Ellie McCombie


How it Started…

From a very early age I remember going for walks in the country with my cousin and grandparents and how the sights we saw and moments we experienced were shaped by the seasons.

Stumbling across the occasional cowslip with its heavenly sweet scent in late spring, searching for 4 leaf clovers and making daisy chains in the summer and picking blackberries in early autumn, they were always joyful times. Closely observing the natural surroundings in which we walked, developed my love and fascination for all things floral.

Later as an adult, I moved to Bristol and came across Clifton Flowers, my favourite flower shop where the original owner Elly Bane and I had many chats about flowers.  Her arrangements were always stunning – she was a real artist and I was overjoyed when she agreed to create my wedding flowers. It was the first time I had seen Hypericum and her search for unusual blooms set her apart from other florists.

It was a combination of these two experiences that has inspired me to become a florist myself, although not before having a career spanning almost 30 years of teaching young children. In November 2014 I signed up for a free Taster Day at the Tallulah Rose Flower School in Bath (highly recommended!) and then in May the following year I completed their Floristry Career Change course.

Ever since I have been planning and developing Flowers by Ellie so that today it is already a fledgling business with many bouquets sold and inspiring messages of thanks received!