English country wedding flowers

  • Top tips for tipi marquee wedding flowers

    Top tips for tipi marquee wedding flowers

    Tipi marquees can be quite dark inside.  The canvas comes low to the ground and there's little room for the sides to be open to let in light.  Use this to your advantage when it comes to choosing wedding flowers.  Pale coloured flowers glow in low light.  So go for white in a tipi tent and they'll shine for you.  This last weekend we did masses of white flowers for a gorgeous tipi marquee wedding in a farm field in Somerset.  Usually at this time of year I'd worry that white flowers would just disapear against white table cloths and in the glare of a high summer sun.  However, here, on plain board trestle tables, in the shade of a tipi marquee, our flowers absolutely glowed in the light.  So if you're planning to have a reception in a tipi marquee, think of having white flowers which will show up beautifully against the tipi background.

    You're welcome!

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  • How to choose your wedding florist

    How to choose your wedding florist

    How to choose your wedding florist.

    I'm often telephoned by people who are just beginning the research for suppliers for their wedding.  And I often end up talking to them for over an hour, advising on much more than the flowers.  There's so much to think about: where do you start?

    I think the best way to find out who should help with your wedding flowers is to give as much information as you have, from budget to pinterest board inspiration, to your potential florist, and then sit back and let them come back to you with great ideas.  Don't have your ideas set in stone: allow a good florist to take your inspiration and come back with great ways to make the most of your budget so that your wedding photos are full of flowers but your budget isn't broken.

    Allow your wedding florist to show you how you can frame those important moments during the day with flowers, so that the photographs on your mantlepiece in fifty years time remind you of the gorgeous scent of your wedding flowers.

    Your wedding florist is likely to be very can-do, full o...

  • June wedding flowers

    June wedding flowers

    June wedding flowers are a delight for us here at Common Farm Flowers near Bruton in Somerset.  They have a light freshness which I adore, and the scent of the sweet peas and the roses has both Sharon and I inhaling it like addicts, though of course there will be more tomorrow! 

    This bride and groom were clever with their budget.  They booked the gorgeous Aldwick Farm venue on a vinyard near Blagdon lake in Somerset for a Friday, much cheaper than a Saturday booking.  And their determination that their wedding should be beautiful, but not cost the earth, went as far as their flower choices too.  

    They had nine tables, so I made nine large posies for them, fat cushions of light flowers and foliage, all grown in the flower farm fields at Common Farm, and I put these posies in in square jars, and finished them with trails of double satin, cream ribbon.  For the ceremony these posies were the pew ends, zigzagging up the aisle of chairs where the marriage would be celebrated.  One spare posy was popped on the registrar's table.  A...

  • Buttonhole tips

    Buttonhole tips

    Buttonhole tips

    Posy-style buttonholes made with fresh-cut English country garden flowers are very popular and we nearly always make buttonholes like this for weddings.  

    Two hot tips for buttonhole management:

    1. Don't let the wearers have their buttonholes till the last moment.

    Men and boys have this hugging habit, the manliness of which can be bruising to a delicate little posy of flowers pinned to a dark alpacca lapel.

    Weddings often take place on hot days, and if gentlemen are allowed to pin those buttonholes to their dark alpacca lapels (or even light linen lapels,) when they're changing after the round of golf, or clay pigeon shootign, with which they've whiled away the morning of the wedding, they risk then sitting in the hot sun drinking pimms or beer at the ushers' lunch, which could be hours long, before the wedding ceremony later.  Even a silk rose risks looking a little worse for wear after a hot lunch in a nice pub, so for that reason ask your florist to deliver buttonholes to the venue for the ceremony, so that groom...

  • Country flowers wedding bookings

    Country flowers wedding bookings

    Country flowers wedding bookings are simple to make with us.  Though it's good to give us a little time, and good also not to assume that we are always here waiting for your call.  

    We are a small team, and we're spread pretty thin over the garden and the cutting and the conditioning and the arranging, so if you call and leave a message, don't panic, we will call you back, it just might not be today.  Imagine, if you will, that we have you on a list, and we'll save you for when we're not too rushed to speak, for when we have time to really focus on what you're looking for in wedding flowers.  Wedding flowers are not a subject for the bride, the bride's mother, the mother in law to be, and certainly not the florist, to rush at.  So if you're eloping next tuesday, tell us, and we'll ring you back sharpish.  If you're to be married a year from now, tell us, and we'll understand that you're an organised bride who likes to have everything sorted out well in advance.  Anything in between, do say, and we'll rush to ring you back (or not) accordi...

  • Wedding flowers delivery

    Wedding flowers delivery

    Wedding flowers delivery.

    It's a huge compliment to be asked to do flowers for a wedding.  People come to us for wedding flowers because they like our country style, and our use of real, home-grown not flown flowers.  They like the fact our flowers won't cost the earth in that they're only available throughout the UK, and that we never use flowers flown in from across the globe.  Ours might be a fairly niche market, but I like the fact that every bouquet we make, every time a bride calls us for help in doing her flowers, or in this case, the friends of the bride call us to surprise her with her flowers, we are showing the world that locally-grown flowers are lovely, are filled with surprising goodies not necessarily easily available from the high street florist or flower wholesaler, and we show that English garden flowers, cut to order, conditioned properly, arranged beautifully, and packaged with enormous care, can be perfect for a truly special day.

    These flowers were cut on the day before yesterday, first thing in the morning, conditioned, arrange...

  • Tips for keeping your bridal bouquet fresh on the day

    Tips for keeping your bridal bouquet fresh on the day

    We do English country flowers for fifty or sixty weddings a year here at Common Farm Flowers, always using British-grown flowers in our floristry, mostly grown here on the farm between Wicanton and Bruton in Somerset, and nearly always including a touch of wild flowers in the mix.  

    Wild flowers are beautiful in wedding bouquets, but they won't last forever out of water.  Traditional bouquets made with flowers full of chemical preservatives can be carried about for hours without showing any sign of fatigue, but fresh fresh fresh flowers, like ours, which have never been near any silver nitrate or other flower preservatives, will only do an hour or so out of water (plenty of time for the ceremony and the photographs.)  

    So our brides are advised to keep a vase of water ready to put their flowers in when they've had enough of carrying them around - which to be fair, brides quite quickly have.  After all, there are people to kiss, glasses of champagne to carry, people to dance with.  Brides (and bridesmaids) have quite quickly have had enough ...

  • White flowers for a spring wedding in London

    White flowers for a spring wedding in London

    Just because you're to be married in a smart, modern venue in London town, there's no reason you shouldn't have home-grown English country flowers at your wedding.  We often send flowers to London for weddings.  And our wildish, often woodlandy look makes a wonderful contrast with the strict, clean lines of a modern venue.  And that's what happened to these flowers.  A lovely bride had seven wild table centres in hurricane vase lamps for her guests, and on the mantlepiece in the reception room she had five large jam jar posies dotted either side three hurricane lamps with tall, high quality, church pillar candles inside them.  There were four buttonholes only.  It was a smart, very pretty, grown up wedding.  And this is the bride's bouquet: a mix of white lilac, white ranunculus, Solomon's seal, cow parsley, and other goodies, a lot of which would have been very difficult to find at a London florist.  We sent the flowers up by courier, had a long chat with the venue to make sure they knew how to look after them when they arrived, and this Lo...

  • April News

    April News
    It can’t be April already? This year is sweeping by. We had a glorious weekend of really springy weather just now and I spent most of it standing staring when I should have been slaving in the garden. So it’s been a busy busy month. Lots of cheery workshops both here and at Petersham Nurseries. April brings a couple of trips to Special Plants where I’ll be teaching Derry’s students to grow a cut flower patch. And I’m talking and demonstrating cut flower patch growing and posy tying AND giving a taster of my new Grow Your Kitchen Table Business workshop at the Country Living Fair at the end of April, so if you’re in London on 27th or 28th April do come along and say hello there. Our new website is beginning to work better for us, so I will be blogging again (until now slightly held back from that activity by a very busy Mothering Sunday - for which I thank you all!) Lots to talk about since I have TRIPS ahoy, I need to rearrange my house, and, while I think my social media management’s ok, I know I could do MUCH better - so in May we have Mark McCrum teaching...
  • Now we are 6! And thank you....

    Now we are 6! And thank you....

    Can it be possible? I feel as though Common Farm Flowers has been my life for EVER, and yet, in other moods, it’s existed but for the blink of an eye. 

    We bought this soggy patch of clay in 2004 thinking we’d be market gardeners of some sort. Clearly we knew NOTHING about gardening, or we’d NEVER have bought this clay voluntarily with the thought of growing quick turnaround crops on it. It was a green desert – acres of thick, cattle-feeding rye grasses with odd stretches of fencing criss-crossing the land. 

    So first we planted hedges - Fabrizio wanted a place he could call hedge world – to break up the space and make some wind breaks. Then we got pigs to work over the space we’d make into a veg patch. Then we had our first child and the pigs became sausages, and the veg was delicious…

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