FLOWER SHOWER

The nat­u­ral con­fetti favoured by Roy­alty

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When Charles Hud­son saw a sprin­kling of petals fall from a bou­quet he was car­ry­ing for his wife, he re­alised that he had stum­bled across the per­fect way to di­ver­sify his Worces­ter­shire farm. Twenty years on, his nat­u­ral con­fetti has show­ered many a new­ly­wed, in­clud­ing Prince Charles and the Duchess of Corn­wall, Madonna and Poppy Delev­ingne. Dried roses are sold by the pint and graded by hues of pink, red and apri­cot, but feather-light del­phini­ums re­main the most pop­u­lar choice, with acres of the farm be­ing turned over to grow­ing the cot­tage-gar­den favourite. ‘Del­phini­ums are such a beau­ti­ful crop, es­pe­cially un­der a bright blue sum­mer sky,’ says Hud­son. ‘It’s won­der­ful to think of all the love and joy our petals have helped to spread.’ cg www.con­fet­tidi­rect.co.uk

above and bot­tom right: charles hud­son’s field of del­phini­ums

from top: con­fetti cones. wyke manor, hud­son’s home in worces­ter­shire

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