0Amanda Austin Flowers at Brides The Show – October 2014

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In this week’s Wedding Wednesday blog post, I’m delighted to feature images of Amanda Austin’s stand at Brides The Show last month. In a range of different colour palettes, Amanda had created a wonderful variety of stunning wedding flower designs. They included a table runner, an arch, a candelabra, tablecentres and a pedestal! Viewing the images below, you’ll see roses, hydrangeas, dahlias, clematis, spray roses, lilies, delphiniums, Phalaenopsis orchids, freesias and parrot tulips.

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To see more of Amanda’s fabulous floral designs, do pop over to her beautiful new website.

P.S. In this Flowerona Reflects video, you can see footage of Brides The Show.

(Images : Rona Wheeldon for Flowerona)

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0Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red – The art installation of poppies at the Tower of London

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A couple of weeks ago, I went to the Tower of London to see the poppies. And today, as it’s Armistice Day, I thought I’d share some of my photos with you.

‘Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red’ is the name of this art installation of 888,426 ceramic poppies, with each one representing a British military fatality in the First World War. Created by ceramic artist Paul Cummins, with setting by stage designer Tom Piper, the installation marks one hundred years since the first full day of Britain’s involvement in the First World War.

Today is the last day that the whole installation will be in place. Tomorrow, it will start to be dismantled, with poppies being posted to those people who have purchased them.  Two major features, the Wave (a steel construction made of poppies surrounding the entrance to the tower) and the Weeping Window (which depicts poppies falling from a window on the top floor of the tower) will be going on national tour until 2018.

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Huge congratulations to all those involved in creating this truly mesmerising and memorable piece of art.

P.S. You may also like to watch this short video featuring the poppies, which I took whilst I was there.

(Images : Rona Wheeldon for Flowerona)

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0Book Review of The Flower Farmer’s Year by Georgie Newbery

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I hope you had a lovely weekend. I was delighted to recently receive a review copy of ‘The Flower Farmer’s Year’ by Georgie Newbery of Common Farm Flowers. It’s a wonderful book for anyone thinking of growing flowers for profit or pleasure.

The sixteen chapters in the book cover the different types of flowers and foliage which Georgie recommends that you grow including biennials, bulbs, shrubs and herbs, plus plot design and general advice on starting a cut flower business. Here are a few photos from the book…

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I was overwhelmed by the amount of detail that Georgie goes into…from recipes for home-made liquid feeds such as nettle tea to an in-depth year planner. But as Georgie says in the ‘Afterword':

‘Some people have said I’m mad to have written this book. “Why encourage others to try and share your market?” they ask. “Surely you could be the flower farmer and have the British flower market to yourself?” But no matter how lofty my ambitions, I’m not sure I can service a £2.2 billion industry single-handed. Besides, I hope this book will reach far beyond the UK, to anyone who might be thinking that their cut-flower patch could be made profitable.’

If you’re thinking of setting yourself up as a flower farmer, you’ll find Georgie’s book, which is published by Green Books, indispensable. And if you’d simply like to grow flowers for pleasure, then I’m sure you’ll really enjoy the book too. Plus it would make a great Christmas present…!

P.S. Here’s a link to an interview with Georgie on Flowerona.

(Images : Georgie Newbery / Common Farm Flowers)

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1Flowerona Links: With pansies, a falling garden & a flower carpet…

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Thank you so much for all the lovely comments about yesterday’s video! Below are this week’s floral links, which I hope you enjoy and are inspired by…

General

Weddings

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Flowerona Blog Posts

Video

Mesmerising video featuring the creation of The Falling Garden by Rebecca Louise Law at the Powerco Taranaki Garden Spectacular in New Zealand.

Hope you have a lovely Sunday!

(Images : 1. Leo Patrone, 2. Anushe Low)

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3Flowerona Reflects…featuring my visit to Hamburg, New Covent Garden Flower Market’s College Day and the Laura Ashley SS15 Press Show

This new Flowerona Reflects video features a trip to Hamburg and florist shops in the city, Georgie Newbery’s book launch at the Garden Museum, the College Day at New Covent Garden Flower Market with floral designs by Francis at McQueens, the Laura Ashley SS15 Press Show and a Blog10 event.

P.S. Don’t forget, if you receive this blog post via email and would like to view the video, simply go to www.flowerona.com.

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