The Royal Wedding

Here’s the moment we have all been patiently waiting for… Prince Harry & Meghan Markle’s big day is finally underway with Just a couple of hours to go before it all begins…




We are just super duper excited to see what the flowers are going to look like! Phillipa Craddock, one of our all time favourite floral designers, has had the privileged of being asked to create Harry & Meghan’s design’s for their special day! Phillipa is an exceptionally talented, self taught florist who established her successful business nine years ago from her studio down in Fulham, Central London. She has always been keen to use seasonal flowers and foliage especially from local growers, whilst maintaining sustainability within her designs – this principle is also the preferred approach for the Royal family…hence many of the plants and greenery for Harry & Meghan’s wedding being sourced directly from the royals own crown estate and Windsor great park.



Our bouquet prediction:

We are thinking (hoping) Meghan has gone for a semi loose hand tied style bouquet, to include classic Peonies, White garden roses, lily of the valley, jasmine, British herbs, asparagus ferns, myrtle, and maybe the odd orchid tucked in there too? By tradition, at least one sprig of Myrtle has been used within every royal bridal bouquet since Queen Victoria’s wedding, the evergreen shrub is thought to symbolise Love & Hope.


(Floral arch way by Phillip Craddock at St George’s chapel. Photo credit: DANNY LAWSON/Getty Images)

Happy Royal wedding day x

C.M – Home Fragrance Scent range

This week we joined forces with a new local business, C.M Home fragrance.

We are now stocking their full scent collection and wax burners. There are so many different scents available within the range which are available to sample and purchase in our shop – so feel free to pop in and check out which scent is your favourite…our’s is “Blueberry Cheesecake”. We are also stocking a beautiful selection of electric and tea-light wax burners to compliment your home.

Our shop is now smelling even better than ever!!

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!


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Love The B&I Girls