This little adventure was a labour of love. Hattie came to me and mentioned the Peter Rabbit theme she was using for her daughter’s Christening in early October. Immediately, I wanted to create something that would give a nod to Mr McGregor’s garden. After watching and reading the Beatrix Potter books from an early age, I felt as if I knew him and his garden and so I set to work.
Logistically, this was on paper, a small nightmare! Driving all the conditioned blooms 300 miles north, and staying in a hotel, I wondered if all the plans I had made were going to help me pull this off! Thankfully, my preparations, my research and my meticulous planning paid off, and both myself and the flowers turned up safely in one piece!
The Christening was at 10am, and I had 3 hours to put everything together, whilst Arabella’s parents were also trying to set up their home ready for guests after the church service. Outside, I created a country cottage feel, using soft foliage and flowers such as foxgloves, and other seasonal flowers. The wooden steps were set up, with a meadow boxed at the top in a wicker basket, and jam jars on the rungs. The table had small jam jars and vases with the same collection of flowers inside them too. Then, inside, I created an urn filled with ruscus and Dahlias, as an injection of bright colour in their neutral coloured kitchen.
This small event had the same care and detail added to it, as any large event would. Transforming the space with some seasonal flowers made it a little more special for the family, and it was a pleasure taking a road trip up to help them celebrate such a special day with everyone.