In honour of British Flowers Week, I asked Liz Inigo Jones from Blue Sky Flowers to contribute to our flower guide with some inspiration on home grown blooms…well kind Liz only went and created a week’s worth of flower love for us! So today marks the official blog take-over for Blue Sky Flowers and the start of BFW week which runs between the 16th (today) and the 20th. Aimed at getting the Great British public to consider the amount of imported flowers to the UK and draw attention to local growers, Liz will be showcasing her take on “best of british” varieties and flowers which grow beautifully in home soil.
From Liz: Seriously, if I had a £ for every bride who said ‘are peonies in season for my wedding date?’ I’d have retired a very happy florist long ago! Truth is that they are one of my favourite flowers too and I use them as often as I can…
Thankfully the season has lengthened over the past few years but when the British peonies start to appear at the flower market, we snap them up and use them everywhere. Peonies are fragrant, delicate, gentle and oh so pretty! Available in shades from pure white, soft blush pink Solange (very popular at the moment), bubblegum pink Sarah Bernhardt, hot pink Dr Flemyng and the extraordinary Coral Charm which starts life deep coral/apricot and as it opens, fades almost before your eyes to the soft pale peach of a baby’s bottom.
So if you are getting married and love peonies, aim for a date between the middle of May and early July to be safe and go peony crazy.
With thanks to Liz for such beautiful inspiration and for educating me a little more on these beautiful flowers!
…And don’t forget to join in with the conversation on Twitter #BritishFlowersWeek