Posted 15th Jun 2015
With British Flowers Week (15th to 19th June) upon us, award-winning florist, Jay Archer, tells us how to celebrate the wonderful variety of flora and fauna grown in the British Isles
Award-winning wedding and special event florist Jay Archer, of Hampshire-based Jay Archer Floral Design, is a well-known advocate of the British Flowers industry. She is one of five UK florists to be profiled during British Flowers Week, organised by New Covent Garden Flower Market.
Here are Jay’s top tips for picking and prolonging interesting, seasonal British flowers.
Go for scented
You can't go wrong with pretty looking and sweet smelling blooms. I always recommend scented flowers to my clients who want to bring the essence of a quintessentially English country garden to life with their arrangements. Personal favourites include stocks, flowering mint, sweet peas, garden roses, and scented leaf pelargoniums. The added bonus is that all of these varieties are easy to grow, so your garden will be full of an enticing scent. They also have a good vase life.
Make them last
If you find your beautiful blooms aren’t lasting as long as you would like, I recommend cutting stems daily and regularly changing the water. It’s always best not to overcrowd the vase, which also helps them to last longer.
Fill up with foliage
Foliage is often overlooked but can do wonders for plumping up an arrangement. British varieties which are easy to come by and add interest include beech, white leaf, hebe and lemon balm.
Get out and about
If you’re looking for inspiration, particularly for British flower arrangements or varieties that will thrive in the garden, then a walk around a farmers' market, National Trust site or Arboretum will get the creatives juices flowing. Beautiful gardens will show off the very best in British seasonal blooms. Mottisfont’s rose displays in June are a must-see.
Jay Archer’s Flower School in Hampshire offers a variety of creative floristry courses for all ages and abilities, using British, seasonal flowers wherever possible. For more information visit www.jafdflowerschool.com.
By Jay Archer
Images courtesy of Ria Mishaal