Why fragrant flowers are so special

Today, truly fragrant flowers are quite rare and hard to find in the cut flower industry. British florist Neill Strain explains why and introduces us to his selection of scented blooms for the summer: Roses, Sweet Peas, Freesia, Gardenia, Lilies and Stocks. He also shares surprising facts and information direct from the growers of these divinely scented flowers.

"One of the things I love most when sourcing new flowers from the Dutch growers and breeders is seeing the passion and expertise they have for their flowers and discovering some of the secrets that have been handed down from generation to generation.

"Fragrant flowers seem to be one of the richest in history and suprise, which is why I would like to dedicate this blog post to just a few of the scented flowers that are available in our boutique this summer, namely scented garden Roses, Sweet Peas, Gardenias, Lilies, Stocks and Freesias.

"Smelling the scent of a flower is a gest that people do automatically. I notice it all the time in the store. Whether it's a single Rose or a bouquet, clients lift the flowers to their nose and wait, expectantly, to experience another level of sensual bliss from the sweet fragrance they anticipate, perhaps as a souvenir of the flowers they remember from childhood. The fact is that most scents have been bred out of the cut flowers available today because the breeders have skilfully manipulated nature to remove the scent in order to favour a longer vase life."

Read more at Neill Strain's blog

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