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The Garden Gate Flower Company Blog by The Garden Gate Flower Company - 1M ago

We are rather lucky that Cornwall attracts so many talented photographers - mind you I'm thinking it may have something to do with Poldark too?!  

Well lucky for us the filming of Poldark is on our doorstep (but no I've refrained from hanging around Charlestown drooling at Ross!) so we have a lot to offer now in our little patch of Cornwall!

Rewind to last May and we opened our flower garden up to Samantha & Reid of Orange Photographie.  I wafted around the garden in my trusty TOAST smock, which I will take this moment to add, yes, even I have noticed that many photos of me contain me wearing an orange top!....New Years resolution is to try a new colour (I'm trialing green at the moment and the jury is out).  I picked all the ingredients for a hand-tied bridal bouquet which, later that day, formed part of a photoshoot for Orange Photographie.  

It's lovely looking back at this time of year on what the garden was like.  The garden looks so brown and sludgy at the moment and we've had sooooooo much rain.  These pretty images really cheered me up!  So thank you Sam & Reid today we live in hope and excitement for the coming May!













If like Orange Photographie you are visiting Cornwall and would be interested in working with us please do drop us an email with a bit about yourselves and link to your website. 

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The Garden Gate Flower Company Blog by The Garden Gate Flower Company - 3M ago

This week has been about the bulbs.  Clearing away annuals, mulching for winter and digging trenches for narcissi, iris, alliums and tulips.  We had a light dusting of frost earlier in the week which is unusual for us here in Cornwall, so the tulips which normally have to wait until late December, get a head start this year.  Typically it was followed by torrential rain and flash flooding - fantastic weather for gardening! It'll be interesting to see how things turn out in spring.  

Alliums and Tulips by Melissa Love http://www.melissalovephotographer.com/

We worked recently with Melissa Love who took some beautiful still life pictures of winter bulbs.  We are so lucky that Melissa lives just down the road and her still life skills are amazing.  We wanted to echo the Dutch Masters' vibe but put the bulbs centre stage.  Melissa's artful eye and clever use of natural light resulted in making a cold, muddy task that little bit more easy, every year.   

Ranunculus corms and the tools to plant them by Melissa Love

In the tunnel we are planting a ranunculus (or rat lunch - depending on whether you are a rodent or not).  We have not had much success in getting these through the winter for the past few years, despite full on rodent-war.  Rats are clever.   Possibly cleverer than me.  So these funny little bunches of potential have been soaked in a weak solution of disinfectant for 24 hours, to make them swell-up ready for planting, and also to disguise the smell.  Safely tucked up in a freshly dug bed, topped with fresh compost there is a whole lot of hope ready to be munched when winter squeezes the food supply for not just rats but lots of the wildlife that lives on the farm.   

Amaryllis by Melissa Love

Narcissi by Melissa Love

Also in the tunnel, are amaryllis, foxtail lilies and bearded iris, in tiny pots, are a very pale ice-blue muscari and  dainty dwarf fritillaria.  We hope the very light cloud-blue will work with the delicate translucent Dolomite glaze on our Leach Pottery bowls.  All that spring lightness is yet to come as we head into the dark days of winter and make the most of the slanting sunshine when we get it. 

Photography by Melissa Love 

Here are some more images (of actual food - not rat food) from Melissa that will make you cherish winter all the more and appreciate the calm, watery light of winter.  

Photography by Melissa Love

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The Garden Gate Flower Company Blog by The Garden Gate Flower Company - 7M ago

July, until this week, has been relatively calm....weatherwise that is!!!  Wedding wise it's been hectic.  

Grabbing moments in amongst a busy wedding month to gather flowers from the garden and try out new combinations in these bowls have been really inspiring.  It's funny how a creative boost can be found from simple things like a new vase!  



These bowls have the Dolomite glaze which is a soft grey blue.  They have worked really well with Spring colours and now leading into summer they look great with all the dahlias in those light tones.  I should add that Maz can finally chalk up a win....she offically has me liking ferns!  (Still don't want so many in my own garden though!).  



Looking on to autumn this Snow glaze, which was commissioned for our Sarah Winward A Summer Study Course, is going to be perfect for all those burnt tones and seed heads.  We are already plotting a new colour to be released next spring along with an exciting new workshop - which we will share news of in the coming months!



Wedding Couples Shout Out: -

For our 2018 couples we will be offering these bowls as part of our 'styled service package'.  If you would like to discuss the design concept of your wedding day and how each supplier links to your overall brief please feel free to email us and ask for more information on our 'Wedding Curation & Design' which is due to be launched soon! 

Floral designers and Studio Pottery Lovers: - 

We are excited to launching an Online Shop soon - our Dolomite (grey blue) bowl will be available to purchase in a medium & small size.  Shipping is UK only.  

 

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The Garden Gate Flower Company Blog by The Garden Gate Flower Company - 8M ago

We thought as the bride and groom's are now starting to book their 2018 wedding it might be nice for us to shine the spotlight on some of our local venues and how, over the years, we have styled them.  

We start with Boconnoc House, a family run estate in South East Cornwall.  Set in the most beautiful grounds this impressive house has been carefully restored to provide an amazing location for your wedding.  With a stable yard and barns, ancient bath house and pretty church the ceremony options are vast.  Being an exclusive use venue you really can feel like the owners of this wonderful estate!

The Stable Yard Ceremony 

The ceremony is often the first look that guests will have of your wedding day and the florals can be an exiting part of that.  If you choose to get married in the Stable Yard at Boconnoc the large doors look amazing with long garlands draped from one to another.  Consider having large churns at the base to bring the focal points lower and create interest on another level.  If churns aren't your thing big stone urns would work well too. 

Repetition

Sometimes it's nice to see things twice!  Rather than lots of different arrangements - keep some continuity.  Inside the stable yard barn there is a beam which sits above the ceremony table this looks beautiful with loose garlanding and fairy lights to provide soft lighting.  

The Bathouse Ceremony

Outdoor weddings are becoming very popular and if the weather is kind to you finding a venue that has outdoor ceremony options is well worth considering.   Creating an arch that will frame your ceremony is a lovely backdrop and installations like this one are made the morning of your wedding.  We now have two different size arches which can be used in this location.  It's worth pointing out that this end of the Bathouse is not licensed. 

The Dorothy Garden Ceremony

I's hard to beat a beautiful lawn, carpeted walkway, rose petals and sunshine!  Draw on the natural beauty of the surroundings and keep any floral arrangements simple.  

Placing a large footed low bowl on a clothed ceremony table gives a key focal point for the signing of the register and the rose petals (fresh of course) add the touch of English garden to your wedding.

Boconnoc House

This grand house has a beautiful entrance hall and to really make an impact your foral styling needs to go big!  Placing one large footed urn on the entrance table will fit with the proportions of the room.  With an arrangement like this you are still able to utilise the space underneath for items like guest books.  



The Drawing Room

Bathed in natural light this elegant room lends itself to relaxed floral arrangements.  There are two wonderful alcoves which permanently house two very large Japanese style vases and they look dramatic with large branches.  Alternatively and our favourite is to have a low bowl arrangement where the beauty is at eye level and allows for the light to flood into the alcove.



Mirroring the arrangements in the alcove to one on the mantle piece will keep the continuity of colour, texture and style with your wedding.  

The Garden Room

With options to have both long and round tables it's important to choose the right floral set up to compliment your table styling.  Round tables lend themselves to oversized bowls or urns as the space allows for fuller design and more trailing foliage.  Again portions are important a tiny arrangement on a big round table looks wrong and therefore perhaps long banquet style dinning is better if you budget does not allow for a larger sized arrangement.

Creating a outdoor / indoor style of arrangements like this one in the depths of winter works really well with a mix of cut flowers and potted plants.  Adding height above your guests heads with large branches also gives the opportunity to hang tea lights creating a magical dinning experience. 

The Bridal Bouquet

Working with the seasons and the flowers in our gardens has the added advantage that each arrangement is unique.  Depending on the time of year tends to determine the size of the arrangement and I say it again 'proportion is key'!   We love creating a bridal bouquet to be captured at this venue with it's fabric lined walls of the bridal suite it oozes luxury.    






If you would like to arrange a floral consultation for your wedding please visit the 'wedding' section of our website where you will find the different floral packages we offer. 

 Image credits: - 

1, 8- 14, 17, 19 - 21 - Taylor & Porter Fine Art Photography

2-7, 15, 16, 18 - 20 - Amy Shore Photography

22 - Toby Lowe Photography

 

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Runaway Bride is our new package for spring, autumn and winter.  We love a big wedding, but totally understand that not everyone wants to make a big deal of the big day.  We are offering a small package of our beautiful homegrown flowers which will perfectly set off a small venue, intimate dinner or beach celebration. 

Photos by Irina und Chris Wedding Photography http://www.irinaundchris.de/

This was a spring runaway bride from earlier this year with speckled helebores, ruffled ranunculus and glossy tulips stealing the show.  Many venues are offering mid-week weddings and have flexible booking outside of the busy summer months.  We think this is the absolute best time to be in Cornwall, when the beaches are empty, big skies are full of racing clouds, the light is more dramatic and you can actually park your car at the beach! 





Photos by Irina und Chris Wedding Photography http://www.irinaundchris.de/

If you want to style your tables yourself and keep things simple we provide three table arrangements ready made, a bridal bouquet with beautiful silk ribbons and buttonhole flowers for him.  These all come in glass jars and can be used for your ceremony, dinner or as you wish.  

Photos by Irina und Chris Wedding Photography http://www.irinaundchris.de/





Photos by Irina und Chris Wedding Photography http://www.irinaundchris.de/

We will deliver for free within a 30 mile radius of our farm and hope to make a small wedding more beautiful without the stress.  

Photos by Irina und Chris Wedding Photography http://www.irinaundchris.de/

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The Garden Gate Flower Company Blog by The Garden Gate Flower Company - 10M ago

Its remarkable how two years can be so different.  Spring last year with no doubt about it came bottom of the class (sorry kids SATs week so it's all about school!) - with a report of 'must try harder'.  Certainly this year Spring has sprung to the top of the class albeit peaking somewhat early and one might think slightly 'overachieving'.  If it was a pupil at school it would be told to calm down and check through your answers again before moving on...





Images on 27 March'17

It's also worth noting how each year we forget how manic it is every Spring.... 'must try harder' to remember for next year!  Winter lulls you into a care free existence and then suddenly the grass starts growing, the weeds take off and you are bang into Spring.  

We've had a three lovely 121 sessions on our farm so far this season and it's be wonderful to share our flowers with our students.  Keep an eye out on Rock My Wedding on 27 May as Yolanda's 121 day will be featured on their blog!







Whilst the tulip season was off the chart sadly the rannunclus really did suffer at the hands or mouths of vermin and the heat in our tunnel put pay to any remaining survivors.  Anemones were another disappointment this year - thank goodness for Irises!  We've a number of bearded irises now in the tunnel and they really are a head-turner when used in an arrangement.  










So, what's up next I hear you all chant like excited school children.... Well, the first of our indoor peonies have been showing off in arrangements!  We've also got roses albeit one variety our ever reliable Alfred Carrie rose which graces the front of my Victorian cottage.  The field roses are budding up nicely and it's safe to say when these do arrive schools out for term and I'll be found skiving in amongst them!!!



If you would like to join us for a 121 this autumn our diary is now open for bookings.  Courses are designed around your needs and run from 10am until 2pm with a light lunch at the cost of £340.  Extended courses are available.

Please email us to enquire: thegardengateflowercompany@gmail.com

 

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The Garden Gate Flower Company Blog by The Garden Gate Flower Company - 11M ago

Back in February we spent the morning at Leach Pottery, in St Ives.  In the depths of winter their simple, elegant style points towards the textural details in big skies and long expanses of storm-smooth sand.  If you need cheering up on a gloomy day Leach have a way of making you appreciate the ways low light picks up texture and glides over the gloss of a sea green glaze.  Step outside their studio and the world seems a more interesting and beautiful place. Winter is best at its quietest, stillest.  

Saying all that, it is also an annual event, reliably coming to an end at some point around about now.  I have never looked back over my shoulder at winter and felt anything but joy.  Looking at these pictures will mean i'm not so apprehensive about next year.  

Today winter feels truly like it is behind us, and in a way I think we will miss it.  

The other thing that happened that day in February was that we helped to design a vase, or several, to use this coming season.  They will be ready in the next few weeks and we can't wait. Working with other artisans with similar values is a life enhancing experience and each arrangement we make will nod towards the history and culture of the place in which we live and work. Watch this space for more...

Oh. and after a long wait, the Tate St Ives opens today too with an exhibition devoted to ceramics:  http://www.tate.org.uk/whats-on/tate-st-ives/exhibition/studio-and-sea 

If we don't get back to you right away, you'll know where we will be! 

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Victoria & Robert Elopement Wedding Captured by Debs Ivelja Photography

We are delighted to launch our new Runaway Bridal Package for elopement weddings here in Cornwall and to celebrate the launch we are offering our May'17 brides a discount on their package!!

The Runaway Bridal Package is perfect for couples eloping to Cornwall.  We offer our same level of super gorgeous British flowers arranged in our natural, organic style and in your chosen colour scheme.  Unlike our Ready to Wear package we will create hand-tied kilner jar arrangements that can be used at your venue taking the hassle out of you arranging your own flowers!

In this package you will receive your bridal bouquet finished with silk ribbons, a buttonhole or two and three kilner jars with hand-tied bouquets which are perfect for the registrar's table and you celebration meal.  We have also included free local delivery in up to a 30 mile radius of the farm on mid-week deliveries.  This includes venues like, The Scarlet, Nancarrow Farm, Boconnoc, Tredudwell Manor, Port Eliot and many more! 

Our package cost is: £390 and we are excited to share a May'17 offer of £350.

Our Runaway Bridal Package will run from January to the end of May and October to end of December.  If you would like to check availability or chat through this package please head over the the Runaway Bride Enquiry Form under the Wedding section of our website.

Image by Taylor & Porter

May Runaway Bridal Package

The bank holidays in May make this a really popular month to get married.  The season springs into life in our garden and in the hedgerows around the farm.  Zingy green beech leaves burst from their buds among frothy blossoms and dainty spring flowers.  Cherry blossom is almost too perfect whilst we have our own ranunculus in specially chosen shades of white, cream and apricot and everything else in between.  our carefully nurtured iris are our pride and joy in May.  We grow chocolate and peach colours as well as whites and very pale blue.  These flowers will make your wedding really speak to the countryside around us, and fill the spaces of your celebration with flowers you just can't get elsewhere.   Hellebores, narcissi and late parrot tulips will see us through the start of the month, and very early roses, flowering shrubs such as lilac and clematis, will see us out.  Blossom and wild-flowers will fill your bouquets with spring scents, set off with spring's new green foliage.  May is a lovely month to get married as the days get warmer and the evenings longer.  We love to capture this feeling in our bouquets and venue styling and so we have this very special offer for May.  








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The Garden Gate Flower Company Blog by The Garden Gate Flower Company - 11M ago

A little round up of some of our 2016's bridal work.  Thank you to all our lovely couples from last year we hope you all had a magic day.  

Also a big thank you to the photographers that we have worked with this year - we hope to see you all again this season!

J A N U A R Y

Poppy's Bridal Boquet - Technically a 2015 New Year's Eve Wedding - image by Amy Shore Photography

F E B R U A R Y  

Janet's Bridal Bouquet - Image by Debsivelja 

M A R C H 

Emma's Bridal Bouquet 

A P R I L 

Mark & Sarah's Engagement Bouquet - Image by Taylor & Porter 

M A Y 

Ready to Wear Bridal Bouquet

J U N E 

Entrance Arrangement in Footed Urn

J U L Y 

Emily's Bridal Bouquet

A U G U S T 

Madaline & Konrad Elopement Wedding - Image by Taylor & Porter

S E P T E M B E R

Joseph & Cathryn

O C T O B E R

James & Carly - image by Ashley Hampson

If you are getting married this year and want to hear about the flowers we grow in our garden please do contact us via our website we can't wait to chat through your wedding ideas! 

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The Garden Gate Flower Company Blog by The Garden Gate Flower Company - 11M ago

We love a couple that wants to celebrate and savour every element of their wedding.  Mark & Sarah decided to have their engagement captured here in Cornwall on one of our beautiful beaches.  

Sarah asked that her bouquet reflect the seasonal flowers that we grow in April with peachy pinks and milky whites.  We added long flowing ribbons that would dance in the beach breeze. 

Featuring the much loved and on-trend Belle Epoque tulip, single rannunclus, double peach narcissi and the beautiful Montana clematis to name but a few! 

Mark and Sarah had their engagement captured by Taylor & Porter Fine Art Photographer.  

Ribbons by Lancaster & Cornish.











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