Welcome to Fleuriste, a regular feature that's an inspiring chat with one of our celebrated global florists. First up is the extraordinary Amie Bone of Amie Bone Flowers in London, England who has shown twice at Fleurs de Villes in Covent Garden where she won both the Florist and Fan Favourite awards for her mannequin creations:
WHEN DID YOU FIRST DISCOVER YOUR LOVE OF FLOWERS?
My love for flowers and anything floral began in 1999, from selling a few bunches in buckets on a market stall in Banbury Oxfordshire. My love for flowers has grown over the years to designing and creating jaw dropping displays across the globe.
IF YOU WERE A FLOWER, WHAT WOULD IT BE?
I would probably be a peony - a tight bud to crack open but when I do, I’m a layered and blousy individual that will give you my all.
WHAT IS THE MOST MEANINGFUL ARRANGEMENT YOU HAVE CREATED?
Probably the tribute I created for my late Nan’s passing. I spent hours ensuring it was absolutely perfect for her using all her favourite colours in shades of pink. It was a very emotional piece that I know she would have loved.
WHAT IS YOUR TOP FLORAL TIP FOR OUR FLEURS DE VILLES GUESTS?
Look at each design very carefully to take in how much thought and love has gone into each mannequin. Understand why we chose to use the flowers we did to create the dress or accessories – there’s always a reason.
WHO INSPIRES YOU FROM THE WORLDS OF ART, FASHION, ENTERTAINMENT OR DESIGN?
I follow a lot of interior designers, renaissance style artists, fellow florists and perfume/beauty houses on social media. I find inspiration all around me everywhere I go.
HOW DO YOU INCORPORATE FLOWERS INTO YOUR PERSONAL STYLE – FASHION AND/OR HOME?
I love wearing flowery prints and will incorporate floral into my outfit if at all possible. I only ever have white flowers and heavy foliage at home. I think I work with so much colour every day and my home style is pretty weird - I’m obsessed with taxidermy! - that white just works in my rooms.
WHAT IS YOUR IDEA OF THE PERFECT FLOWER ARRANGEMENT TO RECEIVE?
For me it has to be white. I adore hydrangeas and peonies, roses and ranunculus. I love layered blousy blooms. I also love scented flowers such as hyacinths and narcissi which are really undervalued by customers as they are so beautiful either on their own or in bouquets.
IS THERE AN OUTSTANDING FLOWER THAT HAS PLAYED A ROLE IN KEY MOMENTS OF YOUR LIFE?
I have always loved hydrangeas – it’s the flower I choose to have at home. I use it in all my wedding designs - I had hundreds at my own wedding - and I send it as a personal gift to friends or family. I love them in any colour at any time of year, especially the autumnal ones.
WHAT SCENT DO YOU WEAR OR USE IN YOUR HOME?
I wear Santal 33 by Le Labo - I LOVE it!