When I was growing up, just about the only flowers you could buy were ugly, stiff, red or white carnations, which, as I have learned since, where also treated with chemicals to keep them “fresh” for months.
Now I live in the Netherlands which is the biggest exporter of cut flowers in the world and the choice in the stores is much greater.
Still, I prefer to grow cut flowers myself. Not only does it give me an even greater variety and lots of flowers in the garden too, but since I know my flowers are grown organically, when they fade, I can throw them on the compost heap without worrying about what weird substances I might be adding. Also, as the flowers are locally grown they reflect the changes of our seasons.
But I have to admit that all to often I don’t take the time to make real bouquets – mostly it is just one variety of flower in a vase. Lovely for sure but a little plain. When I read about the Seasonal Flower Alliance, I immediately knew I wanted to join in the fun, but thought that at the moment there was not enough in my garden to make a bouquet. But when I strolled through my backyard and looked at it through a cut flower-harvester lense, there turned out to be quite a lot to pick. It resulted in the most beautiful spring bouquet to date.
Here is what’s in my bouquet this week: tulips “White Triumphator”, iris, Sweet cicely (Myrrhis odorata), honesty (Lunaria annua), columbine (Aquilegia vulgaris), iris
Thanks to Erin Benzakein from Floret for the inspiration – her Instagram feed is a joy to follow too!