This year it was Jillians turn again to compete at the world famous RHS Chelsea, Florist of the Year competition in London. The Scottish qualifiers were held in September in Glasgow and although there was only one Scottish qualifying place up for grabs, Something Special Flowers allowed three of the girls to enter this wonderful experience. As things turned out on the day it was Jillian who took the qualifying place but it was terrific to see Morna place 3rd and Paula who had won the title of Young florist of the Year in 2013 with a Gold medal, following closely in 5th spot. It is testament to Jillian and her training that she was pushed to the limit by two of her prodigies. The girls were to produce a floral collar which we see in the photo above, of Paula, Morna and Jillian with their designs.
In March it was announced that the 16 qualifiers would be asked to design a fantasy floral dress to be worm at a crystal ball, and so preparations were started for this next exciting chapter in the Chelsea experiences of the last 3 years. Once again accommodation had to be sourced near to the Royal Hospital gardens in Chelsea. The appartment had to be big enough to double up as a work studio for Jillian to work on her final design.
Progress was good, although the heat did take its toll on some of the flowers which had to be discarded from the design as every aspect has to be perfect for competition work to succeed. It was an unexpected honour for Paula to be asked onto the team of designers who would work on the Interflora stand which would also compete for a medal in its own category.
The first delightful news was that Paula and the Interflora team achieved Gold for the second year running with their stunning display. Each of the team working on their very own pod, pieced together to create the finished design.
Next up was Jillian in the main Florist competition. GOLD again!!! fantastic thats 5 medals in 3 years for Something Special Flowers!
A huge thankyou goes out to J Van Vliet (Zwetzloot) and DVE Flowers who sponsored the supply of our flowers. As anyone who does competition work knows, the product has to be of the very best quality and those two companies always supply the very best and freshest product.
To be greeted by a civic reception and be paraded around the town for the school kids and locals to show their appreciation was unexpected to say the least, but the message that success at the very top level can come, with a little hard work, to all; even from a small town like Blairgowrie!
Kids go out and grab those moments with both hands!!