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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Seasonal Flower Alliance

002 Blog Syptych Today, to my mind, is a Sunday. Obviously I’m not that derranged that I  believe it.  No, I do appreciate it is actually Tuesday. But you have to go with your own clock.  So today is Sunday.  Which means pottering at the plot. Moving gooseberry and blackberry bushes to a more appropriate sunnier spot.  Digging up the last of the Jerusalem artichokes.  And finally giving up on the asparagus bed. A little like Monty Don’s on Gardeners World, planted at the same time and each year offering up a pathetic yield.  I got tough, out came the fork and off they went to the great asparagus bed in the sky.  But I will persevere and plant again, because you should grow what you love.

At the shop, Mother’s Day came and went.  I feel we’ve created a community space of sorts sometimes.  Where friends meet, and people come to laugh, cry or receive a hug.  Where PCO’s help customers with neighbour disputes surrounding rubbish and overgrown ivy.  There’s Jam swaps and childcare advice (whether you want it or not – the advice, not the jam).  Our bride’s of years ago are now receiving mother’s day bouquets, and the world moves on.

And today I bring you a solitary camelia with fastia flowers (or are they seeds?).  In a vase to match. I did have the tiniest anemones, but sometimes on rare occasions I simply put the scizzors away and just appreciate.

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What I’m seeing

orange copy orange1 copy orange3 copyAll manner of trends from London Fashion Week.  Translating to fabulous floral inspiration which trickles down to the plebs in the burbs (me).  Hey we’re watching.  And paying attention.

Soft muted greys and bold warm oranges.  Macrame. Again big on the catwalks and the florists are asking about plant holders.  But it won’t be withered or overly productive spider plants.  Move Tilandsia, mosses, succulents, cactus.  Today I had a chat about doing a whole cactus wedding. It will happen. And there will be a florist with spine pricked skin.  Maybe this isn’t one that needs promoting?


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And we’re off

jessica jessica2 jessica3 jessica4 jessica5 jessica6 jessica7 jessica8 jessica9 jessica10 jessica11 jessica12Valentine’s day was eight days ago.  Only eight days ago.

Red roses were popular.  No, honestly.  I couldn’t quite believe it.  So after last year’s yellow rose bonanza, nobody wanted yellow this year.  Some guys sucked their teeth at the cost.  But nobody compared us to a supermarket, which surely means we’re doing something right?

There was a student doing work experience.  I do love the questions they ask.  They ask about the ‘designs’, like we have three set ones with no deviation.  Where’s the fun in that?  Imagine making the same thing over and over?  Three stems of this, two stems of that….  No thanks.  I’m from the school of ‘ooohh that looks gorgeous, lets put it with that other gorgeous thing, ohhh pretty’.

And my other favorite question.  ‘How do you know when it’s finished’.  That’s a tough one.  Rule of thumb, you either keep going until you’ve run out of flowers, time, or budget. Some things take minutes to put together. And some take HOURS!

For the floristry students out there, there was no floral foam used in the arch. There really is no need.  This is my new favorite venue.   Lovely people to work with, professional, helpful. Just great.  Other venue’s take note, this is how to do it.

The wedding season has commenced.  My IG feed is full of this weekend’s weddings. Such beauty.  And wondering whether I’ll ever get to see the newly re-furbed Whitworth Art Gallery.  Saturday’s alarm was set for 4.30am.  It was very dark, and very cold.  On the upside, there were peacocks, owls and doves, and Spring is just around the corner. #looksatthesnow

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I wanna be yours

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I wanna be your vacuum cleaner

breathing in your dust

I wanna be your Ford Cortina

I will never rust

If you like your coffee hot

let me be your coffee pot

You call the shots

I wanna be yours


It’s going to be all this a more this week.  Steal it, for your own love missive.

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And the Bride carried…

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The blog is getting pretty full. Lots of posts, lots of images.  Sometimes I remember a bouquet and I’m buggered if I can find it.  So this is obviously a post for me, as opposed to you dear reader.  But feel free to enjoy the beauty.  And you know I look at this and think, blimey HOW?!  How did we manage to do all that work.

And I’m thinking this blog will be a bit rant about Wedding Fairs (Fayres?) . Well not a rant, it’s not as if I ever do them.  Not really. I did one proper one when we first opened to see what it would be like.  Was it our bag.  Hell no!  But it seems to me that everyone in the industry actively dislikes doing them. And the people attending feel like suppliers are about to leap and maybe once they sink their teeth in they will never be able to leave. Or worse, have parted with lots of cold hard cash just to get out.

One lady leant over and whispered consiprationally ‘yours is the only stand I like’.  Although it has to be said it was still a million times better than doing a social housing exhibition.  But there’s only so much chiffon a girl can cope with.

Everyone works so hard. But nobody really likes doing it. Is that just life?

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