Saturday, 17 July 2010

Harriet's Vintage Hats...

In amongst the flowers and plants at Spriggs Florist for the next few months, you will find some rather beautiful and intriguing vintage hats. Harriet’s Vintage Hats has been visiting Spriggs for the last few years. The hats spend most of the year tucked away in protective boxes and acid free tissue, but for July to September they take up residence at chez Spriggs – to be ooh'd and aah'd at by visitors to the shop who duly try them on. Many say “my Nan had one just like that” or “oh my, don’t I look like my mother”.

So if you are looking for a hat for one of the many vintage events that is going on in Sussex this summer including Goodwood Vintage and Goodwood Revival then Harriet is here to help you.  With over a hundred original vintage hats to choose from, there is bound to be a hat to suit you and your outfit.

Harriet's Hats have been used on photographic shoots and are currently featured on Twisted Vintage where you can treat yourself to a beautiful Hollywood photographic portrait.

We look forward to seeing you at Spriggs to try on some of these fantastic hats.

Flowers For A Wedding

 summer wedding flowers in shades of white, ivory and green


Monday, 12 July 2010

Primrose and Heliatrope, Part Three

Matthew and his team working hard - or should I say playing hide and seek in the delphiniums?

loving the Mr and Mrs cake topper

this is what I call a room with a view....


Primrose and Heliatrope, Part Two

Christchurch, Forestside

Such a pretty church, but I did not have time to take a picture of the church from the outside - we had to be back at the marquee to finish making the table decorations.  I found this picture on their web site with the church covered in snow - any brides fancy getting married here in the winter, please do let me know.

Primrose and Heliatrope, Part One

As much as we love working with peonies and roses in softer shades of vintage pink or the more classic white and green, it was a real joy to be working with colours from the other side of the colour wheel.

Sammy, the bride, wanted to have a bouquet that was a 'bit' wild and not at all pink twee.  We started talking about favourite flowers and orchids soon popped up in the conversation. Although the colours had been set for the flowers at the church and marquee, we incorporated the jasmine clotted cream into the bouquet to add perfume and a touch of the country.

Ellen modelled the bouquets for me; she is working hard on carrying them at jaunty angles.  I am still working on Ellen wearing a number by Vera Wang - she doesn't want to get married but quite fancies the party.  I did point out that she could bring the frock to work so that she could pose with the bouquets every weekend to give the pictures an authentic feel.

I will post more images later.  Petal is demanding her afternoon walk around the town, so she can be cooed at by her adoring fans.

Thursday, 8 July 2010

Glorious Gloriosa

Last weekend was quite a busy one for us at Spriggs Florist.  It was Goodwood's Festival of Speed and we had the privilege of providing the flowers for one of our clients gala dinner.

The brief was for something really quite different and with real WOW. So Gloriosa it had to be. No vintage roses here - that's the next event in the middle of August.

We love Gloriosa Rothchildiana.

glass champagne saucer vases filled to overflowing with gloriosa

tall lily vases with rings of aspidistra leaves and lily grass form a contrast to the wisps of the gloriosa at the top

the only thing missing is a gorgeous perfume

Saturday, 3 July 2010

Goodwood Festival of Speed 2010

With the safe arrival of 6,000 stems of various roses, proteas, gloriosa, orchids, herbs, berries and foliages, work could begin on creating the arrangements that were to be delivered to Goodwood on Wednesday.

Sharon, Samantha, Matthew and Darren

The perfume from these herby arrangements in The Drivers Club was amazing

We will be back in on Monday for the mad clear out - collecting vases before Goodwood returns to the real world.