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Dreamy chocolate brownies from a bearded brownie baker

Opulently decadent chocolate brownie and bountiful bouquet gift packages are coming…

I love it when a plan comes together and yesterday, when Gilliflower met with Alex’s Brownies, there was no stemming the creative flow. Alex, the bearded baker, is a Colchester based local lad and artisan brownie maker who crafts luxuriously rich brownies for an increasing band of devout customers. Alex is a chocolate visionary. His unwavering passion for all things brownie has led him to create fantastical bespoke bakes with the most ingenious flavour combinations. But best of all, Alex takes requests. And no request, no matter how wildly decadent or ludicrously lavish, is too far. Peanut butter and white chocolate chunks? You betcha’. Mini Eggs and Toblerone? Of course! Twix and Double Stuffed Oreo? No problem. I’m too hungry now to continue listing the boundless possibilities but just think of them all…

As you all know, I’m a lifelong fan of partnering flowers with cake. I go on about it every month. That’s why I’m ecstatic to announce a cracking new collaboration between Gilliflower and Alex’s Brownies. Working together to produce deluxe brownie and bloom gift ideas, and gorgeous wedding flower and favour packages, our exciting collaboration will be officially launched in the next couple of months. Watch this space.

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Fragrant herbs and bridal bouquets

This week I’ve taken floral inspiration from aromatic foliages and full on fragrant bridal bouquets.

London 2012 Olympic mint has got to be up there with the world’s coolest herbs and the Writtle College car park is full to the brim with it. Free styling bridal bouquets at college this week, I was thrilled to add some of this delectable perennial to my latest hand-tied design. Students at Writtle College in Chelmsford, Essex were the talented florists behind the victory bouquets at the London 2012 Olympics and the hardy, perfumed mint they used in each design still grows strong all around their floristry workshops.

In addition to mint, my latest design also boasts sweet scented rosemary and delicately spiced eucalyptus. Smell and memory are closely linked, so adding fragrant foliages to your bridal bouquet is guaranteed to have you reminiscing about your epic wedding with joyful nostalgia every time you get herbal in the kitchen or garden. Ranunculi, lisianthus, Queen Anne’s lace, spray roses and astrantia provide all the flower porn you need in this bouquet whilst clematis trails around the edge, blurring the lines between floristry and horticulture.

It almost goes without saying that using long ribbon and lace to bind stems is so de rigueur this season, and the hessian band finished with trailing plum bow completes this quintessentially summer 2015 hand-tied bouquet. If rosemary and mint are your bag this year, contact us using the Gilliflower contact formFacebook or Twitter to discuss your wedding aspirations. 

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Mothering Sunday 2015

It’s been pretty busy in the Gilliflower workshop this Mother’s Day weekend.

And what a treat the workshop looked first thing on Friday after an early morning run to the flower wholesalers. I tell you, there’s really nothing more charming than walking into the workshop when it’s full of sweet scented stocks and radiant aqua roses. Busy we may have been, but stressed we were not. Glorious sunshine streamed in through the window whilst I put together the Mother’s Day bouquets jamming out to some cool funk and soul tunes. Bliss.

Delivering the bouquets to the deserving mummas of Colchester was equally as charming. Did you see the look of surprise on Mum’s face? It was a picture. Of course I don’t have favourites, I love all my flowers equally, but it was extra special delivering a bouquet to the Green Room Restaurant to lie in wait on a table as a sweet little aperitif to accompany a Mother’s Day lunch for one of my customer’s lovely mum.

Happy Mothering Sunday to all the mums of Colchester, and beyond. I hope your day was filled with spring sunshine, gifts and of course, flowers.

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Hand-tied bouquet timelapse

Ever wanted to watch a hand-tied bouquet being made in super fast motion?

Orders for Gilliflower’s Mothering Sunday bouquets are coming in thick and fast – like a good buttermilk pancake batter – so I thought it would be the perfect time to share with you all my boss* time-lapse, “How to make a hand-tied bouquet”.

Of course, there are some floristry secrets I’ll take to the grave, but here is my step-by-step method for making a simple hand-tied bouquet.

  1. Select the flowers and foliage you want to use. You’ll need at least 20 stems to make a full, abundant looking bouquet. If you’re making your hand-tied to give to someone as a gift, it’s definitely worth spending the extra money and purchasing your flowers from a florist’s where you’ll know they’ll always be in good condition. If you’re just wanting to make something nice for the home, you’ll probably be able to find good quality blooms in your local supermarket.
  2. Start by choosing your focal flower which will form the centre of the bouquet. Holding the stem in your left hand if you are right-handed (or right if you are left-handed) add some stems of foliage around the focal flower.
  3. Pick another flower and insert it into the bunch at an angle so that the stem is pointing towards you.
  4. Build up the hand-tied by rotating it, inserting stems of flowers and foliage at an angle each time you turn it. As you add the angled stems, you’ll notice that they start to spiral.
  5. Once you’ve added all your materials, bind the bouquet with ribbon or twine at the place where you’ve been holding the stems. This is called the binding point.
  6. Trim the stems so that they are all the same length. And voila! You’re fully primed to walk down the next aisle you see.

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*Boss (bôs) adjective: incredibly awesome. Dude, did you see that bouquet? It’s boss! 

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Mothering Sunday Bouquets

Always be prepared for Mother’s Day. I’m always saying it.

So this year, I started planning my Mothering Sunday gift bouquets super early. In the UK, Mothering Sunday falls on the fourth Sunday of Lent, which in 2015 is the 15th March. Having feasted on the last of my heavenly pancakes, I scampered off to my local floristry supplier for some divine inspiration.

And what characterises Mothering Sunday more than pretty pink and lushious lilac pastels. Full bodied, flagrant and totally unashamed roses are the central focal point of this bouquet accompanied by delicate and demure spray roses, lisianthus, veronica and stocks. When it comes to colour, the Victorians definitely had it right. Like our Mother’s pink is a strong, robust colour and these roses exude tenacity.

If you’d like to order one of these beauteous, boxed hand-tied bouquets, send me a message using my contact form, Facebook or Twitter and your Mother will be delighted when you go a-mothering laden with floral fruitfulness.

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