Find my top 5 wedding venues in Bristol below. Bristol is such a beautiful, vibrant city, with so much to offer! I am going to be running a little series on my favourite wedding suppliers in Bristol and its’ surrounging areas, to help you along with your wedding planning. (more…)
True fact: although we both met before we qualified as lawyers, my husband and I have since both gone through career changes into our new trades. We had no idea when we met that this would happen, funny how life works out isn’t it! Being a florist married to a gardener is amazing. Not only are we surrounded by flowers and plants at home and at work, but my husband is also an incredible sponge for random (and less random) facts. This makes him my very own walking & talking encyclopedia on flowers & plants, which as you can imagine, comes in very handy!
I’ll come home from the market with some new finds, generally picked for looking beautiful / unusual / simply amazing… and my husband will proceed to give me its’ latin name, origin and much more… It’s a talent!
Feeling generous, I’ve decided to share his talent & knowledge with you all, with a new monthly feature.
Garden Jobs for the Month
- Give lawns their first cut of the year, if you have not already done so. Resist temptation to cut too short for the very first cut and use a higher mower setting initially. Reduce height over the coming weeks to your desired height.
- Reshape and tidy any eroded lawn edges with a ‘half moon’ lawn edging tool. For a smart, professional finish, add finesse also trim excess grass growth hanging over the edge of the lawn. You can find additional information on this here.
- Apply a combined weedkiller and lawn feed to clear any weeds that have colonised the lawn over the mild winter and encourage strong grass growth. Follow the manufacturer’s instructions concerning the amount to apply to the letter: over generous application can damage, or even kill, a lawn.
- Feed plants with an application of general purpose fertiliser, such as a granular Fish, Blood and Bone or liquid seaweed. The theory goes that healthier, stronger, plants will be more resistant to attack from pests and diseases, but don’t overdo it; you can kill plants with too much kindness! For those with pets, try applying Growmore, instead of Fish, Blood and Bone. I find that the latter tends to intrigue pets who dig the ground for the apparent source of the smell, uprooting your plants in the process!
- Apply a mulch to the soil surface, such as well rotted manure, about 5cm thick. This has several benefits, such as
- it will suppress/weaken perennial weeds and make removal of annual weeds far simpler reducing garden maintenance time
- it looks nice
- it preserves moisture in the soil during the drier summer months
- it will increase soil fertility and
- it will help increase drainage in heavy clay soils/retain moisture in sandy soils. Do not dig the mulch in – leave it on the surface and let the worms do the work so you don’t have to.
- To achieve a strong flowering next year, deadhead daffodils. This prevents them wasting their energies producing seed and instead forces the plants to put that energies back into the bulbs for next year. Do not cut or tie back flower stems: the plant is likely to be unable to store energy for next year’s bulbs if you do so.
- If you want to increase the number of snowdrop clumps you have in the garden, lift and divide the existing clumps and redistribute the smaller clumps throughout the garden as desired.
- Tidy ferns battered by the worst of winter weather by removing the old fronds. The view of the new fronds unfurling will not be obscured by the old growth.
- If you have not already done so, stool/coppice Hazels and Cornus shrubs back to just above a few outward facing buds above a stout framework between 10 and 20cms high. Hard treatment of this kind will force the plant into making colourful, strong, and upright, new growth. Read more on this here.
- Winter and early spring flowering shrubs, such as Viburnum and Forsythia, can be pruned once flowering is over.
- Early spring flowering shrubs flower on the previous year’s growth, so pruning now after flowering gives them the maximum period of growth over the remainder of the coming year to produce a fantastic display of flower for next winter/spring.
- First, prune out any dead, diseased or damaged branches.
- Second, prune any branches to remove any oddly shaped growth or improve the overall shape.
- Finally, to achieve a range of flowering from the base of the plant through to the tips, remove one third of the branches by pruning them at the base; simply pruning the tips will lead to an unsightly ‘blob’ shape and will result in flowering at the tips only. If the shrub is not yet done and is still flowering strongly, why not prune just a few branches and use them as a backdrop to a flower arrangement?
- Get propagating. The choice is almost endless and is an activity that children love getting involved with. Most seeds should be sown in March and April. You don’t need a greenhouse to do this, and a cheap windowsill-style seed tray will suffice. We have one on the windowsill behind the sink in the kitchen window.
Events to look out for:
- RHS Flower Show Cardiff – 7th to 9th April 2017
- National Gardening Week – 10th to 13th April 2017
- RHS Garden Rosemoor, Devon – 1st April 2017. Unsure of what to plant in your garden that will give you flower during spring? The RHS is offering this invaluable, yet entirely free, demonstration at their plant centre.
Seed swapping events will be taking place all over the country (a simple online search will tell you of where in your area and when). These are a great way of adding something new to your garden for very little outlay, is a fun way of getting out of the house, and as good an excuse as any to talk about plants with like-minded people.
Gardens to visit:
This is the month for bluebell spotting. See: avonwildlifetrust.org.uk, woodlandtrust.org.uk, or nationaltrust.org.uk for details of events near you.
Barry Watton, RHS Qualified Gardener at BlueSky Landscape Design & Build
Last week we celebrated the return of Spring (yay!) and what better way to celebrate than a workshop teaching a lovely group how to make their very own Spring hand-tied Bouquet. The workshop took place at the Floating Harbour Studios, which is a boat, or more specifically, a converted 1905 steel dutch barge moored in an enviable secluded spot on the water in the heart of the city. A perfect location for a twilight workshop!
Valentine’s Day is just over two weeks away, so make sure to get your bouquet orders in this week! Emerald & Jade Flowers is now taking orders.
As we don’t tend to do traditional in anything we do… we won’t be making traditional Valentine’s Day red roses bouquets, but instead bouquets in our very own preferred style. Think beautiful, bright colours, with flowers freshly chosen from the market for looking their best. If you aren’t familiar with our work, have a look on our Instagram account which is full of beautiful, colourful flowers!
- Bouquets will be gift wrapped and aqua-packed for you. We are offering three prices:
- £35 and
- Bouquets to be collected from St Anne’s Park (BS4) between Saturday 11th and Tuesday 14th February 2017.
- Orders to be made by Monday 6th February 2017, and payment is to be made online by Tuesday 7th February 2017 at the latest. (think about it, then it’s done done and paid for, ready for your grand gesture 😉 )
To order, please get in touch by email or via our contact form confirming :
- Your name
- Your address
- Which price bouquet you would like
- Date & Time you would like to collect the bouquet.
Any questions or anything else you’d like to check, let me know!
Whatever you believe about Valentine’s Day, flowers always go a long way. I meet so many women who tell me they NEVER get bought flowers… seriously, so many! So make sure this year you get them a beautiful, unique bouquet.
Happy New Year everyone!
If you’re like me, you might feel as though 2017 has been going on for a long time already, and when people ask you about Christmas you wonder why they’re asking you about something that happened so long ago! Funny how time can go so quickly, yet we are only in mid January…
My intention was always to write a blog post at the end of 2016… It was a great year for Emerald & Jade Flowers, and I am incredibly grateful for everyone who helped support my business, from all the amazing clients I had, friends and family who recommended me to everyone around them, the incredible suppliers I’ve met and worked with… Working in an office as a lawyer seems like a long, long time ago (which I guess in a way, it was). Becoming a Regional Finalist for The Wedding Industry Awards was an amazing cherry to go on top all of that!
Being self-employed, means I am lucky to work when and how I want, which is simply amazing especially when working around two little ones. My eldest turned 6 just before Christmas, and I am so grateful to be able to work around her and her brother, and I am also grateful for my clients who happily let me take them to consultations with me at times were I couldn’t leave them at home.
2016 was a very big year for me, and for Emerald & Jade Flowers. But I am equally excited about 2017. For the time being, I have decided to focus mainly on Wedding Flowers. As I work from home, I take on a limited amount of weddings each year, so that I can give my full attention to each couple for their big day. From the consultation until even after the big day, I remain available to all my clients for any queries they may have concerning their flowers and their wedding. 2017 is looking busy already but I do still have some free dates, so don’t hesitate to get in touch to book a consultation here.
I also have some exciting ideas to go alongside the flowers, so keep your eyes peeled for more info!
Most of all, 2017 will be the year I continue to explore ways to live a beautiful life. Which is also what Emerald & Jade Flowers is all about. In line with this, I am working on an incredible giveaway for Mothers’ Day, along with some amazing Bristol suppliers. Details will be announced via Instagram so make sure you follow me so you don’t miss out.
I am also working to host a variety of workshops and I am currently looking into various venue options in Bristol to host these. If you would like to take part in a workshop, or if you have a space that would feel would be perfect for such an event, please do get in touch 🙂
So here’s to another year filled with flowers, beauty, and a happy, mindful life ♥
What will you be focusing on in 2017?
I met Melissa and Jamie through a mutual friend; they were getting married at Berwick Lodge in October and wanted to make full use of the gorgeous autumn colours available that month for their flowers and decor.
Initially, Melissa wasn’t 100% sure what she wanted, although she really liked calla lilies and lilies, especially in orange. We worked together on a Pinterest board, gathering ideas, and then I met with Melissa and Jamie to go through everything. It was during the consultation that everything came together.
For the ceremony room, I used wooden logs of various heights decorated with moss and candles, with some ferns planted in terracotta pots (which the guests then got to take home). I also decorated the pillars with some twigs and flowers to match the bouquet, just to add a little splash of colour to the beautiful ceremony room at Berwick Lodge.
The bouquets were beautiful and rich in colour, with lots of ferns as their dark green foliage really complemented the flowers. Melissa had a gorgeous bouquet, rich in colour.
The bridesmaids’ bouquets were mostly green, with some flowers for just a splash of colour against their dresses.
The buttonholes and corsages were in the same tones as Melissa’s bouquet, with Jamie’s a little different to his groomsmen.
And then there was Frank, the cutest little flower dog I ever saw 🙂
The end result was so beautiful, just the photos I saw on Facebook after the wedding looked beautiful, I love how the flowers seem to glow warmly!
S U P P L I E R S
Photographer // Interlace Photography // http://www.interlacephotography.co.uk/
Venue // Berwick Lodge // https://www.berwicklodge.co.uk/
If you are currently planning your wedding, get in touch with me today here for a free consultation.
I met Izzi and Chris at a wedding fair I did last year. They were initially due to be married next summer, but when they found out there would soon be a happy arrival, they decided to move the wedding forward. As such, when Izzi contacted me for her wedding flowers, the wedding was due to take place just over a month later. I already had a two week holiday booked in so we met just before I went and got talking flowers and planning. (more…)
As you may or may not know, before becoming a florist, I used to be a lawyer. Having a background in law has made me really aware of how important it is to be able to protect our business and ourselves. We spend so much time pouring energy and money into our business, it is crucial to have things in place to protect it.
Having recently spent a lot of time working on my own terms and conditions, it occurred to me that this was the perfect opportunity to combine the skills of my old career for the benefit of my new line of work, and help others in the same industry.
I am therefore pleased to announce the launch of my new product: Terms and Conditions Template for Florists
This is a 7-page long Word document, which can be edited to reflect your business needs. All of this for just £30!
Of course, this does not replace seeking professional legal advice, but it will provide you with a good, solid base when drafting your terms and conditions
Kirsty contacted me via my website, when she was looking for a wedding florist. Kirsty told me that their wedding was to be fairly informal, and as such they didn’t have a colour scheme. She also did not want a formal looking bouquet. Other than that, she told me she loved the photos of my work and so was happy to let me decide on what would look beautiful for her wedding.
I therefore chose some beautiful bright and vibrant flowers for her, and I loved the result! The venue also had a table with turquoise legs which really looked incredible with the bright pinks and yellows. (more…)
I met Bride Liz at the first wedding fair I did (which is also where I met the photographer Charlotte from Bristol Contemporary Photography!). (more…)
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