We’ve had a music bus, a beach bus, and it’s now time to venture in to flowers with the help of Katie from Flower Show Presents.
This week we were kindly invited to accompany Katie on a trip to Crosslands Flower Nursery, specialising in British alstroemeria, in Barnham. Crosslands was established in 1957 and has seen 4 generations lovingly care for the alstroemeria there. Despite other British flower nurseries suffering, Crosslands has continued to bloom and has no intentions on stopping anytime soon.
|One of the many alstroemeria varieties grown at Crosslands|
We met Ben, or Alstroemeria Ben as he is fondly known, who had a real passion for this beautiful flower. Showing us around the 4 acre nursery and a variety of different alstroemeria, he explained everything to us from why the PH of the soil was so crucial to going through just how the flowers go from the greenhouses to local florists, including some in Brighton.
|Ben and Katie colour checking alstroemerias|
Katie ensures the flowers she uses are British grown, and after talking with Ben it is easy to see why it is so important. These flowers are cared for from dawn until dusk and picked at the perfect moment to produce large flowers that are guaranteed to stay in bloom, with stunning colours, for weeks.
Ben loves to share his experiences with everyone and you can often see him at a range of flower shows, as well as visiting local universities, giving talks on why ‘British Flowers Rock’.
|Enforcing the message that English Flowers are best|