Honour and remembrance

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Did you know, the Gladiolus is the flower of the month for August?

If you pass cottage gardens on your travels you’ll spot why, as these tall elegant spikes – often known as sword flowers or sword lilies (from the Latin for sword, gladius, like gladiator) – are in full flower at the moment. Gladioli come in a range of lovely colours from acid pinks and yellows to soft pastel shades, often planted at the backs of borders for structure and impact, they make a beautiful display in summer. They are particularly popular as cut flowers, long-lasting, and continue to open down the spike whilst in the vase. I love them.

In the language of flowers, gladioli stand for honour and remembrance (more of which later) and strength of character, faithfulness, sincerity, integrity and determination.  So I’ll start with honour. I’ve been lucky enough this month to have been honoured in a couple of ways. Firstly, I had a glowing testimonial full of kind words for my work as a result of a collaboration at Boconnoc with renowned event planner, Simon Nickell.

Secondly, I’ve also been nominated for a Simply Wedding Award! The nomination came out of the blue, one or more of ‘my’ brides or grooms must have nominated me for their  wedding flowers, so I’d like to say a general thank you to whoever it was. Previous Brides and Grooms from 2015/16 only can vote for a business and voting opens on September 1st, so I’ll be posting this again, no doubt, and keeping my fingers crossed for the result.

Thirdly, another recent honour, my flowers on the front cover of Pure Weddings magazine! My bouquet sits in the centre of a colourful feature on ‘The Gypsy Bride’. The bride is seated on an old folk-art decorated caravan wearing a Romany style wedding dress – really pretty and unusual. This was a team effort*, great fun to be part of, and I’m still excited to see the picture made the front page.

Lastly, though, I must just make a short mention of remembrance – at home we lost two of our dogs this month to heart cough, my dog, Buster, and my son’s dog, Neo, my dog’s father, both at a young age. Pets become like one of the family and because they have such a short life-span compared to humans, they can make us mindful of mortality and the cycle of life. This too, of course, is part of my work. I’m reminded of another honour here, that it is a special role to be asked to create personalised memorial flowers for clients who have lost a loved one and thereby to play a small part in the passing ceremony.

To end on a brighter note, again in honour of the vivid and cheerful gladioli, all in all, August has been a busy month. I’ve been able to add some fresh pictures to my Wedding Gallery include some very positive feedback to my portfolio, and have two weddings coming up this weekend. Every Saturday until the end of September, I will be busy with wedding flowers to finish and deliver, and meanwhile, my workshop is in the process of being transformed, more of which next month…

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*’The Gypsy Bride’ team credits
Photography, Julia Mcintosh, juliamcintoshphotography.com
Dresses, Christine Trewinnard Couture
Make up artist, Sally Orchard
Hair, Claire Pascoe, number8hairdressing.com
Flowers, Floral Creations St Austell
Jewellery, gemheaven jewellery
Location, Outlandish Holidays