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Floribunda Rose  Musings of Sarah Diligent ~ Eco Florist. Founder & Owner of Floribunda Rose. British florals & foraged foliage for fabulous weddings


{Small steps...} Reflecting on what has been, embracing the moment & planning on doing my very best going forwards.

I am going to be working my socks off with my fabulous team over the next few days to ensure that Nikki & Matt's big day is a totally beautiful affair & I can't tell you how glad I am that my hands & my mind will be full of flowers.

I'll be collecting flowers from @plantpassion & @bucketsofblooms having fabulous edible flowers delivered by @greensofdevon & going to @marketflowers ~ this won't be an all British one as Nikki has had her heart set on King Proteas for years & years.

We're sourcing everything else that we can from our fair isles and I can't wait to get going (at 2am tomorrow). Ok I'm not excited about the alarm clock but I am excited about the flowers... #lifeofaflorist

{None of the right words}

Hold your loved ones a little closer. Revel in the tiny insignificant moments, life is fragile & fleeting & beautiful and at times too unimaginably brutal to bear. My heart goes out to everyone affected by the horrific events of last night in Manchester. Thoughts & prayers are with you x

{Was it you?!} Looking forward to welcoming the lucky winner of @fineartweddingboutique 's fab competition to our studio for a seasonal bouquet making workshop.

They also get this gorgeous print from @gooseberrymoon alongside lots of other beauties!

Congratulations if you did win ~ if you didn't but you still fancy coming along to one of our classes all the details are on the website & the link is in the bio 👆. Happy Monday ~ hope it's quick & painless! I shall be needing much coffee...

{Bridal Party flowers}

Whether you're considering a career change, are keen to learn something new or are a florist who'd like to come & see how we do things (& enjoy a day of all the best bits of flowering without the ordering conditioning or tidying up!) we'd love to welcome you to our Floral Design Studio in Hampshire.

We're kicking off the first workshop in our new studio with the very essence of what we do ~ Bridal party flowers.
We'll be making bridal bouquets in our romantic & whimsical style, boutonnières & corsages as well as hair flowers too.
We'll have an abundance of gorgeous British flowers & foliages, a pub lunch & tea & cake to keep you going all afternoon.

Full details are on the website ~ link in the bio... I can't wait to meet you!

Photography | @xanderandthea

{Inspired by}

Can't tell you how much I love this pic from @greensfarmflowers ... I'm having a rare lazy day off and it's absolutely hammering down with rain outside so think I'm going to draw inspiration from this pic & be cosy & warm ~ cuddle a dog & cook something comforting for me & my husband. Strikes me as a good day for hugs & blankets. Hope you have a good one whatever you're up to x

{Happy dance!} Ok it might be just me but I was SO excited to catch a waft of this beautiful mock-orange flower yesterday evening when I was walking the hound.

For me it's the sign that summer is on the horizon, that the roses are on their way and that there will be bees a buzzing all over the show any minute now... I'm off to @bucketsofblooms this afternoon to see what's flowering with Niki & to meet one of our 'Buckets & Bouquets' brides ~ the service which allows brides & grooms to buy buckets of flowers to do a bit of DIY & we make all the personal flowers.

First I'm working on a quote for a foliage canopy in a marquee in a vIneyard... as you do!

Quite excited about this one 🙌

{Have you entered?} Hands up who's entered the competition for this whole box of pretty from @fineartweddingboutique ~ you'll also get a gift voucher for one of our seasonal bouquet making workshops too! (Full details of what you win & how you enter on my previous post)

The full list of our workshops is now up on the website & the link is in the bio 👆

So excited to be sharing the skills, tips & tricks that we've learned over the years and showing how we do what we do (in as eco friendly a way as possible) with those new to floristry or those looking to do things in a whole new way... #neverstoplearning
Hope you have a lovely day! X

{Competition!} Photography | @taylorandporter

Would you like to be in with a chance to win a fabulous box full of treasures from @fineartweddingboutique?

Including a seasonal bouquet making workshop with us at our gorgeous new studio as well as all of these beauties ~
A beautiful hand bound vow keeper from Ollie's Studio @olliesstudio

A pot of luxurious moisturiser from Olofson Skincare @olofsonskincare

A gorgeous botanical screen print on handmade paper from Gooseberry Moon @gooseberrymoon

A set of peachy lace knickers from Brighton Lace @brightonlace

A selection of pretty notelets and cards from Lynda Loves @lyndaathey

A wooden reel with some hand dyed silk ribbon from Kate Cullen @katecullenstyle

A set of lovely screen printed notelets from The Tiny Card Company @tinycardcompany

A delicately beautiful lace handkerchief from Sarah Willard Couture @sarahwilllardcouture

A set of elegant earrings for that essential touch of sparkle from Victoria Fergusson Accessories @victoriafergussonaccessories

A copy if Issue 1 of Desiderata our moodboarding magazine

All you need to do to enter and win ALL this is FOLLOW @fineartweddingboutique, REPOST their image & TAG A FRIEND who might like to win this lovely lot too!

The competition closes at midnight on Sunday and the winner will be drawn at random and announced on Monday 21st. Please note this competition is in no way associated with Instagram. There is no cash alternative. The winner will need to message us their postal address within 24hrs of announcement or a subsequent winner will be drawn. Only those resident in the UK or Ireland are eligible to enter.

{Why flowers?} When I found floristry I found my 'thing' I wanted to do my own wedding flowers & went on lots of courses from @gandgorgeousflowers (who were my inspiration to use fabulous British blooms ~ if you ever get the chance to go there drop everything and go!) Merrist Wood college via @coventgardenacademyofflowers among others ~ the more I did the more hooked I became.

Some people sing, some dance and some draw but I always felt frustrated as I couldn't get the ideas in my head to translate into being... Floristry gives me that, I can realise the dreams I had always held and never been able to express. I take huge joy from having found my thing... What makes your heart sing?

And how did you discover your thing?

PS I'm a little bit stunned and a lot grateful to see that over 2 thousand people are following my small flowery corner ~ Thank you! X

A sneak peak of our beautiful bride from Friday with her Father courtesy of the lovely Katarina ~ So glad you & Nick loved all of the flowers! Xx

#nearlyallbritishflowers #underthefloralspell

{The big day!} Congratulations to Katarina & Nick who tied the knot at Syon House today. Hope they are having an absolute ball!!! Thank you to all the lovely folk @syonhouse for making it a joy for us on the day too x)

{Wedding Season!}
Ok so we're officially in full swing wedding season mode on Church Farm... All the British flowers we can lay our hands on coming this way today for a good condition and to rest up overnight ready to be made into all sorts of beauties tomorrow for K&N on Friday @syonhouse!
Hope you have a good one! X
Photography | @gyangurungphoto

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