We invited floral Blogger Rona of Flowerona to share her week in pictures…
Hi. My name is Rona Wheeldon and I write a flower-inspired blog called Flowerona
I’m delighted to be invited by Laura Ashley to give you an insight into my week as a blogger and freelance writer…and this week turned out to be quite an exceptional one!
Monday, 24th September & Tuesday 25th September
It started off slowly, with a lot of time spent at home in front of the computer in my office.
With my big mug of tea, I was at my desk by 6.30am on both Monday and Tuesday. First of all, I checked that my blog post for that day had gone live. Then I promoted it with a link on Twitter and Facebook.
Next, using Google Reader, I scanned through all of the blogs that I follow. If I found a particular blog post which I thought my Twitter followers might find of interest, I scheduled a tweet with a link in Twitter, using Hootsuite.
Then I tackled my email inbox, compiled blog posts for that week and drafted some magazine articles.
On Tuesday afternoon, I took the train to Bristol to stay overnight with friends.
Wednesday, 26th September
On Wednesday morning, I took the train to Bath…such a beautiful city!
I’d been invited to attend one day of a Four Week Career Course at the Tallulah Rose Flower School.
Visiting flower schools is one of the aspects of my job as a floral blogger that I absolutely love…
And it was such a pleasure to meet Rachel Wardley, the school’s Creative Director, and her students.
Our task for the day was to create two floral designs under ‘shop conditions’. So, we had a brief, a budget and a timeframe.
First of all, we had to make a hand-tied bouquet suitable to be presented to a new mum to celebrate the birth of her baby girl, using a predominantly pink colour palette.
We had a wonderful choice of flowers and foliage sourced by Rachel that morning at the local flower market. They included ranunculus, roses, skimmia, hydrangeas, scabiosa seed heads, eucalyptus and eupatorium.
And here’s my design below…
After lunch, our brief was to make an autumnal arrangement for a hotel reception desk. And this time we used an orange, pale yellow and red colour palette…
I so enjoyed my day…Rachel is such a fabulous teacher and she’s created a wonderful learning environment for her floristry students. Shortly afterwards, I featured my visit to her flower school in a blog post on Flowerona.
Thursday, 27th September
Back at home, I started off the day catching up on emails, Twitter and Facebook. And I also wrote some blog posts.
Then, in the evening, I made my way into London for a book launch.
Author and photographer, Dianne Cottle of Catch Compose had written her first book called ‘The Art of the Creative Entrepreneur.’
It was lovely to meet Dianne and also catch up with rose specialists, Sabine and Anian Schmitt from Only Roses who were featured in the book.
Friday, 28th September
On Friday, I went to the National Wedding Show at Earls Court in London.
After the catwalk show, I headed straight to the Designer Flower Zone.
It was great to see some old and new faces amongst the florists exhibiting there and I took lots of photos of their stands.
I’ve have been featuring the images on Flowerona as part of my Wedding Wednesday blog post series, which helps give brides-to-be inspiration for their big day blooms.
Here are just a selection of the beautiful wedding flowers at the show.
First of all, two bridal bouquets from Claire May Sankey of Lily & May and Clare Luke of The Traditional Vintage Flower Company who were exhibiting together under the umbrella name, Fabulously Floral Vintage.
And secondly two floral designs from Wildabout.
When I returned home that afternoon, I collapsed into our Laura Ashley armchair with a big cup of tea and some chocolate, before heading back up to my office.
I hope you’ve enjoyed this insight into my working week. If you’d like some daily floral inspiration, simply pop over to Flowerona