Thursday, 4 October 2012

Busy October!

Octobers here with what's promising to be my busiest month, with four weddings coming up- Winter and Daniel at Greystoke Castle, Leonie and Steve at Morland Hall, my brother William and Julie at Cliburn Church then the Roundthorn, then finally Ruth and Neil at The Fishermans Retreat in Lancashire as well as The Flower Bank annual Christmas open day and weekly Sharrow Bay flowers so watch this space for lots more blogs soon!
Lovely dahlias, greraniums, hydrangeas, snapdragons home grown at Sharrow Bay, in the flower room before they're taken in to the hotel

Tuesday, 2 October 2012

Your Wedding Planner, Carlisle Living Magazine Supplement

Very pleased to see that the Wedding of Tim and Julie at Knipe Hall earlier this year features in the 'Your Wedding Planner' with this months Carlisle Living which I always have a good read of to see who I can spot in the social pages! Have a look back in the blog or on my website for more pictures!

Sunday, 9 September 2012

The wedding of Andrew and Gillian @ Knipe Hall

Here are some pictures of the flowers at the wedding of Andy and Gillian at Knipe Hall, each time I've been at Knipe this year something more new has been done this time it's the area between the dairy and the stairs to the barn all decorated and looking lovely! But back to the wedding I met Gillian and Andy when I was recommended to them by the lovely Caroline who got married at Knipe last year! And was delighted to do their flowers what a great couple, Gillian was exited about using my lovely milk churns so they went outside the barn , she had all white flowers in the barn for the ceremony and shades of green, pink and lilac on the tables in the dairy! Here are the pictures pre wedding, I also met the lovely Jane and her husband of Pink Leaf Catering and have tried to get some of her tasty menu in the picture too!
Table arrangemnts in The Dairy, statice, lizzy, phlox, gyp, barley, thalaspi.
Newly decorated, through to the dairy
Gillian's bouquet and one of the bridesmaids
Hanging heart to go in The Barn

Thursday, 2 August 2012

Summer 2012

Well despite the awfull weather here apparently it's summer! One advantage of the weather is I've not needed to water my garden much and everything looks as fresh and green as it did in june, could do with some sun to ripen my tomatoes and encourage the roses to flower! On a good note I'm now the florist for The Sharrow Bay hotel and I'm loving it at the moment the gardens are in full bloom with sweet peas, sunflower, multicoloured snapdragons, fushias, scented garden rose and geraniums a florists heaven! Here's a few pictures of a busy summer
Wetheriggs Pottery jug with rose, snapdragon and chrysanths in The Conservatory at Sharrow Bay
Friday mornings in the flower room!
The newly created back garden
Bridemaids pommander for a wedding

Saturday, 9 June 2012

Dave and Kasias wedding

Table centre of grand prix roses

In April I did the wedding of Dave and Kasia very good friends of ours they were married at Windermere Catholic Church and afterwards at Porto Restaurant  (where Dave is head chef and Kasia restaurant manager) it was a brilliant wedding and we loved it and it was the first time we'd been to a Polish-English wedding, here are some photos Ive included some of the brilliant cake too! Pawel Masterez took the photos.

Peony, sweet William hair corsage

Made for my sister today as she's of to a 21st birthday tonight

Friday, 8 June 2012

The Cumberland News Wedding supplement

In today's Wedding supplement a lovely article on Tim and Julies wedding at Knipe Hall which I did the flowers for!

Tuesday, 22 May 2012


A couple of weeks ago whilst doing some flowers for a wedding I needed some extra flowers so went to my brothers garden to borrow some bluebells, this lead to an explanation to Julie his girlfriend about the difference between native and none native bluebells so I've taken pictures of both kinds the non native have thicker straight stems and native ones curl over at the top!

Wednesday, 16 May 2012

Don't tell the bride!

Last weekend was very busy with the wedding of Tim and Julie, this was a secret wedding which the groom organised it all apart from the bride getting her dress and the bridesmaids! The wedding was at the lovely Knipe Hall near Askham, Tim sorted it all out expertly including Julie leading a donkey ( she couldn't ride her a you can't ride a donkey if your over 8 stone, and she's 9!) here's a few pictures

Tuesday, 3 April 2012

Spring Floral Art Class

Here's some pictures of the class at Shap last Friday

Monday, 5 March 2012

Spring Floral Art Class March 1012

Hello everyone, are you looking forward to spring and would like to create some beautifull spring arrangements?The course is held in Shap Memorial Hall, where theres loads of room to work along with a lovely kitchen for tea breaks and ample free parking. If so then myself and Janet at Shap CDC have just the thing for you! On friday 30th March 10:15 -2:30, there are 3 arrangemnts to choose from from which you will complete two ,I will demonstate all three along with time permitting some contemporay arrangements for spring, you can choose from 1.A spring flower border 2. A a-symetrical arrangement and 3. A modern spring arrangement, for details please contact me or Janet at Shap CDC on 01931 716447. These courses are popular and is a graet chance for a fun and informal day out with a chance to try your hand at floristry!

Sunday, 19 February 2012

Stoneybeck Inn Wedding Fair

Just had a lovely afternoon at the wedding fair today, meeting all the brides and grooms to be and the other exhibitors! If you were there today and liked what you saw please give me a ring or email me.

Spring bouquet

A little taster of my stand today a handtied bouquet of white hyacinths, chablis spray roses, green thistle( my favourite!) and English tulips, with thanks to Rachel @ The Flower Bank for helping me choose them!

Friday, 17 February 2012

Wedding and events fair

Hello just to say I shall be attending the Wedding and Events fair at The Stoneybeck Inn near Penrith on Sunday 19 th february from 1:30 till 4:30 , it's free so come along and have a look!

Saturday, 21 January 2012

New wedding consultation room!

Have a look at the picture below, it's greenwheat flowers wedding consultation room, this was previously a little used attic room that was damp (from a leaky roof) and had a pink carpet and wood chip wallpaper walls, we've been very busy since autumn mending the roof, taking a wall out, adding built in cupboards and finally the best bit decorating it!

Sunday, 8 January 2012

Sarah's Bouquets and buttonholes

Here are some more photos of Sarahs flowers in the bouquets there was Black Baccara and Nadia roses with birch twigs and rosemary, with a collar of trailing ivy, and the twiggy tree is a birch which I sprayed with Oasis flat white spray and added raffia bows and ivy, whilst I was preparing for this wedding it was the week between Christmas and New Year, and Great Expectations was on the tele which inspired me. Florist Zita Elze created the very gothic flowers for the programme and there was alot of gloomyness with white cobwebs, so this convinced me to spray the twigs white to make them stand out against the dark of the church (we were hoping it would have snowed and the twigs would have stood out as dark against it!), 

Thursday, 5 January 2012

Winter and christmas 2011

Hello winters been very busy with several wreath classes taking place in Shap and gt Asby despite having cold/flu/ v bad back I really enjoyed these classes and what lovely wreaths were produced too! On top of that I've had the usual Christmas wreaths and day out at Crosby ravensworth seasonal market that I always enjoy! To finish the year of I had the lovely new years wedding of Carl and Sarah at kirkoswald ( what a lovely church with an amazing walk to it!) here's a few photos of the bouquets and I'll add some more when I've worked out how to move them about on the computer!