Tuesday, 13 August 2019

The Fareham Woodland Folk

One of the things I hear so often from people is "ooh, how lovely; you get to play with flowers all day".

After a day spent knee deep in rotting leaves where I've not had chance/time to clear the floor, with hands/arms covered in thorns and deep gouges (the gouges are from where the thorns that are embedded have fought back and ripped my skin-to-shreds). A day I've spent with a soaking wet arm where a bucket or vase decided they didn't want to "play" and promptly dumped their contents all over (a bucket at the wrong angle in the sink when filling is not to be messed with). A day when I may have had a family in who have recently lost a child, or a bridezilla to beat all others (or worse; a bridezillas mother-in-law to be) I'll be honest, I sometimes want to slap whomever believes me to have been playing all day. Floristry is an industry where we train hard, and work even harder; there is very little (to none) playtime (a while back I did write a post about what I really do all day  https://www.farehamflorist.com/2019/01/a-typical-day-in-life-of.html )

However, sometimes, there are days when I do "get to play". For the first time in over a decade, yesterday was one-of-those-days.

For months now, I have had an idea in my head of something I really wanted to make; I'd asked Chris to put his 3D printer to work for me and he created me a door, a chimney and a window (with shutters). During the time I'd been planning every-now-and-then I grabbed a random item here, and another there from my wholesalers, so that when the opportunity and time finally came, I would be prepared. The time arrived around 11am yesterday morning; by 2pm I had completed my vision and had the best time "playing"

I started with this - the balancing bit on top was many different odd bits of floral foam I had floating around - I do hate to see anything go to waste


Which quickly became this....


I added these....


Then I dotted a few flowers about


and I ended up with this....... 






I cannot tell you how much I enjoyed "playing". It was lovely not to have any kind of pressure (I was making it just because I wanted to and not because someone had ordered it, so the pressure was most definitely off). It was nice to have the time to make it (I did have customers in-and-out and this gave us a really good topic to have a chat about whilst they were in the shop). It turned out far better than I had expected, however, when I worked out the wholesale cost of everything that went into it, I probably won't be "playing" again for another decade :) 


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Thursday, 8 August 2019

Diamond Wedding

The other week was all about gold, this week it's all about the diamonds. happy anniversary to our amazing customers who have been married for 60 years.



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Monday, 29 July 2019

Flower ball


A Monday Memory back to when I made my first ever marquee hanging flower ball; the whole weekend I was constantly checking the news to make sure it hadn't fallen (the fixings we had to attach it to were not as secure as I would have liked). The reason it would have made the news is because it was hanging directly over the top of the bride



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Wednesday, 24 July 2019

A flowery quiz

A few questions for you - because I'm good like that :) 

1) On a day like today would you like to be sat next to a window in full sun all day? 

2) On a day like today would you like to be without any clean, fresh water for 48 hours? 

3) On a day like today would you like to be sat next to a heat source of some kind? TV's and computers kick out a massive amount of heat.

4) If you are lucky enough to have a fan running, would you want it to be blowing directly into your face for many hours a day?

If you answer "NO" to just one-of-these questions, then please remember; if you don't like it, your flowers don't like it. 

Keep them away from any kind of heat source, or draft; every-other-day (preferably every day in the temps we are getting at the moment) take a sliver from the bottom of their stems and replace them into clean, fresh water - imagine how grateful you would be for a glass of cold, fresh water when you are struggling to keep going in the heat. 



On a non-flower related side note - if you walk your dog during the day (from 10am - 6pm - even an hour before and 2 after this is pushing it) during this heat, then you are an arse. If you leave your dog locked in a car for even more than one minute, I hope one day someone does the same to you and walks away indefinitely. 

Saturday, 20 July 2019

Golden Wedding Anniversary

All I can say is that July 19th 1969 must have been. Really busy day because yesterday we had more than a dozen orders - between 7 different couples- celebrating their Golden Wedding Anniversaries. I hope they all had a wonderful day (back then, and yesterday).







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Thursday, 18 July 2019

She said "yes"

I think for as long as time itself exists, red roses will always be a very popular choice for any occasion. These were part of a marriage proposal - she said "yes". 


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Wednesday, 17 July 2019

Prom Queen?

This particular corsage was one-of-many made for a prom last week and was attached to a pearl wristband. They can also be attached to a dress/jacket if you prefer not to wear anything on your wrist.



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Tuesday, 16 July 2019

Wedding Roses

3 of last weeks weddings all had very similar flowers - lots of pink and white roses with plenty of gyp.





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Monday, 15 July 2019

Rose tied bridal bouquet

One of the wedding bouquets we've made in the past few weeks. Such pretty, summery colours.



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Thursday, 11 July 2019

Norma Jeane Roses

My favourite of all the white varieties. A large head, long lasting with a delicate scent that is quite-the-delight.



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