Spring 2017 Newsletter
Welcome to our very first seasonal newsletter! Each season we will send you flowery information and updates about Petal & Stalk, thank you for your ongoing support, Abigail & team P&S xx
Focus on Tulips:
It’s a doddle for me to write about Tulips, for they are indeed my ultimate favourite flower, I mean I change my mind on a frequent basis but I always come back to the Tulip! I love their shape, their vast array of colours, their petal structure and above all I love that frankly they do as they please; one minute they are lolling about the vase, disrupting any shape you try to create, the next minute they are upright and standing to attention, looking to the light and growing even longer. There are so many varieties – the parrot tulip is for me the most enchanting, but then I love the fringed tulips, the double petal tulips and actually what could be more classical than a simple white tulip?
So, how do you arrange them if they are so determined to do their own thing? You work with what you have of course! They aren’t keen on floral foam so it’s vases all the way. You can easily put them in an oval vase where their simplicity will make you smile. They work well in a fish bowl – spilling over the sides or, for a more contemporary take on florals you can swirl them and submerge them in the water. They will sit beautifully in a hurricane vase arranged with other Spring flowers – just make sure you cut the tulip stems slightly shorter than the other flowers as they will grow and catch up with the other flowers within a day. I love to watch them grow and reach for the sun, then flop and almost yawn their petals off at the very end – they have so much to offer at every stage!
I buy premium florist tulips, these are longer in length than supermarket grade and I buy at the very freshest cut stage; known within the industry as ‘cut stage 1-2’. They arrive wrapped in paper to protect the flower and I dont cut them at all. They are best kept in the paper as long as possible as this will support them (restrict their unweildy ways!) until you’re ready to place them in your chosen vase. We advise customers to recut the stems at an angle and place in fresh clean water.
The beauty of tulips is you dont need a lavish display of florals; they can add a pop of colour to your home with even the smallest effort. They can work simply on their own in a stylish small vase and will impress when en masse or incorporated into a large floral display. Below are some ideas for arranging them in your home. All the vases are available to buy in P&S.
The other week I had the absolute treat of visiting the lovely Jo and Stephen Munson from Smith & Munson. Specialising in high quality cut flower tulips and lilies, the family have been growing beautiful British flowers in the East of England for five generations. It was lovely to see the whole family working within the business and gosh were they busy! The tulip season is now drawing to a close (followed closely by the lily season) but they still had some of my ultimate favourites, the Parrot and the Super Parrot Tulip and some very pretty fringed yellow tulips. Jo and Stephen were extremely welcoming and showed me around the wonderful glass structures that house the flowers. It was fascinating to see trays upon trays of spiked bulbs and tall slender tulips all growing perfectly. The bulbs are sent from Holland and sorted snuggly into each tray like chocolates in a box, the bulbs are spiked into the trays with the roots growing in water at the bottom of the tray. They start off in the coldstore for 2-3 weeks, then move on to the glasshouse where they will flower approximately 3 weeks later. The young flowers are then carefully removed from the tray, bulb still intact, and hand sorted onto a cutting machine to remove the bulb. The bulb is discarded as all the nutrients have been utilised in the growing process. The fresh tulips are then sized, sorted, bunched & wrapped in the beautifully branded Smith & Munson paper and dispatched to the buyer. These flowers really are top quality – among the very best of British flowers – being shown around their site was a fabulous experience, such a treat and I shall look forward to supporting the brand in future. You can follow Smith & Munson on Instagram.
Spring in the flower shop…
It’s been an extremely busy few months; filled with Mothers Day, Easter, bridal meetings not to mention our wonderful caterpillar window display – it’s for the children honestly! 🙂 Spring flowers have been in abundance, we have had lots of bright plants and our usual stock of succulents as well as P&S signature hand lotion – recently sold out but the new batch is on the way! We enjoy each and every season in the shop, each season has something special to offer and we hopefully share this with all who come in. Just the other day a customer popped in and said “It’s like a magical fairy garden; a real treasure of a shop”. How lovely! Thank you always for your continued support and custom x Later this month I have the absolute pleasure of being part of a team of florists creating the Chelsea Flower Show entrance. I am extremely excited and very much looking forward to this fantastic opportunity to contribute to a flower show that is renowned throughout the world! Safe to say – I’ll put lots of pics on Instagram & Facebook.
The Petal & Stalk Flower School
Also known as the P&S Sanctuary! The school is located in the Bell Tower within Wellingore Hall, a beautiful old building in the next village along the cliff edge. The school has been so well received by all who have attended the classes so far. We have created Easter Table Decorations, Spring Wreaths & luxury hand tied bouquet classes. We have also hosted a really fun bridal shower, a fantastic corporate team building afternoon and several get-together evenings for groups of friends. If you would like to know about the flower class dates or would like to book your own group class please do get in touch
firstname.lastname@example.org. Our class dates are filling up fast and we have already added some extra dates to the flower school calendar.
The next available class date is a celebration of ‘British Flowers Week‘ on Saturday 24th June @ 11am. All you need bring is a vase and we will show you how to fill it with an abundance of locally grown flowers and foliage. We also have a guest speaker, who will discuss how to grow and nurture your own cutting garden.