An English Country Wedding with Saffy of Bath Flowers

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My lovely farm host, Lara of Manor Farm Cottage Flowers, has introduced me to a whole new world of English florists and growers and I am much obliged. A few weekends ago, I had the chance to help out one of our friends, Saffy of Bath Flowers, with a big floral installation at a country house in Devon. I learned so much from Saffy and loved tagging along, helping out with the floral design and snapping some photos. India of Vervain Flowers and another florist friend, Emma, also assisted.

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Saffy tries to use British grown flowers in all her designs. For this project, she combined her local sourcing (many flowers were grown at Manor Farm Cottage Flowers) with flowers from the client’s garden and the result was lush, wild, effortless, and quintessentially English.

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Saffy created an amazing floral installation on the mantle where the wedding ceremony took place, meadows in window sills, and around sculptures, to really bring the old manor house to life! Simultaneously wild, effortlessly sophisticated, and vibrant, the designs and floral plan were spot on for the location and event.

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I was thrilled when I learned one of my assignments was to fill a collection of swan vases with a recipe of pepperberry, muted pink hydrangea, and caramel antique roses.

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Here’s one of Saffy’s trademark fresh meadows, she designed for the window sills.

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Three of us stayed up til all hours making boutonnières from billowy garden flowers (grown by Lara).

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Here is Saffy’s grand floral installation in the living room.

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And the lovely Saffy, herself above! This was such a fun little trip to the country and such a blast to help out with a floral team again, especially one who understands the importance of sourcing locally. Hope you enjoy the behind-the-scenes! I so admire Saffy’s work. She’s the real deal! A florist who understands technique but constantly creates fresh, effortlessly natural work that doesn’t take itself too seriously. If you want to learn from her too, check out her courses with Tallulah Rose Flower School or if you need a florist in England, contact her here.

Photos by Chelsea Fuss. Floral Design by Bath Flowers.

A Visit to Petersham Nurseries

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Last week I took a wee break from farm life for a week of fun in London! I stayed near Richmond and had so much fun meeting up with blog friends, several of them I had been in touch with since the beginnings of this blog (2006!). So it honestly felt like meeting up with old friends! Thank you Jane (we’d met before in Berlin!), Sarah, Krissy,  Lynne, and Alaina from House and Garden UK. (they have a gorgeous new site!) for the lovely lunches and walking tours! One day I spent walking along The Thames with my friend Lynne and we had lunch at Petersham Nurseries. I’d always wanted to visit this nursery/cafe and it was just as lovely as I’d imagined and the food was delicious. I took some photos for you:

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Photos by Chelsea Fuss. Taken in Richmond, near London, UK.

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An English Country Market

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A couple of weeks ago, I had the chance to help out Lara of Manor Farm Cottage Flowers. Lara is a flower farmer and floral designer here in Somerset who is part of the new movement of flower farmers and designers across the world. Specifically here in Britain, there is an interest to return to homegrown flowers instead of flown in flowers! It’s been quite inspiring to help out Lara and have a peek at flower farming during this exciting time. A few weeks ago, Lara had a flower stall at The Wedmore Green Market, an eco-friendly food market in the adorable village of Wedmore. It was incredibly charming. Held in a stone courtyard with a greenhouse, there were just about 15 or 20 vendors selling everything from goat cheese to chutney to English roses. Here are some photos of our flower stand stand. We sold stems and hand-tied bouquets and little posies. It was so fun to visit with everyone. You can see more peeks on my Instagram.

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And here are a couple photos of the rest of the market.

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And some fun news! If you are interested in floral design and flower farming, we are holding a class at Manor Farm Cottage Flowers where you will get to visit the cut flower gardens, learn how to cut, condition, and arrange flowers! You will take home a hand-tied bouquet. You can find more information here.

Photos: Chelsea Fuss. Taken in Somerset, England.