In the window beneath it, against the background of grey, was an elegant white embroidered frock with a yellow necklace laid on it. Three equally elegant white embroidered blouses were disposed on the other side of the window: and just where it should be was a bowl of yellow globe flowers to point out the colour of the necklace. Jane though it discreet, fresh and delicious, and feeling it impossible to behave like a sober shopkeeper if she looked at it any longer, she went inside.
Extract from High Wages by Dorothy Whipple
My grandmother had a shop called ‘Sarah Janes’ in Greengates where I used to work as a Saturday girl in my teens for £4.00 a day. It sold ladies clothes, haberdashery and wool. I remember being surprised at how many men knitted and how I was no longer phased at older ladies calling in, lifting their skirts and telling me they wanted more ‘big knickers’ like this please! (I wonder if Jane had to deal with such issues!)
Anyway I did most jobs, except bra fittings and window dressing. Before owning a shop Grandma had been a window dresser at Marks & Spencers (she would tell you about the 4 big window!) in Bradford, so it was a job she loved doing.
Now I get the chance to do some window dressing to add some British flowery loveliness at Lovebird Brides Bridal Boutique in Ilkley.
March is definitely the month of the daffodil so that was the main flower I wanted to highlight. But rather than the bright yellow daffs that bring us joy wafting in the breeze on the road sides I wanted to show three paler varieties…Ice Folly, Ellen and Full House that I grow on the plot. With the addition of some whites to make it ‘fresh and delicious’ from Viburnum bodnantenses, Pieris japonica, primroses, jasmine and Amelanchier blossom all from my plot. Along with more pieris japonica and a few stocks from http://www.tregothnan.co.uk.
Pieris japonica is also just as stunning. Flowering now, the white waxy little bells are perfect for buttonholes and bouquets as they last so well out of water. What a beautiful and simple alternative to gypsophilia.
I made a few copper geometric hanging decorations which hung at one side of the window, and the copper glass frame was changed from having pressed snowdrops last month to pressed miniature daffodils, primroses and forsythia flowers.
I’m afraid I did do a little happy dance as I look on the window from outside. I love my job.
Stunning Marceau Bridal dress by http://www.charliebrear.com.
Bridesmaid dress by http://www.twobirdsbridesmaid.co.uk
All extra items florists own.
Thank you to Jane of @The Flower Fields for setting up with me and taking all the photographs.
If you are getting married in 2017 or thinking ahead to 2018 and would like beautiful locally grown British flowers for your wedding then please do contact me here.