Tuesday, 21 February 2017

Alstroemeria - Flower of the month February

The Alstroemeria is in the Flower Agenda in February

In February we celebrate love. Love of your partner, but also love your friends and family. With its symbolism, alstroemeria is the perfect candidate for marking friendships. Consumers can read all about this versatile beauty at Funnyhowflowersdothat.co.uk
The alstroemeria’s origin
The exotic alstroemeria is also called the Inca Lily. This is a reference to its natural habitat: the cool mountain ranges of the Andes in Chile, Brazil and Peru. The flower was discovered there in the 18th century by the Swedish scientist Clas Alströmer. It was he who gave the flower its current name.
The alstroemeria’s colours and shapes
The alstroemeria hides somewhat shyly in its buds in the shop. But gosh, what a surprise when those buds open in your home. Then you will see six to eight flowers on the stem, with a flaming interior of white, yellow, red, orange, purple or pink which you can really enjoy. Particularly since these flowers have a very long vase life.
Caring for alstroemerias
If you want to enjoy your alstroemerias for a long time, follow these tips:
•    Trim the stems diagonally and remove the bottom leaves so they don’t dangle in the water.
•    Arrange the alstroemerias in a clean vase with fresh water and some cut flower food.
•    Avoid placing the vase in full sun, near a fruit bowl or near the central heating.
•    Remove wilted flowers and regularly top the vase up with tap water.
Symbolism of the alstroemeria
The alstroemeria symbolises enduring friendship. It’s therefore the perfect gift to confirm a beautiful friendship. All six of the alstroemeria’s petals are very important: they stand for understanding, humour, patience, empathy, commitment and respect. You can decide for yourself which petal represents which quality. 
More about the Alstroemeria
Consumers can also find more information at Funnyhowflowersdothat.co.uk about how to celebrate friendships with a bouquet full of alstroemerias, there’s a remarkable alstroemeria petal DIY project in prospect, and we show three ways of displaying alstroemeria in a vase. 
If you are looking for flowers for your wedding these make excellent additions to any display and come in such an array of colours there will be something for any colour scheme.
Create fun posies for your bridesmaids

Or add a splash of colour to your tables with single stem displays and pretty vases

Or group together for a vivid style.
Whether for your wedding, for your home or for a gift, alstroemeria is a long lasting hardy flower and we use them a lot in our displays

They are available all year so whatever the season we will have them in stock. 
Ask us how we can incorporate them into your designs today.

All images courtesy of Flower Council of Holland.

Sandra x

Monday, 20 February 2017

Branston Hall

The final part of Claire's wedding was the wedding breakfast in The Churchill suite at Branston Hall.

To see church flowers click here and for bouquets here

We talked through some options and they settled on our wooden crates. They were filled with the same flowers as the church displays.

Blush and ivory roses, gyp, carnations, eustoma and stallion chrysants and mixed foliage.

We loved the table numbers!!

Just the right size we feel for a low design, allowing plenty of space for those extra drink glasses once everyone is sat down. 

Inside the foam was wrapped in ivory sisal so as the display could be taken out and kept/given away and we collected the crates the next morning.

The Churchill Suite is a gorgeous space and looks lovely dressed in this scheme.

If you are getting married or holding your wedding breakfast here please get in touch to see how we could style your day. We have many set ups in our portfolio for this popular venue and can show you the difference a style can bring to the space.

Or if you like these crates we can hire them to you for you to DIY or fill them with your choice of flowers and deliver to any local venue.
Any hired items are collected by us the very next day, saving you the job of returning them.
We aim to make the whole process as seamless and easy as possible so you can get on with enjoying your wedding day and the first full day as a married couple.

If you would like to discuss this further please get in touch

Sandra x

Friday, 17 February 2017

Specialty Palms - Houseplant of the month February

February 2017: specialty palms Houseplants of the Month

The Palm family is diverse and useful. Palms provide coconuts, dates, oil, sugar, rattan, raffia and sago, and play an important role in the global economy. As a houseplant, they are the defining symbol of the (sub-)tropics. There are over 200 genuses and 3000 species, which grow in the warm regions of Asia, Africa, America and Australia. Most palms have a straight trunk with a crown of feather or fan-shaped leaves at the top. Palms are always grown from seed, and the production time depends on the size of plant. The larger or older the plant is, the longer it takes to cultivate.

Livistona rotundifolia originates from Malaysia. Rotundifolia refers to the round, hand-shaped palm leaves. Rhapis grows in China and South-East Asia. Caryota, recognisable by its ‘ragged’ leaves, comes from a region stretching from India to the Philippines. Finally Cycas is not actually a palm, but is a member of one of the oldest plant families, the Cycadaceae. Cycads existed millions of years ago, in the Carboniferous and Jurassic period, also known as the era of the dinosaurs. in Jesus’s time the leaves were used to pave the roads, which is why the plant is also called the peace palm. Cycas occurs widely in southern regions, and is native to South-East Asia. The young leaves unfurl like those of fans. Cycas can reach a great age, up to 1000 years, but grows extremely slowly.
What to look for when buying specialty palms
  • When buying specialty palms, it important to look at the number of plants per pot, since this indicates the thickness of the plant. Cycas, Rhapis and Livistona will usually contain no more than 1 to 3 plants per pot, and Caryota features multiple plants so that the plant has some volume straightaway.
  • Also look at the plant's pot size, height and leaf length, which together say something about the age. The older and larger a specialty palm is, the more expensive it will be.
  • When buying specialty palms, the plant must be free of pests and disease, particular mealybug and scale insects. 
  • If specialty palms have been kept too dry, they can suffer from red spider mite, which can be identified by grey discolouration of the leaves. Brown leaf tips are caused by insufficient humility, yellow leaves by soil which is too dry or wet. 
  • The plant must be well-rooted, may not wobble in the pot and may not be so top-heavy that it cannot stand independently.
  • In the colder months it’s a good idea to place specialty palms in a sleeve, since they are very sensitive to cold. 
Choice of products 
The range of specialty palms is limited.  It’s notable that no varieties are offered - all palms are botanical species.
Rhapis, also known as Lady Palm, is characterised by dark green fan-shaped leaves. The stems resemble bamboo poles and are covered in brown fibres, which makes the plant particularly decorative.
Caryota, or the Fishtail Palm, is very eye-catching because of its leaf tips which look like they’ve been torn, creating an exciting silhouette.
Livistona (Chinese Fan Palm or Fountain Palm) has large composite leaves. Because they are largely joined together, they appear to be one large leaf. Livistona has spiky leaf stems, which makes this plant particularly special.
Cycas (Sago Palm, Peace Palm) is characterised by sturdy feathered dark green leaves which grow on the trunk in a rosette. When the plant is young, the trunk looks like a ball. All the plants have massive, thick trunks the grow taller. Both young and older Cycas are available for sale.
Care tips for consumers 
  • All palms are ‘easy care’. However, every specialty palm requires a different approach, because the plants all grow differently, have different leaf thicknesses and structures, and originate from different regions. In order to be able to advise consumers correctly, look at the individual palm. 
  • The plant may require more or less water, depending on position, the size of the plant and the thickness of the leaves. For thicker and more rugged leaves (Cycas and Rhapis) give less water. For thinner and more fragile leaves (Livistona and Caryota) give more water. The latter two also like being sprayed from time to time, particularly in the winter months when the heating indoors is on, causing the air to be particularly dry. A light rain shower is also great for refreshing these plants in the spring and summer months. It also prevents browning of the leaf edges and tips. 
  • Plant food once every four weeks is enough to keep specialty palms healthy and beautiful for a long time. 
  • Palms generally prefer a moderately light or light position, but not in bright sunlight. The Cycas is the exception: in the summer months it can stand outside in the sun after it has slowly acclimatised to it. When Cycas produces a new leaf rosette, it will shed the old, lowest rosette. It’s best if new leaves are produced in a light, sunny spot outdoors, so that the leaves are nice and compact. The leaves will be more stretched in the living room. 
  • In the cold months, wrap up specialty palms carefully for transporting home: as tropical beauties they cannot cope with the cold. 

Sales and display tips for specialty palms 
A specialty palm is a statement plant which is best displayed with some space around it in order to do it full justice. A pedestal can thereby be effective. Specialty palms are popular gifts for a new home and a new venture, but are particularly bought by the general public for decorative reasons. Motivating sales arguments are thereby the air-purifying effect, the possibility of using them to create a green partition, and the natural, tropical look. Specialty palms also fit with the trend to use houseplants outdoors as well in the warm months. 

For wedding designs palms would make an excellent choice especially with Pantone of the year colour; Greenery.
Use single palms as large table centers or as aisle decorations or use leaves like this (below) as a budget friendly alternative.
All photos and information from  Thejoyofplants.co.uk and The Flower Council of Holland.

If you would like purchase any palms for yourself or as a gift or would like to use them in your wedding designs please get in touch for availability and more creative ideas.
Sandra x

Thursday, 16 February 2017

All Saint's Church Branston

Claire and her groom were married at All Saints Church at Branston.
(To see the bouquets click here)
This was the first time we have decorated this church and what a lovely space it is. So light and airy and although still having many traditional church features it felt very modern inside.

We placed two traditional style pedestals at the altar with a mix of flowers from the bridal bouquet, roses, gyp and eucalyptus along with eustoma, carnations and stallion chrsants and other mixed foliage.

Some of these flowers and foliage are scented which adds another dimension to the displays.

Still incorporating the ivory and blush colour scheme,
The stands were ours, hired, we have them in white too should you wish.
For ease of moving to the venue the display is in a self contained dish which sits in the pedestal. This also means that the displays can be kept/given as gifts after the day has ended and we can collect our stands.

The pew ends were lovely small white wicker heats, which the bride provided along with the gorgeous satin ribbon for hanging. We added on a blush pink and ivory rose with lace ribbon and hung them on alternative pews. 

Looking very effective against the dark wood

The aisle of All Saints Church Branston.

The ceremony space all set for the happy couple.

We also provided a lovely long and low display for the entrance but the vicar locked the door before I remembered to take a photo!! This was also transferred to the wedding breakfast for the top table display.

If you are having a church wedding, whether here at Branston or another church please get in touch to see how we could style the area in keeping with your bridal party flowers. We believe this is all part of the same set up and as such all displays should tone in together to create a beautiful space and memory for years to come.

We can decorate any church but please ask the vicar/warden before speaking to us as some churches prefer the ladies to provide the flowers. The earlier you mention you are speaking to a florist and keep them informed the easier the whole process is for all. 
We are always happy to speak direct to them to align any fears they have about the fabric of the building.

We have a large portfolio of many local churches we have had the pleasure in decorating for our happy couples.

Sandra x

Wednesday, 15 February 2017

Ivory and blush wedding party flowers

Claire had her colours chosen when we spoke, ivory, blush pink and silver, and wanted to keep the bridal party flowers fairly simple. After a discussion on what could be available and different combinations she chose this bouquet similar to a previous bouquet I had created. It was just what she had envisioned. 
Ivory and sweet avalanche roses, seeded eucalyptus, gyp, silver leaf and grey balls, all mixed together to create a full looking bouquet.

The stems were bound in lace.

She chose a gyp posy for her 3 bridesmaids again with lace around the stems.

The groomsmen each wore a simple ivory rose with eucalyptus leaves. These are shown on the delivery board.

The girls bouquets all together all ready for delivery.

Part 2 will follow on Friday. The ceremony at Branston All Saints Church.

If you like these bouquets and would like similar or want to discuss other colour options, please get in touch with your wedding date and book a free, no obligation consultation.

Sandra x

Tuesday, 14 February 2017

St Valentines Day

If you didn't know today is
St Valentine's Day

As I hope you will realise today is a mega busy day for us, as florists we make up and hand deliver lots of bouquets around Gainsborough, Lincoln and the villages.
If you see our van on the road give us a wave.

It is so lovely to see sooo many happy faces receiving their flowers, some expected and some not so much.
If you receive a display and there is no card or no name attached please don't ring. We can give no more information than what is written. If the sender wanted you to know who was sending they would've signed it.

If you are reading this and have forgotten to send any flowers, do give us a ring as we may still have a few spare made up designs on the van ready to go out. We aim to please where we can!!

Sorry for the short post today but normal service will hopefully resume in the morning.

Best wishes and if you are with someone, enjoy each other's company, if you are not then enjoy the freedom of your own company (Or curl up with the dog/cat and wine!)

Sandra x

Monday, 13 February 2017

Budget wedding flower packages

If you are having a small wedding or flowers are not that important to you, then one of our small wedding packages may be ideal.
This is one of them with gyp. Each package has the same quantities but different flower varieties are different prices. 
I am holding packages at 2016 prices for any booked at my upcoming fayres, so if you are looking for something similar please make sure you pop by and say hello. I am at Lincs wedding show on Sunday 19th Feb and at Cleatham Hall Open day on 5th March.
For the gyp package you get a bride's bouquet of gyp, stems can be bound in hessian, twine or a variety of ribbons.

2 buttonholes of gyp, stems wrapped or plain, with pins

and two smaller bouquets for your bridesmaids.

Gyp Wedding package

All of this for £110. Collection from The Studio. Delivery can be made at a small additional cost.
Extra bouquets and buttonholes may be ordered to compliment the designs and should you want table centerpieces etc they can be added too.

There are also packages of the same quantities for:
Calla Lily

All of these can be created in any colour available and can be all 1 colour or split between 2 colours.

Gerbera with foliage  £120    Upgrade to gyp £20 extra
Calla lily                    £140
Roses with foliage     £150    Upgrade to gyp £20 extra

Any package can have designs added too.

If you would like to discuss your options please get in touch by phone or email or see me at the fayres above.

Looking forward to hearing from you

Sandra x