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Today’s blog is brought to you amidst a flurry of Christmas preparations. I still haven’t done much but at least the cards and letters are written and in the post, the American family have a sack of parcels on the way to them and a wreath had been put up on the front door. Lovely isn’t it. Made for us by my special flower farming chum Sara Willman.

The eagle-eyed among you will have noticed the use of the word ‘had’. We put it up on Friday evening and at precisely 8.25pm last night someone snipped the cord from which it was suspended and made off with it. The youngest member of the household saw it happen but when we investigated, the elderly couple getting into their car outside had seen nothing and the culprit was long gone.

Our comfort is that it was made for us with love and that the person who took it needed it more than us. We’ll look upon it as a surprise Christmas gift from us to whoever has it now. And if it makes their season brighter we’ve got somewhere towards what Christmas is all about.

The giving of gifts of love was on the minds of the flowery folk of Twitter this week. More specifically Valentine’s Day. Yes, flower growers everywhere like to plan ahead.

Here’s the summary from Sara Davison….

Specifically (we discussed) what #britishflowers alternatives could be promoted instead of the ubiquitous red roses, which whilst lovely when home grown and scented (I’m thinking David Austin’s William Shakespeare 2000 or  Munstead Wood) are in reality poor unperfumed jet-lagged things that have been flown hundreds of miles to represent love in the UK in February!

  • Anemones were first up – we did look up their flowery ‘meaning’ in the language of flowers – it wasn’t romantic, and so after a bit of a discussion we decided that as much of the ‘meaning of flowers’ was a Victorian marketing ploy anyway they all deserved new interpretations for the 21st century.  And let’s face it, anemones are very seasonal for February, not to mention totally stunning.
  • Tulips
  • Ranunculus
  • Narcissi
  • A UK grown rose plant for the receiver to grow in their garden – excellent idea and long lasting too.
  • Hellebores
  • Dainty bulbs planted in pretty vintage teacups, with spoons with the flowers’ meaning stamped on them – lovely photo from @catkinflowers
  • A suggestion that the ‘new Valentine colour’ should be a rich purple
  • Heart shaped woven wreaths
  • Hyacinths, pussy willow, viburnum and blackthorn make a lovely bouquet
  • Miniature bulbs planted in heart-shaped planters
  • Snowdrops
  • Violets
  • Myrtle proved very popular – although not flowering in February the dark green glossy leaves have the scent – it just needs a sheltered spot for protection.

Threaded through the conversation was the search for a strapline we could all use – along the ‘grownnotflown’ idea, but specifically linked to #britishflowers for Valentine’s day – any ideas, do please put them forward as we’re still looking.

There’s plenty of time to think about how you might support local, seasonal flowers for Valentine’s Day. By then I may have some flowery news of my own.