This week me and my flowers have been to The Chelsea Flower Show! This is a story of two halves! I had a fabulous day at Chelsea with my sister. We go every year and I find it invaluable for inspiration and plant information. The show gardens were amazing....I particularly liked Chris Beardshaw's garden which is to be replanted in Poplar as a community garden and I'Occitane garden based on a perfumiere's garden in Grasse. Beautiful. Iris were a big feature this year along with Lupins and Foxgloves. I was also taken by the Verbascum and am interested to know how they cut. I loved the natural style gardens both Best in Show...Dan Pearson's Chatsworth garden and L'Occitane French garden featuring wild flowers prominently. As always the Peter Beales Rose stand was fabulous.
My flowers going to Chelsea was another story! I had a request via Flowers from the Farm to supply flowers for a designer doing something for BBC coverage. It sounded exciting and was to be about British grown cut flowers. I sent Lilac, Sweet Williams and Sweet Rocket as they wanted scented blooms. Flowers were collected from a number of East Anglian growers and the EDP came and photographed us. The footage filmed of the flowers was due to be shown on Wednesday evening on BBC One but was edited out....eventually appearing on the highlights show on Sunday night...making no reference to the growers! I was thrilled to see my flowers being used but really disappointed that the designer didn't say who had grown them. .....media types for you!!! As a result of all the flowers I sent to Chelsea I didn't have much to sell at my pop up shop at WOW in Southwold this weekend...
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.