Bristol flower farm and florist. Pipley Flowers

Flower farmer and florist between Bristol and Bath. Wholesale flowers for florists, flower arranging workshops, growing workshops, weddings, funerals, events and sundry hire.

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After the Frosts

We had a hard frost on the 28th of October this year and when I checked the flowers the next morning, as suspected they were looking rather black and unhappy. Since then lots of people have asked what I do now - some realise that the work doesn’t stop just because the flowers are gone but others think I’m starting a 5 month holiday.

There are plenty of jobs that can be done over the Winter, many of which I don’t have the time to do during the peak season, but some have a certain urgency about them. At Pipley we have lots and lots of dahlias (far too many to lift!) so I choose to leave mine in place over Winter. One of my most important jobs now is to cut back all the dahlias and give them a good mulch to protect them from the cold - this has to be done before the temperature drops too low and it’s not a quick job.

 Chopping down Dahlias to make compost

Chopping down Dahlias to make compost

One of the other jobs I have is planting any new bulbs and corms so I have lots of lovely flowers in Spring. I planted my anemone yesterday and I still have tulips and ranunculus to finish off. The quicker I get some of these in, the quicker my season will start next year….or that’s the plan unless I am thwarted in some way by the weather.

 Once chopped back I mulch my dahlias to protect them from the cold

Once chopped back I mulch my dahlias to protect them from the cold

So as you read this I may be working out in the rain, chopping back, wheel-barrowing, or on my hands and knees in the mud trying to get these jobs done before I miss my window. Then comes the rest of the list but I can always breathe a sigh of relief when the dahlias and bulbs are all sorted.

If you have thought about flower farming and would like to learn more about what’s involved I run workshops for beginners or those thinking of a career change. The next one is on Sunday 10th of February and you can find the details on my workshops page.

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

Christmas at Pipley

Ok it's not quite Christmas but I have arranged to have the last few days work free so I'm now planning for next year and reviewing the last few weeks.

It's been my first Christmas working full time at Pipley and I have loved it! I've hosted quite a few wreath making workshops, been making up orders for wreaths and eaten far too many mince pies and Lebekuchen. The mulled wine has been flowing and it's great to think how many doors now have a Pipley Flowers wreath decorating them.

I'm also thinking more about next year. Workshops are one of my favourite things about my job and I have had great feedback on them with many people returning a second, or even a third time which I am really pleased about seeing as I held my first one in February.

Next year there will be some new workshop subjects which I am super excited about including one aimed and brides who want to arrange their own flowers, and another in conjunction with a very talented lady who also runs a small business in the South West...details to be revealed soon! Of course there will also be a special Mothers day workshop and the popular hand tied bouquet experiences.

If you would like to be kept up to date with new workshop dates please join the mailing list below, and don't forget I can tailor an experience for your hen do, corporate event or just for a group of friends - please get in touch if that's something you'd like to chat about....and have an amazing Christmas! x

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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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DIY Wedding Flowers – Things to consider

The costs of weddings have spiralled over the years and apparently the average spend is now a whopping £22,000! Recently more couples are looking at the option of buying buckets of flowers and arranging these themselves for their special day. Some will do this in an effort to reduce costs and others simply want to make their wedding more of a personal affair.

Arranging your own wedding flowers can be a hugely positive experience but there are potential pitfalls and things to consider before you embark on something that you might regret.

  • Arranging flowers is time consuming and takes practice

If you have arranged flowers before then you know it takes time to make something that looks really pretty. Even an experienced florist with the quickest fingers will want to give wedding flowers that extra bit of attention to make sure they look fantastic. It’s not something you can throw together in five minutes so make sure you think about how much time you need and then add some as a contingency. If you can enlist some help that’s great but be careful who you choose and if possible get some practice in with any helpers beforehand to make sure they cut the mustard!

If you’ve not arranged flowers before then have a go a few times before you decide whether this is for you. Many growers and florists will run workshops or one to one training if you ask.

  • Make lists and check your venues

This is obvious and should be done whether you use a florist or DIY but still worth mentioning. Make a list of all the flowers you need and think about your venues. If you are having flowers at the church can you reuse them at the reception? Ask the venues whether they will have anything already in place. You may find that you don’t need as much as you thought.

  • Plan your time

    I‘m touching on my first point here but this one is important!

    When will you be arranging your flowers? Find out if they are already conditioned and if not how much time will they need? Your arrangements don’t want to sit around for days before the wedding so make sure you plan your time and don’t leave other things to the last minute if at all possible. You don’t want to be up until the early hours fussing with flowers on the night before your special day!

  • Transport

    Will you arrange your flowers at the venue or will they need to be transported?  You might find it easier to make arrangements up on site. If this isn’t possible then plan who will deliver, when they will deliver, and ensure they have a vehicle large enough to move everything. I know someone who made up arrangements that would have fitted inside the car but didn’t go through the door as they were too wide – sounds like a silly thing to mention but these things happen!

  • Glassware

    Be organised with your glassware. The vases, jam jars and other vessels that you use will have a great effect on your arrangements so make sure you have what you need well in advance and get to practise with it.  If you are going to borrow glassware then make sure you’ve seen it beforehand so you can ensure it’s right for the area you want to use it in and the type and size of arrangement you want to create.

    If you need help with glassware then many florists and flower farmers who sell DIY flowers will have things you can hire.

     Bouquets, Corsages and Boutonnieres

  • Think carefully about the flowers you choose for these. Some flowers don’t cope well with being out of water all day and bear in mind that these arrangements get a lot of abuse so picking the right flowers will ensure that you don’t have droopy blooms in your wedding photos!

    Bouquets in need to be wrapped well to ensure they stay together, but not so well that the stems are snapped or crushed. If you’re not confident in this consider getting them done professionally and arranging the other flowers yourself. It’s a great compromise and will still give you the chance to add a personal touch and reduce costs.

If DIY wedding flowers are right for you there are lots of local growers like Pipley Flowers who can supply fresh British flowers. Whether we supply by the stem or arrange for you, your chosen florist or grower will want you to have something you love so get in touch with them and ask their advice if needed.

Whatever you decide to do I hope your flowers look fantastic and you have the wedding you dreamed of!

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