Valentine’s 2018

Wednesday 14th February 2018 – St. Valentine’s Day:



Traditional meanings behind Rose colours:


Red Roses: Say “I Love You”. Red Roses are the ultimate symbol of LOVE.

Yellow Roses: Friendship & Freedom.

Pale Pink Roses: Happiness, Gentleness & Gratitude.

Deep Pink Roses: Say “Thank You”

Lilac Roses: Indicate Love at first sight & Enchantment.

White Roses: Symbolise Truth & Innocence.

Peach Roses: Appreciation.

Coral Roses: Desire.

Orange Roses: Enthusiasm.



This year at Bluebell & Ivy, we introduced two round shaped hat Box designs to our collection… ‘Red Velvet’ & ‘Darling’ – which were in high demand along with two pastel hand-ties which were also introduced named ‘Florence’ & ‘Vienna.’


The hat box design has become much more popular with florists over the years – although we like to give Jane Packer the credit as she originally modernised the idea back in the 90’s. Our style for the hat box is a tightly compact posy shape using a delicate mixture of seasonal flowers.



Hot pinks and Reds is certainly one of our favourite colour combinations and ‘Red Naomi’ (Best grade) Roses are ALWAYS our first choice for Valentine’s.



Finally, the star of the show this year was a mixed rose bouquet consisting of 50 of our best roses. This included ‘Red Naomi’, ‘White Avalanche’, ‘Peach Talea’ & ‘Sweet Avalanche’. It was simply stunning, not to mention… Astronomical in size!!



So we hope you all had a lovely Valentine’s Day and loved all your gorgeous bouquets.


Love The B&I Girls x



South Lakes Wedding Fair

Last week the Bluebell & Ivy team attended The South Lakes Wedding Fair, held at the Forum 28, Barrow. This event was full to the brim of fabulous local wedding suppliers.

Our display was a themed one … “Fairy tale.”  We focused upon a riot of soft, feminine colours – keeping in line with top trends at the moment. Ensuring we covered all aspects of wedding flowers, we showcased the following essential items:

  • Bridal bouquets, Bridesmaid’s bouquets, Gent’s Buttonholes & Ladies Wrist corsages, Table centre pieces, An extravagant top table display, Cute jar displays and a Willow wreath ring feature piece.

A Short List of Main flowers we used:

  • Pale Blue Hydrangeas, Ivory & Pink Ranunculus, Quicksand Roses, Wax flower, Lilac Stocks, Snowball Viburnum, Sweet avalanche Roses, Senecio Cineraria, Pale pink Lisianthus.

We also designed an all Grey “Lilacina” Succulent Bridal bouquet. This Signature piece also featured some Grey Brunia Berries finished with a collar of Textured Senecio Cineraria.

Echeveria (Succulents) are native to Mexico – The “Lilacina” variation are usually pale grey in colour and flat rosette in shape. We can’t get enough of them!!

Overall, The South Lakes Wedding Fair was a success! The B&I team enjoyed ourselves and we took several wedding bookings by the end of the day!


For more information about our wedding designs, please follow this link or just pop us an email:


Love The B&I Girls






Lauren has provided us with flowers for Oscar's restaurant for quite a few months now - we wouldn’t use anyone else!  She also brightens up the rest of the hotel and creates incredible displays for any wedding fayres we attend.  The flowers give us that perfect ambience any restaurant needs. Every Saturday Lauren personally delivers us over 20 little arrangements and consistently the flowers are always slightly different, brightly coloured and always last the full week. We receive so many lovely comments from our customers, creating a great talking point!  If anyone asks me to recommend a florist it would always be Bluebell & Ivy, knowing that they will produce the most beautiful bouquets and to the best standard. Lauren has a real eye for detail and whether it be the table flowers or a large arrangement we receive there is always the wow factor and it is evident lauren and her team always go the extra mile to make them extra personal and special.  So a big Thank you to Bluebell & Ivy from Michelle and the team!

Michelle Wood, Restaurant manager at Oscar's Abbey House

We wouldn’t use anyone else