A muted pastel palette for the perfect spring bridal bouquet.
Back in March this year I was lucky enough to be invited to hold a hand tied bouquet workshop at the lovely Wild Goose Nursery in Shropshire, my studio for the day was their recently restored Victorian glasshouse.
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On April 11th I ran a collaborative workshop with Babs Behan of Botanical Inks, we created floral table centres and then bundle dyed organic silk runners with our leftover flower petals and waste. Using an abundance of spring flowers and some of last seasons dried flowers, we created colourful eye catching silk runners to use when styling floral work, the pieces could also turned into ribbons or clothing.
We will be running this class again on September 12th, with the hope of using the hundreds of dahlia heads that should be out by then... fingers corssed.
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Honestly I don't just do pink flowers. It just happens to be my favourite right now, lets says I am stuck in my pink phase.
I feel white might be my next, maybe with a hint of pink...
Flowers from late summer 2016.
2016 definitely had its highs and lows, but right now looking back on all the flowers that were created I would say there were far more highs.
In 2016 we ran the first couple of flower courses on the farm, it was both incredibly fun and a learning curve. It also made me realise that I really enjoy teaching and the farm is the perfect location for it. So in 2017 there will be a LOT more courses happening, including some really exciting collaborations with some wonderfully talented people. WORKSHOP LINK
Above and below are a couple of polaroids Joanna Brown took when she came and snapped my first workshop in 2016.
2016 was full of so many beautiful weddings, weddings that challenged and pushed me (and CJF...) logistically and creatively. Thank you to all of the Brides and Grooms from 2016, you helped me achieve so much and get the most of a year of flowers, letting me loose to be as creative with flowers as I wanted. Thank you also to all the lovely freelancers who helped out along the way, I couldn't of done it without you.
I also made a LOT of flowers for myself in 2016, whenever there were leftovers or an abundance of blooms on the farm I would get lost in my studio making something purely for pleasure and a little for practise...
Below are some of the highlights of 2016, mainly behind the scenes and flowers for me, with a few wedding flowers in there and some images of flowers I created when freelancing for others over the course of 2016, which I hope to do more of in 2017.
Happy New Year.
Lets see what 2017 has to offer!
2017 - More flowers for me, more challenges, BIGGER flowers and maybe to become a little less camera shy. Oh and a Valentines Pop Up shop in Bristol...
Full of my favourite foliage, amelanchier and currant branches. Foliage is one of the hardest things to source, but it is one of the most important elements, without the right foliage an arrangement just doesn't look as good.
This spring vase is full of homegrown and locally sourced flowers, tulips and ranunculus in shades of pink, peach and white.
All our bulbs for next year are in, tulips, daffodils, fritillaries and muscari.
A longing for next season is already taking over, and the excitement for our spring brides is building. Until then here are a few pictures of some of last Springs flowers.