This Week

the end of autumn

the end of autumn

There is a much more relaxed vibe at the Flower Garden at this time of year, now that our last posy has been picked and all we have to do is make sure that the garden is as beautiful and as productive as possible for next year. Wintry weather can make November tasks a bit of a...

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hunkering down

hunkering down

Returning to the garden after nearly a month away, and having left our lovely team behind working without us for the...

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country wedding flowers

country wedding flowers

It was a labour of love to spend  hours last week sitting in the sun on the old greenhouse steps, mixing together pots of lime and marigolds and mud to smear onto sixteen tall terracotta pots, in an attempt to give them an aged appearance, but it was all worthwhile when we set up the sparkling chrome candelabras on top of them, filled with soft rustic flowers, foliage and feathers.  ...

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lots of dirty gloves

lots of dirty gloves

These lovely sunny autumn days mean that we've been able to get lots of garden jobs done that we wouldn't have even considered this time last year, and thanks to our great team of gardeners we are pretty pleased right now when we look around the garden.  I made myself dizzy this afternoon planting little tiny fritillary bulbs with a long handled planter under amelanchier trees, how lovely...

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mildly eccentric

mildly eccentric

One of the very many best bits of my job is talking to wedding couples about their wedding plans, their tastes and lives, their vision for their flowers.  Certain words pop up again and again: romantic, natural, wild, informal.  As I worked out and planned the flowers for this weekend's wedding, however, the magic word which I had ringing in my ears was "power".  Two all...

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the earth breathes in

the earth breathes in

For the last week we have been building up for a big party at the weekend, moving round bales of straw, planning where to position the decripit-landrover-as-bar, building up the bonfires.  We clung on to every precious minute of sharing merry times with old friends and new, and now the fun is over and we look round to see that autumn has unfurled its cloak and is taking us into its damp...

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flower crowns

flower crowns

All the flowers in shades of cream, white, soft pink, pale peach and deep maroon have been very heavily picked in the garden this summer, and the last week has been no exception.  For Jenny and Christian we mixed strong dahlias such as 'tartan' and the perennial favourite 'cafe au lait' with little dainty springs of Michaelmas daisy, annual scabious, mace, bupleurum and late-flowering lady...

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wild romantic flower tangle

wild romantic flower tangle

Last week's wedding brief was bijou: only a bridal bouquet, two bridesmaids' posies, two corsages and ten buttonholes.  Romantic, soft-coloured flowers, blush pink with a smattering of deep dark red and deep green leaves.  It was with a sense of luxury that I set about picking for the order, all alone in the garden that morning with the sunny showers and the faint birdsong.  ...

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pompons and ribbon brights

pompons and ribbon brights

Not sufficiently stretched by her energetic day job, growing vegetables and herbs for the Five Fields restaurant in London, last week's merry bride, Heather, had spent most of her evenings for the last year making fabulous jewel-bright decorations with which to enliven her wedding day.   She and Jimmy, a chef, celebrated their wedding feast under a canopy of brilliant ribbons, draped from...

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a highly romantic bouquet

a highly romantic bouquet

How can it still be August?  Tree fruits are ripe and plumply falling to the ground as the leaves yellow and soften, and the whole garden seems to be withdrawing into itself a little.  In my imagination, August is a month of big straw hats and lovely languid picnics...  Now all the harvest is gathered in and from the window I can see enormous bales of straw studding the rolling...

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