Friday, 29 August 2014

Drool



Watch and feel blissful. 


Also, envious that you don't have NYC's flower district at your disposal. I wish that I did.



(Pics of the Anthropologie store windows taken by me! in New York in May 2014).

K xx


Monday, 25 August 2014

Favourites*

Do you think that you could pick a favourite child? I have no insight into how difficult this task might be. I'm a happily loved-up DINK. I'm also a florist. So flowers are kind of my babies. And just quietly, my favourites sometimes change. 

Seasonality, fragrance, colour, and trends can all play a part in shifting my affections towards another type of bloom. 

Sometimes i'll add another flower to my list because I've seen beautiful styled images of it on a blog post. I didn't know I liked dahlias until they featured in a wedding I had the pleasure of arranging the flowers for. I never expected to come to the conclusion that I have a severe soft spot for humble old lavender. For sentimental reasons I also adore my Nan's favourite, Lily of the Valley. And who in their right mind could help not smiling at sweet little grape hyacinths.

But, ranunculus will forever remain a strong first on my ever-changing list of favourite flowers.


1. Ranunculus

2. Dahlias

3. Hydrangea

4. Queen Anne's Lace

5. Lavender



K xx


*Honourable mention, poppies.




Friday, 22 August 2014

Everything's coming up...





There is not much prettier than rose buds in the rain.

Have a beautiful weekend.

K xx


Tuesday, 19 August 2014

Spring?



One moment it is sunny, the next the wind gives new meaning to blustery.


But that's okay. I'm a patient girl.


I'll keep waiting for the daffodils to push through in the garden to join the early jonquils.


And I'll wait a little longer for the quince blossom to bloom.


In the meantime, in the words of A.A Milne, Happy Windsday.

K xx




Wednesday, 6 August 2014

Traditions, trends and thyme

There is a wedding floristry trend making a comeback that has me suppressing squeals of delight. When I say trend and comeback, I really mean it. This style was the original wedding bouquet and was at it's height in the Victorian era. It is the humble, but undeniably gorgeous, herb bouquet. I frickin' love it.



I just grabbed these from the garden of my childhood home. It's no wedding bouquet, but you can surely see how sweet the herb bouquet could be. In my hand is: sage, mint, rosemary, bay leaves, thyme and wormwood. There is something about flowering thyme, and the dusty green tones of sage. Bliss! As you can imagine it smells divine. The history and sentiment and symbolism involved in herb bouquets is utterly fascinating. Read more, and see stunning examples, here. You too will fall in love with the potential of herbs in wedding work. 

K xx

Monday, 4 August 2014

July in a nut shell

It has been quite a month. I have settled into a new and permanent (for the next year at least) apartment. I've been snow boarding almost every weekend. And I've been fine tuning my floristry skills at work. I thought I'd share some of the floral highlights we've seen come through the shop during July.




















This 'blue moon' rose is one of my absolute favourite rose colours. It's amazing how versatile the colour is. It goes with so much, yet has such a delicate quality to it.





















Blushing bride is the baby sister in the Protea family. It's a little bit special. I love it in wedding work. It adds so much interest.





















There is wax flower, and then there is wax flower. This month wax seemed to be on steroids. I've never seen such lovely wax before. This came in smelling of a mix between baby powder and honey. Bliss!





















Ornamental kale is a love or loathe kind-of-a-thing. I can't help but love it when it comes through the door in these colour-ways. It's a head turner if nothing else.





















Chrissies can be lack lustre and boring. Not these little ones. The detail is wonderful. Sometimes it's is good to take a second look at the staples in floristry. It's easy to dismiss the humble Chrissie! Don't!






















Sea holly is my go-to for vintage feels. It's so unexpectedly awesome. It can be difficult to get blue flowers without resorting to awful dyed orchids and the like. Sea holly saves the day. I love it.


Now that I have an internet connection again, i'll aim to get back to blogging on a regular basis. Stay tuned for more stunning flowers courtesy of Mother Nature.

Good bye July, hello August.

K xx