Last week along with other members of Flowers from the Farm we created a gold winning display at The Suffolk Show...Moat Farm Flowers, Forever Green Flowers, The Flower Orchard, English Peonies and Hillcrest Flower Garden. It was terrifically hard work with everyone pitching in....otherwise it just wouldn't have been possible. All the gorgeous flowers used were grown in Norfolk, Suffolk and Essex. people were blown away by this and they loved the old fashioned blooms particularly Lupins which stole the show.
It came just after the recent airing of a programme on BBC television about the highly mechanised flower production systems elsewhere in the world and the huge number of air miles involved. My little artisan business where flowers are lovingly grown or sourced from other growers is so different to all this. We were utterly thrilled to have our flowers and designs awarded a Gold medal.
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.