I need no alarm now we are in British summer time. The dawn chorus is enough to wake me. Miniature wrens with the loudest songs of all join in my daily chorus.
The duck is still hanging on in there, literally, on the 4th floor of the horse Chestnut. The expectant father is patrolling on the stretch of canal outsider our kitchen window. Nesting it appears is sometimes a perilous pastime.
Their beautiful nesting songs and the ducks have me thinking.
There’s quite a few conversations right now about sustainable flowers. Quite a few discussions on “green washing”, that activity where businesses appear to be environmentally friendly as frankly it sells more.
There is here though, in the quacks and chirping of our canalside cutting garden, a fierce heartfelt desire for authentic sustainability. I want each of my wild garden style floral designs to be at the very least reusable, if not completely biodegradable. No chemicals or wire, just eco friendly mechanics that anyone can feel happy to compost.
That’s where the idea for the nest came from. Those beautifully crafted, woven homes, places of shelter and safety for the birds that create them. Our Easter bouquets are made using that inspiration, and only locally grown British flowers.
A 19th century historic wharf and Cheshire canalside cutting garden is the inspiration for our wild garden style ethos. I root my floral design in every precious fleeting seasonal moment, growing and creating only ever with local seasonal scented British flowers.
If sustainability matters to you, if you care that floral creations are as kind to the environment as they are beautiful, then I am a kindred spirit.
We share our artisan florals in our live online virtual flower classes, and with our flowers, create bouquets and undertake a few intimate Cheshire weddings a year.
Online Flower Class Testimonial
The wreath class on Sunday was excellent. It was fascinating to watch your technique step by step, to hear you explain so carefully how passionate you are about sustainability, and always so cheerfully and with such an appreciation for nature.