Floral workshops in Blackheath London

Bloomologie flower crown workshop

Ever wanted to try your hand at floristry? Join one of our floral workshops in Blackheath London, at our floral studio.

This spring we moved into a new studio in south London, below Home Cafe in Blackheath, just south of Greenwich. And we're now holding monthly workshops so that you can have a play with some flowers and make something gorgeous for your home, They're also perfect for birthday parties or a hen do, so do contact us if you'd like to book the studio for a private workshop.

Each one comes with nibbles and refreshments, as well as a Bloomologie goodie bag to take home along with your finished work, and classes are informal and small so that everyone gets lots of attention.

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FLORAL WORKSHOPS SUMMER 2017

Summer Flowers table arrangement, 17 July 7-9.30pm
We'll be using as many British-grown spring flowers and foliage as possible, to create an arrangement that feels natural, wild and garden-gathered and showcases all of summer and its heady scent and colours.
You will learn the basics of floral design and get to take home your unique arrangement in a beautiful bowl at the end.
£70

Late Summer hand-tied bouquet 14 August, 7-9.30pm
Surround yourself with gorgeous flowers and learn how to make a scented, seasonal, luxurious hand-tied bouquet, filled with the heady flowers of high-summer.
We will teach you how to make a hand-tied bouquet in Bloomologie's signature wild and natural style, using the finest, freshest flowers of the season, that you will then wrap, ribbon and get to take home in a bouquet bag.
£65

Dazzling dahlias workshop, 18 September 7-9pm
Join us to celebrate the star of the autumn cutting garden, the dahlia, with this workshop that uses all British flowers. Surround yourself with gorgeous flowers and learn how to make a scented, seasonal, luxurious compote arrangement at our Blackheath studio.
We will talk about the types of dahlia and how to grow and care for them, and then use some of our favourite varieties to teach you how to make a romantic, Old-Masters style compote arrangement, using the finest, freshest flowers of the season.
£75

Autumn wreath-making workshop, 27 October 2017
Come and make your very own, fresh bespoke Autumn Wreath with Bloomologie at HOME Cafe. Under our relaxed, expert tuition, you will learn to make your own traditional foliage wreath on a mossed ring base and then decorate it with all of autumn's bounty, from rose-hips to acorns, and chestnuts to dried seedheads, flowers and seasonal mini-pumpkins...
We'll be embracing autumn with spiced apple Pimms and seasonal snacks AND you get to take home your own gorgeous wreath that will look stunning on your front door, or even above the fireplace, just in time for Halloween and Bonfire night. Why not come with friends and make an evening out of it?
£65

·      ALL OF OUR WORKSHOPS ARE HELD FOR SMALL GROUPS AT OUR STUDIO IN BLACKHEATH (HOME CAFÉ, 121 LEE ROAD, SE3 9DS) AND INCLUDE REFRESHMENTS, NIBBLES AND A GOODIE BAG

Bloomologie X You and Your Wedding

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Did you spot our flowers opening the July/August of You and Your wedding magazine this month?

We were thrilled to see that they'd been given such a prominent position, and that we got to use one of our favourite colour combinations, a warm, peach-y apricot palette, blending into cream, yellow and orange.

And we were beyond excited to create this gorgeous table centrepiece using almost entirely British flowers (only the caramel roses has to be imported as this was shot back in March).

Spring flowers are blooming

Spring flowers are blooming

Finally, after what felt like the longest January ever, spring is just around the corner.
This week I was asked to collaborate with the NFU for their magazine Countryside (which I love! You can take the girl out of Shropshire...) to create an entirely British bouquet.

Valentines Flowers from Bloomologie

Will he, won't he? Well, now there's no excuse not to buy Valentine's flowers from Bloomologie as we've made it easier than ever this year.

First, we've created a dedicated Valentines Collection that you can order NOW.

And we've even included some gorgeous scented candles that you can send with your flowers for added brownie points.

Then we'll be in Blackheath, outside Home Cafe (121 Lee Road, SE3 9DS) on Monday 13 and Tuesday 14 February so you can pick up from us there, or buy any of bouquets that are left.

Last, we've joined FLOOM.COM - an online florists network where you can order flowers to be sent to you loved one the following day.

So there's no excuse - get your Valentines flowers from Bloomologie, and get your order in now, before we sell out! x

 

 

Scent with love

Over the past few months I've been really strict about what I think Bloomologie should be doing and the direction that we should be taking. And that meant scrapping the vases and lifestyle products that I had on our web shop.

We are about flowers, seasonal, scented, botanical, blooming, wild and romantic flowers.

That are British whenever possible - I want British to make up more than 75 per cent of our trade this year.

And as local and natural and sustainable as possible.

And then I met Jenna, a fellow south east London (by way of Cornwall) business owner with like-minded ethics and vision. Her natural soy wax candles are scented with 100 per cent essential oils (the lavender is grown in Hampshire) and have a similar wild, luxe feel about them.

I knew her small-batch distillery and high quality production were a perfect fit for us and the ideal luxurious extra gift to complement our flowers.

So now we proudly stock JOIN Candles on our web shop. Flowers and candles, it's a happy combination and we hope you'll agree.

If you ever want to come and smell the fabulous Hedgerow (neroli, rose and basil) or Pebble (bergamot and black pepper) - to name just two - you can pop in to our new London studio in Blackheath, from March.

 

 

New wedding flowers trends for 2017

A green and gorgeous floral "disco ball" by Bloomologie (pic. Ria Mishal)

A green and gorgeous floral "disco ball" by Bloomologie (pic. Ria Mishal)

Ooh I do love new year - the fresh ideas, optimism and anticipation of the year ahead - people are always asking me what the new wedding flowers trends for 2017 will be? So here are a few of my thoughts...

Greenery

Yup, I'm a sucker for succulents and in love with leaves, so the news that colour gurus Pantone have named "greenery" as their official Colour of the Year 2017 has got me super-excited. Last year I predicted the rise of foliage and botanical influences, this year I think we'll see entire foliage-only weddings and even bouquets. It's all about the verdant tones and lush textures.

An entirely green and botanical installation by Bloomologie, on board the Silver Sturgeon

An entirely green and botanical installation by Bloomologie, on board the Silver Sturgeon

Britain is blooming

It's no secret that I'm passionate about British flowers, but this year I think they will really begin to enter the mainstream. Why? Well aside from the fact that they are seasonal, scented and so delicately beautiful, Brexit has a part to play. It's led to increasing currency uncertainty and as most flowers are bought from Europe (Holland is the world's flower capital and where the daily flower auctions are held) this means they will become more expensive this year. Savvy brides will buy British where prices are flat, and the blooms are freshest - what's not to like?

All British-grown flowers for a summer wedding by Bloomologie in Suffolk

All British-grown flowers for a summer wedding by Bloomologie in Suffolk

Bloomologie's British flower displays for the NFU's Back British Farming campaign in Westminster

Bloomologie's British flower displays for the NFU's Back British Farming campaign in Westminster

Geometry class

Last year it was all about metallics, and they will still be a major feature at stylish weddings in 2017, but you can expect to see those Bell Mason jars making way for more angular, geometric vases and shapes this year, in crisp white, charcoal grey, and - yes - metallics. Geometric vessels will instantly add a fashion-forward vibe to your vows.

Change up your vases to stay on trend in 2017 (pic. Natalie Crouch)

Change up your vases to stay on trend in 2017 (pic. Natalie Crouch)

Organic shapes in compotes

No, we're not talking about a new brand of jam, but elegant footed vases that lift your flowers off the floor and lend themselves to chic, asymmetric arrangements that have a fluid, relaxed style - they're ideal for raising the style stakes at a country wedding or softening the edges at a formal city venue. In a word, versatile.

An autumnal Scottish-inspired wedding using all British blooms  

An autumnal Scottish-inspired wedding using all British blooms  

Insta-cool Installations

Everyone wants a show-stopping, eye-popping 'Instagram shot' - so we predict installations will get bigger and bolder, whether its flowering arches, overflowing, over-sized urns, hanging floral meadows or flower walls (but cool, natural and wild ones, NOT the false, overly perfect Kardashian-style block of flowers). And a #hashtag to go with them, of course!

The four urns of scented English garden roses and British-grown flowers and foliage got LOTS of comments at this wedding at Brompton Oratory  

The four urns of scented English garden roses and British-grown flowers and foliage got LOTS of comments at this wedding at Brompton Oratory  

Keep it personal

Couples are trying harder than ever to make their weddings personalised and unique - one way is to use flowers that have personal significance, or to follow the Victorian language of flowers (floriography) to create a bouquet that is meaningful and literally has a meaning! Remember how Kate Middleton added dianthus, AKA Sweet Williams to her bridal bouquet? If it's good enough for royalty...

  

What our lovely customers did in their holidays...

I just wanted to share a few images of some of the fantastic wreaths that our students made in 2016 with Bloomologie. If you'd like to join us NEXT Christmas, join our mailing list to get emails when we list new workshops and events (we promise not to email you all the time, life's too short to clog up peoples' inboxes!).

 

Wow, our Christmas wreaths rocked!

Bloomologie Aiko Christmas wreath

Well, December went by in a blur of festive workshops, wild British wreaths, and seasonal Christmas flowers. We had a blast and we can't thank all you gorgeous people enough if you came along to the Intercontinental Hotel at the O2, Blackheath Conservatoire or Home Cafe and made your own bespoke wreath, or if you ordered one of our handmade, entirely British-grown wreaths.

Bloomologie garden christmas wreath

Even if you weren't one of our customers last month, you may have spotted one of our wreaths, from big - like the one at Aiko in Blackheath - to foodie (hello Handmade Food) or wild and succulent.

Bloomologie Foodie wreath

Remember, Bloomologie is not just for Christmas, though! You can order flowers year-round on this site, contact us to make a bespoke order, or book us for an event or party. And look out for lots more workshops in 2017, starting with a Valentine's flowers class next month. We'll post more details soon... 

Bloomologie O2 wreath workshop

Bloomologie X Intercontinental London - The O2

Just in case you hadn't noticed, among all of the Halloween excitement, Christmas is less than two months away - and advent starts in just five weeks. Time to get prepped!

If you're struggling to get into the festive mindset, we've got the perfect solution - two luxury wreath-making extravaganzas (one morning one evening) at the brand spanking new Intercontinental London - The O2, which sits on the river at Greenwich Peninsula.

Under our expert guidance you will create one of our larger, luxury-sized wreaths (approx 65cm), and to ensure they look gorgeous we will do the hard part for you and make the fresh pine wreath base, to ensure you get a perfect circle. You get to do the fun bit: first you'll add texture and tone to your wreath with extra foliage including ivy, holly, eucalyptus, willow and bay leaves. Then you will adorn your wreath with all manner of fabulous festive goodies from pine cones and orange slices to cinnamon sticks, berries, baubles, bells and ribbon to create an entirely unique wreath that will make you the envy of your neighbourhood!

And it doesn't end there - the amazing chefs at the luxe Intercontinental London will be whipping up suitably stylish canapes to go with the event - think mini brunch for the morning session and festive party nibbles in the evening. Of course, you can't have a luxury Christmas party without champagne and wine to help get you into the advent atmosphere.

We can't think of a more glamorous way to start the season - why not come with friends and make a party out of it?

To find out more, and book either event - Thursday 1 December 10,30am, or Monday 5 December 7pm - visit our workshops page or contact us. We'd love to see you there - places are limited so book now as this is the one event in Greenwich, Blackheath and Canary Wharf that you don't want to miss this Christmas.

Hello Autumn...

Bloomologie autumn bouquet

It's our favourite season here at Bloomologie - time to dig out the knitwear and wellies, and revel in the vibrant autumn colour and glorious light that September and October bring. Yes, we know it can be dreary and cold, but you also get crisp sunny days, windy walks and fantastic flowers from dazzling dahilas and rudbeckia to burnt orange heleniums and the return of the ranunculus.

There's an intensity to autumn flowers - their hues set the garden ablaze and the bravely flower on until the first frosts, we love them.

And while we're busy enjoying and harvesting the dahlias, we're also sowing sweet peas and poppies for next spring, and preserving hydrangea, beech leaves and rose hips to see us through the winter (you'll find them all in our Christmas wreaths).

Bloomologie autumn wreath

And yes, Christmas isn't far away either - we've started listing dates for our workshops at Blackheath Conservatoire and at Home Cafe in Lee Road, so why not make your own Christmas wreath this year under our expert tuition?!

Bloomologie luxury wreath

Bright, bold event flowers

 


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Planning a party, event or wedding? It's always tempting to keep it simple and play things safe with a white neutral colour scheme, but bright, bold flowers have so much impact, they can completely change the atmosphere of a room and lift the mood.  

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Colour is so good for the soul, and if you get it right it can be sophisticated or rebellious, playful or sultry - so don't shy away from bright flowers, be bold and embrace them for a look that is contemporary and cool.  

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Christmas workshops and sales...

Bloomologie luxe wreath

Whisper it, but there are only three months till You Know Who will be coming down the chimney, which means it's almost time to start planning how you'll be decking your halls this year? We've already started booking in our famous Christmas wreath-making workshops and our first pre-Christmas pop-ups, and they sell out quickly, so get your name down, and keep checking our site, and social media pages for new dates as they get added.

Bloomologie Very Berry wreath

First up, we will be heading back to the inspiring, artistic surroundings of Blackheath Conservatoire on 2 December for another fun-filled, festive evening of wreath-making, with mulled wine and mince pies from the brilliant Brockley Deli.

But if making your own wreath feels too messy for you (it is messy! but in a really good way!), you can always buy one or order one for nearer Christmas, along with Christmas gardening gifts, plants and other goodies, from our first pop-up of the season at Blackheath Prep's Christmas Fair on 26 November.

So now you've got no excuse for your house to be anything less than fully festive this advent, with a fresh, scented wreath and gorgeous garlands...

Bloomologie backs British Farming

Today is Back British Farming Day - some 3.9 million people in the UK work in agriculture – and we were proud to support the National Farmers' Union's campaign launch in London, creating the agriculture-inspired flowers (all British flowers!) at their event opposite the Houses of Parliament in Westminster.

We were especially happy to help because we are passionate supporters of British Flower Farming - something that was commonplace until the 1940s, when land for flower farming was given over to food production. In some parts of the country you can still see the legacy of this: Cornwall, which was famed for daffodil growing, has hedgerows and verges filled with drifts of narcissi where farmers literally tossed them out of their fields and over the hedge!

Bloomologie wheelbarrow flowers

While most of the flowers sold in the UK are imported, an increasing number of flower farmers and growers in the UK are returning to cut-flower production and it's now more common than it has been for years to find British flowers, even in your local supermarket. Look out for the Union Jack sticker on the likes of Sweet Williams, Stocks, Sunflowers, gladioli, tulips, ranunculus and many more.

At the NFU event, I used a mixture or herbs and flowers, from a meadow of cosmos, marigolds, helichrysum and zinnias in a 1920s wheelbarrow (thanks to the Old Garden Tools Museum for lending it to me!); to alstromeria, gladioli, hydrangea and dahlias, with blackberries and rose hips in vintage 10 gallon milk churns; and sunflowers, strawflowers, beech and corn and barley in farmhouse milk jugs. Outside a gazebo were garlands of fresh Kentish hops, picked just yesterday they still have a heady, intoxicating scent, and inside we filled a watering can with English lisianthus, scabious, clary sage, scented geranium leaf and fragrant English Margaret Merrill roses.

We love how they captured the season perfectly, and shone in the balmy September heat!

So next time you're at the supermarket, make sure you back British farming by buying British grown food AND flowers, so that our industry can continue to blossom.

Bloomologie in the press...

Woohoo, we've had a whirlwind of a summer, with lots of events, photo shoots and weddings. We were THRILLED to make the cover of Perfect Wedding magazine this month; and to be featured in Your London Wedding magazine talking about the latest wedding trends.

And it was extra special to be described as one of the florists taking Instagram by storm! You can follow us and all of our latest exploits at @bloomologieuk on instagram and twitter, where we post as often as possible!

Wild wedding flowers

Last weekend we worked on the most relaxed lovely wedding in Suffolk and it was a treat to use almost entirely British flowers too.

With an Irish bride and a scottish groom that was always going to be a great party, and Emma and Jonathan took on an enormous undertaking in hiring a working agricultural Suffolk barn as their venue. It is simply a shell, and was full of agricultural feed when I went to recce the job back in April, but even then you could see its potential. What's more, the barn came with the run of the manor house, Crows Hall, which has its very own moat and bridge, and truly beautiful gardens.

Bloomologie Jonathan buttonhole

After an initial brief of white roses, gyp and thistle, the couple bravely decided to go down a more relaxed, countryside route for their flowers to echo the mid-summer, country feel to their chosen venue and village church, and the laid-back, colourful mood of their celebration.

Bloomologie crowshall bar

As the florist I was thrilled to be able to use British wild flowers to bring the meadows and hedgerows into the barn, and I was delighted to find a flower farm just 15 minutes away who supplied all of the delectable, elegant and truly special flowers for the barn. Although we went with a relaxed , informal jumble of bud vases and bottles, the result was delicate and whimsical - every flower was visible and had space to breath and to shine, and every single one of the 56 vases was different.

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On the bar we placed a pickle jar of vibrant dahlias, poppy seedheads, hollyhocks and stocks while outside we dressed the barn door with rustic crates, and a jug bursting with British blooms as well as a floral garland over the door, containing scented Irish Hope roses and Scottish thistles.

At Debenham church we kept the pew ends simple and scented with a combination of Irish Hope roses, Margaret Merril roses, hebe and scented geranium leaf, while the urn at the front of the church brought the whole garden inside with a riot of colour, reflecting Emma's wild, rambling bouquet. I was thrilled to see the church yard was blooming with Hollyhocks as I'd chosen these for the urn, along with larkspur, snapdragons, mint, rosemary, lysimachia, scented garden roses, include David Austin Kate, Romantic Antike, Just Joey, Jubilee Celebration, Evelyn and Irish Hope among others...

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Emma's bouquet was packed with colour, scent and variety, from the mix of roses to foxgloves, penstemon, scabious, love in the mist, alchemilla, honeysuckle, passionflower and jasmine. The maids had posies of Irish Hope, Margaret Merrill, scabious and sweet peas, while the groom and ushers all sported thistles, Irish Hope roses and for the groom a Charmant rose, with thistles, rosemary and campion.

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More garlanding adorned the church gates to welcome guests in. It may have been one of the hottest days of the year, but the feeling was relaxed and joyous and I hope the flowers reflected that too.

London Wedding Photographer | Ali and Bloomologie UK: wild and wondrous wedding flowers specialist | Lily Sawyer Photography

We were thrilled to be on the fabulous photographer Lily Sawyer's blog this month - hope you enjoy reading it too!

I met her at the National Vintage Wedding Fair where we got to be neighbours for the day and she kindly took some beautiful shots of my stand.

Every party needs friends

I wouldn't have got very far without a team of wonderful friends and supportive family behind me. And along the way I've met some fantastic new friends and partners who are just as blooming marvellous at what they do as Bloomologie.

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If you need party food for your wedding or event, look no further than Hand Made Food - a small but dedicated team of caterers who provide mouth-watering seasonal, locally-sourced and sustainable food that's as stylish as it is delicious and ethical. It's no surprise that were awarded Lewisham's favourite place to eat.

 

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I have never seen (or tasted) such beautiful wedding and celebration cakes and sugar work as the incredibly talented Blossom & Crumb produces - no wonder she won an award at this year's A Curious Wedding Fair. With flavours like London Fog, earl grey and salted caramel, she's a bit of a baking genius, creating innovative designs that look stunning.

 

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As for venues, they don't come much more glamorous than a river yacht cruising down the Thames. Woods Silver Fleet's Silver Sturgeon wouldn't look out of place in St Tropez - sunglasses are essential as you pose your way past Tower Bridge and Westmister, dining on a menu devised by Michelin magician Ollie Dabbous.  

 

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Lastly, if you've just got engaged, I'd urge you to book a date at Blackburn Bridal - theirboutique collection of designer wedding dresses are so delectable, you won't need to go anywhere else to find "the one".

White, natural wedding flowers

I can't deny that I love colour, but when it comes to looking stylish and sophisticated, and elegantly simple, you can't beat the purity of natural white wedding flowers.

Even white flowers have a natural hue to them that adds tone and texture to a bouquet - these white peonies, above, hint at the lemon-y centre inside, while the sweet peas have a creamy tone and the hellebores offer a touch of green.

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As we've just passed the longest day of the year and are rolling into summer, the delicate scabious are looking beautiful and the veil-thin cosmos are about to flower, while the dahlias are well on the way, and frothy bishops flower (ammi majus) are towering above the borders like wild, natural garden umbrellas.

Mixing scented white O'Hara roses (or any other white rose) with an array of other white flowers, from alba foxgloves to delphinium spires creates a bouquet that is filled with interest and texture, as well as subtle shades of colour to create a truly sophisticated bridal look. 

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So if you're thinking of going for white, natural wedding flowers, step away from the round mound of white roses and choose a more layered, textured approach - the same as you'd take when shopping for your dress. The result will be far more sophisticated and modern - and you'll get a bouquet that reflects the seasons, too.