It might not be the best title for a blogpost, but as I was picking flowers up at our growing site with Vanessa from Foxglove garden. I reflected on how we pick flowers and what goes into a British grown gift bouquet.
When ordering your gift bouquet, we always ask for at least 24 hours notice. That is because of the need to pick and condition our flowers. Conditioning flowers involves, cutting and gathering them from our growing site, bringing them into the workshop. Stripping the lower part of the stems of leaves and placing them in lovely fresh cold water. If seeing something visually explained is more helpful then check the video on our youtube channel about conditioning flowers.
When it comes to wrapping the bouquet, we try and be as sustainable as possible using what we call ‘floral nappies’. They are a compostable wrap that keeps the bouquet hydrated whilst it travels and then it can be put in the recycling once done. If you want to have a go yourself then check our Youtube video on wrapping flowers.
Flowers once cut always need around 12 hours drinking time to get enough water and substance up their stems. You will find that if you cut flowers, arrange them in a bouquet and then give them away straight away that they will flop very quickly.
List of ingredients as follows that went into this bouquet.
As you can see it is a more relaxed and rustic style bouquet, we love it for the texture, colour and smell. The best thing about it is there is no airmiles involved, its locally grown and is very much made with love.
If you’re not in our area and wanting to use a British flower grower then you can always try Flowers from the farm. They have a brilliant website where you can just type in a postcode and find a grower nearest to you. Well worth supporting these small independent local growers.