From Seed To Bloom - Milli Proust
A Year Of Growing and Designing With Seasonal Flowers
Full of beautiful photography by celebrated photographer Eva Nemeth, From Seed To Bloom is packed with inspiration, intimate essays and practical guides. Organised into eight chapters spanning the year’s seasons starting in Early Winter and finishing in Late Winter, there are detailed growing projects, step-by-step bouquet designs, from gift to bridal, and for the more ambitious there are large scale designs, with step-by-step foam-free mechanics from tablescapes, floral arches to gravity defying clouds. Milli takes you through the growing year from from preparing, planning and planting your plot, to sowing your seeds and nurturing them to maturity. From Seed To Bloom celebrates the harvesting of your crop with tips and tricks to get the best vase life for specific flowers and how to design with them for a life filled with flowers.
A must for those aspiring to grow cut flowers.
— The English Garden
Milli Proust is inspired by the way plants grow in the wild, and she loves working with what she grows, creating romantic and playful designs for weddings, events, brands and personal clients. All of her crops are all grown in rhythm with nature, and are completely chemical-free in a passionate effort to protect our surrounding wildlife.
In January 2017, she made the move from London, where she was born and raised, to a deeply rural pocket of West Sussex. It may be only an hour back to the city by train, but it often feels so much further away than that. She fell in love with her pocket of countryside, deep in the woods, growing as much beauty as she could. In the few years of making this her home, she has learnt to see the seasons change, not just from winter to spring, from spring to summer, but from week to week, each and every day bringing new promise, change and subtle shift.
The total space Milli grows on amounts to less than an acre -this is seriously small-scale growing. It might be small, but it’s bountiful and productive and she is determined that for however long she is growing on her plot, she will do everything she can to nurture and replenish the abundant habitat.
When she is not tending to the crops or creating and installing floral work, she works as an actress for radio, stage, and television.
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