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A Great summer for British Flowers

It’s been a great summer for British Flowers and this year I challenged myself to broaden the range of flowers I grow and use for weddings. It’s easy just to offer roses, but they are almost always imported and brides are increasingly aware of their high carbon footprint. There are so many other beautiful flowers that we can grow easily and I like the idea of wedding flowers reminding brides of the season. I bought a lot of dahlias this year, and whilst they are not to everyone’s taste, they are gorgeous for informal garden bouquets in late summer like this one.  Almost everything in this bouquet is from my own cutting garden and it really is an “all of the garden” bouquet with plenty of white and blue to add to the bright orange of the dahlias and Carthamus (orange thistle-like flower). The Scabious complement the orange shades perfectly and for me this is the essence of a late summer morning.