Mr B has only bought me three bunches of flowers in our entire relationship. This is not because he is a mean-fisted cold-hearted soul but because I have spent the past eight odd years drumming into him that I’m just “not that into” presents of the floral kind. Something about red roses (I can’t abide the colour red, it makes me angry/sad/annoyed all at once) or cheap petrol station lilies has always quashed the longing to be presented with a giant bouquet at any given anniversary.
Well, that is until I happened upon Emma Vowles, florist extraordinaire to whom I want to own every floral arrangement that she creates.
We found Emma whilst wedding flower hunting. At this point in your wedding planning there are usually two distinct roads you can travel along, depending of course upon personal taste. You can either go Interflora-style and bag as many cliché romantic blooms of your choosing in quantities so vast you’ll make any non-hay-fever-sufferer reach for the Piroton, or you can go a bit vintage/subtle and opt for flowers that are a little bit off piste and not to normally be found in your average supermarket checkout aisle.
Emma creates arrangements that are original and classically beautiful which have that air about them that make you wonder if she has simply skipped through the countryside, gathering blooms as she goes. She has an eye for the unusual (we had a memorable pre-wedding chat with her about how swan vases were going to be the next cult classic) and her shop in Totnes makes my head spin because I am overwhelmed by my urge to buy everything in sight.
Last year Emma branched beyond her floral talents and launched a homeware and clothing business, Busby and Fox, which gives you a flavour of her style and the interior of their Totnes base. Gorgeous vintage-style glassware and tealights, 'forever' bags in soft, beautiful leather, handcrafted blankets and elegantly comfy wooly jumpers are just some of the items to lust over.
Much to my pleasing (less so for Mr B’s perhaps), Busby and Fox deliver nationwide and I can vouch that serious brownie points will be earnt by other halves if you take a surprise delivery of one of their gorgeous gifts.