March 16, 2011
Wednesday, March 16th, 2011
Once the blossom starts appearing amongst the bare branches of Winter, it seems that Spring has finally arrived! This prompted me to think about all the different varieties of fruit trees and their blossoms. There is an enormous variety, which we in the flower trade call by their genus ‘Prunus’. There are over 100 different varieties of Prunus in Japan alone, and I thought I would share some images with you of the different varieties and their fruits.
We get asked by our Spring brides when blossom is available, and of course this can vary widely according to the weather! But it is a safe bet that it will be available from now right up until the end of April. The most commonly used blossom is cherry, particularly the late ‘double’ variety, which reminds me of pink candy floss and I never get over its beauty or the joy I feel when I see it.
Of course it would take all day to list all the varieties and their blossoms, and without bogging you down with all the Latin names, they generally fall into the following colours:
Almond – white, occasionally pink.
Apple – white with pink buds, this usually flowers last of all.
Apricot – pale pink
Cherry – pink, white and creamy yellow
Pear – white
Peach – pink
Plum, pink and white
Quince – coral red.
There are many more varieties, and the list is endless, but I hope that you will take some time to appreciate the beauty that is the blossom of Spring and enjoy it while it lasts. I certainly will!!!.
Painting entitled ‘Almond blossom in Olive Grove’ courtesy of Sue Campion
June 8, 2010
Tuesday, June 8th, 2010
A few weeks ago, we featured the beautiful wedding of Anna and Russ at Fulham Palace. This was a gorgeous event and, we thought that we’d taken some rather good pictures. That was of course, until we saw the utterly stunning images of photographer Marianne Taylor, which completely blew us away! Marianne featured the wedding on her blog and received rave reviews for her work, and rightly so!! Now that we have the official shots, we couldn’t resist sharing them with you and, as we love them so much we’ll probably be turning some into postcards!