This is British Flower Week, a chance for the British Flower industry to show case what it can do! I will be blogging, putting lots of pictures on Twitter and generally trying to join in! Also we have our workshop at Somerleyton Hall on Saturday. I think there are one or two places left but if you want to come please contact me or the Somerleyton office as soon as possible as it is filling up fast.
The British Flower growing set up was destroyed after the war when the Dutch government heavily subsidised their growers. The focus has now shifted to central America and Africa where flowers are grown on an industrial scale. Not only do they grow vast quantities, they grow in an industrial style. You only have to read Gilding The Lily by Amy Stewart to see the impact that this has had on British Growers who are usually smaller and grow in a more natural way. For some reason the public seem to have lost confidence in British flowers and sometimes think they are an inferior product. Which just isn't true.
I grow in a garden setting both at home but also in the Kitchen Garden at Somerleyton Hall, that has it's problems and it's pleasures. I can't grow vast quantities of anything, I am not a farmer. The sheltered setting is great for growing flowers and I grow a wonderful mix of flowers which are naturally grown without pesticides. People who buy my flowers get bunches and arrangements that have the feel, style and scent of an English garden. People lead busy lives and they enjoy the rewards and fruits of a lovely garden without all the work!
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.