This week I have been at Judith Blacklock's Flower School in Knightsbridge making wired bridal bouquets.
Because I don't usually use imported flowers Valentine's Day can be a challenge, but this year my pots of bulbs have proved popular. Tete a Tete Narcissus, Reticula Iris Harmony, Crocus, Snowdrops and Primroses. All grown and sent with love.
I belong to an organisation called Flowers From The Farm. We are a national group of flower growers who are championing British Flowers. We have a website and you can use it to source flowers all over the UK. We featured on The Great British Garden Revival on BBC2 a few weeks ago and again this weekend in The Daily Telegraph.
This picture shows a selection of flowers grown by Karen from The Flower Orchard in Essex when we went to Cressing Temple last summer. I tagged along to arrange her beautiful blooms!
The weather is so dreadful that I thought shall I put up a picture of rain and then I thought no....let's cheer ourselves up with some summer flowers!
Obviously we can't complain here in Suffolk when you consider what has been happening in the West Country. BUT it seems to have been wet and windy for ever. This does mean I am sorting out some paperwork and this week I have published my first newsletter. If you would like a copy please email me and I will send one to you. I am also sending out details of a "Grow your own bouquet" workshop which I am running at Somerleyton Hall in June, again if you would like details please email and I will be happy to send them to you. I have just looked at the forcast and the weather is set to be like this for awhile so it looks like I might get a chance to order my summer bulbs earlier this year!
Yesterday was the first farmer's market of the year at Snape. I am only cutting foliage and Hazel catkins at present but had pots of Crocus, Primroses and Snowdrops coming out into flower. For a splash of colour I had a delivery of beautiful scented narcissus from the Isles of Scilly. It was a good start to the year if a bit chilly standing at the entrance to the marquee.
The next market is on the first of March. If you would like me to email you inadvance with what I am cutting please send me your email address.
My story in flowers started as a child growing a tiny patch of London Pride Saxifraga...also known as Whimsey or Look Up and Kiss Me! Fast forward to 8 years ago when I started a City and Guilds training in floristry. I qualified as a florist and then to deepen my growing knowledge and skills I trained in horticulture as well. I trained under a WRAGS scheme at Darsham Nurseries and at Somerleyton Hall. Developing a passion for both growing and designing/arranging British garden flowers, I planted a cutting garden. Having become increasingly concerned about where and how flowers are grown, coupled with a love of British grown flowers. and natural styling, I now specialise in growing and using beautiful British grown flowers to make romantic natural designs. for weddings, events, gifts and much more.