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I am always on the lookout for something different for our flower arrangements. This August there are three special blooms that I think are especially worthy of my, and your, attention; allium, delphinium and gladiolus.

• Allium – a member of the liliaceae family, they tend to grow in temperate climates, especially in the northern hemisphere. Although they include all onion crops, alliums have long, elegant stems with a stylish globe made up of tiny flowers. Their colours range from white to purple and blue and most will be in full bloom at the height of our summer.

• Delphinium – this delightful flower has been around since the beginning of what has become known as the gardening revolution and was developed in England, France and America. Indeed the first illustration of a delphinium is found in a book from the early seventeenth century. As well as a wide variety of shades of blue, they can also be white, yellow, purple, pink or red.

You may not be aware but British Flowers Week runs from Monday 18th June to Sunday 24th June.

It was originally started by the New Covent Garden Flower MarketFlower Market in 2013 and is an annual celebration of the variety and beauty of British cut flowers and foliage. Promoted by members of the British Florist Association, it shines a spotlight of the flower industry in this country, especially independent florists such as ourselves.

The aims of the week are to:

• Showcase our great variety of British flowers through fantastic floristry
• Raise awareness of which flowers are in bloom which season in Britain
• Encourage the public to buy more flowers!

I have noticed differing trends in choices for wedding flowers in recent years. It was all antique roses for a while then wildflowers became everybody’s favourite. So what will be this year’s trend?

According to Ellie Jauncey of the Flower Appreciation Society, quoted recently in The Telegraph, there will be “a shift away from the country-style, jam jar shoving-in approach.” She believes this year will see displays that are “much more considered, because Instagram has made the expectations brides have so much higher. Every flower has to be placed perfectly.”

I suspect we are all looking for simple ways to escape the stresses of everyday life and embrace the relaxing effects of mindfulness.  Now you can move towards inner peace with your choice of house plant.

Way back in the fourteenth century Zen Buddhists were creating beautiful gardens to complement and enhance their meditation techniques.  Zen plants were recognised as helping to achieve this.

I have long thought it but now a scientific university study has confirmed that flowers are a natural way of improving your emotional health.

Jeannette Haviland-Jones is a Professor of Psychology at Rutgers and a lead researcher on the subject. She claims that “what’s most exciting about this study is that it challenges established scientific beliefs about how people can manage their day-to-day moods in a healthy and natural way”.

Following a ten month study, researchers concluded that flowers have an immediate impact on levels of happiness. When they received flowers all participants in the study reported having ‘true’ or ‘excited’ smiles and said they had feelings of gratitude and delight.

 
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