July Flower of the month - Delphiniums

Glorious Delphiniums 
Delphinium flowers are a summer cottage garden staple for many British gardeners, as their tall flower spikes can help to give structure and height to borders. The name delphinium comes from the Greek word “delphis” meaning dolphin and is said to relate to the flower’s similarity to a dolphin. Many of you might also know them as Larkspur, a name which dates back to Tudor times. There are over 300 species of Delphinium plant to choose from with most flowering in June and July.

Growing Delphiniums can be a challenge
Delphiniums can grow up to 2 metres (or 6.5 feet) tall, which means you have to stake them to stop them from blowing over and snapping in the wind. Delphiniums also prefer moist, cool summers, dislike sudden wind or rain and can also cause skin irritation to anyone with sensitive skin.  

You Simply Have To Go Faux
Enjoy the beauty of Delphiniums without all the hard work by choosing faux! We have created two gorgeous varieties for you to choose from - the classic blue which many of you will recognise and the very beautiful bridal white. Both colours not only look real but have movement and the white are even real to the touch of a fresh delphinium from the florists or from the garden. They even come complete with beautiful green delphinium leaves and green fresh buds!

Julie's Top Delphinium Arrangement Ideas:

Bridal White Delphinium Stems - Our elegant bridal white extra long stem of real touch delphinium and delphinium foliage, look simply stunning on their own in a vase. I would recommend 5 stems in a vase for a simple, yet show stopping effect. 

Modern Decanter Vase Arrangement - Our decanter style vase has been made with love in Valencia and is the perfect vessel to showcase these bridal white delphiniums. Just look at how the shape of the stems matches perfectly with the shape of the vase - simply stunning! 

Mixed Delphiniums In A White Fluted Vase - Why have one colour of delphinium when you can have two? This arrangement has been created to match exactly how the delphiniums grow in the flowerbeds in the Ruckley gardens. The fluted white vase holds these stunning stems to perfection.

Delphiniums with Achillea, Eucalyptus and Foliage - These gorgeous blue delphinium stems add structure and height to this mixed arrangement of white Achillea and green foliage. The classic simplicity of the Christina Vase is the perfect vessel to display this arrangement. 

Don’t forget - if you need another reason to add these gorgeous delphiniums to your stem collection, then we have three for two on our stems throughout summer 2022!

July 13, 2022 — Julie Bates
June Flower of the Month: Roses

June Flower of the Month: Roses

Roses are often considered as one of the most quintessentially English plants with their beautiful scent and stunning colours. They also make the perfect cut flower and are often given as gifts.

One of the most famous names of modern rose cultivation is David Austin Roses. Since 1961 they have been growing and developing roses right here in the beautiful Shropshire countryside! 

Rose varieties

 There are so many gorgeous rose varieties to choose from that you could dedicate your whole garden to them - and I’m sure many of you have!

But to enjoy their beauty all year round? You simply have to go faux…

Our collection of faux roses have been designed to be as botanically correct as possible with many featuring real touch buds, leaves and thorns.

From pretty cabbage roses, vibrant red Old English roses through to bridal white rose buds, there is something for every rose enthusiast!

 Roses are such an incredibly versatile flower to arrange, as they look stunning in a plain vase on their own or combined with foliage or other seasonal flowers such as peonies or wisteria.

Here are just some of my top picks from our wonderful rose collection: 

  1. Lilac Cabbage Rose - this beautiful old English rose stem comes complete with leaves and is so botanically correct with the green edges on the petals and thorns.

  2. Bridal White Avalanche Rose - this is such an elegant rose to arrange in a glass vessel. Each stem comes with layers of green leaves which really enhance the bridal white colour.

  3. Rose and Hops - a rose copied straight from the gardens here at Ruckley, in stunning fuchsia with paler edges. We have arranged the rose with hops and salal leaves in our bottle vase and finished with our incredible still water.

  4. Rose Mix with Wisteria - arranged with salal leaves and displayed in the Grecian vase, this is such a seasonal bouquet. I love the combination of romantic bridal roses and cascading wisteria against the gorgeous greenery. 

  5. Rose Gift Set - give the gift of everlasting beauty with this arrangement. Our gift wrapped cylinder vase comes with wax flowers, eucalyptus and a vibrant red, open rose. All presented in a gift bag, it comes complete with our fresh flower fragrance.   

Finally, if your favourite feature of roses is their heavenly scent, then don’t forget to finish off your rose bouquets or arrangements with our flower fragrance sprays!

Our bestselling Fresh Flower fragrance combines rose, peony and eucalyptus and is the perfect accompaniment to your stems. If you like to layer your fragrances, you’ll simply love our  Gift Boxed Set, which contains three gorgeous scents to transport you straight to an English summer garden!

June 22, 2022 — Julie Bates