The Real Flower Company blog

  1. How to Make DIY Cut-Flower Food

    How to Make DIY Cut-Flower Food

    Floral designer and author Shane Connolly compared imported mass-produced cut flowers to budget fast food when he spoke to our founder, Rosebie Morton, for British Flowers Week. ‘Fast flowers’ often have a longer vase life, but so often lack the scent, character and theatre of seasonal and sustainably grown flowers such as ours. However, read on as we share some...
  2. Getting the Most from your Fresh from the Farm English Flower Box

    Getting the Most from your Fresh from the Farm English Flower Box

    Our sustainable English flower farm is now in full bloom and we are pleased to announce that our Fresh from the Farm English Flower Box is back! It is filled with sustainably grown seasonal flowers and foliage and delivered directly to your door from our English flower farm. Our Fresh from the Farm English Flower Boxes are different each week...
  3. How to Grow and Arrange Lily of the Valley

    How to Grow and Arrange Lily of the Valley

    “I’m often asked what my favourite flower is – and for me, it always has to be whatever is seasonal and looking at its best right now,” says our founder Rosebie Morton. “Small but perfectly formed, with a scent like no other – when Lily of the Valley comes into bloom here on the farm, it’s always a delight for...
  4. How to Grow Sweet Peas in a Pot

    How to Grow Sweet Peas in a Pot

    Our founder Rosebie Morton and our small dedicated team have been growing Sweet Peas in our specialist Sweet Pea nursery in West Sussex for more than twenty-five years. It is always such a special milestone in our year when we cut the first Sweet Peas ready to include in our bouquets and Sweet Pea stem boxes. Their heady scent fills...
  5. Seasonal English Flowers for Summer Weddings

    Seasonal English Flowers for Summer Weddings

    One of our delights at The Real Flower Company is to help you to find the perfect flowers for your wedding, confident that our sustainably grown blooms and floristry expertise will add joy and beauty to your special day. Unlike most wedding suppliers, most of the flowers and foliage we offer are grown on our own farms, nurtured with care...
  6. How to Plant Dahlias

    How to Plant Dahlias

    Over the years we have grown and tested many, many Dahlias and we have now curated an edit of our tried and tested favourites – Dahlias that look sensational in the garden or in a large pot and are perfect for cutting. We look for Dahlias that are consistently reliable, with strong stems and stunning florets. Our florists start adding...
  7. Top tips for pruning roses

    Top tips for pruning roses

    February or early March is the season for giving roses their major annual prune, but many gardeners find the idea of cutting back their prized plants scary and think of pruning as a secret art shrouded in mystery. We have been growing scented roses here at The Real Flower Company since the company began and by now have some 30,000...
  8. How to Plant New Roses

    How to Plant New Roses

    February or early March are the perfect times to plant new roses. At The Real Flower Company, our scented English garden roses are our pride and joy, and we grow some 30,000 bushes on our sustainable Hampshire farm. So you can be assured that we know what we are talking about when it comes to all things rosy!. We supply...
  9. What Women Really Want for Valentine's Day

    What Women Really Want for Valentine's Day

    The traditional Valentine’s Day gift is a dozen red roses – red for love and passion, and twelve to demonstrate that the giver will think of his or her beloved every month of the year to come. But symbolism aside, are red roses really the flowers women prefer? At The Real Flower Company we’ve long had our doubts, so we...
  10. Say Thank You With Flowers

    Say Thank You With Flowers

    Maybe you haven’t been able to meet with friends and family this Christmas but have received gifts that deserve a special thank you? Or maybe you had a face-to-face celebration but still want to find a way of saying thank you to show how much you appreciated it? Now we are once more living under lockdown, the need to stay...
  11. How To Create an Easy Festive Table Centrepiece

    How To Create an Easy Festive Table Centrepiece

    Are you looking for an easy way to make your Christmas table really special? Our Flower Tube and Posy centrepiece adds a decorative richness to any Christmas feast, not only making your table look truly eye-catching but also introducing the glorious scents and beauty of an English garden direct to your home. ‘I love this way of arranging flowers as...
  12. How to Create a Stunning Christmas Table

    How to Create a Stunning Christmas Table

    For almost all of us, this Christmas will be different from most – but even if your celebrations are smaller, it’s still worth putting the effort into making them special. Perhaps this year more than any other, paying attention to detail and creating an atmosphere that brings joy and uplift will boost all our spirits. So whether you are seeing...

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