Blooming, British, blooms

Ladies. Love. Flowers.

It’s a thing right?

They are just a joy to have around and often carry a gorgeous sentiment, if you have been lucky enough to have some bought for you.

We are sure you won’t be surprised to hear that 90% of the flowers sold through UK florists, supermarkets and wholesalers are imported, not just from Holland, but flown from all over the world, as far afield as Ecuador, Colombia, Kenya and even Ethiopia.

Excitedly, over the last few years, a small army of enthusiastic British Growers has started to emerge.

Aside from the huge carbon footprint the imported blooms have, they can also lack in character and scent, being forced and grown on mass, then transported out of water and chilled, all year round.

Growers are sprouting up (quite literally!) all over the UK.  You just need to look further than your stocked supermarket foyer……

 

Since a wonderful cooperative called ‘Flowers from the Farm’ was started in 2011 by a grower in East Riding, the industry has gone from strength to strength, with this organisation alone having over 500 active members.

www.flowersfromthefarm.co.uk is a great resource to find out more about British Grown Flowers and is where you can locate your nearest grower if you, like us, fancy British Blooms in your life!   With Brexit looming, and our desire to reduce travel miles wherever possible, this industry needs our support and custom.

You can often visit the cutting gardens of the growers yourself, and select your specific blooms straight from the plot, or alternatively find their flowery harvests at farmers markets, farm shops or independent cafes and the like.

We have had the pleasure of dealing directly with Sally Pickering at Pickers Flowers www.pickers.co.uk Elizabeth at Flowers from the Garden, www.flowersfromthegarden.co.uk and Sarah at Leafy Couture www.leafycouture.co.uk

The current season for British Blooms will run pretty much until the first frost, so now is the time to ‘Flower Yourself Happy!’

 

 

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