Today we woke to a proper frost....what luck we put the Dahlias to bed yesterday! So today we have continued to tidy up, sorting through all the vases and other props we have for weddings. This was followed by sending out a bouquet by post to London. The bouquet included my Paperwhite Narcissus, Freesias from Guernsey, Heather from Cornwall and Alstoemeria from Sussex. I send my bouquets Special Delivery and my boxes are beautifully looked after by the lovely staff at Southwold Post Office. Then late afternoon a Bride and her Mother arrived to talk wedding flowers for next Spring. it is so thrilling that people seem genuinely interested in using British grown flowers for their weddings and events.
I grow here on a very small scale but quite intensively. I grow small quantities of flowers all year round. I try to grow things which are more difficult to source either varieties or colours, which I can add to my bouquets to make them really special. One of the huge benefits of using British flowers is the scent. Which is so different to most imported blooms.
Through the Winter the things I grow include Amaryllis, Hyacinths and Paperwhite Narcissus, then moving into Spring Hellebores, Grape Hyacinths, Scented Narcissus, Tulips, Alliums, Iris, Wallflowers, Hesperis, Sweet Williams, Foxgloves. For Summer we have Gladiolus, a few Roses, Hydrangeas and Peonies, crops of Cornflowers, Cosmos, Marigolds, Nigella and Sweet Peas....as we move into Autumn, Dahlias, Grasses and Chrysanthemums.....This isn't everything we grow but gives you a flavour. I buy in from other local growers and then further afield from other British growers and use British grown flowers all year round.
Below is a little gallery of things I have grown in the cutting garden.
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.