A blooming floral blog fest


Let’s go full on with a floral extravaganza of a blog, inspired firstly by my gorgeous flowers in the garden. This amazing poppy which I brought inside finally decided to show its self… isn’t it amazing?

Talking of inspiration you can’t get much better than The RHS Chelsea Flower Show can you? It’s taking place right now and what beautiful weather it is for it. It’s probably the most famous garden show in the United Kingdom possibly even the world. This year‘s exhibits will include gardens based on health, well-being and back to nature, showing the positive effects nature and gardens can have on mental health. The show will attract 168,000 visitors this year and there are 28 stunning gardens to enjoy.

Married to a landscaper, it’s an important date, though always comes at “silly season” where he is just crazily busy so sadly we rarely have the opportunity to go along. We will have to console ourselves with the TV coverage and lots of gorgeous pictures on Social Media from friends who are there.

Someone else inspired by the Flower Show is of course Julie Bates, with Peony being the only faux flower company to be given the seal of approval from the RHS for the botanical accuracy of their incredible floral displays. Speaking of such incredible floral displays, et Voilà… the Today’s Special Value offer on Friday 24th May is this…

Just look at the sheer beauty that Julie has matched with her six exquisite, blowsy hydrangeas, handmade and with such fine attention to detail they are utterly believable, so very realistic and yes, long-lasting! I popped them in so many different places at home and it was really interesting seeing how the lighting changed the shade of the hydrangeas, mine are the beautiful Blue hydrangea but we also have them available in Pink, White and Green. I’m lucky enough to have hydrangeas in the garden, they do however require more work, ericaceous compost, well-drained soil etc. etc.

Whilst they are sensational when they flower, they cannot flower forever… Peony hydrangeas however CAN!! The stems aren’t sealed in the beautiful glass vase so it gives you the added opportunity to add real flowers or faux as you choose and the grey grosgrain ribbon is the finishing touch around the neck of the vase.

What a gorgeous gift to yourself, your home or someone you care about, a gift that keeps on giving. Top tip – blow with a hairdryer, waft outside in the breeze or a little dunk in the sink and a dry outside in the shade works a treat to keep them looking perfect!

So what else can I delight you with that’s floral themed… incidentally I wanted to call a daughter Hortensia which is an alternate name for hydrangeas… I wasn’t allowed – I think it could have been the possible nickname that ruined it!!

Joules Cottage Garden Floral 3 Piece Duvet Set 808409

So if a garden is not your thing, no space, allergies maybe, how about filling your bedroom with the beautiful colours of this cottage garden design bed linen from Joules… I love their designs – so quintessentially British and you can’t get more uplifting than this joyous design. It has a reduced price on our website at the moment and don’t forget you can always try it at home on your bed for up to 30 days. What a lovely mood that could put you in every morning, waking up in a cottage garden.

An admission of guilt now with my next floral piece – well who could blame me these delicious earrings by Betsy Johnson just happened to be on my dressing table at QVC. Now bearing in mind I share with Jackie Kabler and also Alex and Eilidh things need to be well labelled.

These were not! So in my ears they went and I loved them as did everybody this week on QVC, so I thought I’d feature them for you here on my blog, hurry and order as they are super and I’ve now ordered my own pair so there’s one pair less to go around!

When we first moved into our home some 10 years ago now, sweet peas were abundant and had entwined themselves everywhere in the back garden. Whilst Dan has created an amazing garden for us, there was something so beautiful and simplistic about my little vases of sweet peas I picked and had everywhere in those early days. So I searched our website and found we have some! Sweet peas from Hayloft, I also found another favourite of mine the Freesias, and if we’re going down this route I can’t not mention Wisteria. Oh and anyone getting married or commemorating a wedding day the Pensham Penstemons have three varieties Laura , Czar and…Wedding Day- how delightful! It’s a tap the app to order kind of day for sure!

I was given a pretty pink rose called Claire Bear for my 50th, named after Claire Squires who sadly lost her life in the London Marathon in 2013, do you have a flower named after you I wonder… I do hope you have enjoyed my floral extravaganza, I could go on but it’s a speedy shower required ahead of QVC.

A busy – when is it not – few days ahead with QVC, choir practice, and a dog show to judge! And a 50th spa day and night to indulge in… Nothing if not varied my life!!! So I had better get a wriggle on! Sending lots of fragrant, floral love to you all. Keep up to date with me here and on Instagram and Twitter – it’s always fun to keep in touch

Claire xx



  1. Leah May 23, 2019 at 12:37 pm -  Reply

    Hi Claire,

    How are you getting on with your new daith piercing? I would be interested to know as I have 38 body piercings and suffer really badly with migraine; I’ve often thought about getting mine done as nothing else (so far) has worked.

    Leah x

    PS: Your house looks beautiful!

  2. Claire Sutton May 28, 2019 at 10:53 am -  Reply

    It’s brilliant not one migraine since November and a friend I just recommended it to was suffering weekly – all stopped- worth a try I would say xxxx

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