I must apologise this blog was started last week and then time ran away. I was also having problems downloading the pictures I wanted to include.
17th to 21st June
Well I have really enjoyed this week and being involved in British flower week. The shop looked fabulous full of summer flowers and bees have enjoyed it too. On Monday I took a trip over to Stockport to see a flowery friend that I met at the Flowers for the Farm North West meeting back in March. She was very good and let me cut a few delights from her allotment. I made this pretty brides bouquet as a sample for one of my brides and to put on the website.
The bouquet included cornflowers, camomile, old fashioned stocks, white dianthus, flowering sage, fennel, mint, buttercups and other delightful seasonal flowers.
On Wednesday I travelled down south and was amazed by the wild flowers on the road side verges. They were full of oxeye daisy’s and cow parsley that must have been 7 ft tall. On Thursday morning I fought the commuters into London and visited The New Covent Garden Flower Market. I have never been and always imagined it to be amazing, full of specialist wholesalers and unusual plant and flower varieties.
The range of British flowers was very encouraging for eco-florists like me.
And to finish……..the breakfast went down a treat!
It was an experience and I’m glad I’ve been, but sometimes fantasy beats reality.
It’s British flower week next week 17th-21st June. I’ve been getting all excited and whittering on to every customer that walks through the door about the beauty of British Flowers. In the shop at the moment we have Alstromeria from Cheshire, oriental and asiatic lilies, stocks, cornflowers, sweet William, lizzianthus, delphiniums and pinks all from Lincolnshire.
I have also been cutting the odd thing from my garden like Alchemilla mollis, red valerian, cow parsley and aquilegia. It was so nice when an order came in for a wild bouquet and I got the opportunity to use all these lovely flowers.
The customer was thrilled, he posted a really nice picture on Wild & Wondrous Facebook page with this comment “General consensus is the English wild flower bouquet you created for Gill is the nicest anyone has seen. Thank you very much. I asked for it to make a statement and you delivered in spades”.
I love working with flowers and being a florist, Everyone is so pleased to see you when you deliver a bouquet. It’s such a rewarding job.
Anyway back to British flower week…………….I’m off to The New Covent Garden Flower Market on Thursday, in that there London! I’m so excited, I’ve been in the industry for 23 years and never been. I will take lots of pictures and blog about it next week.
Treat yourself or someone you love to a bunch of British flowers next week and celebrate British flower week with me.
After a really busy week in the shop I’m enjoying a quiet minute. Pam from Amberlola Designs has made us a few aprons out of vintage fabrics for the shop. We love them sooo much we decided to design a new window around them. It really encapsulates that summer feeling, washing drying on the line whilst having a picnic on the grass.Pam found her nan’s old pinny and has taken the pattern from that. The full length ones are only £20 and the short are £15.
We also have other great handmade items from Pam, gift cards with prints of original water colours of Blackrod Village and Rivington Pike. Hearts made from plaster that are great as little wedding favours imprinted with antique lace or with the bride and grooms initials. Take a look on our website, http://www.wildandwondrousflowers.co.uk/weddings/handmade-accessories- they can be made to order and start at a very reasonable £1.50 each.
I have finally found a supplier of some decent planters for the garden. I am very excited in anticipation of the delivery. I will post some pictures next week. They are very reasonably priced as well. lets get planting. It is surprising how quickly everything grows with a bit of sunshine.
Did you know that last weekend the temperature in Lapland, Finland was 29°C and in England it was only 19°C? What’s all that about?
Cheers Nik x