0British Flowers Week 2014 at New Covent Garden Flower Market

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What an a-m-a-z-i-ng British Flowers Week 2014 it’s been! I knew we were going to be in for real treat when I saw the photo above in The Telegraph newspaper on Saturday! Each day this week, a different florist created three floral designs using a particular British flower. And there were also flower fact sheets and profiles of the florist each day. Here are the links and some photos of the awe-inspiring floral creations.

Day One – Okishima & Simmonds – Lisianthus

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Day Two – Hybrid – Sweet William

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Day Three – Simon Lycett – Garden Pink

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Day Four – Euphoric Flowers – Flowering Foliage

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Day Five – Duncan McCabe at McQueens – Garden Rose

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Throughout the week, there’s also been a Photo Competition, with florists sending in their photos of floral designs made using British blooms. Here are links to the three on-line galleries: Part 1, Part 2, Part 3. Plus there’s a new British Flowers Chart available, which you can either download from the Market website or buy a poster version.

Huge congratulations to New Covent Garden Flower Market, the incredibly talented florists and the fabulous photographer, Julian Winslow. What a wonderfully successful and inspiring event!

(Images : New Covent Garden Flower Market / Julian Winslow)

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0Flowerona Tips: Use Feedly to read your favourite blogs

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My Florist Friday blog post will be following on later today, as I’m waiting for a few more images to arrive. In the meantime, I’m going to share with you details of one of my biggest time-saving tools.

I love reading blogs…both to keep up-to-date with floristry trends and to be inspired by other bloggers’ posts. And Feedly is the tool which I use. It’s a website that enables you to organise, read and share the content of your favourite sites.

Instead of having to type in the URL of each blog as you want to read it or select from your list of bookmarks/favourites, you simply log into Feedly where you’ll only see new unread posts. What’s great too is that it synchs across all your devices.

Can you tell I’m a big fan?! Why not spend some time over the weekend setting it up?

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1Book Review of Cakes in Bloom by Peggy Porschen

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Today, I’m really thrilled to feature Peggy Porschen’s new book, ‘Cakes in Bloom’! I recently received a review copy and whilst reading it I was completely blown away by the truly exquisite sugarcraft flowers, which Peggy has created. In the book, she reveals her secrets to making more than 30 gorgeous life-like blooms, from roses, peonies and pansies to cherry blossom, orchids and poppies. And 24 cakes are featured including miniature cakes, large cakes and tiered cakes. Here is just a small selection…

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Incredible, aren’t they?! Not only will you find step-by-step instructions with photos of how to make the flowers, but also details of basic tool kit, cutter care and specialist tools. Plus recipes for Rich Dark Chocolate Cake (yum!), Victoria Sponge and Luxury Fruit Cake.

So, if you’re looking for inspiration for making a flower-adorned cake for a special occasion, like a birthday, wedding or anniversary or an afternoon tea, then I highly recommend ‘Cakes in Bloom’. The book would equally make a fabulous present for someone who loves baking…

If you’d like to find out more about Peggy, do pop over to the Peggy Porschen website. And to keep up-to-date with news about her company, here are the social media links - Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and Google+.

P.S. I’ve not yet been to the Peggy Porschen Parlour in London’s Belgravia, but will definitely be putting it on my list of places to visit…asap!

(Images : Georgia Glynn Smith)

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0Emma Mills at A Most Curious Wedding Fair – April 2014

Emma-Mills-Florist-&-Stylist-A-Most-Curious-Wedding-Fair-April-2014-Flowerona-2a Thank you so much to everyone who completed the Flowerona Survey yesterday. It’s open for a week and I’d love to hear how you feel about my blog. Also many thanks to everyone for your lovely comments yesterday on social media. I had a really wonderful time at Ascot and loved wearing my outfit from Phase Eight! On Wedding Wednesday today, I’m featuring photos of Emma Mills’s stand at A Most Curious Wedding Fair in April. It was lovely to catch up with Emma and hear her news. Emma-Mills-Florist-&-Stylist-A-Most-Curious-Wedding-Fair-April-2014-Flowerona-7 Emma-Mills-Florist-&-Stylist-A-Most-Curious-Wedding-Fair-April-2014-Flowerona-6 Emma-Mills-Florist-&-Stylist-A-Most-Curious-Wedding-Fair-April-2014-Flowerona-3 Emma-Mills-Florist-&-Stylist-A-Most-Curious-Wedding-Fair-April-2014-Flowerona-5 What a gorgeous combination of flowers and foliage Emma chose for her designs and I loved the pink and purple colour palette! If you’d like to see more of Emma’s stunning work, simply pop over to her website. Social media wise, you can follow Emma on Twitter and she’s also on Facebook. (Images : Rona Wheeldon for Flowerona)

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1How can I improve Flowerona? I’d love to know your thoughts…

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2014 has already been an incredible year and there are many more exciting developments that I’m working on ‘behind the scenes’.  This is where I’d really appreciate your help! I’d LOVE to know what you think about Flowerona and how I can improve it. So, I’ve put together a short survey. And as a little incentive for you to complete it, there’s a prize draw for UK residents (I’m so sorry, overseas readers!), where the winner will receive two wonderful books:

  • Decorate with Flowers by Holly Becker & Leslie Shewring
  • The Cut Flower Patch by Louise Curley

Simply click here to take the Flowerona Survey.

It will be open until midnight next Tuesday, 24th June. I’ll put all the names into a hat and choose the winner, who will be notified by email by the end of next week.

Terms & Conditions 

  • The competition is for UK residents aged 18 and over.
  • One entry per household only.
  • No cash alternative will be offered.
  • The competition is open until midnight on Tuesday, 24th June 2014.
  • The winner will be asked to confirm their postal address before the prize is awarded.

Looking forward to hearing from you…
Rona x

(Images : Jacqui Small/Jason Ingram)

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