Grandmother from Langstone sets up Poppy's Posies - an affordable online flower business using recycled materials

A CARING grandmother with a passion for flowers has set up an affordable online flower business to bring joy to people during the pandemic.

By Lauren Tidmarsh
Monday, 26th April 2021, 12:30 pm
Updated Monday, 26th April 2021, 5:17 pm

Caroline Skeet, of Mill Lane, Langstone started Poppy’s Posies in January.

The business, named after her granddaughter Poppy, sells small bunches of flowers which can be delivered around Portsmouth.

Caroline said: ‘I had this idea to bring a little bit of joy to people’s lives especially with the doom and gloom of Covid, of setting up a little online flower business.

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Caroline Skeet (53) from Langstone, set up Poppy's Posies in January 2021. Picture: Sarah Standing (020421-5982)

‘So people, for very reasonable rates, can get a little bouquet delivered.

‘I just wanted to bring a bit of joy to people in these unprecedented times.’

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With prices starting at as little as £5 a posy, Caroline markets herself as a bespoke and affordable florist.

Caroline Skeet (53) from Langstone, set up Poppy's Posies in January 2021. Picture: Sarah Standing (020421-5972)

As well as supplying beautifully selected bunch of flowers, Caroline also supplies the vases, which she makes from recycled and handcrafted pots and glasses.

The 53-year-old said: ‘I am also passionate about recycling and turn everyday household items into beautiful containers.

‘I can turn an old Kenco coffee jar into a really nice vase. It’s very environmentally friendly.

‘I am passionate about flowers and succulents and my aim is to be able to offer an affordable flower delivery service.’

After Caroline received an order from a blind customer, she has also decided to launch a range of sensory posies, made for people with impaired sight or disabilities.

Caroline’s sensory posies include items that please the senses, such as little bells, strongly scented flowers, and textures such as a bumpy pot.

After having a second request for sensory posies, Caroline hopes to do more in this area.

‘We could do something with fairy lights,’ she said.

At the moment, Caroline is doing a posy range called the dot range. These posies come in recycled mason jars decorated with dotty ribbons of various colours.

Caroline is currently planning a giveaway for next week where she will be giving away three prizes in order to promote her newest posies which come in a handmade wooden flower stand with vintage milk bottles to hold the flowers.

Caroline said: ‘I’m very proud of the fact that I’ve done this.’

To take part in Caroline’s most recent giveaway and for any more information, search for Poppy’s Posies on Facebook.

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