I thought you might be interested in what we grow and use through the year. Starting with what I grow and use through the winter and then over the next few posts what we grow and use through the other seasons.
If you order one of my winter bouquets or a British flower winter wedding, what flowers might I use?
Well I force Hyacinths, Amaryllis/Hippeastrum and Paperwhite Narcissus for winter flowers. These are grown undercover. I only have a very small undercover area but enough to give me a supply of these blooms through the winter. I buy in Alstroemeria and Ranunculus from a grower in Cornwall in the depths of winter and then in the early spring from a local grower in Norfolk. I also buy in other types of Narcissus and Freesias from The Scilly Isles until the early Narcissus are available from Cornwall. The gorgeous foliages come from my garden, Cornwall and Norfolk with Mistletoe coming from Shropshire/Herefordshire. I start cutting outside here in Suffolk in February/March with Narcissus, Hellebores and Blossom.
The one concession I do make, is the English Rose grower/supplier I use in the English season, also has a farm in Kenya and they grow scented garden style roses there. The farm is Fairtrade and the blooms are flown over in spare space on passenger flights, so are as eco friendly as possible. If winter Bride's would like Roses this is possible. The only issue is that I need notice as I have to order two weeks in advance, so if you are having a party or special celebration and would like some, I do need warning! The white Roses in particular look good with all the lovely lush English foliages. I will be writing a separate blog about these Roses and another about foliages.
If you would like to order a gorgeous winter bouquet please get in touch.
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.