June is often known as ‘Flaming June’. The phrase comes from a famous painting by Frederic Lord Leighton, of a sleeping woman in a bright orange dress, a reproduction of which was popular in many Victorian homes. Although what ‘Flaming June’ has to do with the average weather in Britain in June is less easy to fathom. The phrase is used more often in irony than in truth!
Such is regularly the case with the weather at June fixtures. Take Glastonbury and Wimbledon, annual events held in June often affected by wind and rain. The Royal Cornwall Show (4-6th June) is sometimes no different, as loved by its fans as Glastonbury, almost as competitive as Wimbledon, and as proportionally well-attended whatever the weather. The Flower Show in particular draws the crowds. For this reason, it is an important June date for regional florists.
This year there were three classes. One, inspired perhaps by hope of soaring June temperatures, was entitled ‘Dancing Flames’. I entered a design in each class and was delighted to be awarded Third for my piece… ‘Dancing Flames’
On June 13th it was my role to create the floral designs for the wedding of Leanne and Neil at Glendorgal Hotel, an inspiring setting with its stunning views of Cornish seas across the Atlantic. I hear they had a wonderful day. You can see some of the floral work for it, and many other pieces, over on my Facebook page.
It has been a busy month, so after all the creative output, it was lovely to get some input at a small and friendly floral skills workshop at Holbrook House, Wincanton, Somerset, with Sabine Darall, a highly respected floral stylist and event designer. We explored key aspects of dressing an event, everything from the expected, to spectacular floral canopies. Sabine feels it is “a privilege to work with such a beautiful medium“.
I have to say, I wholeheartedly agree.