Thursday, 29 April 2010

Cherry Blossom

Who needs Tokyo's Cherry Blossom Festival when the blossom in Petworth is so beautiful. The trees look like they have been covered in fluffy pink marshmallows.
I just hope that the rain won't ruin the blossom before the weekend weddings.

Wednesday, 28 April 2010

What's in the shop today...

This just goes to prove that you don't need huge vases filled with flowers to make a show. A few glass votives filled with some beautiful spring flowers, perfect for informal dinner parties or afternoon tea. Just need to bake a cake....

Tuesday, 27 April 2010

Petal's Story

By popular demand - well a demand from Petal herself and her numerous fans, it's time to tell Petal's story with us so far.

We first met Petal with a member of staff from Battersea Cats and Dogs Home. To say she was in a sorry state would be the understatement of the year. Think hot, wet dog then times it by a lot, and that would be Petal. She was an interesting shade of pink and grey with fury ears and very little else where.
After meeting her ladyship it was apparent to everyone that she needed to come and live in a flower shop - she had been given her name by Battersea when she first arrived. So four weeks later she made the journey from London to Petworth, and the challenging road to full recovery.

Armed with tubs of eight hour recovery cream from Elizabeth Arden, shampoo from Paul Mitchell and buckets of love and patience, it wasn't long before Petal started to improve. Moving into the office by day, she began the job of bossing the staff around, showing them on a regular basis where her toys were kept, and where her treats are hidden.
She loves watching TV, especially Crufts, One Man and his Dog, Spring Watch and other programmes with noisy animals.

So here she is now, nearly three years later, loving life. Walking to work every morning through Petworth Park. Flirting with Percy. Shouting at small people who come into her shop. Eating sticks. Working on her floristry skills and learning to drive. Not bad for a stray dog from London...

Petal's story has also been published in 'Give a Dog a Home' which raises funds for Battersea Dogs and Cats Home.

With love and woofs. Petal xoxo

Saturday, 24 April 2010

Vintage Roses and Blushing Brides

After sleepless nights worrying about getting just the right shade of faded pink for the bride's bouquet, the roses finally arrived and were perfect. With the wedding set in the grounds of a stately home, lambs playing in the fields and the sun shinning, it had to be a good omen.

It's been a busy week at Spriggs Florist, with a new sign for the shop, window displays to create, client's houses to decorate, weddings to organise and more brides to meet, it's a wonder that Matthew gave me time to compose our second blog.

With the lovely Miss Pickering setting the blogging standard for witty one liners 
and useful cooking tips, it's a hard act to follow.

So for now I will just show you beautiful images of the arrangements that went out for today's wedding.

Matthew is of to Wisley tomorrow, so I shall badger him into taking a few snaps of the tulips and general gorgeousness and share with you next week.

If you are having asparagus this weekend - don't over cook it and serve with lashings of lemon butter.

Buy flowers - lots of them - enjoy the sunshine, listen to The Archers and have a chilled glass of Sauvignon Blanc.


Friday, 16 April 2010

Spriggs Florist is finally blogging

How scary is this. After years of happily arranging flowers we have been dragged into the world of blogging. I'm sure that it will be a positive move, but at the moment all I can think of that's another job to add to the list of things to do.
But we will blog and twitter with the best of them and I promise to post lots of pictures of two wonderful shop dogs, Clara and Petal.

So for now, thank you for reading this our first ever blog.

Spriggs Florist