09 Oct Hips and haws and berries and more…
Now that the autumnal equinox has passed and we near the date when the clocks change and the days grow dramatically shorter, this is the time to immerse yourself fully into the shades of autumn.
As regular followers will know, we do a wide variety of work which ranges from day-to-day floral gifts in the shape of our gorgeous hand-tied arrangements, weekly installations throughout all the Firmdale hotels, events and weddings both large and small and of course funeral work too.
Last month we featured an arrangement that was made to be placed on top of a casket, commonly known in the trade as a coffin top. These large pieces are usually ordered by the family of the deceased and offer the florist a chance to really put their heart and soul into the design. This family knows us well so were perfectly happy to leave the design up to us as long as it reflected the season.
We always prefer to use seasonal flowers and foliage; it’s the trademark of our style and one of the reasons customers choose to come to us. Foliage has always been a big part of our design and this is the time of year when it comes into its own, but it’s also the time of year for berries too which include wonderful rosehips. These glorious berries, which are left behind after the rose has bloomed, come in a myriad of shapes and sizes and range in colour from palest orange to rich red and they featured heavily in the arrangements for the funeral.
Garden hydrangea floods the market too and starts the season in colours ranging from pale blue and pink before darkening to a glorious mix of reds, russets, olive and almost deepest green. These blousy blooms are perfect for making statement autumnal arrangements, especially when used en masse perhaps in just the simplest of containers such as a galvanised bucket or jug.