Magic Tricks

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The magic trick on this was to hide the back wall, and bring down the ceiling to create an intimate garden room space.  It was 14 metres long. So no mean feat. I do always ponder the question ‘what did we do before cable ties’.  You’re probably thinking ‘why has she posted all these boring pictures?’.   Well I think it’s good to see a bit of the behind the scenes sometimes.  It’s knowing what goes into creating.  And there’s plenty of pretty coming in the next post.

I just got kinda giddy about the industrial copper frame, which I want to call an arch but it’s not is it?  I’m calling it Industrial Luxe.  And I have fears that someone will steal it from the van because you know copper ain’t cheap these days.   It’s amazing what you can make with copper piping, a bag of elbows, a hacksaw and a brain (courtesy of my lovely wife). Whilst I’m great at visualising things you also need to think about physics. Seriously if I’d made it, it wouldn’t have stood up.  And there were the usual glances in the DIY store and the ‘are you ok, need any help’ questions, because clearly they say that to all the guys too, yeah!

Lots of people worked their magic too on this wedding they are all here:

Wedding Planning: Carmen Weddings

Ceiling Draping: Posh Frocks & Wellies

Signage: Polly and Me

Venue: Delamere Manor


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Dinosaur Adventure

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Hey mister!  Keep your jaws off my sweet peas!

So spring in Leicestershire, there was snow.  Admittedly is was a very light sprinkling that had disappeared by mid morning.  The best thing about early starts at this time of the year is that it’s light and doesn’t feel like the middle of the night.  I also had the pleasure of driving a transit van, where I can’t reach the hand brake.

What will I remember about this wedding?  Apart from the dinosaurs?  The scent.  Oh my, it was INCREDIBLE.  Seven different varieties of scented narcissi mixed with sweet peas, hyacinths and herbs.  Glorious.  I think we’ve lost the art of scented flowers.  But it’s coming back with some of the garden rose varieties that are popping up. I almost forgot the wildflower confetti, so pretty.

And a little jaunt to meet Carol, a fabulous lady who grows the most wonderful flowers in Cheshire.  The sort of place you can lose time and realise your knowledge isn’t up to scratch.  As a city girl, I did have space envy.  Space to grow whole beds of tulips and sweet William. Space for polytunnels and space for crazy dogs and chickens.  Beautiful.

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Do you want to know a secret?  The blousy huge garden roses in this, with the gorgeous creamy yellowy centres to die for?  Yeah, they’re Avalanche.  Blown Avalanche eight days old. Maybe this is a comment for the florists amongst you.  But you know what I mean, I always think of Avalanche as being a good standard shop rose.  Which to be honest is doing it a dis-service. Re-evaluating and challenging my own perceptions. Needs to be done, if we didn’t, nothing would ever change.

What I am loving about this time of the year is that apart from the roses in this design, I grew everything else.  Its not much, but that’s not the point.  The point is there’s stuff to be had at the plot and the garden.

Today is my day off.  It’s been a very hectic week, there was a lovely wedding at a National Trust place, followed by the BMX World Championships. Diverse huh!  So in a single day I can go from a 1800s chapel set in acres of countryside, to the Manchester Velodrome. That’s why I love this job.  Different every day.

Next week it’s all about van hire, logistics, and an absolute mountain of stocks, narcissi, freesia… bring it on.


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In like a Lion

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Out like a lamb. Spring arrived yesterday, it wasn’t official.  It wasn’t on anybody’s calendar it just decided to call it a day with the white stuff and allowed the sunshine in. Last week I trudged through the snow with two furfaces.  I’d like to say they enjoyed it, that’s the thing with dogs, you never quite know.

There was time out to take in an exhibition.  This.  Quite some departure from the flowery scene. For some reason it made me think of Sigourney Weaver in Alien. It was somewhat disconcerting, the melancholy of two robots (empty wheelchairs) trying to connect and send love letters to each other only for them to fall to the ground like litter.  As I say disconcerting.  I also got confused and thought there was a Schiaparelli exhibition on.  There was, just not at that gallery.  Hey ho.

On the growing font, the sweet peas have made an appearance.  When I say made an appearance I actually mean there are tiny green seedlings popping up.  And I have a brief window of opportunity to get my arse into gear and get growing.  The amaranthus, scabious and cornflowers are all seedlings.  The quince I bought last month is happy in it’s new home and has produced a couple of the most delicate apricot coloured blooms.  And I thought I would try out a little globe artichoke foliage in this wedding.  It worked surprisingly well, so that will have further outings once the wedding season kicks in for real.  There are high hopes for the new tulips too.  If you hear no more on that topic, you know they were eaten.

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Valentine’s Wedding

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Things I have learnt this week.  Love Lies Bleeding is Amaranthus!  I know, shock horror, who knew?  Probably every gardener/florist on the planet but me.  Why has this taken so long?!  How did I not know this?  I found out because my lovely OH bought me a gift of flower seeds.  Yes, I know it’s valentine’s and some people get flowers.  But some people (me) really like seeds, she’s onto a winner.

And I’ve been working flat out to bring this beautiful wedding to you.  I’ve been nurturing those Amaryllis for over a week now, and they really weren’t for opening for me.  A little coaxing, gentle poking (technical term) and a warm room got them there in the end.  I tell you, I suffer for this art. The ruffled peach rose is called Campanella it’s a bit of a stunner and currently tops the ‘fabulous roses to work with’ list. The list is moveable, if this was 2010 it would include Amnesia.  Fickle, my middle name.

In other news, there will be flowers for the winners at the Cake Race.  It’s a new 10k run in Manchester, with cake.  What’s not to love.


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Happy Days

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I’ve been waiting to share these images for sooooo long.  But I’ve been waiting for them to appear on Boho Weddings Blog in all their glory. See Sarah and Chris having the most fun time.  One of my personal favourite shots is the sparkler number at the end.  Gorgeous.

In other news there’s so much going on.  I was thrilled to be asked to be a supplier for Dorfold Hall, which is the most exciting new wedding venue in Cheshire.  When I say new, it was built in 1616.  But it’s the first time they’ve allowed weddings to take place at the venue.  There’s a walled garden for the marquee, and acres of glorious countryside.  Not of course forgetting room for the helicopter to land.

On the growing front, well not much to report.  The plot is still a bit of a soggy mess, but the new Belle Epoque tulips have made an appearance so fingers crossed for those.  I have lots of new seed from Higgeldy Garden.  Check out their blog, it’s an fabulous resource full of top growing tips.   So just a few more weeks to go before the planting starts in earnest.  Oh and I’ve just ordered the most stunning ‘Geisha Girl’ quince tree so 2017 weddings will be the first to sample that beauty.


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Christmas Wedding

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The final wedding of the year.  And what a beauty.  A hall with a history dating back to 1180. The Great Hall was built in 1325, and talk of witches.  But lets talk flowers.  Amaryllis Royal Velvet and Mont Blanc, a little home grown Iceberg rose added to the recipe.   I never thought for one minute I’d be using home grown roses in December.  But there you go.  A little foraged larch, lichen and moss mixed with rosehips, cotton and leucodendron cones.

And then a pootle in the van through gorgeous countryside, through little villages and hamlets to a lovely rural pub to meet the bride.  For some reason these jaunts at Christmas remind me of the movie The Holiday, I’m Cameron Diaz (obvs).  And what’s that I see, ah yes, the flashing light of a speed camera.  Points for New Year joy.

After making around 40 metres of garlands, I’m now at home about to….you guessed it, make garlands for home.  Green up the fireplaces and iron a T-shirt for Christmas day.   Hope you all have a fabulous festive holiday.  Merry Christmas everyone.



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