This weekend I was taking an order for a customer who couldn't decide what to call her flowers. "Is it a bouquet (sounds so old fashioned)....it's not a bunch" she said. I suggested a posy. My flowers definately don't look like bouquets you buy from other florists, there are no out of season flowers flown in from overseas. The usual question is "what is that flower? Followed by ....isn't it lovely...I haven't seen it before" It is so sad that people have become used to buying just a few types of flowers grown on a mass scale abroad and often because they have been bred to last (as they spend so long being transported here) they have no scent. I am part of a network of British growers who are "doing different". I grow on a small scale , small amounts of lots of different varieties. There are some who grow lots of one thing e.g. daffodils. Did you know we actually export daffodils! Much like the changes that have occured in food production we firmly believe that buying British and ideally local is best.
Since I started I have found that growing cut flowers is like a lost knowledge. The people who used to do it, know what lasts in a vase and how to grow are the older generation. It is rather like cooking and the arrival of the ready meal...only good in an emergency and if truth be told not real food. This is all about real flowers, for us and our wildlife. (Many more butterflies and bees have started visiting my garden since I started the cutting garden) I have just joined an organisation called Flowers from the Farm. They have a website showing lots of British Flower growers, worth a look to see the huge variety of seasonal British flowers being grown across the country.
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.