Journal

Summer Weddings …

Summer Weddings …

February 29th, 2016 by Caroline

On a cold but sunny February morning, when the garden is just beginning to wake up to the thought of Spring and the ‘to-do’ list includes tending the roses ready for the year ahead, my thoughts drift back to last Summer and a wedding where roses were celebrated in their prime.   Arabella and Adam were […]

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The New Year in Flowers …Part 3 Pretty in Pink

The New Year in Flowers …Part 3 Pretty in Pink

February 17th, 2016 by Caroline

For the final post in this series illustrating flowers from my recent photoshoot with Emma Davies (emmadaviesphotography.com), I’ve included the remaining images of my winter/spring arrangements in The Long Barn, Newton Valence.   This time the colour palette included red, pink and white – a combination that can look quite stark and hard.  I tried […]

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The New Year in Flowers … Part 2 Black Beauty

The New Year in Flowers … Part 2 Black Beauty

February 16th, 2016 by Caroline

This post is one in a series of Journal entries documenting a fantastic day of photography earlier this year with the talented Emma Davies (emmadaviesphotography.com).   This collection of shots features the flowers with black backgrounds reminiscent of the Dutch Master flower paintings.  The black backdrop creates mood, depth and definition to the shapes and […]

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The New Year in Flowers … Part 1

The New Year in Flowers … Part 1

February 16th, 2016 by Caroline

Last year, I was lucky enough to win a day’s photoshoot with a very talented photographer named Emma Davies.  I first met Emma at the wonderful flower farm in Surrey run by Claire Brown of Plantpassion (plantpassion.co.uk).  Emma was photographing some of the bountiful harvest that Claire had produced and recording forever the fleeting moments of these […]

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Signs of Spring … touched by Winter

Signs of Spring … touched by Winter

January 30th, 2016 by Caroline

Although the official start of Spring is still a month away, it’s lovely to see signs that the countryside is waking up even now.  The warm, wet winter and the lack of any severe frosts and extremely cold days (at least in Hampshire) has seen daffodils in flower before Christmas, blossom revealing itself early and […]

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December Wedding …

December Wedding …

January 29th, 2016 by Caroline

Winter weddings are special and can be the most rewarding of any in the year in terms of character, floral ingredients and dressing.  They also test the skill of a florist in ways that others don’t seem to!  The flower markets pretty much shut down between Christmas and New Year and flowers are limited.  It […]

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Wild Winter Wreaths …

Wild Winter Wreaths …

December 24th, 2015 by Caroline

Christmas Wreaths are an annual labour of love for all florists.  Each year, from the start of November onwards, Social Media is rife with florist chat about ‘this year’s trends’, the amazing smell of spruce … that soon becomes blue spruce overload, resin-stained fingers and the best gloves/hand-creams to use!  However, there is magic in the […]

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A Church Wedding … behind the scenes!

A Church Wedding … behind the scenes!

May 27th, 2015 by Caroline

This Journal post illustrates, through a series of images, the journey from the freshly delivered market flowers to the final installation at a recent Church wedding.  It was a fairly small-scale installation compared to some but the photographs show some of the behind-the-scenes processes that result in a beautifully dressed venue!  The Church was the […]

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Chelsea Flower Show 2015 Part 2 …

Chelsea Flower Show 2015 Part 2 …

May 25th, 2015 by Caroline

My second Journal entry featuring Chelsea illustrates more of the inspiration gleaned from the day; some predictable and other things, probably a little less! The Cloudy Bay Garden in association with Vital Earth by designers Harry and David Rich had some stunning planting combinations within a wine-coloured palette.  I particularly liked the soft mix of perennials […]

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Chelsea Flower Show 2015 Part 1 …

Chelsea Flower Show 2015 Part 1 …

May 22nd, 2015 by Caroline

It’s that time of year again and on Tuesday of this week, I made my annual pilgrimage to SW3  together with my trusty Chelsea companion (my Mum!).  This year’s visit was as a member of the viewing public agog with anticipation, excitement … and umbrellas … and after last year’s foray as an exhibitor it was tinged […]

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