A Shepherd's Hut and British Flowers

On a sunny summer's day back in July, I delved head first into a whole load of flowers and decorated a shepherd's hut on a flower farm!

The setting - Hay Lane Flowers in Stagsden, Bedfordshire. I've used this flower farm many times in the past for wedding flowers, but as most weddings in 2020 have been postponed due to lockdown restrictions, I hadn't had many opportunities to use the flowers grown here so was feeling the need to get creative in some way.

I contacted Jane at Hay Lane Flowers, who is always so accommodating to my flowery requests and asked her if I could use her flower farm as a backdrop for a creative morning and she suggested that I use her shepherd's hut as a backdrop. I obviously jumped at this opportunity and began sketching out my design on paper.

I wanted this piece to be entirely eco-friendly, which meant no floral foam, all locally grown flowers and ensuring that waste was minimal. The base construction was made using plastic storage boxes from my workshop, chicken wire, fishing line and long branches, When we finished and dismantled everything, most of the flowers were re-used in other arrangements and the foliage was fed to the resident goats!

A couple of local florists kindly also came along to help and here is the result! I absolutely loved this day and was so happy to finally get really stuck into flowers after such a tumultuous few months, as well as being able to make something that pushed my creative boundaries.

Many thanks to Jane for letting us use her flower farm for this day and Emma DB Photography for the brilliant images.