Everyone. Meet Poppy Elizabeth Harris. A mum, a florist and an all round cool gal.
Today I’m excited to be sharing just a wee glimpse of the story of Poppy and The Posy Club – the blog, turned floristry business.
Although Poppy and I were first acquainted about twenty years ago (we were small town kids), we properly connected when Poppy joined my high school year group in the fourth form (Year 10). This was back when we were both causing trouble in a boarding house during the week and living the rural life in the weekends.
Together we experienced heartthrobs and heartaches, made terrible life choices, survived high school, experienced great tragedies, and partied like it was going out of fashion. Fifteen-ish years on, so much has happened – and we’re still mates.
After her recent separation from her husband, Poppy started a blog called The Posy Club – an unfiltered series of short stories covering Poppy’s life as a single parent over the last year. It’s frank and it’s funny.
But I’m most excited about what The Posy Club has quickly morphed into – Poppy’s very own floristry business. Poppy’s talked about her desire to become a florist since way back, and it’s so exciting to see her dream flourish (ha, punny).
If you appreciate honesty and a refreshing sense of humour, then Poppy’s someone you’ll find hard not to love. She is fiercely loyal, a committed mum and the sassiest lass.
Poppy and I caught up about her blog and business, and today I’m excited to be sharing just a wee glimpse of the story of Poppy and The Posy Club:
Let’s start with a little bit about yourself…
I’m Poppy Harris. I’m a single mum to two badass little babes: Daisy (pictured above) and Olive. I started a blog called The Posy Club and my very own floristry business has just kicked off in Christchurch. It’s been a colourful journey to get to where I am now and I welcome you along for the ride!
What inspired you to start writing The Posy Club blog, and what’s it all about?
I started writing The Posy Club about 8 months after getting separated. It’s a completely unfiltered blog where I discuss trying to co-parent, raising girls as a feminist, mental illness, dating (tragic tinder stories) and being completely scared shitless about being alone for the first time in my life. I never really thought anyone would be interested but the feedback has been incredible. It’s my form of therapy and if it helps anyone out there feel less alone then that’s even better.
You’ve just become a florist! What sparked this, and why now?
I’ve loved flowers my entire life. My mum thinks it’s been my destiny since she called me Poppy. My mum’s dad was a well known gardener and designed beautiful parks all over the country. My dad is also an organic orchardist so I guess it’s just in my genes. I had come to a place that it was time I do something for myself, and why not something I love. It’s come so naturally to me and I’m constantly learning. I also wanted to be someone that my girls could look up to, to lead by example.
The Posy Club Floral Design is something special. I can feel it. Support your local girl gang yo!
What is it that you love about flowers and floristry?
I love flowers and I love the impact they have on someone’s day. I also love that I am constantly surrounded by beauty. Flowers can turn any ordinary space into something magical, and that’s art. Flowers have also been incredible for my mental health. I noticed that there is a huge gap in the market in Christchurch. I wanted to create something natural and current. Basically, The Posy Club flowers are what I would want to buy!
You’re a florist, you’re a single mum who’s navigating co-parenting, and you know how to have a bloody good time. How do you do it all?
Wine. That is all. No, I actually don’t know how I have been able to get through the last year if I’m honest. I guess I have just had to, but if I did have any advice it would be to always back yourself and to trust your gut. Even in my darkest hours I’ve believed that I am capable of doing something great. I surround myself with incredibly strong women who have supported me through it all. My daughters are the reason behind everything I do and that’s what keeps me focused.
About The Posy Club Floral Design:
Natural, on trend, simple and elegant bunches of blooms delivered to your door, in 3 sizes: $30, $50 and $75. Available as one off purchases or subscriptions (so you can have something beautiful arriving every week or fortnight). The Posy Club Floral Design also do special events and will be popping up at markets around the place.
*All photos courtesy of The Posy Club, featuring her girls – Daisy and Olive, and her partner – Dan.