We are well into the swing of Spring now after the longest Winter I can remember. The warmth is is slowly starting to make its presence felt and the garden is starting to shoot up at a phenomenal speed in all their fresh green glory. One of my go to flowers that I plant every year is sweet peas, their delicate beauty and scent can’t be beaten.
When The Real Flower Company got in touch wanting to send me a stunning bouquet of their finest English scented sweet peas I jumped at the chance as it will be many a month before I can cut and display any that I grow. Their sweet peas are grown on a farm near Chichester, West Sussex. During Spring and early Summer English scented sweet peas are abundantly incorporated into their bouquets. I can honestly say I’ve never had a display of such scented flowers before, it is intoxicating. The combination of the heavenly scented ivory sweet peas and wonderfully fragrant lavender is a treat for the senses. Amongst these two subtle favourites, mint, ivy and other seasonal herbs bring that extra layer, creating not only a beautiful display but making the room smell delicious.
I have thoroughly enjoyed taking the images for this post, it was a treat opening the signature green box and untying the floppy satin ribbon then playing about with how to display them. I like a bouquet to look a bit wild so once I removed the binding and trimmed the stems it was fun messing the order up a little bit so the lavender and herbs trailed over the edge of the jug I chose.
The passion behind The Real Flower Company is a simple one, to bring beautiful, natural, scented flowers and foliage back into the market that seems to have lost its way when it comes to real flowers, alongside promoting their sustainability and provenance. They are passionate about sent and carefully curate a collection of the worlds finest scented rose and flower varieties. They know the provenance of each and every one of their flowers as they grow them all themselves at their base in the South Downs National Park in Hampshire. All their blooms are grown as nature intended with respect for wildlife, the environment and full of scent. Did you know that currently many cut flowers on the market have been genetically modified to have their scent gene removed and only 12% of the cut flowers sold in the UK are grown here. Quite a shocking statistic that The Real Flower Company are trying to rectify.
So go on I think we all deserve to treat ourselves to beautiful home grown flowers knowing that we are contributing to bringing back scent and varieties that have been lost through mass production over the years. There is simply nothing better than a display of blooms to cheer one’s soul at this time of the year.
- with thanks to The Real Flower Company for gifting the bouquet featured in this post