Seasonal blooms direct from Dagenham

Fresh, seasonal flowers 

During the coronavirus outbreak, we're focusing on our food business, so we're not sellling flowers until further notice. If you'd like to be added to Shelagh's #alert list, to be the first to hear when flowers are available again, please email her.

 

Order flowers for your friend or neighbour or to enjoy at home, and relax in the knowledge that they’re locally grown to the same rigorous climate-friendly standards as our fruit and veg. 

Shelagh has been busy at Dagenham Farm for the past year planting bulbs and seeds so you can enjoy the hand-reared, pesticide-free, fairly traded flowers of her labours! 

Flowers play a vital supporting role in veg farming. Planting near veg beds helps to attract bees and beneficial insects that keep the numbers of pests in check. Dagenham’s flower garden provides a fertile foraging ground for pollinators at the farm.  

For many plants, cutting the flowers encourages more to grow in their place – so you don’t have to make a choice between enjoying them in the garden or in the vase. 
 

  • Order for yourself or for a special gift. Email Shelagh to find out what’s in season and discuss a quote. Or ask to be added to her #alert email list so you’ll be first to hear about what’s coming into season. 
     
  • For wedding or large event orders, email Miriam at Woodberry Blooms, a social enterprise whose profits pay for community activities, employment and training support and providing space for community events. She’ll work with Shelagh’s flowers to bring you a stunning seasonal array. Read more here. Or call Miriam on 020 8800 8870.
     
  • In summer, GC veg scheme members who collect from the Old Fire Station can add a fortnightly or weekly bunch of fresh Dagenham flowers to your order. You’ll receive a hand-picked selection of the best flowers in season.  
     
  • Or buy flowers, seedlings, herbs and veg plants from Shelagh's occasional stall at the farmers' market (unfortunately not happening due to Coronavirus, spring 2020). Sign up for our weekly newsletter to find out which weeks she's going to be there. 

Buying from Shelagh means you’ll see varieties rarely found in florists, because they’re too delicate to survive a long journey from green house to high street. Sweet peas, for example, are fragile beauties that come in a rainbow of glorious colours and their scent is phenomenal. For a few precious weeks in summer, they’re the star of the show. 

"They made my summer..." Veg scheme member  

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How much do you know about supermarket flowers (or the ones you find in Columbia Road) and how they’re usually grown? To learn about their environmental and human impact, take a look at this blog post.