Wednesday, 29 October 2014

How to get the Best from your Blooms

Hello all!  Today, rather than talk about all things weddingy, I thought I'd bring you a feature I wrote recently for my good friend, Kelly at Boho Weddings.  I met this lovely lady shortly after I started Campbell's Flowers.  We immediately hit it off and since then I've been lucky enough to be asked to write for her on a fairly regular basis.  So, on the off chance you missed my latest post, I've put together a list of handy hints and tips of how to get the best from your beautiful blooms, whether it’s your special wedding day bridal bouquet or if you’ve been lucky enough to receive a gorgeous hand tied thank you or anniversary bouquet.

1. Re-cut the stems

If there’s one golden rule about looking after flowers, it’s always, always re-cut the stems before you pop them into water.  Without going all technical on you, the fact is that once out of water, flower stems start closing up which restricts their absorption of water.  Re-cutting the stems opens all their little cell up to having a good drink – the key to a happy long life methinks!

2. Clean water, clean vases

Flowers are a bit like people really, they don’t like dirty water or dirty vases so it’s best to make sure your vases are spotlessly clean and that you change the water every day or two to minimise bacteria.

3. Fruit and Flowers don’t go

It’s not a good idea to put your lovely blooms next to your fruit bowl as fruit gives off ethylene gas (used to artificially ripen tomatoes) which will mature your flowers faster than you’d like.

4.  Feed me, feed me

If you’re given one of those little magic sachets of flower food, then do use them. They contain a heady cocktail of all the nutrients flowers need to keep them going for as long as possible.  However, not all flowers respond well to flower food, a good florist will let you know which flowers do and don’t like food but a general rule of thumb is don’t feed cut bulbs as you pretty much only need to show them light and water for them to do their thing!  Tulips, daffs and iris will all bolt like mad if you feed them flower food and you’ll only have them for a day or so which makes me sad. L

5.  I’m best undressed!

Always remember to unwrap your flowers, especially if you receive them aqua-packed (in a bubble of water) as the packaging is there to look lovely and enhance your flowers. Be sure to take them out of the bubble of water too as this is just meant to keep them fresh for a day or so or while they make their way to you – it’s not meant as a substitute vase!

There’s lots more very specific advice about how to care for different blooms but if you follow these few simple guidelines then you should find that your flowers look lovely for longer – which can only be for the best.

I do hope you’ve found this post helpful, if you have any questions or want some specific advice about an experience you’ve had, then do leave a comment at the bottom of this post and I will be sure to get back to you as soon as poss.

Much love Tx

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Photo credit all Jess Petrie


Friday, 10 October 2014

Living the Dream! - A Prima Magazine Feature November 2014

Hello all

I'm just popping onto the blog with some really exciting news.  During August I was contacted by a very lovely freelance journalist who had seen our website and wanted to have a chat with me about a feature she was putting together for Prima magazine.  Some while ago, the editors at Prima had asked their readers what their dream job might be, given the choice.  One of their top four choices was a florist and the magazine was really interested in women who had had a change in career.

Cue lil'o me!

After a really long chat and phone interview, followed by a couple of additional interviews by phone and email, I heard from the picture editor at the magazine who happily was interested in featuring me so we organised a photo shoot with one of her favourite London photographers, here at the studio. What excitement! It was a really brilliant day, the photographer, Thomas, was absolutely wonderful. We hit it off straight away and he was totally brilliant at putting me at ease - we were so chilled we even got Lily whippet into a couple of shots surrounded by beautiful British grown blooms we had ready for one of that weekend's weddings.

So here are a few shots of the feature in this month's Prima ....

Before the magazine came out, I got to see a few of the really wonderful shots from our photo shoot and so I thought I'd share everything with you - hope you like them.

How cute is Lily our studio whippet?!

Well, it's back down to earth with a bump next week as we get ready for a wonderful weekend packed full of weddings. I'm still smiling as I type though!

T x

Photo credit Thomas Skovsende

PS: The writing is so fabulous do go and get a copy if you can!

Thursday, 2 October 2014

Lisa and Peter - Summer Sunflower Loveliness.

Hello all!!

Today we are bringing you a summery wedding which took place in the busiest month at Campbell's HQ so far!  Lisa and Peter tied the knot at the gorgeous East Lodge Hotel in Matlock, with 10 acres of breath taking landscape it's the perfect backdrop for a super summer wedding.  The theme for the wedding was light and delicate shades and as you will see, plenty of sunflowers.

I am pretty sure the groom realised he didn't need this spot of Dutch courage as soon as he saw the beautiful bride.

As mentioned before, Sunflowers were to feature quite strongly in the brides bouquet which we absolutely loved working with.  Lisa didn't want a large bouquet which to me seemed a bit tricky as sunflowers tend to be on the larger side, but this didn't phase T and Mel (which is why they're the florists and I'm not)! The bouquet also included delicate flowers and foliage such at stocks, eucalyptus, delphinium and astilbe.  So as you can see from the flowers list the bouquet was kept stylish and simple.

For the bridesmaids the couple decided to keep the theme going throughout and chose a smaller sunflower bouquet with just a little greenery and a more petit posy for the younger flower girl.

I just love the sunflower button holes.  They really contrast against the navy blue suits and were a great choice.


Ok so this may be a little self indulgent but I had to include this picture of the bride and her son.  Having just had a baby I totally understand how you have to do most things with a little person on your hip, even your wedding make up apparently.  I am sure all you mums out there will totally relate to this as I have.

As you can see this blog is pretty image rich as it was so hard to choose which pictures to use which brings me to the photographer.  Full credit for the images goes too Marcus Rose Photography, follow the link for a better look the amazing photography. They were super lovely to work with and incredibly helpful too when it came to sharing their lovely work. Our thanks to Rosie sorting everything out for us.

We couldn't resist finishing on this photograph which we think captures the bride perfectly.

As always thanks for reading, I hope you enjoyed this post as much as I enjoyed writing it.  If you would like to talk to us about ideas for your wedding day, there are plenty of ways to get in touch   facebooktwitterpinterestYouTube. .  You can always leave me your thoughts too by commenting on the blog below, it's always really lovely to hear from you!

Much love
Amy xx

Friday, 29 August 2014

Rachel and Steven

So today I get to do one of my favourite tasks here at Campbell's Flowers and that's write about a real wedding!  The one we are bringing you today is that of Rachel and Steven who got married this time last year at East Riddlesden Hall for the ceremony then onto Newton Grange for the reception.  It was such a relaxed atmosphere full of hay bales, teepee's and bunting.

The bride and groom came and collected her flowers from us here at Campbell's HQ which is quite a popular choice with brides who are DIYing their table decorations.  Rachel is a graphic designer from London, (we get lots of fab enquiries from London these days as they tend to love our style and the amount of detail that we put into everything - which is a huge compliment to us).  Rachel wanted a very loose and open looking hand tied full of small delicate flowers in pinks, purples, blues and creams.  As far as possible we used British grown flowers which was very important to them and so suited us down the the ground - it's whatowe love to do!  The florals included Astrantia Roma, Yorkshire Lavender, Waxflower, Larkspur, Stocks, Delphinium, Gypsophelia, Aster and pink Lisianthus all finished off with a band of string.

For the bridesmaids the couple wanted something the same as the bride but a little smaller in size.  Again this seems to be quite a popular choice with our brides as it ties everything together and certainly works beautifully with these gorgeous dresses.

We were asked to design the buttonholes as if they were a small bunches of flowers which we absolutely loved.  What a fab idea!

All credit for the photography goes to Tom Ravenshear, the pictures are truely amazing and capture the day beautifully.

Lastly but by no means least we would love to share this Vimeo that the bride put together.  It gave me goosebumps and made T cry so you have been warned.  

Enjoy! Vimeo

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Thanks for reading
Amy xx

Thursday, 21 August 2014

Feature Flower - Sunny Sunflowers

Yep you guessed it, it's that time again, it's feature flower time!  This month we have chosen the sunny sunflower.  This happy little flower has become quite popular this year and we are predicting it will continue to remain a favourite coming into next summer too.

These amazing flowers originate in South America and quickly spread all over the world  due to their versatility. Thet are notoriously easy to grow and add amazing colour structure to any garden or wedding bouquet they also have a lovely habit of turning their heads to face the sun as it moves in the sky during the day.

The folklore and legend surrounding the sunflower proves a very interesting read too.  It is said that Sunflowers are a symbol of luck which is why many people plant them around their houses, and who wouldn't want a symbol of luck on their wedding day too?

Sunflowers have been associated with truth, loyalty and honesty.  They have also been thought of as a sign of fertility.  Ancient forklore has it that by eating sunflowers seeds and bathing in a bath of sunflower petals you're supposed to increase your chance of conception. Something to bear in mind post honeymoon!

Here a few tips on how to keep your sunflowers looking fresh and lovely after your wedding day so you can appreciate them for as long as possible.  Tip 1:  Re-cut the stems at a 45 degree angle before putting them into water.  Tip 2:  Make sure you strip off all the leaves (if there are any) on the stem that sit below the water line.  Tip 3:  Use a cut flower preservative or make your own with this easy recipe, 2 table spoons of fresh lemon juice, 1 tablespoon of sugar and 1/2 tablespoon of bleach added to your flower water.  Make sure you use luke warm water when filling up your vase.  Finally, Tip 4:  Make sure you replace the water every 3 days and keep it topped up in between.

I really hope you have found the blog interesting and useful.  If you would like to discuss any floral ideas there are plenty of ways you can get in touch  facebooktwitterpinterestYouTube.

Please use our comment section below if you have any tips on how to keep your cut flowers fresh!

Thanks for reading
Amy xx