I am really pleased with my Roses this year.....a good year for Roses! I garden on light soil which is not great for them and so I feed, water, prune and hope for the best. I have planted some new Peter Beales roses to add to my collection and apart from a spot of greenfly they are doing well. I am treating the greenfly with fairy liquid and water. There is such a difference between garden roses and the imported ones you buy from flower farms in South America and Kenya. For a start there is the scent but also I prefer their more flowing habit and less rigid straight stems. They are less uniform with in some cases wonderful large open faces. I gradually intend to grow more, so this winter will plant some more bare rooted plants which is the most economical way of doing it. This also allows them to become established before the summer flowering season. I use them in bouquets and wedding work and buy them from a friend with a wonderful Rose garden in Essex when I need more than I can grow.
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.