I like to incorporate wild flowers into my bouquets and wedding flowers. I think it complements the garden flowers I use and creates a really natural look. My 2015 Brides are keen to use them and are asking in some cases for exclusively wild or wild looking flowers in their bouquets and arrangements.
I have a lot of wild flowers which grow naturally in my garden. These include Foxgloves, Honesty, Ox Eye Daisy, Cow Parsley and Fennel. Others I encourage by cultivating them, Primroses, Bluebells, Sweet Marjoram, Honeysuckle and Cornflowers. In addition I grow wild looking flowers such as Ammi and Hesperis ( Sweet Rocket). Wild flowers don't last long cut and it is important to remember you must not cut them from the wild. It is illegal to dig up wild flowers and picking them is a complicated issue depending on where and what they are and what you intend to do with the specimen.
I don't have space for a wild flower meadow but if you do you can source seed from Nigel Dunnett's (Olympic Park) company Pictorial Meadows. .....They produce beautiful mixes with a good variety to chose from. I grow some wild flowers from seed these include Honesty, Hesperis and Sweet Marjoram. Honesty and Hesperis are Bienniel which means you sow them in May/June and they flower the following year. This year I am trialling sowing Red Campion from seed. It is helpful to consider the plants natural habitat to decide if they are good for your garden. For example annuals such as poppies prefer poor soil and good sun, whilst woodland varieties like primroses prefer damper shadier sites. I find Primroses propagate well by division and Bluebells naturalise from planting a few bulbs.
Many plants including wild flowers are poisonous to humans and or animals so it is very important not to eat them and to wash hands after handling...also keep well away from children and animals. The RHS and Kew Gardens provide helpful information in this area.
Suppliers of seed to buy include Sarah Raven, Thompson and Morgan and Crocus. My Bluebell bulbs come from Peter Nyssen.
Other resources include books by Sarah Raven and Carol Klein ( Wild Flowers Nature's Own to Garden Grown-helpful growing advice) as well as Collins Complete Guide to British Wild flowers. Another helpful resource is The Wild Flower Society which has a website www.thewildflowersociety.com and can also be found on Facebook.
As the year progresses I will keep updating information about my wild flowers and let you know how they are flourishing.
Do you grow wild flowers/ or have particular favourites if so it would be good to hear from you.
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.