I am currently experimenting with making buttonholes from new and different flowers. The traditional Carnation and Rose buttonholes are much less popular these days, partly as a result of discerning brides wanting something different but also because of the interest in British grown flowers. Cut Carnations and Roses are not available year round grown in Britain and in fact are almost exclusively imported from South America and Africa via Holland.
As a result I am trying all sorts of flowers as buttonholes to see how they work. So far I have tried Muscari/ Grape Hyacinths, Lily of The Valley, Daisys, Anenome de Caen, garden Roses and Tulips, all have worked well. Some of the little filler flowers I have used have wilted a little too quickly so the experiment continues. I plan to include more examples in my blog as the season progresses. At college I was taught to wire and tape which keeps moisture in but not doing this does allow you to keep the flowers in water to the last minute....the jury is out!
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.