It’s beginning to look a lot like…winter!

With the arrival of the cold, I thought it was best to give you a little account of the new products in the shop.

We’ve stocked some fabulous card ranges – quirky and pretty – Birthdays, Births, Congratulations, Farewells, Good Luck, and Christmas (ssssshhhhh, hoped you might not notice it if I stuck it on the end)! We’ve also got some glorious plain ones…and when I say plain, I don’t actually mean plain…

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Next up scarves…and not just ones to keep you warm!! When I’m in the bleak midwinter and all I wear are hoodies, jumpers, jeans and big fat mountain boots, a scarf can lighten my outfit, don’t get me wrong, it doesn’t make me look actually glamorous but it does somewhat detract from the glum get-up I wear for 6 months of the year (or so I hope)!

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Candles – gloriously scented candles…if like me, you currently have a new cat who can’t yet go out but unfortunately still needs to go to the toilet, then a scented candle can make the world of difference. These candles come in a wide variety of smells (seriously, we’ve got loads of them), and we also have the classic smaller tins from a company we’ve been using for a while. Prices from £4.50. I would have put a picture of the cat too but she moves too fast to capture at the moment.

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CACTI CANDLES – I don’t think I even need to say much about these…they just look good!

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Soaps and bath-time tea bags – A gorgeous range – handmade in England, recycled or recyclable packaging, all natural ingredients, ALL vegetarian… all smelling lovely…I feel a theme of scents in this blog post, well, we are a flower shop after all…it tends to go with the territory. Tea bags are £1.95 – perfect stocking filler, and the soaps are from £2.35.

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Wrapping paper – festive and none festive…it’s erm….to wrap presents in…although actually, you could also just hang some in frames, it’s that pretty!

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Finally, CHOCOLATE – Another really lovely company and ‘very tasty chocolate’, that’s a direct quote from Pete who is a chocolate aficionado! Choc affair chocolate is palm oil free, has sustainably sourced ingredients and also covers the vegans among us…the dark chocolate ones do anyway. Flavours galore in the shop including Raspberry and Rose, Orange and Geranium…see the floral theme, plus, salted caramel…nothing floral, amongst others.

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Keep a lookout on our facebook page and Instagram for more inspiration for yourself, for friends, for a stranger on the street ‘why thank you’! 🙂

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Reduce, Re-use, Recycle

Being a florist, it’s not the most eco-friendly career to have…something that has plagued me since I began in the business, but,  I try my best to make it better and I thought you might like to know how.

There has been a lot of focus in the floristry industry recently on the #nofloralfoam movement, this simply means not using foam to create arrangements, mainly because it doesn’t decompose.  I’ve never really liked using foam because of this reason, and I also believe flowers don’t last as long as they can when they’re in good old fashioned water, but, being a florist in the wedding industry, I’m guilty of using it…

We do a lot of designs here at Lily Blossom that don’t involve foam, mainly jam jars, vases, bottles etc that flowers can happily sit in and look gorgeous on a table…but I thought I’d try an actual arrangement. I first taped up the bowl below and this gave me a grid to fill with flowers…

Next, I started filling, I find with this style of arranging it will tend to be quite a loose natural flowing style…ALTHOUGH…I’m sure with the grid you could also do compact tight arrangements (I actually just thought that as I was typing)!

Now please bear in mind, these are all old flowers out of my waste bucket…not particularly my colour scheme or choice of flowers…but we’ve got to start somewhere…

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Let me know what you think…

Secondly, I’ve never massively promoted my attempts at not using foam, recycling, composting our green, re-using anything I can (some people would call this hoarding), as I don’t really believe it should be a sales tactic…it should just be…you should just do it!!

BUT…it’s come to my attention that I should be promoting these things…or that, some people might find this interesting?! Lots of flowers come in wrapped in elastic bands…bands that I just can’t throw away, my arm won’t actually let me…so they’ve been kept (hoarded) in our cellar, and I’ve wracked my brains for 5.5 years now, with what to do with them… (the chains are an attempt at a skirt for the mannequin)! 20180509_140850_resized

So apart from the obvious of elastic band balls…I started knitting, (not started knitting, I’ve always knitted, just not with elastic). I’m thinking a shopping bag?!

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Next up I’ll tell you about our composting, paper recycling, how to re-use your flower wrapping for gifts and…erm…plastic netting baubles…now I’ve got you interested!

 

Mother’s Day Inspiration

So, I’m just going to get down to it…Mother’s Day inspiration…

Call us on 01484-844-472 to order or use the Direct2Florist website to order with us online.

We have a range of bouquets available for order or collection – prices start from £12.00 in the shop –  How about a spring mixture of Tulips and Narcissi – a promise that the snow and ice have to leave us alone at some point or a bright bunch of mixed gerbera, perhaps a promise of summer?!

 

We can cater to any colour scheme you desire – red and yellow and pink and green, orange and…you get the picture. Bouquets start from £20.00 and from there you can spend however much you like, we’ll have a range of different styles and prices but if there is something specific then just get in touch and give us the lowdown.

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We aim for all deliveries to be done by 12.00 on Mothering Sunday.

We have plants a-plenty in too, orchids, hyacinth planters, peace lilies, cyclamen, narcissi in cups, coffee plants in coffee cups, funky succulents in dazzling gold pots…honestly, we go ALL OUT!! 🙂 Just a little sneak peek below.

 

 

2018??!!

2018? It surely can’t be?! Where does this time go? We celebrated five years of being open in September and already we’re another four months gone!!

Yet again, we had a very busy wedding season (although season suggests a set period of time and these days it just never seems to end…not that we’re complaining)! Our last weddings were on the 16th December, one at our neighbourhood venue, Crow Hill, and one in Salford at the Worsley Court House and our first wedding of 2018 came on the 12th January….so season, schmeason…

 

Thanks to Elizabeth Baker Wedding Photography for the pictures of Amy and Marks wedding in January, below.

 

So, as always this year, we’ve got Valentines coming up, thanks to Pete for doing this fabulous window display, I think this year needs to be me against Pete window battle, the battle of the windows…and whoever wins…gets Christmas off…HA! Vote for your favourite on Facebook!

 

Mother’s day is next, the opportunity to spoil that lady in your life who looks after you, whether it be Mum, Grandma, Aunty, Sister, your next door neighbours daughter, Fairy Godmother (yes, that’s a thing)! I believe these people should ALWAYS be lavished with flowers and gifts BUT sometimes we forget, Mother’s day is the day not to!

Keep a look out on the blog and our Instagram page for more fabulous Mother’s day ideas, flower arranging classes, monthly flower deliveries, gloriously scented candles, plants galore or sophisticated silk flower arrangements…for those people whose houses are just TOO HOT for fresh…doesn’t happen often in Marsden!

And then we’ll be back into weddings, this year we’ve got some real floral feasts for you to peruse over, hanging pomanders of flowers, garlands of greenery, spring fandango (I like that word, expect to see more of that), and a wedding abroad…Portugal, here we come!!

Until next time…which I PROMISE will be before Mother’s day…see diary entry…

Keep updated on our various social media thingies, Instagram, Facebook, and Pinterest. We’ll also be showcasing some our wedding expertise at Holmfirth Vineyard wedding fair on the Sunday 4th March and of course at the Crow Hill Wedding fair on Sunday 18th March. xx

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A little insight…

We were recently sent a little interview questionnaire to fill in for a new floristry magazine, and I thought as I’ve not done a blog post for ages, I’d post the answers here for you all to have a little read! I decided to include Pete too…because he is a big part of the business…even if he’s not as vocal as I am….and refuses to have his picture taken!! 🙂

Enjoy!

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1. What time does your alarm go off?                                                                                    

Rox – Around 8.15 but it can be as early as 5.00 on a wedding day.                                         Pete – The same time as Rox although she sometimes lets me have another hour on a wedding day.

2. Name one person in the flower industry you’d love to meet

Rox – I like to meet anyone who is involved in the flower industry, working on my own can be quite lonely sometimes so as soon as I meet a fellow florist it’s none stop chat!!       Pete – I’d really like to go to Tatton Park next year, I ‘ve got into gardening more this year so it would be interesting to see what’s there.

3. Tell us something that would surprise people about you
Rox – We never have fresh flowers in the house – well, we live above the shop so technically we do…but they very rarely make it up the stairs!
Pete – I enjoy doing floral funeral tributes – letters or special designs – we’ve done a motorbike, a golf club, a Pheasant to name a few.
 
4. Name a guilty pleasure
Rox – Having my nails painted, I’m so used to having shabby hands that I take great pleasure in them when they’ve got a bit of polish on!
Pete – Killing zombies on the computer and listening to 80’s music whilst working.
5. If you weren’t a florist what would you do?
Rox – I’d love to be a window dresser.
Pete – I’d love to do up camper vans – especially VWs.
6. Name the flower you like the least
Rox – I’m not a massive fan of lisianthus
Pete – I’m not a fan of Veronica or Tulips
7. Rainbow roses: yes or yuck?
Rox – YUCK!
Pete – Yuck!
8. What trends do you see facing the industry?
Rox – I think people are starting to go slightly over to more modern look again, instead of the DIY ‘vintage’ look. ‘Elegance’ and ‘opulent’ are a few ‘buzz’ words I’ve heard when discussing 2018/19 weddings!
Pete – People seem to really like wild flower styles at the moment.
9. Name a trend you think is best left in the past
Rox – I love the whole ‘vintage’ look but I’m losing sight of what it means anymore, it’s used so often for so many different looks. I’d love to stop using foam, purely on an environmental stance, but that just ain’t going to happen!
Pete – ‘Vintage’.
Rox – Pete obviously isn’t a fan!
10. Best moment of your career so far?
Rox – Getting our shop and EVERY single time someone contacts me after we’ve done some flowers, to say thank you, whether it’s their wedding day, a family funeral or just someone who needed cheering up, it’s such a pleasure knowing you’ve helped make someones day that bit more special.
Pete – Realising for the first time I was capable of running the shop on my own (even though it was very stressful) and being able to do a bouquet that Roxanne didn’t have something bad to say about it (a rarity)!

The lazy lazy florist

Ok, well, I’m not lazy as such, not when it comes to doing work, just when it comes to keeping up to date with my blog posts!! So, the end of the year came and went and now we’re right into the new one (quite far in really)! We’ve had a mini wedding, Valentine’s day, and the fabulous Crow Hill wedding fair! We’ve had at least four different window displays in and so this is what I thought this blog could be about…I’m already making notes on what the next blog will be about and it’ll be done just before Mother’s day…soooo pretty soon then!!

Our first new window of the year, after the glitter and glamour of Christmas had departed, Chinese new year, well, it had to be didn’t it!!! We had mini dining table set up with Chinese brass coins, lots of red flowers and the piece de resistance…a big floating dragon!

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Valentine’s day, well I always like to keep it simple, so an abundance of Roses with red and pink pom poms hanging down with a couple of cupid hearts were all it took, thanks to our new Saturday girl Carys for helping out with this one. 20170121_151144_resized

After the overload of red in the windows (Christmas, Chinese New Year, Valentines) I thought we’d go for a colour change…blue (like my football team)! We got some lovely new vases in and I really wanted to show them off, so into the window they went!  16463813_1606089599407738_6726667239682297023_o

And seen as Mother’s day isn’t far away I thought I’d show you that window too, with homemade bunting no less!! 🙂

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Christmas time…mistletoe and wine…

It’s here, the festive frenzy that is Christmas!!! The shop has been dressed for a couple of weeks now but I thought I’d give you an opportunity to look around even if you don’t manage to physically get into the shop, how lucky are you?! Come on in…wp_20161203_11_40_03_pro

 

First up, our Christmas windows…no, we didn’t win the window competition this year, Congratulations to Cubecure by the way, (she says, through gritted teeth) with their fabulous wooden wonderland. But, we’re still very happy with ours, despite the torment it causes me every year!! 🙂

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We’ve got some beautiful Christmas gifts stacked around the shop at the moment and that loveliness is only going to get better as we get closer to the big day. Christmas visiting starts as soon as December hits so we’ve got lots of cute pick up gifts ready in the shop, priced from £5.00 they’re the perfect little something!

Next up, we have wreaths for your door, a selection of Spruce or Holly ones…or even, FULL ON GOLD GLITTER ONES!!!

We’ve got some lovely little bulb planters in the shop, Hyacinths/Crocus, all waiting to get into the warmth and bloom for you.

We have city scape candle holders that create a lovely glow sat on your fireplace or window sill and priced at only £4.50/£11.95 they are a bargain!

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Hampers and bags to pop all those lovely goodies in, a few different sizes, big and bulky, small and petite and elegantly slim line (I’m not sure how a bottle bag can be elegantly slim line but it sounds good, sooo…) Priced from £2.50 why not fill them up with other goodies from our village, toys from The Magic Box, Cheese, Biscuits and WINE from Goodness me, some fabulous art from Enjoy Art and other little trinkets from Cubecure!

 

Flower deliveries will commence on the 22nd and we’ll be delivering right through until Christmas Eve! A few examples are below but all our bouquets are bespoke, made individually and designed on the day, feel free to request specific things, Lilies, Amaryllis, Berries, Gerberas, Roses…the list goes on and on (it really does).

 

Table Centrepieces can be ordered now and then collected nearer the time – candles, no candles, flowers, no flowers…I fear I’m giving you too much choice now!

img_2529And with that, I’ll say goodbye, hope you all have a wonderful Christmas and New Year and I’ll soon you in January, hopefully as fresh as a daisy (see what I did there)…if I don’t indulge in too much mistletoe and wine! 🙂