Gin and flowers in Coleshill

Shakespeare Gins

Here at PJF head quaters we have been licensed for many years, and very often send out a bottle wine/ prosecco, champagne with a beautiful floral gift.

This year we  are pleased to announce we will be stocking the fabulous Shakespeare Distillery Gins 

Pop-up Gin Bar - 28th November

We will be launching our "Gin and flowers" designs at this weeks Love Coleshill late night shopping and Christmas light switch on event , which takes place Thursday 28th November. For one night only we will be opening our beautiful little shop as a bit of a Gin bar:-)

About Shakespeare Distillery

Shakespeare Distillery is an artisan spirit producer, established in 2015. Everything we produce is in small handcrafted batches, ensuring we can devote our time and attention to creating the best tasting spirits around.

Being based in Stratford upon Avon, we wanted to create something authentic to our area and what is more authentic to us than Shakespeare? Of course we couldn’t distil the bard himself into a bottle but we could look at the Tudor period in which he lived and bring the essence of this into our spirits, the first of which is Stratford Gin.

The Tudor period was a significant time for spirit production, it was a time of change, the monasteries had a stranglehold on distillation (the process used to create an alcoholic spirit) and its primary purpose in their hands was medicinal. Thanks to Henry VIII’s dissolution of the monasteries the Tudor period became a time of great discovery, experimentation and innovation within the world of spirit production as people soon discovered it could be a very nice recreational drink too. Thanks Henry!

At Shakespeare Distillery we aim to recapture this period of innovation by fusing traditional and in some cases forgotten ingredients with modern techniques to create exciting new spirits.

We will be stocking the following Gins in bottles, and gift sets :

Shakespeare Gin

Stratford Gin - is our Signature and award winning (IWSC Silver Outstanding) product. It’s a London dry style with a strong juniper base, combined with the flavours you would find in the Tudor herb garden such as Old English Lovage, Rosemary, Rose, Sage and Lemon Balm as well as the more classic gin botanicals of Coriander, Angelica and Citrus, creating a distinctive and truly delicious gin. (45% ABV)

Rhubarb Gin- Rhubarb was commonly used to cure ailments in Tudor times and has since become a British favourite. We blend Rhubarb juice with our award-winning Stratford Dry Gin to produce a deliciously tangy full-strength gin. Nothing artificial goes into our gin, each bottle contains over 40% real Rhubarb juice, we don’t over sweeten it, so you taste real gin with a mild tang of Rhubarb, a delightful combination. (40% ABV)

Elderflower and Quince - The newest edition to the range.  We blend our award-winning Stratford Dry Gin with the quintessential British flavours of Elderflower and the noble Quince; no fruit was more highly prized in the Tudor period. Subtle apple notes from the Quince fuse with the mild sweetness of Elderflower to create a deliciously fruity, full-strength gin. Nothing artificial goes into our gin, we don’t over sweeten it, so you taste real gin in every mouthful. 

New Place Edition, Mulberry Gin - Shakespeare famously planted a mulberry tree in the gardens of his home ‘New Place’ in Stratford upon Avon, where one still stands to this day. This special edition of our Mulberry Gin Liqueur uses the Black Mulberries that we are privileged to be able to harvest from this tree which we steep in our award-winning Stratford Dry Gin for several months to create a deliciously deep, rich and fruity style of gin.

Neutral wedding flowers by Penny Johnson

natasha and mathewNatasha and Matthew's big day back in September, the couple chose beautiful neutral shades.

Natasha picked a gorgeous natural,relaxed design, housing a selection of ivory blooms including  Eucalyptus,Astilbe, Hydrangea florets and beautiful single and spray Rose blooms. Matthew's buttonhole was made up using mini blooms that were taken from Natasha's bouquet (a nice touch)

The bridesmaids bouquets were simple designs of made with delicate sprays of Gypsophila, as were the groomsmens buttonholes.

They chose the fabulous @shustokefarmbarns  as their venue and continued the natural relaxed feeling throughout  clear vase displays on each table with fresh blooms to compliment theme, and huge rustic wreath suspended from the central pulley, creating a fabulous focal point

Thank you to Kayleigh Pope for sharing the photos they look beautiful.


Penny Johnson Christmas Workshops 2019

Join us at Coleshill Town Hall for a fabulous event packed full of festive creativity. You will learn how to create a large  botanical style luxury  door wreath.  in our relaxed and friendly workshops we give clear step by step instuctions throughout this three hour event , inspiring you to add your own personal touches to your design. Penny will also be demonstrating some beautiful table displays , and garlands, that you will be able to recreate at home. 

Everything you need is included, light snacks and beverages, mulled wine and mince pies too - £45.00 per person (£20.00 non refundable deposit to book, balance on the day)

These events were very popular last year so don't miss out and reserve your place today.

Sun 1st December 2pm - 5pm

Weds 4th December 6pm - 9pm

Thurs 5th December 6pm - 9pm


Pantone colour of the year 2019

This years Pantone colour is "Living Coral" - the renowned colour matching system describes the colour as "boyant, vibrant and effervesent" and it is predicted that  "Living Coral" will dominate the design industry for the next year.

Popular with weddings, this vibrant yes mellow shade looks fabulous with ivory and lime blooms, and also comes to life even more with an injection of hot pink .

"Miss Piggy" rose blooms and the gorgeous "coral charm" Peony are a perfect duo in May and June, add some grey tone foliages and  hint of ivory and the finished product looks absolutely delicious 

Visit our pinterest boards of coral and peach flowers, and bouquets for inspiration.

If you are getting married this year then why not book your free wedding consultation with penny Johnson Flowers today.

Pantone colour of the year 2019

Flower School 2019

We are pleased to announce the  re-opening our Flower School for 2019.

Penny set up the flower school back in 2003 offering full days tuition. This was soon followed by the fabulous "love flowers" flower club who met up monthly to create lovely displays, even providing arrangements for the VIP area at Shustoke and Whitacre show one year, which was amazing for our students.

With weddings and event work taking over, the school went on the back burner for a while, although Christmas and spring work shops have continued, along with floral demonstrations. We are so pleased that now we have an extended team on board we will once again be offering monthly classes.

Buying and recieving flowers is super nice, but sometimes we just don't know how to arrange them. 

Here at Penny Johnson Flower School,  we will be on hand to guide you with truly inspirational tuition, you will soon enjoy not only being creative and more confident with flowers but you will also produce fabulous designs that are all yours for the keeping.

At our full day class you will recieve a full step by step demonstration and instruction for each of the three design that you will then go on to produce. Tea, coffee and soft drinks are provided throughout the day and a light lunch is served around 1pm the class is due to finish around 3.30/4pm, we guarentee you will be blown away by what you have created.

Our evening classes will start at 6pm, again there will be full step by step instruction and demonstrations, everything will be provided for you including beverages and snacks 

Our aim is to Inspire, Create and Enjoy - applying these ethosto everything we do, you are guarented to have a great time.

Everything you need is included, we supply all theflowers and foliages, all your vases, containers and sundries - all you need to bring is is your wonderful, ready to be inspired, self !

Spaces are limited, so we encourage you to book your places online today...

Penny Johnson Flower School



Penny Johnson Flowers introduces eco-friendly wrapping

Here at Penny Johnson HQ we alway take our environmental responsibilities very seriously and have recently taken steps to further reduce our impact on the environment...

We have exchanged branded cellophane and opted for a new natural product which is :

  • Renewable
  • Recyclable
  • Biodegradable
  • Compostable at home
  • Natural raw materials
  • FSC certified
  • ISO14001 & ISO9001 approved
  • Super high wet strength

We have used kraft paper and raffia for general flower wrapping since we opened our store over 15 years ago, and for a while now we have also wrapped most of our “ready to go“ hand tied bouquets the same - now we have our new branded echo wrap we will continue minimise our impact on our very precious environment.

While we do still need to use a small amount of cellophane for the water bubble at the bottom of our hand tied bouquets, the majority of the packaging will now be fully biodegradable!

We also stock biodegradable floral foam in store.

Eco Wrap at Penny Johnson Flowers

Christmas Workshop 2018 with Penny Johnson

Join us at Coleshill Town Hall for a fabulous event packed full of festive creativity. Enjoy learning new skills, in our relaxed and friendly workshops where you will be shown step by step how to create a fabulous door wreath, being inspired to add your own personal touch to your design. Learn how to create beautiful displays for the home.

Everything you need is included, light snacks and beverages, mulled wine and mince pies too - £45.00 per person (£20.00 non refundable deposit to book, balance on the day)

These events were very popular last year so don't miss out and reserve your place today.

Saturday 1st December 2pm - 5pm

Tuesday 4th December 6pm - 9pm

Wednesday 5th December 6pm - 9pm


Fabulous floral

A few weeks ago we had the pleasure of providing floral for the fabulous @apollolive team @shustokefarmbarns

Adding a beautiful 3 metre ivory blossom tree decorated with romantic bauballs housing T lights, which provided the perfect canopy for their mini Grand piano  

lining the aisle with delicate displays to the chairs,  lanterns and fresh ivory Rose petals

Our super large rustic wreath, suspended from the central pulley, housing a selection of blush and ivory blooms, a lush selection of mixed foliages and again hanging  bauballs containing T lights 

The set was completed with the addition of our super gorgeous #moongatearch at 2.4m diametre , it looked stunning as it framed the ceremony table - decorated with mixed foliages, fresh blush and ivory flowers and cascading blooms, a truly stunning feature.

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Floral Trends - Colour of the Year 2018

After the cool calming choice of “greenery” in 2017, Pantone have selected “ultra violet” as the colour for this year.

"A dramatically provocative and thoughtful purple shade… Ultra Violet communicates originality, ingenuity, and visionary thinking that points us towards the future. Complex and contemplative, Ultra Violet, like the vast and limitless night sky, suggests the mysteries of the cosmos, lighting the way to what is yet to come. Enigmatic purples have also long been symbolic of counterculture, unconventionality, artistic brilliance, and spiritual reflection. Ultra Violet symbolizes experimentation and nonconformity, spurring individuals to imagine their unique mark on the world, and push boundaries through creative outlets.”

Here at Penny Johnson Flowers we like to stay current - our stunning 'Coleen Bouquet' is a lovely combination of on-trend pink and purple hues. Of course, our large range of bouquets means no matter what colour you like, we'll have something for you!

Order flowers and bouquets online or come and see us in our Flower shop in Coleshill High Street.

May Wedding at Shustoke Farm Barn

Last May we had the absolute pleasure of providing fabulous floral designs for Emma and Tom (aka - mr and mrs woodward) After their wedding ceremony at Sheepy Magna church, they headed out to celebrate with friends and family at the stunning Shustoke Farm Barns.

Emma, who works at the barns (so no pressure there :-) ) had very clear ideas of what they wanted, and was great to work with. Fabulous florals such as Peonies, scented Garden Rose blooms, mixed foliages, Senecio, Eucalyptus, Hydrangea blooms, fresh cut herbs, stocks, Astilbe and succulents. The recipe was already good enough to eat .

Bridal bouquet, bursting with beautiful pink and ivory blooms, mini spray rose blooms were used for Emma’s hair, the adult bridesmaids had similar designs that complimented the brides bouquet, and the supper cute flower girls rocked their pretty floral crowns of Gypsophila, and mini bouquets.

The reception venue, which is always a pleasure to dress, was a sea of gorgeousness large floral hanging displays hung from the existing pulleys, the top table was dressed with a full pink and ivory floral table runner, and each of the ladies chairs were decorated with lovely little tied displays to match the overall theme. Table centerpieces in rustic white washed crates, coordinating balcony floral and mini displays of fresh blooms added to the cake.

Thank you so much Hannah from hba photography for the images, they are all beautiful.

Here at Penny Johnson we love our wedding work, if you are getting married and looking for a Floriist / venue stylist  for your special day then look no further.