Our huge catalogue of bunches, botanicals and natural confetti started off when we began selling highly fragrant loose lavender and home fragrance online in 2003. Initially we had a limited choice, and were soon contacted by customers looking for related products.
Then people started contacting us to say they were using all these items for weddings, and did we have any natural wedding confetti, such as rose petals? And did we have any favours or bags or boxes to put them in?
Once we were selling rose bud and petals, our customers started asking for other botanicals to use as potpourri ingredients and for home crafts. So we now stock a wide range including chamomile, hops, marigold petals, bay leaves, cornflower petals, delphinium confetti, hydrangea florets, and seasonal Christmas craft items such as cinnamon sticks, dry orange slices, whole oranges, whole cloves, and star anise.
Image shows a small selection of our range - lavender is still one of our best sellers.
In the first five years or so, there was no interest from the public in dry stems and bouquets. We first started to see an uptick in interest via weddings. We were being asked for blooms to use in hand-tied bouquets, table centres, table settings, venue decorations, swags and garlands. These days, dry stems are becoming increasing popular for home decor, craft and gifts, as well as ongoing interest for events and celebrations, so our range has blossomed. It has now expanded to include grasses, seed pods, dyed and natural items.
In this world of single use plastics and landfill, it's completely understandable that people will turn to natural decorative products to make their home or celebration uplifting. Rather than use fake home fragrances, why not use real essential oils and potpourri to fragrance your home? Or bighten the place up with a few stems of our bright blooms, which will last a lot longer than fresh bought from the florist! Try a natural craft such as cardmaking with pressed blooms from our own workshop.
In the last few years we have also seen a large increase in interest in UK grown botanicals. We're in touch with numerous UK growers and buy British wherever great quality combines with value for money. We even dry our own sometimes, weather and time permitting. We have workshops on the South Coast of England.
There is always something new arriving - we like to keep moving, so keep an eye on our New In department!
Our Help and Information pages include much more about our botanicals range and website.
Or try our Dry plants inspiration pages