Firstly, tulips. Yes, mine are still flowering on 21st May. Plant late, even January, in the shade, and also those varieties that flower later. An absolute favourite here is Blue Aimable, a heritage variety from 1910 that we first grew back in the day when Pantone colour of the year was ultra violet. I plant mine next to north facing walls in our cutting garden to delay them even more.
Aquilegias are another staple of May here, not the least because the rabbits never ever nibble them. I adore the common purple Granny’s Bonnet but I am growing Black Barlow, a lovely white, William Guinness and Yellow Queen this year too.
Finally hesperis. It took me years to found out what this beautiful flower was, and now I have it everywhere. Something that grows like a weed and will stand out in the Northern winter, and in our solid clay soil, hesperis is a keeper! beautiful purple and white flowers, it’s only disadvantage is that it is a biennial. Sow it right now for flowers next year.
Bouquets that can be created entirely from my cutting garden is why I grow flowers. Sustainable, seasonal, scented, and with no road miles. I grow the things I love, that love my soil and that I love to arrange with. What’s the point fighting with your garden? And more to the point, those who grow already know it’s quite hard work, that’s a British “quite”! So, grow what you love for sure, but I can highly recommend these flowers for a May bouquet tested in my Cheshire Canalside cutting garden.
A 19th century historic wharf and Cheshire canalside cutting garden is the inspiration for our wild garden style ethos. I root my floral design in every precious fleeting seasonal moment, growing and creating only ever with local seasonal scented British flowers.
If sustainability matters to you, if you care that floral creations are as kind to the environment as they are beautiful, then I am a kindred spirit.
We share our artisan florals in our live online virtual flower classes, and with our flowers, create bouquets and undertake a few intimate Cheshire weddings a year.
Floral Classes For 2022
.....our canalside wild garden LIVE online classes have finished for now.
Thank you if you were part of the "Nature and Nurture" flower class series 1H 2021. We loved every single class from everlasting dried Valentine's Wreath's, and wild garden style bouquets for Mother's Day, Easter and Spring with the final bouquet class on the summer solstice.
We don't have any further classes right at the moment, but we are finalising our programme for 2H 2021 right now so check back soon or subscribe to our newsletter to be amongst the first to hear!
We are plotting and planning, exploring and investigating floral classes for 2022.
Always, our fierce focus is to share how we create our signature "Wild garden Style" floral designs using local, scented, seasonal and sustainable flowers.
In fact. we only ever use local, garden grown (in our case) British flowers. Our desire is in every class to inspire you to create your own planet friendly, environmentally conscious floral designs using ingredients that reflect your season, your flora and your locale.
Rather than a constraint, we believe creating with your own seasonal garden grown flowers encourages you to make floral art that truly embodies your own unique floral signature.
2022 is our 3rd season of live online classes. We look forward to continued conversations with sustainable floral enthusiasts from the far flung Scotland Highlands, down to Devon and Cornwall, across to Wales, and way beyond to North America, Australia, New Zealand. To hear more subscribe to our newsletter.
Online Flower Class Testimonial
I am buzzing with ideas after watching you last night. Ridiculous to say but I feel I almost know you after such a warm (virtual) welcome into your beautiful home & garden. Your classes are so inspiring.