This year 9 ladies, a few who have attended workshops before created an Easter table centre. There were a few novices and some more experienced budding florists who enjoyed an evening of creativity. The results were amazing and brought a decorative spring arrangement to brighten their home over the Easter period.
Mother’s Day or Mothering Sunday as some people prefer to call it has been celebrated for over 400 years originally it was celebrated for Christians to visit their ‘Mother’ Church. Domestic servants were given the day off to return to their home town and worship their families. On their way home they would pick wild flowers to place in Church or give to their mums. It falls every year three weeks before Easter day. This special day is a day to show your appreciation to your Mum, Nan or any motherly figure.
Please have a look through my gallery for ideas on what arrangements you may possibly want and do not hesitate to contact me with any queries.
While adding some new photos to my website I realised I haven’t written a blog for many months.
I have now been creating flowers for every occasion for over a year. I enjoy every minute of my job whether I am meeting with excited brides or grieving families. 2016 surpassed all my expectations. I was privileged to meet with many couples tying the knot to discuss every detail of their wedding, to ensure their flowers were perfect. Roses were a particular favourite last year, as were country style flowers.
Funeral Flowers are a real favourite for me to create. I met with many families in the comfort of their homes to help choose the flowers they wanted to leave as a final gift for their loved one. One tribute travelled to France to be placed on a war grave to commemorate what would have been his 100th birthday.
I used just chrysanthemums, carnations and greenery as these flowers transport well and can tolerate the warmer temperatures.
I was in Queen’s square at the beginning of December at Clevedon Pride’s Christmas fayre. I met with many customers discussing their Christmas wish list, from table arrangements, wreaths for front doors, arrangements for graves or hand tied flowers as gifts. It was a dry chilly day but very well supported.
I held two Christmas workshops where people made a wreath from scratch. I demonstrated how to wire Moss onto a metal frame, then add six different types of greenery, berries, fir cones and cinnamon sticks. The results were amazing and everyone thoroughly enjoyed the evenings with a glass of mulled wine and festive nibbles.
I can’t believe at the end of this month we are a third of the way through 2016!! Time flies when you are having fun!!
It’s been a busy few months with Valentine’s day, Mother’s day and everything in between and has kept me busy in my garden workshop while sun has shone, the rain has poured and the wind has whistled!
Valentine’s Day saw my workshop adorned with Red Roses. I offered a choice of a single Red Rose in cellophane or brown paper, six or a dozen Red Roses in cellophane, brown paper or a presentation box which I will be using throughout the year. Many people rang and requested particular flowers that were special to their loved one making their gift more personalised. There were also a few orders of all white which looked stunning. I incorporated white Roses, Eustoma, Gerbera, Freesia and lush dark green foliage into had tied bunches.
Mother’s day was an array of mostly pink, mauve, purple and cream flowers. It was a pleasure to create baskets, hand-tied bunches and arrangements of every size to suit everyone’s budget.
Traditionally spring is an abundance of yellow daffodils and every shade of tulip. However, at my Suppliers, in stock at the moment are a vast array of beautiful pastel shaded flowers such as; Lilac, Hyacinths, Iris, Salix (Pussy willow), Forget-me-nots, Anenome and Contorted willow to name but a few. They are very knowledgeable and can usually source, and obtain most variety and shade of flower.
Last month, I did an Easter flower workshop with 6 people who created a colourful trug basket to take home with them and display on their dining table, coffee table, windowsill or sideboard. We had a great evening with nibbles and drinks and are planning the next one – although it might have to be a no-celebration one as most of the celebrations are over for the next few months at least!
If you’d like to do a flower workshop with your friends, please give me a ring to discuss!
Sunday March 6th is a day on the calendar that we can all celebrate in some way, as if it wasn’t for these women, none of us would be here today. Mother’s Day is a day where we honour our Mums, Motherhood and any other motherly figures such as Grandmothers and Mother-in-laws.
Here at Forget Me Not, I have the perfect way to say “Thank You”. Take a look below to see what sort of things I can do for you.
NB: Whilst every effort is made to obtain the exact same flowers as the picture, there are occasions where my supplier may not have them in stock. A very similar substitute will be used in these circumstances.
Alternatively, if you see anything else you like on my gallery, or have any specific requests, please just give me a ring, email or drop me a message on facebook using the contact page
That time of year has come around again; 14th February – Saint Valentines Day. Traditionally, it’s a day to give and receive flowers and chocolates to show your love to that special person. The most historic flower given and received on Valentines Day is the rose. Dating back to the 17th Century, the rose is a representative of love in all forms. It is said, that the red rose was the favourite flower of Venus, the roman Goddess of Love and Beauty.
There are multiple choices for the colour of a rose and each colour has a different meaning…
Red roses traditionally stand for eternal love, passion, courage and respect.
Ivory roses are symbolic of purity, truth, innocence, reverence and silence.
Yellow roses symbolise friendship, celebration, joy, hope and freedom.
Pink roses symbolise admiration, gentleness and sweetness.
Peach roses symbolise desire, excitement, appreciation and gratitude.
Lilac roses depict that the sender has fallen in love at first sight and is enchanted with the recipient.
A combination of red and ivory roses convey a message of “together we Stand” indicating bonding and harmony.
So take your pick on an array of colours and if roses aren’t your thing, please let me know what else you would like and I will be more than happy to create a personalised arrangement for you.
Single red roses are either displayed in cellophane or brown paper as you can see from the photos. I can also add in a stem of gypsophila to give it that extra wow factor.
Bouquets, again can also be wrapped in cellophane or brown paper. Alternatively, if you want to transport them, I can display them in a white cardboard box with a ribbon on top and tissue paper inside. However you want them displayed, please just let me know.
Look forward to hearing from you soon and helping you to make that special someone’s day <3
Today I had the pleasure of delivering the first wedding flowers of the year. The bride chose a classic look of creams and greens, keeping it tasteful with orchids, lisianthus, spray carnations, chrysanthemums, roses and a lovely lot of lush greenery from moss to ivy.
The table centres were posy pad bases, edged with fresh ivy, covered in moss and flowers with the added sparkle of fairy lights inter-twined. In the middle of the pad was a gorgeous black lantern chosen by the bride which would be lit as the sun goes down.
The two young bridesmaids carried rustic wooden baskets filled with flowers with a dangling named heart. The perfect size for young ones and easy to handle! you can see the photos in my Wedding flowers gallery when you click on the link.
Congratulations to the bride and groom. Wishing you a lifetime of happiness!
Looking forward to the many other weddings I have coming up early on this year.
Now that Halloween and Firework night have come and gone, it’s nearly time to start thinking about decorating our homes for the festive period. Sorry if you’re a last minute shopper or don’t put the tree up until Christmas Eve – but I like to think of myself as very organised and enjoy everything about the run up to Christmas. I did my first stint of Christmas shopping last weekend and Bristol was adorned in fairy lights, the air was filled with chocolate from the German Market and bustling with busy shoppers trying to find that perfect gift. If that was what it is like on the second weekend of November, I dread to think what it’s going to be like in a few weeks!
This week I have been enjoying creating table arrangements, baskets, hand-ties and door hangings. My wholesaler has over 20 different types of greenery which I have been able to experiment with. I have been playing around with different colours, textures and materials ready to photograph and put in my gallery.
The start of Christmas for me is when I decorate my front door with a fresh arrangement to greet guests. So many people comment on my door arrangement every year and I am so pleased I can now offer them to more people. They are the perfect “welcome” around Christmas time and puts a smile on the faces of our visitors. These arrangements are made in a light weight plastic tray which can be hung on your front door very easily.
I hang mine during the first week of December as the first decoration to be put up. With a little care, these will last right through till twelfth night. All you need to do to care for these is to simply remove it once a week, sit it on the draining board and soak well with water.
All arrangements are made with at least 4 different types of lush greenery. I have got three staple door hangings to offer, however, I am more than happy to take requests if it is something particular you are looking for. If it is the natural look you prefer with cinnamon sticks, fir cones, berries, assorted greenery and a rustic hessian bow, take a look at the photo below.
If you like a little glitz, you may choose the gold or silver arrangements. These all have sprayed fir cones, baubles, and an attractive coloured bow at the bottom complimenting the arrangements. Please have a look in the gallery and if you have any specific requests please contact me and I will be happy to have a chat with you. Each of the door hangings displayed on the left are £10 and the ones with fresh flowers in them on the right are £12. Please contact me to order yours today!
I’ll be posting a new blog next week about another exciting Christmas decoration to spruce up your home, so keep an eye out!
COME AND SAY HELLO AT CLEVEDON PRIDES ICE FAIR ON SATURDAY 5TH DECEMBER AND SUNDAY 6TH DECEMBER IN QUEENS SQUARE
When shopping at the wholesalers for a realistically priced container for fresh flowers, I came across these gorgeous galvanised mini watering cans which I felt would be ideal for my first ‘proper product’. I brought them home, played around with them and they have proved extremely popular! I’m a big fan of galvanised products and the local flea market offers a wide selection of which I have a few in the garden with flowers in.
The Country Garden design and appearance appeals to all ages and is very contemporary. Growing up in a small cottage with a very large garden, my parents designed a market garden with long tunnel greenhouses. We grew fruit, vegetables and fresh cut flowers which were sold to the public in the front garden. As a child, working in the garden and selling the produce to the public gave me a real passion for flowers and the art of arranging them. The Country Garden theme therefore, brings back lovely memories of working in the garden. This has inspired me with this design which will look stunning on a coffee table, hearth or dining table for that extra cute addition to your home.
Also, once the flowers have finished flowering, you have a lovely ornament which could hold a pot plant, a candle or come back for a refill!
I am very excited to advertise this product at a very affordable £9. It is the perfect birthday or thank-you gift, or a lovely way of letting someone know you are thinking of them. Please contact me today to order yours and put a smile on that special persons face!