Main picture: flower couture from Bella & Fifi Flowers
Bramble & Wild, Frome, Somerset
The fact that Bramble & Wild calls itself a vintage floral emporium pretty much sums up the new mood in flowers. Walk into this cool and beautiful store on Catherine Hill and you’ll want to buy everything from the jam jars of posies for £7 to the vivid, sunglasses bright’festival’ bouquet (£40). How about a bunch of the plumpest, roundest roses of pale blue, lilac and pink studded with daises and lily of the valley? As well as flowers you can buy Babington’s Cowshed products and vintage garden gifts. No wonder Pearl Lowe is a fan.
Common Farm Flowers, Somerset
Common Farm Flowers (bit of a fettish with our readers this one) combines old-fashioned artisan sensibilities with cutting edge business sense which means you can send their beyond lovely, seasonal cut flowers to anywhere in the UK. Georgie and Fabrizio grow everything from roses to dahlias, sweet peas to pussy willow –order online (£45 for standard bouquet plus p&p) and your flowers will be posted out for next day delivery. The absolute antithesis of interflora – we wouldn’t send flowers any other way. Best present? A Common Farm bouquet delivered every month for a year (£450 instead of £540). Take a hint someone. You can also flower arrange, design a wreath, cook or learn to social network at this enterprising farm near Wincanton.
Flowers by Passion, Somerset
Flowers by Passion is so much more than a florist it's hard to know where to begin. Yes it does flowers for weddings and events (100 weddings a year, in fact) but with so much panache and originality, it won't be like anything you've seen before. You can also hire from their amazing range of props - everything from gigantic crystal chandeliers to old milk churns and Victorian birdcages. You can order bouquets from the online shop, the cute rosy posy (pictured below) costs £65. Suffice to say they do the flowers at Babington House.
Bella & Fifi Flowers Bristol and Devon
Cutting edge florists Bella & Fifi call themselves 'floral bonnes vivantes' and when you see their designs you'll understand why. They source flowers from local, West Country farms, organic where possible, and hand pick the best blooms themselves. The cool girl's choice for weddings - real stand out, alternative bouquets and hair decorations. Check out their flower couture gallery pics to see what they're really capable of - makes you want to throw a flower fancy dress party right now. These girls are very much in demand right now.
Sprout & Flower Mere Wiltshire
This wonderful new flower shop and greengrocers in Mere has, quite frankly, revived a whole community. Owner Sarah Collins is a talented florist and there's nowhere better for a last-minute present, you can pick up stunning hand-tied bouquets for as little as £7. The shop also sells local eggs, honey, cakes and bread plus a vast array of gorgeously fresh vegetables (pop in for a single courgette and no one raises an eyebrow). Old fashioned values with very contemporary flowers. Loving the wine crate as florist artefact (pictured below). At Christmas Sarah's wreaths sell out instantly (she runs wreath-making classes too).
Wild Paeony in Shaftesbury, Dorset
Love this shop where floristry meets art - expect old fashioned blooms, birdcages, apples and random twists of wire; it's wild country with an emphasis on colour. Deliveries within a 10 mile radius from £30 a bouquet (best thank you present going) or have flowers couriered across the UK from £45.
Such a find this beautiful shop in the heart of Totnes which is packed with the prettiest blooms - pale pink paeonies, white roses, Lily of the Valley - and immaculately sourced baskets, vases, jugs for home and garden. Owner Emma Vowles fell in love with wild flowers growing up in South Hams, Devon and continues to be inspired by cottage gardens - vintage with a twist is her speciality. Perfect for wedding flowers and centrepieces, bouquets delivered locally.
Daisy Roots Truro, Cornwall
An eco florist that stocks flowers from local Cornish farms and wraps them in biodegradable paper. If they do import from third world countries they make sure the farms are pesticide free and pay workers fairly. Jam jar posies are a best-seller or bring in your own empties and have them filled. Bouquets within town are delivered by the Daisy Roots bicycle, other deliveries across Cornwall. Beautiful flowers that come conscience-free. Watch this inspirational film about Daisy Roots – it will change the way you buy flowers for ever! http://youtu.be/WTOitwuTVOQ
Well worth a road trip, this is a shop to stimulate the senses - a well-organised space packed full of the best blooms. Love their recession-busting bridal bouquet and groom’s buttonhole for £45. No consultation (just an emailed questionnaire) keeps the cost down. You can’t request particular flowers (just colours and style) but you can guarantee wow factor at a shoestring price.
Eden Florist, Taunton, Somerset
Inventive floristry from this wonderful store which also has an online shop so you can order their creations 24/7. Check out the beautiful brooch bouquet with fresh hyacinth pips, fresh orchid petals and trailing ceropegia. Best-sellers are the hand-tied bouquets featuring skeletonised leaves, beads and feathers and milk bottle crate filled with seasonal flowers. There's a flower school here and you can even organise children's parties where kids make their own mini-bouquet. Cute.
Ted Martin in Tisbury, Wiltshire
Ted Martin in picturesque Tisbury became a blueprint for the cool country florist when it opened 9 years ago. You’ll find bouquets of roses, stock, snapdragons, larkspur and herbs, beautifully wrapped in tissue paper and hand-tied with ribbon. There's a flower school here too so you can learn how to make your own artisan bouquets or plunge artful arrangements into a vase. We'd recommend the bouquet in a Burleigh china jug £45 and kind of classy.