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It's all about the flowers!

This blog (for the time being) is not being updated.  If you would like to update yourself regularly on our activities (together with photos of our work), you may like to visit our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/oxfordflowers.  You do not need to be a user of Facebook to view this, however in order to comment you would need to sign in as a Facebook member.

If you would like to comment on our Facebook page or anything you see on this website, please go to our guest book page and leave us a comment, or e.mail us at flowers@flowersoxfordshire.co.uk

Thanks, 

Cathy at The Flower Shop

Ho Ho Ho!!

Yes, it's finally time for us to properly embrace the season of goodwill, so to begin with we thought we would list below all the Christmas goodies you can order from us right up to midday on Christmas Eve.  Whether it's a hand tied Christmas gift bouquet, a lovely fresh seasonal wreath for your front door or fresh floral decorations for your home, we hope you find something you like among the list of products below.   We will be adding more products in the next few days so please keep checking back.

If you order Christmas bouquets or arrangements from us before Friday 13th December, you will automatically receive a 20% discount on your order.  Call us on 01865 890695 or 07512 212283, e.mail us at flowers@flowersoxfordshire.co.uk or order online right here on our website.



Christmas door wreath using mixed fresh foliages and/or flowers and Christmas accessories, in your choice of colours, golds, silvers, reds, natural, etc. (please specify when ordering)


Prices - STANDARD £15, LARGE £25, LUXURY £35 







Christmas candle arrangement (you choose the size and how many candles you would like us to use).  Mixed fresh foliages and/or flowers and Christmas accessories, in your choice of colours, golds, silvers, reds, natural, etc. (please specify when ordering).  All colours and sizes of candle available in tapered or chunky style


Prices - STANDARD £20, LARGE £25, LUXURY £30 UPWARDS




Christmas hand tied gift wrapped bouquet using mixed fresh flowers, folliages and Christmas accessories, in your choice of colours, golds, silvers, reds, natural, etc. (please specify when ordering)


Prices - STANDARD £30, LARGE £35, LUXURY £40







Don't mention the C word!!!

We know it's probably a little early to mention the C word, but we need to let you all know that we are now taking orders and bookings for our Christmas products and workshops. If you would like to order anything Christmas and flower related from us, do let us know as soon as possible. Whether you require door wreaths, garlands, amaryllis trees, candle arrangements or anything else, we can deliver these to you right up to Christmas Eve. Or if you prefer to have a go yourself and would like one of our "make at home" kits ... no problem!

We also offer guidance with your creations, our floristry tuition is flexible, there is no set date as we work around you. Most of the fresh materials you need can be found in the garden or hedgerows so this really helps to keep costs down! We can come to your home or chosen venue for a one to one or with your friends for some pre-Christmas fun, or at your chosen venue for larger groups and clubs. We also offer tuition to children, something like this cute Christmas pudding perhaps?

For more details, call us on 01865 890695 or just pop a comment below :o)



Do you live and/or work in Chalgrove?  Then read on ... !

As many of you know, ten months ago we moved our business from Yarnton in North Oxford, where we had been for two years, to our home village of Chalgrove in South Oxfordshire.  We have been running the business online since then, the change was due to a decrease in "shop" customers and the increase in online and telephone orders.  We know many small businesses that have gone down this road and, though we were heartbroken to lose our little shop, we know now it was the right thing to do.  So far things have been going well and the increase in custom and not having to pay overheads like rent, etc., means our takings have doubled.  As many of you know, we still cover the whole of Oxfordshire and still have corporate and regular customers in North Oxford, particularly in Yarnton and Kidlington.

We would like to thank all of our customers all over the county for supporting our business and helping us to continue offering the best quality flowers at a sensible price.  We absolutely love what we do and we hope this is reflected in the products and service that we provide.

During our time in Yarnton, we offered those living and working in the village special offers and discounts on all of our products.  We would now like to offer these same deals to residents of Chalgrove and small businesses based here.

If you are a Chalgrove resident or you run a business based in Chalgrove, the following special offers are available to you from The Flower Shop ...

20% discount on your first gift bouquet order with us.

Buy one get one free on floristry workshop sessions.  This includes our Christmas wreath and wedding flowers workshops.

20% discount on wedding flowers regardless of amount for any booking from a Chalgrove resident bride or groom.  No catches or conditions!

20% discount on any funeral tribute order and FREE delivery on all funeral tribute deliveries throughout the county for Chalgrove residents.

50% off weekly corporate flowers for any Chalgrove business.  This includes reception flowers, washroom flowers, etc.  In return we ask for our business cards and occasional seasonal promotions to be displayed with the flowers.  Any staff members of a Chalgrove business which has a weekly, bi-weekly or monthly contract with us will be entitled to a 20% discount on their own personal flowers, regardless of where they live, for the duration of the contract.  This includes wedding flowers, funeral flowers and gift bouquets. 

Delivery to Chalgrove and many of the surrounding villages is FREE.  However, we do charge a flat rate of £3.50 for deliveries further afield.  Please contact us if you would like to know more.

If you have any comments or questions about any of the above, please contact us on 01865 890695 or 07512 212283 or by e.mail or by leaving us a comment on our webpage or Facebook page.

We welcome feedback, good or bad, about our products and services, so please feel free to write in our guest book here on the website.

Thanks,

Cathy & Liz  :)


Blog apologies!

We just want to apologise for the lack of blogness since Easter, we have been very busy with the wedding season now upon us.  However, the biggest problem is the time it takes to update on the website as opposed to the quick and easy task of updating our Facebook page.  It's a bit of a faff to be honest.  However, we are in the process of copying our recent Facebook posts onto this blog so look out for those.

If you are a Facebook user, our page www.facebook.com/oxfordflowers is updated daily so keep checking there to find out what we've been up to and to view lots and lots of photos!  Leave us a comment - we would love to hear from you with your feedback, especially if you have purchased flowers from us for whatever occasion.  If you're not on Facebook, you can still view the page without having to log in. :o)

Spring has sprung!!

At last, Easter is just about here and the sun is just about out, long may it last!  We love this time of year, it's all about beautiful spring flowers and chocolate ... isn't it?  Don't worry, we know for alot of people it means alot more than that, but whatever your reasons for celebrating Easter, we hope you all have a fantastic weekend whether it be with friends and family or just munching your choccie eggs in front of some Bank Holiday telly!

If it's Spring flowers and gift bouquets you're after, then we're happy to tell you we are once again offering some wonderful designs, from bouquets to baskets, buckets and bowls and just about everything else filled with our lovely fresh flowers. We have some great add ons ready and waiting including a fab Thorntons chocolate egg with luxury chocs for just £5 and even a FREE gift of a Thorntons Bramble Bunny with every Easter order!

As well as all this, why not get your thinking caps on for your own Easter displays? There are some fantastic ideas below or click on our Facebook page link (to the left of this blog, you don't have to be a Facebook member to view) for more inspiration, everything from flowers in egg cups to Easter trees!

Don't forget, we are always happy to offer advice and floristry tips to make things easier for you, whether you are tackling large scale church flowers for Easter weekend or having some floral fun with the children during the holiday. Or just creating something for your home with minimal flowers for maximum effect :o)

We are delivering all over Oxfordshire on all four days of the long weekend so if you are visiting a loved one and want to surprise them with a little bit of Spring in this cold weather, just call us on 01865 890695 or let us know on Facebook.

Happy Easter everyone! :o)





















Mother's Day - Sunday 10th March
Inspiration and Special Offers

No sooner have we said goodbye to Valentine's Day and Mother's Day creeps up on us!
And The Flower Shop are offering our customers an easy 3 step way to make Mum's day ...

Simply choose your colour scheme, your container or gift wrap and your
price range and let us do the rest ... there are no restrictions on how
you mix and match with our flowers and local delivery is FREE!

We can also deliver throughout Oxfordshire for as little as £3.50, even on Mothering
Sunday itself, so give us a call on 01865 890695 or 07512 212283, e.mail us at flowers@flowersoxfordshire.co.uk or order right here on our website.

Every order we receive before midnight on 28th February will receive
20% off their flowers and a FREE mini box of Belgian chocs for mum! :o)

Also available are cakes from fantastic local business, Shand's Cakes.
  Or maybe a cuddly teddy or colourful balloon to add to your flowers?

And once again PH Positive Photographic Studio in Bicester are offering a free
portrait photography session to all of our customers!  So if you were thinking of having
some lovely photos of you and your mum taken together, this could be perfect for you!

We've put some pics below to give you all some floral ideas and
inspiration for Mum's big day.  Just click on the photos to enlarge  :o)



















































Cakes!!!!

We are delighted to be helping a great local business, Shand's cakes, by promoting their fantastic range of cakes for Valentine's Day.  These cakes are ideal as a gift with or without a beautiful bouquet from The Flower Shop. Obviously, we think flowers and cake are a match made in heaven for Valentine's Day but then we are a little biased! :o)

You can buy the cakes pictured below from us or directly from Shand's Cakes by e.mailing them at shandscakes@gmail.com or phoning the lovely Nodene on 07921 228 355.

All of these cakes can be gift wrapped in whichever quantity you choose and can be ordered separately or as an "add on" to a flower order from us.

If you'd like to sample some of these delicious cakes with an equally delicious hot beverage, why not pop along to The Village Cafe in Little Milton? The perfect way to recharge your batteries and indulge yourself a little at any time of day :o)

We will be showing more products from Shand's Cakes in the future so look out for more seasonal treats for Mother's Day and Easter in the weeks and months to come!



Valentine's cupcake with double mini hearts
£1.50 each or £6 for 4



Valentine's cupcake with single large heart
£1.50 each or £6 for 4


Valentine's heart brownies
£2.50 each or £10 for 4

♥ ♥ ♥ GET MORE FOR YOUR MONEY THIS VALENTINE'S DAY! ♥ ♥ ♥




Some of you getting confused about our special offers this year for Valentine's Day, so here is an explanation of all of them ... exciting! :o)

OFFER 1 - 20% OFF YOUR FLOWERS

Order your Valentine's flowers from us before midnight on Friday 8th February 2013 and we will give you a no catch 20% off the price of what you order, this includes single red roses, arrangements and any of our bouquets.

OFFER 2 - 10% OFF A VALENTINE'S DAY DINNER

In addition, if you live in South Oxfordshire or maybe in another part of the UK and don't mind travelling for great food, take advantage of a 10% discount on your Valentine's Day meal at The Lamb, Chalgrove, also on all flower orders taken before midnight on 8th February.

OFFER 3 - FREE TEDDY, CHOCOLATES OR HEART BALLOON

Even more ... !! If your order is for £30 or more we will give you either a beautiful heart teddy worth £7.50, a mini box of luxury chocs or a fabulous Valentine's heart helium filled balloon FREE! This offer is available up to and including Valentine's Day itself!

OFFER 4 - FREE PHOTOGRAPHIC PORTRAIT SESSION

And lastly (so far!), the fantastic PH Positive Studio in Bicester are offering all of our customers a FREE portrait photography session and a FREE desktop portrait when they place a Valentine's flower order with us. So you can surprise your loved one with a portrait of yourself or perhaps make an appointment to go along and have photos taken as a couple or a family. Thanks so much to PH Positive Studio for giving our customers this amazing offer which can be taken on any order on or before Valentine's Day.

We hope all that made sense! If it didn't (or even if it did!), telephone us on 01865 890695 or 07512 212283 to find out more!


                                                           ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥





Make a big impression for less money this Valentine's Day! 



You may have noticed that some florists, especially those in the busier areas, are charging a huge amount for red roses this year.  And if you buy from a relay service this can be as much as a third more!

You don't have to spend a small fortune just to show someone you care. If you're thinking about sending flowers to your Valentine then please do give us a call, or take a look at our Valentine's Day album on Facebook (the link is just to the left of this blog).  Or, if you prefer, browse our order online section right here on our website. 

There are many different options to choose from if you're looking to make a real statement on  Valentine's Day.    Sometimes a lovely mixed bouquet of quality, long lasting, gorgeous flowers can make much more of an impact than red roses.  Not that we don't love the traditional red rose, but with all the florists bidding for the same flower at auction, they are bound to shoot up in price in the weeks to come.

Even just mixing a few red roses in with other flowers rather than going for an all red rose bouquet can save you money.  Or why not go for a rose bouquet in pinks and creams?

So don't rush to the supermarket and buy inferior quality flowers at the last minute this year, order your flowers from a proper florist.  Go for something different and really make an impression!

Any customers ordering by 8th February will receive a 20% discount on their flowers and a 10% discount on a Valentine's Day meal at The Lamb Inn, Chalgrove. Orders received before 31st January will receive the above PLUS a FREE Valentine's teddy and chocolates!

Call us on 01865 890695 

Brrrrrr!!!

We hope you are all managing to keep warm during this cold snap we're having.  Don't forget if you are stuck at home because of the snow and have just remembered someone's birthday or other occasion, it's so easy to send them a gorgeous bunch of long lasting, quality fresh flowers.  Just call us on 01865 890695 for delivery anywhere in the Oxfordshire!

Fresh flowers may not warm the hands and feet, but they certainly do warm the heart!



♥ ♥ ♥   Help us to help you!   ♥ ♥ ♥
Order Valentine's Day flowers early this year and claim some fantastic offers!



Ok, we have restrained ourselves for long enough!

In case you don't already know, Thursday 14th February is Valentine's Day! That's just 28 days away. Sounds like a long time but in floristry terms it's not very long at all, especially with the weeks flying by like they are!

So ... we have a little discount for those of you who are kind enough to order their Valentine's Day flowers early. As a thank you for helping us to work out just how many red roses we need to buy at auction ... gulp!

Here goes (drum roll!)

Any of our customers who place a Valentine's Day order before 8th February will receive a 20% discount on their flowers AND a 10% discount on a Valentine's Day meal at The Lamb Inn in Chalgrove. (Thanks so much to the Lamb for giving our customers this great offer!)

*If you don't live in Chalgrove, don't worry. We are hoping to announce further Valentine's Day offers from Oxfordshire traders in the weeks to come :o)

As well as this, the real early birds who order before 31st January will receive an extra gift of FREE Valentine's Day teddy and chocolates!

So, if you get your skates on and order quickly, you could end up with flowers, teddy, chocolates and a romantic meal for two, all at a discounted price! So what are you waiting for? Order today by calling 01865 890695 or 07512 212283 or online right here on our website.

We're excited, can you tell? :o)))

♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥



Happy New Year!  Love is in the Air!


Happy New Year to all of our customers and to anyone who is reading this blog and discovering our website for the first time.  As every florist knows, in just a few weeks. Valentine's Day will be upon us but, before we get into the heart shaped madness that all that brings, we thought we would share a bit of love of our own!

By which we mean that we would like to thank some of the lovely brides and grooms who we had the privilege of providing flowers for in 2012. A few of them have been kind enough to share a few photographs of their special day with us and, with their permission, we would in turn like to share them with you :o)

In our opinion, there's nothing like a few gorgeous wedding photos to make you feel all warm and fuzzy (and romantic!) on a cold January day! 

Enjoy!  :o)





Martin & Kerri-Ann
Lillibrooke Manor




Hazel & Ran
Worton Park




Catherine & Neil
Yarnton




Sarah & Tom
Worton Park




Katie & Tom
Heythrop Park




Lizzie & Stuart
Yarnton




Lisa & Brett
Begbroke




Sarah & Mark
Beckley




Vanessa & Mark
Blenheim Palace




Kayleigh & Richard
Hawkwell House




Laura & Peter
The Tythe Barn Launton









Christmas Floristry Made Easy!
Demonstration and Talk at Yarnton Nurseries Garden Centre





A reminder that tomorrow, Thursday 6th December, between 2.30 and 3.30 p.m., The Flower Shop will be presenting a demonstration of floristry tips and techniques to help you get the most out of your fresh flowers this Christmas without spending a small fortune!

This will take place at The Oasis Restaurant inside Yarnton Nurseries Garden Centre as part of their "Talks on Thursdays" series of events.

If you would like to learn how to make your own Christmas door wreath from scratch using foliages from the garden and hedgerows, this is the place to be.

We will also demonstrate how to make a simple candle table arrangement and show you lots of different ways that you can show off flowers around the home in really unusual and very cost effective ways, leaving you with more cash in your wallet for extra mulled wine and mince pies! :o)

Christmas Orders


Orders  are starting to trickle in for our Christmas arrangements, please let us know as soon as you can if you require any fresh flowers with a Christmas theme in the coming weeks, if we pre-order our Christmas flowers (that's red and white to you!), we can keep the cost right down for you and avoid the price rises at the flower auction! Just let us know through our contact page here on the website if you need anything or go to our
Order Online page.

You can also call us on 01865 890695, call or text us on 07512 212283
or e.mail us at flowers@flowersoxfordshire.co.uk

We also have Facebook and Twitter page links to the left of this blog page
if you would prefer to contact us that way.

For those of you who are flexible on delivery dates, delivery is FREE throughout Oxfordshire and deliveries will continue right up to 6 p.m. on Christmas Eve! :o)



Christmas Events


Just a quick blog post to let all our customers know about several Christmas events we are attending in the coming weeks ...


On THURSDAY 6TH DECEMBER at 2 p.m., we will be presenting an hour long talk and demonstration with the theme of "Christmas Floristry Made Easy".  Hopefully we will be inspiring attendees with a few simple ideas that can help them to make the most of their Christmas flowers with the minimum of fuss and expense.  We will also be taking orders for both contemporary and the more traditional candle arrangements, garlands and door wreaths.  We can offer advice on the design of these and orders can be delivered gift wrapped to anywhere in Oxfordshire free of charge should this be required.  Click here to find out more!




Then on MONDAY 10TH DECEMBER, between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m., we will have a table at the Christmas Fayre inside Hampden House on the Monument Industrial Park, Chalgrove.  Again, we will be taking orders for all of our festively floral products which, as before, can be gift wrapped and delivered anywhere in Oxfordshire completely FREE of charge!  Click here for more details!




A reminder to all local businesses!



A quick reminder to all local businesses out there! We can provide a fresh and exciting display for your reception area from as little as £5 a week! Your first display from us, no matter what size is always FREE and for the duration of the contract, all your staff will receive a fantastic 20% discount on any flowers ordered from us for any occasion, including weddings!

How about this for the week before Christmas? Ok, maybe not, I guess not everyone is a fan of the lovely brussels sprout!


Happy Hallowe'en!!

We hope you all have a lovely spooky day and evening!  Thanks to all of our customers who have been ordering our Autumn themed bouquets, one of our favourite times of year as far as flowers go, the colours are just gorgeous!


Forthcoming Christmas Events!



The Flower Shop are delighted to be returning to Yarnton Nurseries Garden Centre from 6 til 9 p.m. on the evening of Thursday, 15th November this year to take part in their Christmas Evening.  We will be displaying our handmade Christmas door wreaths, Christmas candle arrangements and other festive products including our beautiful seasonal handtied bouquets in sliver and gold and our (nearly famous!) floral Christmas puddings! All of our items will be available to order on the night for Christmas delivery right up to Christmas Eve.  So whether you need Christmas flowers for your fireplace, mantlepiece, staircase, dinner table or any other part of your home, we will be happy to advise you.

We will also be taking orders for grave wreaths in holly or pine and have some of our Christmas cemetary pot arrangements on display, the perfect way to remember a sadly missed loved one at Christmas.  We are happy to collect and re-use your own cemetary pot and create a stunning fresh arrangement for it or provide you with a brand new one, the choice is yours.  Again, both our grave wreaths and our cemetary pots can be delivered at a date and address to suit you, just let us know when you order.

As well as an opportunity to come and see us, the Yarnton Nurseries Christmas Evening is an occasion for all the family. There will be the opportunity to enter a FREE prize draw, take advantage of some special offers, listen to live music, and visit some of the concessions that will be open on the night.

Already listed as ‘star’ attractions are a fashion show organised by Edinburgh Woollen Mill. For the children, face painting and huskies to admire and learn about and a number of other festive activities. As usual, the nursery will be collecting on behalf of ‘Children in Need’.



Also with a Christmas theme and as part of the ongoing series of "Talks on Thursdays" at Yarnton Nurseries Garden Centre, The Flower Shop will be demonstrating Christmas floristry techniques between 2.30 and 3.30 p.m. on Thursday, 6th December.  This will cover the skills needed to create a variety of items, including door wreaths, table arrangements and garlands. We will also be happy to advise attendees and answer any floristry related questions. Do come along!

Competition Time!

Or just an excuse to look at these lovely boys?

Whatever!  :o)


Find out more at

http://www.funnyhowflowersdothat.co.uk/favouriteflower





Floristry tuition for all ages and abilities!

We thought we would display some photos to give you all an idea of what our floristry tuition is all about. We never seem to get the chance to take any decent photographs as we are too busy teaching, so sorry if they're not brilliant, but hopefully they will inspire some of you enough to give us a call and book yourselves in for an hour or two of floristry fun! 

Whether it be a seasonal class for your own enjoyment (Hallowe'en or Christmas for example), with a group of friends, or something like a children's party, corporate team building project or making your own wedding flowers, floristry workshops can cover just about any requirement! We can teach you on a one to one basis or in a large group and are also happy to teach children and adults with learning difficulties and special needs. Prices start from just £10 per person and you can take home what you've made. Contact us to find out more! :o)



Beautiful glassware delivered to your door!


Some of our new followers may not be aware that we sell lots of glassware here at The Flower Shop! All of our glassware items can be provided with or without gift wrap and we can even make a fresh floral arrangement up for you in your chosen vase or vases. And all for the same low charge of £3.50 delivered anywhere in Oxfordshire!

If you simply require a vase or vases for your own use, please let us know as, if you are happy to wait, we can usually deliver free of charge within days if we are out on another delivery in your area. We will be putting an album of all of our items here on our blog and in our online ordering section later so watch this space!


Not long now!!

It's not often we like saying the C word here at The Flower Shop but sometimes we have no choice! Yes that's right, CHRISTMAS will soon be upon us ... eeeep!!! Time to start thinking about what you would like us to create for you this year in the way of Christmas table arrangements, door and grave wreaths in holly, twigs, pine and variety of other materials, ivy garlands for stairs and mantles ... in fact, an absolute abundance of all things festive and floral!

If you would like to see some examples of what we made last year, take a look at our album, "Christmas at The Flower Shop" on our Facebook page by clicking on the Facebook link on this page. Or scroll down through our blog posts to find more photos and information about our Christmas products.

We look forward to receiving your orders in the weeks to come :o)


The Flower Shop is on the move!




We would like to let all of our customers know that from 1st October, we will no longer be situated inside Yarnton Nurseries Garden Centre.  We would also like to explain the reasons for this decision, so please read on to find out more ...  

During the past 18 months it has become very obvious to us that we are receiving most of our orders and contracts either online through our website and internet search engines or over the telephone.  Although we love having our shop as a showroom and a base for our business and we absolutely LOVE chatting to the people passing through the nursery, we have come to realise that, from a financial point of view, the shop is holding us back rather than allowing us to move forward.

We want to be able to offer our services to the whole of Oxfordshire and become a more flexible and efficient company.  So, from the 1st October, all of our orders will be taken online or by telephone.  Customers will still be able to e.mail us, view our Facebook page and our Blog for all the latest news and offers, or contact us with any enquiries via our website.

Becoming a more flexible business will mean that we can pass this flexibility on to our customers.  We will still offer free, no obligation consultations for our work, whether it be for weddings, sympathy designs, corporate events or workshops.  All of these will take place at a venue of the prospective client’s choice. 

We will still be available seven days a week and, with the exception of some of the Bank Holidays, every day of the year.  We will continue to stock the same products and provide the same high quality, fresh hand tied bouquets, cut flowers, floristry sundries and everything else a high street florist would provide.  Most of our products are already available to purchase online via our website and further products will be added to our online shop in the coming months, along with further improvements to the general layout of the site.

From a local point of view, our services will still be available in the Yarnton and Kidlington area and we will, of course, continue with our existing contracts and honour any offers made to local residents during our time at the nursery.

If anyone reading this blog post has any concerns or questions, please feel free to contact us via the usual e.mail addresses and telephone numbers, or via our contact page or through Facebook or Twitter.  At some point, the website address and other contact details will change but this will be a gradual process and we will be making the changes as seamlessly as possible.

We would like to offer thanks to all of our customers for their support in the past and also to Yarnton Nurseries itself for being such a great support during our time there.

Which just leaves us to say, let the adventure begin!  We can’t wait to become even better than we already are, if that’s possible!   

Thanks to all of our customers for their continued support.  

Cathy & Liz at The Flower Shop


 Floristry is Fun!!

** SPECIAL OFFER **

Two floristry class bookings for the price of one during September!





The Flower Shop Yarnton is the place to be if you love flowers!  Come and find out more about them, learn some tricks of the trade and discover how easy it is to create beautiful floral designs!

Dates for our floristry classes are completely flexible.  As we are open seven days a week and can also be available on or off site in the evenings,  this  means you can arrange your tuition at a time to suit you!  We are happy to teach individuals on a one to one basis or arrange more formal classes with groups of friends or local clubs.  Classes can be taught in our shop or off site at a venue of your choice.

We also offer tuition for adults' and childrens' parties, corporate team building and can cater for those with learning difficulties and special needs.  Floristry really is for everyone!

Here are some of the floristry workshops we have taught in the past ...

DIY Wedding Bouquets
Buttonholes and Corsages
Dinner Party Flowers
Hand Tied Bouquets
Garden Party Flowers
Contemporary Floral Design

Tuition starts from just £10 an hour if you provide the flowers and materials yourself. 

If you would like us to provide everything for you, we can do this from £20 per person per hour, depending on the design you choose to make and how many flowers and sundries you use.

We are also always happy to help floristry enthuisiasts with any technical or design problems they may be experiencing with their own floral arrangements.

Why not pop in to the shop or call us on 01865 373189.  Or e.mail us at flowers@yarntonflowers.co.uk you want to know more.

SPECIAL OFFER FOR ANYONE WHO BOOKS TUITION DURING THE MONTH OF SEPTEMBER 2012.  ADD A FRIEND TO YOUR BOOKING FREE!  THAT MEANS TWO OF YOU CAN ENJOY A CLASS FOR THE PRICE OF ONE!

We look forward to seeing you soon!

Cathy &  Liz     


The London 2012 Olympic Victory Bouquet





























We thought you might all be interested to read about the lovely bouquet that has been designed to present to the medal winners at the London 2012 Games.  We found it fascinating!

"It's a hard job, but someone had to do it. London florist Jane Packer got the assignment: finding, designing and producing 4,400 Victory Bouquets to be presented to the winning Olympic athletes, along with their medal.

She had a difficult remit: all of the flowers had to be grown in the UK, the packaging had to be completely recyclable, they had to be produced by local people, and all of the plants have to be reused. It's a miracle that she took it on!

The lovely, and very English bouquet, consists of four different types of roses sectioned into quadrants to mirror the 2012 logo. The roses being used are Illios (yellow), Marie Claire (orange), Wimbledon (green) and Aqua (pink).  The quadrants are then separated by English lavender, rosemary, apple mint and wheat which also provide a lovely fragrance.  All of the elements of the bouquet are home-grown with Landgard UK/Chessum Plants providing the roses, mint and rosemary. Long Barn in Hants are providing the lavender and Shropshire Petals, the wheat.

The 4,400 bouquets required will be made at the time of the Games with the help of floristry students from across the country.  The colleges involved are Writtle College in Essex, Adult Education College Bexley in Kent and Kingston Maurward College in Dorset.

As some of you may know, Jane passed away last year. It’s totally fitting that her legacy continues in the form of these Olympic Victory Bouquets, created in her signature style of grouping individual blooms."

Calling all businesses!  Amazing special offer!!

For the months of July and August, we are offering an amazing deal to all businesses, hotels, schools, etc., who decide to start using us for their corporate displays, reception flowers and events.
If you contact us within the next 60 days and sign up for weekly flowers, you will receive your first arrangement FREE of charge! Not only this, but for the duration of your contract with us, all of your staff or guests will receive a 20% discount when they buy flowers from us. This includes ALL of our flowers and services, including wedding and sympathy designs, floristry workshops and glassware.
Local delivery for all corporate orders is free and we can provide you with something fresh and funky for as little as £5 per week!
Contact us on 01865 373189 to find out more :o)



Blue is the colour!

So many brides asking for blue flowers for their weddings this year.  Difficult to find true blue flowers out there (as opposed to purpley-blue), but Delphiniums, Nigella and Cornflowers really are BLUE!  And look so striking with all sorts of colours.

Both of our weddings had a blue theme last weekend.  Sarah & Tom chose a stunning country style theme of sunflowers and blue delphiniums for their big day at Worton Park, while Rachel & Jon had a lovely mixture of cream, hot pink and blue in their flowers ... stunning!

Here are a few photos we managed to take in the shop last weekend.  Professional photos always look so much better of course, we are hoping our brides will let us post a few of these here in the coming weeks so watch this space! :o)


Yarnton Village Fun Day ... and a word about our floristry courses!

Thanks so much to everyone who came along to Rutten Lane Playing Fields in Yarnton yesterday and showed an interest in our floristry courses.  As this was an event to promote local clubs and classes in the Yarnton area, we took some of our flowers down to the Fun Day and had fun teaching the locals how to make buttonholes.  The weather was against us at first but it soon brightened up and we went from being wet to sunburnt in the space of a couple of hours!

If you are interested in finding out more about our floristry tuition (fees are as little as £10 per hour), please get in touch by e.mail or telephone, or just pop in and see us for a chat.  All of our classes are totally flexible on date, time and the amount you want to spend, we will always try and work to your budget with everything we do and are happy to teach large groups right down to individuals who just need a guiding hand with their arrangements.

Here's a few photos of yesterday, not many due to the erratic weather, but better than nothing :o)


Three lovely weddings!

In the past couple of weeks we have had three beautiful brides (and grooms!) to provide wedding flowers for.  Professional photographs always look so much better than ours, so as soon as we have these we will post them here.  But for now, here are a few of our own photos.  Thanks so much to Wendy & Graham, Catherine & Neil and Hazel & Ran for choosing us to be part of their big day!  Two more weddings this coming Saturday, looking forward to creating something special ... every single wedding is so different, this really is the best job in the world! :o)


Battle of the Brides!

This all seems like such a long time ago now (a year to be exact!) but if you missed seeing our flowers on Sky Living's Battle of the Brides (Episode 3 at Blenheim Palace), here are a couple of pics. We did lots more but haven't managed to get our hands on any more photos. We do, however, have a copy of the whole programme on dvd, so when we have worked out how to upload it, we will be sure to post a link here! :o)

Busy, busy, busy!!

Playing catch up with our blog posts again, so here is alot of them all in one go!  This is good of course as it means that we're busy and we love that!  More and more people coming into the shop or ringing us just to tell us how amazing our flowers are and how long they last.  This is because they are fresh!  It's not rocket science, fresh, good quality flowers are always going to last longer than those you see in the supermarket so make the sensible choice and buy your flowers from a florist, preferably us!

And on that note, we thought we would post some photos of our flowers in the shop and what they are called.  Just click on the photo if you would like a closer look!  In the months to come we are hoping to add more of these and also give you a bit more information about the flowers that we sell (time permitting!) as so many of you have asked for this.  Watch this space!

Let's start with so many people's favourite, the Gerbera ...






























Next we have the Gerbera's baby brother, the mini Gerbera (awww!!)














Beautiful parrot tulips, Dutch grown, also available in a variety of colours and available all year round








Beautiful lisianthus, lots of colours and varieties to choose from










One of our favourites, the funky green Anastasia bloom ...










Lovely purple liatris























Nutans Succession, also known as Protea, all the way from sunny South Africa













Ranunculus, great for weddings with its variety of colours and layers of petals.  In and out of season though, so get it when you see it!
















Limonium, better known to many as statice









One of the more unusual Dianthus flowers, Dianthus barbarus, this one is called "Green Trick"









A firm favourite in our shop, we always stock the lovely Aqua rose!










Beautiful blue Agapanthus








Firecracker, an appropriate name for a very funky flower!










Scented stocks or matthiola ... mmmmmmm!!










No they're not thistles, they're eryngium, or sea holly if you prefer!













Anemones, another beautiful flower that can be quite elusive at certain times of the year ...








Yay! Sunflowers (helianthus)








Allium Gladiator, when these are in season they are so cheap, and yet so striking



















Beautiful guelder rose or viburnum, perfect for weddings ...











Another fantastic little flower, Astrantia Roma, gives a real country garden feel to our bouquets and lasts for ages!















Veronica, some beautiful colours and varieties available in this ...




















Stunning Asiatic lilies, long lasting perfection and great value for money with so many flowers on one stem


















No it's not a furry brain, it's Celosia Argentea Cristata (you knew that!)


















Another variety of Celosia Argentea, this is Plumosa


















And finally (for today!), pristine and perfect, white Phalaenopsis orchids 

Time to celebrate with some red, white and blue!

Some gorgeous flowers from the market today, rather alot of red, white and blue, wonder why that is? :o)

Please let us know whether you need a "Jubilee" themed bouquet or arrangement this weekend,
we are open on both of the Bank Holidays!




Also in stock, fabulous Union Jack helium filled foil balloons, just £4.50 each! :o)



SPECIAL OFFER ON GLASSWARE THIS EASTER WEEKEND!

Take advantage of our amazing special offer this Easter weekend!  We are offering 20% off ALL of our beautiful glassware  until close of business on Easter Monday.  This includes our beautiful Vincenza coloured glass below :o)





Eggs, eggs and a few more eggs!  Oh ... and lots of flowers too!!

Well, we have hardly had time to breathe in and out since Mother's Day and Easter is upon us!  We're not going to say this is egg-cellent or tell you how egg-cited we are, that's all been done before :o)  What we will do is tell you that we are in ordering some amazing fresh flowers and other beautiful products to bring a little bit of Spring into your home :o)

Why not try making a beautiful Easter tree this year?  We have everything you need to give this a go, including hanging eggs, pussywillow, birch and twisted willow.  We also have an eggs-ceptional (oops!) range of Spring flowers too and can deliver something really beautiful to a friend or loved one for you, whether it be a bouquet, Spring basket or something a little more quirky and unusual.  Take a look at some of the ideas below to give you inspiration for your own creations!






Here's couple of Easter trees to get us started, a big thank you
to Helen Clayton for letting us use the photo on the right!









A few more funky ways to display your flowers this weekend!






Thank you!!

A huge thank you to all of our lovely customers this Mother's Day weekend, we had such a wonderful time making up all those beautiful bouquets! Not alot left in the shop now, looking very bare! We hope all your mums enjoyed their flowers and were well and truly spoilt all weekend long! :o)

Also thanks to all the entrants of our "Win a Bouquet for your Mum" competition, in which we asked you to tell us why your mum was so special with a prize of £30 worth of flowers. Our overall winner was lovely Katie, aged 10, who told us all about her wonderful mum's cooking skills! Here's a photo we took of Katie when she popped into the shop today to collect her prize :o)

Mother's Day Gifts - Ideas for every budget!

You don't have to spend alot of money to get a ""Wow!" from Mum this Mother's Day.  Not only are our long lasting bouquets fantastic value, we also have some more unusual ideas to bring a smile to Mum's face :o)

Below are some pictures of what we have in store to tempt you.  Most of our products are available to order online so please don't forget to browse there if you would like to save yourself some time and legwork!



The Flower Shop Yarnton Mother's Day Compeitition 2012

You may remember that last year we ran a colouring competition to win a bouquet of flowers for your mum for Mother's Day.  This year we want you to put pen to paper and tell us why your mum deserves flowers on her special day.  Up for grabs is a fantastic first prize of a £30 bouquet for your mum, plus two runners up prizes of a bunch of daffodils or tulips. 

Just write, in as many or as few words as you like, what is extra special about your mum and drop your entry into us here at The Flower Shop Yarnton inside Yarnton Nurseries in Sandy Lane, Yarnton.  Or e.mail your entry to us at flowers@yarntonflowers.co.uk.  You don't have to be a child to enter this competition, grown ups can join in too!

All entries must be received by Wednesday 14th March and the competition will be judged on Friday, 16th March.  Winners will be notified by telephone so include your full name and contact telephone number with your entry.

GOOD LUCK!!


It's Time to order your flowers for Mother's Day!
 
With just one week to go until Mothering Sunday, now is the time to pre-order your flowers
for delivery on Saturday 17th March or on Mother's Day itself, Sunday 18th March.
 
There are a number of ways you can do this, either come into the shop inside Yarnton Nurseries,
call us on 01865 373189, e.mail us at flowers@yarntonflowers.co.uk, order online right here on our website
(see the link on our home page) or if you are on Facebook, just send us a post or a message.
 
Our delivery charges for Saturday and Sunday are below:-

Yarnton  Kidlington  Begbroke  Cassington and surrounding villages
FREE

Oxford  Woodstock  Eynsham  Bicester and surrounding villages
£3.50

Abingdon  Didcot  Witney  Wheatley  Thame and surrounding villages
£5.00

Further afield
£7.50

WE ALSO OFFER A NATIONAL AND INTERNATIONAL DELIVERY SERVICE VIA FLOWERS DIRECT AND FLORIST2FLORIST


Thank you!

Just a very quick thank you to all the lovely couples who showed such an interest in our stall at The Oxfordshire Wedding Show in Oxford Town Hall last Sunday.  As usual, it was a great day, our second year of showing there and so fun to do!  We met some lovely people and even found time to network with a few other florists, cake makers and wedding suppliers in the local area :o)  Here are just a few photos of our work on the day:-


 And ... the roses are here!

Lovely delivery of our lush red roses yesterday, so exciting!  Time to get your romantic heads on guys and girls and get your order in!  You can either order and pay right here on our website or call us on 01865 373189, e.mail us at flowers@yarntonflowers.co.uk or even better, come in and see us and pick up your 20% off anything voucher for future use!  We have also added some more products to our Valentine's Day range so love is definitely in the air at The Flower Shop Yarnton!  :o)))  Here's a few photos of some of our favourites!



♥ ♥ ♥  Twelve Days to Go!!!  ♥ ♥ ♥

We can't believe we are already into February, where does the year go? This means we are now officially into Operation Romance here at The Flower Shop! Why not surprise that special someone this year by sending them a single red rose on Valentine's Day? Or really push the boat out and order a whole bunch!! You don't even have to leave your sofa/desk/bed (!!!) Just call us on 01865 373189, order online right here on our website, e.mail us at flowers@yarntonflowers.co.uk or text us at 07512 212283. Or even better, come in and see us at the shop and claim your 20% off voucher with every Valentine's Day order :o)))

♥ ♥ ♥

Congratulations to Kerri-Ann and Martin!

We felt privileged to be asked to provide the wedding flowers for Kerri-Ann and Martin on Saturday.  Beautiful Lillilbrooke Manor near Meadenhead was the reception venue and Kerri-Ann's choice of whites and blues for the big day looked absolutely stunning.  More photos to follow as we get them.  In the meantime, congratulations to you both, Mr. & Mrs. Doyle! :o)


It's that time of year again!

♥ ♥ ♥
Just over two weeks now until Valentine's Day is upon us! We are very excited by the beautiful roses we have ordered for the big day, take look at our some of the photographs below to get a taste of what's in store! ALL customers ordering Valentine's Day flowers will receive a 20% discount voucher which can be used for any future purchase on anything we sell :o) And of course, local delivery even on the day itself is absolutely FREE!!
♥ ♥ ♥



Breaking News!

Exciting news from The Flower Shop Yarnton!  From this week, we will begin adding our products to a new online section of the website.  Which means our customers will be able to order just about anything we stock online and have it delivered to themselves or a loved one.  Our online checkout willl enable customers to pay by bank or credit card or by using a Paypal account.  All this means our flowers, gifts and sundries will be even easier to purchase.  Keep checking back and go to the "order online" section from the home page to see which new products are being added daily! :o)

Here's to 2012!!

Happy New Year to all of our customers and blog readers, our hands seem to
have recovered well from all the holly wreaths we made in the run up to
Christmas and we are now ready to go again!

Already we are planning what to create for Valentine's Day which is just a few
weeks away, closely followed by Mother's Day and then Easter, it's going to be
a busy few months!  In between all this we will once again be exhibiting and
demonstrating our skills at the biggest and best wedding fair in town,
The Oxfordshire Wedding Show, on 4th March 2012 at Oxford Town Hall. 
Just type the following into your web browser to find out more!

http://www.oxfordmail.co.uk/theoxfordshireweddingshow

Speaking of weddings, we have a fair few of those coming up this year too,
the first of the year in just a couple of weeks.  We are hoping to update
this site in the coming weeks to include a new gallery section so we can
show off photos of some of the fabulous weddings and other events
we worked on in 2011.  So keep checking back to see what's new!

Oh and did we not say?  It's our birthday on 5th February, Happy Birthday to us!


Christmas Puddings sell like hot ... puddings!

We have just a few small puddings left in the shop so you need to get in quick on Xmas Eve if you would still like one.  These can be gift wrapped (as with all our other products) free of charge.  We are also still offering our FREE local delivery service on everything we sell right up to 4.30 p.m. on Xmas Eve :o)




We're the best!  Nothing like a bit of modesty :o)

There's not many flower shops that can confidently say they stock the best quality flowers around, but we think we may be the exception!  Our Christmas flowers are looking absolutely stunning.  Beautiful amaryllis in reds and creams, stunning roses, lilies and Christmas foliages and all manner of glittery Christmas accessories.  Whether you are looking for traditional or modern and funky, our arrangements are second to none.  Why not browse through our photos and let us know what you would like by phoning us on 01865 373189 or pop in and see us for a closer look?  Local delivery is FREE and this includes Christmas Eve!  So even if you have left it til the last minute it's not too late to send the perfect gift :o)



Delicious (looking!) Christmas pudding available to order and buy in the shop.  Prices are £20 for a small pud and £30 for a large one :o)






Candle table arrangements in various designs, colours and prices made with the finest quality fresh flowers and foliages.  Come in and choose an arrangement from our shop selection or let us know what you would like and we can make an arrangements to suit the style and colour of your Christmas table. Generally, prices start from £20 but we can usually make something pretty amazing according to how much you would like to spend.


















We also have a huge range of Christmas flowers and accessories to display in every room, giving your home a real Christmassy feel. 
Lots of inspiration here and something for every decor and taste.
























































We also stock a huge range of quality glassware and ceramics, ideal as a gift at Christmas or indeed any time of the year.  Here are a few photos of just a small example of what we stock, come into the shop to see what else we have to tempt you!



















                                                                                                                                         We are also selling these gorgeous little holly wreaths, ideal for putting on the grave of a loved one or just for hanging around the house.  Handmade by us (ouch!) and only £6.50 each!














And last but not least, the ultimate gift for the one you love, a beautiful fresh bouquet in luxury gift wrapping, aqua packed and ready to go!  Grab one in the shop while stocks last or order from us for delivery or collection, simple!  Our standard prices are £25 for a standard bouquet, £35 for a large bouquet and £45 for a luxury one, but we are happy to make something for you for any amount in between!


Christmas floristry classes start from 1st December!






















Well folks, it's December tomorrow!! Christmas is well and truly here in The Flower Shop and to kick this off we are excited to announce we are now offering CHRISTMAS FLORISTRY TUITION right here in the shop and date and time to suit you! Simply tell us what it is you would like to make, in what colours and style, and what date and time you would like to come in and do this, and we will do the rest! For just £20 an hour, we will will provide you with our expert guidance and all the materials and tools you need to make your own stunning CHRISTMAS CENTERPIECES, CHRISTMAS DOOR WREATHS, GARLANDS or other BESPOKE DESIGNS, either traditional or contemporary. So what are you waiting for?  Call us on 01865 373189, e.mail us or just pop in and see us to book ... it's that easy! :o)

Bouquets and Arrangements are now available to pre-order for Christmas!

The Flower Shop Yarnton are delighted to announce that we are now taking orders for the following Christmas goodies which are available for collection or delivery right up to Christmas Eve!

Christmas door wreaths using quality fresh flowers and foliages

Fresh Christmas table arrangements, traditional and contemporary, with or without candles

Fresh Christmas bouquets in a huge range of designs and prices

Christmas garlands, mantle and fireplace displays and other fresh items made to order

The photos shown here are examples of our Christmas designs to give our customers an idea of what we are able to create.  These are just a guide however, and we are happy to be guided by you, whatever style or colour scheme you have in mind.  We can also add accessories such as lights, twigs, baubles, etc., if desired.

Customers who pre-order Christmas items before 30th November will receive a 10% discount!  This includes e.mail, telephone and shop orders.

All our delivery charges are extremely competitive and local delivery in the Yarnton and Kidlington area is FREE!

We will also being selling all the sundries and accessories you need to make your own Christmas arrangements and can even offer tuition right here in our shop for both adults and children.  Please ask if you would like to discuss this further.