Today I have been making an arrangement with the last of the roses mixed with hips and lots of autumn leaves. I am choosing some new roses for the cutting garden, they are coming from Peter Beales a great local grower based near Attleborough in Norfolk. I particularly want at least one which will produce long lasting beautiful hips.... I have chosen Rosa glauca....plus several varieties which produce beautiful blooms for cutting. I love to use rose hips at this time of year and have recently used them to decorate a marquee for a wedding. Obviously they are covered in thorns so they take quite some time to dethorn but the effect mixed with leaves is so evocative of an autumn hegderow it is worth it.
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.