Variety show

One thing that sometimes comes up when I am discussing flowers with clients is the worry that by using British grown, seasonal flowers the choice will be restricted. Of course by following the seasons it means that you use what comes naturally but there is always something gorgeous available. If you love peonies and are getting married in March, then ranunculus are a fabulous choice, or in the autumn use David Austin cabbagey roses instead.

Ranunculus in a spring wedding posy

Ranunculus in a spring wedding posy

English roses in a September bouquet

English roses in a September bouquet

By using a palette of seasonal flowers there are a huge range of styles and colours to choose from. The arrangements (in the pictures below) were done in one day (8th April) using flowers and foliage from the cutting garden supplemented by Cornish eucalyptus and Lincolnshire grown alstromeria and ranunculus (I do grow my own ranunculus but it is no-where near ready and I am impatient for it!). You could have jam jars, loose unstructured vases, elegant bowls, pretty hand-ties in all sorts of colours.

The lovely thing is that at this time of the year the garden is rocketing away and constantly changing so next week could be something completely different (I have spotted lots of blossom on its way and the tulips are very nearly ready to pop).

So if you are drawn to using seasonal flowers but fear that there won't be something for you then I hope you are reassured. Hop onto the seasonal galleries too - even if you are not planning a party it helps to plan your garden!