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Talking Flowers // May

Welcome to a May edition full of romance and celebration!

Let's start with a very floral take on the Royal Wedding... did you know Kate and William's wedding cake was full of the language of flowers?

And there's more wedding day inspiration with our lace inspired craft feature where you find out how to make these stunning lanterns (pictured) - as pretty as Kate Middleton's dress and perfect for that barbeque summer!

This issue also looks at the best flowers to go with those interior design trends, and of course we reveal this month's Flowercard People winner - with a photo too!


Don't forget to get in touch with your news and views. We'd love to hear from you. Just email talkingflowers@flowercard.co.uk

In Bloom: Royal Wedding Special

A day we'll not forget, Kate and William's Royal Wedding was as spectacular and romantic as everyone hoped it would be!

So, as promised, it's now our turn to look at all the floral moments of the day, starting with that stunning wedding dress.

Designed by Sarah Burton of Alexander McQueen, the first glimpse we had of that now famous wedding gown revealed its big feature from the start - lovely lace appliqué on the bodice, skirt and veil.

Closer inspection revealed those lace details to be very floral: English Rose, Scottish Thistle, Welsh Daffodil and Irish Shamrock, all created within the lace to represent the four home nations.

The lace itself was handmade at the Royal School of Needlework, Hampton Court Palace, and those talented hands what worked on the lace were washed every 30 minutes to keep them clean, with needles renewed every three hours to keep them sharp. Creating lace fit for a duchess and future queen.

The Flowercard design team are thrilled to have been well ahead of this trend with our stunning range of "Lace" Flowercards, where delicate paper cuts create a delightful lace window to reveals glimpses of the fresh bouquet. Just take a look at our Birthday Lace (pictured left above) or the fabulous Carnations in Lace (pictured left). A perfect surprise for anyone who fell in love with that dress... and that would be all of us!

Kate's bouquet was a shield shape full of myrtle, lily-of-the-valley, sweet William and hyacinth, designed and arranged by florist Shane Connolly.

And of course one of the most dramatic touches was the use of trees to decorate the interior of Westminster Abbey. English maple to represent humility and hornbeam for resilience. Now the ceremony is over, the trees will be planted at Highgrove Gardens - quite a memento for many years to come!

There were even more flowers on the wedding cake... 900 sugar-paste ones in fact, sprinkled over eight tiers, exquisitely created in cream and white icing by cake-maker Fiona Cairns and her team.

Kate Middleton gave Ms Cairns detailed instructions for the paste flowers, with 17 different blooms and foliage to be included because of their meaning in the 'language of flowers', something readers of Talking Flowers will be more than familiar with!

Along the cake's base ran ivy leaves - a classic symbol of marriage - whilst on the bottom three tiers were daisies (for innocence), sweet William (of course!), and lavender (for devotion), a beautiful flower that features in our Floral Dreams (pictured left) card.

Other floral cake decorations included cascading orange and apple blossom, honeysuckle, acorns with oak leaves (to represent strength and endurance), myrtle (as a symbol of love) and a bridal rose (for happiness). At Flowercard we've so many cards and bouquets that feature roses too, just take a look at the utter prettiness of our Pink Mist Bouquet (pictured left), perfect for every occasion, or the stylised lilac rose print on our Chelsea Evening (pictured below left) card.

Lily of the Valley featured in the sixth tier of the wedding cake, to represent sweetness and humility, whilst the flowers of the home nations decorated the penultimate tier. The top tier of the cake was covered with lace details, a garland of lily of the valley and heather, for good luck.

So altogether, a fabulously floral Royal Wedding. All that's left is for us to do is wish the now Duke and Duchess of Cambridge every happiness, and thank them for sharing their special day with us and the world!

Floral Picks for Interior Design

Picking the right flowers for your home can be a nightmare - what shape to choose? What colour? And what goes with what? We've picked the four top interior design themes along with the best flowers to go with them. Happy arranging!

Country Cottage

Oak beams on the ceiling, polished brass by the fire, rustic crockery on the traditional Welsh dresser and white washed walls - country cottage interiors are so delightful! Our featured flower to go with this style is carnation, with pretty ruffles in every colour to mix and match with your tea cosy or rag rug. Pictured here on our Pink Scottie Flowercard.

Earth Tones

Dark reds, chocolate browns, sunset oranges, all mixed in with dark pine furniture and exotic Moroccan lanterns. If your room is inspired by the rich palette of the African savannah, we recommend the sun-kissed tones and fabulous fragrance of red freesias, pictured here in our Meadow Sweet Flowercard. Pop them on your dining table in a vase filled with white pebbles.

Regency

Mustard yellow kitchens with Belfast sinks, regal green hallways with Edwardian hat stands, deep red lounges with leather bound books, cobalt blue bathrooms with a roll top bath. If your home is full of those period details we recommend a mix of flowers, united by one thing - the colour white! Roses, hydrangeas, chrysanthemum - perhaps finished off with a spray of baby's breath. Here's our Diamonds & Pearls bouquet for inspiration.

French Connection

Lime-washed furniture with gilded edges, mirrors full of rococo twirls, blue and white Toile de Jouy fabrics and Queen Anne legs on your dining chairs. If your home would impress Maria Antoinette, we recommend lisianthus for you. Available in all sorts of colours, this pretty funnel shaped flower looks its most Francophile in white with lilac tips, as seen here in our Vintage Bell Flowercard.

So what's your favourite interior design and flower combination? Drop us a line at talkingflowers@flowercard.co.uk, you could even send a pitcure too!

Flowercard People

We received this lovely nomination from Talking Flowers reader Jacqueline Page about her friend Jan Banks:

"I would like to nominate My Dearest Friend Mrs Jan Banks who I love to bits, we have been friends for the last 53 years and she is so very poorly. A few months ago she was at death's door when she was rushed into hospital with a number of blood clots in her legs and heart attack. Now she has been rushed in again with blood clots, which are inoperable. She is the bravest person I know and still smiles and laughs, she has been a wonderful friend."

How could we resist this story of friendship over the years, and admiration during the hardest of times? Thank you Jacqueline for telling us about this lovely and very brave lady, and sending us a photograph of you both (in the photograph, Jacqueline is seated with Jan behind her). We hope the Flowercard will bring a smile to both your faces, whether it's beside the hospital bed or at home on the bedside table.

We'll now contact Jacqueline and ask her which Flowercard she thinks Jan would most like to receive as part of her award, and which personal message she wants us to print on that card for Jan to read. If it's a get well card, we love Tranquil Thoughts (pictured) with its amazing two tone carnations!

If you know someone like Jan who deserves a Flowercard, why not nominate them for a Flowercard People Award? Every month we'll select a winner to receive your choice of Flowercard, with your personal message on the front, for FREE. Even if they don't win this month, they'll still go back into the draw, to be considered again and again.

So what are the qualities we'll be looking for in our Flowercard People Award?

Well, that's up to you! Maybe people who always think of others, individuals who've stayed strong through difficult times, friends who've shown courage, kindness, selflessness and determination. You tell us by nominating them.


HOW TO MAKE YOUR FREE FLOWERCARD NOMINATION

  • Please tell us the full name of your nominee, and describe why they deserves a FREE Flowercard in no more than 100 words.
  • Be sure to include your full name too, and daytime phone number for us to contact you should your nomination win.
  • Send your nomination in an email to our NEW dedicated address talkingflowers@flowercard.co.uk and please type "Flowercard Award Nomination" in the subject line.
  • Please read the Flowercard Award Terms and Conditions

MADE WITH LOVE

Bring some of that Royal Wedding lace magic into your home with these fabulous handmade lanterns.

Picture them on the picnic table for that special meal on a summer evening, or just so pretty in the bathroom as you treat yourself to a luxurious soak.

We've craft blogger Amanda to thank for this great idea. You can read the full how-to on her blog Crafts By Amanda. Here's the link.

COMING SOON

In our next issue we'll be looking at that incredly pretty bloom, the gerbera, a true flower for all seasons.

We'll also look at the best vase to select for different flowers and arrangements, from rustic jug for a posy of wildflowers to a towering glass tube for gladioli.

Next month's craft will be something really special - making a keepsake box - so keep hold of your Flowercard Premium Boxes as that's the perfect size to use! And of course we'll be annoucing our June Flowercard People winner, why not nominate someone you know now and it could be them?

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