The stories behind our homepage slideshow

    Those are our members you’re looking at. They dug those fields, they grew those flowers, they have dirty hands, they can be found outside in all weathers. They all have a story to tell . . .

    FIND A NEW CAREER IN YOUR GARDEN

    Rachel www.ducksanddaffodils.co.uk grows on a corner of an organic farm on the outskirts of York. If you’ve visited the city and admired the seasonal flowers on the café table, they were probably Rachel’s. Her bunches are also added to the veg box scheme run by www.goodnessgrowing.co.uk and delivered throughout York and local villages.
    Photograph by www.tessabunney.co.uk

    GROWING BUSINESSES FROM CORNWALL TO SCOTLAND

    and in Lancashire too. Friends Clare Ashcroft and Alison Matthews www.theflowerfarm.co.uk work together and have turned a mutual love of flowers into a flourishing business. Clare formerly taught floristry at Myerscough College and co-ordinates the North West region for Flowers from the Farm. We think she may have had her nails done especially for the photographer’s visit . . .

    YOU GAVE ME THE CONFIDENCE TO GROW

    although Becky, with her background as an actress, hardly needed the help. With previous work at City of London cemetery, in the West End and on Coronation Street; she underlines the wide array of professions, talents and qualifications our members bring with them. www.pickingposies.co.uk

    ENTHUSIASTIC AND PASSIONATE PEOPLE

    Not actually our members but we couldn’t resist including this trio of happy ladies snapped on our stand at Gardeners World Live at the NEC. Our team made flower crowns and buttonholes for the visitors to the show: met some lovely people and showed off their fabulous flowers all grown in the West Midlands. Oh, and their display got Gold too.
    Photograph by Carole at www.tuckshopflowers.co.uk

    LOCAL, SEASONAL FLOWERS FOR FLORISTS

    snapped by Tessa Bunney www.tessabunney.co.uk proves that it’s not only about the flowers: access to seasonal foliage, seedheads, fruit and branches will make your displays, bouquets and weddings into works of art.

    WEDDINGS WITH A WOW

    www.brideandbloom.co The bride asked for a small piece of her dad’s memorial tree to be included in the flowers she carried on her special day. It’s little touches like this that make a very special occasion even more personal.

    Photo by Emma at www.emmacasephotography.com

    LEARN TOGETHER

    Decorating Haworth Parsonage to celebrate Charlotte Bronte’s 200th birthday is pretty special. Elizabeth

    Flowers from the Garden and Claire Pear Tree House Flowers joined with other friends in a day organised by Sarah Statham. You can read more about the fun they had here. www.simplybyarrangement.co.uk/blog/british-flowers-bronte-tales

    GROWING, SELLING AND PROMOTING BRITISH FLOWERSI CAN'T BELIEVE HOW SUPPORTIVE EVERYONE ;

    are husband and wife team Clarey and Barney Wrightson who run Manor Garden www.manorgarden.co.uk> on the banks of the river Tees. They’re growing flowers and a young family in an old walled garden and proving that flower farming isn’t about floral pinnys and woven trugs – it’s about getting to know your soil at close quarters.
    Photographs by www.tessabunney.co.uk

    FLOWERS WITH NO AIR MILES – VERY FEW ROAD MILES

    has to be our favourite image of all time. It appears on our banners and on our postcards and has travelled the world on social media. It’s a combination of an iconic ex MOD LandRover and gorgeous flowers: old versus new; tough versus gentle; rugged versus delicate.
    Created by two very talented friends Fiona www.firenzafloraldesign.co.uk and Sarah www.simplybyarrangement.co.uk and captured by www.sarahmasonphotography.co.uk