The Daily Fleur

I do flowers. I also do music and food.

I’m off to Glastonbury Festival soon. Easily one of the greatest gatherings on the planet. A quarter of a million people camping, dancing and partying together. It has to be experienced to be believed.

These days I’m a performer, with my band, Heal The Last Stand. We’re on one of the smaller stages, so we play to around 300 or so people. First at the start of the festival, Thursday 2:30pm and then again at the very end of the festival Sunday/Monday 2:30am, on the Small World Solar Stage, in the Green Futures Field.

If you were lucky enough to get a ticket this year, we’ll see you there. I hear it’s going to be a wet one, so don’t forget your Wellington Boots!

Once a week I co-host a radio show on my home town’s community radio station, Calon FM (Calon means Heart in Welsh). Our show is called Chat & That, it’s on Mondays 6-8pm. This week we discuss my favourite book “Hope For The Flowers" By Trina Paulus. We also laugh a lot, play great music and do our very best not to swear.

Once a week I co-host a radio show on my home town’s community radio station, Calon FM (Calon means Heart in Welsh). Our show is called Chat & That, it’s on Mondays 6-8pm. This week we discuss my favourite book “Hope For The Flowers" By Trina Paulus. We also laugh a lot, play great music and do our very best not to swear.

I’m DJing again tonight, this time at Telford’s Warehouse in Chester. It’s a great bar, right on the canal, a gorgeous place to hang out. On Fridays at Telford’s there’s usually a band on at around 10.30pm. Tonight the band are Canterbury's Cocos Lovers, a band I’ve seen many times on my travels and one of my favourites. It’s a rarity for them to come so far north to play and a total bonus that I get to DJ at their show. Can’t wait for tonight. See you there.

I’ve got the day off from my chef job today but Emily had to be up and out early, so I lay in bed scrolling through tumblr and fell back to sleep. I dreamt we were at the beach, a real beautiful tumblr image of a beach, then an order came through just like it does in the kitchen at work. I heard my bosses voice saying they want a coconut cake, I instinctively knew that was something that Emily makes and I went back out to the beach to find one or two perfect flowers for the garnish. Tumblr dreams are the best.

The phone rang in the real world and brought me out of my slumber, Emily was on her way home for lunch. I asked her to call at the butchers and pick us up some bacon and because she loves me she bought the streaky kind that I like best.

I know Bacon Sandwiches are simple and almost everybody has their own way of doing it but I just wanted to share our way with you.

A totally normal Bacon Sandwich but with Honey & Mustard (Emily added cheese to hers, she said it was delicious, I say it’s a step too far. You decide).

These were the flowers that inspired me to take up writing this blog again, I’m extremely proud of the way they turned out.

This is Eleri & Ed Hayhurst, yes you guessed it, they’re friends of mine; Eleri and I go way back but we lost touch for a while. I met Ed when Eleri introduced us at Tali’s wedding in April of last year. It was mostly their fault I didn’t make it to the Hoedown, we laughed so hard and drank so much, it was just like old times, I’m pretty sure they didn’t get to the Hoedown either, which was mostly my fault. Good times.

Back in February of this year, I heard Eleri had given birth to Harri, 5 weeks prematurely! But the news was that mother and baby were doing fine. Eventually I got the call, Eleri and Ed were getting married and I would get to be their florist.

She wanted the wild Summer Meadow look; Astilbe and Astrantia were a must, I suggested the grass and herbs, she chose beautiful dusky Pink Amnesia Roses. Eleri always loved Daisies, let’s be honest, who doesn’t? But the Tanacetum I used for Emily’s Wedding a fortnight before were no longer available. I was forced to go on an evening drive the night before the wedding and pinch some from the masses of Dog Daisies now blooming at the road side. I made sure they were not too near the road, I checked them for bugs and dirt but they were good.

The lovely thing is, whenever I see them now, great banks of Daisies next to motorways all over the country, I’m reminded of my friends and the beautiful flowers they had for their wedding.

 

BEE A HERO!

This week, my bro Joe told about something utterly mind-blowing. Have you heard about this? Ever seen a Bee struggling on the ground or not moving or looking a bit dead and that? Well, get this, apparently they are just exhausted from all that pollen collecting and general flying round, looking gorgeous and stuff. So, if you mix a little sugar with water on a spoon and offer the little guy a drink, it will actually go for it!

I love feeding animals, it’s so magical communicating with wordless creatures in this way.

More info about it on this article here.

Thanks Joe, Bee the change, dude.

At the end of last week, my little bro and I made some Elderflower Champagne. Our Bricky Brew takes its name from the playing fields near our parent’s house where we picked the Elderflower, home of the Brickfield Rangers and the park where we played as kids.

It’s not real Champagne of course, that would be made of grapes from the Champagne region of France. No, this is so-called because it gets fizzy and it’s likely to explode if we don’t take proper care when opening it. Don’t worry, we’ll take proper care, I promise.

The recipe is simple, for 10 litres you need a big clean bucket full of warm water, stir in an entire kilo of sugar, add to that the the juice of 4 lemons, toss in the empty skins too. Add 4 table spoons of white wine vinegar and 10 fresh heads of Elderflower, picked on a sunny day. Give it all a good stir, cover over with a clean cloth and leave it to ferment. It needs a couple more stirs before you bottle it, try every 6 hours for 24 hours.

For our bottles we used cheap supermarket brand lemonade which cost 17p per 2 litre bottle, which we just poured down the sink. We used a funnel to stop us spilling it everywhere, which we lined with clean material so no bits transferred into the bottles, and that was it. Now we have to leave it in a cool dark place for 2 weeks then we will have 10 litres of delicious home-made fizzy booze (Approx. 9%) to share with our friends on hot sunny days.

That’s me and my little bro, Stan & Lew to you. This picture was taken at Glastonbury Festival, where we intend to share our Bricky Brew next week. Can’t wait, mate!

I’m a DJ, well, I’m a glorified Jukebox really. I’ve got good taste in music and I can play one tune after another with reasonable elegance. I’m telling you this because my mate Steve and I have started a new club night in the basement of The Cellar Bar in Chester, and the launch is tonight, Friday the 13th, and it’s a full moon too.
I’ve been broadening my musical horizons so as to be in top form for the occasion and on my internet travels I discovered this little gem by Kate Tempest. And I cannot stop listening to it.
More music to come. Stay tuned.

I’m a DJ, well, I’m a glorified Jukebox really. I’ve got good taste in music and I can play one tune after another with reasonable elegance. I’m telling you this because my mate Steve and I have started a new club night in the basement of The Cellar Bar in Chester, and the launch is tonight, Friday the 13th, and it’s a full moon too.

I’ve been broadening my musical horizons so as to be in top form for the occasion and on my internet travels I discovered this little gem by Kate Tempest. And I cannot stop listening to it.

More music to come. Stay tuned.

Two days after my birthday and two days before Christmas, I made wedding flowers for Hannah & Ben, I remember the day so clearly, it was absolutely pissing down. My mum was home for Christmas so I popped round to her place so she could join in and give me advice. I scrumped three types of foliage from her garden; Variegated Holly, Ivy and Spruce. I had bought Roses, Eryngium and Leucadendron. I only had to make Hannah a bouquet and Ben a buttonhole and they put themselves together really, beautiful flowers do that. The difficulty came when it was time to deliver them. I had arranged to meet them at the Registry Office in town and I had a good twenty minutes before my deadline. Dad agreed to give me a lift, it was when we got in the car that the trouble began. It was the 23rd of December, it was raining heavily, everyone who was finishing their shopping had chosen to drive into town and the traffic just wasn’t moving. In the end I had to leave the car a few streets from the venue with only minutes to spare and make a run for it. When I got there, soaked, Hannah was looking round as if something was missing and when she saw me her look of panic subsided. I wasn’t late, I was exactly on time, she re-assured me. I gave Hannah her bouquet and attached Ben’s buttonhole to his lapel and they disappeared up the stairs to get married. They looked really beautiful, Hannah, Ben and the flowers. Phew, that was a close one.
The flowers had to be Christmassy, it was Christmas time and it’s good to stick with what’s in season but red being the most Christmassy of all the colours, prices on good quality red roses went through the roof, these Naomi Roses were £5 each! Per stem! That’s a lot but it’s not unusual at all for flower prices to fluctuate at busy times of year and it’s not the fault of the florist either; if everyone in the world wants red roses because it’s Christmas or Valentines for that matter, it drives the price up. It’s called supply and demand.
It’s worth mentioning that I only spent £25 on these flowers, which is a bargain especially considering the time of year. I was rewarded for my efforts with a stocking full of little gifts, which included things like really posh soaps, guitar strings and a harmonica, which actually turned out to be the most thoughtful gifts I received that year. I was really touched and so glad they’d asked me to help out. Thank you Mr & Mrs Candy! 
I’m sure flowers can seem like a pointless artefact sometimes but it really doesn’t cost much to make something simple yet effective and really, very beautiful.

Two days after my birthday and two days before Christmas, I made wedding flowers for Hannah & Ben, I remember the day so clearly, it was absolutely pissing down. My mum was home for Christmas so I popped round to her place so she could join in and give me advice. I scrumped three types of foliage from her garden; Variegated Holly, Ivy and Spruce. I had bought Roses, Eryngium and Leucadendron. I only had to make Hannah a bouquet and Ben a buttonhole and they put themselves together really, beautiful flowers do that. The difficulty came when it was time to deliver them. I had arranged to meet them at the Registry Office in town and I had a good twenty minutes before my deadline. Dad agreed to give me a lift, it was when we got in the car that the trouble began. It was the 23rd of December, it was raining heavily, everyone who was finishing their shopping had chosen to drive into town and the traffic just wasn’t moving. In the end I had to leave the car a few streets from the venue with only minutes to spare and make a run for it. When I got there, soaked, Hannah was looking round as if something was missing and when she saw me her look of panic subsided. I wasn’t late, I was exactly on time, she re-assured me. I gave Hannah her bouquet and attached Ben’s buttonhole to his lapel and they disappeared up the stairs to get married. They looked really beautiful, Hannah, Ben and the flowers. Phew, that was a close one.

The flowers had to be Christmassy, it was Christmas time and it’s good to stick with what’s in season but red being the most Christmassy of all the colours, prices on good quality red roses went through the roof, these Naomi Roses were £5 each! Per stem! That’s a lot but it’s not unusual at all for flower prices to fluctuate at busy times of year and it’s not the fault of the florist either; if everyone in the world wants red roses because it’s Christmas or Valentines for that matter, it drives the price up. It’s called supply and demand.

It’s worth mentioning that I only spent £25 on these flowers, which is a bargain especially considering the time of year. I was rewarded for my efforts with a stocking full of little gifts, which included things like really posh soaps, guitar strings and a harmonica, which actually turned out to be the most thoughtful gifts I received that year. I was really touched and so glad they’d asked me to help out. Thank you Mr & Mrs Candy! 

I’m sure flowers can seem like a pointless artefact sometimes but it really doesn’t cost much to make something simple yet effective and really, very beautiful.

I’d like to tell you about a project that is happening in my home town, Incredible Edible “An informal network of self-organising individuals and groups who are creating spaces in Wrecsam where food is grown for anyone to access freely”
They were given access to a large flower bed on the edge of the town centre where the council usually plant hardy shrubs once in a blue moon, and planted a edible garden for the public to learn from and enjoy.
The transformation has been marvellous to watch and at this time of year it is in full bloom. Do you have an Incredible Edible garden where you live?
Read Wrecsam’s story here on their blog.
That’s Harry and Genny in the picture. Harry is a Carpenter and Genny is the voice of the Wrecsam Peace & Justice Forum. Two truly amazing people.

I’d like to tell you about a project that is happening in my home town, Incredible EdibleAn informal network of self-organising individuals and groups who are creating spaces in Wrecsam where food is grown for anyone to access freely”

They were given access to a large flower bed on the edge of the town centre where the council usually plant hardy shrubs once in a blue moon, and planted a edible garden for the public to learn from and enjoy.

The transformation has been marvellous to watch and at this time of year it is in full bloom. Do you have an Incredible Edible garden where you live?

Read Wrecsam’s story here on their blog.

That’s Harry and Genny in the picture. Harry is a Carpenter and Genny is the voice of the Wrecsam Peace & Justice Forum. Two truly amazing people.