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Flower of the month: Tulip

At last, flower of the month, the TULIP… Not just the flower of the month it’s our flower every month!!!  The tulip is of Eurasian and North African genus, a perennial bulb of the lily family. It is a herbaceous plant with beautiful showy flowers of which there are around 75  wild  species currently accepted, and 150 species in total. Fun facts include… The word tulip is derived from the Persian word, delband, this means turban. This is due to the turban-shaped nature of the flower.  The tulip is also the national flower of Turkey and Afghanistan.  The tulip petals are also edible.

Last  month we held a coffee morning with the staff, family and friends at the Mid Counties Funeral, in Old Town.  All of the local branches took part to help raise funds for the Macmillan Coffee Morning.  A big thank you to all who contributed, There was a lot of support and even more cake!

In the month of September we were privileged to be asked to design tributes for a very much loved dad and grandad.  Obviously a supporter of the Speedway Robins  and his companion, Scamp, the dog!  A lovely family, Thank you.

Congratulations to our brides this month.  Our fingers were crossed for fine weather. Sending our love and best wishes for the future.

Finally, pictures of the most beautiful wild flowers.  These pictures were taken whilst on an install in France. How pretty?

Flower of the month: Sunflower

Flower of the month

This month’s flower of the month is the sunflower, or helianthus, native to the Americas. There are around 70 varieties of the sunflower. They were brought to Russia by royalty and have stood the test of time for popularity. Known for their height, the tallest sunflower is said to have reached 30 ft 1 ins. But on average they grow between 8 and 10 feet. Oil from the sunflower is rich in minerals like calcium and iron and they are also rich in vitamin A and D. Sunflowers should also be harvested in the afternoon to avoid wilting.

New location

A big thank you to everyone who has helped with the move to our new premises. Please note that our new business address is: Unit 6, Ergo Business Park, Kelvin Road, Swindon. SN3 3JW. Here are some pictures of us setting up and settling in!

Wedding season

Wedding season is here again, doesn’t it come around quickly?! Here are a few of our designs. Past and present, silk and fresh,  flower designs to suit everyone’s budget and style. Please do give us a call if you are planning your big day and need advice on flower selection or alternative table decoration ideas. Free wedding consultation is provided to help your day even more perfect… Of course, pictures tell the best story, so here are plenty of photos for some initial ideas:

Christmas wreaths

Finally, I know it seems to early to be thinking about Christmas already, but we wanted to let you know a forthcoming festive all day workshop. It will take place in the most beautiful location on November 29 in Colesbourne, around 10 mins from Cirencester and Cheltenham. This workshop promises to be great fun, providing the tuition and materials needed to make a traditional Christmas Wreath and Seasonal Canapés. Please contact me for further details either by phone or email or contact Foodworks directly: admin@foodworkscookeryschool.co.uk

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.

Flower of the month: Forget-me-nots

Forget-me-nots are from the myosotis family, of which there are over 200 species, although only those grown in the Northern hemisphere are called  forget-me-nots.
They can be annuals or perennials and thrive in shady, wetland areas.  We were asked to include these in a tribute this month and I learnt that these flowers were a symbolic and important connection to the Alzheimer’s Society.


Forget-me-nots in wreath tribute


Henry IV adopted this flower as his symbol during his exile in 1398, and retained it until the following year on his return to England.


The Wedding gardens at the Swindon Marriott Hotel are progressing nicely, cannot wait for all the new trees and shrubs to bloom, but definitely signs that Spring is on the way.  New shoots on the Magnolia tree and Black Sambuca!  This is stage 2! Patio now being laid whilst we await the pergolas and seat.


Wedding Gardens At Swindon Marriott Hotel


The Photo Shoot for the new Marriott brochure went well. Phew!  Really big thank you to Mike, my supplier at E. Billett and Son. Nothing is too much trouble and he supplied stunning Arum and Cala Lily’s for these arrangements.  Looking forward to seeing them in the brochure.


Finally, we are on countdown to The Chelsea Flower Show. Can’t wait! There should be some stunning pictures next month.  Team Tulipana is off for a jolly, or should I say Business Meeting? But more exciting, is the fact that one of our team members has a flower exhibit.  Don’t know who’s more excited me, or her.  Not allowed pictures yet as top secret, but there will be…..

Mysteries of the Snowdrop

February has been a very busy month! Wedding Fayres, Weddings, Valentine’s Day and now Mothering Sunday.  Happy Mothering Sunday.

It was a fun day at the civic offices in Euclid Street, they put on a fantastic catwalk show for their very first Wedding Fayre. I am sure there will be another. A big thank you also to all of those who helped on the day.

We have had two brides this month, Daneka and Sophie. Congratulations to you both and thank you for choosing Tulipana to help make your days special.

Wedding Day


February flower of the month is the snowdrop……. Lots and lots and lots around! One of best display by far is at Welford Park, Newbury.


There are over 100 varieties of snowdrop and the snowdrop symbolises the meaning of something new. The bulbs are poisonous if eaten, but fascinatingly snowdrops are used in medicine.  One of the active ingredients is galantimine and they can be effective in the early treatment of Alzheimer’s and vascular dementia.

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).


St Sampson’s Church in Cricklade

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!

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.

And, thinking about tropical, from the rainforest of South America, how about this for the funkiest plant ever? The monkey face orchid!

Monkey Orchid
Posted on Tree Nation, the Monkey Faced Orchid (Dracula simia) from South America

Featured flower: Alliums

This blog’s featured flowers are the alliums. It’s hard to believe they are from the onion genus, their appearance is stunning! Alliums can flower from spring until around September, depending on the allium species. And here they are, lining the paths at Buscot Park near Faringdon in Oxfordshire.

Lilic alliums on the paths of Buscot Park
Alliums at Buscot Park

Buscot Park is a beautiful National Trust property with a country house built in the 1780s. It’s right on our doorstep here in North Wiltshire and well worth a visit.

Meanwhile, our installations this month were predominantly of English flowers, an abundance of beautiful fragrant blooms.

Purple and pink flower art piece
Install of English Flowers at Cricklade Hotel

Inspired by the Chelsea Flower Show, itself unbelievable, as always! If you haven’t seen The Perfumer’s Garden In France by designer James Basson, check it out . You can smell it! Or bring the beautiful scent indoors with L’Occitane fragrance.

Pathway through James Basson's beautiful Perfumer's Garden A Perfumer’s Garden in Grasse by L’Occitane, designed by James Basson

Here at Tulipana, June and July are busy wedding months for us so we would like to wish our brides and grooms a very Happy Wedding Day and our fingers are crossed for beautiful  weather. They have promised us photos and we look forward to posting these later.