September, and time for a change. I’ve spent a long time looking at the business and thinking about what works, and what can we change. What do I really love doing and can I make it better. So, I’ve made the decision to operate from a studio and focus solely on weddings and larger scale events. To this end, there will be no retail side to the business as of 1 October.
It’s been getting increasingly harder to deliver on our events side, with over 50 events a year. It also means more focus on home grown, the chance to grow some interesting varieties, the sort of stuff that makes our work look that little bit different and stand out from the crowd. And most importantly, the chance to breathe and think, be inspired, take in what the world has to offer. Be creative, be more creative.
It’s been so quiet on the blog. The August wedding season is phenomenal. So much beauty to bring. Lots of large scale events and mixed with a computer that simply died. Not a bit, COMPLETELY. Black screen and a cursor. I’m praying for a miracle, the miracle of recovered images. Fingers crossed.
August also saw us win an award. Yay! Silver Gilt no less, for our window design for LK Bennett at Dig the City back at the start of the month. It seems such a long time ago. Playing catch up, big time.
the one where a gazebo blew away. On the plus side we used one of the broken poles and hung beer bottles from it. Waste not want not.
Saturday morning was strange, the end of the heatwave. Heavily shrouded in mist I had promised great views. There was nothing to see. Just grey drizzle. It felt like a tent in a mysterious field surrounded by who know’s what? But, as time wore on the mists lifted to reveal the most glorious views of the Peak District.
And I got to use lots of home grown beauty too. The very first of the aubergine coloured cornflowers, lavender, sedum, nigella seed heads, sweet peas and a couple of things I have no recollection of planting, but they fit with the theme. Tent poles were draped with ferns, foliages and limonium to soften everything.
You really can’t beat an outdoorsy rustic farm wedding. Well maybe if Belle and Sebastian came along and made everyone sing and dance that would ice my cake. Yes, Glastonbury. Did you see it? Having a bad day? Watch it, and see if you don’t want to get up and dance.
It’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.