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25th October 2015 by Kate Maxwell
Seasonal Flowers

I may be biased but I just love Autumn, I got married at this time of year and it always makes me happy.  Although the trees are sadly loosing their leaves the amazing colours created before the stark branches are left can be breathtaking.  

The evening light coming through each leaf warming the increasingly cold air.  There's nothing better than wrapping up and taking a long walk to admire what nature has created.  I have recently been to the lake district that no matter what time of year gives you a stunning view, the extra beauty of the reds, golds and oranges are just the icing on the cake.

In the shop at this time we like to keep to the seasonal flowers and colours even sometimes incorporating the red dyed oak and grevillia leaves.   We love weddings that want to incorporate the seasons, textures and colours that work with what is happening out of the window.

It wont be long till Christmas and all the twinkle and sparkle starts to fill the windows of the shops and houses!  What will our theme be this year I wonder?  For now I will revel in the colours falling past the window and landing on the pavement outside.

25th October 2015 by Kate Maxwell
I may be biased but I just love Autumn, I got married at this time of year and it always makes me happy.  Although the trees are sadly loosing their leaves the amazing colours created before the stark branches... read more
30th January 2015 by Kate and Jen
In Bloom today getting prepared for 'tomorrow'

Jen and I are in the shop on our own today as Anni is being a good Granddaughter and helping her Grandad move home.  Jen busily making up Valentines bouquet boxes, message cards, tissue and cellophane ready for the rush of romantic's to pour through the door.  

It's always difficult to know just how busy we are going to be.  How many roses to order and prepare for the last minute man to give us a panicked call!

This year Valentines falls on a Saturday so we are expecting to be pretty busy on Friday and Saturday, hopefully it will mean that we can stay at a steady controlled pace with everything!

Last year we learnt that a lot of our customers want mixed bouquets not necessarily red roses.  Sometime a single red rose incorporated within a mix bunch but we wondered whether that was the consensus of all florists or just our customers!  It is good and bad, we don't get the "red rose" blurred vision when all you make is one type of bouquet but mixed bouquets are always a little more labor intensive.

Perhaps we should start putting together some original love messages to suggest to the customers that aren't feeling romantically inspired!:

"To the one I love, you're sent from above, you have the eyes of a dove!!" Lol!  or perhaps......

"Roses are red, violets are blue, I love you so much I got these flowers for you!"...

...hehe! Or maybe we'll go for something a little more subtle...

This year we are offering an extra special treat alongside our bouquets. We have very cute little heart macarons available. They will be sold in pairs so you and your loved one can enjoy a little sweet treat whilst admiring your flowers! We are definitely spreading the love this year.

So if you are looking to be a super great partner this year, earning some extra brownie points or would simply like a gorgeous bunch of flowers, look no further than ordering a bouquet with us here at In Bloom. Remember the macarons too...before Jen eats them all!

We'll look forward to hearing from you soon and hope you all have a love-filled February!

 

 

30th January 2015 by Kate and Jen
Jen and I are in the shop on our own today as Anni is being a good Granddaughter and helping her Grandad move home.  Jen busily making up Valentines bouquet boxes, message cards, ... read more
19th March 2014 by Kate Maxwell
2014 Wedding trends

We have noticed a big come back of gypsophila!  Whether on it's own or in a mix of other flowers it has become the stem of choice for the bride of 2013 and 14.

Gypsophila was once a flower that I wouldn't have seen from one year to the next.  It was occasionally asked for to go with a single red rose at Valentines Day but quickly steered away from by one of us!  I still wouldn't recommend that gyp be a companion to a single rose but a bouquet of roses with a collar of or dotted throughout the bouquet of a mixture of stems looks pretty.

A gypsophila ball looks super modern and classic.  It can create a big impact for comparatively less cost.  

There is also a little used pink version of gyp and that can look very pretty and add a a lightness to a bouquet.

It's funny how preconceptions of flowers can affect peoples choice.  Carnations are a great example of this.  Often when we have discussions with customers and suggest a more cost effective idea would be to incorporate some carnations either in a tight cluster on their own or a spray carnation within a natural mix of table decorations the idea is quickly dismissed!  These 'old fashioned' flower can work well, especially with the vintage wedding trend looking to stay for a little while yet!

There are different varieties of gyp, bambino variety which has tiny dainty flowers or a bigger, million star or overtime gypsophila which is much bolder and better for impact balls of gypsophila.

What will happen next in the world of weddings, who know...well someone probably does but I'm looking forward to seeing which stem that I never thought I would be using weekly will make a come back!

19th March 2014 by Kate Maxwell
We have noticed a big come back of gypsophila!  Whether on it's own or in a mix of other flowers it has become the stem of choice for the bride of 2013 and 14. Gypsophila was once a flower that I wouldn't ... read more
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