Bumper poinsettia crop anticipated

by Julia Bradley on November 10, 2013

Flower lovers who look forward to the festive sea of red provided by poinsettias each Christmas have a bumper crop to look forward to this year.

Hull firm O’Brien’s Nurseries, which sells nationally to florists, says this year’s poinsettia crop is bigger and better than ever thanks to a prolonged period of good weather and a carefully controlled heating system.

“Poinsettias are becoming quite rare in this country as the cost of growing them has risen sharply,” said Tony Sharp of East Yorkshire-based O’Brien’s.


Plant nursery grows black tomatoes

by Julia Bradley on October 15, 2013

A gardening nursery in Devon has become the first in the UK to grow black tomatoes.

Plant World Seeds, located in the town of Newton Abbot, has a total of three plants, each containing 20 of the jet black tomatoes.

The unusual fruit is among the first in the world to contain anthocyanins, an antioxidant thought to have a number of health benefits.

Nursery owner Ray Brown came across the rare produce when a customer sent him a mystery package entitled ‘black tomato’.


Flowers ‘grown from pencil stubs’

by Julia Bradley on September 25, 2013

Scientists have come up with a novel way of recycling old stationery – by turning pencil stumps into flowers and herbs.

Researchers in the US have created the Sprout eco pencil which is made from cedar and contains graphite and clay in place of lead.


Bid to Grow a Flower Within A Flower

by Bethany Day on September 9, 2013

Scientists say they are close to a breakthrough that will help them understand how to grow a flower within a flower.

Researchers hope the discovery could help them generate crops with higher yields, allowing farmers to get better value for money.

The study is focused on the Agamous gene, which controls the formation of reproductive organs in flowers.



London Fashion Week

by Julia Bradley on February 21, 2013

London Fashion WeekLondon Fashion WeekAs the world’s best dressed made their way to the capital for London fashion week we were thrilled to be invited along to a related event hosted by top fashion blogger Abisola Omole.

Abisola, or Abimarvel as she is more widely known by her followers, is the brains behind The Apartment–  an exclusive event held in the trendy area of Covent Garden which aims to bring brands and people together in order to demonstrate their talents.



Christmas Home Makeover Competition Winner

by Bethany Day on December 19, 2012

Christmas Flowers CompetitionLast month saw the return of our popular Christmas Designed to Order competition where we offered one lucky member of the public the chance to win a festive home makeover worth £2,000.

The lucky winner was Dot Poultney from Anstey in Leicestershire.

A stunned Dot said: “When I got the call to say I had won I just couldn’t believe it, it’s like a dream come true.”



Interflora Florist of the Future: The Finalists

by Charlotte.Barnes on December 13, 2012

Florist of the FutureThe heat was definitely on at this year’s Florist of the Future competition, despite the chilly November weather and we are delighted to announce the finalists who have made it through to next year’s grand final.

For florists with less than 4 years of experience, the Florist of the Future competition is a fantastic way for them to showcase their talents at a professional level.


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Interflora Florist of the Year 2012 Heats

by Charlotte.Barnes on December 10, 2012

Florist of the YearA number of Interflora florists have been battling out in our Florist of the Year competition heats in a bid to prove they are the best of the bunch.

Interflora florists from across the UK and Ireland, with at least four years professional floristry experience, were invited to enter the Interflora Florist of Year competition heats as a way to develop and showcase their exceptional floristry skills and creativity. Read more >>


Interflora completes purchase of Gifts Division of Flying Brands

by Charlotte.Barnes on May 1, 2012

Interflora logoInterflora British Unit, a UK based operating subsidiary of FTD Group Inc., is delighted to announce it has now completed the purchase of the trade and assets of Flying Brands Limited’s Gift Division, comprising the Flying Flowers, Flowers Direct and Drake Algar businesses. Read more >>


Interflora’s new animal print roses are the height of fashion

by Charlotte.Barnes on April 1, 2012

Interflora Tiger RoseInspired by the Tiger Lily, scientists at the Interflora laboratory have created two animal-inspired blooms – the Tiger Rose and the Leopard Rose.

These distinctive flowers have been eight years in the making and are the perfect gift for animal lovers and fashionistas alike.

The development of the Tiger and Leopard Roses has been a painstaking job, with scientists cleverly mixing highly complex DNA samples to create the distinctive animal print patterns. Read more >>