Now, I urge you to think about protecting our natural wildlife & avoid damaging any plants and shrubs. My husband and I have walked the Transpennine Trail along the River Mersey from the Heatons' through to Sale for many years over the different seasons watching the changing colours, shapes and sizes. Nothing quite beats the natural weathered greenery. My husband likes to pick out the odd stem where nature has caused buds to clash and produce oddity.
This is how I started coming up with ideas for my creations. As we all know picking fruits and foliage is fine so long as it is not for resale. So i started using what I have between the lines of my garden and the wonderful Ivy sprayed across the neighbours wall. Keeps the ivy in control so its a win win.
I have named my creations after all things local to Heaton Mersey. I'm running out of street names but I might move onto landmarks, buildings and local history. My husband did suggest naming one of the bouquets with Chinese Bamboo sticks the "Golden Gate Bouquet" as they make the best chips n' curry in the world. My favourite.
If you think about it, flowers in the shops, wholesale or otherwise have a carbon footprint. Flowers travel long distances. Those working on the fields picking and sorting the flowers have a footprint. I try and complete my creations with produce from my garden. I'm a long way off but I think eventually with a bigger greenhouse and an allotment, I may be able to create all my stuff organically. Big plans but why not.
Click on the image and find out things to do along the Trans Pennine Trail. Beautiful hive of activity.