Hottest British Flowers Week EVER! But in spite of last week’s stem-wilting heat, we celebrated in style.
Combining two of our passions – British flowers and organics – we supplied 50 gorgeous arrangements for the tables and stage at the Soil Association’s 70th birthday celebration in London last Wednesday. We were delighted that our flowers were admired by so many people from across the organic community, including HRH the Prince of Wales, no less, and we’ve had some lovely comments on Twitter, Facebook and our website. Thank you so much to all of you who have taken the time to contact us, we really appreciate it. Perhaps we’ll get the chance to meet some of you for courses and open days here at Organic Blooms in the future – we’d love to show you what we do.
Jo and Andy ran our first week-long City and Guilds horticultural skills course last week. We worked with a lovely group of six students from varying backgrounds and with varying levels of horticultural experience, but all with a passion for growing and being outside in nature. Some were old friends from horticulture projects and previous Organic Blooms courses and others we met for the first time.
The group included an experienced therapeutic horticulture practitioner, a volunteer at Bristol’s botanical gardens, a very knowledgable home gardener preparing to take on a much larger plot, an Organic Blooms volunteer and two students who came over each day from Aberbargoed in the Welsh valleys, where they run a community allotment and a community garden on behalf of their local church. It was lovely to hear about what they’re achieving there and to discuss suggestions for their project. Thank you, Tom and Derrick, for your lovely message – we’re glad you found it a week well spent!
Although the course is not organic-specific, it was interesting that the group was very much focused on organic growing and solutions and everyone very much enjoyed working in our flower field and cutting armfuls of our fabulous British flowers to take home at the end of the week.
Topping off British Flowers Week was Wendy’s hand-tied bouquet workshop on Friday morning. After cutting their own seasonal flowers fresh from the field, under Wendy’s guidance the group created some stunning arrangements to take home.
We always love British Flowers Week – we believe locally-grown seasonal flowers are by far and away the best aesthetically and ethically – but this year’s was one of the best – as well as the hottest – ever.