British Flowers Week

June 20, 2020

This week we’re joining the nation to celebrate British Flowers Week. Founded by new Covent Garden Market in 2013, British Flowers Week is an annual, national celebration of the wealth and variety of British cut flowers, plants and foliage! Who doesn’t love a beautiful arrangement of florals in their home right? They instantly have an uplifting effect on our mood and many people would admit to having a “favourite” flower but have you ever wondered where they come from or which time of year is best for particular blooms?

We spoke to Victoria from Victoria Ivy Floral Design, a very talented Yorkshire based florist who gave us an insight into the world of British grown flowers!

Here’s what Victoria had to say…

At Victoria Ivy my style is free, fresh, natural and very much led by the garden. The flowers I source and work with are the best quality seasonal varieties and my floral pieces reflect the way flowers are intended to be in their natural environment. I am a huge fan and incredibly passionate about British grown flowers, in particular Yorkshire grown blooms. When setting up Victoria Ivy, I was really determined to build a business which was sustainable and play my part in keeping our planet protected. For numerous reasons, using British seasonal grown flowers is one of the ways I achieve this.

Quite simply British blooms allow me to work with what mother nature provided and intended at the right time of season. I’m lucky that the wonderful couples who work me in creating their florals dream, also share this love, for loose fitting, whimsical and garden led designs – which is what makes us a perfect fit.

https://victoriaivyfloral.co.uk

Which flowers are in season and when?

British growers are nurturing stems in their preferred season and I love to see the vast variety that this wonderful island produces. My favourites appear month after month, March, when typically the British flower season begins, you will find the most stunning Helleborus, April the Tulip, and May the Sweet Williams and Foxgloves (love these!).

However June and July are my favourite months for British; with the arrival of Peonies, along with the return of Ranunculus and Orlaya, August is when the beautiful Dahlias take centre stage, coming into Autumn with my friend Phlox and Cosmos. These are just some of my personal favourites I love working with!

Want to discover more? The below link will take you to British Flowers Week, which gives more information, along with a calendar detailing what flowers are available in which month.

https://www.britishflowersweek.com

Why buy British grown flowers?

British flowers need fewer, if any, chemicals to grow and last longer as they are fresher when you buy them. By sourcing British this means no need to ship from overseas which reduces the carbon footprint.

Supporting British business

As you may have noticed, I am extremely passionate about supporting British business (being one myself). Putting back into our great little island and especially my beloved Yorkshire is super important and something I want my little minis to understand (alongside looking after our planet).

In a nutshell British flowers is something I am in love with, passionate about and have so much to thank. I love talking, sharing my thoughts and knowledge (which is learning all the time) to fellow florists, industry colleagues, family, friends and most importantly my wonderful couples I have the honour of working with.

British flower growers

Here’s just some of Victoria’s favourite British growers that can be found in Yorkshire:

– Pickers Cut Flowers

Pickers Flowers is run by the brilliant Sally who is based near York, in the beautiful village of Moor Monkton. As a child Sally grew up on a farm and was surrounded by the abundance of the Yorkshire countryside. Sally’s wealth of experience and knowledge is just incredible and I love that she shares the magic and beauty of nature.

Sally is a member of Flowers from the Farm (link) and grows a wide range of quality, freshly picked flowers for florists and brides on beautiful plots in and around the village of Moor Monkton.

http://www.pickers.co.uk

– Yorkshire Petals

At the helm of Yorkshire Petals is the wonderful Janice. Together with her family, they grow the most gloriously scented British flowers on the outskirts of Leeds, West Yorkshire. Sustainability is a key focus for Janice, which made us a match made in heaven. Wherever possible Janice uses recyclable and biodegradable materials to ensure a low carbon footprint.

Janice is also a member of the Flower from the Farm, and cultivates a wide variety of seasonal English country flowers; old scented roses mingled with the frill of sweetpeas, along with some of my favourites from cornflowers to Sweet William.

To find out more about Janice at Yorkshire Petals…

https://www.yorkshirepetals.co.uk

– Picked at Dawn

Picked at Dawn is run from a walled garden in Thirsk, North Yorkshire by the talented Suzie. Studying art and design and having worked in horticulture since 2007, Picked at Dawn combines Suzie’s two main passions, horticulture and design. I love that Suzie describes growing flowers like watching an ever evolving work of art.

To find out more about Suzie at Picked at Dawn…

https://www.pickedatdawn.co.uk/seeds

– British growers in the UK

There is a whole host of talented and wonderful growers across the UK, to find out more about growers near you, head to:

Flowers from the Farm

https://www.flowersfromthefarm.co.uk

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