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Updated: Sep 5

 

It’s September! I don’t really know how that happened. This year has stormed by so very fast!

So what to tell you? Well quite a lot really. Lex and I got married, we moved house and he’s started a new job! I’ve relocated my flower business to our new home in Balham and I’ve just packed up the last vase from our Rococo themed flower class.

On Saturday we had a little group booked of wonderful women so we (my sister, Tildy and I) hosted this class at the new house. The sitting room rather suited the theme. It has very pale, dusty blue walls and we decorated with our antique vases sat on newly painted shelves, our lovely drawings, paintings and our gilded oval mirror hung above the old fireplace.

Of course we set up a display of beautiful British grown flowers from our family garden and from Mill Stream Flowers and Nettlewood Flowers too. They were held in antique crystal vases I've been collecting and old stone urns that decorated the fireplace rather beautifully.

 

Our colour palette channelled Marie Antoinette, lot’s of pastels; muddy pinks, peachy apricots, milky creamy whites, dusty lilacs and fresh greens. A celebration of the Rococo era.

 

After basketfuls of French pastries and a pot of coffee we started our bouquet class, focussing on natural loose shapes and negative space. Bouquets are one of my favourite things to make and now one of my favourite things to teach. I’m so pleased our guests grasped the technique so well and produced such beautiful work.

Here are a few of the beautiful bouquets made…

 

 

 

We stopped for a delicious homemade lunch of roasted beetroot, feta and chopped almond salad, little salmon and lemon creme fraiche crostini and marbled meringues, frozen summer fruits and farm shop double cream for pudding - all pinks to fit the theme of course.

 

After lunch we made centrepieces and styled a tablescape using an array of lovely props. Soft draping fabrics, Ester & Erik candles in pastels and a ceramic candleholders, stoneware crockery, vintage French cutlery, etched champagne saucers and little decorative shells and petals adorned our pretty Rococo table.

 

 

 

This flower class was really wonderful, we listened to jazz, drank champagne at teatime, ate delicious summer foods, our guests were immersed in flowers all day and created such stunning bouquets and arrangements.

 

Thank you to all our lovely guests for coming and well done for creating such beautiful work!

We now have our new Autumn/Winter classes live on the website! If you’d like to join us, we would just love to have you! If you have any questions or would like to find out more about a class, do let me know, I’d love to hear from you!

 

In the meantime, here’s the recipe to my roasted beetroot, feta and almond salad:

 

For the salad:

8 Beetroots cooked, peeled and chopped into chunks

Feta

Handful of thyme

Two handfuls of rocket

Handful of almonds, gently roasted and roughly chopped

Salt

Pepper

 

For the dressing:

2 tbsp Extra virgin olive oil

1 1/2 tsp Honey

2 tsp Balsamic vinegar

Pinch of fresh thyme

Salt

Pepper

 

Preheat the oven to 180c.

In a baking tray, toss the chopped beetroots, a generous glug of olive oil, large pinch of salt, lots of pepper and the thyme together. Roast for 20 minutes.

Whilst that cooks, make your dressing. In a large bowl, mix together the olive oil, honey, vinegar, thyme, salt and pepper with a fork until smooth. Taste to check. If it’s not quite right, add a little extra to taste.

Roughly chop the rocket.

Once the beetroots are cooked and sticky let them sit to cool. Once cool, add into the big bowl and toss together with the rocket and half of the feta in the dressing. Spoon onto a pretty ceramic plate.

Crumble over the remaining feta then sprinkle the almonds ontop. Bon Apetite!

 

So I suppose until our next class, enjoy your delicious salad and the lovely September sunshine! I’m hoping for another Indian summer…

 

Poppy x

 

Updated: Jul 5

 

 

It is with great pleasure and anticipation that I finally announce the opening of my brand new Flower School! This is something I’ve dreamt of since starting my flower adventure 5 years ago. Sharing a love for flowers with people as well as knowledge and skills is such a lovely thing. I’ve run several workshops over the years and always get so much out of them. Teaching people and seeing the progression is so very rewarding, now I’m making it my main focus. I wanted to create a place to share my enthusiasm, a place to learn, a place to be inspired, a place full of beauty but above all I wanted to create a place for people to be encouraged rather than criticised.

 

After much deliberation on structure, I’ve decided to start with a variety of classes that’ll run until Christmas this year. After each class, we’ll look at what worked best and what people loved to learn and we’ll restructure the calendar for the following year. I hope my class ideas are what you’re looking for and that you can find a class to suit your wishes.

 

 

So here are some of the details:

I will be hosting a range of seasonal flower classes each with different themes based on ideas that inspire me. They will run out of two locations. The London classes will be held at the beautiful old Georgian Bell House in Dulwich, London and our country classes will be held at our Cotswold studio in West Kington Wick, a little village just outside of Bath and very close to the charming village of Castle Combe.

 

The classes will cover a variety of techniques, from morning table arrangements and wreath workshops, full day classes of foam-free installations, romantic bouquets and natural arrangements to my one and only three day wedding masterclass. These are all for everyone, I encourage all abilities, whether you're just beginning your career in floristry, you'd like to develop a new skill or you’d just love a day immersed in flowers, I’d love to host you.

 

 

So that everyone can get the most out of the class the numbers will be limited to 10 people per class. I am also sensitive to the fact that some of you will be travelling from far away lands and although we can’t offer accommodation, I have compiled a list of lovely local hotels and B&B’s that I’d be more than happy to share with you.

 

In addition to the scheduled classes, if you’re able to get a group of you together or would prefer a one to one class, this can be something we can custom make together, structured to suit exactly what you’d like to learn. Let me know and we can arrange diaries.

 

 

You can view all the classes here or for any other information please contact me at studio@poppysturley.co.uk

 

I’m so looking forward to hearing from you, answering any questions you have and welcoming you to our new Flower School! It’s going to be beautiful…

 

Poppy x

 

 

P.S.

On a final note:

If you’re a bride, don’t panic - we will still be running weddings and will work these around the calendar. Perhaps even incorporate into the flower school in the years to come.

 

 

“Do what you please, follow your own star; be original if you want to be and don't if you don't want to be. Just be natural and light-hearted and pretty and simple and overflowing and general and baroque and bare and austere and stylised and wild and daring and conservative, and learn and learn and learn. Open your mind to every form of beauty.” ― Constance Spry

 

 

Photographs by me, Imogen Xiana, Taylor & Porter and Pinterest