Lovely Flowers & How My Fingers Are Becoming Greener
FLOWERS MAKE ME SMILE. I just love them and always want them in my home. I have tried & tested lots of different ways of buying flowers, from supermarket to florists, to the new school flower subscription services. At the end of the day, it's a luxury to have flowers in your home, week in week out so its's important to find the best option for you. When I bought my house last year, that's when I really started to want to have flowers every week, I love the fresh vibe they bring to a room and they are just so welcoming. New house = equals lots of visitors and I wanted my home to look its best
Supermarket flowers, whilst very nice, in my experience never seem to last very long. New I tired the local florist; whenever I can, I try to shop small & local because I think local shops are valuable in any area - if we don't support them they won't be thee and that would be the biggest shame! I still sometimes pop in to the florist, but struggle to fit in going there during a busy working week.
I told you in a previous post about how much I love Loaf furniture and how much like a showroom my house looks! If you needed any more proof, I bought so many things that Loaf kindly sent me some flowers after one of my many deliveries! They came from Bloom & Wild and were gorgeous and a little bit different, which I loved. Inside the box, Bloom & Wild offered you the chance to get a discount on your next purchase so I thought it was the perfect time to give them a try. They offer a subscription service and I thought what could be easier than for beautiful flowers to just arrive at my house every single week, so I signed up. The flowers were lovely.
Then one Saturday morning, there was a knock at the door and a very smiley girl was standing on my doorstep. She explained she worked for Freddie's Flowers and that they had recently started doing deliveries in my area. Now it had only been a few weeks since I started using Bloom & Wild but I really liked the idea of backing a start-up and helping a new business. Bloom & Wild is a little bit further down their journey and whilst I still use them all the time to send flowers as gifts, I decided to give Freddie's Flowers a go, especially as the first bunch was free! Nothing to lose hey! And look how lovely they are, below is a little gallery of just some of my deliveries. I love them all but the peonies are my absolute favourites. The peony season is so short but I try to make the most of them every year. They are just stunning. Perfect Pink.
I have been a customer of Freddie's Flowers almost since they launched and I can't rate them highly enough. The quality is great & Freddie himself even shows you how to arrange them perfectly via his flower arranging videos on his website. Fool Proof! And as promised, if you too want beautiful fresh flowers delivered right to your door and you fancy getting your first delivery free this is where you need to click!
Now, a few months down the line I have started to think fresh flowers every week is a bit of an indulgence. I still have my subscription, with Freddie's, but as it's easy to manage your deliveries online I pick and chosoe the weeks I have them delivered, depending on what the flowers are and whether I have guests staying. Or just because I fancy having them. But what to do on an everyday basis, then it dawned on me, have a go myself! I'm lucky enough to now have a garden in London so why not make the most of it. Slight fly in the ointment was that I had never done a day's gardening in my life, but I'm always up for a challenge so I decided to give it a go. It couldn't be that hard, could it?
Several visits to my local garden centre later and I have transformed my front garden making it so much more welcoming. As you walk up to the front door, on the right-hand side used to sit the recycling boxes with the bin by the front door. Practical but not pretty. So I cut back the bushes on the right hand side of the path, bought an unobtrusive bin shed to hide those necessary but ugly things, added the white pebbles and put some pretty plants in heritage style pots et voila! Country meets City. Now on to the back garden where the real gardening begins...
STRAWBERRIES. I MANAGED TO GROW STRAWBERRIES and the proof is below! I can't claim that the crop was the largest but there is something so amazingly satisfying about eating something you have grown yourself. But do I cut them back now the fruit has gone? I just don't know. So much to learn!
The back garden has decking and fake grass. Yes, fake grass! In my defence it was there already, but I have to admit it does make life a lot easier. No mowing the lawn for me, even though it is so small it would probably only take 5 mins if that! It's actually really soft and not at all scratchy which I found very surprising.
I have limited plating space but I've found that suits me as it's not too difficult to maintain. And if I get bored with what's there or I manage to not quite keep something alive, I can just plant something else. After all, variety is the spice of life! Here's just a few shots of my progress so far.... As you'd expect from me, colour, colour & more colour.
And finally, how lucky was I to receive these flowers this week; they are beautiful and smell amazing too. And I even know what some of them are called now, I'm definitely learning!
Blog post No. 4 complete. I would love to hear from you if you have any feedback or even a suggestion on things you would like to read, so do leave me a comment below or get in touch.
Thanks for reading. Until next Sunday....
From Charlotte x