Something I’ve seen more of in the last few years are ‘home-grown’ florists. These are the people who are growing their own flowers, tending to them and letting them grow a bit more ‘naturally’. They aren’t spraying their flower beds with chemicals, they’re letting the strongest survive. So when you get flowers from these florists, you know exactly how the flowers have been treated. Even better, they’re likely to be more local which is a bonus for some couples. Some cake makers will already have links to a suitable florist and will be able to tell you which varieties of flower are non-poisonous. The great thing about wedding cakes with flowers from a home-grown florist? They look amazing and can be used in all sorts of different ways, from simple arrangements to larger statements. The selection or colours may be more limited than a typical florist, and availability will again be limited to when they are growing naturally. Perfect for natural or eco wedding cakes, but suitable for everyone really. I personally think fresh flowers look better with buttercream than fondant, but that’s personal taste. Some commonly used, but potentially harmful varieties: anemone, bird of paradise, carnation, eucalyptus, gypsophila, hydrangea, iris, lilies, pampas grass, peony, poppy, ranunculus, sweet pea.