12 Sep Season of mists…
Autumn is a lovely time of year in the floristry world; all the berries start to appear such as rosehips, berried ivy and hypericum. The foliage comes into its own with rich brown cotinus, oak, chestnut and scented rosemary. Burnt oranges, golds and bronze colours are represented with roses, spray roses, crocosmia, asclepias, dahlias, fennel and the mop-headed autumn chrysanthemum.
This is the time of year that we did our floristry course with the late Jane Packer so it always reminds us of how we started off in this new career 22 years ago. Jane was such an inspirational and wonderful woman who had a way with colour and design that really shook up the world of floristry; we are both so proud to have been taught by her and recall the days spent at her house, which is where the courses were held back then, with great fondness.
As the nights draw in we start to think about upcoming events such as Halloween, Thanksgiving and of course Christmas. Halloween is great fun and we always have a wonderful time dressing our window with the ubiquitous carved pumpkins, cobweb spray, and drifts of fallen leaves.
Thanksgiving is celebrated in London by lots of our US ex-pat customers so we have great fun making up designs in lots of autumn tones usually combined with cranberries and the odd pumpkin too. Mini pumpkins are great to decorate either Halloween or Thanksgiving tables; we carve them out and pop a tea light inside and place them either singly or in groups along the tables.
And so to Christmas… This is one of the best times of the year in a flower shop! We have just done a shoot for Homes and Gardens so do make sure you pick up a copy of the December issue so you can read about our ideas for dressing your Christmas tree this year. Rich reds and wintry whites start to dominate the flower display with roses, amaryllis, anemones, and ranunculas to the fore. The shop will also be full of fresh blue pine, cinnamon bundles, pine cones, dried fruit slices as well as some hand-picked baubles so come along and immerse yourself in the scent of Christmas.