Growing your own organic flowers, is a wonderful way to keep things local, and protect heirloom varieties. Nearly all the flowers sold in supermarkets, petrol stations and florists, are flown in from abroad, arriving from a long-haul flight, feeling the same way you would. The flowers are usually sprayed with chemicals, and the farmers not given good pay or working conditions. Then they are packed into plastic and sold with chemical flower food, where they often have no scent, and quickly die. All to make big profits for the flower industry.
There are so many better ways. We have the right soil here to grow beautiful organic flowers. Locally-grown flowers not only mean less transport, but you keep heirloom varieties alive, they last longer and have a nicer scent. Also see where to buy locally-grown flowers.
How To Grow Your Own Flowers
Many flowers (including all bulbs) are toxic to pets (just brushing a tail against a lily or sago palm can harm). So never grow toxic indoor or outdoor flowers near pets (nor send to houses where they reside). PDSA lists toxic plants to pets. Also avoid cocoa mulch and fresh compost near pets. Keep rose thorns away from animal friends. Many plants are toxic to horses.
- The Flower Farmer’s Year and Grow Your Own Wedding Flowers are two beautiful and informative books by Georgie, an ex fashion industry professional, who gave it up to run an organic flower farm with her husband in Somerset. Common Farm Flowers sells bouquets and buckets of affordable flowers.
- The Cut Flower Patch is a beautiful book by Louise, who grows all her own organic cut flowers on a patch of land. This book shows how you can do the same, and also includes flower arranging tips.
- Urban Flowers shows you how to grow beautiful floral items in a small city garden. Carolyn shows how to use your own blooms, leaves and berries to create hand-tied bouquets.