This week is when florists and growers celebrate all the fabulous flowers that are grown in the UK.
One of the unexpected but positive side effects of Brexit is that British Flower sales have increased hugely as flowers coming in via the giant auction in Holland have risen steeply in price. This has encouraged our growers to expand their businesses and that is all good news for us florists.
The challenge for my Confidence Builders (Group 1) class this week was to create a traditional moss filled chicken wire form and use it instead of green floral foam to support their flowers.
I had done research in old floristry books to see how this was done in the past and come up with a method for them all to try. We had to have the right kind of moss, the right kind of chicken wire and practice wiring the flowers into the frame. It was fascinating to (read more)
Heat hours don't sound very glamorous but just try going into your local supermarket and asking them how many heat hours their roses have had! I bet they don't have a clue and don't even know what they are! That is why you should buy your Valentines Day roses from me!
I know exactly what mine are because my roses are coming directly from the growers greenhouse to my studio because I buy direct. Most flowers will have been from the grower to the flower auction in Holland to a flower distributor in Holland to a Wholesaler in Britain and then on to the final retailer.