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CUT FLOWERS 

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POT PLANTS

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CUT FLOWERS 

&

POT PLANTS

We pride ourselves on over 80 years of experience with fresh cut flowers, sourced locally or grown on the premises. Our knowledge is second to none and our care and attention to detail is recognised all over the county!  

 

Below are some examples of our ranges of cut flowers and pot plants that we range and information on how to care for them.

 

(Please note, all cut flowers and pot plants are subject to availability and season). 

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CUT FLOWERS

Alstroemeria Lilies

ALSTROEMERIA LILIES

These exotic perennials originate from South America and are a fairly long-lived flower. They come in a range of exciting shades including yellow, red, orange, white, lavender, violet and even green. They flourish best with plenty of sunlight and can last up to two weeks.

Chrysanthemum

CHRYSANTHEMUM

These hardy blooms come in a wide variety of colours and if given the proper care and attention, can last up 30 days! In order to keep your chrysanthemums at their happiest ensure that any leaves coming into contact with water in the vase are removed and the water is replaced regularly with fresh, clean water (usually every few days).

Orange and White Dahlia

DAHLIAS

Although quite a robust bloom, dahlias should not be kept out of water for too long as they are prone to wilting. When cutting the stems they should be trimmed at an angle with a sharp knife to help them intake more water and prolong their life. Our spectacularly vivid collection of dahlias are available from August through to November.

Carnations

CARNATIONS

Carnations are widely recognised for their double bloom and vibrant array of colours. They are best kept in fresh, lukewarm water, away from direct sunlight. It is advisable to fill the vase  about three-quarters full and change every few days to keep your arrangement looking its freshest. 

Daffodils

DAFFODILS

The symbol of Spring, daffodils are at their best in shallow water at room temperature and stems should be cut at a 45 degree angle. Daffodils can be harmful to other flowers, so if you have them as part of an arrangement, it is advisable to let them stems soak in cool, clean water overnight before arranging them in the same vase as other blooms to lessen their harmful potency.

Freesias

FREESIAS

These delicate flowers can last about a week to 10 days and should ideally be kept in fresh warm water. Typically, the freesia's main characteristic is its subtle yet sweet fragrance and can be grown in a variety of beautiful colours, most notably violet, lavender, white, yellow and orange. 

Golden Rod

GOLDEN ROD

A perennial from the aster family, this plant originates from North America. They last best in partial sunlight and make for a vibrant accompaniment to most floral arrangements. They are perfect for dried flower arranging and have even been known for their medicinal properties in some parts of the world.

White Lily

LILIES

These exotic blooms need particular care in order to stay at their freshest; begin by cutting the stems about 1-2 inches from the base at a 45 degree angle. Lilies should be placed in clean, fresh water in a cool environment and kept away from draughts and direct sunlight. To prolong their life, refresh the lilies' water ever few days.

Stock

STOCK

These wonderous blooms are perfect juxtaposed with other flowers in an arrangement. They most often come in soft pinks, purples, reds, creams and even yellows. For best results, stems should be trimmed and placed in fresh, clean water daily.

Irises

IRISES

These intricately shaped flowers fare well in a cooler atmosphere and it is advisable to cut the stems regularly in order to encourage water intake. They should be ideally kept out of direct sunlight and away from excessive heat. In the right conditions, irises traditionally can last up to one week.

Red Rose

ROSES

Always a classic choice, roses require clean, warm water which should be changed every few days. Roses should be kept out of direct sunlight to protect the delicate blooms. Ensure that about an inch is cut from the base of the stem and any leaves touching the water are removed to ensure your roses stay at their happiest and healthiest.

White Tulips

TULIPS

While quite robust, tulips require particular attention in order to retain their beauty. Before arranging in a vase, they should be snipped about an inch off the bottom of the stems and placed into clean, cool water and kept out of direct sunlight. Ideally, the vase should be tall enough to prevent the stalks from bending.

FLOWER POWER

Power up your floral arrangement by giving it the nutrients it needs to help keep your arrangements stay fresher and last longer.

We always include a sachet of cut flower food with our custom-made bouquets and cellophane wraps, but we do stock individual sachets for only 40p each to help give your blooms a boost and rejuvenate your beautiful arrangements.

 

Simply add a sachet to fresh water and mix well before adding your stems.

POT PLANTS

Azalea

AZALEA

In order to live longer, azaleas enjoy regularly watered, well-drained soil and, if possible, ideally using distilled water. The majority of these sensitive plants enjoy partial sunlight and bloom their best at room temperature.

Chrysanths

CHRYSANTHEMUMS

Chrysanthemums enjoy direct sunlight and fairly warm conditions, and (like their stemmed counterparts) with the proper care, can last up to a few weeks. Any dead leaves or flowerheads should be picked off to allow for new growth and should be watered when the soil is dry.

Pink Cyclamen

CYCLAMEN

Cyclamen usually grow in varying shades of pink, red or white and are an ideal indoor plant. For best results, keep them out of direct sunlight and away from draughty areas. The optimal room temperature for these plants is no lower than 50 degrees Fahrenheit (or 10 degrees Celsius). Water when soil is dry.

Begonias

BEGONIAS

Begonias enjoy warm temperature and plenty of sunlight, so ensure they are kept in a well-lit area away from draughts. These plants should be watered regularly, preferably with warm water, but only when the soil is slightly moist and not dry. Remove any dead foliage or blooms so as to rejuvenate your plant and keep it looking at its best. 

Cinerarias

CINERARIA

These daisy-like blooms can be found in a variety of shades of blue, purple, red, pink or white and with continued love and care can last anything from 4-6 weeks! Soil should be kept moist at all times to preserve this longevity and will ultimately fare best in cooler temperatures.

Hyacinth

HYACINTH

These robust yet delicate plants  are grown in a wide spectrum of colours, ranging from reds and oranges, to deep blues and purples. Hyacinths enjoy partial sunlight and should be watered regularly - although take care not to over-water them! As flowers die off, cut stalks off at the plant, but allow any remaining leaves to turn brown and die before removing to maintain the plant's overall vivacity.

Primroses

PRIMROSES

These plants are brightly coloured and sweetly scented primula that give any home the feeling of Spring. They thrive best in partial sunlight and in cooler temperatures. Being a relatively short-lived pot plant, the primrose prefers to maintain moist soil in order to flourish at its best.

DOWN TO EARTH

For those who like to get their hands dirty in the garden (or even those who just like to pot-ter about in it!) we offer a small range of multi-purpose composts and peats to help you on your way, starting from just £5.95.

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