In my Bag
Florist Jo Thomas shares the secrets of her bag – including a sweet treat!
HAVING spent her youth picking flowers and pottering around in her granddad’s greenhouse, Jo Thomas decided to return to her roots after years as a stay-at-home mum.
She set up Constance Rose, in Weston Longville, four years ago and as well as creating beautiful floral bouquets and displays, she also grows her own flowers.
“Before I had my three sons I was a travel agent, but when my youngest son started at pre-school I decided I needed to do something different – so I decided to retrain in floristry,” says Jo, whose current handbag is a prized Ralph Lauren which she won in a charity raffle.
“The decision coincided with us moving house on to the farm, so I realised I could offer something unique by growing my own flowers; we have cutting gardens here and flower meadows and rose gardens. Customers can come and see what we grow and I can even plant something specifically, so they are ready for the wedding day.”
Jo, who is a member of the British Flower Collective and Flowers from the Farm, works very much with the traditional British growing season and only does weddings from May to October.
“I grew up on a farm and was always picking the flowers and putting them in my bedroom and spent a lot of time outside with my granddad. A lot of it is trial and error as to what will grow well. We have tried tulips for the first time this year and have had a fantastic crop. I think brides love the idea of having seasonal, local, freshly-cut flowers, and if you follow the British gardening season, then it almost dictates naturally what flowers will look great together.” www.constancerose.co.uk