This post is in praise of the local florist. We have a few brilliant florists’ nearby, but on Saturday I was in Tenterden, and visited John Barry & Sons. The owner was run off his feet, but took the time to have a little chat about where his blooms had come from, many of which were UK grown. He buys his flowers from Covent Garden four times a week, which is a substantial trek for us bumpkins.
I love the smell of a florists’. Can you smell this one?
I chose this bouquet for my mum. These are her colours, with satin-sheened tulips in coral- and rose-pink and fuchsia, some pale pink ranunculus, white stocks (for scent), a few sprays of baby’s breath and some glaucous eucalyptus.
The posh bouquet looked rather nice with another bunch of tulips I already had on the kitchen table:
Tulips are one of my favourite flowers to examine up close. At the moment they have a pearlescent sheen, but they will go almost metallic as they age. I love the softly folded petals of the double tulips, but the singles allow me to peer inside and see the black star of stamens within.
I can’t wait for all the tulips in my garden to flower! I won’t be able to arrange nearly them as tastefully as a florist, but will have the satisfaction of having grown them myself.
‘In a Vase in Monday’ is a meme hosted by Cathy at Rambling in the Garden, so visit her site to see more offerings!