There has been a growing trend in the last year for ‘English’ flowers and natural designs. However there are various meanings for this:
True English flowers are UK grown, seasonal and are reliant on the UK weather conditions; delphinium, lily of the valley, freesias and sweet peas to name but a few. However the down side of this is that when we have a bad spring (such as this year) the seasons can be behind and therefore flowers a bride has requested may not be in flower yet, or if seasons are ahead of themselves and flowers that would normally be available in mid June have already flowered and finished by May.
British native flowers then lend themselves to relaxed and natural styles of floristry and can be made into pretty posy bouquets and wonderful centrepieces that work fantastically well with another current trend – vintage. Filling big urns and jugs full of wonderfully scented blooms and then decorating churches with simple swags of flowers works wonderfully well.
Top tip from Lucinda at The Ballon Lady; when sourcing UK flowers be flexible – consider leaving the flower choice to the florist to see what is available that month in your colour scheme or even use pretty mixed colours to achieve a natural look.