You’ve settled on your date and are making a conscious effort to be more thoughtful about the environmental impact of your wedding. The biggest decision will be your venue including your menu choices. Next step wedding flowers which I’ll give a few tips on sourcing eco-friendly options.

Early Summer bridal bouquet

It's no secret the negative impact commercial flowers have on our health and the health of our planet from the herbicides, pesticides and fungicides used in their production. Many of them banned in developed countries but still used in developing countries like Brazil, Colombia and South Africa. Air miles transporting them thousands of miles across the world.

If you are choosing a regular florist them do ask for fairtrade flowers, at least these will be produced in a more caring environmental manner. Please choose your arrangements carefully and avoid single-use formaldehyde filled floral foam, this product is leaching into our watercourses and contaminating our fish and the water we drink.

If on the other hand, you are choosing a farmer florist, then in West Cork alone you have quite a few choices from Ruth Fortune flowers in Glandore and Howehill Farm in Killbrittan who also supply certified edible flowers. If you go across the county you will find many more.

You have the power to exact change with your buying choices and for the better of the local economy, health and wellbeing of our planet and thus ensuring a positive future.

Choose seasonal flowers, by that I mean flowers that grow naturally in a particular season.

Wedding Cake featuring our edible flowers by Clare Ann Taylor

Trends for 2020 and beyond are for more flowing, unstructured designs. These are so much easier to create with naturally grown flowers than the straight ridged commercial stems. Naturally grown flowers and herbs will fill your venue with the most wonderful fragrance and leave a lasting memory with your guests.

Re-gift your flowers so someone else can go on and enjoy them. Donate to a local hospital or nursing home, flowers are uplifting and if they are organically grown there are added health and emotional benefits too, they will keep on giving!

Spring Flowers: Scented Narcissus, Hyacinth, Tulips, Anemones, Ranunculus, Calendula, Iris, Sweet William, Allium, Gyp, Antirrhinum and Undercover.

Summer flowers: Roses, Campanula, Foxgloves, Dahlia, Marigold, Feverfew, Lavatera, Scabious, Triteleia, Sweet William and Alstroemeria with an incredible variety of scented herbs as filers or focals in their own right.

Autumn flowers: Roses, Dahlia, Asters, Chrysanthemums, Alstroemeria, Sweet William, Amaranth, Gomphrena, Antirrhinum, grasses and Rudbeckias.

This is not an exhaustive list but gives you an idea of the wealth of flowers to choose from and many of these varieties have a full range of colours to choose from.We grow a couple of thousand dahlias in wonderful shapes, sizes and colours here on the farm.

With a little thought and planning you can have the florals of your dreams and they ‘won’t have cost the earth’

Let’s all work together for a future we would like to live.

Mags xx