Passionate Valentine blooms

A dramatic winter bride's bouquet

Interesting Valentine’s Day fact: The tradition of giving flowers to loved ones on Valentine’s Day started in the 17th century when King Charles II of Sweden popularised “the language of flowers”, which then caught on throughout Europe.

The most traditional type of flower for Valentine’s Day became the rose because of it’s association with the Greek goddess of love, Aphrodite. Red roses signify passion.

Red roses are beautiful but I like them most when I combine them with other flowers. I think this creation is so much more romantic than a bouquet of long-stem red roses it almost hurts (in a good way).

In shades of crimson, dusky pink and inky black, this is a ‘Wuthering Heights’ bouquet if ever there was one. Packed with wildness and texture and full of romance and drama.

The final flourish is the black eyelash lace ribbon wrapped around the stems.

Now all you need is Heathcliffe to send it to you.


Fave bouquets 2018

2018 was quite the year for favourite bouquets and there many that were difficult to part with!  Although the colour palettes varied, many of my Brides gravitated towards unstructured loose, loveliness with natural green for that freshly-picked-from-the-garden look I absolutely love.

Take a peek at which floral creations I most fell in love with and tell me your very favourite in the comments!

Garden-style rose bouquet
Lush peony bouquet
Coral and blush bouquet
Dreamy bouquet

Instaworthy 2 – Hanging flowers

If you’ve been mooching around Pinterest or Instagram looking for ideas for your wedding flowers, you won’t have missed all the gorgeous hanging flowers.  It’s such a fabulous way to create an instant wow factor and massive visual impact that it’s not surprising so many couples are asking for them now.  The Foxgloves and Roses team has created a fair few of them, each of them completely bespoke, so that they suit both the couple’s style and the venue itself.  Here are some of them.  Which do you like the most?

Created for an boho-style summer party at The Perch in Binsey, Oxford, this upside-down hanging flower creation really set the scene for the occasion.

The picture below goes to show just how different a wedding venue can look depending on how it is decorated. It’s of another hanging flower installation at The Perch.  This time the theme was ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’ and the installation in based on hoops of foliage and gorgeous white paper star lanterns.

Hanging hoops of foliage at The Perch Oxford

For a winter wedding reception in a private barn we created a stunning three metre long hanging flower installation with white and blush flowers and trailing winter greenery.  Along the underside we hung jam jars with candles so that in the evening there would be little twinkles of light.

For an Anglo-Indian wedding at Rousham House, with a colourful, tropical theme, we created a fabulous 20 metre long hanging rope of flowers.  The rope was covered in tropical leaves and bright flowers hung from colourful ribbon.  It truly was a show-stopper!

Hanging globes are another take on the hanging flowers concept.  This one was created for a wedding with a wild hedgerow theme.  It made it’s first appearance outside the Church and then made an encore suspended above the tables in the marquee.

Sometimes it’s possible to create hanging flowers by make floral additions the chandeliers and this is something we often do for weddings at Ardington House.

Hanging flowers are such a modern, different and creative way to incorporate flowers into wedding styling.  You’re only limited by your imagination and your florists’ head for heights!


Instaworthy 1 – Floral wreaths

If you’re busy day dreaming about the perfect florals for your big day you’re probably spending a lot of time swooning at images on Pinterest and Instagram. So, I thought I’d help out with a series of posts on instaworthy flower inspirations.

Floral wreaths are first on my list. They’re the perfect way dress up the entrance door or gate that leads to your wedding. They make a gorgeous way to welcome guests and also hint at the floral styling everyone can expect to see throughout the rest of the day.

Heart-shaped wreaths are a romantic twist on circular ones, although I also like the symbolism of a circle, which represents eternity (which is why we exchange wedding rings). Depending on your wedding’s style and venue, the wreath can be as simple as twisted twigs and foliage or more extravagant florist foam shapes covered with beautiful blooms.  Which would you choose?


Clouds of peonies


Is there anything lovelier than a cloud of peonies? Lush, fluffy, romantic and totally captivating, it’s no wonder peonies are the flower most asked for by my brides. However, these gorgeous blooms have a short season – late April through to the end of June – so if they are a must for you, plan your wedding date accordingly.

The dark secret no-one ever tells you about peonies is just how stubborn they can be. Often they arrive from the wholesaler in bright, hard green little buds. Days of coaxing then ensue to make sure those buds open up into beautiful, full, heart-singing blooms. Want to know the best way to make that happen? Bash those little buds hard on a table. Seems like a cruel way to treat such a beauty doesn’t it? But it helps open the hard green outer sepals like a charm. Many a florist has lost sleep over these darlings but they are so worth it!





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Give a wedding florist a blank slate and you get genuine creativity and swoonable flowery beauty. That doesn’t always mean the biggest budget. With big budget weddings I get to have fun (and sleepless nights) creating large arrangements like hanging flower installations, but it can be the small budget weddings where the Bride is open to ideas about flower and colour combinations that can result in real beauty.

When it suits the couple and their wedding I always enjoy being bold with colour and textures. Bold florals offer a wonderful contrast between the Bride’s dress and white table linen – and white marquee interiors. Their bright aliveness also brings sense of joy to the wedding.

For Rose’s wedding flowers the inspiration came from the beautiful coral, orange, and pink clouds in a mesmerising mid-summer sunset at the end of a hot day. Because Rose and Tom’s big day was 21 June – summer solstice – that seemed particularly pertinent to their wedding.   The fact that Rose cleverly chose ivory lace dresses for her bridesmaids too made the look of the three of them holding their bouquets look incredible.

The bouquets were created with stunning coral peonies, pinky coral roses, pink peonies, white spray roses, coral spray roses, chamomile, phlox, astrantia pink sweetpeas, white snapdragons, blue nepeta, alchemilla mollis and thlasspi. And the result was totally swoonable.

As Elizabeth Gilbert says in her book “Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear” “A creative life is an amplified life. It’s a bigger life, a happier life, an expanded life, and a hell of a lot more interesting life. Living in this manner—continually and stubbornly bringing forth the jewels that are hidden within you—is a fine art, in and of itself.”