Friday, 23 June 2017

Flower of the month - June - Peony

The peony -in the Flower Agenda throughout June

It’s June, and that means it’s time for the gorgeous peony. This beauty will be shining in many vases this month, but can also be seen extensively in bridal bouquets and striking centrepieces. Consumers can read all about the phenomenal peony at
Introduce your customers to the peony!
The peony’s origin
We have been enjoying the magnificent peony in Europe since 1784. In China they had fallen under its spell long before that. There the peony was cultivated not only for its flowers, but particularly for its roots. According the Chinese it could be used to reduce fever and clot blood. But we don’t recommend putting the peony in your mouth - stick to enjoying its beauty with your eyes.
The peony’s colours and shapes
Anyone who falls for the charms of the peony is in luck: there are more than 1000 varieties available in all sorts of shapes and colours. They come with a single row of petals, or with semi-double or double flowers. There is also ample choice in terms of colour: the cheerful  peony comes in pale yellow, romantic white, candy pink or dark red. And the fragrance of peonies is particularly appealing and beautifully sweet!

Caring for peonies
  • Trim 5 cm off the stem diagonally with a sharp knife.
  • Use a clean vase and fill it with fresh water.
  • If your peonies are thirsty top up the vase.
  • Don’t place the vase in a draught, in full sun or near the fruit bowl.
Peony symbolism
The peony represents love, happiness and health, amongst other things. It’s no surprise that the peony is a popular guest at spring weddings. But it’s not just lovebirds that are attracted to this flower. Surely we all enjoy bringing a big bunch of positivity and love into our home?

More about the peony
Consumers can also find special DIY craft projects involving the gorgeous peony at Got a wedding, birthday or other celebration coming up? Then try making your own over-the-top peony chandelier!

Inspiration and information
Inspiring images of every flower in the Flower Agenda have been produced in line with the Horticulture Sector Trends 2017 (Groenbranche Trends 2017). These trends are a translation of what our consumers are interested in at the moment and are specifically aimed at the horticulture sector for use both indoors and outdoors. If you would like to find out more about the Flower Agenda click here.

These are wonderful late spring/early summer flowers and are well worth having in your displays at this time of year.
Are you getting married? Would love them in your bouquets? We can stock many varieties in season, just let us know your colour scheme and we can source the best varieties for you.

Sandra x

Thursday, 22 June 2017

Purple and Lilac wedding flowers

A lovely intimate wedding which we supplied the bridal party flowers for a few weeks ago.
The colour scheme was purple an lilac in which eustoma, freesia, roses, carnations with senecio foliage was chosen.

These bouquets are a lovely summer mix in colour and variety. 
The brides bouquet was given a lace bow over a wrap of lace on the stems.

The bridesmaids wore purple gowns and as such their bouquets were kept to the lilac theme. These had beautiful roses, freesia and carnations and look scrumptious!

The stems were bound in lace to compliment the bridal bouquet.

Bridal bouquet with the maids

The groomsmen wore a double buttonhole of a lilac rose with purple eustoma flower and bud and silver senecio foliage.

All buttonholes are presented on a board all ready with a pin.

We also supplied 2 thank you bouquets for presentation at the speeches.

Unusually we delivered to the groom and what a handsome bunch the groomsmen were in their finery.

Are you having purple or a lilac themed wedding? Love the flowers but having different colours? Ask us how we could style these designs for you and your wedding party.
Whether a large or small wedding we are happy to talk to you about your flowery wishes, why not ring today and book a consultation to start the process?

I look forward to hearing from you 
Sandra X

Wednesday, 21 June 2017

Wedding at DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Lincoln

This gorgeous rose and gyp wedding was held in the Cathedral suite at The DoubleTree by Hilton Lincoln.

The registrars table was decorated with jars of gyp and roes and gyp. The bride decorated the jars herself. These were to be placed along the top table for the reception and as there were a few spare we placed 3 on the other officiants table too.

This was the final setting after the lovely Rachel from Eventexquisite ltd had worked her magic.

We also provided large martini vases filled with these scrummy roses and gyp. These were for the guest tables but I am of the opinion if you can use a display for both parts of your day then you should! The venue brought in these lovely glass tables from the bar and we had 2 either side to elongate the aisle for the bride to walk down.

They were filled with ivory avalanche and a dusky pink rose, gyp and lots of lovely foliage.
These displays are self contained and can be given away to guests at the end of the day.
The vases are hired through us and collected next day so you don't have to worry about a thing.

These look wonderful on these tables, so happy with the way this looked.

We set up before the whole room was dressed as we had an extremely early start.

The look the bride would get as she starts the walk towards her groom.

A short video of the set up


As there were still another couple of vases we placed these in the bar area on coffee tables, the guests would walk through here ion their way to the cathedral suite.

Rachel from Eventexquisite ltd very kindly has let me share these finished set up photos with you.

In this type of room these chair covers and sashes really do transform the whole look and style

The reception was held in the same room and on turn around this is the finished product.

Top table all dressed with sashes by event exquisite ltd and flowers by us.

The guest tables with the martini vases. This room has a high ceiling and really needs some tall designs to fill some of the void. They do draw your eye through the venue too and a little touch of colour works it's magic.


Are you getting married at The DoubleTree Hilton Lincoln? Would you like to see how we can transform this room to your colours and style? We are also happy to liase with Rachel to perfect your look should you wish to work with the both of us.

Or are you getting wed elsewhere and love these designs? We can fill these martini vases with flowers to suit your style or differing colour roses. We set up on the day and collect all next day, meaning you have one less thing to sort out after the day is over.

Book a consultation today to talk through your plans

Sandra x

Tuesday, 20 June 2017

British Flower week 19-25th June

19-25 JUNE 2017

British Flowers Week is the annual celebration of British flowers and the UK cut flower industry.

About British Flowers Week   

British Flowers Week is the weeklong celebration of British-grown cut flowers and foliage that aims to bring British flowers back into British homes. The brainchild of the team at New Covent Garden Flower Market, where British flowers have been traded for centuries, British Flowers Week runs from 19-25 June 2017 and unites growers, florists and wholesalers across the country. gives a full run-down of what’s on, information about seasonal British cut flowers, stunning images of flowers and specially commissioned floral designs by leading florists as well as details of where to buy the exclusive British Flowers Week bouquets. And join the conversation on social media too with the hashtag #BritishFlowersWeek.

Here at Sandra's Flower studio we are doing our bit for #BritishFlowers. My wonderful wholesaler is now making it so much easier to source our seasonal delightful flowers direct from our growers - many of them here in our county!

On Wednesday we will be receiving this weeks order amongst which will be Sweet Williams, Stocks, and Sunflowers. Keep an eye on Facebook for updates of what arrives each week! If you would like to order a mixed design of #British Flowers then call us today to secure yours.

#BritishFlower Stocks and Alchemilla Mollis 

As the season progresses and more growers come on board we will have a greater selection of flowers. We will also be offering entirely #BritishFlower designs for local delivery. These will change with the seasons and availability (due to our wonderful British summer weather!!), but that will just add to the surprise!

If you are wanting #BritishFlowers for your wedding these can now be sourced in the season.

These photos were taken during our tour of local farms, in Lincolnshire, with our wholesaler. The top is Smith and Munson and their Lilies and below is Lambs Flowers and some of their stocks.

It really is an exciting time to be in the flower industry as growers/wholesalers and florists are working together, just like the food industry, to keep our product local and therefore seasonal. This allows us as florists to create stunning designs with highly scented flowers that are forever changing in size, texture and shape that will create more interest for the consumer.

If you are a bride, a restaurant, business that wants to know more please get in touch to discuss your requirements.

Sandra x

Monday, 19 June 2017

Ivory and dusky pink rose wedding posies

These are the gorgeous bouquets that Rebecca had for her wedding a few weeks ago. Very simple designs of roses and gyp but they complimented her dress and style wonderfully.

The bridal bouquet was a posy of ivory and dusky pink roses surrounded by a cloud of gyp.

No foliage was to be included at all!

These roses were gorgeous and scented.

The three bridesmaids each carried a posy of ivory roses and gyp to compliment their dusky pink dresses.

The three maids bouquets together

And with the bridal posy too.

The bride also wore flowers in her hair of ivory spray roses and gyp

The groom wore a gorgeous double buttonhole of both roses and some gyp

The groomsmen wore ivory rose and gyp buttonholes

While mum wore a wrist corsage of double rose, gyp and small amount of foliage.

The other ladies wore dusky pink rose and gyp buttonholes.
No foliage in any buttonholes on the brides request.

The buttonholes all ready for presentation to the wedding party

The bridal posies all ready for the reveal to the bride.

Roses will never go out of style, they are such a classic flower, that whatever your style, colour or theme roses will go.
If you love these designs and would like to recreate them for your wedding get in touch to book a consultation today.

I look forward to hearing from you soon

Sandra x