Strawberry Hill Flower Festival

Strawberry Hill Flower Festival 2019


I knew nothing of Strawberry Hill Flower Festival other than maybe I had seen a wonderfully strange white gothic building from a train back from London a few times, which I discovered was Strawberry Hill House. I also have a bit of a fascination for anything gothic and even have a book called Gothic Revival which has sat on my bookshelf for a few years now and guess what Strawberry Hill House is in it! Anyway, I digress. When Bex from Botanical Tales said would I be interested in helping I said of course! Then I asked what was involved 🙂 Well, when I heard more details about the event and the fantastic florists and flower people involved I was blown away to even be considered to help.

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Dried Flowers Trends at Chelsea Flower Show and Chelsea in Bloom 2019


As always at this time of year, Chelsea is the centre of the flower and gardening world. But this is the year when dried flowers arrived. In Chelsea Flower Show there were 2 stands that featured dried flowers in the Great Pavilion. The most notable was The Salutation Garden https://www.the-salutation.com/gardens/ . They received Gold for their stunning display of dried seed heads and grasses. The whole stand apart from one dome-shaped Buxus was decorated with dried stems with all their brittle beauty.

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Fresh tropical foliage boxes delivered to your door


Do you live / work within the M25? Do you need the freshest possible tropical leaves for your event and wedding work? For over 20 years we have flown shipments in from Sri Lanka of our beautiful tropical leaves, palms and tropical stems. In the past, we have sold exclusively to the largest UK bouquet makers that supply all of the UK supermarkets. Well, now we’ve decided to launch our range to you the florists, stylists, events organisers and any creatives that can use tropical leaves and buy straight from the farm.

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How best to use preserved flowers and foliage


Many flowers and foliages are preserved and some of the most popular stems are Eucalyptus. Naturally dried Eucalyptus is beautiful and takes on a soft fade grey colour. But once you try to move it the leaves shatter and the look is just not possible to supply commercially – not yet anyway! So the next best option is to preserve the stems, allowing them to remain supple but the process can also include colouring so many colourful options can be created.

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Pampas Grass

Dried Grasses – On The Pampas Trail


Dried Grasses – On The Pampas Trail

Dried Grasses are big news at the moment, and everyone is in love with Pampas Grass. Most of it is sold out for this season but we do have some beautiful grasses which might get overlooked if you just had your mind set on one thing. So I thought it would be a good chance to highlight some of the lesser-known varieties, have a read here to find out more.

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Phalaris Wreath 35cm Natural Dried

Dried Flowers Are Hot News This Year


Dried Flowers Are Hot News This Year

Our Dried Flower range is now coming back into stock and we are proud to work with Koos Lamboo Dried & Deco and have done so now for over 20 years. Back in the 80’s when Dried Flowers were big news Koos Lamboo were one of the biggest growers and driers in Holland. http://www.kooslamboo.com . The fashion changed and Dried Flowers were pushed away to the back of the room and forgotten, only to be seen in the sort of hairdressers where you could have your hair set.

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Dried Helichrysum Leaves and Flowers

Dried Flower Trends and Inspirations


We’ve been following dried flower trends for a while. It started with some Instagram posts in late 2016, could it be true, dried flowers were being mentioned again? South Korea and Japan were early adopters, posies and decorations were petite sometimes minute and perfect in every way. Each flower was chosen with extreme care and placed with precision. Other flower trends sprang up including pressing flowers and botanical collections and curios seemed the thing to have, collect and photograph. We were inspired to create some dried flower curtains for our stand at the Spring Fair in Birmingham earlier in the year and were inspired by Rebecca Louise Law.

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Spring Fair 2018


What a great week we had at Spring Fair, even if we all came back exhausted. When you are a small business the preparation for a show of this size really pushes you to the limits – especially as you still have all the normal jobs that still need doing. When we arrived at our stand and started painting and building we looked on in awe as the teams of builders, carpenters and electricians arrived, followed by the decorators and finally on Sunday the salespeople for all the ‘Big’ stands. Atlas Flowers Retail are all of these things and every item on our stand was selected, designed, photographed and hung up or displayed – just by us!

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Its been a while!


Gosh where has the time gone! We are always madly busy in the winter months and now we are in the early days of the New Year I’ve suddenly realised that we haven’t posted here for ages. What have we been up to? Well we’ve managed to supply around 2.2 million pine cones – maybe even more after a certain point you kind of lose count!

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Garden Fern

Faux Ferns Can Survive The Toughest of Conditions


This time of year the ferns in our gardens are starting their winter retreat, the stems are full of spores and the older sprays are looking brown and a bit frazzled. As the heating starts to kick in looking after indoor houseplant ferns such as Adiantum or Nephrolepis can be tricky. Why not go faux instead. 

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Wheat Harvest Dried

Cereals but not just for breakfast!


This week we are focusing on our range of grasses or cereals. These are some of our best sellers, particularly the wheat. For some of our large bouquet making customers we supply these ready to use in mini bunches – but here we sell them in our standard 60-70cm long bunches.

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Helichrysum pink loose heads

Dried Flowers From The Field – Chapter 2 Helichrysum


I remember my Mum growing these back in the 70’s. I wasn’t very fond of them then but maybe it was because they were dotted in between the begonia’s, geraniums and lobelia and they just didn’t look right. However now we love Helichrysums.

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