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Monday, 29 April 2013

St. Valentine's Day on 23rd April?!

Saint Jordi or Saint George is the patron saint of Catalonia. In Barcelona this is the equivalent of St Valentines Day!

I just happened to be in the Barcelona flower market the day before and was struck by the scent of freshly harvested wheat and barley. The origin of this romantic day commemorates the chivalric tale of Saint George who rescued a Princess from the dragon. The book became part of the tradition because the 23rd of April also commemorated the death of Cervantes, the author of Spain's famous 'Don Quixote' novel.You can find the action in the old town of Barcelona. Book stores fill the streets and lovers amble about arm in arm. The tradition is that the male gives the female a rose and in return she gives him a book. The streets are decorated with the Catalonian red and yellow flag known as the Senyera.

Here are some photo's of my trip to the busy flower market, the day before St Jordi!

Red roses added with wheat for fertility and good health

The spanish flag colours are used in the wrapping

Naomi and Grand Prix imported from The Netherlands were all over the market

There are several good wholesale companies trading at the
Barcelona wholesale market.

Dried flowers were incorporate in the single rose designs

Local Roses

Fresh Wheat

Grand Prix

Novelty dyed roses were also popular

The wholesale market is highly painted

Wednesday, 21 November 2012

Flower design - Gangnam style

Du sel brillant Cafe with Mr Park in Gangnam-gu district of Seoul

The trend for purple in the du sell brillant flower Academy

The Spindle berry has been amazing this autumn from Korea to the UK!

Tilansia Moss is perfect with Vanda purple

Such a lovely class and great students!

These Rancunulus are so large that they look almost like Carnations!  

Student Topairies

Hanging Rilona Amaryllis

Sunday, 11 November 2012

POINSETTIA'S AT THE I.C.A in London with six leading British floral designers!


My Vintage design using red poinsettia, dogwood, long rose hips.

Masses of hanging votives and small vases with lot of candles

Rebel Rebel's design with a restoration theme and vintage styling

Love those Poinsettia cookies and retro pots

Designed by Tuff. Modern Poinsettia using white and mirror

Love these light bulb container that Mark Upton of Tuff used in his design

Strong but simple! Love the red Poinsettia in mirror cubes

Simon Lycett designed and upside down Christmas tree with mixed coloursed plants

Ian Lloyd used erygium and wool for his sprakly Christmas

We sealed the ends of the Poinsettia's with a flame before using them as a cut flower

My opulent vintage look with a laden table!

These hanging votives came from Serax and they have been used in so many ways!

Vitnage single stemmed vases from Des Pots

Fresh cranbery ring around my napkins

Thursday, 25 October 2012

Japanese One-Day School

We had a lovely Saturday recently when Mina Urasawa, the owner of beautiful Florist Pousse in Kyoto, brought to London a group of Flower Enthusiasts who had specially requested a day with Paula learning about current Autumnal trends.

Autumnal ceramic gourd and pumpkin vase arrangements filled with Teddy Sunflowers, Physalis and Dill

A tall vase arrangement using beautiful Kaleidoscope Orchids

The students enjoyed a well deserved lunch following Paula's demonstrations

A chance to browse through some of Paula's many floristry books

Students in front of Paula's large pedestal arrangement

The students created a vase arrangement using orchids, roses, hips and lilac

Friday, 19 October 2012

St Pauls Church, Knightsbridge

Last week we were asked to decorate St Paul's Church in Knightsbridge for a special service. St Paul’s is an Anglican Church in London’s West End and is one of the most beautiful Victorian churches in London.

We decorated four columns throughout the church

We filled  these with a selection of late summer flowers including hydrangea, roses,  dahlias and a mass of foliages

Our large gold vases fitted perfectly with the church decor

The grand piano was brought to the church specially for the service.

A beautiful arch crammed with hydrangea to greet the congregation

Two bay trees underplanted with scented lilies, jasmine and heathers