So this week is British Flowers Week June 15-19 … for those of you who haven’t heard of it before, this is an opportunity to put the wonderful range of British grown flowers and foliage on the map… literally!
I can’t profess to be a regular user of British flowers… being based at New Covent Garden Flower Market means that I have access to flowers and more from across the globe and, depending on what my clients want, I can find pretty much anything given a good brief and enough time to source it
But I do like to use British where possible and when the growing season arrives, I’m down there looking through the fabulous buckets of flowers that come in to the wholesalers I use like Zest, E4, Pratley and Alagar from specialist growers and farms around the country
There are Delphiniums and Peonies, Roses and Cornflowers, Sweet William and Sweet Peas, Dahlias and Lilies plus wonderful foliages such as Forsythia, Rosemary, Mint, Euonymous, and much more …
There are more and more smaller growers banding together now to provide British grown flowers to florists all over the country and as the current fashion for flower arranging has moved towards the more natural, back to basics but still elegant and professional style, then the home grown, slightly quirky, not-all-perfect stems are becoming more popular
So this week I thought I would treat you all to a little round of things that I’ve made recently using British flowers. And first up is man – or woman’s – best friend
We are a nation of dog lovers apparently and it seems that more and more couples are deciding not to leave their beloved pooch out of the most important day of their lives
We are asked for floral dog collars very often and decided that British Flower Week would be the perfect time to create a very special dog collar for that most British of breeds.. the bulldog. This particular lady is Matilda and she is the proud owner of Joanne Good, radio presenter at BBC London. She very kindly agreed to model this piece featuring fragrant Roses, Astrantia and Sweet Peas with Salal and Mint foliage
We’ve made a range of both fresh and faux collars for dogs – and cats actually – of all sizes and welcome any challenge …
So don’t leave your other best friend out of your wedding … we would be happy to make you a matching crown too!!