I hope you all watched The Great British Garden Revival on BBC 2 last Monday. Rachel de Thame was looking at British cut flowers. It was a lovely programme and I think you can still catch it on I Player. It was so good to see someone championing our beautiful home grown blooms. Flowers are part of our culture and history and it does seem quite amazing the way this has been out sourced. Most shop bought flowers are now grown abroad in Holland, Ecuador, Columbia and Kenya, sold to the Dutch Flower Auction and finally sold on to the UK wholesalers, retailers and then customers. What a long way to travel. The varieties sold have become very restricted, often without scent and of entirely uniform size and shape. All very uninspiring. I am part of a small but increasing number of florists who grow their own and buy locally, reconnecting with our local floral heritage. There are some real advantages to this:-
So please next time you buy flowers ask where they come from and who grew them. Ask for British flowers and enjoy their beauty and scent for yourself.
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.