0Flowerona Tips: Upload photos with your tweets on Twitter to increase engagement

How often do you upload a photo to your tweets when you’re on Twitter?  It’s very easy to do. You just click on the camera icon when you’re typing, as shown below, and select a photo from your computer.


When you see the photo in your Twitter feed, there will be a preview of the image:


And when you click on the photo, it’ll open up in full as seen below:


Many commenters on social media feel that adding images to your tweets increases engagement and in particular the number of retweets, which I’ve definitely found. So, why not try it out and see for yourself?

(Images : Rona Wheeldon for Flowerona)

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1Flowers@Oxford : Bridal Bouquet Demo by Claire Cowling – Part 1


Last Friday, I went to Flowers@Oxford, an international floral extravaganza organised by Judith Blacklock and Lieven Hemschoote. And today, I thought I’d share with you my first post from the event…a bridal bouquet demo by Claire Cowling from Thrive Floristry. It took place in the British Flowers Wedding Marquee and Claire used a selection of beautiful flowers supplied by The Garden Gate in Suffolk. In advance, she had prepared a bouquet, which included dahlias, scabious, Verbena bonariensis, senecio and rosemary, which you can see immediately below.



Then she showed us how to add a variety of adornments to make the bouquet more distinctive. She had made a frame using long stub wires, covered in brown stem tape. And she inserted it into the design, before securing the ends.



Different lengths of lavender stems and individual hydrangea florets were attached using cold glue.


And then she secured lengths of gold bullion wire with berries attached to the design.


Finally, she added two delicate contrasting ribbons.


Here’s the finished bouquet, modelled by Claire herself. Isn’t it lovely?


And here’s a close-up, so that you can see the detail.


Based near Bury St Edmunds, Claire runs a flower school. If you’d like to find out about her courses, simply pop over to the Thrive Floristry website. And look out on Flowerona over the coming weeks, as I’ll be featuring the other two bouquets, which Claire made at Flowers@Oxford.

P.S. You may also like to see this blog post on Flowerona from 2011, where Claire did a demo at New Covent Garden Flower Market. (Oh my…hasn’t the time flown by!)

(Images : Rona Wheeldon for Flowerona)

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2A visit to the wonderful gardens at Glyndebourne


Earlier this month, I was delighted to be invited to a Garden Bloggers Event at Glyndebourne in East Sussex. Garden Adviser John Hoyland, together with gardeners Kevin, Steve and Dawn gave us a guided tour of the beautiful gardens, which surround the opera house. Then, we were fortunate enough to watch a dress rehearsal of Rinaldo. (Pictured below left to right: Steve, Kevin, Dawn & John)


Yes…there is an opera house there. I’m not sure where I’d got the idea into my head, but I’d always thought the opera actually took place outside! Here’s a picture I took of inside, from back stage.


The reason that the gardens at Glyndebourne are so well-known is because they are where opera-goers are able to picnic during the interval. And what an amazing setting! As well as picnic rugs, people also bring along tables, chairs and even champagne buckets!




What a wonderful name this plant below has, with its delicate pink flowers.  It’s called ‘Kiss-me-over-the-garden-gate’.







The highlight of the garden tour for me was the breath-taking wild flower meadow, featuring an abundance of Coreopsis.




Isn’t it stunning?! Kevin, the Head Gardener at Glyndebourne, who’s pictured below, regularly creates flower arrangements, using blooms from the borders and cutting garden.



And here’s a video showing him making an arrangement.

How to make a Glyndebourne bouquet from Glyndebourne on Vimeo.

This year, Glyndebourne are celebrating 80 years of the Glyndebourne Festival and 20 years in their new opera house. The Festival runs until August 30th, but then there’s the Glyndebourne Tour, which takes place from October 4th until December 10th. The tour will be visiting Brighton, Plymouth and Norwich, plus several other towns. For full details, simply visit the Glyndebourne website.

And if you’d like to visit the gardens at Glyndebourne, there is special Family Day on October 11th, where non-ticket holders can come and explore, both the gardens and backstage.

(Images : Rona Wheeldon for Flowerona)


5Wedding Wednesday: Wonderful floral headpieces by Amy Swann


You may remember earlier in the year I featured an interview with very talented cake designer, Amy Swann? Well, Amy contacted me this month to let me know that, as well as making stunning wedding cakes, she now has a new range of floral headpieces called Bandeau d’Amour by Amy Swann.

Amy says: The idea for my new range of floral headpieces and garlands evolved very organically out of my love for sculpting flowers for my cakes. I wanted to experiment with another medium that would result in the same effect, but would be everlasting as a way of expanding the business.

I use my cake designs and flowers that inspire me as a starting point. Very much like my cakes, I follow a theme or a mood to develop an idea through sourcing images and sketching ideas. I love the challenge of sculpting beautiful flowers by looking at interesting textures and playing with the concept of creating blooms that would not usually last well once picked or flowers that may be out of season at the time.

For my floral headpieces, I sculpt each flower by hand with a non-edible medium which results in a very realistic waxy and translucent finish, much like a real petal. I then tint or softly colour each piece and bind them together onto a garland or hair piece.

I very much enjoy the concept of creating heirloom pieces to treasure forever, which is very different to designing and making cakes made just for one day. My hope is that the headpiece and cake complement each other as special one-off pieces.

Photographer Andrea Pennington was responsible for these stunning images, which were taken on location in the beautiful Cornish countryside. This will be an on-going collaboration for forthcoming work. I’m currently working on a winter collection, which I hope to release late autumn. And I’m working on a website to be launched later this year. But in the meantime, my work can be found on my Facebook page.

Here are some more of Amy’s designs…





Incredible aren’t they? And perfect if you’re looking for a unique floral headpiece for your wedding day! Oh…and if you’re on the search for amazing wedding cakes, do pop over to Amy’s website.

(Images : Andrea Pennington)


0Flowerona Links: With hanging blooms, wooden animals & a floral chandelier…


I hope you’re having a lovely weekend. Here are this week’s round-up of inspirational flowery links…




Flowerona Blog Posts

  • Brides The Show – Florists who’ll be exhibiting there, plus a special ticket offer
  • Flowers & Gelato – A match made in heaven from McQueens & Black Vanilla
  • Florist Friday: Interview with Yan Skates
  • Flowerona Tips: Use Iconosquare to view your Instagram statistics
  • Flower of the Month – The Delphinium…A guest post by Katie Spicer


Video featuring beautiful wedding flower designs with a ‘Secret Garden’ theme by florist Mary Jane Vaughan.

2013-09-21 – Hawke & Hughes – The Secret Garden from Filmatography on Vimeo.

Hope you have a wonderful Sunday, whatever your plans!

(Images : 1. Georgianna Lane, 2. James Frost)

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