4 Blooms and a Bee evolved from two simple realizations. The first occurred last Summer when I started picking blooms from my garden. I brought them into my home, arranged them in a vase and I loved the whole process. It felt as natural to me as picking a bunch of dandelions as a kid. The second occurred that Fall on my first day of flower school as we unpacked individually wrapped roses imported from Ecuador. I put the blooms to my nose and smelt absolutely nothing. I then stuck them into a lump of floral foam to create a ‘garden inspired’ arrangement. This process did not feel natural to me at all!

The blooms from my garden were fresh. They had an amazing aroma. They had little carbon footprint, no air miles, and they definitely were not chemically dunked or put through fungicide baths to keep them alive for as long as possible! For me, the blooms picked in my garden were a combination of loveliness that presented themselves to me that day, that month, that season. Making that exact arrangement twice would not be easy even if I tried to pick the same ingredients at exactly the same time next year. The rose arrangement I made at flower school on the other hand, is likely being replicated brilliantly right now by another 10 students in the middle of Winter!

The main aim of 4 Blooms and a Bee is to get people thinking about the origin of the flowers they are buying. It might inspire others to seek out more local, seasonal alternatives. It may even inspire others to try and grow their own blooms and help feed the bees whilst doing it!

Sounds good, but is it all that simple? Well, follow the blog 4 Blooms and a Bee to find out! Follow ‘The Cutting Patch’, my first attempt at growing a cut flower patch in my small back yard in North Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. Follow ‘The Blooms’, weekly seasonal arrangements made with home-grown ingredients from the cutting patch and garden, neighbours gardens, local farms and farmers markets, and any other place I have permission to pick beautiful blooms. Follow ‘Unearthing Origins’, posts exploring the origins of the cut flowers I come across on my flower journey. And finally, if any of this sparks up enough interest for you, check out the ‘Resources’ page with my favorite books and links to other key writers and followers of what is becoming known as the ‘Slow Flower’ movement…..Yes a movement does exist!!!

Feel free to contact me, Hannah Oakes, at 4 Blooms and a Bee any time with any thoughts, comments or questions.  Please note that unless otherwise mentioned all photography on this site is currently mine.  I am FAR from a photographer…but if required I am happy to share if asked!


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