This autumnal dinner at Cowdray House, Cowdray Estate was incredible. Hosted by the fabulous team at Caper and Berry the event was for the leading lights in the wedding and event planning industry, who stayed at Cowdray House overnight.
We used all British grown chrysanthemums from Hampshire and believe me these are nothing like the contrived chrysanthemums you usually find in supermarkets and garages. The colours were truly amazing and they were wayward and natural. We foraged bracken and browning ferns from The Cowdray Estate and used them to dress the candelabra and the fireplace. The result was really beautiful and the planners loved it.
I actually attended the event and the food and service by the incredible team at Caper and Berry was wonderful.
These wonderful photographs of the event are by the super talented Louise Adby
What a magical evening in Midhurst!
We are delighted to say that we now have a cutting garden at Cowdray House.
In keeping with our company ethos we don’t use any chemicals, weed killers or sprays and all of our flowers are grown naturally. We grow through a fabulous bio-degradable matting that’s made in the UK and not made of plastic as most are.
A short 5 minute hop from our studio and Home in Midhurst, West Sussex , it’s ideally placed on the Cowdray Estate to enable us to pick flowers and arrange them in our bunches for the Cowdray Farm Shop for the same morning.
We also provide weekly flowers for Cowdray House, the Cowdray Farm Shop Cafe and the Cowdray Golf Club where we’ll be adding some our our own flowers into the arrangements that we make.
Our weddings and events business will benefit hugely from our cutting garden and we also intend to offer some courses on sustainable flower arranging later in the year at Cowdray House. Do sign up to our newsletter if you’d like to be kept informed about dates.
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.