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With spring firmly in reach, March is a month many of us look forward to. Longer days lead to warmer weather, lambs are springing up across the fields, and bright and colourful daffodils decorate our homes inside and out.

As a traditional symbol of new beginnings, it’s easy to see why daffodils are a staple of the British flower market – but did you know that ever popular springtime flowers like tulips and daffodils make up half of the seasonal flower market in Britain?

And after spring, the British flower story is far from over. There are a wide range of varieties including gladioli, stocks, sunflowers, sweet Williams, peonies and asters to look forward to as the year progresses. But with just 10% of flowers sold in the UK being home grown, how do you know that you are buying British?

Look at the label
Unlike many other European countries, the British cut flower market is dominated by supermarkets. There is no legal requirement to label the origin of cut flowers, but many retailers are proactive when it comes to labelling British grown produce. Next time you buy cut flowers from the supermarket, look for country of origin by checking for a Union Jack sticker or ‘Grown in the UK’ on the label.

Home grown label

Buy seasonally
Buying blooms that are in season is an easy way to support British growers. To help, the world-famous New Covent Garden flower market has put together a seasonality chart for British flowers to showcase what flowers are in season throughout the year.

Be inspired by British

Some flowers (and arguably very popular ones, such as long-stem roses) have largely been outcompeted by trade from overseas, whose warmer, lighter and more predictable climates allow them to grow and import flowers at a lower price than it would cost UK growers. However, our cooler climate is perfect for many other flowers and foliage – meaning that British blooms offer an exciting opportunity to experiment and discover new favourites.

Ask your florist
Florists occupy a smaller proportion of the British flower market compared to supermarkets, but to make sure you are backing British growers, ask them if they stock British flowers.

FloraBritain is a collaboration of larger British growers that sell their blooms under one label making it easier for florists to source British flowers.

Visit Flowers from the Farm to find a local flower grower and florists that use seasonal British-grown flowers, or check out the British Florist Association directory which identifies florists that use British blooms.

The Great British Florist are proud to actively promote British flowers: #grownnotflown flowers are kinder to the environment, fresh, scented and naturally beautiful. The Great British Florist supports British growers, many of whom are small, independent businesses and of course it helps to lower flower miles.

Win a British flower bundle!

Treat that someone special with a bouquet of beautiful British flowers. We’ll even throw in a set of 3 Emma Bridgewater vases and a Simple Flower Arranging book to help you wow your friends and family with your flower arranging skills.

For your chance to win, simply tell us your favourite British bloom and why it’s your favourite.

You can enter our competition by:

Hint: Take a look at the New Covent Garden seasonality chart to help you.

Read the full terms and conditions here.

Last month's winner

Back British Farming supporter Lucinda Bird recently confessed her love affair with British food in one of our competitions. Lucinda's winning entry "British milk is the very best in the world on both quality and welfare standards. It goes into making lots of essential and tasty food. Good for health, an everyday essential and my favourite is just pure and simple - straight out of a glass."

Lucinda has been very busy since receiving her prizes - in addition to baking a beautiful British cake to go on her new union flag cake stand using just British ingredients from her local supermarket, she's gone one step further by talking to her supermarket and working with local media to raise awareness of the importance of British produce. Well done Lucinda!




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  • Posted by: Jade AdamsPosted on: 20/03/2017 14:30:23

    Comment: Peonies are my favourite British bloom. They usually bloom from May to July.
  • Posted by: Veronica SuttonPosted on: 20/03/2017 16:33:36

    Comment: Flower competition: "My favourite british flower is the daffodil because the yellow tips appearing in the spring time herald, for me, the beginning of a new country year and all at once the days get longer and the bright splashes of yellow make us think the long, dreary winter days are finally over.
  • Posted by: Pauline WilsonPosted on: 21/03/2017 09:34:20

    Comment: My absolute favourite British flower is the sweet pea. Utterly delicate, fabulously scented and the most gorgeous palette of colours imaginable. I grow them myself, very easy to grow as well, they are the flower that just keeps on giving. It's a great pity that they're not more readily available from local florists.
  • Posted by: David PatersonPosted on: 21/03/2017 11:52:24

    Comment: Hyacinth, a harbinger that Spring is on it's way, filling the house with fresh hope
  • Posted by: andrew heightPosted on: 21/03/2017 12:01:45

    Comment: Daffodils are the best bloomers at this time of the year. After a cold, drab winter, the brightest of colours light up the world and heralds a new spring. Wonderful!
  • Posted by: Bethan StainerPosted on: 24/03/2017 13:26:04

    Comment: My favourite is a large single peony in full bloom, cupped by a plain crystal rose bowl, to show it off in all its glory.
  • Posted by: katrina walshPosted on: 27/03/2017 13:14:50

    Comment: Bluebells. they remind me of happy reading when I was little of enid Blyton and magical forests and fairies
  • Posted by: Stephanie EmmersonPosted on: 29/03/2017 13:01:49

    Comment: Juniper
  • Posted by: JocelynPosted on: 31/03/2017 12:05:38

    Comment: White Lilys I love the look and smell from such a blousey flower
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