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  • A very Northern collab; 27 Arches installation for the Manchester Flower Festival

    When I was asked to be a part of the Stockport Florist Collective (Stockport being just down the road from me and blessed with a number of great florists), I was thrilled to have some flowery friends I could meet up with for some professional solidarity, camaraderie and, perhaps, collaboration. Let's be real for a second, it can be very isolating running your own business and working for yourself! The theme was Manchester icons, so the idea behind the flower installation was to emulate the Stockport viaduct, an imposing landmark on the skyline that has been around since the Victorians. We wanted to create a structure that was built from man-made objects such as metal, brick and wire, and then weave organic material through it, so the overall effect was that of nature reclaiming an old industrial icon. As you can see, it was very much a joint effort, and we all pitched in to brainstorm ideas, design, plan and prepare, before working in shifts to create the final installation. Going down to see it later that week with my family was such a proud moment, and I was so happy to see how busy the whole flower festival was, and how much attention our arches received. If you're close to Manchester and you've never been to see the festival before, keep an eye out for it next year as it's a brilliant day out and features installations from many talented florists as well as gift stalls and food shops aplenty. Thanks so much to my fellow florists MillieBuds, Indie Bloom, The Garden of Iris and Love Florals, and I'll leave you with these wonderful photos of our design, captured by photographer Fiona Finchett Mel x

  • Capturing Elegance: A Staffordshire Styled Shoot

    This styled shoot took place in a privately owned hall in the Staffordshire countryside, which has been refurbished and turned into a luxury wedding venue. The organisers wanted understated and timeless elegance in whites and greens for this one, with plenty of froth and texture. I chose Alpe d'Huez roses and ranunculus for this frilly, dainty bouquet, accented with phlox, genista, gypsophila and eucalyptus. A cream trailing silk ribbon finished the look. This vibe continued inside the venue, and I echoed the bouquet with a small meadow box for the signage, then wired gypsophila and eucalyptus to wreath rings to create some simple table centrepieces. Adding tall floating candles to the centre of the wreaths gave the most beautiful effect. Even the cake table was given a little sprinkling of fluffy gypsophila, but do be careful of adding this near any foods as it is toxic! In our case, the top tier of this particular cake was a 'dummy' cake so it was fine to add some to the top, then we carefully placed some around the bottom without letting it touch, to match the wreath centrepieces. We had both a model couple and a single bridal model for the day, and between them they showcased quite the array of beautiful dresses! Amy, the bridal model, did a brilliant job of posing with the bouquet, and these fabulous images were taken by the Content Creator on the day, The Social Wedit. Here's the full list of suppliers for this shoot: Venue @standonhall Photographer Model couple @jasmineandliam_ Bride model @amylou.model Dresses Shoes @freyaroselondon MUA @makeup_kmsbeauty Hair Stylist @faye.elizabethhair Stylist @sparkleeventstyling Stationery @kaylaandjamesdesign Veil @becciboosshoes Embroidered veil @tabithatextiles Hair accessories and jewellery @cassiembridal Jewellery @kimberleyelizabeth_jewellery Cake @lolliandbeancakes Florist @a_pocketfulofposies Wedding Celebrant @celebrate_with_elizabeth Videography @thatweddings Content creator @thesocialwedit Confetti @yourconfetti Mel x

  • Spotlight flower - the Rose

    This week we turn the spotlight on possibly the most popular wedding flower of all - the Rose. These beautiful flowers have long held a cherished place in the world of weddings, with their timeless elegance, versatility, and varied colour palette making them a perennial favourite among couples. From classic bouquets to elaborate venue decor and installations, the use of roses in weddings has a long-held history, adapting to trends while maintaining their enduring appeal. Roses have long symbolised love and passion, and one of the most enchanting aspects of roses in weddings is their incredible versatility. These blooms seamlessly adapt to various wedding styles, from the classic and romantic to the modern and avant-garde. They're a hardy flower that can hold up for a few hours out of water, making them perfect for bridal bouquets and installations, and the size of some varieties means they also work really well as a focal flower. One of the key things about the rose for me is the choice of colours available, which allows for endless customisation, ensuring the bouquet complements the bride’s gown and the overall theme of the wedding. They also come in a multitude of varieties, each with its own unique characteristics, hues and shapes. Some popular styles include: Hybrid Tea Roses Known for their classic beauty and long stems, hybrid tea roses are favoured for their elegant ruffled appearance. They boast a high petal count and come in various shades, making them a go-to choice for formal arrangements. Garden Roses Garden roses exude a vintage charm with their lush, full blooms and captivating fragrance. Their ruffled petals and larger heads make them a luxurious option for show-stopping bridal bouquets and abundant centrepiece arrangements. Spray Roses With multiple smaller blooms per stem, spray roses are perfect for helping to create fuller arrangements. They work well in buttonholes, corsages, and smaller bouquets, adding texture and dimension. Miniature Roses These petite roses are perfect for intricate designs and smaller décor elements like cake decorations or hair accessories, adding a delicate touch to the look of your wedding. So many brides request roses for their wedding day, and with this list it's easy to see why! If you would like to feature roses as part of your day and have a style, colour or even just a vibe in mind that you would like to achieve, please get in touch and together we can design the wedding florals of your dreams! Mel x

  • A more sustainable approach

    So earlier this week was Earth Day, and it spurred me on to think a little more about how I approach sustainability within the business and how I could improve things going forward. We all know by now that floristry as an industry has a huge carbon footprint, and I knew right from the start that I wanted to run my business in a way that would minimise harm to the planet and not add to the problem to the same extent. Of course, good intentions don't always equal good working practices and Greenwashing most definitely is an issue across the board, so it's important to occasionally look at what's working and make any changes required. The main thing, for me, is to look at all my packaging. The aqua packs that I use are made from a biodegradable film that hasn't been working all that well for me, from annoying leakages to the fact that, even though it might be a more environmentally friendly option, it's still very much a single-use item. So, I'm currently exploring new ideas and how I can transport in water without the need for an aqua pack. This might be with the use of recycled jam jars, vases that can be kept and refilled or simply just a rethink on the sorts of items that I offer. I'm also going to be looking at reducing the amount of paper and card included in each order to minimise waste - this could mean the option of adding on a flower care card or a packet of flower food to your order, rather than them automatically being provided. This of course all takes time to work out and implement, but I'm hoping I can come up with a solution soon! As we enter the start of the British flower-growing season, I'm also looking forward to going back to some of my favourite growers this year and will soon be offering locally grown bouquets again! As a florist who creates all year round, I do use a mixture of both imported and locally-grown flowers, but I'm passionate about supporting the small businesses who grow seasonal varieties and using them as much as I can in my designs during the spring and summer. This year I'm working on a wedding that uses all-British flowers and I absolutely cannot wait! I'm hoping this is something I can do more of in the future going forwards. British-grown bouquets will be available as a subscription in either 3 or 6-monthly increments from the end of this month, and you'll be able to enjoy the changing of the seasons as the contents of the bouquets will vary each month depending on what's currently growing. It's the perfect gift for the eco-conscious nature lover in your life! Check out the Subscriptions page for more information. Mel x

  • A Rock & Roll styled shoot

    A few months ago I travelled to Preston to take part in my first styled shoot! It was a really fun and relaxed day (the perfect way to ease myself into editorials!), and the request was for flowers in deep colours to suit a Rock & Roll vibe. I chose statement chrysanthemums in a red & pink colourway, then matched them with black Cala lilies, deep red roses and Germini, pink spray roses, dried amaranthus, waxflower and black-berried ivy. The result worked perfectly with Sharon's wine-coloured suit and contrasted beautifully with Emilie's stunning black Riley & Flynn dress. Red and pink were also introduced with some awesome bespoke leather jackets from Niamh Designs, which featured floral embroidery on the back - an inspired touch! As well as a bouquet, I provided bud vases for the tables and created a sustainable table spray on site, which was created with moss wrapped in a biodegradable liner, then covered with chicken wire. It was a last-minute decision to create this, but I was so pleased with how it came out. Possibly my favourite image from the day is this one, of the bouquet alongside Emilie's Dr Marten boots. It perfectly sums up the alternative vibe and I just adore the dark and moody style of Millie Angel's photography. Here's the full run-down of vendors on the day: Venue - @Blackhorsepreston Models - @lawrenceemilie @shallonstone Makeup - @sophiejakemanmua Hair - @bridalisedhair Dress - @ryleyandflynn Leather Jackets - @niamhdesigns Florist - @a_pocketfulofposies Graphics - @millieangel_photography Photography - @millieangel_photography

  • Sustainable wedding flower installations with Meadows & Mulberry

    Last September saw me teaming up with some other floral designers at a workshop run by wedding florist Meadows & Mulberry, and together we learned to create a set of completely foam free show-stopping wedding flower installations. These large-scale installations have become more and more popular with brides in recent years, and it's easy to see why with these fabulous photos. It's crazy to think that this beautiful broken arch has been created without the use of any floral foam, but I promise you that it has! We layered up several different types of foliage to create this wild and full look, starting with thick swathes of fir for coverage before going in with the lighter, more decorative varieties. We used a mixture of both British-grown and imported materials here, with everything from dahlias and roses to rudbeckia and zinnias all in earthy tones, with pops of blue and purple courtesy of hydrangeas and limonium. Broken arches like this typically start from around £600, and they are usually created on-site the morning of your wedding at your venue. They make a wonderful ceremony backdrop or frame for around an entrance door, and some can also be moved to a different area afterwards so you can maximise the value from your wedding florals (this does depend on mechanics and placement, so be sure to ask your florist about this if you would like this for your wedding!). The Moongate is another popular design which looks amazing in photographs as a backdrop for shots of the bride and groom. Again this was created using sustainable methods, all in shades of pink and red. We concentrated the flowers around the lower half of the Moongate, with just a few scattered blooms and a wisp of foliage around the top before tapering off, giving a natural look. However, you could have the whole circle covered if flowers and foliage if you prefer. Moongates start from around £650 for a full circle and again, are usually created on-site at your wedding venue. Luscious and sustainable wedding flower installations like this really elevate the look of your wedding, adding luxury, beauty and fragrance to your decor and giving visual impact to your wedding photographs. If you're a flower lover who wants your wedding day to be filled with beautiful blooms while also minimising your impact on the planet, these designs are a great choice.

  • Seasonal flower options for a spring wedding

    If you're not a gardener it can be confusing to know which flowers are available at each time of year, which is why I have put together this series of posts to help give you an idea! Early spring can be a tricky time for wedding flowers, as many of the more well-known options loved by brides, such as the peony or the dahlia, are still a few months away from being available. However, you absolutely CAN curate a simply beautiful wedding style using flowers that are typically in season at this time of year, and the results can be truly stunning! Here I run down just 5 wedding flower options for the spring season. Anemones These statement flowers work so well for weddings as they look impactful in bridal bouquets thanks to the contrast between their dark centre (often black or deep purple) and their delicate petals. They are available in a range of eye-catching colours, from the most exquisite bi-colours and jewel tones to soft pastels through to pure white, so you're likely to find the right hue to suit your wedding palette. Anemones tend to bloom from early spring right through to early summer. Ranunculus I love everything about these dreamy flowers! The ruffles, the movement, and the scent all make this a fabulous choice for a spring bridal bouquet. Ranunculus flowers have delicate, layered petals that resemble those of peonies or roses, making them incredibly elegant and easy to pair with other flowers to create a cohesive style. Their intricate layers add depth and texture to bouquets, contributing to a romantic and sophisticated look that brides love. Tulips These flowers are probably easily identifiable to most, but not everyone will think of them when it comes to wedding flowers. However, tulips come in the most beautiful range of colours and bi-colours, styles and shapes, from double tulips to parrot and fringed varieties. They add a pretty touch to bridal bouquets and can even be used on the bulb for long-lasting and natural-looking installations and table centrepieces. They're definitely worth keeping in mind for your spring wedding! Narcissus The most commonly-known member of the narcissus family has to be the daffodil, but it's certainly not the only variety available at this time of year! My favourite has to be the Bridal Crown, with its creamy-white to pale yellow colour and soft ruffles. However, a good choice for wedding flowers is the Paperwhite, with its masses of tiny white flowers giving scale and interest to a bouquet otherwise full of large single-bud blooms. Being beautifully fragrant to boot, these delicate flowers are a great way to give a nod to spring in your wedding florals and decor. Hycainths These lovely linear flowers just scream spring to me, and as an added bonus they come in a variety of beautiful pastel colours befitting of the season. Their interesting shape gives height, while also being delicate enough not to shade other flowers in a bouquet or centrepiece. However, when using hyacinths in wedding flower arrangements it's important to consider their strong fragrance, which can be overpowering in enclosed spaces. Be sure to discuss this with your florist and consider the placement of hyacinth arrangements accordingly. As always, chat to your florist about the colours and shapes you would like in your wedding flowers and let them guide you - they'll have many more suggestions to suit your season and budget!

  • Cutting garden progress and a catch-up

    Hey! It's been a while! If you've read this blog before, you'll see that it has transformed somewhat from a record of all things cutting-garden related, to being the home for my floristry business. It made sense to incorporate the blog into my website, as it'll allow me to continue showing people behind the scenes of both my floristry work and the flowers that I grow. The cutting garden has also changed rather a lot these last few months, and there have been some successes and plenty of failures! We're now in June so tulip season is over, and looking back it's clear that tulips are wonderfully cheap to buy but not particularly easy to grow or harvest! Half of my tulips did well, but the other half didn't at all. I think as far as next year goes, I'll buy tulips from the British growers and just plant some in my garden for my own enjoyment. It wouldn't be a surprise if they'll do much better in the ground rather than a pot (and certainly in a larger quantity!). Mount Everest and Full Star Anemones both did fantastically well and with very little maintenance, and I'm happy to say that I was able to use my own home-grown orlaya and cornflowers in some bouquets recently too, which felt like a bit of a milestone moment! The orlaya has been beautiful and plentiful, long lasting in bouquets, good for drying and is an unusual, airy addition to an arrangement. Something I will definitely grow again! However, as well as the tulips there are other things I probably won't bother with going forwards, including sweet peas (I harvested a couple of flowers but most of the plants died off in the heat), alliums (only one of the handful of bulbs sprouted and the flower was underwhelming) and nigella (I found these infuriatingly difficult to grow!). I also still have some seedlings in my greenhouse that I need to plant out soon, including helichrysum, cosmos and callistephus, so I'll write another post about those, but one thing is for sure so far - growing my own cutting garden has been a delight!

  • Spotlight flower - the Peony

    Resplendent with its gorgeous ruffles and large statement-making size, the peony is an easy contender for one of our all-time favourite flowers. On many a bride's must-have list, it makes an absolutely beautiful addition to a bouquet or large-scale floral installation. Romantic and often sweetly fragranced, the peony has come to symbolise prosperity, love and good luck, especially in Chinese culture where the name itself translates to 'Mǔ dān' which means 'the most beautiful'. However, the peony can also be an absolute diva, arriving in small, tight buds complete with sticky residue and tiny resident insects, before blossoming quickly and then dramatically falling apart. If you don't get the timing right for your wedding or event, you're in trouble! The bloom season for these flowers is also quite short, falling for just a few weeks between May and June, so if you want to use these for your wedding you will need to keep that in mind. Peonies come in a range of colours complete with quirky names, from the classic white frilliness of Duchesse de Numours and the soft pastel pink of the Sarah Bernhardt, to the vivid colours of Coral Charm and the hot reddish-pink Buckeye Belle, with many more colour varieties in between. These bright, blousy flowers make great focal flowers, as you can see in the bouquet here! Equally, white peonies are perfect for bridal bouquets and floral wedding installations. Paired with other focal flowers like roses, zinnias or dahlias, they help to create that sumptuous look of volume and glamour, making your wedding decor look more expensive than it actually is! In fact, peonies are rather affordable as a focal flower when they're in their peak season, packing as much impact as the traditionally more expensive rose, so they're a great choice for any early summer wedding. If you would like to find out more about featuring peonies in your wedding flowers, please get in touch!

  • An autumn round-up

    I haven't written much about my cutting garden lately, as the seed sowing has tailed off completely and once the last of my flowers, the Rudbeckia, have faded I'll be sorting through planters, planting bulbs in some and storing the rest away over winter. While I have had some successes this year, there have been many lessons I'll be taking away from it. One lesson will definitely have to be that over-wintering seedlings isn't worth it in the climate I live in and with the tools I have at my disposal. So, seed sowing will wait until the spring! Another is to simplify things and streamline my growing list - between running a business and a household, it was all too easy to fall behind and I lost lots of seedlings that could have otherwise flourished! That's why it was such a delight to take the pressure off and finally get back in the garden over the weekend just to make up some simple autumnal planters. These will be used to brighten up the front of my home. I took out the very disappointing wildflowers that had previously been designated for this oblong planter and instead added this colourful heather flanked by two tiny evergreen shrubs for contrast. I adore the colours of this heather, and I'm hoping it will last well into the winter season. I also added some hot pink cyclamen plants to a round planter next to my front door, as well as this beautiful dark foliage known as Heuchera Melting Fire.I just love how dramatic this foliage looks, and I may even be treated to some constrasting white flowers come the spring! These planters were a quick, cheap little project to add some colour and interest over autumn and winter, and they've made me so happy. Isn't it amazing how just the act of getting out into the garden lifts your mood?

  • 5 spring bulbs I've planted this month

    September is coming to an end, and even though I'm new to this gardening malarkey, even I have figured out that September to December seems to be prime planting season for spring bulbs and seeds. So, last month I started planning out my wish-list for next year's first flowers and, rather excitingly, they've arrived and I've been busy planting for next year! Big shout-out to Farmer Gracy for these fabulous varieties! Although they do get imported from Holland, I like the way they're sent in recyclable packaging and - apparently - all their deliveries are now carbon neutral. I've had a field-day choosing which flowers to plant, and here's what I've chosen for next year. Galilee Pastel Mix anemones This variety is the one I'm most excited about growing. As the name suggests, these flowers will grow in a range of beautiful pastel colours. The blurb states that some are bi-colour, while others will be tinted or solid block colours - each one will be a surprise! This makes me happy, and I just know they're going to look ridiculously beautiful in a bouquet. These are an Israeli variety and need a sheltered spot and covering in winter, so I've placed them in the bottom of my greenhouse in the pot I'm growing them in so I don't have to disturb their roots by potting them on. I'm not sure if that's definitely the right thing to do, but I'm quickly discovering that gardening is a case of trial and error! I cannot wait for these to grow - my only regret is that I bought 10 bulbs rather than 30! Abbey Road alliums Alliums were amongst the first on my list thanks to their usefulness as filler flowers in bouquets (plus I love their lacy delicateness). The contrast of white and deep red in this mixed collection is just beautiful, and I know it'll come in useful at some point when I'm planning my arrangements next year! The bulbs almost look like little onions, and I placed them in a large 50cm pot to give these generous sized varieties plenty of room to grow. After I took this photo, I doubted myself and watched a YouTube video to double-check which side down I needed to plant them! Turns out, the pointed side needs to be facing up. Phew, thank goodness I checked! Mixed collection ranunculus I was so spooked when I was buying this that I decided to play it safe and buy a pretty standard variety of ranunculus at 15 bulbs for £2.70. I've heard quite a few horror stories about growing ranunculus and I feel like maybe I was already admitting defeat that they may not grow! For £2.70, I'll be pleasantly surprised if these pretty ruffled flowers in pink, red, yellow and peach colours begin to bloom next year, and if not I'll have only lost a small amount of money. These were planted in a 30cm pot, which I realised when planting was rather too small, and have been placed at the bottom of my greenhouse next to the anemones. Tiger Mix Dutch iris When I was reading about the best bulbs to plant now ready for spring, irises were mentioned time and again, and I couldn't find any as pretty as this Tiger Mix variety. Farmer Gracy describes them as a combination of amber, copper and violet, which is just as stunning as it sounds! These grow to a whopping 50cm despite their small stature as a bulb, so I made sure to plant them in a sturdy 55cm-long rectangular planter and spaced them carefully. When they begin growing I will likely stake them and make sure the planter is weighted down so there's no toppling over. Finally, I planted some winter pansies over the top to add a splash of autumn colour while I wait for the bulbs to grow. Copper Image tulip These beauties certainly don't look like the tulips you would traditionally think of! Apparently known as 'double tulips', they have full, round heads rather than the fluted shape you would usually associate with this type of flower, and their pink-orange colour is what made me add them to my shopping basket. These would make perfect focal flowers in a bouquet, however as I only bought 5 bulbs (for £3.75) I'm not sure these are necessarily going to be picked! Another rookie error - if you're growing tulips as cut flowers, make sure you buy enough quantities! I waited right until the very end of September to plant these, as the weather has cooled considerably. Potentially this still may have been a tad too early, but I won't know until next year! What have you been planting this month? I'd love to know which varieties you chose!

  • Funeral designs - the Mini Funeral Wreath

    When you think about funeral designs you might envisage a casket spray or sheath, but one great option for a slightly different type of funeral tribute is to opt for a beautiful wreath like this mini variety. The funeral of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth certainly brought worldwide attention to this humble style of funeral design, and with good reason - her casket wreath was simply stunning, and created using sustainable techniques and flowers grown in the gardens of the royal estates. Here I'm going to show you a little more detail on one type of funeral wreath. The base of this design is a small willow frame, which has been loosely constructed for space to place moss. Once mossed up, the wreath is then sprayed well with water. Funerals so often mean white flowers, but there's no reason why you can't use colour, especially if the person had a very vibrant personality. I had this design in mind while I was picking my stems at Kitchen Garden Flowers, and I knew I wanted to use soft feminine colours like these so they were picked specifically for the project. I began with the large pink dahlias, then the pink and purple scabiosa, then filled in the rest of the spaces with smaller filler flowers like ammi, cornflowers and achillea. Special mention goes to these cute little pink and white zinnias, which I cut from my garden. I needed a little more pink to bring everything together, and these fit the bill perfectly. Just another reason why I'm so keen to grow my own flowers! And don't forget about those little flower buds - they add such a lovely texture and interest to this design, and they were great for filling those final few spaces. So, do you think this would make a good funeral tribute? Do you prefer colour or monochrome palettes for your funeral designs? If you would like to get in touch about creating a special tribute for your loved one, please get in touch.

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