01 Jan Happy New Year!
Taking a walk just before Christmas, I spotted some daffodils up and at it on the Victoria Embankment. One of my favourite things to do at this time of year is to look out for bulbs peeking through the soil but these daffs have stolen the lead! I imagine they took full advantage of the sunny days we had last month and couldn`t resist bursting into bloom so early.
Looking back at the last 6 weeks, it`s been quite a ride. Christmas is always great fun here at Bloomsbury Flowers but it does present its challenges. Apart from the fact that it starts mid-November, it`s keeping on top of the logistics for which trees go where and with which decs. It sounds fairly straightforward but if I tell you some of the numbers, perhaps you`ll appreciate what we have to go through!
We installed 52 Christmas Trees most of which were throughout the Firmdale Hotels and those that were delivered in November have to be changed half-way through the season as fresh tree do not last for more than 2-3 weeks. Of course, they all vary in size but I think a good average number for fairy lights would be at least 12000 across all of them. And that does not include those used in the exterior garlands at the Royal Opera House!
Garlands are always great to make and I know a previous blog went through the design and make up process of garlands but we must have installed about 35 of them making a rough total of 320 feet or so of garlands! If you have the luxury of time it is best to make then up on site so you can make sure they look good from all angles however, time and access to the rooms is not always on our side so most of the garlands are made up in the shop and then added to as needed when we install them.
Of course Christmas wreaths are a given and again most of ours were installed throughout the hotels we work and they had at least 40 of them. The majority of them are made up with fresh blue pine but it is possible to get excellent faux wreaths – as with the garlands too – and if they are dressed with good quality decorations they look really good and have the advantage of lasting throughout the Season.
So, that was our Christmas by numbers excluding baubles and decorations; I`m not even going to begin to imagine quite how many of those we go through!
Tomorrow, January 2nd, is a busy day for us as we have to strip Christmas out of all 8 hotels as well as various other venues and install Spring throughout. Military-style organisation is needed but generally it is a fun and productive and so satisfying putting away Christmas for yet another year.
Happy New Year and here`s to Spring!