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British Flowers, Locally Grown in Hertfordshire
Planning and Colour
When planning what to grow in the year ahead there are lots of things as a flower farmer you have take into consideration, who will be buying your flowers, are they for a bride or will they be given as a gift to a special friend. We look at our specific growing conditions and will that plant thrive in our soil? As well as trends and fashions from around the world. But most importantly for me, it’s more about whether I like the flower in question. In the time I’ve been flower farming the more I like something the better I’m able to grow it.
 
There’s lots of help and inspiration out there when choosing what to plant, but one of the things I look forward to hearing about most is what will be the new “Pantone colour of the Year”. Pantone is the world-renowned authority on colour, using their unique standardised colour matching system. By standardising the colours, different manufacturers and industries can all reference a Pantone numbered colour, making sure colours match without direct contact with one another.
 
Annually, Pantone declares a particular "Colour of the Year". To select the colour of the year, Pantone looks at what hues are making waves in the entertainment, film industry, art collections and product design, as well as popular travel destinations.  The colour chosen is becoming more influential each year. Colour forecasters, manufacturers and fashion buyers all put stock in its selection.
 
So back in December, the 2016 colour of the year was announced. This year was a little different because for the first time Pantone introduce two shades, Rose Quartz and Serenity. Both quite lovely and just the kind of colour I like. Rose Quartz is a persuasive yet gentle tone that conveys compassion and a sense of composure while Serenity is weightless and airy, like the expanse of the blue sky above us, bringing feelings of respite and relaxation even in turbulent times.
 
Its great fun choosing flower varieties that match these colours and it also enables us to be current and up to date. These two colours work so well together offering so many great flower options to choose from. Here are just a few I’ve picked to grow this year, some have earnt their place and are returning from last year while others will be new additions.
 
What do you think?