Simply Snug…

Snug is one of my favourite words. It sounds just like what it means..... is that onomatopoeia? It also rhymes with trug. We all know I love a trug. No surprise then that one of the best establishments to visit in our little town of Hebden Bridge is Snug Gallery - a place where the most tasteful of contemporary objects are displayed in perfect warm light and where the owner Ed Chadwick brings trugs (not just any old trug but the kind made of steam-bent ash, walnut and cherry wood no less) full of flowers from his allotment every week to bring life and scent to this oasis of calm. I try and call in every week, often just to chat and gaze around at the...

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Cambo – Paradise Found

"You have to go to Cambo; you'll love it". I heard this phrase a lot, from people who knew what they were talking about. Serendipitously, the main three were to feature heavily in what proved to be one of the most magical trips of my life. "Will you come to Cambo and do a class?" -a request from Christin Geall, or Cultivated by Christin as I really knew her then, since our relationship was one of those formed across the pond via Instagram. "I've never been. I can't agree to do a class somewhere I've never seen", was my first thought. Then came the voice of reason from Rachael Scott aka Hedgerow (who I already knew in the real life and who is possessed of...

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Enchanted April

For those who appreciate wisteria and sunshine, this is for you. I don't know why but the month of April takes me by surprise every year. For me it almost marks the start of the year. Things happen - the whole valley and hillside turns a vivid shade of green; tulips and fritillaries grow almost as you watch them; the small dog starts to prance with her front paws pointed; and then there's the light, almost as good as the soft golden autumn light filtering in through the windows at 6 every morning making me eager to get up, make tea and go outside to listen to the early morning stillness punctuated by birdsong. Whilst the colder months have been spent...

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Keeping on keeping on…

January is a time for reflection, for new plans, for keeping warm and cosy, and, for us, a welcome month to rest a little after two busy months leading up to Christmas. Top of my own list for Christmas was Alan Bennett's latest book. I grew up listening to his calm, Yorkshire voice, appreciating his clever observations on life and his humour. He is the one person I would dearly love to meet - ok, there is also Shane Connolly, the true gentleman of the flowery world. When asked by a friend if our little business had any plans for the year ahead I said yes: to keep on doing what we're doing, or, in the words of Mrs B, to " keep buggering on" - a phrase she...

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Wreath encounters with Ethel…

Late last year we were asked if we could help with the front cover of the Christmas edition of the Live Ribble Valley magazine. Beautifully produced, we know many of our customers read it and the Christmas edition always adorns Mrs B's coffee table.  A large wreath was suggested. Familiar with the magazine's 'aesthetic' of muted tones, always with a seasonal slant and an emphasis on the countryside, I began to think.  I kept coming back to one of my favourite films - nostalgic, Northern and set in the picturesque village of Downham: Whistle Down the Wind.  If you haven't seen Alan Bates lying low in a barn surrounded by a collection of cute children...

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Yorkshire Flowers and Gardens

"Do what you love." I started a previous post with that familiar mantra. This year we have taken our ambitions further - doing what we love at places we love, and working with people we admire (more to come on this). Dove Cottage Nursery is a place we adore: a small haven of tranquility nestled just 6 miles away from us in the Shibden Valley.  It's a place we visit on an almost weekly basis throughout the summer months so that we can add to our ever-expanding collection of herbaceous perennials and grasses, in an attempt to create a garden with movement and life (sounds a lot like our floral designs!). One sunny Saturday afternoon chatting with Kim...

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Herbaceous borders and other ramblings

England in June: there's no place finer - long days, some warmth, hedgerows brimming with foliage you have to snip, herbaceous borders bursting with life, colour and busy insects. Oh, and roses, the scent of roses in every corner. No time better then for a flowery trip down the country, taking in the changing scenery as hills flatten into fields with big skies, and then onwards as the leafy verges widen out into broad sweeping downs heading off towards the sea. A few days away took me to Stamford and on to Sussex. Secateurs, scissors, apron, buckets, emergency gin and Yorkshire tea all rattling around in the boot. En route to Stamford I stopped briefly...

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British Flowers and Bronte tales…..

'Do what you love' is a message we hear often, and working with flowers and food lets us do just that. But, this year we decided we would take things a little further and try to bring into our workshops other things we love. It's no secret that we like to use British flowers whenever we can. We love their uniqueness and, more than that, we enjoy working closely with the people who grow them too. It adds a whole new dimension to every arrangement we make if we know where each flower has come from. Often we've watched them being picked. We know that the growers have selected them for us because they think we will like a particular colour or shape....

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Eyes like leaves, lips like berries, and hellebores to die for

In the darker days just before spring emerged fully, bringing a riot of green and an explosion of soft colour, we got together the team we work with regularly for a day of much needed inspiration. The hellebores this year in our garden were good but not quite as good as in previous years, and I know we weren't alone - other local growers reported the same. The long wet winter did them no favours at all and I'll be honest and say we didn't feel it was appropriate to hold one of the classes we had advertised because there just weren't enough high quality hellebores to use. And so we cancelled a class, and I felt rather down-hearted at having to do that....

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Floral workshops- what goes on? Sarah waxes lyrical again

What do our floral workshops involve? Hopefully this post explains. 'A real feast for the senses' was a comment made by one of our first ever guests and that has become our mantra as we plan each workshop. Our aim is for our guests to smell that unrivalled fresh flower scent as they step on the bottom stair, to taste freshly brewed tea and coffee and homemade cakes within moments, to touch the petals of every bloom as they wander around the workshop and to gasp at the sight of each flower, branch, vine and piece of foliage in what literally is a room full of flowers. We love also to hear the sound of friendly chatter, the obligatory ten minutes silence as...

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