Journal

Be my Valentine

Valentines day how and why?
I Just took a look around the internet for some information, what did we do with out it?
St Valentines Day originated as a spring festival called Lupercalia during Roman times which included men and women being paired up by lottery and fertility rights. It was changed to St Valentines Day at the end of the 5th century by Pope Gelasius.
Today we give cards, gifts, flowers, we go out for dinner or head off for romantic weekends away. There are of course all of the exciting marriage proposals too.
If you are buying flowers this Valentines Day use your local florist you will find them listed on line if you do a search. There are lots of on line order gatherers out there ready to take you money but find a local florist on the high street or working from a studio and give them a call they will be able to advise you as to the best option for your budget you will get so much more for your money.
You don’t need to buy Red Roses if your budget doesn’t allow just order a mixed bouquet or a scented spring posy.
Here at Lavenders Blue we specialise in wedding flowers as well as parties and corporate events, we don’t do individual bouquets, but if you do propose this year or you are proposed too then give us a call about flowers for your wedding.
Happy Valentines Day.

Happy New year.

Where have the last 10 years gone I ask myself. 2019 has been a busy year working with lots of excited couples planning their big day. The venues are ever evolving and making little changes to make them selves stand out from the crowd.

Here at lavenders Blue we hope to stand out from the crowd too with our attention to details and love of what we do. The last 10 years have seen some big changes, tomorrow its 3 years since we closed our shop and we haven’t looked back since. Concentrating on wedding and event flowers as well as a few floral demonstrations.

We have been to the wind swept and rugged Scottish highlands, over into beautiful Cumbria and down into rural Yorkshire. we have chatted all things floral with the ladies from many flower clubs and met some very talented people of the flower world. In 2020 we will be visiting the tip of Scotland when we take a trip to see the ladies in Thurso and will take the opportunity to drive the 500 round the tip of Scotland. All for the love of flowers. Our diary is almost full of weddings for 2020 its going to be such an exciting year.

We have a new set of wheels for 2020 too, a higher roof so we can transport our ever growing selection of Bay trees every year they get taller. We have chosen a Bee as our logo especially poignant in the flower world. With a special thank you to James at Spotty Dog Signs in Morpeth.

So watch this space as we go into a new decade, hopefully I can do more than one post a year. New years resolution be more organised!!

Happy New year.

February

Simple table settings are pretty and interesting. It’s important to pay attention to the detail. Little potted plants can be incorporated then taken home by guests as a little memento of the day.

Choose plants which will give pleasure year after year. Potted bulbs, foliage plants, herbs and succulents.

We will be out and about over the next couple of weeks with lots of pretty blooms to show come along and have a catch up. We are always ready to chat all things flower and pretty.

Sunday 17th February Doxford Barns

Sunday 17th February Holiday Inn Seaton Burn

Saturday and Sunday 23/24th February Brinkburn Northumberland.

Good Tidings

image.jpegAs we are just about to enter the new year and all things 2019 we look back over a glorious 2018.  It was a slow start to 2018 but that gave plenty of time to get the props, vases and all of the other flower parafenalia into order before the rush began.

The most memorable wedding I would imagine of all time was Eshott Hal when the beast from the east was here.  We were caught in a white out and had to be towed out of a snow drift, at one point we had three wheels off the ground.  We got there in the end as the saying goes the ‘show must go on’.  What a day!

The choice of flowers is extensive and as ever we are looking to be as eco friendly as possible.  Most of our designs this year have not contained any floral foam and hopefully we can continue with that into 2019.  It’s a much more natural way to arrange your flowers.  The blush and grey tones have been all around us this year and going forward to next year too, some little hints of coral and peach too, beautiful.  Lots of Eucalyptus and Olive leaf too.

We have been up into Scotland this year demonstrating flower arranging to some of the flower clubs, that is always exciting and a little shopping thrown in too along the way.

We have been to many beautiful venues in the North East of England this year all with their own unique style, they all offer something different from views, to location, service and guest experience.

Here in Northumberland we have it all, if it’s a Tipi and a 12th century priory on your wish list then look no further than Brinkburn Priory set on a tranquil bend of the river Coquet, stay in their beautiful cottages and make a weekend of it.  If your style is quirky then take a look at the all new Charlton Hall and the star lit reception room.  Maybe you prefer a barn then Doxford Barns has all you need, an old threshing hall for the ceremony, lake side pictures and if you want a vintage tractor in the background I know a lady who has one.  If you fancy a country house hotel there is the beautiful Eshott Hall with plenty of cottages on site for visiting family members, set in beautiful grounds and a choice of outdoor ceremony spaces.  Linden Hall complete with spa and 18 hole golf course, set among woodland and manicured lawns or Horton Grange small and intimate with a beautiful outdoor space.  We visited Holiday Inn at Seaton Burn this year with its huge function room, newly refurbished reception area, lots of bedrooms and a spa and just on the edge of the A1 perfect for those city slickers among you.

This year we also worked with a celebrant instead of a registrar for one of our couples.  They chose Charlotte Pennefather (www.cpcelebrant.co.uk) to write and perform a very personal ceremony for their big day, it’s all about the little details that help to create a life time of memories.  A special way to start your life together and the ceremony can be anywhere you desire.  Just let your imagination take over.

So here we go into a new chapter and into 2019 helping to create special memories and magical moments with our floral styling, using lots of prettiness and scent, looking forward to meeting lots of new couples and visiting new places.

 

We will be a the following venues over the next couple of months

Brinkburn Northumberland 12-13th January and 26-27th January 11-3 for the house and ceremony space only

23-24th February the tipis will be up for viewing.

Doxford Barns and Charloton Hall Sunday 13th January 12-4

Holiday  Inn 15th January 4-8

Happy New Year X

 

Summer sun

Well the summer has surely been amazing so far this year.  Who would have thought 2018 would be a record breaking summer.  The wedding season has gone off to a brilliant start and hardly a drop of rain to spoil the day.   I now have the most fragranced Sweet Peas in my garden to choose from as well as some beautiful Hydrangea.  The Hydrangea have been very labour intensive during this hot spell as their name depicts they are incredibly thirsty.  The ones I have in posts have been watered sometimes three times a day Phew!!

A little fragrant posy below I found in my archive from about 4 or 5 years ago with a little dried lavender.  We recreated this as an ever lasting bouquet a few months later.

There are a busy few months left this year of weddings and parties as well as venue open days to attend all to keep us on out toes.

If you re planning a wedding or a special occasion pop along to the open day at Brinkburn Northumberland on Sunday 12th August from 11 till 3 or Thursday 23rd August 4 till 8.  Set in the woods by the river, party in the tipi and a ceremony in the Priory or white room.  or if its a barn you are after, Doxford Barns on 23rd August 5 till 8.  Set on a working farm in the middle of the rolling Northumberland Countryside.

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