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.

Valentine’s Day is fast approaching and I expect many of you are preparing to buy a bouquet for your beloved. The question is – what type of flowers does she actually like? 

You may happen to know what her favourites are and, if so, then you are obviously on to a winner. If not, though, you may need to do a little detective work.

If she regularly has flowers in the home then that is a good start. Providing you know what kind they are, of course! If not, you can always take a quick photo on your phone and then have a look on the internet to identify them. Alternatively pop in to see us and we will help you to name them.

You may have to use your charm and interrogation skills too. Have a chat with her mum, best friend or sister and see what they can tell you. Almost certainly they will be able to point you in the right direction.

No doubt like many others you will be preparing to deck the halls with boughs of holly and puckering up for a quick kiss under the mistletoe over the next few weeks.

I thought I would take this opportunity of telling you a little of the back stories of these plants which have become synonymous with Christmas.


Mistletoe is an unusual plant in that it is parasitic. Its seeds are spread by birds that eat its berries. The seeds can get stuck in the beaks of birds and are subsequently wiped off on a new plant, tree or shrub. The mistletoe attaches itself to its new host and proceeds to absorb water and nutrients from it.

Everyone loves receiving flowers and we’ve come up with a new and innovative way for you to send a unique gift to someone special every month.

If you take out a monthly subscription with us, we will send a hand-picked bouquet of beautiful fresh flowers to someone you love. It is a thoughtful way of reminding that person that you are thinking of them.

You can take out a subscription for 3, 6 or 12 months. The bouquets come in three different sizes and are priced at £35, £45 and £55 per month. The blooms contained in the bouquets change with the seasons, so no two will ever be the same.

And don’t forget – that ‘someone special’ could even be you!
I was extremely pleased that we were chosen to provide the flowers for last month’s wedding of England cricketer Ben Stokes and his long term partner Clare Ratcliffe.

The ceremony took place at the delightful 15th Century church of St Mary the Virgin in the village East Brent, where the bride grew up, near Weston Super Mare. The bride looked stunning wearing a white satin gown with sparkling beads and a low cut back and neck and was accompanied by seven bridesmaids and the couple’s two young children.

Incidentally, the church features a wonderfully apt stained glass window of a cricket glove and wicket in tribute to a former vicar, Archdale P Wickham, an unorthodox wicketkeeper for Somerset renowned for distracting opposing batsmen by loudly proclaiming Greek or Latin verse.

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