A few weeks back an old school friend of mine sent me a little parcel out of the blue with three things – a tiny tin toy florist shop, a novel The Language of Flowers by Vannessa Diffenbaugh a dictionary The Secret Language of Flowers by Samantha Gray. I can’t tell you how much that little surprise sent with love made my day. For me flowers are love, finding them, growing them and sharing them.

Over the busy lead up to Christmas, a time full of surprises I’ve loved curling up with a blanket in the evening when everything is quiet reading both of these books. Since becoming a ‘flower lady’ (often seen in Wickham with a wheelbarrow of blooms!), I’ve been really struck by how flowers can bring such joy whatever the moment. They help guide us through the seasons. Last night I read it was the winter solstice, which means the evenings are going to start getting lighter and when all our celebrations are over we will see spring is coming when the first snowdrop arrives.

Christmas can be quite a reflective time, this week I was asked to create a tribute for a very beautiful lady; she loved spring bulb flowers, and that is what she got, at least a hundred of them. It was a complete honour to create something so pretty.

After our twins arrived, I bought three huge bunches of bright narcissi’s and paper whites. Not able to get out of the house much at that time these little spring flowers brought me so much joy in early January last year. These flowers will always remind me of that time, sleepy, happy, slightly foggy but hopeful time.

At the moment, as we get ready for Christmas and create the traditions that we all talk about and love so much, outside the buds and bulbs are growing. We can’t see them yet, but they are getting ready to bring us cheer once the festive celebrations and memories are made.

Audrey Hepburn famously said, ‘to plant a garden is to believe in tomorrow’, how beautiful and right she was. I’m really looking forward to our first Christmas as a family of five. It won’t all be perfect, but it will be ours and I’m very grateful.

Thank you so much for your support this year. I can’t tell you how much it means to me as we grow Sarah Guild Floral Design.

Sarah x

p.s. you can stay up to date with my flowery thoughts on Instagram and facebook, and if you’d like to learn more about spring bulbs, please join me at my favourite shop in Wickham Eliza Rose for a Spring Workshop