They'll be lots of gorgeous Easter flowers, wreaths, bulbs planters and flowering branches available to buy from Cowdray Farm Shop on the Cowdray Estate from this week when Spring returns.
This weekends threatened snow fall has come as a bit of a surprise hasn’t it?
I was rather hoping to have a full selection of Easter plants, bulb planters and fresh Easter wreaths outside Cowdray Farm shop by today but this latest weather front has delayed my plans.
My wild primula are all potted up and ready for the plant carts at Cowdray Farm Shop and I’ve got a wonderful selection of tulips including Flaming Parrot, Queen of the Night and Carnival de Nice which I’m holding back until next week along with some British Bluebells which have stated to shoot.
Oh well, at least they’re predicting that it’ll be over by early next week and then we’ll be full steam ahead with Easter and warmer temperatures again.
Mimosa and scented narcissi wreath on a willow base - beautifully scented and with feathers and a little bird. I often use bulbs tied onto the willow wreaths which will flower over Easter and can them be planted in the garden. I offer a service at Cowdray Farm Shop where customers can bring their willow wreaths back each year so that I can dress them again for Christmas, Easter or any other occasion
Mothering Sunday, or the week of Mothering Sunday, is always such a lovely week at This Floral Life.
It marks the beginning of Spring for me and it’s a mere 3 weeks to Easter; another favourite flowery festival of mine.
This year was incredible. It was super busy all week for flowers and plants and then at the weekend we were re-stocking Cowdray Farm Shop every hour in between our other local deliveries.
I had a hunch that it was going to be a much busier Mothering Sunday week than usual for flowers and plants and I think people needed some Spring cheer after the harsh winter.
It’s the first day of Spring and it’s hard to believe it but ‘Leckie’, our all electric van, is covered in snow.
We’ve had ‘Leckie’ since August and we absolutely love him. He fits perfectly with our company values and since we bought ‘Leckie’ he’s really helping us to achieve our goals of running a sustainable, eco friendly business. We can deliver flowers, plants and bespoke arrangements within a 20 mile radius of Midhurst so do call if you’d like to book a delivery as we always have a gorgeous range of seasonal flowers and plants in stock as we do daily deliveries to the Cowdray Farm Shop (literally 5 minutes from our studio) where we supply all of the flowers and plants.
We no longer use floral foam in any of our work as we’ve worked hard to achieve amazing floral displays without using this non biodegradable, single use, plastic.
This year we’ll be growing more of our own flowers and we’ll also be running some flower courses for anyone who is interested in learning how to create glorious, seasonal, eco friendly arrangements.
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Okay, so I’m well aware that many people have an intense dislike of yellow flowers. I do understand this dislike but I think it stems from an historical poor use of yellow in flower arrangements and the fact that yellow was off trend for many years.
Not any more though as yellow is currently enjoying its moment in the sun and for the last few seasons has been on trend in both fashion and home furnishings. With the proliferation of dark walls in interiors and dark backgrounds in print design a pop of yellow can look fabulous.
Here are a few of my favourite seasonal yellow flowers for February.
Witch Hazel, mimosa and lilac
Hellebores are simply amazing plants, surviving the British winter and continuing to flower in sub zero conditions. I’ve been selling lots of these gorgeous plants all through the winter at The Cowdray Farm Shop and I think I’ve used them in most of my winter events and weddings.
Well, here they are again in this lovely winter wedding at Cowdray House.
We used plants on the table and cut hellebores in the bouquets tied with jasmine, paperwhite narcissi, white lilac and a sprinkling of floribundas roses.
The floral candelabra, made naturally without floral foam, lined the banqueting table.
The fire was lit and we dressed the huge stone fireplace with ivy and candles; it was a perfect and romantic small winter wedding.
Archie’s caterers proved the wonderful food and hospitality.
Hellebores and ranunculus
Banquet with floral candelabra of spring flowers
This was a very special dinner at Cowdray House in December.
It was glamorous, festive and fun and in addition to providing the flowers and dressing the Buck Hall for Christmas I actually went to the dinner.
The food was absolutely sublime and provided by the fabulous Caper and Berry. What a great evening it was!
Thank you to Cowdray Estate for letting me post these lovely photos of the event taken by a Chris Orange Photography.
Well, we’ve been flat out again since the last event I posted so I’m trying to play catch up again!
This event was very special as it was a dinner for motoring journalists and VIP’s to celebrate the launch of the new Audi A8 in the UK.
We created a large central autumnal tree and decorated the huge fireplace with a garland of autumn leaves and berries. The tables formed a cross shape and were filled with a runner of autumnal flowers, hips and foliage with decorated candelabra to co-ordinate.
I hope you like the photos!
Amy and Andrew married at Cowdray House in Midhurst, West Sussex on November 18th 2017.
Candlelight was really important to Amy and Andrew and over 300 candles were used to create this fabulous romantic wedding.
The ceremony took place in the cathedral like space of Buck Hall and we decorated the huge fireplace with ivy, seasonal greenery and white hydrangea heads. Candles were used on top of the fireplace, in the fireplace and lining the aisle; it looked absolutely stunning and so did the gorgeous Amy.
We stayed on site to turn the room around for the dinner with the caterers, Caper and Berry. The guests retired to the drawing room for canapés and champagne and within an hour the room was transformed with candleabra, white hydrangeas and hundreds of candles along the 108 foot of banqueting tables.
I can’t wait to see the official photos by Hajie as mine came out a little pink for some reason when it actually didn’t look pink!
Buck Hall dressed for the Wedding ceremony
Buck Hall dressed for the wedding dinner
Macaron tower by Sylvia’s Kitchen
I really enjoyed creating the house and table flowers for this very special dinner at Cowdray House in October. It's an amazing time of year to be a florist as there is such wonderful material to work with and bringing the outside in as the days grow shorter is always appreciated by the guests.
I designed this dinner to come alive after dark when the candles were lit to create a real 'wow' factor. I used layers of candlelight that would illuminate the flowers, seedheads and grasses and although I didn't manage to photograph the table when the candles are lit I have seen photos that were taken that night; it really did look gorgeous and the feedback after the dinner was fabulous.
The dining table flowers