A guide to the growing season
Read our guides to British flowers from spring until the first frosts return in late autumn.
If you’re a keen gardener, you probably already know something about what flowers when in the UK. But if you don’t grow or garden, it’s easy to think that some flowers (like strawberries) are available year round: after all, roses (and strawberries) are in the supermarket for 52 weeks a year. Everything has its natural season – when the weather and length of daylight hours combine to produce the perfect environment for growing and for glorious blooms. In our learning resources we share the amazing variety, scent and charisma which can be found throughout the year in cutting gardens and flower farms across the UK.
This short film explores how Rachel, owner of Edinburgh floristry business, Hedgerow, works closely with Paula of Millpond Flower Farm who grows exactly the style of natural ‘garden gathered’ flowers which her wedding and event clients crave. Chatting together they make plans for the year, share stories and build an understanding of how their businesses can work together. As we watch Paula cutting huge branches of silver birch for spectacular floristry to come, we meet Larry the sheep – a key member of the Millpond Flower Farm team and learn why he’s not quite so stupid as he looks.