(Picture credit: Rebecca Dawson, Manor Farm Cottage Flowers)
Well what a week it’s been! Despite the almost constant heavy downpours there’s been one place ablaze with summer. Yes the flower market here in Vauxhall has been celebrating ‘grown not flown’ flowers this week, British growers and their dazzling and fragrant flowers and foliage.
Not only have florists been able to get a much wider variety of home grown stock but the demand at the retail end has been fantastic! People really want to buy British. The delicate flowers arrive uninjured, fresh and absolutely beautiful.
We have seen camera crews in the market too who filmed for the BBC’s Countryfile programme which aired on Wednesday night. The feature started out at The Real Flower Company in Hampshire, a grower of British flowers, featured particularly were their roses and it was all about the differing and divine fragrances. The segment of the programme was so popular it spawned the hashtag #countryfilecrashedmywebsite on Twitter! Next they moved to the flower market and witnessed the dazzling choice of British flowers available. Ellie & Anna of The Flower Appreciation Society joined the presenter Anita Rani and helped her select flowers to make a head dress with. The result was beautiful.
At the market our five selected florists have been pulling out the stops one day at a time.
Day one was Philip Hammond www.dorchestercollection.com.
Using British oriental lilies as the main flower he made this wonderful hat and in the following pictures a beautiful urn display and a fragrant bouquet.
Day two was the turn of Petalon (www.petalon.co.uk). And wow were we in for a treat! As their business is unique in that all the bouquets are delivered by push bike, their creations took on a similar feel! A front basket display and a decorated cycle helmet! Using British orlaya grandiflora.
And what dog wouldn’t want a floral collar? Fabulous!
On day three we saw Amanda Austin Flowers (www.amandaaustinflowers.co.uk) using British Astrantia. The results were gorgeous.
Then onto day four and The Flower Appreciation Society using British Foliage. Enjoy!
A beautiful crown of peonies, sweet peas, senecio, viburnum plicatum, oregano and a sprig of mint!
Day five introduced ‘The Alstromeria Collection’ by Dutchman
Rob Van Helden. Showing us three very different designs using just Alstromeria, here we can see the first design using white against a grand silver urn
Then came along these vibrant vivid red arrangements in stone & ceramic pots, wow!
As well as our florists making such wonderful creations, British Flowers Week has been celebrated in numerous ways up and down our fair isle. Our favourite two stories are firstly of these gorgeous five puppies have been named after British flowers by The Dogs Trust.
And lastly, Capel Manor Students made this stunning display for Number 10!
If you would like to see more images of displays using wonderful British Flowers, visit New Covent Garden Flower Markets very own website British Flowers Week.
To everyone involved thank you for a very special week, we can’t wait to do it all again next year!