March 23, 2013

Flowerona Reflects: floral hoops & fairs


Well, it’s been a week of highs and lows…

One of the high points was that I received notification that I’ve got press accreditation to attend this year’s RHS Chelsea Flower Show, which I’m absolutely thrilled about!

And I had such a lovely afternoon on Friday, attending Selina Lake‘s Pretty Pastel Style Book Launch and Fair in Kingston.

I met Vicky Trainor there who I interviewed on Flowerona last year.  And I just had to buy the floral hoop collage above from her stall.  I couldn’t wait to get home and hang it up in my office!

On the low-side, unfortunately, my blog Flowerona’s been a little unwell.  I’m so sorry if you’ve had problems accessing it and/or the blog posts you’ve been receiving via email have been out of kilter.

GoDaddy, who host my blog, have been having issues with the speed of their servers which they’ve been trying to resolve all week…and they’re still working on it.  Many thanks for your on-going patience.

Here’s what I’ve been up to…

My week

Monday & Thursday

Mostly stay-at-home days…dealing with emails, writing blog posts, editing images and using social media.

These daffodils on my desk added a lovely pop of yellow sunshine to my office.



On Tuesday afternoon, I went to the Garden Museum in London to meet up with Sue Cottingham.  Sue is a distributor for Serax, a Belgian company who make beautiful vases and containers.

After our meeting, I took a proper look at the Floriculture exhibition at the museum and took lots of notes.  The rose installation by Rebecca Louise Law was still there, with the roses ageing gracefully.

Below is the beautiful scene which greeted me as I emerged from the museum…sun shining over the Houses of Parliament by the River Thames.



On Wednesday morning, I went to the Country Living Magazine Spring Fair in London.

It was lovely to meet up with the Jane Packer team and see their gorgeous stand which I featured on Thursday.  And I saw their wonderful floristry demo.

I also met up with stylist Selina Lake and had a chance to catch up briefly with Jane MeansJo ButcherIngrid Henningsson and Laura Rose.

This is one of Laura’s beautiful designs which was at the fair…



On Friday afternoon, I went to Selina’s book launch and fair.  There was such a wonderful atmosphere and lots of great stalls too.  It was also lovely to catch up with fellow bloggers…

Blog posts this week on Flowerona

My blog posts this week on Flowerona were :

The most popular blog post this week was my blog post last Sunday – ‘Flowerona Links: With crowns, poppies & lovesick GIs…’

Guest blog posts

Laura Ashley

On the Laura Ashley blog, I featured an overview of some of the floristry schools in London.


Heart Home

On the Heart Home blog, I featured ‘Floral-inspired mugs by Dee Hardwicke’.


So, I hope you have a lovely Saturday and I’ll see you tomorrow with Flowerona Links.

(Images : Rona Wheeldon for Flowerona, Dee Hardwicke)

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