Charlie Ryrie is fabulous. She grows and sells real, traditional, seasonal English flowers. None of those ridiculous mass-produced, refrigerated monstrosities that have been shipped in lorries from who knows where. These are proper flowers.
Charlie does a mail-order service which is brilliant. Place your order, and you (or the lucky recipient) will have a bouquet the next day. No two bouquets are the same, because she uses whatever’s growing in her garden. It depends on the season, the weather, etc. You won’t get foxgloves in January, but you will get something beautiful, sustainable and very special.
She also did my wedding flowers last year, and they were the finishing touch to a perfect day. You can read Charlie’s blog here (see June 2009 for pictures of our wedding). Or, if you’re in Hay-on-Wye, you can often find her at the Thursday market.