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Wot no cornflowers?

Pretty peonies I thought the extra sunshine we've been having would mean our cornflowers would make an appearance this week, but they're still not showing colour yet! The summer flowers have been slow to open this year. A complete contrast from last year where everything seemed to be out, open and over in a couple of weeks! Instead, we've got beautiful peonies and limonium this week. Limonium (or statis) is a great filler flower and holds its colour well as a dried flower too. What's in the posy? Peony, limonium, sweet pea, box, currant, astrantia, rosemary, apple mint, sweet william, stock, flowering grass. What's scented? Stock, sweet pea, rosemary, apple mint.

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Doing the right thing

Sustainability We think all businesses have a moral duty to operate as sustainably as possible. At MeadowSweet, it's essential for us to keep evaluating what we do and make improvements as we go along. We have thought about the environmental, social and economic impacts of every aspect of our business and here's what we do currently and why... 1. We use homegrown, and 100% British ingredients. Why? Because we like local, seasonal flowers, and we don't want to use flowers with a large carbon footprint associated with air miles. We like to team up with other local Flowers from the Farm growers where possible and would love to get involved with local community growing projects. 2. We use glass jars for our posies. Why? Because they...

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Why British flowers?

What's so good about being British? All our posies and bouquets use British flowers and foliage throughout the year. This can be quite tricky sometimes, but we like a challenge!  Thankfully, in recent years it has become easier to source British glass-grown flowers and plants in the winter months from large-scale growers in Lincolnshire and this helps to keep things ticking along.  We feel that the natural restriction of sourcing locally-grown flowers helps to ground our compositions and make them relevant to the seasons. There is joy in making the most of what is available at different times of the year. Every week we make a brand new composition and over the five years we have been making our posies...

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The return of happiness...

Lily of the valley These flowers signify the return of happiness as far as floriography is concerned. Floriography is the language of flowers developed over centuries but especially used in Victorian times to express ones feelings. Let's hope they signify this for us as we start to clamber back from such a tough year. There's other firsts in the posy today such as homegrown purple irises, ranunculus and aquilegia, as well as some gorgeous sweet peas from Lincolnshire. What's in the posy? Lily of the valley, stock, iris, aquilegia, sweet pea, box, eucalyptus, photinia, currant, rosemary, ranunculus, apple mint. What's fragrant? What's not fragrant this week! Stock, lily of the valley, rosemary, eucalyptus, apple mint, sweet pea.

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Antirrhinum, otherwise known as...

Snapdragons It's a wildy-looking one this week with homegrown camassia and bluebells, foraged lilac and Cornish stock and snapdragons - so nice to have such a mix of romantic and fragrant blooms to choose from. As lockdown continues to ease, we're all looking forward to getting out and about socially in the next few weeks. Let's hope we get the sunshine to warm us up a bit more too! What's in the posy? Lilac, camassia, iris, stock, snapdragon, tulip, eucalyptus, bluebell, box, rosemary, hawthorn, cupressus. What's scented? Rosemary, stock, lilac, eucalyptus, cupressus.

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