British Flowers Week Part 4

Kate Nielen  bouquet shot for marinaSo that’s all for BFW 2015 … with the aid of social media, we’ve been able to look at all the wonderful British flowers being sold by wholesalers, farmers and growers, to be used around the country by florists, being cooed over by happy recipients and seeing so many people around the UK realise that there are some amazing people diligently producing fabulous flowers and foliage for us all to enjoy

So when something is seasonal, make the most of it … cos it won’t be around for long!


British Flowers Week Part 3

Little pots of joy

There is nothing nicer than having flowers in your home – on the table, by your bed or in the kitchen. And this little pot of loveliness comprises field grown British Roses that bring to mind rose oil, sweetly scented Sweet Peas, a little touch of Mint and English garden Philadelphus or Mock Orange – together they smell like heaven!


Set in this delicate pale blue pot they make you proud to be British …

British Flowers Week

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

matilda - dog collar

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!!me and heidi