Bristol flower farm and florist. Pipley Flowers

Flower farmer and florist between Bristol and Bath. Wholesale flowers for florists, flower arranging workshops, growing workshops, weddings, funerals, events and sundry hire.

Filtering by Category: Focus flowers and Foliage

Scented Foliage

Following on from my blog earlier in the year on scented flowers I was thinking why not mention scented foliage? There are some really beautifully scented foliages available and they aren't always given the credit they deserve.

I supply lots of foliage to florists - often with whole van loads going out at a time and I am just as guilty of focusing on the flowers in my social media posts and glossing over the foliage - so this is it's chance in the limelight for once!

Eucalyptus - I can't really describe the smell of Eucalyptus but it's beautiful and each variety has a slightly different scent. Eucalyptus oil has many uses including respiratory aid, pain relief, personal hygiene, mental stimulant and household cleaning uses - it's powerful stuff and you can't beat a bit of eucalyptus to add to your flowers.

Choysia ternata - This one is a love it or hate it. I think it smells like oranges but I have heard some people say it smells of cat wee... so maybe if you think the latter you may not want it in the house :)

Rosemary - Gorgeous scent and as a bonus you can nip bits out of the vase to add flavour to your cooking - or brush it against your skin for a natural perfume!

Bay - I love the smell of bay and again you can take off the odd leaf to enhance your cooking with this one. A bay wreath on your door will last for ages and welcomes you with a lovely scent when you get home

Mint - People always comment on the smell when I include mint in my foliage orders. This is definitely one of my favourites and some of my florists remove the lower leaves to make mint tea before using the rest of the stem in flower arrangements.

Lavender - the foliage is often overlooked on lavender as we concentrate on the flowers but it hold well out of water so it's great to use in flower crowns and buttnholes. Lavender scent is known for it's calming properties so I think this is nice to include in wedding flowers when some people can feel a little nervous.

 

There are lots of other scented foliages - these are just some of my favourites. Do you have a favourite one not listed here? How do you like to use it?

 

Scented Flowers for Spring

Following a recent Facebook post which touched on scented flowers I thought it would be nice to share some of my favourite spring scented flowers with you.

Lily of the Valley

These dainty little white bells have a fantastic scent! They are one of my earlier spring flowers and Mine tend to flower in early April. They have a strong scent for their size at only around 15cm in height and they are happiest grown in partial shade. You can also get Lily of the Valley in a light pink colour but these are more uncommon. As a cut flower they are great for little posies, buttonholes and bouquets.

20170413_165213.jpg

Narcissi

Narcissi just make me smile. I find them somewhat irresistible with their happy little faces and gorgeous scent. They are easy to grow from bulbs, and work well in the house as a cut flower or planted in a pot. If planted in pots indoor just plant them out somewhere in the garden after they have finished flowering and they will return year on year. Narcissi are great for naturalising in grass too so everyone should be able to find space for some. Although they smell delicious they do need a regular stem cut and water change if used as a cut flower or they can become a bit whiffy!

Phone pictures March 2016 064.jpg

Hyacinths

Love, love, love these! I don’t tend to use them much for cutting (hence no images) as the stems are quite short and with the flowers being so large they can be tricky to incorporate into displays, but bring planted bulbs into your house to make the place smell amazing! After they have flowered you can plant them out in pots or beds for them to return year on year.

Tulips

Did you know that tulips have scent? I must confess I didn’t really believe this until last year when I grew some amazing scented ones. I had head of scented tulips but had never smelt any that I actually liked or that had a string perfume. My favourite ones last year smelt of caramel - the variety escapes me for now but keep an eye on my social media because they will get a shout out when they are back this year!

20170407_144632_resized.jpg

 

What are your favourite scented flowers for Spring?

Dahlia Love

Another Winter is upon us and although my growing season for the year is over the dahlias are still going strong. Whilst at the flower farm the other day this reminded me that last year I meant to write a blog post abut these fabulous flowers and I forgot....so I'm now going to make up for it.

Dahlias are one of my favourite flowers; I love them for their wide range of colour and beautiful, showy forms. There are single, open varieties such as the infamous Bishop of Llandaff to tiny delicate pompoms which may only be 3 or 4cm in size, to the huge Café au Lait and other decorative dinner plate varieties which can easily be 25cm in diameter. Of course you can't forget the spikey cactus forms and serenity of the water lily dahlia (and that's not an exhaustive list of the forms available).

In terms of colour again there is a huge choice and when you take into account the bi-coloured flowers I wonder if dahlias may have one of the biggest range of colours available in one family of flowers. The only colour which is still not seen in dahlias is the elusive blue - the reason why blue is so rare in flowers would be enough to fill another blog!

Phone pics 8.9.15 155.jpg

Dahlias have been in Europe for over 200 years now and originally came from Mexico. They are typically grown from tubers and can also be grown from seed but when grown from seed they can naturally hybridise, which explains the huge variety of colours and forms we see today.

If you love dahlias as much as I do then the time of year to get excited about is July as this is when they start to flower. They are a fantastic addition to any bouquet or flower arrangement and I use them regularly through the summer....in fact I now have over 400 dahlia plants so I am practically drowning in dahlias but I'm not complaining!

For all enquiries call us on  07722055702
© Pipley Flowers 2015