I’d love to reply to every single email I receive, but unfortunately sometimes there really aren’t enough hours in the day. So I’ve put together this FAQ page with answers to lots of questions that I’m regularly asked. Please check here first before sending me an email to make sure it’s not already been answered. Thank you!
I’m a florist. Please can you help me find a job?
As I receive lots of emails from florists looking for jobs and with vacancies to fill, I’ve set up a Flowerona Job Vacancies Board. Simply click here to view the board.
I’m a florist and I need to make a floral chandelier for a wedding. Can you give me some advice on the best mechanics to use?
To help with this type of enquiry, I’ve set up a Flowerona for Florists Facebook Group. There are currently over 1,000 members from all around the world and I’m sure they’ll be able to give you lots of excellent advice. If you’d like to join, simply click here when you’re signed into your personal Facebook page and click on Join Group. I’ll then approve your membership.
I’m thinking of studying floristry. Where do your recommend?
Your choice of floristry course very much depends on your preferred floristry style, budget and location. There are many wonderful flower schools in London and the UK. You may also like to read the blog posts that I’ve written on Flowerona about floristry courses.
Where did you study floristry and which course did you do?
I studied at Southwark College in London. I started with a floristry evening class and then did a National Certificate in Floristry.
Which florists have you worked for?
My first Saturday job was at The White Orchid in Surrey. I then worked for Paula Pryke in Islington in London, as well as in her concessions in Selfridges, Liberty and Michelin House.
I’m visiting London shortly. Which florists would you recommend that I visit?
There are lots of wonderful florists in London. Here’s a link to my blog post featuring 12 florist shops to visit in London.
I would like to advertise on the Flowerona blog. Please could you tell me how it all works?
Details of the advertising options can be found on the Advertising page.
I’m a florist and I would love to be featured on Flowerona as part of your Florist Friday interview series. Please can you tell me how I apply?
Please visit the Submissions page, where you will find all the details.
Where do you live?
I live in Esher in Surrey with my husband Matt. We’re about a 20 minute train journey from London Waterloo.
What does a typical day look like?
I’m usually up at 6.30am. With a large mug of tea, I’ll sit down in my office (a small spare bedroom) and start promoting my blog post for the day on social media. Then, whilst eating my breakfast, I’ll watch a short YouTube video. The next thing I do is open my email inbox and start going through my emails. I’ll also check through my social media accounts, write blog posts, plus edit and resize images for posts. Occasionally, I’ll pop out to a meeting, floristry workshop or press event. But most of my working week is spent at home. At least three times a week, I venture out to go to a Zumba, Pilates or Barre Concept class at the local gym. And I also try to squeeze in 15 minutes meditation every day. Around 7.30pm, my husband gets home and I start preparing our evening meal. From 8.30-10.00pm, I’m normally sat on the sofa in our front room, tapping away on my laptop…answering emails, editing images and using social media. Then at 10pm, I head upstairs to bed.
What is your favourite flower?
I have two. Ranunculus and peonies.
How do you make money?
I have several revenue streams. On the Flowerona blog, I have banner adverts and the occasional sponsored blog post. I run workshops for florists in London and I also write articles for New Covent Garden Flower Market, Wedding Flowers & Accessories magazine and Homemaker magazine. Plus I offer personalised training and consultancy.
Which camera do you use?
For photographs, I started with a Canon EOS 500D, which came with a 18-55mm kit lens. Then I bought a 50mm f/1.8 lens, followed by a 50mm f/1.4 lens. For video, I have a Canon PowerShot S120 and a Canon EOS 70D. Plus I often use the camera on my iPhone 5S.