Charlotte Ellis, co-founder of Vela Flowers, is our guest blogger this month. She runs an online British Florist, where you can order the best seasonal flowers via post very quickly & simply. Here she shares her tips on British flowers inspired by the English countryside, and where to go see them in gardens around the UK, plus she’s offering a special discount for Perfect Cuppa English members!
Isn’t this year going quickly? Personally I can’t quite believe it’s almost the end of April! Time might be flying by, but the upside is that we’re fast moving towards the most beautiful time of the year in the flower calendar.
My parents-in-law are Italian, and they never seem to visit in the Spring time, so this year we’ve encouraged them to visit in May so that they can see the English countryside at its most spectacular.
Some of my favourite places to share the full beauty of British blooms with Spring time visitors (which will be on the list when the Italians come to town!) are:
- The grounds at Chartwell, West Sussex the family home and garden of Sir Winston Churchill where the swathes of Bluebells are blooming, and the Kitchen Garden is starting to grow.
- The gardens at Down House, Kent , the family home and garden of Charles Darwin, which possesses some of the most beautiful gardens, laid out to the original plans of Darwin and his wife, and filled with exotic blooms developed from the seeds Darwin collected on his travels on The Beagle.
- If you’re willing to travel further to see your blooms, then you’ll be rewarded greatly by visiting Fountains Abbey, North Yorkshire without a doubt the most stunning of all the monastic ruins in the country, and a haven for wild flowers, such as carpets of vibrant bluebells, and wild deer amongst the water gardens.
At Vela we’ve taken our inspiration from the English countryside, and at the moment we are focusing on bringing the outdoors in.
Our April and May bouquets are filled with the scents of springtime: fragrant freesias, acid yellow tulips, native snapdragons, delicate pussy willow are just some of the blooms lucky Vela subscribers will be receiving in their next regular deliveries of hand tied and letterbox flowers.
If you fancy being one of them, sign up at Vela to get £5 off your first delivery: http://velaflowers.refr.cc/victoriar
Charlotte Ellis, Vela Flowers