Her British grown, seasonal and sustainable flowers remain must-haves on many a bride’s wishlist, though. “Garden-gathered style is particularly fashionable for weddings,” says Rachel, who cites meadow flowers such as ranunculas as among her own particular favourites. “Also dahlias — they were the very first cut flower I grew so are very important to me.” Her signature style is “natural, light and airy, and quite elegant and stylish”, she says. “When it comes to colour, I can work across lots of different colour palettes. I like to play around with colour and be a bit edgy sometimes.”
With many discovering a renewed interest in their garden during the recent lockdown period, Rachel has plenty of advice for budding flower growers. “Start simple,” she says. “Dahlias and sweet peas are good flowers for beginners to grow. One covers early summer [sweet peas] and one late summer, they are both cut and come again, are not too difficult to grow and they both offer so much choice of varieties.
“The main advice I would give is to try and have a separate cutting patch — treat your flowers like a crop, as you would do with any vegetables you grow. Sow them in straight rows and don’t mix them in your borders — you won’t want to pick them otherwise. Flowers will need that extra effort — watering, staking, feeding, and so on — to become a premium cut flower stem and not just a garden stem.
“And come on one of my courses — that is my best advice!”