about this weekend at the Posh Frocks & Wellies Open Day.  Such a great day. Met up with one of our bride and groom’s to be who are having one of the marquees for their woodland wedding in 84 days.  Not that they’re on a countdown or anything.

I got to see the new stretch tent.  Which had a real chill out/club vibe.  Definitely one for the hipsters/wedstival or the Ibiza crowd.  Loved dangling the mossed up lampshades and little bottles with fressia, ammi and ferns.

There was a raft of wedding inspiration, with some really beautiful details.  Favourites of mine where the white calligraphy, beautiful work.  Jacqui at Print for Love of  Wood is the queen of Letterpress. Really stunning stuff, some classic and vintage styles and a little bit of quirk for those who want it.

And I met Rebecca of Pretty Little Trio.  Gorgeous vintage crockery. Slightly in love with the pineapple.  Now just imagine it all filled with jasmine tea, dainty sarnies and a shit load of cake. Oh yeah. Not of course forgetting the helter skelter.  If I was  marrying, I think I may very well choose a site with a helter skelter.  On the invitations it would say ‘don’t forget to tuck your arms in’. Health n safety and all that jazz.

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Woodland Wedding

007 020 021 Blog Syptych1 Blog Syptych2The one where the priest had a top notch Dyson cordless vacuum. Totally loving the textures.  Fresh lotus and scabious seed heads, cotton, willow, bun moss galore, brunia.  Seriously so much textured foliage it’s a wonder the flowers got a look in.

And the venue had a fair sprinkling of the most ridiculous trousers.  And chaps in Rolls Royces. Yes, there was golf.  There’s always golf when someone mentions ridiculous trousers.  It’s the law.


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