YORKSHIRE flower growers Jane Tucker and Susanne Loweth have paid tribute to the ‘Sister Suffragettes’ with a blooming colourful floral display to mark this year’s British Flowers Week – which runs from June 18 to 24. Taking the Votes for Women movement as their theme, the pair dressed up in period costumes, complete with purple, white and green flower-covered sashes, and carried bouquets of home-grown flowers. They included irises, peonies, cat-mint, delphiniums, ferns, lady’s mantle and marguerites. “The majority of British flower growers are women, so we thought it would be appropriate to honour the Suffragettes who, exactly 100 years ago, took great risks and, in some cases, sacrificed their lives to ensure that women like us have a voice today,” said Susanne, who runs Beamsley Blooms at Beamsley, near Bolton Abbey. Jane, who grows her flowers at The Gathered Garden, in Bingley, said: “British Flowers Week, now in its sixth year, is the annual celebration of British flowers and the UK cut flower industry run by New Covent Garden Market, in London. “Each year we do something fun to promote British flower growers in Yorkshire and make more people aware of the beauty and versatility of home-grown blooms.”