When Steven and Adele first came to me they bubbled with ideas of a Manchester United themed day. They didn’t want it to take over but they are both huge fans so the colour was a cert. The venue the … Continue reading
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
Well, it seemed like 2015 flew! We were soo busy at Wild & Wondrous with workshops, flower shows, special events like Valentines Day, Mothers Day, Easter and British Flower Week. But my favourite events are weddings. I have put together … Continue reading
Flowers in my hair has been the request of many of our brides this year. How amazing for us traditionally trained florists! Festive style thin to full on circulates, comb’s in fresh and dried, flower pins and wild wired pieces you … Continue reading
The Victoria Baths in Manchester is a stunning, quirky wedding venue. A truly vintage setting that epitomises the term ‘shabby chic’. It really is the perfect venue for individuals who want to put their own stamp on their big day. … Continue reading
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
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
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.
The pastel spring bouquet was also a winner.
I’ve just received some fabulous pictures form a bride and had to post them. Jane only can in the week before her wedding as she wasn’t going to have fresh flowers for her big day. She really liked an autumnal sunflower bouquet Emma had made the week before and ordered a similar one with the addition of dried lavender. She also ordered a special button hole for her dad.
Jane wrote in her email “Please find attached some photos of the flowers you did for my wedding. There were brilliant, perfect, I couldn’t have asked for better!! They were the cherry on the top of the wedding day cake and everyone commented on how beautiful they were! I loved having them, wished I could have had them forever and thought they were great value. All round I am one happy customer!”
Floral Designer Emma Winstanley of Wild & Wondrous http://www.wildandwondrousflowers.co.uk
Photography by C.T. Images http://www.ctimages.co.uk
Wild and Wondrous has just had its first birthday. It is hard to believe it has flown by. Apart from really enjoying it, the shop has grown and our eco philosophy is spreading. Wild & Wondrous was featured on the Direct2florist Member in Focus blog http://www.direct2florist.com/blog/member-in-focus-wild-wondrous-horwich/
The author was Austin Clark, Austin has been in the floristry industry for years, working for Interflora and sitting on the board of Fair Flower Fair Plant in Holland. Once writing for floristry magazines he is now writes freelance. The article he wrote was flattering and made me ever so proud. I would, really like to lead the floristry industry to a more sustainable future. A comment by another florist on the blog, was encouraging, saying the article had inspired her to think outside of the box. I was surprised to see how far around the world my sustainable message reached. The Wild & Wondrous website had hits from all over the world. Direct2florist has been very supportive since the shop open a year ago and we have been designing the seasonal standard products for national delivery. Every member of direct to florist in the UK can send and deliver Wild & Wondrous designs. This is very complementary. Simon Stirling the founder and director of Direct2florist has been very receptive to my requests and has added a buy British badge that florists can add to their own products on shop pages. I also requested the Fair Flower Fair Plant logo to be an option for members.
After a twitter conversation and a few emails with Fair Flower Fair Plant I discovered that there are only 7 members in the whole of the UK. I can’t believe it, 7! I need to be more proactive and Twitter is a fantastic way to start debates and contact people one would never know.
There are lots of sustainable logos on packaging to look out for when buying flowers from the wholesalers. MPS is a Dutch Floriculture environmental programme that was started in1996 and is now an international certificate. MPS have developed an environmental standard on the basis of registration of four environmental elements: minimum use of chemical crop protection, nutrition, energy and split collection of waste. MPS also focus on safety, health and terms of employment. Flowers grown sustainably in Ecuador sport a Veriflora label, and for flowers grown in Columbia look for the Florverde label. Tropical flowers grown sustainably display the Rain Forest Alliance logo. By choosing flowers certified by these organisations the British floristry industry can help support sustainable agriculture worldwide.
I would like to encourage florists to buy as much British produce as possible to reduce air miles and unnecessary environmental pollution but this is not always possible. We are a commercial industry that needs to produce fantastic designs throughout the year and respond quickly to customer requests. Florists need to educate their customers about seasonality and the worldwide production of our products. I believe customers do care and this has been evident when talking to my customers in the shop. If you have a minute please take a look at these websites and do a little research into the damage bad farming practises can cause.
Rain Forest Alliance http://www.rainforest-alliance.org/