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How to make a Christmas Table Centrepiece

by Su Whale on November 22, 2012

Christmas is a creative time of year and having flowers in the house at this time is a must, especially scented ones. If you want to do something a little different this year from just plonking some blooms in a vase and hoping for the best – why not create your own design?

Below is a step by step guide which shows you how to make this beautiful, but simple, arrangement that will be guaranteed to impress your friends. (And yourself!) Read more >>


Interflora florist scoops top award at RHS Chelsea Flower Show

by Su Whale on May 25, 2012

Florist of the Year 2012Interflora florist Jennifer Murphy from Flowers by Moira, Co Meath, has been awarded not only a Gold medal at the world’s most famous flower show, but she has also taken the prestigious title of RHS Chelsea Florist of the Year. Read more >>

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The RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2012: Top Five Gardens

by Su Whale on May 24, 2012

Kelways Garden at ChelseaChoosing five favourites at Chelsea is an almost impossible task considering how incredible the designs are and how high the standard of workmanship is. I decided to go for exhibits that, in my opinion, really had the ‘wow’ factor.

So here is my ‘wow’ factor top five (in no particular order!) Read more >>


Christmas Weddings: The Perfect Bridal Bouquet

by Su Whale on December 9, 2011

Interflora launched their new bridal collection earlier this year featuring a fantastic range of stylish wedding bouquets. With designs and colour schemes to suit all budgets, themes and seasons I am delighted to be able to select one which I think would be perfect for a Christmas wedding.

If you’re getting married in December and are looking for Christmas wedding flowers, Interflora’s Scarlet Rose and Berry Bridal Bouquet is the one I would choose. A richly coloured hand-tied posy of large headed red roses, delicate spray roses, ranunculus, hypericum berries and eucalyptus foliage, it reflects beautifully the colours and textures of the season. Read more >>


How to care for your Phalaenopsis orchid

by Su Whale on December 2, 2011

The Phalaenopsis or moth orchid is one of the most elegant and easy to care for indoor flowering plants. If you have just received one of these beautiful orchids as a gift then here are some straight forward tips on how to look after it. Read more >>


Our expert florist visits 3 Dutch flower shows in 1 day!

by Su Whale on November 16, 2011

November is when the Dutch flower industry holds all its big shows and it’s a great time to visit, as The Netherlands is the largest importer and exporter of cut flowers and houseplants in the world. If you want to see flowers at their absolute best, then Holland is the place to go.

There are three shows all held on the same week, which means with a little forward planning (and an early start!) you can get to see all of them. Read more >>


Interflora florist wins Excellence Medallion at WorldSkills

by Su Whale on October 12, 2011

Last week saw the WorldSkills global competition come to Britain and we were absolutely delighted to have an Interflora florist, Victoria Richards, representing the UK. After a very intense week of competition, Victoria finished joint 6th out of 18 competitors, our highest result in floristry at WorldSkills, and she also picked up a coveted Medallion of Excellence for her work. Well done Victoria!

Having spent a day at the event, held at the ExCel centre in London Docklands, I can testify that all the floristry contestants, from as far afield as New Zealand, Mexico and China, worked incredibly hard in very testing circumstances. Read more >>


A weekend of floristry at Chicheley Hall

by Su Whale on August 17, 2011

I’ve recently been to the most fantastic flower show event held at Chicheley Hall, a Grade 1 listed country house in Buckinghamshire. This is the first of its kind in the UK with the house, the grounds, the woods – even the moat – all filled with incredible flower displays.

This was a joint venture, organised by The Judith Blacklock Flower School, the British Florist Association and international design magazine Fleur Creatif. The event featured a host of floral stars from Britain and Europe including German Master Florist Gregor Lersch and Damien Koh, plus some great home grown talent such and Interflora members and floral designers David Ragg, Sarah Horne and Neil Whittaker. Read more >>


Zara’s Royal Wedding Flowers – setting a new trend?

by Su Whale on August 2, 2011

How often do you get two royal weddings in the space of four months? Although Zara and Mike’s was a much more low key affair than William and Kate’s, we still had the opportunity to admire the outfits, size up the flowers and of course, see just what they were wearing on their heads.

I’m glad that Princess Beatrice played safe with her head gear this time. Rumour has it that she hired actress Emma Watson’s stylist Charlie Anderson to avoid any further fascinator’s faux pas. Read more >>


Fantastic floristry at RHS Flower Show Tatton Park

by Su Whale on July 26, 2011

What an incredible weekend of floristry at Tatton Park flower show. Both Saturday and Sunday saw some of the finest talent Interflora has to offer competing for the titles of Interflora Florist of the Year and Future Florist of the Year. With the Floral Design Marquee filled with visitors enjoying the competitions and regular demonstrations from Interflora florists Derek Armstrong and David Ragg the atmosphere was buzzing. Read more >>