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Spring Wedding

In April I had the pleasure of flowering a wedding for a gorgeous couple at Homme House in Much Marcle, Herefordshire.

Roberta contacted me after seeing some work I had done in Vow Magazine and she was looking for a natural style of floristry, using lots of bright colour for her Spring wedding.

 Roberta’s bridal bouquet with scented spring flowers

Roberta’s bridal bouquet with scented spring flowers

I really loved Robbie’s bouquet which included beautiful ranunculus, tulips, freesias and anemones. Rather than the traditional domed bouquet we went for something assymetric with some flowers doing their own thing and softening the edges, giving a very natural look.

The bridesmaids had smaller bouquets to match the bride and the youngest had a simple crown of foliage which looked absolutely adorable on her.

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The family had booked the house for the weekend and we delivered the flowers the day before the wedding as they asked for lots of DIY buckets, giving them time to do their own table displays in the marquee. Many people go down this route now and we even run DIY wedding flower courses to teach you the techniques which will help you when doing your own flowers.

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No-one was left out at this wedding - even the dogs at the entrance had their own special collars with ribbon trails, making a very smart entrance for guests.

I loved working with Robbie on this wedding - she was such a relaxed bride and had great taste so from the initial enquiry I knew this one would be good!

If you are looking for flowers for your wedding I still have spaces available for 2019 and I can do everything for you, provide buckets of DIY stems, or do a mix of both like I did for Robbie. Please contact me now for more details.

Photography was provided by Joanna Nicole Photography www.joannanicolephotography.com

Scented Flowers for Spring

Following a recent Facebook post which touched on scented flowers I thought it would be nice to share some of my favourite spring scented flowers with you.

Lily of the Valley

These dainty little white bells have a fantastic scent! They are one of my earlier spring flowers and Mine tend to flower in early April. They have a strong scent for their size at only around 15cm in height and they are happiest grown in partial shade. You can also get Lily of the Valley in a light pink colour but these are more uncommon. As a cut flower they are great for little posies, buttonholes and bouquets.

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Narcissi

Narcissi just make me smile. I find them somewhat irresistible with their happy little faces and gorgeous scent. They are easy to grow from bulbs, and work well in the house as a cut flower or planted in a pot. If planted in pots indoor just plant them out somewhere in the garden after they have finished flowering and they will return year on year. Narcissi are great for naturalising in grass too so everyone should be able to find space for some. Although they smell delicious they do need a regular stem cut and water change if used as a cut flower or they can become a bit whiffy!

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Hyacinths

Love, love, love these! I don’t tend to use them much for cutting (hence no images) as the stems are quite short and with the flowers being so large they can be tricky to incorporate into displays, but bring planted bulbs into your house to make the place smell amazing! After they have flowered you can plant them out in pots or beds for them to return year on year.

Tulips

Did you know that tulips have scent? I must confess I didn’t really believe this until last year when I grew some amazing scented ones. I had head of scented tulips but had never smelt any that I actually liked or that had a string perfume. My favourite ones last year smelt of caramel - the variety escapes me for now but keep an eye on my social media because they will get a shout out when they are back this year!

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What are your favourite scented flowers for Spring?

Vow Magazine Photoshoot

I've recently received images from this photoshoot I was involved with in April which is featured in the current edition of Vow Magazine.

Linda Thomas contacted me a few months ago after I worked with her last year and she was looking for flowers for this shoot focusing on some of her dresses. The brief was for an oversized bouquet with trail to the floor but she wanted the feel to be very natural and organic. The trail was to be loose and have lots of movement and colours to be green and white. 

This was quite different to any bouquet I had made before but I could tell it was my kind of thing and apparently Linda also felt I was the lady for the job.

The shoot took place in late April and I had a plan in mind of various flowers I wanted to use. Unfortunately things didn't quite go to plan as we were hit by a very late frost which destroyed many of the flowers and foliage I had planned to use a couple of days before the shoot.

What I was left with was a very limited selection and I normally like to have a few extra flowers as a fall back in case of breakages etc but in this case I ended up using pretty much everything. I was planning to use some lovely hops as part of the trail but this too was damaged by the frost and in this case I had to buy in some Jasmine plants to use in their place which also meant a bit more wiring than anticipated.

These are some of the struggles we have to get used to as growers but in the end I'm really happy with how the flowers turned out and I'm spoilt for choice with the images as there are so many gorgeous ones to choose from!


The TEAM (Instagram links provided)

Photography: @katy_mcdonnell_photography

Photography Assistant: @LindsayPerezPhotography

Dresses: @linda_eco_design

Hair and Make up: @ablemabeldesigns

Flowers: me! @pipleyflowers

Rings: @ecowoodrings

Shoes: @Po_zu

Models: @Tessa_gaukroger and @Damiewedemi

Mothers Day Workshop

This month I was joined by a lovely group of ladies in my brand new workshop to celebrate mothers day by learning how to make their own hand tied bouquet of Spring flowers.

The mums were either brought along by their daughters or had been bought the workshop experience as a gift. It was a little early for most of my flowers so I provided foliage and a few flowers from the flower farm and these were supplemented with some other beauties including ranunculus, scented stocks and scabious.

We enjoyed home made bee sting cake and cream teas, and everyone seemed to really enjoy the day - roll on next year!

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Updates from the flower farm

So what's been going on at the flower farm?

In brief all the beds are now prepared and rotavated. I have planted some new perennials and shrubs. The shrubs are strategically placed to act as windbreaks but obviously they will need to establish a bit before they work their magic.

This week the first flowers started to appear but I think I have 6 on the plot so not quite ready to start selling to florists yet! I do however have a well stocked garden that I am using to make arrangements in the meantime and there are too many flowers to mention right now.

So things are looking pretty good at the moment. The bare root roses planted last month are bushing out nicely and even some of the newer plants have put on good growth in just a week or so.

The dahlias and peonies are starting to appear so hopefully soon the empty looking beds in the background will start filling out.

On the negative side it appears I have a resident mole that has moved into my most recently planted flowerbed. He's undermined a lot of the plants I've just put in so yesterday I spent quite a lot of time stamping the soil back down. Hopefully if I annoy him enough he might get fed up and move on!

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