Saturday, 18 December 2010
Tuesday, 30 November 2010
Sunday, 21 November 2010
I know I am a florist but I love sending flowers at Christmas - all about treating people!!
So this Christmas - why not push the boat out and find that unexpected treat for that special person!!! Don't have to have a huge budget, why not make something? (you could always come on our wreath making workshop?) or check out http://www.youngblooms.co.uk/ as our Christmas Shop is up and running and if your on our mailing list then your Festive newsletter should have popped up in your inbox for you to feast your eyes upon!! Have a restful Sunday and keep warm....bitterly cold here x
Monday, 15 November 2010
Anyway here's the recipe, I am going to attempt to make it so I will let you the readers know how I get on.
PEAR & CRANBERRY CHUTNEY
1 Onion (finely chopped)
325g Dried Cranberries
3cm Root Ginger (grated)
2 Cloves Garlic (finely chopped)
1/2tsp Ground Cinnamon
1/2tsp Ground Coriander
1/2tsp Ground Mixed Spice
150g Caster Sugar
2tsp Dried Chilli
300ml Cider Vinegar
4 Conference Pears (pealed, cored and chopped into small pieces)
Place the Onion, Dried Cranberries, Root Ginger, Garlic, Cinnamon, Coriander, Mixed Spice, Sugar, Chilli and Cider Vinegar into a large saucepan and put over the heat. Mix all the ingredients and allow them to reach a simmer, keep cooking the fruity mixture until all the liquid is soaked up and the fruit is tender.
Add the pears to the mixture and allow to cook until the pears start to soften. Keep an eye on the texture of the mixture and if it starts to get too dry add the water, 1 tablespoon at a time. Once the pear has softened, add the remaining water and the Brandy.Once all of the liquid has been absorbed take the chutney off the heat and spoon the chutney mixture into sterilised jars.Store in a cool dark place, eat within 6months. Once opened keep jar in the fridge and eat within 2months.
Well, I hope you enjoy the culinary moment! I'm sure there will be more as we head towards Christmas and I will let you know chutney making goes. As you finish reading, I hope you like the wreath to your right!! Currently on our front door. This ones a nice one as I made it in an oasis base so I think it will last longer than normal! Hurrah....(also don't forget that we can now post bouquets and wreaths, so if your not seeing friends or family this Christmas then why not send them something lovely, ala photo!!)....signing off xx
Saturday, 13 November 2010
We are very excited to be offering Christmas Workshops where you learn how to make your very own wreath. All the materials will be provided and we will be on hand to give you guidance! Now a lot of people see the wreaths that we make and say 'my gosh I could never make something like that.' But fear not, the kirsty McCall will come out in all of you and you WILL be surprised at how creative you can be! So why not book, bring a friend (for moral support) and come and enjoy doing something different this Christmas! (you can click on the image to make it bigger and see all the details.
Monday, 8 November 2010
This to my left was a rather yummy bouquet that got boxed up and sent off to leicestershire this afternoon (though I do think my packing left something to be desired) So don't forget we can send bouquets all around these fair isles and will also be sending Christmas wreaths!!! What joy for the postman....
George has just curled up on my lap demanding attention, so writing may be interesting! She is now big enough to lie down and paw/claw my face in a only the affectionate way she knows how...anyway moving on
This was a bridal bouquet done for a wedding at the Pump Rooms in Bath! I love its simplicity and elegance. Calla's work incredibly well by themselves, they fit together so easily and create such smooth lines....mmm beginning to sound like my old tutor!!! Finally below is another bridal bouquet. I love that no two bouquets are the same, some Brides will come with a very specific idea and picture of what they want and others really don't know what they like and you end up creating something together which is great fun. Equally ever being the diplomat, I love both ways of working. Otherwise my job would be dull dull dull!!
Signing out and off to hide under the duvet, as its far too cold.
Monday, 1 November 2010
But as the photo suggests Autumn is quickly making its way for the festive season as shops begin (VERY) quickly to stock all that you need. The weekend has seen our Christmas stock begin to arrive as we have been sorting out Cinnamon sticks, ordering our handmade vintage lavender hearts, untangling those pesky twinkly lights and sorting out the making of our fabulous Christmas wreaths.
So fear not all you lovely people!! Young Blooms will be here to help you source your every floral need for the coming festive season....and as always keep checking in on our blog to watch out for the new arrivals, the old favourites and frankly down right gorgeous items that we will be selling. Much love and keep warm.....signing out and in search of coffee!!!
Thursday, 28 October 2010
I have had a eureka moment!!
Think Spring bulbs!!! Nooooo I hear you say that's so Grannified. But no, check out the photo. There is nothing that speaks less Granny than this arrangement. A nice sleek and stylish tin, sits easily on any coffee table and makes any visitor think your obviously a Kirsty Allsop in the making....
Anyway, enough of Allsop
Here is my top five hints for trying to keep plants alive at home:
- Read care instructions (always good to state the obvious)
- Watering, this might seem silly but all plants are different. Reading instructions will help on this matter. For instance orchid plants don't like to sit in water as the roots will go moldy...
- If its a flowering plant, always a good idea to pull of heads that are dead or dying. Then the plant can put energies in elsewhere!
- Think about the position of the plant. Don't put plant in sunlight if its not a fan!
- Enjoy it as it enjoys your care and attention and then frankly you can feel pleased as punch and come over all Kirsty Allsop or Allan Titchmarsh...(which ever floats your boat)
And there you have it, very simple tips for healthy plants! (If you don't succeed then just give us a ring and we can send the replacement, no one will be none the wiser :)
Monday, 25 October 2010
I brought some rather gorgeous 'largo' parrot tulips home this weekend from work and it got me thinking how often I take flowers to friends and watch them plonk them in a vase or pop them in the sink till they get round to sorting them out. So my thought was to create a helpful top five tips for enjoying flowers in the house.
- Take wrapping off (yes I have seen this left on, ha ha)
- Cut off about an inch of stem at the bottom
- Pull leaves off bottom of stems (so its not floating round in the water going moldy)
- Find yummy container (my tulips are in a plant pot that I like) other good containers being jam jars, vases, old retro tin cans.....
- Find suitable position for flowers to be enjoyed and admired(because aren't you good for having fresh flowers in the house!)
And there you have it, simple as pie!! Other flowers/plants to enjoy at this time of the year are potted bulbs, they might sound a bit old hat but we have been potting them up in sleek aluminium tins and they are selling like hot cakes!(photos to follow...)
Thursday, 21 October 2010
If you do fancy a visit to the farm shop then our workshop (filled with very nice flowers and furniture) is now open 9.30am till 12 every day. And then you can stock up on treats for yourself and others...
Anyway I'm off to finish the quince jelly making extravaganza!!!!.....enjoy the rest of your weekend xx
Sunday, 17 October 2010
But all in all we made some good contacts and met lots of lovely people. Do check out http://www.vintagebristol.co.uk/ These lovely people supplied our vintage crockery which got so many compliments. As you can see, small bunches of lovelyness placed in teacup and saucer works a treat.
Sunday, 10 October 2010
Tuesday, 5 October 2010
Friday, 24 September 2010
This is part of our new workshop! You can see surely why I want to take most of the furniture there home....
Simple yet, perfectly elegant!! Laura is truly fab!!!! ( that's the other of me, in Young Blooms world)
And of course this is the imfamous George....boy wonder is not a fan, though secretly I think he quite likes her.
Saturday, 18 September 2010
Saturday, 11 September 2010
Is there not something completely delicious about finding a new something and thinking 'yes this is just up my alley?!?' Am home from work and sitting in the garden, beer in hand while I scribble my thoughts down! The weather is just yummy & autumnal and is blessing for the wedding we did this morning! The new something was Wick Barn...
A very chic new venue situated near Farliegh Hungerford, beautifully decorated and was a fabulous setting for out flowers (he he). From the farrow & Ball stable doors, the bunting tastefully draped around,to the Molton Brown moisturiser in the toilets. You can understand why I fell in love.
More exciting than all that Young Blooms is moving.......
Only to next door of course!!! We are in cahoots with Hartley farm on a new venture, we are sharing our workspace with lots of very gorgeous shabby chic french furniture. The type of stuff you would fill your house with (that's if I had my way...boy wonder thinks it just needs a coat of paint)...so I sign out with a view to eating more cheese and contemplating moving..
Sunday, 5 September 2010
Monday, 23 August 2010
Thought I would share some Young Blooms yummyness!!! We have certainly covered a fair few miles this weekend but as I sit here with my coffee and chocolate buttons (good pick me up :) there is a sense of satisfaction....
...All went well and our clients seemed to be happy with flower related things, weather was abit hit and miss but bless 'em all they got enough dry weather for those all important photos.
So I hope you all survived your Mondays, we have had record sales (of flowers) in the farm-shop so its deffo been a good Monday, so signing off (and on the hunt for more coffee) x
Ps...first planning meeting for National Wedding show on friday, soooo excited.
Monday, 16 August 2010
Wednesday, 11 August 2010
We have both recently enjoyed holidays away and I managed to wangle a week in NYC!! Stayed at the Waldorf Astoria of course :), but oh my gosh, anyone thinking of getting married abroad, go do it at the Waldorf. The florist alone should be enough of a persuasion! They have a boutique in the lobby of the hotel and on my morning coffee run I would just drool at all the loveliness....yummy orchids everywhere! Though saying all that, one might pale at the starting price for a wedding there.
Anyway this blog will aim to bring you excitment, lovely flowers, new projects, gorgeous weddings and much more, so pleased stay tuned and keep in touch as we value all our Young Blooms friends.