I’m really excited about this blog, as it’s a subject very close to my heart, although, to be fair, all flower related topics fall into that category!
This year, for the first time, we’ve been able to use some of our own flowers, grown on site, in our bouquets and I can’t begin to tell you how satisfying that is.
First of all, I want to let you know that the British Flower movement is really…. well… blossoming. The industry is making a come back, more and more large scale growers and smaller farms are springing up around the country reducing the need for imports. And here at Eden Blooms we’re doing our bit too.
I’m very proud of our on site Sweet Peas, Lavender, Rosemary, Cornflowers, Larkspur, Alchimilla Mollis, David Austin Roses and Cosmos.
If you’re not familiar with some of those, Larkspur looks identical to perennial Delphiniums and comes in a variety of colours including spikes of red, pink, violet and white.
Alchimilla Mollis is otherwise known as Lady’s Mantle, and has scalloped, bright green leaves and tiny yellow flowers. It takes its name from the Arabic, meaning little magical one, as in the middle ages the water collected from its leaves after morning dew was said to have healing properties!
Cosmos are beautiful, large open white and pink flowers with delicate apple-green foliage. These are one of my favourites and look so pretty in a bouquet.
We get our seeds from suppliers such as Higgledy Garden seeds in Cornwall who pride themselves on providing the very best seeds, a great range of colour, form, scent and longevity.
You can get involved too. October is the time of year to start sowing next years Hardy Annuals. These include Corncockle (a pretty purple flower), Nigella (an old cottage garden flower also known as love-in-a-mist), Cornflowers, Sweet Peas, (such gorgeous delicate colours), Delphiniums, Lupins and delightful Flowering Sage.
British Flower week is in May but you don’t have to wait until then to get involved. If you start now, come May you can be celebrating your success along with us! As I said at the beginning, the satisfaction you’ll get will be well worth the effort.