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Flower of the month: Clematis


The flower of the month this time is the CLEMATIS…..Belonging to the buttercup family you will find approximately 300 species, which mainly originate from China and Japan. The entire genus contains essential oils and compounds which are an extreme irritant to the skin. It is therefore advisable to wear gloves whilst pruning. Despite its toxicity, the North Americans use small amounts of clematis for the treatment of migraines. It is also one of the constituents of Bach’s Rescue Remedy.


Wedding Garden & Enterprise Works

Our Wedding Garden at The Marriott Hotel Swindon is now coming into full bloom. Here are a few picture of a recent wedding. Beautiful photographs, taken by Glenn Stanley of Your Digital Memories.

The wonderful garden furniture was made by SEQOL’s Enterprise Works.

Here is a little bit about this local based company that provided us with amazing service and a fantastic product. But, as we found out, they do so much more, as they explained:

“Enterprise Works continues to operate from its same site in Gipsy Lane, Swindon, and since 2011 we have become part of SEQOL, a social enterprise community interest company providing a wide range of health and social care services on a not-for-profit basis in Swindon and Wiltshire.

Enterprise Works has been based in Swindon now for over 50 years, providing supported employment specifically for adults with disability or long term health conditions which have proven to be a barrier to them entering the mainstream employment market.  Using this criteria, we continually recruit staff into paid trainee roles which provides them with technical skills, but also with a broad range of competencies such as communication and teamwork skills to improve their prospects for longer-term unsupported employment.  Working with our business partner Pluss, we also provide support in terms of further education and skills in their search for permanent employment beyond SEQOL.  Employment candidates are mostly referred to us by the Pluss agency, but may refer or apply directly to work at SEQOL, or may come from our links with other business areas within SEQOL.

2015 proved to be our strongest year since before the recession, both in commercial terms and also for the number of trainee staff we progressed into unsupported long term employment, and so far 2016 is performing to an even higher level.

Within Enterprise Works we operate a retail and trade timber yard, a timber manufacturing workshop, a signs and graphics workshop and an assembly function.  We also place trainees into other areas of SEQOL including the care sector, catering and administration.”

RHS Chelsea Flower Show

Finally: TEAM TULIPANA @ RHS Chelsea… We had a fantastic day at the  show. Here are a few pictures. OK, quite a few! But the last few are of an exhibit from one of Tulipana’s very own team members.

Students from Bath University got a ‘Gold’ at the show with their exhibit of Carmen Miranda. Well done everyone. Great job.

Flower of the month: Bluebells

Flower of the month BLUEBELLS! Lots and lots and lots of them growing in the woodlands. Here they are pictured in Dorset. There are two species of bluebell in the UK, our native bluebell, and the Spanish bluebell. It’s the vibrant violet colour that makes the native bluebell so distinctive, along with its sweet scent and the flowers which predominantly grow from one side. Genetic mutation means that occasionally the flower can be white.  Meanwhile, the Spanish bluebell has little or no scent and the colour is pale to mid blue, although they can also be white or pink, and they stand quite upright, unlike the native bluebell. Bluebells are found in ancient woodland (some dating back to the 17th Century), where a rich habitat supports a whole host of species.

The photo shoot for The Marriott Hotels brochure went well!  The simple arrangements of Arum and Cala lilies looked very elegant with the white linen and champagne theme.  We look forward to seeing the professional photos. The Swindon Marriott now offers full Wedding Packages to suit everybody. For more details contact their Wedding Co-Ordinator for her help and advice.

And the Wedding Garden now complete.  All we need is the SUN…..

Still keeping with the bridal theme. We are now offering our silk bridal bouquets worldwide. Due to an increasing interest in silk and broach bouquets we have been working on new designs for some of our summer brides.  These bouquets can be delivered and arrive to you in perfect condition.  Lots of inspirational ideas come from ImagineDIY. Here are just a few bouquets from the past… New pictures to come after the weddings.

Spring is coming

Flower of the month this time has to be the daffodil! Sometimes called the lent lily, it is the national emblem of Wales and arrived in my garden last week, a good month early!

January daffodils in the garden
The daffodil making a January appearance in my garden

The daffodil marks the beginning of spring. Usually in our gardens in February, but not this year.

Daffodils in Golders Green Park London
Daffodils in Golders Green Park, London

And with that, wedding fever has arrived, with the wedding fayres in full swing. The Whitewed Directory provides a comprehensive guide for the discerning bride.

The Swindon Marriott hosted their wedding fayre last week and a fantastic number of suppliers were there to show off their services.

We provided our bouquets for the catwalk and these were complemented by Imagine DIY embellishments and ribbons.

And finally this month, a beautiful colour choice for a sympathy tribute.

January Tribute

New Year and winter blooms

Firstly, Happy New Year! We hope everyone had a lovely Christmas.

Spring Wedding Fayres

The days are getting longer and, although we’re not out of winter just yet, we are busy preparing for the spring Wedding Fayres.

The first in our calendar will be held at The Marriott Hotel Swindon on Sunday 31st January. This is a fabulous venue for a wedding. There is an opportunity to see wedding dress designs on the catwalk by Fairytale Occasions and flower arrangement ideas by Tulipana.

Wedding Fayre Swindon

The second Wedding Fayre is the first to be held at The Civic Offices, in Euclid Street, Swindon. Tulipana had the privilege to decorate their ceremony rooms in September, so we were pleased to be asked back to attend their very first Wedding Fayre.

Wedding Fayre Euclid Street

Silk bouquets

This brings me nicely to our new venture with Imagine DIY. We have designed some new bouquets using their beautiful accessories. With laser cut favour boxes, antique laces and pretty broaches, Imagine DIY makes it easy for brides to co-ordinate everything  for their special day.

Our silk bouquets made to order are a superb alternative to the fresh option.

The Sussex Trug

Also, you may remember my blogpost in July about the unique Sussex trug – a delightful wooden basket that makes a perfect gift with or without flowers. The trugs are made only in the county of Sussex and were featured at The Chelsea Flower Show. Well, since then, we have been waiting excitedly for our order to arrive, which it recently did, giving us the first opportunity to use it at The Marriott!

Sussex trug at The Marriott

Flower of the month

Finally, our flower of the month to brighten up those winter days has to be the amaryllis, also known as the belladonna lily, originating from the Western Cape region of South Africa. This flower blooms well indoors in the winter months. But don’t be deceived by its name and appearance, as it is only distantly related to the true lily (lilium).


Autumn Has Arrived

So where did September go?

September was another wedding month for us. Well, actually this time it was dressing Swindon Registry Offices in Euclid Street.  We were asked to supply contemporary pieces for their ceremony rooms. Playtime! A selection of silk flowers, quite minimal but huge impact. Sometimes less is more.

And while we were there, we couldn’t resist a quick visit to the Euclid Street gardens.

Talking of weddings, Carswell Golf & Country Club now have their beautiful chateau adjacent to the golf club. This venue is the perfect setting for your wedding. The much awaited brochure can now be viewed online.

Tulipana is now supplying pot plants on a regular basis to the Village Store in Poulton, Gloucestershire. Little perennials in a rustic wrap. Perfect for a small gift. This little village shop is run by the local community that volunteer their time to keep the shop and all its other facilities open for local residents. A lovely idea and very much needed to keep a community united. They have the perfect combination: a shop that sells practically everything, and a superb pub, that serves brilliant food by the way!

This month’s flower of the month is the Serruria Florida. A pretty and delicate flower! This South African plant was just perfect in our arrangement for The Swindon Marriott Hotel.

Purple and white arrangement on hotel table

Well, autumn has well and truly arrived!

Autumn colour green white and gold

End of May and June’s chincherinchee

We have had several exciting challenges in the month of May, starting with the launch of our new mobile friendly web site. A big thank you to all involved…

An interesting project panned out very well at The Marriott Hotel Swindon, we were asked to provide a hard landscaping feature with local interest. Sourced from the quarry at Ashton Keynes the Kellaway Rock, which dates back to the mid Jurassic period looks fab and has a huge amount of history.

Landscape Feature showing installation with Kellaway Rock
Landscape Feature at The Marriott Hotel, Swindon.

And Percy Pigeon turned out really well. So well he made his way back to the families house in Malmesbury after the service…

An arrangement in the shape of a pigeon
Percy Pigeon

Our never ending challenge to find spectacular long lasting flowers continues. Flower of the month is the chincherinchee, native to South Africa. The name probably comes from the characteristic sound they make when the stalks are rubbed together. Check them out, they last forever and they look fantastic. A nice change from lilies.

Picture of Chincherinchee on table in vase
Chincherinchee, also known as ‘wonder-flower’ or ‘star of Bethlehem.’