Have you ever wanted something a little bit different for your front door wreath? Well look no further because the gorgeous Ellie from Honeybridge Flowers has been busy working away in her garden near Ashurst, West Sussex. She produces beautiful handmade wreaths that will give you something spectacular to wow your guests with this festive season. Available at Wild Sussex, Pulborough and in Spring Gardens PYO, Washington. Grab yourself the last few remaining before they go. The wreaths are perfect for indoors or outdoors and last an exceptionally long time.
Where did the idea to start Honeybridge flowers come from?
I have always had a passion for gardening. But my background is in fashion and textiles. When we moved down from London I finally had a massive garden, and I wasn’t quite sure what to do with it. So, at first, I became pretty obsessed with growing vegetables. It was never quite enough to feed the family so I ended up growing lots of different varieties of flowers. The wreath making came this year actually, I was often finding myself walking past florists in awe of the flowers and displays and I guess this was always in the back of my mind.
I decided to take an RHS gardening course, that gave me a lot more confidence with my techniques in growing flowers and my ability to produce beautiful things from my garden at home.
So, step by step I got to the point where I started making my wreaths, and the next thing was to sell them. So I began to attend farmers markets in Brighton and the surrounding areas. I still do farmers markets but now you can find my wreaths at Spring Gardens PYO in Washington, and also in Wild Sussex, Pulborough.
What’s the best part about your job now?
Probably the flexibility I have by working for myself. Working from my studio at home and the ability to be creative and do a job I love!
After the Christmas rush, what are your plans moving forward into Spring?
I plan to keep on doing the farmers markets, I currently go to Lewes every week and also Shoreham artisan every third Saturday of the month with my cut flowers in posies. I avoid plastic as much as possible so all the posies are wrapped in brown paper. Moving into Spring I would love to start providing some local florists with my cut flowers. I would love to move into some small events like dinner parties or supper clubs and dressing the tables.
My main priority is to keep everything I supply from my garden. It’s really important to me to be able to supply from my own garden and to not buy in flowers that I sell.
I would love to be able to get a polytunnel next year so that I could start a lot earlier with planting my flowers for the year.
If you would like to get your hands on a beautiful handmade wreath you can contact Ellie directly through her Instagram page @honeybridgeflowers or you can find them in Spring Gardens PYO, Washington or Wild Sussex in Pulborough.