Wildstems is a floral design studio and cutting garden based in Cambridgeshire, set up by me - Cissy Bullock - in 2017.
From relaxed, ethereal bouquets, tied with hand dyed silk, and intricate buttonholes, to large, architectural installations, Wildstems specialises in wild, natural and organic floral arrangements for weddings and events using the most beautiful of ingredients selected for their colour, scent, texture and movement. Our flowers are locally grown in the UK, except in the winter months when British flowers lie dormant, allowing our designs to reflect the best of the seasons and the abundance of the English countryside and gardens.
My slightly contrarian nature and occasional rebellious streak is reflected in my floral style, and I’m always striving for designs that are anything but generic with unique and interesting blooms and foraged elements.
My Swedish mother and aunt both have the most incredible gardens, and somewhere along the line this must have rubbed off on me, and in the last year I have been delving into the world of flower farming. My cutting garden (I don’t feel a confident enough grower to use the words ‘ flower farm’ yet) has been getting established and is already expanding to allow me to grow more next season. It is such a pleasure to plant seeds and bulbs for weddings that I know I have coming in future seasons, and little is more gratifying than cutting beautiful stems, grown by myself, to use for my clients’ weddings and events.
I have to confess that my professional background is not remotely flower related, but I always had a latent creative side; I studied Chinese and Economics, and then spent 11 years living in Asia - first in Beijing and then Singapore. It was after living in Singapore, with its tropical climate, that I found myself being drawn back to the UK and working in tune with the seasons. It was then that I trained as a florist, and subsequently established Wildstems. I am happiest with my feet rooted firmly on the ground, and my hands deep in the mud, absorbing what the Chinese call diqi (the earth qi).
And whilst we’re on the subject of the earth, our floristry aims to be as sustainable as possible, using local, grown not flown, flowers wherever we can, and never using floral foam.