It was a chance of a lifetime, a flower pilgrimage perhaps. I arrived in Bristol, England, rented a car drove in the narrowest little streets on the left-hand side in my little Fiat until I reached Cornwall, England. All for the sake of meeting Susanne Hatwood from The Blue Carrot.
My destination, Portscatho, a sleepy little town on the west coast. Thank heavens for GPS, or I would never in a million years have found it. Luckily after having driven for four-hours, I arrived at the only lodging available in the area, the local pub, Plume, and Feathers.
The next morning after breakfast while I waited for Susanne to pick me up I went for a walk.
Mind you the reason for my trip was to share stories with a florist that is actually doing what I love to do, grow beautiful flowers.
We arrived at a local farmhouse where Susanne rents valued land to grow her flowers.
When I walked through the courtyard, my heart skipped a beat, because head-on was obviously the quintessentially British walled garden. These brick walls of many years past offer the perfect protection from gusty winds and hungry rabbits.
The Europeans fascinate me, for many reasons but mostly because these folks love to garden.
Her garden was just perfect in my eyes. It was a jungle of beautiful lush blooms each striving to be first in class, as they waited to be picked by Susanne’s well-trained eye for our design session. Oh, I forgot to mention Susanne’s personality is carefree and happy just like her flower patch. No, surprise!
Instantly we clicked, got to work talking about the garden and flowers she most likes to grow. It offers an abundant variety of roses, each more spectacular. Hard for me to pick. She talked about color and how it’s evolved throughout her years in cultivating this space. She is now satisfied to grow only the softest of colors for her work.
Let’s talk Design
Let the flowers dictate and use what’s available. The jam jar turns out to be the perfect little vessel to hold our arrangements as you can see in these pictures.
Our time talking and creating informal handheld flower arrangements went unnoticed for two days. We both would giggle and then fall back into a creative zone as we worked carefully adjusting each stem, holding our bunch of blooms gently, turning, shaping our rose collection while playing close attention not to hide their delicate beauty by any other bloom. As we enjoyed our time getting to know each other in a creative state, it was apparent how passionate both of us were about what we love to do.
While eating Lunch
We talked about the beauty of homegrown flowers. Each bloom carefully picked to blend with each other as if we were creating a painting with petals and shapes. Honestly, we felt like artist heavily immersed in creating beauty. And like most artist we both felt a need to share, with each other what we most enjoy.
My final thoughts
I recommend spending time being creative with a colleague. To contemplate ideas and just take in beauty together. My time with Susanne helped me once again to reevaluate who I am and what I’ve become as an artist. But more important where I’d like to be in the years to come. When creatives talk, magic happens.