Flowers can't solve all problems but they're a great start

'Immie's bouquet' by Lewis Woodham

Tulips, lilies, roses, peonies, hydrangeas; I’ll have them all!

My obsession for floral isn’t a new phase, more something I was born in to.

My grandparents had the most gorgeous garden; my Grandad used to try and educate me on where you should plant certain bulbs, what time of year is perfect for their flowering, and why you should never place sunflowers where they can overshadow others - if only we had a garden.

My first ‘surprise’ gift from Lewis back in our dating days was a bouquet of flowers - from that moment on I knew I had to somehow convince him to marry me…and get a better vase.

Within this post I will share with you some of my top picks in our flower vessel collection and how they are used throughout our teeny flat to bring some brightness to what is becoming a 'same same' environment.

“I know a bank where the wild thyme blows,

Where oxlips and the nodding violet grows,

Quite over-canopied with luscious woodbine,

With sweet musk-roses and with eglantine.”

William Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream

Since lockdown we have sent many flowers to friends and family as a way of saying ‘Happy Birthday’ from afar or just to put a smile on their face in all this uncertainty.

What we lack in an online service is the ability to visit our favourite florist Mad Lilies in Banstead and making our own unique bouquets whilst browsing the many gifts that are available in the shop.

Thankfully due to my inability to leave the store without purchasing something, we now have vases scattered across the flat holding bunches and single stems.

We purchased our 'milk jug' a couple of years ago in-store, its size is perfect for a small bunch.

Pink flowers are known to emulate positive attitudes including kindness and openness; so during these challenging times we have tried to source the brightest ones in stores - what a magical time for the Peony to come back into season.

Sitting on its lonesome on our bedroom windowsill is our adorable single stem flute.

This little flower holder is perfect for stems that you accidentally cut too small or simply can't squeeze into your larger jugs.

We often place a rose in the flute by my Grandad's picture as a nod to him.

We tend to keep our bedroom sides quite sparse so like to ensure that we have some blooms on top of our chest of drawers to brighten our least favourite corner of the room.

This thick glass jug housing tulips was purchased from Mad Lilies earlier this year.

Although this specific vase is no longer available they have the 'Wells Flower Vase' in stock online which is going straight into our virtual basket right away!

Sneaky ring snap...

Lewis will never be shy to admit that he shares my love for a bit of floral, and is why he always finds it an easy muse to work with.

When Lewis picked up a digital pen again in the latter part of 2019 the first thing he ended up drawing was a mini doodle of a lily; one of my favourite flowers and the central flower at my parents’ wedding.

I always knew Lewis was a secret drawer but the more mini pieces he created the more it was obvious; people needed to see these.

Now, this doodle is a print on the WOOD&HAM shop, as a reminder of where this all started not so long ago.

Check out our full floral print collection in the shop today.

Imogen Harry

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