Last month, I was delighted to be invited to attend a Vintage Flowers course at The Sussex Flower School in East Hoathly, near Lewes. It was so lovely to finally meet Georgia Miles, the founder of the school. We’d been in contact via email since I featured an interview with her on Flowerona back in November 2011. And now she’s also an advertiser on my blog. The course started with us all introducing ourselves to the other attendees. Then we discussed what we thought vintage flowers actually were. … Read more
Last Friday, I was invited to attend a new course which is being run by the Covent Garden Academy of Flowers in London. It’s called Vintage Flowers.
I had such a wonderful day…making a bouquet, a miniature teacup design and a corsage.
After we’d conditioned the flowers and foliage, our tutor Madeleine showed us how to make a hand-tied bouquet.
And today’s blog post starts off with images of my finished design, which would be perfect for a bride.
We used roses in faded vintage tones, including Amnesia (beigey lilac), spray Sweet Avalanche (pale pink) and Ocean Song (lilac).… Read more
I hope you’ve had a great week. Here in the south east of England, we’ve had some wonderful warm weather.
On Monday, I took some time out and made the most of the sunshine by going to a local Pick-Your-Own with my sister-in-law and two little nephews. We had such a lovely time picking strawberries and raspberries.
Here’s what else I’ve been up to this week…
Out & about
On Tuesday evening, I went to the Cath Kidston store in Marylebone High Street in London for a ‘Lampshade Making Event’. … Read more
You may remember that back in October, I wrote a review of Vic Brotherson of Scarlet & Violet‘s new book, ‘Vintage Flowers’?
Well, I’m thrilled to showcase a Q&A with the lady herself, together with a selection of some of her stunning flower arrangements.
When did you start Scarlet & Violet and where are you based?
Well I opened in March 2006. Valentine’s Day was my last day at work in my previous job. A quiet gentle opening, just me and the van when I first started, so the shop was closed a lot of the time if I was out and about delivering and doing house flowers etc.… Read more
So many people have told me that I just ‘had’ to read ‘Vintage Flowers’ by Vic Brotherson, so I was delighted to recently receive a review copy.
And I must admit that once I’d started, I found the book very difficult to put down. Vic’s vintage-style arrangements are absolutely stunning and in particular, I love the eclectic assortment of colourful containers that she uses to complement her designs.
She says: “My advice would be to keep as many different styles of container as possible…” and that her “personal style is for the vintage, classic shapes of container with traditional lines that really allow the flowers to work their magic.”… Read more