I vividly recall that I was chilling out on a beautiful Thai Island when I opened an email from Lily Violet May.
Lily had responded to a job vacancy and while she had no specific qualifications to fill the role I knew with a name like that I had to meet her !
The rest as they say is history ! At our first meeting I made a bouquet and asked Lily to copy it, I left her to it and went in search of tea…when I came back I couldn’t tell which bouquet was mine!
Floristry doesn’t come naturally to everybody but it most certainly does to Lily.
Aside from being utterly charming, hard working and extremely beautiful, Lily embraced go botanica as if it were her own, she was a wonderful ambassador for our business.
When Lily decided it was time to move to Bristol to be near her boyfriend we were delighted to advise her on setting up a stall at Bristol Temple Meads station.
Last weekend we went to see Lily’s new business for ourselves. Beautiful blousey blooms stacked high in vintage enamel buckets and old jugs, scented french lavender and huge cerise ranunculas nestling in the shadows of stunning giant delphinium, tiny pots of gardenia delicately wrapped and ready to go.
Not only has Lily created an English Country Garden oasis on the face of this beautiful and once very grand station but she has also given the station entrance character.
Just one year later and her business is thriving, not only providing beautiful hand tied bouquets for commuters and visitors to the city, Lily also provides stunning vase arrangements for local business’s and offers local deliveries.
Lily Violet May Flowers also offers a bespoke wedding and event service which rivals all others.
Lily’s tremendous work ethic and passion has breathed life into this little corner of Bristol and I have a feeling that she won’t be much of a secret for very long.
So…if you are heading to the West Country take the time to smell the roses at Lily Violet May.