0Stunning floral photographs from German photographer, Jannes Peters

Janne Peters Floral Photography

I’ve recently discovered the stunning floral photographs of German photographer, Janne Peters and wanted to share them with you today…

Janne Peters Floral Photography

Janne Peters Floral Photography

Janne Peters Floral Photography

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Produktion Maria Grossmann Janne Peters Floral Photography

Janne Peters Floral Photography

Janne Peters Floral Photography

Janne Peters Floral Photography

Janne Peters Floral Photography

Janne Peters Floral Photography

Janne Peters Floral Photography

Janne Peters Floral Photography

Janne Peters Floral Photography

Aren’t they just wonderful? To create the images, Janne worked with stylists including Anne Beckwilm, Claudia Holweg and Maria Grossman. I hope you’ve enjoyed seeing them and if capturing flowers is something you do as a florist or stylist, that you’ve been inspired. To see more of Janne’s beautiful work, please do pop to the Janne Peters website.

(Images : Janne Peters)

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2Book Review of Vintage Wedding Flowers by Vic Brotherson

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It’s Wedding Wednesday and I’m thrilled to feature a wonderful new book from London-based florist Vic Brotherson of Scarlet & Violet. The book is called ‘Vintage Wedding Flowers’. And, oh my (!), the floral designs which are featured in it are absolutely stunning! The book is split into the following six ‘flower stories’ :

  • Gardeny Myrtle
  • Graceful Rose
  • Gypsy Iris
  • Classic Flora
  • Romantic Violet
  • Pretty Daisy

Each section features bouquets, buttonholes and table settings, which have a natural, relaxed and ‘picked from a cottage garden’ feel. And there’s also a chapter called Do It Yourself, where you can find step-by-step instructions on how to make a hand-tied bouquet, buttonhole, hair garland, chair back, flat-backed bunch and pomander. Here are some pages from the book to give you just a little taster…

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I love Vic’s conversational writing style. And this particular sentence really shone out for me: “I feel strongly that wedding flowers should be an individual signature – a layering of seasonality, favourite flowers and family traditions that capture moments and memories”. Published by Kyle Books, Vintage Wedding Flowers is available now.  It’s not only a ‘must-have’ book for brides-to-be looking for inspiration, but also florists and stylists too!

P.S. If you’d like to follow Scarlet & Violet on social media, they’re on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

(Images : Catherine Gratwicke)

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2Three fabulous British flower growers/florists to follow on Instagram

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I hope you had a lovely Easter weekend. Tomorrow, I’m going back to my old floristry college in London (Southwark College, now known as LeSoCo) to train the students on Social Media for Florists. Whilst I’ve been preparing my notes, I’ve been looking for examples of inspiring flowery people for the students to follow on Instagram.  I thought you too may like to see some of my recommendations.  Here are three fabulous British flower growers/florists, who take beautiful images of their wonderful floral designs:

  1. Cherfold Cottage Flowers
  2. The Garden Gate Flower Company
  3. Pyrus Flowers

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Do pop over to the ladies’ Instagram feeds and feast your eyes on their wonderful photographs.

P.S. Flowerona is also on Instagram :-).

(Images : 1. Cherfold Cottage Flowers, 2. The Garden Gate Flower Company, 3. Pyrus)

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0The Dainty Wood Anemone…Anemone Nemerosa

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I’m delighted today to feature another wonderful guest blog post by flower photographer, Katie Spicer. This month, Katie has chosen the Wood Anemone…Wood Anemones (Anemone nemerosa) or Windflowers as they are sometimes known are abundant at this time of year.  If you’re lucky, you can see great swathes of these delicate star-like flowers decorating woodland floors.  They’re very slow to spread (around 6 feet in 100 years!), so they’re a good indicator of ancient woodlands.

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They can also be used as natural barometers, as they only open in full sunshine and they close at night or at the sign of rain to protect their sepals from rain and dewdrops.  They grow at this time of year before the leaves appear on the trees because they’re such sun lovers. The name is thought to have come from the Greek words for wind or breath anemos and habitat mone because they grow in windy places and they’re open during the rough, windy days of March and April.

Katie Spicer Photography Wood Anemone

Wood Anemones like the other plants I have written about recently are also slightly poisonous, although the toxin protoanemonin (a strong irritant) is turned in to anemonin when it’s heated or dried.  This doesn’t have the same toxicity or medicinal value as the fresh plant.

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It’s described in both Gerard’s & Culpeper’s Herbals in the treatment of headaches, rheumatism & gout. Gerard’s Herbal mentions bathing the body in a decoction made from the leaves to cure leprosy.  He also described stamping on the leaves and ‘snuffing the juice up the nose’ as a headache cure! Culpeper advised chewing the roots for the same reason.  It’s no longer used medicinally these days.  And it’s not advisable to follow any of these ancient remedies due to its toxic nature. The Wood Anemone is a member of the Ranunculaceae family, which includes Buttercups, Ranunculus, Delphinium & Clematis. The majority of these species don’t have true petals. They’re actually sepals (protective covering of the bud), which have taken on the characteristics of petals.

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Here in England, it was once believed to possess magical properties and people were told to pick the first flower they saw and keep it as a charm against the plague.  They would wrap it in silk and carry it as an amulet or charm.

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Romans also used it as a charm against fever.  Up until recent times, people would say “I gather this against all diseases” and then wear it around the neck or arm.  But in Ancient Egypt it was thought of as an emblem of sickness due to the flush of pink on the back of the sepals.

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In Greek legend, it was said that Anemos, the God of the winds sent his namesakes as a gift in the early days of spring to indicate his arrival. Another Greek legend tells of when Aphrodite’s lover, Adonis was killed by a wild boar.  She is said to have turned the drops of his blood into Windflowers.  For this reason, in floriography or the Language of Flowers, wood anemones signify a dying love, brevity, expectation & abandonment.

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Not to be outdone by the Greeks, the Romans also had their own version of mythology about the Wood Anemone.  They believed that the nymph, Anemone, who was adored by Zephyr, Gentle Wind of the West and Father of the Spring wildflowers was turned into a flower by jealous Flora, Goddess of Flowers & the season of Spring.  Flora was awaiting a proposal from Zephyr whose eyes were momentarily turned by the beautiful Anemone.

Thank you so much to Katie for compiling today’s post. If you’d like to see more of her stunning photographs, do pop over to the Katie Spicer Photography website.

(Images : Katie Spicer)

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1Flowerona Links: With cherry blossom, tulips & a vintage door…

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I hope you’re having a lovely Easter weekend.  Here’s my round-up of this week’s flowery links for you to enjoy…

General

Weddings

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Flowerona Blog Posts

Video

Breath-taking ‘behind the scenes’ video by Kirsty Mitchell Photography…simply stunning! Here’s a link to the accompanying blog post.

Hope you have a wonderful Sunday!

(Images : 1. Georgianna Lane, 2. a guy + a girl photography)

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