If there is a flower that reminds us of summer more than any other, it surely has to be the rose. Tourists love our heritage English rose gardens, views of rambling roses spilling over country cottage walls, brightening the corners of pub gardens, roses on show at village fetes, the best of Britain in Bloom. And everyone loves to see a summer bride with a beautiful rose bouquet.
The rose is one of the most versatile flowers to include in bouquets and arrangements. I love to use them in my creations, especially at this time of year. They’re so compact and layered, with such lovely velvety petals and that famous mysterious centre, perfect to convey the mysteries of love!
From a florist’s point of view, firm long stems are a plus point, and they last well, but to me, their truly priceless quality (apart from the scent) is their sheer variety – they come in so many colours, shades, shapes, and sizes. In the language of flowers different colours mean different things, so roses are fun as well, for including messages (secret or otherwise) in arrangements. Roses also suit pretty much any floral style, vintage/shabby chic, or contemporary.
Taking a simple popular flower like the summer rose and seeing what can be achieved when you combine it with new materials, in fresh ways, using up-to-the-minute styles and techniques is one of the challenges and pleasures of my job. Keeping ahead of new trends makes sound business sense, but is also a personal joy.
So business was combined with pleasure earlier this month when I attended [email protected], an event showcasing some of Europe’s most skilled and flamboyant master florists, to take part in demonstrations and workshops by (among others) favourite designers of mine, Per Benjamin and Gregor Lersch. It was a wonderful weekend, included displays and demonstrations by Stijn Simaeys, Robert Koene, Bruno Durate, and Rob Plattel. The work shown to us by these talented guys has filled my imagination with plenty of ideas for future designs.
In fact, I was so inspired, I tried out some new pieces (featuring roses) when I got home – perfect to include in the Floral Creations St Austell display stand at a Wedding Fayre held a few days later, on Bank Holiday Monday. Organised by Partini Balloons, the venue was the charming setting of St Petroc’s in Bodmin, a lovely old Cornish church. I thought the event would provide an ideal opportunity to meet some prospective new brides, grooms, and mothers-in-laws (who often help organise the flowers), and so it proved to be.
We had a great day, made lots of new contacts with plenty of busy and productive networking. I’d say the event promises to become a ‘must add to the calendar’ for wedding services and suppliers across the county and I will be going again.
So, as Gok Wan might say, August has been ‘all about the roses’. But there is a nip in the air now, September is round the corner, the garden roses are past their best and it feels like summer is nearly over. However, don’t despair, if you want arrangements of roses for your event, the roses don’t run out for us. We have our ways of finding beautiful blooms, whether from local suppliers or further afield, for your floral orders – all year round.