I'm shamefully behind with keeping the blog up to date this summer. Between the studio renovations, events, classes and a new puppy who is proving far more time-consuming than I'd anticipated, I haven't been able to spend as much time blogging as I'd like to. Going forward, I am going to try to post every week again; they won't necessarily be hugely wordy posts, some may be more photograph-heavy, some may just be a quick round-up of the week, but it is a wonderful way to chart our journey through the seasons and remember the individual projects we've been lucky enough to work on throughout the year.
First up, this pretty wedding at Northbrook Park on a beautiful, early summer's day back in May. Northbrook is a Georgian manor house on a small estate in Surrey, very Jane Austen, and complete with walled gardens, an orangery and several strident peacocks.
The bride had asked for a garden-y, romantic installation along the mantlepiece for the ceremony and we created an organic display of rambling roses, clematis tendrils, grasses, wild carrot, foxgloves and white satin-petalled corn cockle flowers, all freshly gathered from the cutting garden.
For the evening dinner, bowls spilled with English peonies, allium, fragrant sweetpeas, colombine, poppies and roses. Those first garden roses of the year are always the most enchanting. We placed each arrangement at the centre of the tables and slowly their honeyed scents filled the warm room. This is one of my favourite aspects of wedding set-up, surveying the final result, before slipping away.
May and August are particularly special months in the flower arranger's year because two seasons collide and for a brief time you can combine their beauty. In May you still have spring branches, frail anemones and colombine, but alongside new seasonal offerings - peonies, foxgloves, the first flush of garden roses and sweetpea vines. I love this moment, just on the cusp, the borderline, when spring ends and you're suddenly on the road to summer.