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      British Flowers Week 2021

      British Flowers Week 2021

      British Flowers Week is back!

      This campaign run by New Covent Garden Market in London, is returning for it ninth year between Monday 14th and Sunday 20th June 2021.

      The week long festivities will celebrate the beauty and variety of British cut flowers, foliage and plants, as well as the florists, growers and wholesalers who make it all possible.

      British Flowers Week 2021

       

      Would you like to get involved?

      British Flowers Week Windows

      To get involved this year The British Flowers Association encouraging businesses and the public to decorate their windows with British flowers in their home or places of work; preferably where passers-by can enjoy them from 14th to 20th June.

      Whether it’s with a single stem, a bouquet made from garden flowers or a spectacular display, a decorated window with show support for the British flower industry this June.

      To get involved create a British Flowers Week window with British flowers, foliage or plants, from the garden, a local grower, florist or wholesaler.

      Once you’ve created your design take a picture of your British Flowers Week window, share it on social media using #BritishFlowersWeek and tag @MarketFlowers to show support for British businesses and go in the draw to win fantastic prizes.

      The Hiden Collective and British Flowers

      We love Ethical British Flowers!

      Our supply chain is very simple, trackable and energy efficient.

      We order flowers either directly from the grower or from a British flowers wholesaler and in that way the grower will only cut the flowers that are preordered.

      We also buy only what we can sell and if we have any spare blooms, we donate and brighten the life of the residents of an elderly home close to our studio.

      This process allows us to deliver the flowers to your doorstep in the minimum possible time and for you to enjoy the flowers at their freshest.

      Our flowers never sit around in a  very high energy consuming warehouse fridge like in many cases when you purchase imported flowers.

      The classic supply chain can keep flowers in the refrigerator up to 2 weeks with the relevant energy use.

      Talking about waste… the classic supply chain will waste approximately  1 in 3 stems, and if you scale this up  on a yearly basis you are  talking  about millions of blooms, wasted land, labour, resources and fuel.

      We only use seasonal flowers and so we can’t source hundreds of varieties of flowers.

      Our limitation is our strength!

      Each season has its own bloom star and we can guarantee that they are looking stunning as ever, like the scented garden rose between early May and late autumn.

      We are experiencing an Ethical British Flowers revolutions with lots of new flower growers  opening every month across England.

      After many years of decline, the British Floral Industry is starting to truly starting to bloom again and we love being a part of it!

      The more the independent flower growing movement thrives within the UK, the more accessible home-grown seasonal flowers will become and the less we rely so heavily on importing. 

      Shifting to locally grown blooms to decorate our houses, work spaces and weddings has the potential to lower the carbon footprint of the industry and give us better control over the working conditions in the fields where our flowers are grown.

      British flowers

      Flowers in Season for early Spring

      Flowers in Season for early Spring

      The days are starting to get longer in early Spring and this is an exciting period for the British cut flowers grower as they start to see some of the result of the previous months planting.

      The weather is getting warmer and when you look at the countryside you are able to start to spot bouncing lambs and beautiful blooms like daffodils and bluebells.

      Like most growing living things, British grown flowers are affected by the seasons, the weather, and other regional natural changes. 

      As a result some of the flowers listed in this early Spring flowers seasonal guides may not be available at a certain time. 

       British Flowers in Season for Early Spring

      Early Spring British Flowers

      British Flowers Spring

      Would you like to know more about  British flowers?

      Are you curious to see the difference between emissions of CO2 between British flowers and Dutch flowers?

      Have a look at our BEST BLOOMS - BRITISH BLOOMS  blog post and I can promise you that after that you realise how much more CO2 has been produced by the imported flowers you will always want to source British Flowers.

       

       

      British Flowers in Season for Winter

      British Flowers in Season for Winter

      Rainy, windy days are definitely a big feature of winter and you are probably just dreaming to snuggle down with a comfy blanket around a cosy wood burning stove.

      Winter in UK can be gloomy at times and definitively cold but at  the same time you can still find some stunning seasonal flowers and foliage to warm the soul. 

      Are you wondering which seasonal British flowers are in season during this period?

      Like most growing living things, British grown flowers are affected by the seasons, the weather, and other regional natural changes. 

      As a result some of the flowers listed in this Winter flowers seasonal guide may not be available at certain times. 

       

      Winter British Flowers

      Winter available flowers UK

       

      Seasonal winter British Flowers

      Would you like to know more about  British flowers?

      Are you curious to see the difference between emissions of CO2 between British flowers and Dutch flowers?

      Have a look at our BEST BLOOMS - BRITISH BLOOMS  blog post and I can promise you that after that you realise how much more CO2 has been produced by the imported flowers you will always want to source British Flowers.

      Flowers in Season for Late Autumn

      Flowers in  Season for Late Autumn

      Late Autumn is hands down my absolute favourite season – to be in, to work with and create for!

      Late autumn, the nights are drawing in and it's the perfect period for settling down in the evening with a mug of our favourite hot chocolate.

      Its nature's last show of colour before winter and the cold weather sets in and it is wonderful to going for walks in the woods underneath the glowing colours of Autumn leaves.

      Are you wondering which seasonal British flowers are in season during this period?

      Like most growing living things, British grown flowers are affected by the seasons, the weather, and other regional natural changes. 

      As a result some of the flowers listed in this late Autumn flowers seasonal guides may not be available at a certain time. 

      Autumn British Flowers

      Seasonal British Flowers Deliver

       Ethical Flowers Delivery UK

      Other Late Autumn seasonal British Flowers:  

      Anemone, Crocus, Nerine, Cyclamen, Blackberries, Zinnia, Snapdragon, Scabiousa, Delphimium, Ammi, Verbena, Hydrangea

       

      Would you like to know more about  British flowers?

      Are you curious to see the difference between emissions of CO2 between British flowers and Dutch flowers?

      Have a look at our BEST BLOOMS - BRITISH BLOOMS  blog post and I can promise you that after that you realise how much more CO2 has been produced by the imported flowers you will always want to source British Flowers.

       

      The green alternative to floral foam

      The green alternative to floral foam

      Floral foam, usually referred to as Oasis is much loved by florists worldwide for its convenience.

      Floral Foam Free Arrangement UK

      Oasis is really appealing for any florist, those green blocks of sponge foam are brilliant for making arrangements from small to large designs as they are able to absorb and hold water.  This means that the floral design can be kept fresh up to 4 days without adding any extra water.

      It is also simple to cut and mould,  is easy to transport and holds flowers tightly in place even for lengthy journeys in the van.

      However, there are a few significant problems with the floral foam that are difficult to ignore.

      It’s made from synthetic non-recyclable plastic and is created using a combination of carbon black, formaldehyde and phenol foam, which are all toxic both to humans and animals.

      Each block of foam contains the same amount of plastic as 10 shopping bags.

      But what is floral foam?

      Invented by Vernon Lewis Smithers in 1954 it was a milestone for floristry and has become very quickly an essential tool in the floral industry for creating quick floral arrangements.

      Each block holds up to 50 times its weight in water and keeps the blooms fresh up to 12 days.

       

      Why is floral foam bad for the environment?

      Floral foam is contributing to the growing crisis of plastic pollution. 

      Thanks to its mossy texture, green hue and the fact that it's used with flowers, it can be easily  be mistaken as a natural product.

       

      But in reality floral foam doesn’t fully dissolve in water or degrade in landfill or soil. Instead, it breaks down into smaller and smaller micro-plastics and can take thousand of years to completely revert into natural elements and are a real menace for the environment by contaminating our marine life and food chains.

      Our Commitment:

      Fortunately we live in a growing environmentally-conscious world.

      We all got captivated, young and old by David Attenborough’s Blue Planet who bought our attention to the issue of plastics in the ocean and highlighting now more than ever it is important that we do our part for living in harmony with our Earth.

      Floral Foam Free Florist UK

      At The Hiden Collective we are floral foam free and instead we use either chicken wire or keizan (a metal spiky devices that sit in a vase or bowl and hold the flowers stems shown in the picture to the left).

      Also we feel that it it is important that we voice our concern and that we try to raise the bar of the floral industry to a more environmental friendly place.

      We are really happy to see that The Royal Horticultural Society has banned  the use of  Oasis from all its garden and horticultural shows from 2021.

       

      Join now the floral foam free movement!

      Floral Foam Free Flowers UK
      Ethical Flowers Delivery UK