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Flowers for all Occasions by Rebekah Pugh

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I am Rebekah, a mum of three and wife of one. With a busy life in Faringdon Oxfordshire I am always coming up with ideas (much to the horror of those who love me).

Many of these ideas involve helping the local community and it is one such idea that has sparked the journey that has led to the birth of Go tell the bees. In September 2020 I lost a very dear friend and in her honour set up Go tell the bees which has bought much joy not only to those who have received flowers but also to me as I greatly enjoy creating the bouquets and even more so delivering them.


I grew up around flowers as my dad (and occasional Go tell the bees helper) was the Head Gardener for a National Trust Property. It was here I started to flower arrange and even went to classes as young as 8 years old. I studied for a degree in Community and Youth work and since leaving university has worked for many charities and more latterly in local governement. My passion is community, helping others and being kind. Go tell the bees aims to tie everything together - a love of flowers, a love of supporting and caring whilst meeting people and providing comfort and care. Who knows where this journey will lead...

Thanks for stopping by, whether it's flowers for a special occasion, flowers to help at the time of the loss of a loved one or grave care that brings you here please do get in touch as I will be happy to help. Prices start from £12 for grave pots but I am happy to work to your budget and requirements.


There are many customs and traditions around death, but telling the bees is my favourite. Telling the bees of a death in a family is a tradition that has been practised in many European countries, but has been particularly common in England. Bees have long been considered important creatures, and in mythology were considered as the bridge between the underworld and natural world. For centuries bees have been treated as important members of a beekeeper's family, and it has been traditional to ensure that bees have been informed of important events such as deaths.

It was believed that if the bees had not been formally informed of a death they may stop producing honey, leave the hive or die themselves. Telling the bees could take many forms, from singing to the bees, knocking on the hive to get the bees' attention and making an announcement or draping the hives in black cloth. When a beekeeper had died it was customary for food from the funeral wake to be given to the bees, and they would be put into mourning for their deceased master. 

Although telling the bees was usually associated with a death, bees were also often told of weddings and provided with wedding cake. In some areas newlyweds were expected to introduce themselves to the bees, or else their marriage would suffer.We chose the name Go tell the bees to remember this great tradition, as a nod to the importance of living alongside our natural world and because bees are awesome.

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