Not long now and the lucky ones amongst us will be opening presents and settling down to a turkey lunch with all the trimmings. Before we get to that stage there's a need to 'deck the halls' which is were we come in! The first 3 weeks of December is the busiest time of our year; madly making wreaths, garlands and decorating homes for the arrival of the big man himself. Cut flowers such as Amaryllis, Ilex stems, classic roses and berries are all in high demand (order early) as are festive bouquet delivery slots for you loved ones. For me the part of all this I get excited about (with the exception of a Royal Velvet Amaryllis flower in full bloom) is unwrapping new festive candles and flower related gifts - it's all about designing the finishing touches, even if it is a bit early to mention the 'C' word!
At Paloma Lily we're always looking for amazing scented candles to join our curated range and La Montana caught my eye (and nose!). I adore the scent of my favourite Galan de Noche: a heady, night-scented jasmine with a hint of rose and orange blossom. We are also stocking First Light: fennel, rosemary, mountain pepper and rockrose, plus Sacred Roses: rose garlanded with warm geranium and orange blossom. Each candle is beautifully packaged and features artwork in the style of 1920's and 1930's travel posters.
We've teamed up with Wiltshire based and all time gorgeous couple Henderson Rea by stocking their latest product of beautifully packaged fragrant spring bulbs. Now is the time to get them into the ground (before winter sets in) for a floral lift in your garden at a time when summer seems a long way off. We've selected our favourites such as Narcis Paperwhites and Winton Churchill together with blue Hyacinths - in stock now until the end of December £8.50 - they make wonderful gifts!
In the day every house had a Spider plant a Yucca plant or if you were a real enthusiast, a Cheese plant. Now they are making a big interior styling comeback but this time displayed in groups with interesting containers or as a single specimen such as the fashionable and elusive Fiddle Leaf tree.
We adore houseplants - Pineapple, Euphorbia (Cactus), Succulents, Jungle Orchids, Ferns and Palms are the most popular - not only do they work with the botanical interior trend but they also clean the air, increase the oxygen levels and act as a natural humidifier - what's not to love?
June heralds the start of the British garden rose season and once you've experienced these beauties nothing else compares - the fragrance and shape is absolutely divine. We're lucky enough to work with a brilliant supplier of British flowers cut by growers in the south of England and rather than use these lovelies only for weddings, we're now stocking British garden roses in our Salisbury shop for everyone to enjoy.
My personal favourites are:
Margaret Merrill (above)- pale peachy white rose with a strong fragrance even before they're open. Usually has multiple blooms on a stem and open like a frilly dog rose.
Romantic Antike (above) - dark peach rose, not too strong in fragrance but the large blousy bloom certainly makes up for it.
Pure Poetry - a "gentle" dark pink colour, large "old English" style rose with a gorgeous fragrance.
We love Bramley's hand wash and hand cream, in fact I can honestly say they are my total favourites. So when it came to re-stocking we couldn't resist their gorgeous candle made with a combination of rose absolute and spearmint essential oils creating a balanced and uplifting fragrance.
Bramley use the highest quality essential oils, 100% natural wax and are made from certified vegan ingredients sourced from sustainable crops. It does not contain paraffin, petrochemical or palm waxes and the wick is made of a lead free, natural fibre.
Burns for up to 50 hours and handmade in England.
The peony season is well and truly here and in my opinion the most prized and short lived season of any flower. The best are around for only 6 - 8 weeks (May-June) and I encourage every bride getting married at this time to use them somewhere.
The down side with peonies is that sometimes they don't open and this is usually because they have been cut by the growers too early. Always buy the best quality you can afford. One of my personal favourites is Coral Charm. The coral/orange colour is bang on trend (see Chelsea Flower Show 2016) and as it opens it fades to peach - so divine!
I love eating outside. When the summer sun begins to set and the light fades out come the lanterns, hurricane lamps and tea light holders.
The medina look is timeless (I'm besotted with Marrakech) and the rough luxe handmade items we stock from far flung places such as Rajasthan work perfectly in any garden. Most are made from copper, brass or zinc and look beautiful in the home as well as with a jug of summer blooms on a garden table.
There are times during the year when we buy showy flowers for the shop just because they're our favourites and Hydrangeas fit exactly into this category. Although not the cheapest blooms, if you compare this to their size, they are great value.
Hydrangeas love water and to be neck deep in water is their idea of bliss. It's always best to split their wooden stem to ensure they have the best chance of drinking - spraying the flowers is recommended as is avoiding them sitting in the sun. They sound high maintenance but definitely worth it!
It's the start of "Hydrangea Heaven" season that will last until the end of the Autumn varieties just before Christmas. These beauties are now available in our Salisbury shop.