It’s all kicking off!! - Part One
Its been a while hasn’t it?
Well, we have so much to tell you…
Since our Christmas Wreaths at The Vineyard went down so well they have offered us our very own permanent pitch and boy are we excited.
We’ve had so much to think about and organise our poor peroxide brains could barely stand it!
We’ve had contracts to draw up, Valentines day promotions, garden re-plants, branding consultations, website building, shed building… the list is endless and we have barely had chance to get our hands on any flowers - which is ultimately what we are here for!
So with the contracts all drawn up and signed we could get started with our promotion, so on a chilly Valentine evening we both stood outside The Vineyard giving away free red roses, which is not as easy as you’d think. Most people believe tht you don’t get something for nothing but these guys did, and then some. They we also offered a 10% off voucher for our opening week, the people of Islington really are lucky so and so’s!
The Vineyard also got shown some of the love too with luscious and gorgeously scented roses dotted all over the bar.
That’s quite a bit to take in isn’t it? So that’s it for Part One - see you in Part Two!
Blondies First Christmas
Us Blondies have gone off the radar a bit of late, what with planning world domination and perfecting our craft.
Well we have had an extremely tiring, but fun and exciting couple of weeks - yes, its been Blondies 1st Christmas and we have been approaching our task with all the wide eyes wonder a toddler has when it sees it first fully decorated Christmas Tree!
The picture above is of our first ever batch, which we must admit took a while, it was tiring but very exciting getting to grips with all the new materials and coming up with new ideas to make something a little different, as is the Blondies style.
This wreath came from the first batch and we have, bigheadedly, named ‘It’s a Wonderful Wreath’ - but look at the golden Hydranga and those gorgeous mini apples, I think we can be especially big headed about this one.
Making hand-made wreaths does come with its problems though. As we want our wreaths to stand out from the crowd and we are like kids in a sweet shop when it comes to all the sumptuous Christmas deco at our disposal, its hard to keep the costs down - especially for some of the bigger ones.
So we decided to make a range of wreaths, some smaller and more simple, some big and lavish like ‘It’s a Wonderful Wreath’.
This is a 20cm Wreath aptly named ‘Natural Blondie’ and proves that sometimes less is more, while still keeping Blondies spin on things.
If you’d like to see more pictures take a look at our album on our facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Blondies-Flowers/164440690293635#!/media/set/?set=a.230727626998274.54992.164440690293635&type=1
Or if you’d like to pick up a Wreath for your self you can pick up one from the ’Wicked and Fresh’ stalls outside The Vineyard in Upper Street N1 or The Edinboro Castle in Camden NW1. Visit their Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/wickedandfreshtrees
Lots of Love
Reblogged from Eatbutterlikecheese. What a Beautiful photo.
Flower of the Week - the Graffiti Lily
Botanical Name: Longiflorum Asiatic Hybrid
Common Name: LA Lily
Variety Name: Graffiti
There are many different varieties of lily all of them beautiful in their own right, but as florists the Graffiti Lily was a very welcomed addition. Asthetically beautiful with its black spotted centre and bright colour varieties it adds a stunning element to any arrangement.
The Graffiti Lily is so versatile; its traditional lily shape means it can be used in classic style arrangements, on the other hand the its exotic look allows it to be used in more modern designs
Vase containing Echinops, Black Matsumi twig and Aspidistra.
These relatively young lilies were introduced to the market in 1992 specifically for the cut flower industry, a hybrid of the Longiflorum and Asiatic lilies results in a very hardy and long lasting flower with a vase life of between 7 and 10 day.
‘The Earth Laughs in Flowers’ - EE Cummings
Valley of Flowers National Park high in West Himalayas is a perfect example of the quote from EE Cummings. Gorgeous!!
Blondies in the Garden-July
The Blondies have not let the rain get them down this month in fact we recommend collecting the rainwater for use in the garden on the hotter drier days.
If you’re loving your summer flowering plants make sure you deadhead them this month so you can enjoy another burst of blooms before the summer is over.
Think ahead, some Autumn flowering bulbs such as Amaryllis can be planted now.
Have a look around your garden and start collecting the seeds from your annual plants, like poppies, that you would like to see in your garden again next year.
If you have herbs now is the perfect time to start cutting them for drying or freezing for future use. Lavender can also be cut for drying now.
We will be bringing you more top gardening tips for August very soon, in the meantime enjoy every drop of sunshine you can! Lots of love Blondies Xxx
Flower of the Week
Botanical Name: Agapanthus Common Name: African Lily
This Beautiful Bloom derives its name from the Greek words for Love (Agap) and Flower (Anthos) making it the flower of love. So this week we are showing lots of love for the amazing Agapanthus.
Agapanthus originate from South Africa but are now used by florists all over the world for their many lovable characteristics. The long elegant stem, which can grow to four foot tall, topped with stunning round clusters of funnel shaped flowers provide the florist with so many options from a tall structured arrangement to fine corsage work with the florets. It is also a great garden flower, ranging from exotic blue to dusky pinks and purples they inject colour instantly.
Agapanthus are summer flowering perennial plants, they come in evergreen and deciduous varieties so you can choose whatever would suit your garden best. But to keep your Agapanthus looking its best year after year make sure you plant it in a sunny spot because they love to sunbathe.
We hope to be selling some arrangements with these little stars at centre stage soon so watch this space for pictures of Agapanthus creations by Blondies.
Blondies next outing will be at The Dandy Lion Market to be held at The Boogaloo, 312 Archway Rd, London, N6 5AT.
Take in the eclectic tunes, refreshments and creations. Zines, book arts, prints, and paper crafts. Handmade, Up and recycled home and decorative wares. Earthly treats for the body and soul and, of course, Blondies Flowers. We will be selling, amongst other things, Funky Tropical’s, Ferocious Carnivorous plants, Cute Cacti and Culinary Collections for the foodies.
Come down and show your support and maybe we’ll be asked back.
Lots of love
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Thanks for stopping by
Lots of love