We are introducing a new line featuring the traditional Sussex trug, which makes a beautiful base for our flower tributes. Sussex trugs are boat-shaped wooden baskets, handmade out of willow and chestnut for the handle, and can last a lifetime. The word trug comes from the Anglo-Saxon ‘trog,’ which meant ‘boat shaped vessel.’ They have been made in Sussex since around the 1500s but became famous after Thomas Smith of Herstmonceux showed them at the Great Exhibition of 1851 and received a large order from none other than Queen Victoria. Legend has it that Mr Smith loaded the trugs into a wheelbarrow and walked the order to London himself as safe delivery was so precious to him. Prized by gardeners, they have received another boost more recently following their appearance on The Chelsea Flower Show in ‘A Trug Maker’s Garden.’
Meanwhile, congratulations to our brides this month, Cricklade Hotel and Country Club was the perfect setting.
Cricklade House Hotel – Wedding Venue
Cricklade Wedding Table Decoration – Close Up
Cricklade Wedding Table Setting
Usually in our blog we feature a flower of the month but this month it’s with a caution! Featured on the news and on Facebook, the giant hogweed is very pretty, but it is to be avoided at all costs, it burns! I didn’t know this and perhaps you didn’t either.
We have been asked to decorate the picturesque church of St. Sampson in the historic village of Cricklade and, at the same time, we were excited to learn more about this beautiful church’s history. Described in travel guides as the one of the finest in Wiltshire, its age is striking – there had already been a church at this site for almost 200 years when the Normans invaded!
Cricklade Church Entrance
Inside Cricklade Church
St Sampson Stained Glass Window
St Sampson Stained Glass Windows
The church was built to accommodate seven alters. This apparently is the requirement for cathedral status. It also has a pair of scissors carved into the stonework which symbolises Cricklade’s connections historically to the leather industry. Cricklade, a 9th century Anglo-Saxon town, is itself worthy of a visit. The residents are very proud of their town and it won the Royal Horticultural Society‘s ‘Champion of Champions’ award in the Britain in Bloom competition a few years ago.
With churches and summer come, of course, many weddings. We are also hoping that our July brides are looking forward to their special day, and that the sun shines for them. Certainly, the weather forecast for the first week is already looking fantastic.
July Weddings – Table Decoration
And, thinking about tropical, from the rainforest of South America, how about this for the funkiest plant ever? The monkey face orchid!