, Today has been Valentine's Day...I don't use imported Red Roses but I do make lovely natural bouquets. This year I had Narcissus from the Scilly Isles, Tulips from Lincolnshire, lots of lovely foliages, my Amaryllis, Hyacinths, Hellebores and Paperwhites. I have had to use a few imported Ranunculus this year as the grower I usually use in Cornwall has run out of supplies.
The season seems to have started earlier than usual this year..three quieter weeks at the start of January and now we seem to be in full swing. Luckily we made good progress in the autumn with planting, mulching etc. although as we move into spring there will still be plenty to do.
The real stars of the show currently are foliages with little scented flowers...Christmas Box, Winter Honeysuckle etc. I have planted more Christmas Box this year and also some White Forsythia which is new here. Hazel catkins, Dogwood, Pussy Willow....Using these natural lovelies makes for a really wild, naturally styled bouquet. This palette of materials continues into early March when my other gorgeous Narcissus start flowering. There are lots of buds and shoots in the garden, so I am really looking forward to things to come!
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.