Ditsy Floral – The Home Grown Florist


New Year resolution – start a blog!!! This has been in the pipeline at least 6 months but where to start…ahh!!  Perhaps, a little about me…

I’m Elaine, a 30 something girl who stumbled into the world of flowers recently and the romantic idea of growing her own cut flowers on a half acre plot in the heart of the rolling County Down (Northern Ireland) countryside. Flowers, food, a toddler and a bouncy border collie define my busy life. With a corporate career in tourism marketing as well, this blog is an opportunity to share my floral odyssey and foray into horticulture!

I specialise in wedding floral loveliness in a nostalgic, wild romantic style – think vintage, country, natural and organic. I’m passionate about seasonal home grown flowers for a natural ‘just picked’ look bursting with scent. As much as possible, I incorporate flowers, herbs and foliage from my own cutting garden – I like to think ‘artisan florist’!! I also hope to sell flowers by the bucket for DIY brides.

Whilst taking a floristry course, I realised my own style of flower arranging is much more relaxed, informal and wild than traditional floristry techniques. I love pretty flowers and a traditional ‘country chic’ or ‘wild romantic’ style. As well as the plant material I can provide from my own garden, I source from local flower farmers and home gardeners as much as possible – grown here, not flown here, keeping air miles down and quality high and bee friendly!!

If you’re planning a wedding or any special event (or just want to say hello) then get in touch, I’d love to hear about your plans and ideas. Based in Northern Ireland, I’m happy to work Ireland North and South. Say hello at elainegroves@hotmail.co.uk, @ElaineGrows, facebook.com/DitsyFloralDesign.

All the photographs are taken by myself (very amateur) unless otherwise stated. If you would like to use them for personal use, please credit this blog. If however you are another florist using my images and passing them off as your own work, don’t!!

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