I often write that my flowers are French and local and in season. This is a point on which I want to inform you in detail, the origin of my flowers.
Let's start with fresh cut flowers:
If you followed a little or if your mouse clicked on the my universe tab, you could discover that I was a trainer in horticultural productions in agricultural cfa.
I taught flower production there, in a BTS apprenticeship class. Visits being the best way to illustrate the remarks and concepts seen in class, I therefore investigated and met cut flower producers in our Lot et Garonne department, in order to take the classes concerned there.
I naturally relied on this experience to meet again cut flower growers with the aim now of working with them.
As I work on small quantities and especially since I have no stock with a zero waste perspective, for the moment I come to them.
In the future I found another solution in order to reduce my carbon footprint, there is a cooperative of Rosedor producers in Ste Foy la Grande (of which some of my producers are part) who have tours in Casseneuil, with the flowers of local producers, and French flowers, notably from the Var. Dorothée the florist of Casseneuil kindly suggested that I place an order and be able to collect the flowers ordered from her home in her fresh room.
What flowers do my growers grow all year round?
Let's start with the summer from June-July to September approximately:
The Gaec d'Aurioles in Bias (barely 10 minutes from my home) cultivates organic vegetables and cut flowers, a real chance for me to have them nearby !! I worked there in the summer of 2018, because I wanted to see cut flower production up close! They are part of the Rosedor cooperative.
Their flagship flower of the summer is LISIANTHUS, (Eustoma grandiflorum) colors want you here, a flower that holds up very well to hot temperatures, in the field as in vase!
It is refined and elegant, I like it a lot because by its presence it enhances the bouquet with a beautiful texture and a beautiful port.
At Agnès Gatel in Soumensac, who is a producer with her husband of cut flowers only and who is also part of the Rosedor cooperative, I can find there from June:
- celosia, of all colors,
- well-flowered double baby's breath,
- branches of eucalyptus which have a very beautiful bluish color at this time of the year because they are the young shoots.
- dill, a species of wild carrot whose stem takes on pretty curved shapes, and which lends itself very well to cup compositions!
From October to February, March:
I can find at Cathy Cassany who is in Aiguillon, roses, lilies, statices, green trick (a carnation that remains green) alstroemerias of all colors.
In the Aurioles gaec, the snapdragon reappears in all colors, and the ornamental cabbages.
At Agnès, buttercups are slowly arriving this season, then I get bored with the sweet scent of wallflowers, baby's breath and eucalyptus, snapdragons, a wide choice of pretty flowers until the end of March!
And in the spring
For Agnès, the same flowers, for the Gaec d'Aurioles the snapdragons and the peonies and for Cathy a lot of roses and in particular spray roses!
And in my garden, then !?
I don't remake myself, I love to sow and plant my flowers and my vegetables.
What I like about having flowers in the garden is this inspiration side, you look, and you cut live and imagine the association of colors … and then the florets in a bouquet give volume, texture and really embellish I think!
This year in the garden, I had small snapdragons, zinnias, a few dhalias, fox tail amaranths, sweet peas, columbines, pretty scabios, I love it!
I glean my foliage a lot, at home I have ivy and then a lot of trees with different foliage colors which allow you to vary.
I also glean viburnum in the spring.
I also cut mint and lemon balm as well as leaf goat cheese, it holds very well and gives an English side!
And then I glean my fresh leaves, mimosa for example, and I go get wild carrots and yarrow. All of this is organization and work!
And let's continue with the dried and stabilized flowers:
As for the dried flowers, I glean pampas, teasels, yarrow, solidagos (on an embankment in front of my house), wild carrots. the palm leaves come from my garden.
When I glean in a field, I always do it in broad daylight and without hiding! and for the pampas I ask the owners if it is next to a house. I spot the corners and I know all the plants around my house that I can use !!
I really like going for a walk and then it makes an outing with the children too!
I then install them on the ropes that I stretched in my workshop or on a mesh pallet, if I want the flowers to take a flat shape, for wild carrots for example.
I also dry baby's breath and eucalyptus that I buy from Agnès, them in a bouquet in a bucket and they dry quietly.
This year I was lucky that my brother brought me lagurus (rabbit tail) from the Ile de Ré.
You should know that in France, it is quite difficult to obtain dried flowers, there are very few producers, and the cost is high. Thanks to the French flower collective, I met Hélène Taquet who is president and who is a producer in the north of France.
The dolphinums, the statices, the hélychrises, the small dried flowers come from her.
And finally I supplied myself to a company that buys organic flowers that do not come all from France, especially Spain and that stabilizes these flowers.
The process is ecological and the glycerin used is natural.
All the stabilized plants that I use come from this company located near Montpellier.
It is not easy to provide dried flowers and ecological stabilized and above all I can not have everything when I want. and yes there is also a seasonality and we must take into account the cycles of plants!
Hope this article has provided you with more details as to where my flowers are coming from and hope it will be clearer to you!