In Conversation With Savant Magazine

 

One of our favourite things about social media is when you stumble across a brand, a blogger or a magazine you have never heard of before. Savant is one of these magazines. We found it on Instagram and it is a wonderful online magazine. We managed to catch up with Savant editor, Hanna-Amanda and ask her a few questions on why she started Savant Magazine and what it is all about: Read more

British Flowers Week | A Selection of British Florists and Growers

wide-banner-flowers-vases-sunshine-homeojfuniperHappy British Flowers Week! Do you love flowers as much as we do? Florals have always been a big part of Home of Juniper. Whether it is floral scents in our fragrance and well-being range, a beautiful range of handcrafted vases, or pressed flower cushions… we cant get enough of them. We also use a lot in our images, because they are beautiful and they can have a positive affect on the mood. But we are in no way experts… so we have asked a few experts, wonderful British flower growers and florists a few questions about British flowers and why they love them.

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British Flowers Week | What It Is All About

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Right, grab a coffee and we will tell you a little more about British Flowers Week. And why it is something to be excited about…

June is when British gardens really bloom, which is why it is the perfect time for British Flowers Week. British Flowers Week is an annual celebration of British flowers and the UK cut flower industry. Now in its 6th year and running 18th – 24th, the week was started by the Flower Market at New Covent Garden Market in 2013. There are various ways to take part across the UK. 

We were lucky enough to catch up with Claire, one of the organisers at British Flowers Week, to ask her a few questions.

Can you tell us a little bit about why you started British Flower Week?

Here at the Flower Market at New Covent Garden Market, we’ve traded in British grown flowers and foliage for centuries. Up until the 1970s, the only flowers you saw came from flower farmers in Britain. Today, most of the flowers we see used in the floristry industry or for sale in your high street flower shop will have been grown by large scale commercial growers and routed through the Dutch auctions.

We wanted to promote and give visibility to these British flowers, their sellers, growers, and the independent florists championing locally-grown. Although beautiful British flowers are available all year round, we wanted to take one week to focus all our attentions on promoting them, generating interest and press coverage to boost the British flower industry.

Why is it important to support British Flower growers?

There’s many reasons to support British flowers, from an environmental and also just a purely aesthetic perspective.

Just like with food, people are increasingly demanding more locally grown flowers to celebrate the seasons. When grown in season, flowers look and smell better, and can have more unusual movement to their stems and variation that isn’t seen in large scale farming.

Not only do British flowers usually have a better scent than imported ones, they will be fresher and last longer. And of course, fewer flower miles mean less environmental damage. It’s also important to support local industry and many farms that have been growing for generations at the centre of communities. British flower farms encourage wildlife and biodiversity, providing food and habitats for our butterflies and bees.

What is the most important thing you want people to take away from BFW?

We want people to think about where their flowers, foliage and plants are coming from. To buy British wherever possible and support independent florists using British flowers.

How can people get involved in BFW?

People can follow everything that’s happening during British Flowers Week with the hashtag #BritishFlowersWeek across social media, and share how they’re celebrating too!

There’s events being held up and down the country to celebrate the week, including talks, pop-up shops and workshops – visit www.britishflowersweek.com for a full list. Our star event is a collaboration with the Garden Museum where six florists will be creating specially-commissioned installations using all British flowers, which will be on display from 18-24 June for people to visit.

On the website there’s also a toolkit for florists, with free gift tags, posters and more tips on how to make the most of the week.

Of course, buying British is the simplest way to support the campaign and back local growers. Florists can buy from the specialist wholesalers at the Flower Market at New Covent Garden Market, or a grower from the Flowers from the Farm network, and members of the public from independent florists around the country.

 What is your favourite flower of the season?

It’s really hard to pick just one. I’d have to say either sweet peas, for their gorgeous scent, or digitalis, for their unusual shapes and movement. Both remind me of playing in my parent’s garden when I was younger – I think British flowers have such a power to evoke memories with their scents and colours.

British Flowers Week is in association with the Flower Market, Flowers From the Farm and British Florist Association. All three websites have some great information on where to find British flower growers… And how to get involved in British Flowers Week.

Do you have any plans to celebrate British Flowers Week? We are planning to showcase some talented British Florists and growers, show you some of our favourite British flowers, and we are offering at least 10% off all our Flowers & Florals page. Fill your home with flowers. Please tag us in any of your photos of British flowers and any posts that show you celebrating #britishflowersweek.

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Places to Visit in the UK – Northumberland

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Northumberland is a beautiful oxymoron of a county, full of quaint villages which contrast against open spaces and vast coasts. There are areas of Northumberland which still have a wild air about them, like it needs taming but shouldn’t be. Having spent childhood holidays here I have always had a little bit of a soft spot for this county. And what is there not to love. Read more

Fathers Day Gift Ideas

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The Home of Juniper gift guide of things you can get your dad this Fathers Day. Whether he loves his beard, his man cave or his kitchen, we have a range of ideas for Fathers Day: Read more

How To Start Your Day Right

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Waking up right can settle you in for a good day. Having a good nights sleep is important too, but when we start our day right it sets the tone for the whole day. We have asked how you prefer to spend your mornings and had some wonderful answers, which has got us thinking about ways to start the day in a positive way. Here are a few of our suggestions, and we would love to hear more of yours: Read more

Creating a Positive Mindset Through Yoga

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Yoga is one of the most popular types of exercises because it’s effective for improving flexibility, strengthening muscles, and soothing the mind. Perhaps that last bit is one of the most intriguing things about it. How can a type of workout make you feel positive and giddy all over? It’s more than just speculation too, with more than enough testimonials from practitioners around the world, alongside scientific studies that can back up such claims.

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How To Get Married Ethically

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We realise some of you 2018 brides will be further on than others but here are a few ideas and tips on ethical wedding ideas for 2018. The dress, the rings and more… Read more

In Conversation With Fable & Matter

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One of the amazing things about magazines and blogs is the voice they give; not only the writers and editors, but also the people who see the world in the same way. They allow the spread of knowledge and understanding and creativity. We spoke to Valerie one of the editors of Fable & Matter to find out more about her online platform and see what it is like running a start up:

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In Conversation with Ara Living – Organic Bed Linen

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Rann Bedding Set

Each May we concentrate on the things that make us (and you) happy. One of these things is a good nights sleep. Everyone feels better when they wake up after sleeping well, and one of the things that helps you sleep well is a comfortable place to lay your head. Sleeping well is even easier when you know you are laying on bedlinen which has been fairly made from natural, sustainable cotton. Ara Living are a relatively new brand with beautiful, modern designs who have wonderful ethics surrounding the production of these wonderful pieces. We were lucky enough to catch up with one half of Ara Living’s leadership team, Himanshi.  Read more