Welcome to my very first Flowerona Newsletter
Thank you for signing up. I'll be sending out the newsletter on a monthly basis with floral-inspired news, and I'll be including exclusive content and previews of what's coming up on Flowerona.
Daffodils, hyacinths, hellebores & blossom
Spring is one of my favourite seasons. After the dark winter days with freezing temperatures and even a little snow, I'm glad that we're really starting to feel that spring is here in the UK.
At the end of last month, we had such beautiful sunny weather, that it felt almost like summer. The spring bulbs in our gardens though are feeling a little bit confused and when I spoke recently to a gardener at Hampton Court Palace, he said that he thinks that plants are blooming about two weeks earlier than normal.
Daffodils, hyacinths and hellebores have emerged in our back garden and in our front garden, our magnolia tree below is full of blossom.
Last weekend at Ham House & Garden
Last weekend, my hubbie and I went to Ham House & Garden in Surrey, which is owned by the National Trust.
We arrived just in time for one of their garden tours. The gentleman showing us around the different gardens, explained about their history and how they've developed over the last four hundred years.
Ham House itself was built in 1610 and is steeped in history. I'd thoroughly recommend a visit if you're in the Ham/Richmond area.
And if you're a peony fan, they had lots of them growing in their kitchen garden, which weather permitting, are likely to be in bloom later this month.
Here are just a few photos from our visit...
Decorating your home at Easter
Coming up this weekend is Easter. So, if you're entertaining, you may like to decorate your dining table with arrangements featuring spring flowers, such as this one on the left below.
It appears in Paula Pryke's new book, 'Flowers Every Day'. A glass vase decorated with Japanese masking tape has been filled with ranunculus, muscari, guelder rose and narcissi.
Also in Paula's book is a very simple idea of how to add a personal touch to a place setting.
Tied together with a stem of willow is a mini posy of narcissus 'Grand Soleil d'Or', muscari and hellebores which has been attached to a napkin.
Blog of the Month
Each month, I'll be featuring a blog which inspires me. First up is stylist Sania Pell's blog.
Sania has such an eye for colour and design, and I especially love her blog posts which feature flowers.
Later this week on Flowerona, I'll be interviewing her...so do watch out for it.
Here's a few flowery events happening in the UK this month...
Events in April
RHS Great London Plant Fair
Crocus Open Day, Surrey
Cherry Blossom Week, Batsford Arboretum, Glos.
National Gardening Week
Paula Pryke Demo at Harveys Garden Plants, Suffolk
RHS Cardiff Show
April 25th-May 7th
Tulip Festival at Pashley Manor Gardens, East Sussex
Harrogate Flower Show, North Yorkshire
Back in December last year when I wrote a blog post about Flowerona being one year old, I mentioned that this year I would be launching a Facebook page.
Announcement - New Facebook Page!
Well, I'm delighted to announce it first, in this month's newsletter, that it is now live. It's very early days but I'd love it if you'd 'Like' me...
Simply click here to go straight to my new page.
Coming up this month on Flowerona
During April, I'm planning on featuring interviews with lots of inspirational flower-related people.
These include gardener Laetitia Maklouf, florists Philippa Craddock and Lottie Lawson, plus garden designer Lisa Cox.
And in my regular blog post series, Wedding Wednesdays, there'll be real wedding flowers captured by photographer Jemma Watts.
Each month, I'll be including an inspirational flowery quote. I love this one...
Quote of the Month
"A flower's appeal is in its contradictions - so delicate in form yet strong in fragrance, so small in size yet big in beauty, so short in life yet long on effect."
So, I hope you've enjoyed reading the first Flowerona newsletter...
I'd love your feedback and do let me know if there's anything else in particular that you'd like to read about in future issues, or indeed on Flowerona.
Wishing you a very happy month of April.