Wednesday, 11 January 2012

Pretty flowers for a pretty little girl.

Way back in December, the 18th to be precise, We created some gorgeous table flowers for a Christening.

We filled Jugs with Lisianthus, Veronica, Tulips, Freesia, Phlox & Hyacinths.

And finished it off nicely with a pink spotty bow.

A received a lovely 'Thank you' card from Hannah & David.

Dear Lisa, Thank you very much for the beautiful flowers you arranged for our daughters Christening on the 18th December. They looked lovely on the tables & were exactly what we wanted! Thank you again, Hannah & David.

Day Eight - Chrysanthemum 'Zivena'

Day Eight - Chrysanthemum 'Zivena'

These are often called Chrysanths or Mums. Us Florists call them Xanths or Blooms. Their Botanical name is Dendranthema.

The name is derived from the Greek words Chrysos (gold) and Anthos (flower), along with the name that the Chinese initially gave them - Mums.

They were first cultivated in China as far back as the 15th Century, it is believed that the flower may have been bought to Japan in the 8th Century. The Emperor adopted the flower as his official seal. There is 'Festival of Happiness' in Japan that celebrates the flower. The flower was later bought to Europe in the 17th century.

In some countries of Europe (e.g France, Italy, Spain, Poland, Hungary & Croatia) Chrysanthemums are symbolic of death & are only used for Funerals or graves. In Australia they are traditionally given to Mothers on Mothers Day.

We always stock these beauties as they are very long lasting & are a big-headed flower so they can look striking with only a small amount.

Tuesday, 10 January 2012

Wedding of Heather & Joesph 30th December

The second & last Wedding of 2011 for us.

This is the Wedding of Heather & Joesph which took place in between Christmas & New Year. Heather opted for a white & black theme.

Joesph, the Grooms, Buttonhole of a mini Calla Lily, black Viburnum Berries, looped black Bear Grass & Spruce.

The other Buttonholes were a white mini Calla Lily, looped black Bear Grass & Spruce.

The Mum's chose a Corsage for their Handbag.

White mini Calla Lilies, black Viburnum Berries, looped black Bear Grass, Ivy leaves, Spruce & finished with black ribbon.

The Flower Girl held a metal star Wand decorated with a mini white Calla Lily, Berries, looped Grass, Ivy & Spruce.

Finished with trailing black ribbons.

The Bridesmaid's carried a Hand-tied of white Calla Lilies, black Viburnum Berries, looped Bear Grass, looped Aspidistra leaves & finished with black ribbon.

Two Bridesmaid Bouquets.

Bride & Bridesmaid Bouquets.

Heather's Bouquet of white Calla Lilies, black Viburnum Berries, black looped Bear Grass & Aspidistra leaves, Spruce & trailing black grass.

Finished with black ribbon.

Huge congratulations to our last Bride & Groom of the year x

Wedding of Janine 25th November

Time to catch up on the last Weddings of 2011 - seems a very long time ago now though!

First up is the Wedding of Janine, she opted for a simple cream & navy theme using classic cream 'Vendela' Roses.

Buttonholes of cream 'Vendela' Roses with Ivy leaves.

For the Bridesmaids, Janine purchased a pearl & diamante bracelet
which I was able to attach a cream 'Vendela' Rose, Ivy leaves & finished it off with a navy bow.

Not bad for a Primark purchase! ;)

The small Flower Girl held a Wand made from a cream 'Vendela' Rose finished with navy trailing ribbons.

Janine's Bouquet was a tight compact hand-tied Bouquet of cream 'Vendela' Roses.

Diamantes were placed in the centre of a few of the Roses.

Stems were bound with navy ribbon & finished with a brooch provided by the Bride.

Here you can just see the diamantes in the Roses, they will look beautiful when the light catches them.

Huge congratulations to Janine x

Day Seven - Campanula

Day Seven - Campanula

This variety is called 'Champion Lavender'

The common name is Canterbury Bells. The Latin translates into little Bell because of the shape of the individual flowers.

Monday, 9 January 2012

Day Six - Tete e Tete

Day Six - Tete e Tete

Tete e Tete's are from the Narcissus family.

They are the most popular dwarf Daffodil, standing at only 15cm high it's size makes it perfect for planting in patio containers or at the front of the border.

The deep golden yellow flowers appear in late winter/early spring, with each stem bearing up to 3 blooms.

These make me feel like spring is on the way - yipee!!

Sunday, 8 January 2012

Day Five - Mimosa

Day Five - Mimosa

Mimosa's Botanical name is Acacia it has tiny yellow petal-less flowers which cover each stem.

It originates from Australia.

It's meaning is sensitivity & secret love.

It has a beautiful sweet scent to it which can fill a room.

Friday, 6 January 2012

Day Four - Eryngium

Day Four - Eryngium

It's common name is Sea Holly or Thistle. The name Sea Holly comes from the fact that some species are found in coastal areas.

The flower has deep-cut leaves shaped like Holly & sometimes just as spiky! The leaves surround the stem like a frilly collar.

They are native to Siberia, the Balkans & Alpine regions but it has been cultivated in Western Europe since 1567.

It is available in all shades of blue & green from navy with bottle green, steel blue & gunmetal through to a brilliant sky blue. There is also a white variety.

They are available all year round.

Check them out here & here.

Thursday, 5 January 2012

Day Three - Mini Gerbera 'Navelino'

Day Three - Mini Gerbera 'Navelino'

Today it's the turn of a mini Gerbera called 'Navelino' he is bright orange with a yellow centre.

The Gerbera's common name is Transvaal Daisy.

They are avaliable in virtualy every colour & you can even have your own colour Gerbera created for you which I discovered when I needed blue ones for a Wedding!

They are avaliable all year round & are mostly imported from Holland, Israel, California, Canada & Colombia. They are the fifth most used cut flower in the world.

Their meaning is pretty & strong & enduring purity. They were named in honour of the German Botanist & Naturalist Traugott Gerber.

Wednesday, 4 January 2012

Day Two - Rose 'Green Fashion'

Day Two - Rose 'Green Fashion'

This beautiful Rose is grown in Ecuador.

It's petals are a cream/green shade & get lighter towards the centre of the Rose. The edge of each petal are a dusky pink making this Rose ideal for vintage Weddings.

Day One - Helleborus 'Niger'

Day One of my '365 days of flowers' project!

Starting us off is the Helleborus 'Niger' otherwise know as Hellebore or Christmas Rose.

You would normally find these plants growing on a mountain amongst the snow but they are ideal for our gardens back home.

Even though they are called a Christmas Rose they don't normally flower at Christmas. The flowering period is around January - March but some varieties flower earlier (like this one).

They like a shade - semi shade spot & are winter hardy.

Old folklore says that they are called a Christmas Rose because one sprouted in the snow from the tears of a young girl who had no gift to give the Christ child in Bethlehem.

They are also available as a cut flower which are just as pretty x