Seasonal British Valentine's bouquet - hellebores, daffodils, primroses, snowdrops, violets // Flowers from Forage For // The Natural Wedding Company

I love roses, but garden grown and in season, not on Valentine’s Day. But what does a seasonal British Valentine’s bouquet look like? We asked Anne-Marie from Forage For to make us a Valentine’s floral creation – she is quite renown for her stunning floral designs.

So from one corner of Suffolk in a walled garden, this is what was seasonal this year – and it’s worth noting that this has been a particularly unusual year, with unseasonable weather resulting in quite an array of flowers.

The above floral heart features bellis daisies, witch hazel, primroses, hellebores, snowdrops, heather, daffodils, violets, violas, scabious, muscari, blossom and cow parsley (yes really). This crazy unusual weather means that Anne-Marie still has one cow parsley plant that’s hung on all winter and is still flowering. Incredible.

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Pink tulips, snowdrops and cyclamen leaves in a vintage teacup

The Natural Wedding Company is a huge supporter of seasonal British grown flowers (if you’re interested to know more check out the #britishflowers chat that’s happening on Twitter) and so I want to ramp up my support by sharing truly seasonal wedding flower inspiration with you.

I think what can be so hard some times is knowing actually what’s in season in Britain during each month of the year, and even whether it’s seasonal in the part of the country you’re getting married in – for example, the flower growers in Cornwall tend to have blooms earlier than somewhere in the north.

Seasonal spring daffodils in a teacup

Teacup of dreamy romantic spring wedding flowers

The lovely ladies from The Garden Gate Flower Company in Cornwall have been playing around with some seasonal spring flowers and created these beautiful arrangements that I’m delighted to share with you.  The ideal inspiration for those of you planning a spring wedding!

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spring wedding flower symbolism

With Valentine’s Day tomorrow I know I ought to be showering you all with romantic, heart-shaped, red rose inspired ideas.  I’m hoping that because you are here, reading this blog, you know that I like to try and go about things a bit differently.  I’m not hugely into Valentine’s Day and all the fuss that comes with it, so I was quite delighted when an email from Rachel at Catkin Flowers dropped into my inbox about the romanticism and language of flowers.

I shall hand you over to Rachel from Catkin Flowers

Since antiquity, flowers have accompanied us in every major event in life -birth, marriage, holidays, illness, and death and are intimately woven into our culture and traditions. 

Flower symbolism began with ancient religions where many flowers were originally linked to ancient deities and Medieval gardens were often created with both the symbolic meaning of flowers and spiritual symbolism in mind.  Even Shakespeare liked to use flowers and plants as images to illustrate his ideas.  Almost 200 different flowers, herbs, shrubs and trees are mentioned in his plays.  He mentions roses more than 100 times and lilies nearly 30 times.

the language of flowers

It was during the Victorian times that the use of the symbolic meaning of flowers to represent emotions was developed to a high degree.  Due to the strict protocol of the times, emotions, wishes and thoughts were not openly expressed between men and women. Instead, an elaborate language based on flower symbolism was developed.  Gifts of either single flowers or bouquets conveyed clear messages to the recipient.

So have red roses always been the flowers of love?

Valentine's Day red roses

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