Tussey Mussey flowers

We’ve been busy at Tussey Mussey Flowers recently. While braving the cold over the wintery months we’ve been preparing flowers for a February Wedding nr Andover; putting together lots of sumptuous bouquets for Valentines and birthdays and decorating private homes with lovely spring flowers for various 50th Birthday parties and drinks receptions…

Take a look at the pictures below displaying just some of the work over the last few weeks… and I’m pleased to say there’s a busy week ahead with lots of orders for some lucky mothers out there.. Don’t forget Mothering Sunday, 15th March while there’s still time to request a beautiful bouquet from Tussey Mussey flowers.

A Wimbledon themed wedding at Trafalgar Park

It’s inspiring preparing flowers for a stunning, historic venue such as Trafalgar Park and these wedding flowers were particularly unique for a friends wedding in September this year.

The long drive towards the entrance provides some truely breathtaking views. It’s set in a beautiful landscape with incredible old oak trees…reminiscent of something straight out of a Jane Austin novel. Trafalgar Park is certainly a venue to impress…

The happy couple below, Gemma and Tom, arriving in style at the venue…

Gemma and Tom, were keen tennis players and wanted to incorporate a subtle theme to reflect their love of the game which was personal to them. The flowers complimented traditional ‘Wimbledon Colours’ in mostly purples and mauves with creams and white.. The flowers look striking against the vibrant coloured tennis balls which were placed in each cylinder vase. Look closely and you’ll see the couples initials printed on each ball and the date of their wedding, 20.09.14

Below, the bouquets and button holes are ready for delivery. You can see on the handle of the bride’s bouquet a few lockets containing photographs of the Bride’s grandparents. It’s an increasingly popular trend for brides to ask their florist to do something like this to personalise their bouquets and to remind them of absent family members on their big day..

A lovely photograph below of Gemma’s bouquet as she would have seen it throughout her wedding day. 

‘Cool Water’; roses were used for the button holes and incorporated into the bouquets, among other flowers, including, purple hydrangea, lisianthus, veronica and fabulous purple calla lillies for a sophisticated touch…

All four bridesmaids below holding their hand-tied bouquets of white avalanche roses, lisianthus and veronica.

The arrangement above was positioned on top of the grand piano in the entrance to Trafalgar Park. It’s a great focal point and welcoming feature for guests on their arrival to the wedding reception, as was this pretty tiered wedding cake.

Congratulations Mr & Mrs Harrison …

A selection of photographs provided by The Cole Portfolio Photography (www.thecoleportfolio.co.uk)

A church wedding in Steeple Langford and onto the Manor Barn in Winterbourne Stoke

Whites and blues…a classic combination for wedding flowers but the effect is so fresh and striking, it’s sophisticated without dating hence its popular appeal. The combination of these seasonal summer flowers looks so pretty. Here the Tussey Mussey landrover is full to the brim with tables centre pieces, bridesmaids and bride’s bouquet’s all ready for delivery. Another busy Saturday morning travelling and setting up the flowers in their appropriate venues.

This Church Pedestal arrangement was a real focal point in church, positioned next to where the bride and groom would say their vows.. It is filled with blue and white flowers, including these gorgeous tall blue delphiniums to give the arrangement height. I’ve used blue hydrangea and a mixture of beautiful roses and some lisianthus with lots of foliage and poppy seed heads..

The wedding reception was held at the fabulous new wedding venue, The Manor Barn, in Winterbourne Stoke. The venue is set in stunning, luscious grounds, perfect for outdoor arrival drinks and inside the converted barn is a beautiful room with mezzanine level, fantastic chunky wooden bar made from old stables and the whole building is full of quirky features including enormous wooden barrels; ideal for displaying your wedding cake on.

A decorative dome of flowers pictured above to dress every other end of the church pews..Bridesmaids bouquets above using white and greens only, with ‘Norma Jean’ roses. They’re large headed roses and continue to open to reveal huge, heavily scented petals..

This large table piece was used by the bride for the church as a lovely backdrop for photographs when signing the register and then taken onto the venue to display along the top table at the Manor Barn… 

Tipi’s, Peaches and Creams; an eclectic mix of summer wedding flowers

These jam jar posies with wild looking, delicate flowers perfectly suit the informal wedding reception, held in a tipi tent in the grounds of a beautiful country house in the picturesque village of Homington. The ceremony was held first at the Medieval Hall in the Cathedral Close.

Each little posy contained a mixture of daisies, scabious, astillbe, in blues and pinks with white phlox, fountain grass, thlaspi and foliage. They evoke a relaxed and natural look… simple but effective and perfect for an afternoon summers wedding in the country. They can double up as perfect wedding favours for guests to take home at the end of the night too.

In complete contrast to the above these wedding flowers from late July are more formal and feminine with a sophisticated look. The bride wanted to use blowsy  sumptuous flowers in peach and coral tones to compliment the nude colour scheme of her wedding. The touch of lime green alchemilla mollis lifts the arrangements by adding a contrast of colour. The bride had hoped for coral peonies as her main wedding flower to use throughout her bouquets but the best month for peonies is June so we used these fabulous ‘vuvuzela’ roses as an alternative. They’re a fantastically dense garden rose and really special for a wedding. I’ve added ‘miss piggy’ roses too, another perfect coral coloured rose and quicksand roses in a soft, really pale pink to tone in with the nude coloured bridesmaid dresses for each of the 8 bridesmaids!

Nunton Wedding and at the Military Museum

Tussey Mussey took on one of it’s biggest Weddings to date recently. The church at Nunton was decorated with 4 large pedestal arrangements, a pomander for the entrance and two arrangements to place on ledges either side of the alter. The Wedding Reception, held in the grounds of Salisbury’s Military Museum, needed 11 large table centre-pieces and with Bridal bouquets and button holes to prepare I was, needless to say, very busy in the lead up to Helen and Firhan’s wedding on Saturday 16th August. Thankfully the pictures below show it all came together in the end..I had to take a picture as I left the church on Friday evening… a double rainbow?!!The entrance to the church, decorated with two pedestals and a pomander sphere of flowers. 

The Wedding Reception was held in a marquee in the beautiful grounds at the Military Museum in Salisbury..I made 11 of these tables centre pieces using hydrangeas, a mixture of dusky pink roses, lisianthus, various foliages, fountain grass and alchemilla mollis.The tables decorations were beautifully done with pretty tea lights and individual scrabble place names. 

A confectionary trolley for the reception, made with personalised paper bags too.. sweet

Couldn’t leave without a pic of the cake. Thankfully I didn’t have to make all those sugar roses! 

Bridal Bouquets all boxed up on Saturday morning and ready for delivery. It was an early start to finish off the button holes and deliver these flowers in Nunton, while checking on the Church flowers and finally loading up the table pieces to deliver them to the Cathedral Close. 

 

Tussey Mussey Flowers Now Open At The Fisherton Mill, Salisbury

….Introducing my brand new floristry studio seen here in this selection of ‘before’ pictures as it was at the beginning of July when I took over the premises from a sculptor. The room is an ideal workspace for floristry and is in a fantastic location next to a beautiful old red bricked Mill just outside the centre of town.  The workspace needed a bit of tlc, to say the least, to transform it into the boutique floristry studio I envisaged. … So, many hours of cleaning, painting, anti mould covering, damp proofing and heat insulating later, (all in the hottest July since records began!) and I am pleased to announce the official launch of Tussey Mussey Flowers at the Fisherton Mill Gallery.

Here’s a picture from day one of the transformation…New Stable doors being fitted in place of a dusty old window. These new doors open onto the cafe courtyard.A few cracks to fill in the picture below, electric cables to improve and a mezzanine storage space to cover… The breeze block walls provided a great excuse to paint different colours on alternate blocks to create a more interesting feature wall. The Studio starting to take shape in the picture below. Amazing what a fresh coat of paint can do and my 8ft workbench…painted in pink to match my rose logo and a striking contrast to the grey walls. A few finishing touches later… pictures, better lighting, vases, lots of other details and of course some flowers and my studio is ready to open to the public…An evening drinks reception to mark the occasion… and a good excuse for a well deserved drink…

The vase below is filled with powder blue hydrangeas and stunning yellow eremurus.. a simple combination of just two different flowers but it makes a striking arrangement… and the taller the better.A pedestal arrangement below filled with a fantastic variety of summer colours and seasonal flowers such as delphiniums, stocks, dahlias and some brilliant all year round flowers like antirihnum, and lots of foliage and Thlaspi or ‘green bell’ which adds a very pretty detail. 

 

 

 

One Church Wedding, 8 Bridesmaids & a Summer Heatwave

It’s not often we can boast about hot, scorching summers in this country so I’m not about to complain about the current 27 degree heat but the hot temperatures pose some serious challenges to us Florists…  Thankfully, at least, most weddings which I have the pleasuring in being a part of take place in a beautiful and cool village church. In soaringly high temperatures churches are one of the few places to naturally remain cool making them an ideal environment for flowers.. and a haven in which to spend time arranging them…

Here’s a few pictures from a recent wedding in Shrewton. The mixture of pretty flowers create a beautiful slightly wild look with a hint of zesty colour and feminine pinks.  The cascading ivy softens the look and adds length to the arrangement. 

Eight arrangements decorated every other end of these attractive pews. I used a combination of flowers including pink Sarah Bernhardt peonies, white veronica for a delicate country look, pink astillbe, cream stocks, lime green vibernum, alchemilla mollis and amnesia roses for an antique feel.

The bride and her 8 bridesmaids had hand-tied bouquets with the same flowers and mixture of foliage which were later used for the table centre pieces during the reception.. 

Amnesia Rose button holes, each with slightly individual decoration, including Lydia Spray rose buds, throatwort (purple flower), bupluerum, gypsophelia and natural string tied around the stems.

 

Recent Press

This more recent article in ‘Salisbury Life’ below is all about local businesses with unusual, eye-catching names and their origins. I was asked to contribute with the reason why I chose the name Tussey Mussey for my business and where the name came from. It’s definitely a quirky name but good talking point..

 

Grapes & Hyacinths

These latest wedding flowers from Tussey Mussey saw a fusion of spring and early summer flowers, combining two of my favourites, delicate Muscari (grape hyacinth) and White Duchess Peonies.

Peonies are notoriously unpredictable and it’s virtually impossible to control how fast they open. The fairly cooler temperatures helped keep them from opening too soon but by Saturday afternoon, while guests were entering the dining room, (at Salisbury’s Guild Hall) and when the sun came out they were looking their best. I think they still look just as attractive when closed and a mixture of these with fully open, blowsy peonies looks gorgeous. They have a subtle but distinctive scent too. The small muscari flowers offer an interesting contrast to the blowsy roses and peonies and add a touch of colour to each of these 15 table arrangements.

The Bride requested simple, modern and fresh bouquets for her and her two bridesmaids. Here I have used a mixture of the white peonies, Avalanche and Norma Jean roses and some lisianthus with no additional foliage for a clean, sleek finish.

Gift Bouquets for the Bride’s mother and in-laws are always a popular request. I have used similar flowers in this large bouquet with extra spring flowers like stocks and veronica for variation. 

 

Elegant Winter Whites

   Winter weddings are becoming increasingly more popular partly due to the abundance of flowers available at this time of year, including a luxurious choice of wintery red flowers, velvety roses, variegated amaryllis, hypericum & ilex berries, crab apples, lychen, (woodland, moss covered branches), pussy willow and rose hip. These particular flowers are ideal for creating a ‘christmassy’ look.   An alternative ‘Winter Whites’ theme however can look equally fabulous, crisp and elegant and creates a modern winter theme for your wedding flowers.

 

These pictures below show some of the white flowers available during the winter months. Combining these with silvery foliages, silver brunia, green or white hydrangea and soft antique pinks produces a strikingly fresh and beautiful combination of flowers.

These particular arrangements (three long and low table pieces) were designed for the centre of a long wooden table in the dining room for a clients intimate wedding reception. At either end of the arrangement were pieces of distressed drift wood and trailing foliage to add delicate decoration along the ends of the table.

The white calla lily is a stunning addition to these arrangements. They are a perfect wedding flower for a sophisticated and striking look; available in numerous colours and stem lengths, they’re hardy and long lasting.

 

‘QuickSand’ roses are one of my favourites for their antique appearance in pale cream and blush pink tones. A really beautiful, feminine flower, ideal for wedding arrangements.  Of course the choice of roses is enormous today but these roses are a fabulous alternative to peonies if you’re planning a wedding which does not fall between May-July, when peonies are at their best. David Austin roses (extraordinary blowsy, garden roses) are also a gorgeous alternative to peonies and very popular for weddings as they’re so special.

 

These extra arrangements below were used to decorate the top of the white wedding cake and gift table at the wedding venue.. The bridal bouquet featured a mixture of the same flowers, mostly roses, with a lace ribbon handle to fasten.