Nothing makes a room feel like it's had a summer makeover than a gorgeous vase of flowers. However, if you want to fill your home with domestic blooms, what's in season?
Thankfully, a whole bunch (sorry) of bright buds are now making their way to flower markets across the UK meaning you needn't buy exported flowers to have something beautiful brightening up your home.
According to Ellie Jauncey, co-founder of florists The Flower Appreciation Society, there's a plethora to choose from.
When it comes to what's in season now, she listed English Lupinus as "a favourite" alongside Delphiniums, English Peonies, Gladioli and Solomon's Seal.
She added: "The flower that's really standing out for us in the markets at the moment are poppies. They're truly stunning."
Jauncey is also a huge champion of the "beautiful" English Dahlia which she recommended picking up in August/September when it comes into season.
So, once you've got your blooms, how can you make sure they look fresh and stay fragrant for as long as possible?
Jauncey shared her pointers. "Don't keep your flowers in a hot place and make sure there are no leaves touching the water in your vase.
"After a couple of days fill the vase with fresh water and trim the stems by about a quarter of an inch. If you look after them well, a bouquet of flowers should last at least five days."
Jauncey and her fellow co-founder of The Flower Appreciation Society, Anna Day, are currently working on their first book, set to be released in 2015.
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