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Flowers of the Month - Spring!

Spring is in the air and we love everything about Spring flowers - the bright colours, the sweet scents, the glorious variety to choose from and that you can grow most of them yourself in your garden from bulbs with little effort!

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Ranunculus originally comes all the way from Central Asia. It travelled through many exotic places before arriving in Europe, where it was given its official name from the late Latin, 'rana'  which means 'little frog' and probably relates to many species being found near water. 

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Flower of the Month - February - Alstroemeria

February is the month when we make a special effort to celebrate Love - and red roses have become synonymous with romance but what about expressing love to your friends and family?

We love using the Language of Flowers in our work at The Flower Studio, and the Alstroemeria is used to symbolise enduring friendship. It’s therefore, the perfect gift to confirm a beautiful friendship. The flower itself has six petals which stand for understanding, humour, patience, empathy, commitment, and respect.

Read more on our blog 'Alright Petal'

Flower of the Month - January - the Tulip

A new year, a new beginning. The tulip is ideal for welcoming in the new year with its brilliant colours and varied appearance.  

The ever-cheerful tulip comes in white, red, yellow, pink, purple, orange, green or with multicoloured petals. The tulip’s shapes are also a feast for the eye. You can get them with a single or double row of petals, whilst there are also eye-catching fringed and parrot tulips with serrated petals, and there’s the playful lily-flowered tulip. Peony tulips look like peonies, and French tulips are exceptionally tall and have very large flowers.

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Christmas Tree Out - Houseplant In!

As tradition stands, January 5th or the eve of the Epiphany is considered the end of Christmas celebrations, and the day when the Christmas tree and decorations are removed from your house and packed away safely until next year.  I always find this a very therapeutic process as it is usually the first proper 'house clean' of the year, especially if you have had a real tree leaving a trail of dry crispy pine needles from your front room to your front door!

Christmas Tree Out, Houseplant In!

This does, however, leave quite a large empty space where the tree was stood, so why not fill that corner with a new green houseplant?  

Find out more on our blog - Alright Petal?

Flying, Filming & Freesia!

The last few days have been a whirlwind of frantically getting myself organised to travel to Holland to film for the Fusion Flowers Fabulous Freesia Competition.  As the winner, my prize was to fly to Amsterdam to film a video tutorial showing how I made my winning design (below).  To say I was slightly nervous would be a massive understatement!

Fusion Flowers Fabulous Freesia
Credit: Shan Fisher Photography

It was an early start on Tuesday which called for strong coffee while I waited for Ingrid from Fresh Retail to take me to her house to start filming.  We were smack bang in the middle of the Westland area on the outskirts of Amsterdam and surrounded by miles and miles of glasshouses.  This was my 4th visit to Amsterdam and it still fills me with awe at the size of some of the buildings!

Filming the tutorial was as nerve-wracking as I expected, especially when some of the materials I needed were not there and a small amount of 'winging it' was required.

The afternoon was a lot more relaxing and I visited one of the largest Dutch Freesia growers - family run Hofland Freesia - and was given a guided tour by third-generation Freesia Grower Erik Hofland.  It was truly fascinating so I took lots of pictures of the entire process to show you!

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This was the sight when we first walked in... fresh beds of soil closest to us ready for planting - then week old planted bulbs underneath the white aggregate and then further down the glasshouse were more mature plantings.

Read the rest of this post on our Blog along with lots more Freesia photos!

We are in the Good Florist Guide!

The Flower Studio is the first Manx florist to be accepted into the exclusive Good Florist Guide, the gold standard of floristry and the only merit-based guide to the finest florists in the British Isles. Acknowledged as the ‘little black book’ of the very best British and Irish and now Manx, florists The Flower Studio were awarded the prestigious accolade last month.

To be part of GFG, each florist undergoes a rigorous evaluation process before being approved. The Flower Studio submitted a detailed description of their floristry business, including range available and services offered as well as images of their business premises, customer reviews, their design work, their team and even the delivery vehicle! It was then vetted by a panel of industry experts to ensure it met the strict criteria of not just offering gorgeous designs, but also the best service and value for bespoke floristry and flowers.

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Commenting on their success Heidi, owner of The Flower Studio said; ‘We are delighted to be accepted into the Good Florist Guide. We are passionate about flowers, design, quality and the service we give to each of our customers so it is wonderful to have this recognised.

Heidi continued; ‘What’s special about our business is that we focus on unique designs, using the highest quality flowers.  We always try and use locally grown produce when in the season to support our local suppliers.  Our popular workshops also help us to connect with our customers on a one to one basis.’

Christmas Wreath Workshops

Caroline Marshall-Foster, Editor of floristry’s industry bible The Florist magazine, and Executive Director of Good Florist Guide set it up as a way to ensure customers always receive top quality floristry from businesses that value excellent customer service.

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Caroline said, “You can buy flowers virtually anywhere these days. But nothing really beats the experience of receiving fabulous flowers from a truly bespoke florist and without it costing an arm or a leg. The Good Florist Guide is my way of sharing all that is good about floristry. It allows consumers to know that the florist they use is able and willing to go the extra mile and make all their purchases, big or small, truly special.”

Gallery Cover Shoot - May 2016 Edition

I was very honoured to be asked by my lovely friend Shan to create a mini flower wall for her cover photo shoot for Gallery Magazine. It is always great fun to work on a shoot and this fab group of people were amazing (especially little Monkey the dog!)

Credits:
Photographer: Shan Fisher Fine Art Photography 
Model: Lucy Cringle 
Makeup Artist: Heather Maddrell Make up Artist
Flowers: Heidi Keane – The Flower Studio
Nail Technician: Christine Cowley - Rock Hard Nails
Hairstylist: Jenna O'Sullivan at Passion Hair & Beauty Salon.
Styling: Beckii Flint & Shan Fisher 
Location – Florence & Rose

To see more of the beautiful shots and behind the scenes images, pop over to Shan's Blog 

Gallery Cover Shoot

Mother's Day 2016 Opening Times

We have got extended opening hours for Mother's Day and at the moment are still taking deliveries for Saturday 5th and Sunday 6th March.

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Order today for Valentine's Day

Our roses are on their way from the Dutch auctions to our pretty little shop at Tynwald Mills and they are already selling fast!

So if you are planning on treating your loved one to a beautiful bouquet this Valentine's Day, whether it is traditional red roses, something pretty and vintage or a simple bunch of tulips, head on over to our website and get your order in quick!

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And we have lots of lovely little extras too from scented candles, rose petals, chocolates, and balloons...

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Order today on our website or call 01624 800061

The Flower Studio Homemade and Crafty Christmas Countdown

It is now less than seven weeks until Christmas Day so I have put together a series of posts to hopefully inspire and help you get ready for a beautiful and handmade festive season!

From wrapping presents, to creating your own decorations for your home and Christmas table, I can guarantee that there will be something for everyone to have a go at even if you don’t consider yourself particularly creative!

All of the items I will be using will be available to purchase from our studios at Tynwald Mills, St Johns, Noa Bakehouse in Douglas or other local craft shops or you could go foraging in your garden for some things too!  And if you live further afield, most florist and craft shops would also have similar items to help you recreate the designs.

We are also running a series of workshops where you can come and join us at our Noa Bakehouse Studio throughout November and December and have fun making door wreaths, Christmas planters and table centres.  Click on the 'Workshops' tab for more details and to order online.

How to put a realistic price on your wedding flowers!

Since opening The Flower Studio in 2009 I have quoted for over 350 weddings and the majority of Brides that those quotes have gone to have come back and booked us as their wedding florists – we have been so privileged to work on some amazing weddings, from small intimate secret days to full-blown, unlimited budget, flowers everywhere, extravaganzas!

But I often hear Brides and Grooms (and Mothers!) complain about the expense of wedding flowers – “but you can buy them in Tesco/Shoprite/Marksy’s for a fiver – how can a bouquet be THAT expensive?”

Now I know everyone has a price limit, whether it is £50, £500 or £5000, and wedding flowers are a difficult area of your big day to budget for as it is a very variable item. A wedding dress has a price tag, a suit has a price tag, wedding rings have a price tag, but pretty much everything can change in costing wedding flowers when you take in to account changing seasons and availability.

So hopefully this article will explain a little about what goes into preparing, designing and delivering your wedding flowers.

To read more - visit our Blog - 'Alright Petal'

 

Send a Smile!

We send flowers for so many reasons - to surprise someone, to let them know we are thinking of them, to say sorry, to say congratulations, Happy Birthday, I love you - you get the picture!  All of these reasons usually have one outcome - to make someone smile.

We have started an inititative - aptly named 'Send a Smile' -  where as part of your flower order you can choose to donate a small amount to go into our Send a Smile kitty and when we have enough donations we will choose a deserving member of the community to send a beautiful bouquet of flowers to.

We will contact you after your donation has been used and then hopefully that will make you smile to know you have been a part of making someone's day.  Smiles all round!

 

Coming Soon! The Flower Academy

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