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Valentine’s Day: Love is all you need

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Valentines Day

Love is in the air

Moving from those dark, short days of winter, spring is in the air and so our thoughts turn to Love. A small token at any time is always welcome. My choices are traditional but with a home grown twist.

British grown flowers are the most anticipated and appreciated.

I love the paper white narcissi as they smell divine and just make you feel brighter. With so many varieties coming in from the around the UK from the Scilly Isles to Scotland we have so many to choose from as a perfect Valentine’s gift. Flowers at Clowance ship wholesale British grown flowers across the UK to independent florists such as our Blue Patch member Shamini who makes the prettiest posies from local, seasonal flowers. You can order an arranged and wrapped bunch of mixed Cornish Narcissi directly from Clowance too.

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Flowers at Clowance

Thinking ahead for those planning a wedding,  the sight of such blooms must be a reminder to use “grown not flown”flowers.

Being rather cheeky – show the one you love a box of delicious Rococo chocolates.



The Rococo chocolate factory is in West Dulwich, London. Chantal Coady began Rococo nearly thirty years ago and I remember the first shop in the Kings Road- which is still there. It was pretty unique then with its focus on artisan chocolate and distinctive, beautifully designed packaging. Chantal has stayed true to her philosophy for ethics and sustainability. A close collaboration with the Grenada Chocolate Factory continues today with Grococo Farm which is a social enterprise that also provides cocoa for the Rococo Organic House Blend.

British artisan chocolates


Frilly knickers… Sweatshop free, Ethical underwear for women is made by Who Made Your Pants in Southampton using sustainable methods and reclaimed materials. There’s a feelgood factor in knowing that the fabric used is coming from remnants from the fashion industry.

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Who Made Your Pants

Founder, Becky John has combined her love of lingerie and human rights to create this inspiring social business. They’re supporting real women by providing real jobs. These garments are so gorgeous to behold that we should buy them at any time of the year.


Cock & Bull Menswear

For the man in your life a tweed flat cap is a perfect choice of love token. Cock & Bull make a range of stylish, classic tweed caps that are super smooth for a male suitor. The “Rambler” Flat Cap is their take on the classic 8-piece cap. It is made entirely in the UK from hand-woven 10 oz Scottish tweed and lined with a luxe blend of hemp and silk.

If you are still looking for that special one to love then Muddy Matches (an independent family-run dating agency) could help you along the way. It’s run by sisters Emma & Lucy Reeves who focus on connecting those who enjoy a rural lifestyle. City dwellers are welcome. You don’t have to live or work in the country to be a member.
English wine on Blue Patch


Heading outdoors on a that special date could combine some opportunities for romance, history and wine tasting. Sedlescombe is one of the oldest organic vineyards in the country producing bio-dynamic wines that are Soil Association certified. Their shop, nature trail and wine tasting tours can be found in 1066 country near Hastings. So a day trip to the country could be mean the start of a beautiful friendship.
Julia Langley

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Posted on February 4, 2015 by Blue Patch Team
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