Seasonal British Flowers

The once strong British cut flower industry has been badly affected by increased use of cheaper imported flowers over the last 40 years. When buying from Ducks & Daffodils you are not only supporting British produce and British business, you may also become reacquainted with some long neglected beautiful British blooms.

As an antidote to the ubiquitous top 3 of roses, carnations and lilies Ducks & Daffodils only uses flowers in their natural season. There is so much more variety available than you would imagine from looking at bouquets offered by supermarkets and even some high street florists. A wide range of plants will happily grow outdoors or in unheated polytunnels in the UK - there is no reason not to enjoy different shades, shapes and textures all through the year.

I grow the majority of flowers and foliage myself but occasionally I do need to top up either from other local growers or from two wholesalers of British flowers based in the South West. Most annual flowers are sown successionally, i.e. little and often, meaning that I have a good quality supply over a long period.

On this page is a very rough guide to the main flowers I grow through the seasons - this is in no way an exhaustive list. Some flowers will only be available in early, mid or late season. Some will overlap seasons and be available for several months; many 'summer' flowers will bloom well into autumn, until the first frosts. I have many other fillers and foliage that are not listed as well as herb flowers and foliage. 

If you order a bouquet or DIY buckets from Ducks & Daffodils, each one will be unique as I will cut what is looking wonderful on the day. I don't have blueprints for types of bouquet, and there are no standard contents of DIY buckets. Growing in uncontrolled conditions means that I'm at the mercy of what Nature does to benefit or upset my plans for each year. I do not guarantee that a particular flower will be available on a certain date but I will do my very best to meet your brief.

SPRING

  • Daffodil
  • Scented narcissus
  • Tulip
  • Muscari
  • Anemone
  • Ranunculus
  • Allium
  • Achemilla

SUMMER

  • Sweet Pea
  • Peony
  • Rose
  • Aquilegia
  • Cornflower
  • Calendula
  • Ammi
  • Larkspur
  • Delphinium
  • Sweet William
  • Astrantia
  • Achillea
  • Clary Sage
  • Verbena bonariensis
  • Cosmos
  • Snapdragon
  • Scabious
  • Rudbeckia
  • Zinnia
  • Nicotiana
  • Nigella
  • Veronica
  • Phlox
  • Sunflower

AUTUMN

  • Dahlia
  • Helichrysum
  • Amaranthus
  • Statice
  • Chysanthemum
  • Grasses
  • Seedheads

Winter

  • Chrysanthemum
  • Paperwhite narcissus
  • Anemone
  • Evergreen foliage
  • Dried flowers, grasses, seedheads