A question I'm often asked is 'Do you have any Specialities?'
And I have to answer like a true Gemini; 'yes, definitely, lots of them!'
In truth, I specialise in growing Cottage Garden flowers for cutting. Each has it's very own flowering season, sometimes lasting a few short weeks. Take Lily of the Valley, for example, - a weeks holiday & I could miss it for a year!
Each season, there are flowers I grow in larger quantities - Tulips & 'Fancy Daff's, followed by Sweet Peas, followed by Dahlias.
Every bouquet, wedding or funeral arrangement I make, every bucket of flowers filled is a carefully prepared & curated selection of flowers at their very best, that week, that season.
Looking at this wedding bouquet, it could only have been created for a late May wedding. It includes the last stems of Springtime Solomon's Seal & the first of the Summer's bright blue Cornflowers. I included 3 stems of scented white Stocks from Lincolnshire - I grow Stocks but mine weren't quite ready to cut that week. Everything else, grown here in Galloway.
This is what 'Seasonal Flowers' really means - it's what's in season in this place, in South West Scotland, in the UK, grounded in reality, now. It doesn't mean 'in season somewhere in the world' like Supermarket Strawberries at Christmas or red Roses on Valentine's Day.
So I grow a wide variety to be sure of a choice from mid-March to October, Many are delicate, unsuited for transporting long distances across the world (like the Aquilegia in this bouquet) but very worthwhile growing as a cut flower. Many of my flowers are deliciously scented, adding an extra special 'something'. For example, I select particular varieties of Sweet Peas for scent.
But as for specialities, I mentioned the larger quantities of some flowers grown each season - more about that another day!
Rosie Gray of Galloway Flowers. Artisan Florist & Cut Flower Farmer near Castle Douglas, in South West Scotland. Using 100% Flowers & Foliage grown in British Isles, all year round.