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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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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