It’s British Flowers Week – a super exciting week or creativity for flower lovers and florists. Most of us are no stranger to the shop local, grown not flown movements in the food industry. This week (15th – 19th June 2020) it’s been the flower growers turn to be celebrated.

To mark the excitement of British Flowers Week I would normally host a workshop two with Hampshire grown blooms as the main ingredient, there’d be cake, tea, coffee and laughter on tap. However, like many of my plans this year (and everyone else’s) things haven’t quite turned out as I expected!

Not put off by the weather and still wanting to do something, I took my girls and our waterproofs to West End Flower Farm, just up the Meon Valley for a little look about. The café there has re-opened, and you can book wonderful takeaway picnics, to eat by their picturesque lake.

When we got there it was still pouring down with rain but we were greeted with huge smiles, the best and only takeaway coffee I’ve had in months and a hot chocolate with marshmallows. A good start and that’s not evening mentioning the flowers yet.

Just in between the café and the flower shop, tucked under the whizzy folding out roof, we got to take a look at the British Flower Week installation (a snap shot pictured) created by owner Bella and resident Florist Hannah Berry Flowers. I have been following Hannah on Instagram for a while (and was hugely excited when some of my hand dyed ribbons were used for a workshop earlier in the year) so it really exciting to meet in real life.

In between running about after my girls, I got to stop and take a breath to admire the beautiful hand-tied bouquets on sale. Tucked underneath in a galvanised steel tray I found just what I was looking for – beautiful bunches of sweet peas matching the most beautiful pinks, coral and lilacs which had been used to style across a dinner set up in abundance. Underneath the table we found groups of English Roses, wafting their scent over too. These are normally my go to seasonal ingredient for my Bridal Bouquets as they have bountiful petals and exquisite scent. A beautiful crescent arch, tall candles, napkins and glassware brought the relaxed but carefully curated look together. It was lovely to see a table set for a special occasion, we need things to look forward to! I really can’t wait to get stuck into wedding work again.

Our little trip to the farm cheered us all up, and felt like a great first outing as a three as we begin slowly ease out of lockdown. When I get back to my wedding work, I’ll continue to buy flowers seasonally from Bella and her team, you really get such a special selection of colours, textures and seasonal joy from those flowers.

Do keep an eye on my Instagram feed, (now viewable on my gallery page here too) to see what I do with these incredibly special flowers.

Until next time,

Sarah x

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