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When a florist marries a gardener, what do you get?

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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

  1. Lawns
    1. 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.
    2. 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.
    3. 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.
  2. 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!
  3. Apply a mulch to the soil surface, such as well rotted manure, about 5cm thick. This has several benefits, such as
    1. it will suppress/weaken perennial weeds and make removal of annual weeds far simpler reducing garden maintenance time
    2. it looks nice
    3. it preserves moisture in the soil during the drier summer months
    4. it will increase soil fertility and
    5. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. Winter and early spring flowering shrubs, such as Viburnum and Forsythia, can be pruned once flowering is over.
    1. 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.
    2. First, prune out any dead, diseased or damaged branches.
    3. Second, prune any branches to remove any oddly shaped growth or improve the overall shape.
    4. 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?
  9. 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.

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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:

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 

#TBT to a Spring wedding from last year, see the photos on the blog

A Spring Workshop on a Boat

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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!

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REAL WEDDING // Melissa + Jamie – Gorgeous Autumn Wedding

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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!
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Real Wedding Emerald & Jade Flowers // www.emeraldandjadeflowers.com // photos by www.interlacephotography.co.uk
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Real Wedding Emerald & Jade Flowers // www.emeraldandjadeflowers.com // photos by www.interlacephotography.co.uk

Real Wedding Emerald & Jade Flowers // www.emeraldandjadeflowers.com // photos by www.interlacephotography.co.uk
Real Wedding Emerald & Jade Flowers // www.emeraldandjadeflowers.com // photos by www.interlacephotography.co.uk
Real Wedding Emerald & Jade Flowers // www.emeraldandjadeflowers.com // photos by www.interlacephotography.co.uk
Real Wedding Emerald & Jade Flowers // www.emeraldandjadeflowers.com // photos by www.interlacephotography.co.uk
Real Wedding Emerald & Jade Flowers // www.emeraldandjadeflowers.com // photos by www.interlacephotography.co.uk
Real Wedding Emerald & Jade Flowers // www.emeraldandjadeflowers.com // photos by www.interlacephotography.co.uk
Real Wedding Emerald & Jade Flowers // www.emeraldandjadeflowers.com // photos by www.interlacephotography.co.uk
Real Wedding Emerald & Jade Flowers // www.emeraldandjadeflowers.com // photos by www.interlacephotography.co.uk
Real Wedding Emerald & Jade Flowers // www.emeraldandjadeflowers.com // photos by www.interlacephotography.co.uk
Real Wedding Emerald & Jade Flowers // www.emeraldandjadeflowers.com // photos by www.interlacephotography.co.uk
Real Wedding Emerald & Jade Flowers // www.emeraldandjadeflowers.com // photos by www.interlacephotography.co.uk
Real Wedding Emerald & Jade Flowers // www.emeraldandjadeflowers.com // photos by www.interlacephotography.co.uk
Real Wedding Emerald & Jade Flowers // www.emeraldandjadeflowers.com // photos by www.interlacephotography.co.uk
Real Wedding Emerald & Jade Flowers // www.emeraldandjadeflowers.com // photos by www.interlacephotography.co.uk

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.

Emerald & Jade Flowers, Bristol Wedding Florist

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New Product: Terms & Conditions Template for Florists

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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

To place your order, please place your order via our online form, and read our terms and conditions beforehand.

Merci!

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The Fee behind the florist

Emerald & Jade Flowers - Meet the florist

Hello and welcome to Emerald & Jade’s brand new design! Along with a gorgeous new logo, a brand new website has been created for all you lovelies to enjoy. Isn’t it stunning? I have the very talented Becky Lord Design to thank for all this, I am absolutely in love with it all and feel very excited about where it will take Emerald & Jade and I! In the meantime, I thought it would be a good time to introduce myself, and let you know about the Fee behind the florist (that’s me!).

As you might have already seen from the About page, my name is Fiona (Fee to my friends). I haven’t been a florist all my life. Nor did I start training in floristry since I could walk, or anything of the sort.

I grew in France, which meant I had an amazing childhood! However education wise, France has a very “elite” mentality. I studied a Baccalaureat Litteraire, namely studying 8 hours of philosophy a week (yes, that is one crazy amount of philosophy!) and took classes for Spanish and Italian, as well as intensive English within an International School. Yet, because it wasn’t a Scientific Baccalaureat, people would joke that I wouldn’t get very far in life as I hadn’t been studying “important” subjects like physics and chemistry…

Having had enough of that mentality, I went off to England to go to University at 18, thereby following my mother’s footsteps in reverse. I remember absolutely loving it! Teachers and lecturers would ask for my advice and actually want to hear what I thought, rather than just hear me repeat what had been said in the textbook. I felt liberated.

I really enjoyed my degree. Apart from the French Law modules, which was exactly like being back at school in France. I spent a year studying at the Sorbonne in Paris. Living in Paris was a great experience. It also taught me that I never ever wanted to practice French Law. Ever.

I decided not to go to Law school, but instead to find work in a law firm to decide whether or not it was something I wanted to do. I started from the bottom and worked my way as a qualified Employment Lawyer. I loved the challenging work, and the area of work was incredibly exciting. But then it became more than just a job, and not in a good way.

It took over me. I would show up at work only to burst into tears when the phone rang. I was emotionally drained and part of me felt that this was not what I was meant to do with my life…

Then my family went through a tragic phase. My mum got diagnosed with breast cancer, and I lost 4 very close family members within a few years. At the time I had also just had my second baby, and something shifted in me. It was when my 3 year old had appendicitis and peritonitis, and was rushed for emergency surgery while on holiday abroad, that I took the decision to take things into my own hands. I was forced to have a month off work to care for my daughter so I had a lot of time to think. I realised that whatever was making me miserable, I could in fact change it. Because once you’re gone, you’re gone. That’s it. Your chance has gone.

I therefore did the unimaginable (for me at least), and handed in my notice to become a stay at home mum. This was terrifying. I had no back up plan. I had always enjoyed going to work, and I was pretty scared of being at home 24/7 with the kids with no idea of what career move I would take next. I fixed myself a two year deadline to find a new career.

For a while, I let nature take its course, and took up opportunities as they arose. Wonderful things started happening then. I ended up becoming an intern for an amazing Wedding website: French Wedding Style. I also wrote a regular feature whilst planning my own wedding. Its editor, Monique, is an incredibly inspiring and positive woman. She truly took me under her wing, and I strongly believe that thanks to her, I started to believe that it wasn’t too late to start a creative career after all.

From that moment, things took over completely and I’m not even sure where floristry truly began. I think it might have been when my sister got married. She lives in Australia, but was getting married in Bristol. So I helped with some of the planning. Her wedding flowers were amazing, and so I found myself emailing her wedding florist and asking her about training as a florist and what was it like? Claire was incredible and provided me with so much information, including the good but also the bad. Something clicked, and before I knew it, I had signed up for an Intensive Career Change course with the amazing Tallulah Rose Flower School in Bath.

During those four weeks, it felt as though I completely fell apart, only to then be rebuilt into something completely different. But somehow, it has always felt right and it was as though I knew that this, becoming a florist, was what I was meant to do.

The lawyer in me still occasionally talks to me and makes me wonder what on earth am I doing? But this voice is becoming quieter and quieter as time goes on, and the Fee behind the florist, is truly becoming confident and happy.

I do believe that my background in the corporate world is useful in my new line of work. I am not shy contacting people and discussing projects and ideas, or negotiating when required. But I am at my happiest when arranging flowers. The flower market is my new happy place. The flowers. The scent. The staff. I seem to have settled into it all like a fish to water!

My family and friends have also been incredibly supportive from the start, for which I am eternally grateful! ♥

Discovering my style and identity has also been very rewarding. And I love that Becky seems to have completely figured this out when working on my branding for me.

So there you are. A *little* about me, the florist. I promise not all my blog posts will be this long or personal. I just wanted to introduce myself properly!

To finish off, I have discovered a true passion for flowers. But more than that, I feel as though I truly am on a journey of self discovery, allowing me to be me. The me that grew up in France, lost in a corporate world and wanting to create beauty. When people ask me what I do now, I no longer mumble “I’m a lawyer”, and instead proudly say that I’m a florist with a big smile on my face. And that’s blooming marvellous if you ask me!

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