Although the doors to my little flower shop have been closed as of late – my floral endeavours have been continuing albeit in more of a fantastical way as the Crooked Hen and I’ve been busy creating some plants which would struggle to find a definition in any botanical guide!

However, although I have also continued to indulge in some more floral design for our ‘real’ world – my thoughts have been of another design albeit tinged with sadness.

For with the death of my wonderful Grandmother one early April morning and a eulogy to deliver during her memorial service in York – I also created a tribute to her with flowers.

Calling up her gentle nature and graceful poise, as well as a nod to her favourite colour of blue, I gathered up armfuls of the palest Sea Holly, cheerful daisy Chrysanthemums symbolizing joy and added stems of elegant miniature spray carnations which I finished with lush fern and speckles of spicy grey eucalyptus.

After arranging these flowers in a rustic basket and inspired by my Grandmother’s ethereal nature, I then added several wisps of Bear Grass as a finishing touch and as I thought about this ‘Portrait of Grandma in Flowers’ the words of Brian Jacques came to mind:

Don’t be ashamed to weep; ’tis right to grieve. Tears are only water, and flowers, trees, and fruit cannot grow without water. But there must be sunlight also. A wounded heart will heal in time, and when it does, the memory and love of our lost ones is sealed inside to comfort us.

"Of All Romances in Miniature - Perhaps This is the Best Shape in Which Romance can Appear" ~ Lord Byron

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