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Fiona Pickles  Seasonally led, nature-inspired & garden loving florist working in a large, dramatic & unstructured style. Huge installations are ‘my thing’

Emma-Jayne’s bouquet from Saturday before the final touches went in and the ribbon.

Incredible beauties. Small part of the array of flowers or Emma and Lee yesterday. Congratulations to you both and thank you for inviting us along to share your wonderful day xxx #WHPcircles

You spin me right round baby. Right round. This beast is at Lee and Emma Jayne’s wedding today. And so will I be 💃💃💃🥂🤸‍♀️ Dizzy 🎶 and other ‘ring based songs ‘ #WHPcircles All grown by @pickedatdawn and put together by 💪 team of @georgiaa.pixie and @the_nurtured_stem . Probably lots more over on Stories 😳🥂 We had to stand on the bar to make this, hope to not repeat that later 😂🤣🤸‍♀️ Congratulations to you both x

Another look back to June. After I was invited to be creative director for the @castle_howard flower festival, this was the very first vision I had for any of the spaces (32 in total I think?). The antique passage was built around the time that ferneries were all the rage and to me it screamed out huge branches and ferns. What you can’t see are security lasers which we had to avoid, plus it’s a very busy thoroughfare which meant I had to reign it in slightly (otherwise a machete might have been tequired🤣) We also couldn’t allow anything to touch any of the statues - anywhere 😳Oh and did I mention it was also the hottest weekend of the year (at that point) so this view changed every day with the ongoing branch replacement then inevitable prune back 🤣😳 Image @hannah.straughan and beautiful ostrich ferns from Linda at @thewoodlandfarm and foliage all came from the estate. Over the course of the festival many hands worked on this so huge thanks to all involved (feel free to big yourself up below 👍🤣) Even though the festival is a dim and distant memory, Castle Howard is always worth a visit. It’s jaw droppingly beautiful and there’s always all sorts going on x

These zinnias will always remind me of my lovely friends at @holmeflowers - I used to be very ‘unpersuaded’ by them, so Wendy and Sue regularly sneaked one or two into my flower orders to persuade me to like them, well it worked ... to a degree! I do love this one (queen red lime) but there are still quite a lot I’m just not that fond of - too bright including one I’m growing , Raspberry Ripple which is less ‘raspberry’ more pillar box red, might the seed be wrong??? 🤷🏼‍♀️😩 #thisiswhaticallraspberry #bigdaisytime #britishflowers #flowerfarmer #slowflowers

Airy, weedy, seedy and aniseedy The garden inside.
AND!!!!! what a revelation starting a new account is 😳😳😳 I almost feel like I’ve gone undercover and I rather liked it. Its like seeing ig with a fresh pair of eyes. Different explore page, different recommendations, I rather like it over there 🤣 (it’s @picklespartiespast if you’re interested btw) #whphidden

Ok. I’ve done it! I’ve set up a new account purely to sell off unwanted stock so head over to @picklespartiespast ! (Thank you to @weddingsandeventsfd for the name inspiration,I just elaborated it a bit! 💃) I’ve just done some (very off ‘brand’🙈🙈🙈) Stories over there of all the behind the scenes bits that I NEVER show on here. So for a good nosey take a look 😆 just don’t judge me. If you are just starting out or know someone who is do follow, even if your/their style is very different from mine as I started off in a very different guise so there will be lots of regular florist vases, sundries etc etc. I need it to go so please spread the word. I’m going to keep it just to Instagram for now, but I may create a Facebook page if there are lots of non Instagrammers (🤷🏼‍♀️🙄🤣) I can’t quite believe what I’ve revealed over there. Hope I don’t regret it!!! #picklespartiespast

Your thoughts please! I’ve been threatening to have a right old clear out of the workshop for a few years now and never known quite where to start. I have amassed SO much stuff over the years that I’m just running out of room and I really just need to seriously de-clutter and move on. If I started a separate account for everything that I no longer want/need/have room for, would anyone be interested? 🤷🏼‍♀️ It’s not all pretty ( bear in mind I started in 2005, things were VERY different then 🤣🙈😳) but i’m sure someone out there might want what I don’t? Maybe I should just give it a go and see ..... 🤔Plus, while I’m asking, any good names for the alternative account?

After a whirlwind few months of floral activity I’m taking a brief look back. The Cloud at @castle_howard Flower Festival. This image by @cag_photo gives some idea of its size 😬👍

One to ones are amongst my favourite things to do and today’s with Kimi was a delight. This is my demonstration bouquet (clicked by me experimentally on my camera timer - I’m surprised its in focus 🤣) Kimi totally got my way of working , embraced it and went wild 💫💥 thanks for coming and so lovely to meet you 😘 Ribbon is form the fabulous @nettle_textiles

FOAM FREE LARGE INSTALLATION LEARNING!
As recommended in July’s @elledecorationuk (see stories)
The one thing I get asked about more than anything is how do I come up with/design/attach/create my installations to look as if they have just grown there and keep them foam free. Well now is your chance to find out! All this (and plenty more 😉) will be covered in detail on the Floral Renaissance class with Brigitte @mossandstonefloraldesign in a few weeks, (still some places available - link to full outline of this ‘day into evening’ class in the profile☝️). Since June I’ve been working almost non-stop on a huge variety of installations, from this stunner of a wedding at @lepetitchateauweddings in mid June, through the enormous @castle_howard flower festival, with its huge range of designs in a stately home and most recently, to the permanent installations at @manorhouselindley ( see the most recent posts). Every one threw up its own challenges and I’ve learnt a LOT and am eager to share this with you (if you’re interested obvs😆). How to move forward when your planned mechanics dont completely work, how to work with scale, with nothing touching priceless antiques (have you seen the size of my work? 🙈), with no water on anything, having the confidence and ability to change plans mid-way through, how to attach a 40foot structure with no wall fixings 😳 and working (for us in the UK anyway!) in immense heat to name a few 🤣
All of which I’ve had to deal with in the last few months. Decisions have been verging on engineering I’m sure and it’s incredible what you can do when you have to. So join Brigitte and I on August 22nd we are so excited about this day xxx #britishflowers #nofloralfoam #floralinspo

Close up of another of the faux installations at @manorhouselindley . I wanted this piece to look like a large, old rose tree sprawling around the beautiful feature doorway by @acornbespoak in the bistro (I’ll hold back on a full frontal until it is finished for full effect!) Again, it’s a permanent and timeless feature, when will a climbing rose ever go out of fashion?
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