Following their appearance on The Great British Garden Revival I thought I would talk about Irises. I grow Dutch Iris for cutting and these usually come into flower in May. They are grown from bulbs planted in the autumn and produce good cutting blooms. Then I also have Bearded Iris grown from rhizomes which are planted near the soil surface as they liked to be baked by the sun and flower a little later. In Spring I have pots of little Reticular Iris which flower early, this year I have Harmony and Edward.
They are beautiful elegant blooms which add a different texture and shape to bouquets and arrangements as well as their vivid colour. I like to mix them with late Tulips, Alliums, Sweet Wlliams, Sweet Rocket, Ox Eye Daisy....
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.