Christmas 2018

The year has flown by ….how can it already be mid December?

After our amazing trip to Texas where Thanksgiving was immediately followed by Christmas Tree lighting in McKinney, we tried to make an early start on Christmas. There were so many beautifully decorated homes and the shops were twinkly and even prettier than we could have imagined. The Arboretum in Dallas had carousels of each of The Twelve Days of Christmas. Lots of ideas gathered just not enough time to implement for this year! We loved seeing the different varieties of well known cut flowers that are available in Texas and of course the succulents.

After a busy year with her new arrival Aalto, and lots of visitors, our niece Catherine will be working with flowers again soon in Dallas. Exciting times ahead, enjoy it all!

We have been working with lots of evergreens and eucalyptus and wreath making is going at a pace. Workshops are fun and it’s always such a pleasure to see people enjoy crafting with foliage and fruits and ribbons. The smiles, when they have created a wreath to welcome guests to Christmassy homes, are a delight.  Evergreens are believed to ward off evil spirits and illness, they symbolise eternal life. In ancient folklore  Mistletoe, being berried at the darkest time of the year, symbolises fertility. Add to this the symbolism of wreaths as circles of life and turning of seasons, a door wreath and Mistletoe hanging nearby,……….. lots of hidden messages.

My first steps in floristry began at Christmas so it’s always a time to reflect on how lucky we are to do something we love.

With our thanks to all of  this years lovely wedding couples, thank you for all the cards and photos, we love hearing about your day and seeing everyone in wedding finery.  We look forward to next year with our first wedding of the year at a beautiful Clearwell Castle www.clearwellcastle where the look will be simply magical and winter white.

And so to all the last minute jobs here…… The Bees are safely tucked into their hives and the workers are keeping the Queen Bees cosy. They have had a tough but very productive  year…..so onto cards, wrapping and cake finishing…………maybe some mince pie making ……………or maybe just time for mulled wine…………..

Wishing you all a wonderful Christmas!