Say it with Meaning

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Snowdrops in pot with paper

“When I see snowdrops I always think of Valentine's Day,” says Rachel Petheram of Catkin Flowers in Lincolnshire. “Their season is at its height in mid-February,” she continues. “It's very romantic when someone takes you to see a snowdrop garden.”

Snowdrops at Painswick

Rachel began her seasonal and local cut flower business in 2006 after deciding to do her own wedding flowers. She was one of the pioneers, seizing on Sarah Raven's seeds as a unique alternative to the garish offerings in garden centres. Things have changed since then of course, and 'British cut flowers' is in common parlance.

Iris Kathryn Hodgkin

A bunch of flowers from the garden is very welcome any time but those who feel unconfident about February offerings could easily dress up some bulbs. A little pot of snowdrops with a bit of raffia and brown paper will have plenty of heart and soul. Since flowers are a part of the rituals of our lives, it's important that they chime with the seasons: as a future memory trigger.

Snowdrops in paper and pot

Rachel and Michelle, who is helping her, decide that “blokes don't like to think outside the box” and find themselves panic-buying on the way home from work. If they thought ahead and ordered a bunch of local flowers—or even picked them—well, that might have some meaning.

Coton hellebores

However, some husbands-to-be show early promise and Rachel is making up a wintery bunch for a client whose wedding she is arranging in the autumn. For Valentine's Day he wants to give his affianced local cut flowers, a preview of what's to come on their wedding day. With that precedent, seasonal flowers will always be “their thing.” Thanks for reading,