As this is my first blog post, I thought I would take the time to briefly introduce myself and how I have come to start my little flower business.

I have been surrounded by plants since for as long as I can remember. My dad is the head gardener of St. John’s College and when I was little I could often be seen riding with him on his mower (much to the amusement of passing tourists!). He gave me a passion for nature and the great outdoors, from stroking bumble bees to collecting ‘treasures’ of pine cones and dried grasses on walks. My Grandfather is also an avid gardener with a love of growing vegetables and flowers. But it wasn’t until I was older that I discovered a deeper love of plants myself.  It took a spell of illness and my dad giving me a few plants to care for while I couldn’t work to really spark my passion. From there an obsession for all things green and flowery began. I studied with the Royal Horticultural Society  & have since gardened whilst living in Italy and on two river boats (lots of container growing involved!). I now work alongside my Dad at St. John’s College as a Gardener and Head Propagator.

Alongside gardening I have always had a love of art. My Grandmother was an artist and I spent a lot of time with her in Scotland, studying the changing colours of the Scottish sky and learning to use oils, pastels and watercolours. I decided not to pursue a career in art per-se, but realised that my passion for colour, texture and form could be combined in my gardening, almost creating living – ephemeral paintings with floral design.

A few weddings later (Including my own) and lots of playing with flowers at home has led me to start Wild Florals… It is a big step for me but it feels like a natural progression from what I already do, feeding my love of floral design, combining art and nature to hopefully bring happiness and beauty into peoples lives.

Wild Florals is still a new little business, but the idea is to be able to supply as many of my own home grown flowers as possible, to create interesting and unique bespoke flower arrangements for weddings, events and the home. Alongside this, I offer gardening consultation and planting for small town house gardens and homes. This covers design and planting up – anything from sourcing and producing a window box or hanging basket to suit your flowery needs, to consulting on small scale garden design.

I am in the process of expanding my cut flower patch at the moment.  I have spent the last couple of weeks building new raised beds and filling them with interesting varieties of Tulips, Ranunculus and Fritillaria amongst other things, with a view to supplying more of my own flowers to brides and customers in the Spring. I may have gone a little crazy with my bulb ordering but its just so hard to choose from all the interesting varieties that are on offer!

Growing my own plants enables me to supply flowers and foliage that are a little more unusual and also, given enough time, to grow flowers specifically for a client’s event. I like the fact that home grown flowers tend to have more character than those grown intensively and that have travelled long distances.  I really enjoy embracing the wiggly stemmed flowers and think this reflects plants in the way nature intended, not poker-straight and identical to the one next to it!  I like to arrange flowers in a way that almost suggests the flowers are still growing in the garden, with movement and texture and all the good things that a wild cottage garden would offer – seed heads, tendrils, berries – the list goes on!

I will try and check in again soon to post more about weddings, gardens and flowers, so stay posted and thank you for reading!

Rosanna Bailey