roses, roses, roses and three weddings.... we are living in a material world

This week the roses have completely proven themselves to be the best thing we ever did, closely followed by the dahlias. What jolly lives we lead!  They are seriously fantastic, and have been flowering for over a month with endless, romantic, scented, blush pink, creamy, deep red, burnt umber buttery yellow, exuberant blissfulness. And they are ours! We did put in a lot of muddy cold hours with bare root planting over the winter, and barrowed huge amounts of mulch up hill to plant them, but it was more than worth it.  The flowers this year have been more, more, more, than last with sunshine and showers and half an irrigation system that actually works, and hedgerow honeysuckle, grasses, wild roses and jasmine to cheer them on. 

We had three weddings this weekend.  This was Josie's soft and romantic bouquet, swiftly followed by Laura's washed-out-sunflower-showcase bouquet, and Anna's bright and warm bouquet and her bridesmaids too.  Phew!  Those gestural giant yellow scabious, wild carrot, heuchera flowers, gaura and Icelandic poppies just made this weekend all the more special. Right now we really, really, love flowers like these. 

I kind of fell out with blogging, and photographing flowers and all that for a while, for no particular reason, its all gets a bit humdrum sometimes, and I don't want to scare anyone off (or bore them and myself rigid) with lots of being trite.  I think these roses have finally given me back some of the need to show off, because that is all it is really! Lady Emma Hamilton, Buff Beauty, Jude the Obscure, Gentle Hermione? Prove yourself girls. These flowers really deserve some showtime, and there is nothing wrong with a bit of drink-me-in photography is there not?  Look! More... 

Marvelous roses, annoying annuals, and lots of white fluffy delphiniums, dahlias, scabious, snaps, astrantias, for whites in differing textures in-between.  Finished with Silk and Willow's unrivaled and gorgeous plant dyed silk ribbons.  Get into the groove ... 

PS Bulb catalogues just arrived for 2015... 

Blossom shoot features on Wedding Sparrow...

on what seemed like the windiest day of the year a group of creative people came together to create a shoot inspired by the apple blossom in the orchard at Lantallack.  

We co styled this shoot with our great friends Louise & Teo from Taylor & Porter.  Louise & Teo are Fine Art Film Photographs and their work is beautiful - the soft tones and colours that real film reveals is so refreshing in our digital obsessed world.  

Using a palette of soft peaches and fresh greens we created bouquets that stood out from the blossom but remaind soft, wild and romantic.  

Here are a few of our favourites from the shoot...  You can see more on Taylor & Porters 'Editorial' section of their website or on Wedding Sparrow Blog.   

 

 

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Photography & Styling by : Taylor & Porter 

twitter : @TaylorandPorter

facebook:https://www.facebook.com/taylorandporterphotographs

instagram : http://instagram.com/taylorandporter

Florals & Styling by : The Garden Gate Flower Company

www.thegardengateflowercompany.co.uk

Facebook: www.facebook.com/TheGardenGateFlowerCompany

Twitter: @GGFlowerCo

Instagram: www.instagram.com/THEGARDENGATEFLOWERCO

Venue: Lantallack

Facebook:https://www.facebook.com/LantallackWeddingsCornwall

Twitter: https://twitter.com/cornishwedding

Website: www.lantallackweddings.co.uk

Ribbons: Silk & Willow

www.silkandwillow.com

www.facebook.com/silk.willow

Twitter: @silkandwillow

Instagram: www.instagram.com/silkandwillow

Hair Accessories : Silver Sixpence In Her Shoe

https://www.facebook.com/pages/silver-sixpence-in-her-shoe/243610077016?ref=hl

https://twitter.com/Silversixpence1

http://instagram.com/silversixpenceinhershoe

http://silversixpenceinhershoe.co.uk

Cake by : Divine Wedding Cakes (Devon & Cornwall)

http://divineweddingcakes.co.uk

Facebook : Divine Wedding Cakeshttps://www.facebook.com/divineweddingcakes

Twitter: @DivineWedCakes https://twitter.com/DivineWedCakes

Instagram: http://instagram.com/divineweddingcakes

Model : Miriana Tumoana

Instagram: http://instagram.com/tumoana_m

Twitter: @tumoana_m

facebook: https://www.facebook.com/mtumoana?fref=ts

Antique Jewellery : Little Jems

http://www.littlejemsjewellery.co.uk

facebook : https://www.facebook.com/pages/Little-Jems-Jewellers/597527480274045

Stationery : Meticulous Ink

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/meticulousink

twitter: @Meticulous_Ink

instagram: http://instagram.com/meticulousink

website: www.meticulousink.com

Hair Styling : Capella

facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Capella-Bridal-Occasion-Styling/238111159572928

www.capellacornwall.co.uk

Sottero & Midgley Apple Blossom Dress via

Days Of Grace

Twitter  @DaysofGraceLD

facebook: https://www.facebook.com/DaysOfGraceBudleigh

www.daysofgracevintage.co.uk

Make Up Artist : Jasmine Blundell

twitter: @JasmineBlundell

Instagram: http://instagram.com/jasmineblundellmua

facebook: https://www.facebook.com/jasmine.blundell

Naomi Neoh Silk Marianne Dress & Tara Keely Tulle Sherrie Dress via

The Bridal House Of Cornwall

http://thebridalhouseofcornwall.co.uk

twitter : @BridalHouseCnwl

instagram : http://instagram.com/thebridalhouseofcornwall

facebook : https://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Bridal-House-Of-Cornwall/424780147635192

 


Country Living comes to the farm...

it seems like ages ago that country living came to our farm to write a feature on our flower business.  The wait is nearly over, we are about to see it in print....lucky subscribers have already seen it and next week the August edition hits the shops.  

We hope you enjoy reading it. 

thank you Country Living, Sue Heardman & Jason Ingram. 

 

 

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British Flowers Week

last week was officially #britishflowersweek a social media movement lead by New Covent Garden Market  this, their second year, saw a whopping 535% increased twitter reach on their 2013 campaign.  Head over to their website to see some amazing gallery photos! 

As you guys know british flowers week is every week on our patch but we couldn't help make a bit of a big deal about it!  So with the generous donation of a shop window in Fowey we turned brocante ltd into a floral dream! Thank you Kieron we will bring you more flowers again soon!

 

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we also flower bombed Fowey with Lonely bouquets - this caused twitter madness with shop owners running down streets to try and find the bouquets before anyone else could! 

 

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our floral escapades caused such a stir that The Cornish Guardian has written on it which is out tomorrow (Wednesday)...fingers crossed they got my good side! 

And whilst we weren't flower bombing Fowey with lonely bouquets we were working on our new rose patch...more on this soon!  

 

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Little Flower School, London

This time last month we were in a pub (yes, I know, a p u b !!) in Stoke Newington, which is a rather nice part of north London, with almost all the other florists we have ever looked at on instagram/facebook. Ever.  It was all a bit surreal because we hardly ever leave Cornwall and hardly ever leave our kids in the capable hands of their fathers, all by themselves, to eat chocolate at bedtime, and go the pub, (yes, I know, the p u b !!) on a school night, and loose their school shoes (under the kitchen table) and all sleep in a pile in the big bed like puppies ... Anyway, we were in London on our own!

Becca used to be a PA and is really good at organising 'stuff' ... (i'm not sure how she does it ...) ... and then ... we found ourselves at the Rose and Crown with all our floral idols!.  It was just a little bit intimidating to be in the company of not only Nicolette Camille and Sarah 'Saipua' Ryanhen but Jo Flowers, Bare Blooms, Amanda Taffinder, The Blue Carrot, TB Florist, Rona of Flowerona, Pyrus, Rachel Tallulah Rose Flower School, Blue Poppy Florist, The Florist in the Forest ... I could go on! We had a really great evening talking all things flowers, its not often you get an eager audience for flower chat, and we totally had the best night in our respective flower based careers so far.  Big thanks to Becca, florist gatherer extraordinaire.  Becca also used this as an excuse to buy really pretty stationary. (See above xx).  So on Tuesday morning we got our stuff together, notebook, camera, pen, shoes without mud on them, and walked through the pretty streets of Stoke Newington to 'The House Next door'.  From the outside it looked a bit unimpressive, but inside it was all stately decay but with a nice kitchen and loo.  This town house had, the previous day, seen The Little Flower School on its first London workshop, and today it was our turn.  

At this point I was lost for words, and now a good few weeks later I am still stumped for something to say.  Here are our pics, they can do the talking. It was a huge creative challenge, so it was: a challenge and a joy, we met some great people, saw some great work happen, had really useful chats and ate nice food. It didn't rain, we didn't get stuck in traffic, Becca used the old 'oh come on, come on' school of changing lane at the last minute technique and we took home not only great flowers, but a whole wealth of knowledge that we are now furiously working on putting into action.  Thank you Little Flower School for being so generous with your know how. We absolutely enjoyed every minute of London Spring Riot and Revelry 2014.  


  

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Celebrating the return of cow parsley to our hedges & an international delivery...

Just in case anyone hadn't noticed we seem to be in the full swing of Spring down here in Cornwall.  The tunnel of brown branches that frame the roads to the farm are slowly turning a zingy green and the first of the bluebells are out.  

Hedges are now packed with frothy cow parley which is hard to resist for the snipper handy floral designers.  But a note of caution - never strip our hedges bear please and mind the stems that are close to dog height....you've been warned! 

Condition your cow parsley by standing the stems in water in a cool place over night.

 

seasonal bouquet with cow parsley by The Garden Gate Flower Company

seasonal bouquet with cow parsley by The Garden Gate Flower Company

Combining our hedgerow forage with all our own organic flowers like tulips, rannunclus, narcissi and geums.  In soft yellows and apricot corals the cow parsley is the perfect partner.

And what better way to show of these seasonal blooms than with this stunning pure silk ribbon from Silk & Willow all dyed with natural ingredients - the hardest part was choosing what not to buy from our American friend!

 

Silk ribbon by Silk & Willow, bouquet by The Garden Gate Flower Company  

Silk ribbon by Silk & Willow, bouquet by The Garden Gate Flower Company  

 

The last few narcissi...

The last few narcissi...

All of these photos were shot in one of our old barns, which has now been dubbed the 'photo barn'.  All our workshop attendees get the opportunity to play with different back drops for their creations.  This one is painted using Nature Paint a Cornish paint company with a beautiful range of colours.  If you would like to learn how to create a floral hand tie pop over to our workshops page for up and coming classes.  

 

nature paint boards for photography back drops

nature paint boards for photography back drops

 

Leading with lemon...

Tulip season is always a little fustrating.  You can't stagger their flowering and no matter whether they say 'early' or 'late' flowering they seem to arrive when they want too.  It makes for tough planning if you are a flower farmer florist...or whatever we call ourselves!!!  

We can't imagine not growing them and only hope that next year we have a bumper crop of April brides to enjoy them...hint hint brides out there planning their wedding!!!!  

But with our Little Flower School Floral Immersion course fast approaching and coinsiding with the excess tulip stock this has given us a great excuse to dust off the winter cobwebs and get practising.  

Lemon tulips seemed to scream out to be picked with tangerine rannunclus and lush green foliage like the scented geranium leaves  - creating a really fresh bouquet to welcome in the better weather.  

Enjoy x

 

The garden gate flower company - April bouquet. 

The garden gate flower company - April bouquet. 

Love the single white rannunclus at the moment - they remind me of cosmos purity!

 

Bouquet by the garden gate flower company  

Bouquet by the garden gate flower company  

When given just a colour preference by a client it means having the ability to pick the best in the garden on the day - today I loved being my own client!  

 

a stunning tree in blossom at Tregothan charity open garden

a stunning tree in blossom at Tregothan charity open garden

 

by the garden gate flower company

by the garden gate flower company

 

a stunning lemon magnolia at Tregothan charity open day - don't we all wish magnolia grew as fast as willow?! 

a stunning lemon magnolia at Tregothan charity open day - don't we all wish magnolia grew as fast as willow?! 

the garden gate flower company

the garden gate flower company

Our flowers are now available at The Duchy Nursery Lostwithiel on a weekly basis.  If you would like to order a bouquet for a present or perhaps to add a personal touch to a dinner table we would love to discuss your ideas - please do give us a ring or contact us via our enquiry form. 

We've forgotton what it looks like...

I'm talking about a tulip!

So often you go into a supermarket now and see a tight, small bud, short stem tulip and sadly we now think this is normal for this flower.   ITS NOT!!!! 

We happily support and use the early Lincolnshire tulips before our own crop kicks in and what they produce in their own way is lovely.  However nothing can compare to a tulip grown without heat and without the demand of mass production. 

But it seems we have forgotten what it is like to see tulips that are home grown.  Tulips grown without additional heat will develop large heads, have a strong stems and will open and close when cut and subjected to varying temperatures.  An open tulip does not equal death....   Have we all forgotten how beautiful it is to see the centre of a tulip?  Look at these...

The Garden Gate Flower Company - home grown organic tulips

The Garden Gate Flower Company - home grown organic tulips

These tulips didn't die straight after I snapped them!  If these were to be placed into the cold they would actually close up again just like their friend the Anemone.  These flowers will last easily 7 days with a three day water change and a small snip at the ends of the stems. 

Tulips should appear blousy, luxurious, bend and move to the light - not stand in straight jackets facing the ceiling! 

Enjoy x

 

The Garden Gate Flower Company - Libretto Parrot cream & pink

The Garden Gate Flower Company - Libretto Parrot cream & pink

 

 

The Garden Gate Flower Company - Belle Époque  

The Garden Gate Flower Company - Belle Époque  

 

The Garden Gate Flower Company - swan wings white

The Garden Gate Flower Company - swan wings white

The Garden Gate Flower Company - tulip patch

The Garden Gate Flower Company - tulip patch

Seasonal tulip bouquet by The Garden Gate Flower Company

Seasonal tulip bouquet by The Garden Gate Flower Company

 

The excitement then the wait...

By becca

I first visualised this bouquet when I walked into the tunnel on Mothering Sunday.  I'd gone in to pick a few flowers for the 'afternoon tea table' and was hit by the most beautiful coral orange rannunclus and peach toned tulips.  I did for a minute contemplate making this arrangement then and there....but I'm not sure being late for Mums lemon drizzle cake would have made me very popular! 

So this afternoon in the warm spring sunshine I boiled in the tunnel plucking these blooms and created this bouquet.  

all blooms home grown by The Garden Gate Flower Company.

all blooms home grown by The Garden Gate Flower Company.

 

With the addition of blossom and the hellebores which are now nicely hardened off these blooms made my knees wobble a bit.  It's days like today when I'm not caked in mud, cold, and aching that I realise how much I love my job! 

Enjoy... 

 

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If you would like to learn how to make a hand tied arrangement using our flowers take a look at our workshops page.  

Happy Spring x

more from the workshop

Paul at BJ Richards came up with some amazing hellebores for us from Highcroft Gardens, http://bjrichardsflowers.co.uk/highcroft-gardens, his father's own gardens over looking the beautiful Tamar Valley.  They open in the summer under the NGS, so look out for the yellow signs later in the year. I will be first in the queue.  

Paul also gave us a guided tour of the glass houses. It was so interesting to see how they do things on such a big scale, and I managed to grab the first bunch of Cornish Delphiniums too.  So lovely. So #britishflowers !!

The ranunculus was fabulously in flower and baby stocks and snaps all in ready for the coming season too.  

Amanda Taffinder brought some fantastic daffs. all home grown by her father-in-law for us to use. These rich yellows are so heartwarming at this time of year. Thanks Amanda (and Simon) xx 

There was lots of fun to be had in the barn, what larks!  I had to include this one of Charlotte from Rock n' Rosie, there is so much to be gained from pulling faces in photos, I have a growing collection of my own! I challenge you not to smile! (Sorry Charlotte, she really is very beautiful, honestly!!!).  

Top tip from the Blue Carrot: this is how to take really stunning photos of your work, every time. The secret is out! 

We are very much looking forward to doing this again, especially when we have more of our own flowers growing outside too. Penny made soup and cake, and the fire was lit in  the house, but outside was sunny and warm too.  It was great to make new friends and catch up with old ones. Outcome numero uno/this seasons challenge is how to use red in a really summery, nice way. Red. Red. Red... Thanks all for coming and being so interesting and fun, all at the same time! 

Our First Workshop of the Season with Fellow Florists & Flower Farmers....

So we spring cleaned the barn, painted up some MDF boards with gorgeous Nature Paint colours, ordered an abundance of British Flowers from BJ Richards and foraged till our hearts content all in great anticipation of our first workshop of the year!  

 

 

Ready for dressing our new 'workshop' barn....rustic is so now darling....!!!

Ready for dressing our new 'workshop' barn....rustic is so now darling....!!!

It really was quite a special day for TGGFC we have never had an industry meet up on the farm before - we were charged with great talent and energy that drove in on the farm that day we are sure this won't be the last one! 

A garden tour sharing planting plans, hopes and dreams....we all want the perfect growing conditions!!

A garden tour sharing planting plans, hopes and dreams....we all want the perfect growing conditions!!

 

Rock n Rosie Flowers, Amanda Taffinder & Escential Blooms hanging out in our tunnel

Rock n Rosie Flowers, Amanda Taffinder & Escential Blooms hanging out in our tunnel

Following our tea, cake, gossip, lunch and garden tour we headed up to the new 'workshop' barn to play with beautiful #britishflowers.  Maz created a stunning eucalyptus garland (the storm was good for some things!) which hugged a table laced with jugs of hellebores, rannunclus, narcissi, tulips, blossom, delicate snowflakes and more...!    

 

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Rock en Rosie Flowers creating her hand-tie and Susanne from The Blue Carrot - amazing to watch these guys work! 

Rock en Rosie Flowers creating her hand-tie and Susanne from The Blue Carrot - amazing to watch these guys work! 

And what I expect you all want to see....what was produced!....

 

The Garden Gate Flower Company

The Garden Gate Flower Company

 

Rock en Rosie Flowers 

Rock en Rosie Flowers 

 

sorry picture twice...for the love of god i can't delete the duplicate!!!! Arghhhhh.....

sorry picture twice...for the love of god i can't delete the duplicate!!!! Arghhhhh.....

The Blue Carrot

The Blue Carrot

Amanda Taffinder

Amanda Taffinder

 

 

Escential Blooms

Escential Blooms

Manor Farm Cottage

Manor Farm Cottage


Roswartha Farm

Roswartha Farm

Wild at Heart Country Flowers

Wild at Heart Country Flowers

There were others that escaped our camera - sorry.

It felt strange the day after clearing up the barn, a space that was filled with such energy the day before and the day after just felt like a quiet old barn again.  However we did play with some rather wonderful leftovers!....

 

 

The Garden Gate Flower Company

The Garden Gate Flower Company

 

If you are keen to join us at the farm for a workshop pop over to our 'workshops' page on our website.  If you are a fellow florist or grower and would be interested in a day like this do please email us for future dates.

Happy Spring everyone! 

 

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