The cut flower industry in Britain is huge but I wonder how many of you, picking up a bunch of flowers to brighten a gloomy Winter’s day realise that 95% of the flowers sold in Britain are grown overseas? That’s a change from thirty years ago when only about 5% of the flowers sold in Britain came from overseas.
The buy local, eat seasonal approach to fruit and veg consumption applies just as much to flowers. Of course that means that you can’t always have what you want but that doesn’t mean that a beautiful bouquet can’t grace your home all year round. It can. And we are one of dozens of growers making that happen.
With the decline in habitats for butterflies, bees and other pollinating insects, buying British grown flowers is an easy way to do your bit along with planting flowering plants to bloom throughout the seasons in your gardens. British flowers in your vase have already helped increase the biodiversity of the area in which their grown and provided food all the way up the chain. Many allotmenteers here at Hartley Farm grow a proportion of flowers for cutting alongside their veggies for that reason as well as the obvious advantages of having a few buckets of blooms to arrange around the house.
As Valentine’s Day approaches, one of the biggest days for florists in the whole year we’ve been thinking about what #britishflowers alternatives could be promoted instead of the ubiquitous red roses, which whilst lovely when home grown and are in reality poor unperfumed jet-lagged things that have been flown hundreds of miles to represent love in the UK in February!
Here are our favourites to include in homegrown Valentine’s bouquets
• Anemones in jewel colours are very seasonal for February, not to mention totally stunning.
• Dainty bulbs planted in pretty vintage teacups and miniature bulbs planted in heart-shaped planters
• Heart shaped woven wreaths
• Hyacinths, pussy willow, viburnum and blackthorn make a lovely bouquet
• Myrtle -despite not flowering in February the dark green glossy leaves have the
There’s a little of time to think about how you might support local, seasonal flowers for Valentine’s Day. Pop into Young Blooms to chat about what they could do to bring a bit of romance to your Valentine. Perhaps a gift voucher for one of our upcoming workshops would hit the spot with that special someone.
Maybe the colour of Valentine’s Day should be a rich purple not scarlet. It’s certainly the colour of the season in homegrown terms?