Even in Winter I use British flowers for weddings. last week a wonderful winter wedding where the bride asked for " no imported flowers" So we used Hydrangeas from Somerleyton Hall, Paperwhite Narcissus from my cutting garden, Freesias from Guernsey and Delphiniums, Anemones and Ranunculus from Cornwall We made mossed heart shaped wreaths and a moss and foliage garland. It is such a pleasure to decorate a wedding in a truly natural style.
I am writing this post in conjuction with hosting the Flowers from the Farm Instagram account for the week.....so British Flower Weddings in general. I have been growing and using British grown flowers in my wedding and event work for several years now. The situation has changed in that to start with I didn't think anyone else was doing this except me...but now there are lots of florists who work in this way and more growers to buy from. However it is important to realise that it isn't the case you can have the same flowers ( just cheaper) if they are British grown. They are different varieties and you need to work with them differently. Many don't cope well with floral foam and so work much better in looser more natural styling. There are however huge benefits...scent being a big one. The stems tend not to be dead straight which I love. It is a whole new way of working....not least it takes much longer to source the materials especially for the things we don't grow and may result in multiple delivery charges as the flowers come from several different growers. Colours can also be an issue as florists have to work harder to meet colour briefs and Brides sometimes need to be more flexible. Is difficult to be certain of particular flowers being available as the growers are more weather dependant than large scale under cover factory style growing elsewhere. For the last two years I have run workshops for growers and florists wanting to find out about using british grown flowers for weddings and next year I will be expanding this so keep in touch if you are interested to learn more. ( Below a few examples from this year).
After a career in the Health Service and then time bringing up my family, I qualified as a florist and trained in horticulture. Developing a passion for growing and arranging British garden flowers, I planted a Suffolk cutting garden. Having become increasingly concerned about where and how flowers are grown coupled with a love of British flowers. I now specialise in growing and using beautiful British grown flowers to make artistic designs. for weddings, events and gifts.