Spring 2018

It’s a bright spring day today but falls after a long, cold, wet spell. It would be easy to feel that spring is taking its time this year as it’s been too soggy underfoot to do much in the garden and notice all the buds but today after conditioning today’s  flowers I took the camera for a walk around the garden. Lots of flowers and buds, Mother Nature is waking up!  In the sunshine it was almost warm and there were patches of blue sky. The chickens are laying well, the birds are singing, and our friendly tame pheasant is clearing up under bird the feeders, it is a beautiful day.

So as we look ahead to all the spring Weddings we thought we might share our buying strategy for 2018. As always we prefer to use seasonal flowers and as many British grown ones as we can, we are redoubling our efforts on this to reduce flower miles and support our British growers. This weeks foliage was all grown in Ireland and many of our Tulips and Alstromerias are British grown. As the spring progresses we will   be using our own flowers and foliages whenever we can.  British grown are not always the cheapest due to the laws of economics and cheap labour costs for overseas growers, but quality is excellent so watch out for our British flower designs coming soon.

In line with other Florists we are starting to use biodegradable flower foam and continuing our recycling of packaging materials whenever we can.  Re using things is not a new concept, in my Yorkshire childhood everything was saved and recycled for Blue Peter makes or other craft projects. Mum could make things out of seemingly nothing, just bits and bobs she had saved rather than binned. My first fancy dress outfit, a Nurses Uniform was made from her old one. My big brothers ‘Mum made it’ space helmet is a story for another time! Back to the present……

Congratulations this week to Tim and Pam who are celebrating a special anniversary. We enjoyed  a return visit to prepare flowers at Deer Park Hall   www.deerparkhall.co.uk and know you will have had a wonderful party there with delicious food by Kit www.kbcatering.co.uk what a great way to share all the wedding day memories and celebrate with family and friends.

We’ve caught up with all the early spring Brides, finalising plans and details. Late spring and early summer Brides will be booked in for their final detail checks any day soon. We have some beautiful Weddings coming up this year. All of our favourite venues and some new ones ( with a super photo shoot coming up), plus an outdoor woodland wedding too!

And our blog competition….new for 2018…………

To win 4 free Buttonholes ….

 What is the common name for the popular Bridal flower whose Latin name is Convalaria Majalis?

Email your answer to longbarnflowers.co.uk .,  and Like and Share our Facebook page

The first booked Bride to do so correctly will win 4 Buttonholes for the Grooms Party.

Watch out for another competition in our next blog