Being as though I am a florist, you would think that I would have green fingers, wouldn't you?....but no, I am a complete novice when it come to the garden, preferring to deal with the flowers once they have been cut and collected from the market or grower!! I do, however, have access to a small cutting garden tended to by my mum, I can pick from this to add a little something different to my wedding flowers. But now I feel the time has come to step it up a gear and start growing myself, flowers that will compliment my style and hopefully please my brides. I will be starting with 'easy' perennials, Roses, Dahlias and a cutting hedge, and see how that goes, before getting fully immersed in seeds and cuttings and investing in poly tunnels and a greenhouse!
So on this note - I enrolled in a two day workshop with Green & Gorgeous, a flower farm not far from me in Wallingford. Rachel taught us on day one about growing, and meeting the needs of our weddings and expectations of our brides. We got insider information on all things horticultural, from weed control matting, to poly tunnels and recommended suppliers. We covered planting to compliment our style with our own palette of colours, and focused on successional planting, so we always had a constant flow of flowers in bloom throughout the season. It was information overload, and very enjoyable!
On day two we were joined by Maz and Becca from The Garden Gate Flower Company a team of two lovely grower/florists. We got to pick our own bucket of flowers from Rachel's farm and arrange them in a wild a natural style, under their guidance, which was wonderful. We were given beautiful Lancaster & Cornish ribbon to tie up our stems (one of my go to suppliers!).
I went for a pallette of Ivory tones and all manner of foliages. It was a brilliant couple of days spent with like-minded flowery folk and has inspired me to get on and start growing. I will of course, share my progress with you in the coming months and feel free to post your gardening tips and recommendations below!