Well, what a year, do I need to say more?! I could say all those words we’ve heard relentlessly over the last 6 months (6 MONTHS) – unprecedented, extraordinary, strange, crazy, new normal etc etc…but I won’t…apart from just then! I’m going to focus on our plans for the future and tell you about what we got up to during lockdown.
We managed to have a wonderful Mother’s day, so many people wanting to send flowers out as people began shielding…Pete the delivery was out about with hand sanitiser and gloves.
We then sat down that evening, exhausted, to watch the news…lockdown was officially announced. We were concerned, we had a busy wedding season this summer, we didn’t know what would happen with flowers, would we be able to continue working, would the weddings stay with us?!
Flower deliveries stopped initially, but we could still source compost and seeds…that was the way to go we decided, give people what they need; enquiries for bedding plants then started coming in, it was still so early but with the beautiful weather we were having, people were enthusiastic to get out there planting, so our back garden turned into a garden centre, such a lovely sight to see, although quite tiring bringing everything in and out every day but hey…we couldn’t do anything else!!
Flower deliveries resumed and we did contactless deliveries, people were desperate to send out messages of hope and love to their family and friends, people celebrating birthdays, births, anniversaries or just wanting to let people know they were in their thoughts. We also had funerals and sympathy flowers, a time when you need people around you the most and you weren’t allowed them. It was so important to us that we could provide these services for people, as they said their last goodbye or to show their thoughts were with people in need.
And then it was over…ish….
We’ve had a few determined couples who were adamant they were getting married, social distancing or not and they have made us excited for 2021 and all the love that will be on display, with the majority of weddings re-scheduled from 2020 to 2021 our dates are slightly limited so get in touch if you’re considering us as your florist…we’d love to have you! A couple of snapshots from this year below…just to give you a taster!
We have some new gifts in and we’re always on the look out for more exciting stock. We bought in more of our Wild Olive products, including face masks and shower smoothies and we also sourced a range of vegan lip balms…then I went a bit mad and got some different soaps (vegan) and lip balms (not vegan) in as I just LOVE the packaging so much! All British made, no plastic packaging and all made from lovely natural ingredients.
The event at the end of the year…C*****mas is on our minds and we’ve got plenty of stock ideas, including a small children’s range of gifts coming in. We’re not sure about the wreath and table arrangement classes as yet, it’s still so early to know but rest assured we’ll be doing everything we can to get you crafting somehow, someway!