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So where do I start, looking through the diary of 2018 I am amazed at what we did. It was a full year of flowers in so many ways.
We had an array of wonderful weddings all over York and further afield. Met lovely couples and were able to help bring their visions together for their special day.  There are too many weddings to mention in this blog so I will be covering different venues and weddings each month, but here are a few pictures I have picked out:
    Headdress on sheep at 
        Hornington Manor
                           Typewriter at
                Merchant Adventurers Hall
       Cordula and her 1920's
             original silk dress
    Jake and Hannah got married
 
One wedding further afield was at Whirlow Brook Hall in Sheffield for Sarah and Dan. As it was a distance away with an early start, we needed to stay overnight. Kath and I booked into a hotel close by and were given a luggage trolley by the concierge to transport our buckets of flowers to our room, we did get some strange looks.
 
We were asked to be involved with decorating The Priory Church of the Holy Trinity on Micklegate for a flower festival in May. We took on the 'Monastic garden' theme and went for it. Creating a garden filled with wild hedgerow flowers, herbs and a vineyard surrounding an old monastery model. I couldn't resist adding some potion bottles and remedies the monks would have put together.  We had a wonderful opportunity to speak with Margaret Sentamu, the Archbishop of York's wife who opened the festival, and the legendary George Smith (floral guru)
We were also approached by Lotte Inch  who had taken on the mammoth task of organising and coordinating York in Bloom. York's first Horticultural festival to celebrate the 250 year Anniversary of the Ancient Society of York Florists, the world's oldest Horticultural Society, founded in 1768. 
This had horticulturalists and florists involved with putting up exhibitions and installations across the city. We were commissioned to put something together for the Ivy restaurant in St.Helen's square. This was a very exciting project with all the team on board from design to installation, which we thoroughly enjoyed.
We also did some shop front designs for Olive's Nest in Scarcroft road  and at Studio B hair salon on Barbican Road. (tel: 01904 627452). 
We also designed and made a floral dress with Vavavoom Boutique just for fun !!!!! Which got a lot of attention while being modelled by the lovely Zoe on the launch day. We kept being stopped for interviews and photographs.
 
Following on from York in Bloom, we were approached again by Lotte to provide a large 100 in flowers for a photo shoot to celebrate Armistice day. This was to be held in the De Grey Rooms but then moved to York Minster after the shoot. So a bit of clever construction was needed to give stability for us to attach fresh flowers and foliage (only the poppies were silk), but then be easy to move to the other location. The numbers came to rest in the Minster, under the clock and memorial of a naval officer from the First World War where it stayed for a good week.               What a privilege to have been part of this special event.
As well as these major events we provided flowers for two charity balls, a special 'Large Urn' for an event at the Racecourse for the Railway, (where step ladders were required) and two fabulous photo shoots. We met some wonderful and talented people, who we will be working with again through the coming year, and we will feature in more detail.
'The Secret Garden' photo shoot for Stephanie Moran Couture Bridal gowns                                                 at Hornington Manor.
'Day of the Dead' photo shoot at  The Stables Whitby   for Jen at 
My Pretties uk      This was great fun !!!!

And not to forget the special privilege it has been to be able to put flowers together for someone's last journey. We have worked closely with  Hayley Owen Funeral Director  throughout the year creating some individual displays for family and friend's tributes.
It has been an exciting, challenging at times, but an enjoyable year, where we have met and worked with many lovely people. This coming year will be just as exciting, with new challenges. We have acquired some land and are looking forward to working closely with Phil and his team at Summerfield nursery  
 bringing our Flower Farm together.

I will be leaving my Occupational Job with Social Services after 14 years in a few months, to concentrate full time on growing Fleur Adamo, and I would like to thank everyone who has supported me to get to this point. 
I hope you will come along and enjoy the journey with me!