Parker’s Perfect Bouquets Competition Winner

Our September competition has come to a close! Out with the old flowers, and now in with the new as the planting season has really started. We thought turning those flowers into a beautiful cut display, worthy of Chelsea, was the best way to make the most of them. Plus, you had the chance of winning 3 of our BRAND NEW Tulip Bouquet collections (worth £39.90)! But enough waiting, let us reveal our winner…

Priscilla (@waltscottageflowers)

We love this gorgeous bouquet! Priscilla really ticked all the boxes and used a lot of the tips we laid out. The pretty pastel colours compliment each other beautifully, and the different textures and heights add some real depth to the bouquet. Everything just comes together wonderfully to create something we feel deserves to be crowned as our winner.

Congratulations, Priscilla for winning our Parker’s Perfect Bouquets Competition  and thank you to everyone for entering! Another competition over means that another month has flew by. Stay tuned though, as the weather gets cooler so do our competitions and we have something especially fun coming up…

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Parker’s Perfect Bouquets Competition

It’s September, and with a new month comes a list of what can be planted. But this one is incredibly important! September is a vital time for the garden as it it when most of our top quality bulbs are sent straight to you ready for your garden. Getting your spring bulbs into the ground is a must, but what about your beautiful blooms? There is no better time to not only harvest any remaining flowers in the garden, but also to create a stunning cut flower bouquet for the home with them. If that sounds like a plan, then this is the competition for you.

How to enter

Submit photos of your Parker’s own cut flower bouquets to be in for a chance of winning.

  • FACEBOOK – Like our Facebook page and share your image to our page with the caption ‘Parkers Perfect Bouquet entry’.
  • TWITTER – Follow us at @JParkersBulbs and tag us in your photos with the hashtag #parkersbouquet
  • INSTAGRAM – Follow us at @jparkersbulbs and tag us in your photos with the hashtag #parkersbouquet
  • EMAIL – Email us at [email protected] (Entries must be under 5mb – please include your name and postcode)

What you win

The winner of our Parker’s Perfect Bouquet Competition will win 3 of our BRAND NEW Tulip Bouquet collections (worth £39.90)! Each of these gorgeous collections come in complimentary colours and shades to create a truly stunning display to brighten up any garden. Supplied as top quality bulbs, these spring-flowering beauties will be the perfect treat when they bloom, giving you flower displays worthy of RHS Chelsea.

When does the Parker’s Perfect Bouquet Competition end?

The competition ends 23rd September. The winner will be announced the following Monday with an accompanying blog post.

Terms and Conditions

  • All entries which meet the criteria outlined below will be considered for the prize of 3x Tulip Bouquet Collections.
  • All entries using photographs must be original images, taken/produced by the entrant.
  • Entrants agree that their names may or may not be published with their entry.
  • One winner will receive 3x Tulip Bouquet Collections sold by J Parker’s. There is no substitution for this prize and it cannot be exchanged for cash.
  • All varieties of flowers will be considered, but only those purchased from J. Parker’s will qualify for the competition prizes.
  • Send your entries by email to [email protected] (email under 5mb) or you can share it with us on our social media pages.
  • All entries will be considered, and you can enter as many times as you wish. Competition closes September 17th 2021. Winner will be notified by email on 20th September 2021.

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Valentine’s Day Flowers to Grow at Home

With Valentine’s Day on the horizon, there are flowers in every shop and supermarket. Why not grow your own for next year? Anyone can grow cut flowers! It’s a personal, economical and rewarding way to show love to your family and friends.

ROSES

Roses are the flower most associated with love and romance. In Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet, Juliet says to her lover “A rose by any other name would smell as sweet.” to express that love has no boundaries. The rose has also been England’s national flower since The War of the Roses in the fifteenth century.

Blue Moon

Rose ‘Blue Moon’ is an unusual icy-blue colour and have a lovely fragrance, which makes them an eye-catching addition to bouquets and displays.

Fragrant Delight

This stunning rose is one of the most popular variety of Floribunda! Its blooms are coppery peach-pink blossom in colour and are highly fragrant.

Scarlet Queen Elizabeth

This bold red rose produces glamorous scarlet flowers with a subtle fragrance. The gorgeous red colour is a classic for a Valentine’s bouquet.

DIANTHUS

The name Dianthus comes from the Greek words ‘dios’ (god’) and ‘anthos’ (‘flower’). The common name ‘Carnation’ was derived from the Latin word ‘incarnation’, meaning the incarnation of God. It symbolises admiration, passion, affection, love and gratitude. One of the world’s oldest cultivated flowers, the popularity of Dianthus has remained throughout many centuries.

Doris

This delicate pretty pink flower has a wonderful striped red centre which makes it stand out. Doris has a subtle fragrance and is ideal for a cut flower display.

Scent First Memories

Memories is a beautiful creamy white flower from our ‘Scent First’ range of Dianthus which produce amazingly fragrant flowers.

Valda Wyatt

Our Valda Wyatt produces frilly vibrant pink blooms and have a lovely scent. They make fantastic cut flowers and a bright addition to bouquets.

IRIS

The Iris’s history dates back to Ancient Greek times when the Greek Goddess Iris, the messenger of the gods and the personification of the rainbow, acted as the link between heaven and earth. It was said that the flowers had the power to bring bliss and favour to earth and the people living on it. They symbolise faith, hope, wisdom and royalty.

‘Dance Ballerina Dance’

Ths beautiful and easy to grow Iris produces brilliant lilac-pink petals with pale pink ruffled edges. The flowers stand on sturdy stems ideal for cut flower displays.

‘Beverly Sills’

This new germanica Iris produces an abundance of delicate coral-pink flowers. Paired with lance-shaped green foliage, it makes for a lovely cut display.

‘Concord Crush’

This Iris sibirica produces ruffled violet-blue flowers with a yellow centre on each petal. Their unusual markings and colour are a wonderful addition to bouquets.

JASMINE

The flower symbolises love, beauty, good luck and purity. Jasmine has always been considered a symbol of eternal beauty. In parts of India many people believe that jasmine can purify an individual, specifically when they grow into different life stages, which is why it is also symbolic of hope and spirituality. This makes it an ideal gift for a loved one, especially a partner.

Trachelospermum Pink Showers

This Star Jasmine produces delicate pink star-shaped flowers with a bright yellow centre. These blooms look dainty when clustered in a bouquet.

Nudiflorum

These bright yellow flowers are delicately small but pack a punch with their vibrant colour. They are highly fragrant and add a pop of colour to cut-flower displays.

Trachelospermum jasminoides

This highly fragrant Star Jasmine has crisp white petals and a vivid yellow centre. Due to their dainty size, they add a lovely whimsical look to bouquets.

DICENTRA

The Bleeding Heart plant symbolises speaking about your emotions, passionate love, compassion and unconditional love, and spiritual connection. This flower got its name from its peculiar appearance, so does its scientific name. Known as Dicentra Spectabilis which translates to two spectacular spurs. In literal translation it means two spurs worth looking at, which fits the flower beautifully as it really is eye-catching.

Spectabilis

This Dicentra variety produces show-stopping deep pink heart-shaped flowers, which ‘bleed’ white petals. Dicentra Spectabilis add a great splash of colour to bouquets.

Sulphur Hearts

This unique variety of Dicentra is a lovely golden yellow tipped with a soft lilac colour at the bottom. These flowers make a lovely centre point to a home-grown bouquet.

Valentine

This remarkable variety of Dicentra produces stunning red heart-shaped flowers with a white droplet hanging from the bottom. The classic shape is perfect for a Valentine.

Cut-Flower Garden Top Tips:

If space allows, dedicate a part of the garden to growing just cut flowers. The advantage of a cutting garden over picking from borders is that it avoids depleting beds and borders, as well as providing a more productive planned area for the cut flower gardener.

  • No room for a big garden? You can squeeze about 20 plants into a 3ft x 6ft raised bed.
  • Plant or sow in rows; this makes weeding, staking and picking a much easier task.
  • Pick your flowers often; the more you pick, the more flowers the plant will produce.
  • Enjoy the rewards of growing your own, personalised cut-flower displays!