Magnificent May

WOW WOW WOW What a month we have had here at Persephone Violet HQ! It have been a crazy month and we couldn’t wait to share every minute with you. 

May has been a really busy month for Persephone Violet. Emily has been to London twice, created wonderful flowers for a number of weddings a couple we have featured on this blog and she also attended and sponsored the Cirencester Chamber of Commerce awards evening, oh my we have been busy!!

RHS Chelsea Flower Show – Young Florist of the Year

Here it is in Country Life!!!

So first off we are proud to announce that Emily won a Bronze medal at the converted RHS Chelsea flower show. It is a huge achievement for any florist to get to exhibit at Chelsea, but to get to the finals of the Young florist of the year competition is even more impressive. This is the second year Emily has made it to the finals so as you can imagine she is over the moon with her achievements after creating a beautiful Carnival inspired headdress. Not only did Emily come back with a medal but also a picture of her headdress was featured in Country Life magazine only three of the sixteen competitors were chosen to be featured!

And here are some fab photos of the headdress in production and close up’s of the finished product. Thank you to Ceira Crainer a wonderful friend and an even better photographer for helping Emily capture the wonderful photos with such vibrancy.


Emily’s story has also been the talk of the town! Both the Wilts and Glos Standard and The Gazette and Herald have taken a keen interest in the story. You can read the write up in both of these papers using the links below.

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A painting made out of flowers – yes you read that right a painting made entirely out of fresh flowers

This was a TOP SECRET project that Emily had to keep under wraps for over a week!!! We are so pleased to be able to share with you all this amazing project from start to finish.

At Chelsea Emily was invited to take part in another amazing large scale project less than a week later. The flower council of Holland – the people behind organized a large scale exhibition that was to be displayed in Trafalgar Square for 5 days outside The National Gallery. Emily worked on the 35m2 living flower recreation of Ambrosius Bosschaert’s painting ‘A still life of flowers in a Wan-Li vase’. 13,000 purple Zantedeschia were used in this huge scale project with another 20,000 other mixed flower stems. It stood at 6.2 meters tall by 4.6 meters wide. The real flower painting recreation was on display between Thursday 2nd June and Monday 6th June 2016. It weighed an incredible 1,815 kilograms and used over 100 blocks of oasis. It even had its own watering system in place to keep it fresh whilst open to the elements. Emily had an amazing time working tirelessly to finish this huge design with 25 other florists over two days. This project isn’t something that comes around in the average florist’s career and Emily is so pleased to have been able to go back to London in order to take part.

See some of the photos from the project below. Thanks goes to The Florist Magazine for capturing some great shots, that they kindly shared with us all!


In between Chelsea and the huge scale painting project Emily had two weddings to complete. Both were beautifully different, and both weddings had such good weather too!

Congratulations Elizabeth and David who were married at Oaksey Church on Saturday 28th May 2016.

Elizabeth and David went for a blue, white and yellow colour scheme with seasonal summer flowers. The theme colours came about from small blue tiles that were used on the suits and also inspired the bridesmaid’s dresses. A few of these tiles were used in the bind of the bouquets and also on the buttonholes. Flowers that were used include Freesia, Hydrangea, Veronica, Nigella, Peony, September Flower, Tanacetum, Rosemary and Delphinium. Such a wonderful rustic choice of flowers, which all complimented each other perfectly. See some of the designs in the pictures below.
Congratulations must also go to Jo and Steve who were married at Winkworth Farm on Sunday 29th May 2016. A yellow colour theme was chosen by this lovely couple. Sunflowers were a big influencing factor in the choosing of the flowers for the venue. The bridal party flowers used just one variety of rose – ‘Crème de la Crème’ a beautifully pale yellow rose. In the table flowers a number of flowers were used and arranged in rustic troughs. These included Sunflowers, Solidago, Tanacetum, Chrysanthemum, Spray Roses, Carthamus, Asclepias, Eucalyptus Paviflora, Danea racemosa and Trachelium. Again see a few images of the designs below.

Cirencester Chamber of Commerce awards

So before Chelsea, The flower painting project, and some lovely weddings Persephone Violet attended and provided the flowers for the Cirencester Chamber of Commerce awards. Emily was also nominated for Young Business person of the year, which she went on to WIN! IMG_4810

For the tables this year we did twenty table centres all based around Persephone Violet’s colours, and the theme of success, achievement and determination which are all qualities you need in business! See below for the meanings of each flower used in the design. These meanings are only a few chosen that represented each flower that were suited to the theme of the event.

Rosa ‘Memory Lane’ – Enthusiasm, Desire

Hydrangea ‘Rodeo purple’– Generosity, Delicate beauty

Hypericum ‘Lucky Romance’ – Happiness, Cheerfulness

Rosmarinus officinalis – Remembrance

Eucalyptus nicholii – Healing, Spirituality

Eustoma ‘Piccolo Violet’ – Appreciation

Cymbidium ‘Anderson green’ – Beautiful lady, Blessedness

Viburnum ‘Snowball’ – Faithfulness

Allium ‘Gladiator’ – Success and motivation

Allium ‘Purple sensation’

Rosa spray ‘Ocean Mikado’ – Passion, Desire

Anastasia blooms – Luck and generosity


So Chelsea flower show, Cirencester Chamber of Commerce awards, a huge installation in the middle of london’s most famous square and a number of weddings and events – May has been utterly amazing!

We would love to hear your thoughts on this months series of wonderful events – do let us know by commenting on this post, posting on our Facebook page or by sending us an email @!

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