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It’s All About The Flowers!

HAMPTON COURT FLOWER FESTIVAL

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What a beautiful day we had. Well worth a visit.  The setting was absolutely magical, and the flaura and fauna first class.  Could have spent an absolute fortune, oh yes, I did. All in a good cause though.  Most of my purchases are now settling nicely into the garden, hopefully to be used next year in my quest to cut my own flowers for the business.

THE SWINDON MARRIOTT HOTEL

IMG_3077Whilst waiting for the above to grow though this weeks install at the hotel was inspired by the garden, as it is at the moment.  Beautiful copper beech, poppy heads and alliums.  The hotel give me a briefing and the botanical displays are to be seasonal, minimal and local.  Can’t get more local than this weeks.  Sometimes hard to make twigs, sticks and rocks look artistic.  January is a challenging month..

GREAT SHEFFORD OPEN GARDENS

IMG_3047Inspired by my neighbours, Roger and Jackie’s show garden gave me the colour theme for my church arrangement.  The church was decorated with floral displays from local groups and many villagers opened their gardens for the day. The weather played a huge part in making this a resounding success and proceeds raised went to the church fund. Hope they do it next year.  My garden might be ready. Here’s hoping.

 

 

 

Summer

WEDDING SEASON.

IMG_5379Well where did that year go? Our feet have not touched the floor.  The rural garden is beginning to take shape and with a little bit of luck we will be picking flowers and foliage and being very resourceful next year. To date I have managed to use my own astrantias and panicum grass pictured above in a bridal bouquet. We have had a little help from a new family member.  Meet Chloe, she is now 9 months old and just loves digging. Oh and eating  just about everything.

IMG_5542Chloe helps on most deliveries and kept the Christmas wreath workshop team amused. A complete time waster!

DOUBLE TREES HOTEL.  At the beginning of the year we completed a fantastic project at the Double Trees Hotel, Kingston Upon Thames.  It’s remarkable what a difference a little bit of planting can make.  Now with a great outdoor space they are praying for a hot summer to make full use of it.  A great location for shopping, Wimbledon and The Hampton Court Flower Show. Check out the gin bar too!

THE WI LAMBOURN.  In December I was asked to give a flower arranging demo at The Lambourn WI.  No pressure!  Great evening though and made to feel very welcome.  Seems so long ago but we raised enough money on the raffle for two places at Crisis for the Christmas period. So thank you for asking me and thank you for letting me hold the raffle.

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Finally just like to say a big thank you to all my clients for their continued support this year.