From Monday 10 June to Sunday 16 June, independent florists and flower-growers celebrate British Flowers week. Each year, we make a special bouquet using only flowers from British Growers. To order this bouquet click here.
What is British Flowers Week?
Before the 1970s, most flowers stocked by florists in the UK were home-grown on British farms. Over the next 50 years this changed dramatically so that now most of the flowers in shops and supermarkets come from large, commercial growers who sell through the Dutch flower market. As well as a huge increase in air-miles, this means that the freshness and individuality of many flowers has declined. British Flowers Week aims to reverse this trend.
By stocking British flowers wherever possible, we are part of the move towards buying from local, independent flower-growers. Currently we have home-grown lupins, cornflowers, herpiris, lavender, peonies, sweet william, grass and yarrow. For more information on events and ways to encourage British growers, see the British Flowers Week website at https://www.britishflowersweek.com/.
We have changed our wrapping to use Eco-craft biodegradable cellulose. This wrapping is made in the UK from renewable wood chips and is fully bio-degradable and compostable. Cellulose comes from the walls of plant cells. It breaks down into carbon dioxide and water, which are then used by trees and plants to grow. The composted cellulose has been tested to ensure that it has no negative effects on subsequent plant growth. It is also vegan-friendly.
As well as biodegradable wrapping, this year we started to send all green waste (leaves, stalks, fallen petals, soil) to compost rather than landfill. This reduces the use of unsightly and environmentally damaging landfill and it means that unused plants and flowers go straight back into the natural ecosystem.
The summer flowers are here! This is the most glorious time of year for flowers. The season has started with peonies in coral, white and pink. We also have sweet peas, lupins, cornflowers, lavender and sunflowers. Our current favourite is the large peony, Coral Charm; starting as a tight ball, the flower opens into a huge coral peony which gradually turns bronze-pink over the next few days. We also are keen on English Hesperis – a tall frond of delicate white or purple flowers which is part of the brassica family.
We also have started to stock some intriguing succulents and some new houseplants such as the sweet and exotic-looking Chinese Money plant.
Kensington Flowers donated flowers for the opening of the edible garden at Christ Church, Kensington. The garden opened in the evening of Thursday 23rd May.
After years of planning, the charity Growing Space has created the garden for local schools. It aims to engage young people in growing food: to know where it comes from, to enjoy healthy eating (by tasting their own produce) and also to bring in the local community as volunteer gardeners. We were very happy to be involved in this project for a second time, after running a floral workshop for the charity in December 2017, attended by parents and teachers at St Thomas’s school.
One of the first (and best) summer events in London is the Chelsea Flower Show. As well as the garden competition, growers introduce completely new varieties of plants which are judged by the Flower Show judges. Our favourite from the shortlist for Plant of the Year was the new peony, All that Jazz , which has creamy-apricot petals flecked with dark red and a dark red centre. The winner was a sedum shrub, Atlantis Nonsitnal, which has yellow variegated leaves and small flowers in the summer.
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