Unless you have been living under a rock you may be aware that Valentine’s Day is tomorrow. There are not-so-subtle reminders everywhere you turn: enormous teddy bears (why?), poster-sized cards and massive displays of red roses everywhere you turn. Much as I absolutely love flowers, I cringe inwardly whenever I see the overblown V-day arrangements – so red they may as well have been painted like the roses in Alice in Wonderland.
There are other options however… and not just for Valentine’s Day. Wild Flowers Company, which I had the opportunity to review through the blog, offers a vastly different type of bouquet. Unlike the majority of flowers sold in the UK, their blooms are sourced locally from farmers and change with the seasons – sustainability and respect for the environment are clearly a big part of the Wild Flowers company’s ethos.
My bouquet arrives wrapped in brown paper with a little tag announcing the contents: anemone buds, alstroemeria, narcissi, magnolia buds and lots of pretty foliage. The flowers are just-picked fresh and with a beautiful scent (that must be the narcissi) and the bouquet is large enough to split between a couple of small vases. The flowers look as if you picked them yourself – which is possibly the highest compliment in my book – and stay fresh for so long I start thinking they are actually growing.
Wild Flowers company offers weekly, fortnightly, monthly or seasonal subscriptions (if anyone is listening I would adore a fortnightly subscription, thank you very much) and I can’t think of a nicer gift than gorgeous flowers being delivered to my door… They also offer one-off arrangements and thoughtful gifts like the Pregnancy package.
If you would like to try the Wild Flower Company subscriptions services for yourself or as a gift for a loved one (cough, Mother’s Day, cough), you can get 20% off any order by using this exclusive discount code SPRG20 (valid until 31/03/2015) .