British Flowers Week is a New Covent Garden Campaign to celebrate the wonderful variety of British cut flowers, foliage and plants and also the florists, growers, retailers and growers who make it all happen. This festival is now in it's ninth year and ran last week between Monday 14th and Sunday 20th June 2021.
Five posies were created from the roses grown by Keith and Rachael Jones on their nursery in Barrow Lane and were given to residents in Tarvin.
They wanted to show that you don't have to buy long stemmed cut flowers from a florist to create a lovely arrangement or bunch of flowers. Although they usually last a little longer, generally roses bought from florists and supermarket lack the scent of garden roses. You can grow roses in your garden and if you cut them occasionally, and feed and water well, they will produce more blooms all summer long. you can also use other garden flowers or perennials such as heuchera and geranium and even hedgerow plants like cow parsley to complement shorter stemmed roses.
Of course, Hybrid teas are made for the job, but you don't have to limit your choice of cutting roses to Tea roses. Actually, we didn't use a single tea rose in these posies. Climbers, floribundas, grandiflora, all work well. There are a few roses that just don't cut well and a few only last a day or two. The rose descriptions on our website all state whether or not the variety can be used as a cut flower.
For shorter stemmed posies, you don't even need a vase. A mug or milk jug is perfectly suitable.
Add a little sugar to feed, change the water frequently and even add a little white or wine vinegar to the water to prevent algae forming avoiding glass vases also helps to prevent algae.
If you want your arrangement to bunch like these, simply tie the bunch together once you have created the arrangement you want. Otherwise, simply arrange in a Vase or Mug and enjoy!