fruit and flowers
A wild garden inspired tablescape, in autumnal shades with vibrant spiked echinacea, muted rudbeckias and amber tinged ferns, piles of fruit, veg and a couple of carefully captured caterpillars.
Later this year I will be holding a table styling workshop, focused on creating beautiful and exciting table designs with the best seasonal flowers and foliage. Sign up to the mailing list to be the first to know more.
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...
My patch is situated on a herb and cottage garden plant nursery owned and run by my parents Kim & Rob Hurst. 2016 brings with it a milestone for their business, celebrating 40 years of growing as The Cottage Herbery. To mark this amazing achievement they are holding an open weekend on June 18th and 19th, opening up the nursery to the public for a one off weekend.
As well as getting the chance to explore the nursery the new garden will be having its first unveiling.
The garden has been created on the site of the old hop picking machines for the farm's former hop yards. A section of the old dutch barn has been retained as a frame which towers above the new perennial beds casting amazing shadows throughout the day. The garden is full of unusual perennials and structural planting, packed full of interest.
As it is #BritishFlowersWeek my small flower beds and growing area will all be open too. You will be free to wander about and take a sneak a peak at what I am growing for all my summer brides, with lots of bunches cut for sale as well. There will be a demonstration each day with walks and talks around the garden given by my mum Kim, exploring The Cottage Herbery's 40 year journey. My dad Rob will be selling bagfuls of plants to take home to create your own little piece of their garden.
Teas, cakes and light bites will be served all day, which you will be able to enjoy within the garden - weather permitting!
Entrance is FREE and there is ample parking.
When the chandeliers make rainbows on the walls you know it's going to be a good day.