Blog

Image 1:
Image 2:

I work with Gypsophila (aka Baby’s Breath) all the time, and much as I love the look of it using the same flower so often it is easy to fall into doing the same thing week in week out, something I try hard not to do.

But today my daughter who works in the fashion industry showed me an Instagram picture of the Rodarte SS18 Couture Show finale and I literally went WOW – see for yourself at http://www.vogue.co.uk/shows/spring-summer-2018-ready-to-wear/rodarte/collection

A stunning display of flower crowns, headdresses, armbands and huge over-sized bouquets. How absolutely amazing does the Gypsophila look having been woven into stoles of wafting lengths of tiny, delicate white flowers wrapped round the models – totally the best sort of floral “arm candy” I’ve seen!

My inspiration comes from so many things and I certainly feel inspired by the work of Joseph Free the celebrity Los Angeles floral designer who produced them – can I persuade my next bride to walk down the aisle draped in a shawl of fluffy white Gypsophila – we’ll see!

Image 1:

Late night at Glastonbury, music still beating in the dark, guided by Trish a fellow florist, we walk through the wonderfully mystical art and lights installation up in the wood, by Rob Mulholland, www.robmulholland.co.uk titled The Gathering what an unexpected delight.

Nettles and dock leaves no longer just weeds have taken on an ethereal presence.

Part human-part animal reflective figures stand passively amongst them in the woods. Truly a magical sight, then we dance down to hill to the great sound of Metronomy what a perfect end to the festival.

Image 1:

Its mid June, so of course Peonies are the stars once more today. The glorious Coral Charm, its colour is wonderful but it’s scent not so much, but when fully open with its huge petals and yellow centre a truly magnificent sight and mixed with creamy stocks and roses it makes a beautiful table centrepiece.

So the van is packed and I’m off up the M5 to Berkshire for an annual event, house party flowers for Royal Ascot for a particularly lovely lady whose beautiful Georgian rectory is a pleasure to decorate and then a graduation ceremony in Oxford. Another scorcher, its ridiculously hot again. I’m wilting I don’t know how the flowers can cope with it. Air conditioning on, lots of cool water and shade.

Image 1:
Image 2:

Love the life you live
Live the life you love
Bob Marley

So, the temperature is rising and finally hits 30 degrees and I have bucket loads of beautiful white peonies keeping cool for a wedding. At some stage they have to leave their chilled environment and brave the heat and come into their own but I put it off till the last moment, no cut flowers enjoy those sort of temperatures and least of all the beautiful, delicate, but maddeningly temperamental, Peony. I’ve had sleepless nights worrying about their condition, on a par with a new baby!

The wedding day dawns hot and very sunny at the stunning venue of Porthpean House overlooking St Austell Bay with the most amazing view from the garden, the perfect venue.

The bride manages to keep her cool and look absolutely gorgeous throughout and the Peonies open perfectly to reveal their gorgeous fluffy faces and perfume the air in the marquee and scent the bridal bouquet. I can sleep again!