Home Grown Festival Wedding

I think we all need a lovely summer wedding blog to brighten and warm up our day now that winter is setting in! And which wedding is better to blog about than the beautiful bohemian festival wedding of Sarah and … Continue reading

Natural Dried Flower Wedding at Cressbrook Hall

Gemma and Andy were married in the Derbyshire Peak District at Cressbrook Hall on 3rd September this year. Cressbrook is a Tudor-style mansion, built in 1835 during the reign of William IV and is set in 23 acres of beautiful woodland in … Continue reading

Rustic Vintage Wedding at Rivington Barn

At the height of summer this year on the 16th July, Emma and Callum were married at the beautifully rustic Rivington Barn. The Barn’s original features include huge Saxon beams and is a historic Grade ll listed building believed to … Continue reading

Fun in the Sun at Walton Hall, Warrington.

Laurence & Lyndsey wanted to get married outside……weather dependant! So we needed a plan B. We became weather obsessed, as we really wanted to create plan A, dress the bandstand at Walton Hall & Gardens, Warrington. How lucky! Dry for … Continue reading

Wedding flowers inspired by Bombay Sapphire at the Deaf Institute, Manchester

When Jaimie and Dave first came to see me, they want wild and natural flowers for their big day. When they told me the reception was going to be held at the Deaf Institue, one of Manchester’s iconic music venues, I … Continue reading

Boho Wedding at Rivington Barn, Bolton, Lancashire

I’ve been waiting for these pictures with baited breath since I saw the preview shots in June. I hope you agree they are well worth the wait! Amazing photos by Damian Brandon of beautiful people, venue and of course flowers. … Continue reading

Wedding Flowers for Number 11, Disbury Park

Bridal bouquet of seasonal British flowers

Rebecca and Lee came to see me last year. It was a brief consultation, they knew exactly what they wanted. Seasonal British flowers for their intimate wedding reception at Number 11, Disbury Park, Disbury. Number 11 is a beautiful Victorian … Continue reading

Vibrant burst of colour and life hits a sleepy Yorkshire village.

What a beautiful day for a wedding! David & Rachel booked a quaint little church and hotel near Settle in the Yorkshire Dales for their wedding. I’m not sure the sleepy little village was ready for the burst of colour and life their wedding and guests brought. Rachel really want spring flowers for her wedding but spring was early this year and all the daffodils had finished. I managed to hold back some narcissus though which were incorporate into the bridesmaids’ ties. It was also the last of the ranunculus, but they were beautiful and helped with the seasonal transition. Luckily the British summer flowers had just started to be available, Cornish pinks in vivid magenta and plums, stocks, calendulas, red peonies and deep purple iris which unfortunately perished in the heat. 

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Thank you so much Sassy for capturing the moment I gave Rachel her bouquet. A friend of the bride had made her a silk headdress and it was my job to echo this with her bouquet. I even sneaked a skull in there, Rachel really like skulls!  

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Photo by Sassy@assassynation  http://assassynation.co.uk/

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Photo by Sassy@assassynation  http://assassynation.co.uk/

The bridesmaids carried a pastel bouquet each including bridal crown narcissus, white parrot tulips, pale pink ranunculus, pale pink sweat peas, crème de la crème roses, matricaria, veronica, crespedia and touch of green belle. 

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Photo by Sassy@assassynation  http://assassynation.co.uk/

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Photo by Sassy@assassynation  http://assassynation.co.uk/

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Photo by Sassy@assassynation  http://assassynation.co.uk/

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Photo by Sassy@assassynation  http://assassynation.co.uk/

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Photo by Sassy@assassynation  http://assassynation.co.uk/

The brief for the marquee was eclectic charity shop look, including herbs, to incorporate brightly painted table numbers that the bride had made. It was refreshing to be able to use lots of colour. Unfortunately the wild flowers such as cow parsley, meadow buttercups and red campion I had cut had perished in the heat and we couldn’t use them.

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The wishing tree held the guest table numbers and looked great with the hand printed luggage tags the bride had provided. 

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Thank you to Sassy from Assassination for letting me use her fabulous photos.

Congratulations to David & Rachel and best Wishes for the future.

All other picture were taken by myself Nicola Hanney. Flowers by Wild & Wondrous, http://www.wildandwondrousflowers.co.uk

 

 

British Grown Flowers for Mothers Day

Mothers Day was crazy as it always is at a florist. The best selling items were all British grown seasonal spring flowers. Spring flowers don’t last as long as chrysanthemums and carnations but they smell amazing and will brighten up the darkest day.

Our best seller was the British bucket of spring flowers. Not every flower was grown in the UK but 95% were.  

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The pastel spring bouquet was also a winner.

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Prickly Valentines Gift for my Man

Whilst on a family holiday to Lanzarote we visited the Cactus Gardens. It was a fabulous place and we all enjoyed it, my six year old took some really good pictures (below). To see all the cacti planted side by side was inspirational. I liked all the different geometric shapes of the cacti and succulents, and the textures of the plants, volcanic rock and building materials of the setting. It was a beautiful day and the sun was creating its own shapes, throwing long shadows on the ground. 

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Photos by Laurence Wilkinson (aged 6)

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Photos by me

My partner got really into it and even bought their book, he said it was for me but I know secretly he wanted it. I told him I’d make him one. That was months ago now! I have finally done it and just in time for Valentine’s Day. Which one should I give him?Image

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The planting took a long time they were tricky things to handle. Pick them up with a long piece of folded paper which can be wrapped around the body of the cactus and used to lift them into position. I used charcoal pieces at the bottom of each container to help with drainage. Charcoal also helps prevent the soil from smelling by absorbing the volatiles from the soil. I used specialist cactus compost to ensure the correct mix of sand and soil. Using a sick to compact the soil around each plant is the best method and saves you getting pricked too many times. The fine spines are the worst, they are like little fishing hooks……..awwwww

Designs available for local delivery, order online at http://www.wildandwondrousflowers.com/design-90/cactus-garden.htm

Happy Valentines Day xxx