About Me

How I got to where I am today…

I have worked in florist shops for over ten years, learning my trade hands-on whilst also studying Floristry at college.  My love of flowers and design hails from my childhood.  My parents have always had a garden full of colour; Mum is the arty one who inspired me to get crafty! Originally I studied Industrial Design, but I soon realised that Floristry is where my heart really lies. 

 

Which flowers would make up my dream bouquet…

This depends on the time of year.  I’m always attracted to something new or that I haven’t used for a while.  That’s the great thing about floristry – the changing of the seasons brings a fresh variety of flowers, colours and textures.  As we're now finally starting to see the signs of Spring, I’m drawn to the fresh combination of zingy lime greens and white and splashes of yellow.  The sight and scent of Narcissi can't help but make me smile!

 

Where I find inspiration for my floral designs…

Apart from scanning floristry journals and wedding magazines, I have an addiction to Pinterest.  Its great for picking up ideas and current trends.  You can quickly create moodboards of images as a reference for your client too.  Otherwise, simply playing with combinations when I have a spare moment can be a productive way of coming up with surprising new ideas.

 

What I enjoy most about my career…

Floristry can be a challenging, but rewarding job too.  I love seeing a whole event through from start to finish; from the first consultation to the delivery and set up on the day.  You get to know your clients and feel their excitement as the day draws nearer.

 

Why ‘gladysDoris’…

In loving memory of my Nan (Gladys) and Grandma (Doris.)  Family legend has it that I was almost named after my grandparents, but it was a difficult choice; would it be Gladys Doris or Doris Gladys?

 

My ideal day off…

Spring is upon us and hope of sunny days to come.  I’m looking forward to Sundays walking the dog at Port Meadow and taking her for a swim in the river there.  Then ideally home for a roast and an afternoon with either a lap full of crochet or a new sewing project.

 Ruby