Floristry friends bring joy to 'miserable' Emsworth roundabout with huge lobster wreath

TWO friends have brought a bit of festive joy to a ‘miserable’ roundabout in Emsworth.

Wednesday, 23rd December 2020, 7:00 am
Julie Marjoram and Anna Tonkin from Blooms & Wishes with their lobster wreath

Anna Tonkin and Julie Marjoram set up floristry business Blooms and Wishes earlier this year.

The pair of mumpreneurs, along with help from community group the Emsworth Alliance, decided to mark the end of a rollercoaster year by decorating the roundabout on Havant Road with a wreath adorned with lobsters, in the hope of spreading some happiness.

Anna, 37, said: ‘We have sort of adopted the roundabout, it was looking a bit miserable so we decide to do something about it.

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‘We decided to make a wreath to brighten it up, and lobsters fitted with the theme of Emsworth and its history.’

Anna was inspired to branch out and start a floristry business after the coronavirus lockdown saw her marketing work dry up.

She joined forces with her friend Julie, from Emsworth, and Blooms and Wishes was born.

Julie Marjoram from Blooms & Wishes in Emsworth

Anna said: ‘I have always loved flowers. I knew all the names and I have always been creative, I had this idea and haven’t looked back. It was something that I always wanted to do.

‘My friend was already a florist so we went for it and in a few months we have taken it from a project on my dining room table to a proper business.’

The two busy mums, who both have two sons, say they have been delighted by how their business has been received – and they have big plans for 2021, including setting up their own shop and starting workshops, when restrictions allow.

Blooms & Wishes decorated the roundabout in Emsworth

Anna, from Hollybank Lane, said: ‘Everybody has been really supportive and we are really excited to be opening a workshop on land behind the Jingles Hotel in Horndean Road, in Emsworth. It is going to be so lovely.

‘We are in the process of making it beautiful.

‘Hopefully when Covid is over, people can come visit and meet up and learn some new skills with us.’

They hope to open in January when restrictions allow.

Blooms and Wishes offers a range of flowers for delivery.

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