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Winter weddings

Are you getting married? It's certainly been a tough year for people wanting to get married. Those that have succeeded have had to bob and weave through the changing rules of what is permitted as we continue to carefully navigate this pandemic. Winter can be a challenging time for sourcing British flowers at the best of times, but it is still possible to find exquisite British flowers and foliage for your big (or little) day - if you know where to look! Somehow knowing that your wedding flowers are grown locally is reassuring and helps to set the scene for the season in a way that imported blooms do not. It also eliminates the vast air miles typically associated with wedding flowers and so...

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What's a kangaroo crossed with a sheep?

A wooly jumper! It's Christmas jumper day today. A day organised by Save the Children to help change lives for the better. This year more than ever, their work is essential to help care for children this Christmas. In today's posy we have some clashy colours from the chrysanthemums and sweet williams plus a number of seasonal ingredients, such as catkins, sarcococca and dogwood. What's in the posy? Chrysanthemum, dogwood, sweet william, narcissi, eucalyptus, myrtle, skimmia, rhododendron, tanacetum, heather, winter honeysuckle, sarcococca. What's fragrant? Narcissi, eucalyptus, myrtle, sarcococca, winter honeysuckle.

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Welcome Winter

December blooms The first candle in Advent is lit for hope and, I'm pleased to say, we have much to be hopeful about following recent vaccine developments. Flowers, too, can bring hope and even in December, we can find pretty British flowers to brighten our days. These special allouise chrysanthemums are a lovely late variety from Cornwall and the Smith and Munson lilies are full of fragrance. What's in the posy? Lily, chrysanthemum, tanacetum, ranunculus, narcissi, pittosporum, Himalayan hemlock, box, ivy. What's scented? Lily.

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...Give me your answer do!

Daisy, daisy... Many of today's flowers have come from BJ Richards in Cornwall, including their late-in-the-season sweet williams and daisy-looking tanacetum. They have just won the BFA grower of the year award so congratulations to them. The daisies gives the posy a carefree feel that we don't often get to enjoy at this time of the year. If you're missing the pub, it's last orders for our Apple&Cinnamon wreaths please, UK deliveries available. What's in the posy? Tanacetum, sweet william, ranunculus, narcissi, eucalyptus, choisya, scabious, pittosporum, coprosma. What's scented? Narcissi, eucalyptus, choisya.

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First of the season

Tulips There's two dried British ingredients in this week's posy - the heather and teasel. Lucky for us, 'everlasting' flowers are very fashionable these days and, of course, they come in pretty handy as we approach the winter months. Some of my lovely MeadowSweetie customers tell me they enjoy saving and drying components of their posies to make their own long-lasting arrangements. This is a great idea to make the most of your flowers. You could also call it 'mindfullness' and 'me-time' (also very fashionable).It's time to order our Apple & Cinnamon wreaths. I'm busy squirrelling away ingredients for them at the moment and will be getting cracking with them shortly. I'm looking forward to wreath-making in my new studio this...

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