As I turned the page into 2024’s diary, I’m genuinely really excited about the year ahead. Finding a great balance between floristry and family has always been a goal here. So my plan is to work as much as I can whilst still being there for my three children and wider family. It’s hard not to be reflective at this time of year, especially when 2023 was a year of so many beautiful flowers.

I was blown away proud to have reached Regional Finalist in The Wedding Industry Awards for South Central. I got my glitter on and went to the awards ceremony and saw lots of fellow suppliers who are absolutely at top of their game, it felt like a proud moment to be amongst them. Looking back over the last year’s work made me feel so grateful for my floristry work and where it’s taken me.

Floristry or ‘flowering’ as I sometimes call it has led me to meet some of the most treasured people in my life. I have enjoyed each job, from working on some stunning Wedding Briefs of dreams, to creating backstage flowers for The Wickham Festival. Smaller, and perhaps quieter work has included donating sets of bud vases for our local lunch club, and various voluntary jobs in and around Wickham.

I have loved freelancing amongst fellow local florists and flower growers over the past year to create table arrangements, build festive window displays and deliver epic Wedding installations at big Hampshire venues. It’s so fun getting to know new teams and gaining colleagues whilst learning new skills along the way.

Last year, I made a commitment to get out and about again to local business networking groups. This included joining the Athena Winchester Network, and regularly attending Fareham Ladies who Latte. Through each of these networks, I have made new friends and found future colleagues and I’m looking forward to see how I can help fellow business owners grow. Who knows what kind of opportunities will develop but I am enjoying the process of finding out.

This year my focus will be on creating high quality beautiful flower experiences for my clients, building the SGFD community, using my writing skills and floral knowledge further, plus delivering more workshops to share my skills.

Stay tuned via my newsletter and social media to keep a look out for new workshop dates and seasonal pop-up shops for Spring 2024.

Sarah x