Roses on the move…

After a hectic few weeks I have finally managed to get my loved up window in ready for Santes Dwynwen tomorrow and Valentines day next month!

This window was inspired by a televised performance by Ed Sheeran. Although in this blog you can’t see it the roses in the center piece are rotating! (check out the facebook post to see it in action). With rose petals cascading from the ceiling and rose petals scattered on the floor it has turned out just how I imagined it in my head. Sometimes the ideas I have are quite far fetched so its always good to have one come to fruition without having to compromise on the way I wanted it to look.


The order book is now open for both Santes Dwynwen and Valentines day.

Judith x x x

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One epic funeral…

Towards the end of last year I was asked to do sympathy tributes for a very well loved man. As the first orders came in I knew it was going to involve what I call ‘epic’ tributes. Over the next two days the orders for epic tributes stacked up and with 24 hours until the collection time for the funeral we took drastic measures! We closed the shop to all walk-ins to allow the time to be dedicated to the tributes that needed to be done. As well as closing the shop for the day I also had to work deep into the night and have a very early start the final morning in order to make sure that all the tributes were finished in time and finished to a high standard.

The tributes filled the floor of the shop and so although I tried to get photos of each tribute I found I did not have enough space to move them to allow a clean photo to be taken. The photos I have taken are good enough bearing in mind I was tippy toeing around the tributes. Some tributes I did not get a chance to take a picture of completed, I only put the letters on to the stands just before they left the shop.

So below are the tributes for the most epic funeral I have ever done! It pushed me to my absolute limit time wise but the sense of achievement when I had finally finished was immense. I pride myself on being a floral designer and these tributes were just that…floral designs!

I was asked to do a replica of the gentleman’s flat bed truck and his caravan. It was the gentleman’s actual flat bed truck that parked outside the shop on the morning to collect all the tributes and the tributes filled the back!


A  lying down white whippet x lurcher with tan patches on its eye and its back. Also a standing  white lurcher with black markings.  (and my foot!)


Lettered tributes of DAD, GRANDAD and SPECIAL HUSBAND. Some of the letters had red rose and white gypsophila sprigs on them. (In the photo not all of the letters are on their stands)


A David Brown 900 series tractor with a front loader and a black cob horse with black mane and tail and with a white star and white socks.

For the tractor design I brought in the expertise of my husband who knows his tractors! Where I was able to ask relevant questions regarding the horse design (horses are my hobby), I knew without being shown a photograph of the tractor I was clutching at straws. My husband joined the consultation and quickly established exactly which tractor design was required.

The mane and tail of the horse was made using black bear grass and, along with the other animal designs, had a googly eye!


A 3D push button accordion. I loved making this design but boy was it heavy when finished! I love the detail of the push buttons which appeared on the back of the design as well as the front


Closed hearts in white. One with a red rose sprig and blue ribbon outline and the other with a yellow rose sprig and a yellow ribbon outline.


A red rose heart and a yellow rose cross. The red rose heart was a whopper and along with the sash ribbon I used bear grass to give it some accents. The cross was outlined in yellow ribbon and featured smaller yellow roses going down the cross as well as being in the sprig.


A 3D chaffinch and a bird cage design with yellow roses and yellow freesias. The chaffinch was one of the most difficult tributes to do. I do think, however, that which ever tribute I was working on in the small hours when I was physically and mentally exhausted would have been tough to complete. I left the shop that night at silly o’clock and was not happy with the chaffinch design. Whilst I grabbed a few hours shuteye I planned how I would tweek the design to make it look like it should and reworked the design early the next morning. The 3D shape was difficult to work with and if I was to make this design again I would not bother ordering in a ready-made oasis base design, I would make one myself. I felt that the bird sat too close to the base it stood on and didn’t give me the room I needed for its tail to sit right in the design. When the chaffinch left the shop I was extremely happy with it but as a floral designer I constantly critique my own work and figure out what I would do in the future to make a design better. In this case making my own 3D bird base would have been better!


A large purple and white casket spray and individually wrapped red roses.


I want to thank the family for putting their trust in me for the second time last year and for not being afraid to show me a picture and ask ‘can you make this tribute for me?’

A big thank you must also go to my supplier who moved heaven and earth to get the flowers to me and who day in day out provide J’s Bouquets with top quality flowers.

Whenever I am busy, pushed for time and starting to think ‘I am never going to get it all done in time!’ I just look back on those crazy 24 hours and think ‘well if I managed to do all that I sure as hell can do this!’

Much love

Judith  x x x

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Happy New Year…

Just to wish all our customers a happy and healthy 2018! We hope you all had a fabulous Christmas and a great New Year. Thank you for all your continued support and we look forward to the year ahead.

Judith x x

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Llyn Peninsula hedgerows….

A very popular theme that I have found to be requested this year is the ‘wildflower’ look. This is especially true for the hand tied bouquets that go out. Mothers day in particular saw a vast number of ‘wildflower’ type bouquets being delivered all over the Peninsula and I have to admit, if I am given free reign (florists choice) on a bouquet it usually has a wildflower-thrown-together look! Maybe because that’s the type of bouquet I would like to receive!

I have found that this trend has branched across into sympathy tributes. The following tribute was completed with the following brief; to replicate the hedgerows of the Peninsula with a wildflower look…


On this tribute I positioned the gypsophilia slightly more out of the design than I normally would so that it replicated the white cow parsley that is so often seen in the hedgerows on the country lanes.

A similar tribute I did also had a wildflower look to it…

This tribute was a monster of a tribute. It had to be moved off my work counter while I finished it so I was able to walk all the way around it and view where more flowers needed to go. As for carrying it…that is where my husband came in as there was no way I could manoeuvre it by myself!

The above tribute is NOT a wildflower tribute as the loved one wanted a much more structured look. I have added this tribute to highlight the difference between the two styles. The use of the long aspidistra leaves in this tribute give a very structured look to the tribute whereas in a wildflower look tribute I would use soft ruskus to give the ‘wispy’ look to the design.

Once again the greatest of respect to all those who have lost a loved one and have asked J’s Bouquets to design tributes that are fitting.

Judith x x x

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Just something a little different….

At J’s Bouquets we are always on the look out for stock that is a little bit different. When I am looking at new lines of stock I always think ‘would I buy this?’. I would never stock anything in the shop that I myself would not buy and I am always on the look out for little gifts and (around Christmas time) stocking fillers.

I recently purchased some new lines and they are proving to be quite popular!


These fairy doors are perfect for in a youngsters bedroom. Just fix the fairy door to the skirting board and the fairies instantly have a way into the house when it is time to come and collect say a tooth!


Also available are Fairy Keys. These keys unlock any door allowing fairies easy access without having to struggle through double glazed windows!!

The Candy Skull range is very popular right now. These skulls are money boxes and are available in pink, blue and black.

We also have a range of fun gifts that, even though they are fridge magnets, they are the perfect size to slide into an envelope to go along with a bouquet! The slate markers are multi purpose. As well as using them in your garden they can also double up as name place markers at a wedding or party.

There are plenty of other gift ideas in the shop so do feel free to pop along and see what we stock!

Judith x x x

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Art area….

Since having the amazing pieces of art by Peter Mattinson on our walls we have ventured even further with supporting Peter and his works. We now stock several of his prints in various sizes as well as a selection of his prints on greetings cards. We now have a dedicated area in the shop for the artwork allowing customers to browse the pieces all in one place.


We also have Peter’s latest original piece entitled ‘Welcome to Wales/Croeso I Gymru’. As well as the original we also have prints in various sizes.


This painting has a real flavour of North Wales and its strong link with rugby. All I need now are my stepladders to get it mounted on the wall!

Feel free to come and browse through the artwork, it really is something a little bit different…

Judith x x x

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The season of peonies…

For only a short time each year the beautiful peony is out in force. My ultimate favourite is the pink Sarah Bernhardt peony. It arrives to me as a tight ball and once it begins to open its fragrance is divine!

The other day I had a very lucky recipient receiving a peony bouquet and it was a bouquet I could quite easily have kept for myself…

As well as the peonies it had scabiosa, alstromeria, gypsophilia and spray chrysanthemum ‘cello’. The fragrance from the bouquet as I was making it up was heavenly. Many people come into the shop and comment on how lovely the shop smells. Unfortunately I have gone nose blind to the fragrance of the flowers that I stock in the shop but when a flower comes into the shop that is not stocked on a regular basis I thankfully can enjoy its fragrance! It is a travesty that peonies have such a short season starting from mid May and running through to early July. If peonies are the dream flower for your wedding then make sure you book your wedding with the short season in mind!

Judith x x x

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