British Flower Week (14-18 June)


It’s British Flowers Week – a week of showcasing flowers grown in the UK – sponsored by New Covent Garden Market. This week I’ll share some of the flowers grown in my own garden in Worcester. First up is this gorgeous Peony ‘Bouchela’. Peonies can be shrubs (Tree Peonies), Herbaceous Perennials, or in-between. Some Peony flowers are open, but I fell for the glorious effusiveness of the pale pink petals for ‘Bouchela’, and I look forward to it flowering every year. What flower do you find irresistible?


It’s British Flowers Week – today’s flower is a Campanula medium, or Bell-Flower. I grew this flower from seed, and it has flowered wonderfully this year – star of the cottage garden in June. The bees love the large open blooms, and the tall spikes bring height and colour into the border. I hope they set seed and I will be enjoying them for years to come!


It’s British Flowers Week, and today I have a picture of the nation’s favourite flower – the Rose. Like many flowers that have become regarded as traditional’ British flowers, the origins of roses lie far away in Iraq and China, hundreds or even thousands of years ago! Every time I see the beautiful blooms or smell the heady fragrance, I thank the efforts of those ancient horticulturists, who started the Rose on its long journey to these shores. The picture is of Rosa ‘Malvern View’ – a vigorous rambler that clearly loves its position on the front of my house. What’s your favourite Rose?


It’s British Flowers Week, and today I have a picture of one of the giants of the cottage garden, the Hollyhock (Alcea rosea). Another plant I raised from seed to grace the cottage garden border; it certainly makes its presence known! These lovely flowers will self-seed, and although they are biennial (they grow leaves one year, and flower the next) they are so prolific, you’ll soon have them every year – everywhere! What’s your favourite cottage garden flower?


It’s British Flowers Week, and what collection of British-grown flowers would be complete without the lovely Sweet Pea (Lathyrus odoratus). The ones in my garden are all-white – interestingly, I started off with a colourful mix from a seed packet several years ago. I let some of the seeds fall where they grew, and they germinated that autumn and overwintered. Next year, there were only white flowers. I assume it was because only the white ones were hardy enough to survive the winter, but if anyone has any other theories, let me know!


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