Flowers

The British Garden Pink by Simon Lycett

Written by Alastair Owen
June 18, 2014

With all the British flowers of New Covent Garden Flower Market to choose from and the unusual luxury of big budget events, why did Simon Lycett opt for the humble garden pink?

Simon Lycett preparing his designs for British Flowers Week 2014 at New Covent Garden Flower Market

"Pinks say Chelsea Show time to me," says Simon.

"By mid-May when the show starts, they are fantastic. Garden pinks are a very sculptural flower, and – like their much underrated cousin, the carnation - you can create great textural effects when you're using them en masse. They come in wonderful summer shades, in a very gentle colour palette, and they smell beautiful."

"Besides," adds Simon. "They all have such wonderful names, like Widdicombe Fair, Haytor and Doris!"

A Feast of Fragrant Pinks

A seasonal table centre of scented white, pink and purple garden pinks deliciously combine with the fresh sheen and summer perfume of ripe British strawberries.

Simon Lycett's design using the British garden pink in a table centre with strawberries for British Flowers Week 2014 at New Covent Garden Flower Market

Simon Lycett's design using the British garden pink in a table centre with strawberries for British Flowers Week 2014 at New Covent Garden Flower Market

Simon Lycett's design using the British garden pink in a table centre with strawberries for British Flowers Week 2014 at New Covent Garden Flower Market

Lighting the Way

All dressed up in their finest scented British garden pinks, these candlesticks are ready to light up a summer party.

Simon Lycett's design using the British garden pinks and candles for British Flowers Week 2014 at New Covent Garden Flower Market

Simon Lycett's design using the British garden pinks and candles for British Flowers Week 2014 at New Covent Garden Flower Market

Simon Lycett's design using the British garden pinks and candle for British Flowers Week 2014 at New Covent Garden Flower Market

A Cascading Candelabra

Garden pink flowerheads rain down from a candelabra of trailing ivy and jasmine officianalis.

Simon Lycett's design using the British garden pinks in a cascading candelabra for British Flowers Week 2014 at New Covent Garden Flower Market

Simon Lycett's design using the British garden pinks in a cascading candelabra for British Flowers Week 2014 at New Covent Garden Flower Market

Simon Lycett's design using the British garden pinks in a cascading candelabra for British Flowers Week 2014 at New Covent Garden Flower Market

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