Gardens in Winter - Blue Monday
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5d ago
Blue Monday Blue Monday probably does sum up today for me - the rain of the past weekend has been relentless. The woods is full of water so wading out with Mabel is a battle. Notification of an energy increase dropped into my inbox and I’ve just watched South West water take a meter reading which all seems to add to the gloom! The January Fidget January always feels like a long month to me. I think most gardeners can relate to this. Whilst the break from weddings is lovely and the season makes you come in early and sit by the fire - my fidgety self finds waiting for spring hard! The garden is ..read more
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Happy New Year - looking back as much as forward....
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by the garden gate flower company
5d ago
Seasonally Grown Wedding Flowers in Cornwall - Vase arrangement in the stable light at Trezare Farm- 2016 Whilst it is only the second week in January I’m already feeling a bit behind in saying the words ‘happy new year to you’. However, I decided to give myself a bit of an extended break over Christmas and New Year and I’m really pleased I did! We were somewhat plagued by coughs and colds - all a total bore really. I’m not one for New Years resolutions - it sends me into a panic that I somehow have to better myself. In staying off social media over the extended period I was able to dodge the ..read more
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Returning to Teaching
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by the garden gate flower company
5d ago
Milestone Moment This wreath making course felt like a real milestone moment in what has been a challenging few years. The last time I taught was in the March of 2020 as the world was starting to lockdown. It was a 121 class at Duchy of Cornwall Nursery, I was teaching my lovely student about how to approach a career in floristry, my phone was ringing off the hook with couples panicking about their wedding date. For my poor student it might have been the reality check she needed of life as a self employed person, however I do hope it didn't put her off! Fast forward two years, 50 odd weddings ..read more
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Hibernation & Hailstones
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by the garden gate flower company
3y ago
Antirrhinums captured by Holes in the World Studio It would be fair to say that this winter has been both long and wet. Whilst I’ve tried to find the enthusiasm to get out and make a start it seems each weekend has been met by a new storm of some name and the garden is a bog of mud! I so grateful for a tunnel enabling a bit of rest bite from it all! I thought I just give you a bit of a run through of what’s been going on as it seems a while since my last blog post! Cleaning Up A lot of time in February was taken up with mass cleaning ..read more
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So you want to be a florist?
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by the garden gate flower company
3y ago
Teaching at J W Blooms captured by Holes in the World Studio It would be fair to say that this year saw me take a back seat from the teaching side of my business. There were many reasons for this; an already flooded market and a move from one garden to another so I felt this year was a good time to just take stock. Market Place In the last ten years this floral world we are in has quite simply boomed, interior designers are turning to floristry, photographers are turning to floristry, art students are turning to floristry…. It has wi ..read more
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The Not So Humble Viola
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by the garden gate flower company
3y ago
Flower Study - Viola August compote captured by Holes in the World Photography This year has been about trialing some new varieties as I’m now the proud owner of a rather large tunnel. One flower that I’ve fallen in love with a lot over the years is the humble viola. This little flower makes up for it’s size in personality and believe me when I add it to a compote arrangement I can honestly feel my heart sing! So, here I’m going to share with you a few things that ..read more
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Beautiful May & Some Photography Advice
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by the garden gate flower company
3y ago
Image by Imogen Xiana May seems like an age ago now, as the wedding season rattles by me and my garden, but I’m delighted to be able to share with you a new collection of images by Imogen Xiana, film photographer. Imogen and I have worked on a number of projects before, workshops and styled shoots but up until now had never crossed paths at a wedding! So when Lucy and Mike announced their photographer I couldn’t have been more excited ..read more
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Simple, Seasonal, Beautiful
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by the garden gate flower company
3y ago
You may remember that a while back, when winter was still beating at the windows, I mentioned sharing this space with other creatives. Well I’m delighted that my friend Emily Scott, Head Chef and Owner of the beautiful St Tudy Inn has written up a mouthwatering recipe to share with you. Forgive my slight lateness she did submit it to me in June….but weddings took over! Seasonal bowl arrangement inspired by passionate foodies! Emily Scott, Head Chef of St Tudy In ..read more
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May Madness
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by the garden gate flower company
3y ago
May Wedding Flowers - Cornwall captured by Imogen Xiana It would be fair to say that each year I forget how mad May can be. It is always a popular month to get married, especially down here in Cornwall as so many of the stately home gardens are at their best in May. Coupled with this the garden cries out for so much attention - like a child that keeps asking you for food from the treat cupboard it would seem everything in my life grows in May ..read more
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It's worth remembering
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by the garden gate flower company
4y ago
Whilst most of the time I’m a pretty confident individual it’s fair to say I do spend a lot of time thinking I’ve not done enough or wishing I could have achieved more. This mainly relates, at the moment, to the garden. The move from the farm has been massive. To leave a mature garden and start again, albeit with a lot of the plant stock I moved is still huge, sad, exciting, nerve-wracking to list a few emotions! So I’m sharing this as much for me as you, as it’s really good to take stock and see how much has been achieved in such a short time. It’s a reminder that a lot has happened over ..read more
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