The Daily Fleur

I do flowers. I also do music and food.
Had a bit of an accident today. A glass vase snapped in my hand as I lifted it up on to a shelf. It wasn’t pretty but it happened so fast it didn’t hurt too much. I can assure you we do have a first aid kit under the counter but I invented this ‘hair bobble and cosmetic pad’ combo, which allowed me to continue working, albeit one handed.
My wounds are healing nicely now, Aloe Vera to the rescue!

Had a bit of an accident today. A glass vase snapped in my hand as I lifted it up on to a shelf. It wasn’t pretty but it happened so fast it didn’t hurt too much. I can assure you we do have a first aid kit under the counter but I invented this ‘hair bobble and cosmetic pad’ combo, which allowed me to continue working, albeit one handed.

My wounds are healing nicely now, Aloe Vera to the rescue!

Something we try to avoid here at Flowers on the Corner is gilding the Lily. However, occasionally we do allow some sprayed items through the door, although it’s extremely rare.
This is a some splattered eucalyptus. I’m not usually a fan of anything natural being made to look unnatural but this really wowed me. I may even give it a go myself.

Something we try to avoid here at Flowers on the Corner is gilding the Lily. However, occasionally we do allow some sprayed items through the door, although it’s extremely rare.

This is a some splattered eucalyptus. I’m not usually a fan of anything natural being made to look unnatural but this really wowed me. I may even give it a go myself.

About this time of year, I have to don my full Flowers on the Corner regalia as a matter of necessity. We’re only a small shop with no room for a fancy refrigerator to store the flowers in. Instead we just keep the door wide open all year round, come rain or shine. In Winter it gets freezing cold, my hands get so numb I can hardly even tie a knot.
This is a representation of what I have to wear to keep warm, survival is key.
NB I don’t actually own any of these clothes.

About this time of year, I have to don my full Flowers on the Corner regalia as a matter of necessity. We’re only a small shop with no room for a fancy refrigerator to store the flowers in. Instead we just keep the door wide open all year round, come rain or shine. In Winter it gets freezing cold, my hands get so numb I can hardly even tie a knot.

This is a representation of what I have to wear to keep warm, survival is key.

NB I don’t actually own any of these clothes.

I thought they were spring flowers, but there you go…

I thought they were spring flowers, but there you go…

We supply a few local businesses with designs for their reception desks on a weekly basis. I’m going to make it my mission to get a few more of these contracts this week. It’s no good when you go to a nice restaurant and the flowers on the maitre d’s counter are forecourt flowers in an over-sized vase or even worse, plastic. 

When you arrive somewhere and flowers are the first thing you see, it brings a smile to your face. They are a natural wonder, their formations vary from the sublime to the ridiculous and some scented varieties are intoxicating, in a good way.

Brighten up your work place with bespoke designs from Flowers on the Corner, prices start at £15 per week.

My folks have been on holiday this past 2 weeks, visiting my brother’s family in North Carolina, he has 8 kids now! They try to cross the Atlantic a couple of times a year so the kids don’t grow up without knowing their English Grandy and Gramps.

This is a picture of my Mum visiting the grave of an old friend who came to Britain many years ago as a missionary. See how she can turn a bunch of Star-gazers and a wrap of Carnations into a perfect tribute? Even the old can she put them in looks great. If this has inspired you to create a similar tribute for a lost loved one, don’t forget to weigh that tin down with some heavy pebbles.

Love you Mum, come back soon, I’m going a bit doolally with loneliness here.

October must be a quiet time for florists, I’ve a shop full of flowers and no-one to sell them to. Such a shame. We’ve got road works outside our shop and the promise of a new supermarket at the end of the street. It’ll include a florist I believe, I’m sure you can hear me quaking in my boots. Forecourt flowers are to floristry what McDonalds is to fine dining. Everybody knows the difference, right?

October must be a quiet time for florists, I’ve a shop full of flowers and no-one to sell them to. Such a shame. We’ve got road works outside our shop and the promise of a new supermarket at the end of the street. It’ll include a florist I believe, I’m sure you can hear me quaking in my boots. Forecourt flowers are to floristry what McDonalds is to fine dining. Everybody knows the difference, right?

The sun returned last week for a final farewell and we all felt her warmth on our backs once more, which was wonderful because this week the temperature plummeted and somebody told me that next week it’s going to snow…

The sun returned last week for a final farewell and we all felt her warmth on our backs once more, which was wonderful because this week the temperature plummeted and somebody told me that next week it’s going to snow…

Autumnal Bouquets are the order of the day!

Autumnal Bouquets are the order of the day!

Here I’m making 3 pastel coloured table centre-pieces for a birthday lunch some kind fella is throwing for his Mum. 

I’m using that wet foam again; it holds the flowers perfectly in place and feeds them much needed water for days to come. And I’ve secured it to the dish with pot tape, not certain why it’s called that but it’s from the duct tape family for sure.

Next I have to green up! The key to making this look good is in the variety of foliage I use, ivy, ruscus, eucalyptus etc. The different forms keep it looking interesting even before the flowers go in.

Finally, I can add the flowers. The customer asked for pastel shades so I’m sticking anything in that’s along those lines, sweet peas, freesias, roses, nerines etc.

I think they look lovely.