Fierceblooms British Flowers In 2019

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Fierceblooms British Flowers In 2019

Fierceblooms Looks Ahead To A New Floral Year

WORDS: Kathryn Cronin
PHOTOS: Ricky Bache


In the dark dull depths of January, there is a slow beautiful stillness if you just stop a moment to observe it.

Every New Year there’s the opportunity for a new start. Every New Year there’s a moment to ask yourself if you are choosing to do with your time what you want. We are well into January as I write this but I am sure you’ll forgive the reflective delay.

The recent death of the poet Mary Oliver has me reflecting on one of her most famously quoted lines:

Tell me, what is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life?Mary Oliver (1935-2019)

Of course, I have not been very still recently with creating flower beds, barrowing manure and planting. There is purpose for me in creating that raised bed in my cutting garden. And yes, even now, there are things that can be planted.

And lists. I have written the odd list! I have great plans for my canalside cutting garden for 2019.

The shortest day may be well behind us, but it’s still feels like the dark is winning. By the time we’re back in the house it is totally dark. You never realise how dark it is getting as your eyes continue to acclimatise. The robins have been chirping to each other all day swooping down to pick up the worms that I am unearthing one wheelbarrow load after another. Obviously I’d prefer the worms to work on my soil but who would ever deny a worm to a robin when they give you such company.

This is what I have chosen and what I am choosing to do with my time.

A new bed is being made too with the now familiar “No Dig” method of Charles Dowding which I discussed in a previous blog post. No dig, not no effort mind you as I found out last year. It’s another good days work putting a good thick layer of manure onto the cardboard. Luckily, we have a very generous neighbour whose farm tractor tips buckets of their finest manure into our paddock. Although you may consider it a strange gift, I considered it the essence of kindness for there could have been no finer Christmas present. It was exactly what I wanted!

I have been thinking about 2018, not for any sentimental reasons but just to fix it in my mind. It seemed to pass in the blink of an eye. Not that I’d wish it back mind you. I’ve come to the view it as the best of times, and the worst of times to quote Charles Dickens from his Tale of Two Cities.

From that incredible freezing cold winter when you thought that spring would never come. Goodness only knows how the dahlia tubers survived, and to be honest some of them didn’t. Then, the hottest summer in a generation beat down relentlessly and I thought that we would never stop watering. Had I known that, I would perhaps have delayed expanding my cutting garden quite so much. Last years canal breach meant stagnant water next to our wharf and literally clouds of mosquito’s hung around for months. You can image my joy at the sight of the boats again when it was reopened just before Christmas.

It’s going to be an interesting year for british flowers. not the least of which will be influenced by the current political climate. British flowers continue to be included in many wedding trend forecasts for 2019. I confess a bias but having already spoken with a number of brides this year, they describe to me their interest in seasonality and british flowers. They tell me that they care that their flowers are kind to the environment. Of course they are speaking with a kindred spirit and I am delighted they share my views.

The season for growing British flowers is largely driven by the nature of the weather, even if you do cover and cosset them a bit. My greenhouse gets my seedlings going but then my flowers are out in the elements, grown in our paddock next to the Middlewich branch of the Shropshire Union Canal. Left to the weathers devices, and hopefully with not too many bunnies hopping along, I can pick flowers when they choose to bloom.

There is meaning in that seasonal connection for me, and as it turns out, there are an increasing number of wedding couples who feel the same way.

Read more from me Fierceblooms on the floristry blog.

If you are interested, you can review some of my wild garden style wedding flowers ideas.

I hope my wild garden style floristry ethos resonates with you. If you want to embrace your wild romantic side and would like to discuss your forthcoming wedding or event then I'd be delighted to hear from you.

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More of my flower arranging work can also be viewed on my floral design portfolio. If you fancy getting creative then why not book to attend one of my fierce flower classes in our local village hall.

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British flowers are key to my wild garden style floral design for both aesthetic and environmental reasons.

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Iam an artisan florist growing British flowers with a design studio and cutting garden nestled beside a historic canal in rural Cheshire.

If sustainability is important to you, if it matters that your flowers are as lovely to the environment as they are to look at, then I am a kindred spirit.

Get in touch to discuss your wedding or event. You can also be inspired and learn what informs my original designs by attending one of my flower classes . Update - 2020 FTF classes in our local village hall have been cancelled due to Covid, but get in touch with me regarding live on-line 1-2-1s.

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Nurturing our wild garden is my focus right now......
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.....or is my wild garden nurturing me? Things in life are often the other way round. In late winter, as my potatoes are chitting on the Wharf's window ledge, there are patches of frothy cow parsley shooting and bulbs braving the Cheshire weather.
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Most gardeners are already planning, weeding, sowing, if not quite digging for the season ahead. Our floral seasons are carrying on, whatever else is happening. So, I have decided to take a leaf out of its book, if you'll pardon the pun.
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Along with our garden, we've been carrying on too. We're daring to be different, and reimagining how we do our flower classes for a more sustainable mothers day.
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Our wild garden style "Nurture and Nature" booklet is written and our mothers day bouquet class is coming up soon. In this world of ours that is feeling disconnected and isolated, we want our "online" to be so so much more than the click of a button. I think it matters to nurture both our environment and ourselves. I think it matters to use local seasonal, and in our case, British grown flowers. And more than ever, I think it matters to keep creating.
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I hope you do too. DM to join us
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Where do you get your inspiration?....
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.......was a question I was asked just the other day. The answer is both short and long, appears both superficial and deep. It is both simple and complex......
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....and I think to do it justice, to hold the authentic discussion if you will, it is beyond the written word even. It is a conversation, an engagement if you will, with the things that matter to you. Then, and only then comes the how. How to translate that into your floral design.
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The swallows will be swooping when next I can gather the stems for this spring bouquet from our canalside cutting garden. DM if you would like to converse with us.
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Growing wild garden style bouquets...
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.....and like every other grower of seasonal British flowers up and down the country, I am sowing seeds for our canalside cutting garden. Rather than germinating too many though, I now have a method after ending up with hundreds of plants and no beds left to plant them! So I have learned over the years that if I sprinkle enough seeds to cover a single small pot, it is more than enough for 4ft blocks of different types of home grown garden flowers.
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After a disastrous "weeding" of one of our flower beds, or perhaps a stroke of genius on his behalf dear reader, the darling Scot proved he is unable to tell an emerging flower from a weed. The flower beds are not covered in anything, I want them to be be beautiful and plastic free. And having just the bare earth means there's always lots of self sown plants free from mother nature. So as it's just me on the weeding front, I am also filling our cutting garden with perennials, bunnies willing. We're playing to our strengths here though. He is, after all, far better at the IT.
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And if you'd like to experience our extended zoom platform incorporating multimedia, multiple camera angles, great sound technology, and a few flowers, DM for details of our classes.
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Delivered by a beautiful canal boat.....
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.... my fid. A what? A fid, a tool, a rather old fashioned tool, but a tool none the less, used to work with rope.....
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.....we grow flowers right next to the historic Shropshire Union canal. We live in an industrial Wharf, with Jacobean gable end walls, and stone finials. Beauty and aesthetic with function at Bridge 14. That is where you'll find us, with all of the nostalgia of the Cheshire countryside that surrounds us. You'll find us crafting and making our wild garden style floral designs.
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One of @country_cut_flowers rope wreaths hangs on our door. Our friend Emma appreciates that history of crafting, handed down by her uncle to her.
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A grateful thank you always to @coalboat_alton and @fuel_boat_halsall, for passing slowly on their beautiful historic narrow boats. Frankly , they make our day whenever they pass our Wharf. And although you can't physically come here right now, you can escape here to one of our classes from your very own chair at your home.
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If you want to learn how to craft your own bouquet of flowers, DM me for our classes. I can promise you'll adore the canal, and the beautiful narrow boats that pass here, oh and did I mention the swans? See our stories....
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#inspiredbypetals #wildgardenstyle #slowsimpleseasonal #homegrownflowers #ayearinmygarden #springbouquet #flowerworkshop #grownnotflown #gardengathered #wildgardenstyle #realflowersoftheseason #onlinefloristry #seasonalfloweralliance #learnfloraldesign #ecoflowers #floristrycourse #flowerschool #gardeninspiredfloristry #floristrystudent #aseasonalyear #thefloralseasons #britishflowers #sustainablefloristry #onlineflowerclasses
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The reason I know that spring is coming is....
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...the rooks are attempting to rip off the chimney cowls. You know, the covers at the top of the chimney pots.
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It has me thinking of making, as clearly the enterprising pair are thinking of their next nest. Some of their predecessors were not as efficient in their design and came tumbling down into the Wharf. That's what put the cowls there in the first place.
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Learning how to make things well is an age old tradition. Here at our Cheshire canalside garden, we craft bouquets. Our purpose is encourage an enthusiasm for design, but not any old design. Wild garden style floral design that uses garden gathered materials, that make our wild garden style bouquets, well, wild. There is nature in the crafting and nurture in the giving.
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Escape to our Wharf from the comfort of your own home to learn how to craft bouquets, with nature and nurture and the hope of the spring season. DM for details.
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Home grown flowers for a Saturday at home........
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The Wharf feels like a boat today. It is built slightly lower than the canal, so when the wind is whistling across our cutting garden, as it is right now, we're looking at waves through the goods entrance, now our low window. And just like a choppy sea, I suspect it far too tricky to navigate.
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So I braved the elements to check on our bulbs. Yes, they are still there. This is good because I want our grown not flown flowers for our online flower classes. And whatever the weather and whatever the circumstances, our flower workshop will still be happening.
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Join us for some online floristry in our boat like Wharf. We'd love to have you aboard. DM for details.
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In ever hopeful anticipation of spring, and bouquets...
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"Are you Fierceblooms?" was the shout from the canal tow path. I almost didn't hear knee deep in weeding as I was.
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"I recognise the hat!" was the next sentence (my current favourite green one in case you're wondering). And then we had the lovliest of conversations about her plans for flowers and growing.
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Isn't it a small world?!
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A spring bouquet for this Sunday morning.....
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My fingers are emitting sparks of fire in anticipation of the labours to come.......
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Monday is the first of our "Nature and Nurture" series. Valentines reimagined. In a year where I have no doubt I am not the only one who has never cried so much, nor loved as much. Flower arranging classes for the the love of, well love.
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We'd love to welcome you at ther wharf, virtually for now. DM to join us.
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Spring flowers in my cutting garden.....
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......are proving to be as consistently resiliant and for that trait alone they are on my inspirational list.
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The light changed this week, did it with you? A flicker of hope, as winter edges slowly to spring. I confess a bias for spring and her seasonal flowers. By necessity in the north of England, these slow flowers have to be pretty robust, out there growing in all weathers.
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And it is those weather resistant flowers are providing both personal and floral inspiration right now. They aren't always the easiest flowers to arrange into bouquets mind you. Neither is it completley obvious what combination of flowers to choose to buy or to pick from your garden.

So if you'd like to learn how you can create your very own garden gathered wild garden style spring bouquet, I'll be sharing my mechanics and methods soon in my series of "nature and nurture" flower classes, I'll be using only British cut flowers as always. DM for details on how to join me virtually at our 19th century Wharf.
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Our British cut flowers......

.......are a twinkle in my minds eye right now. The tree branches are dancing in the weather out there above our winter canalside cutting garden, all whoosing and wild.
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As the last few days of January end, I am reminded that nothing lasts forever. Not the dark, not the damp, or anything else for that matter.
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We are busy though. Our cutting garden, which inspires our wild garden style, may be resting but we are excited and getting everything ready for the first of our virtual flower classes. Live broadcasted from our 19th century Wharf, we'll be using our British cut flowers to create and craft, to commune and communicate. Always only British cut flowers.
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Our slow flowers are just starting to grow in our cutting garden though and will be here before you know it. DM if you'd like to join us for our spring bouquet class.
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Dried flowers on a damp driech day.....
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I am finding it reassuring that even in the dark depths, there is floral inspiration to be had. Not that any of my British flowers are growing right now you understand, snowdrops being the only notable and prolific exception. Like presents you'd forgotten you had, I am opening boxes of garden gathered flowers, dried and wrapped in newspaper grown over the summer in our canalside cutting garden. Wild garden style wreath making with dry flowers is my floral distraction.
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Even dry flowers have scent. Not in a musty cupboard sort of way but in a comforting herbal way, a calming lavender sort of way. Preserved in those boxes is an echo of the light that was summer, the life that was our seasonal British flowers. Everlasting in their shape, immortal in thier colour, even the movement of those flowers can be seen in a quirky odd shaped stem.
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What's your floral distraction?
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A wreath of dried flowers...
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No words today just a dried flower wreath and love.
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