This Week

Cold November Sun

Cold November Sun

The weather is truly wintry now, and the Flower Garden is starting to curl in on itself as the plants focus all their energy underground, before a burst of renewal in the spring.  The team are tirelessly working, digging trenches for new tulips (perhaps we may have gone a bit crazy with the scrumptious double peach variety 'La Belle Epoque', but they sold so quickly this spring...

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Still So Pretty

Still So Pretty

Although the plants and trees in the countryside around us, and in our garden at home too, are turning from green to gold and gently shedding their leaves, the late flowerers at the Flower Garden are filling the beds with colour and softness.  Every year we are so grateful for the dahlias and the cosmos, and for the perennials and bulbs that really only come into their own at this time of...

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White autumnal flowers

White autumnal flowers

Usually at this time of year we think of warm oranges and reds, and look for rich autumnal colour in the garden.  This year, not only do most of our flowers seem to be white - lots of white dahlias, asters, cosmos and chrysanthemums - but the woods and hedges are still looking very green, even the little elder trees, which usually have beautiful yellow and red tints by this time. ...

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Longed for rain

Longed for rain

The much longed for rain has begun to fall, reviving the parched garden.  Although we've loved the long sunny days - and have once again had quantities of unblemished roses to pick thanks to the dry weather - some of our plants have been showing signs of drought over the last few weeks.  We've always prided ourselves on not watering the garden, believing that water should be a...

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Early autumn wedding

Early autumn wedding

The garden foliages are still fresh and luscious, but there is an umistakable mellow feeling of autumn beginning to pervade the garden now.  Last weekend's wedding between a very family-orientated pair of farmers had a plum-and-pink theme, with lots of soft green leaves and airy, wild-looking elements.  It was a pleasure to create Zoe's softly spilling bouquet, plump with baptisia...

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Fabulous Florists' Day

Fabulous Florists' Day

It wasn't actually this week, but this is the first opportunity I've had to sit down and write about it:  two weeks ago we joined in a big push by Flowers From the Farm, a kind of professional body for flower growers and florists who use British flowers, to open up the growing spaces and attract more people to visit and connect with what we are all doing.  In our case, we decided that...

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sweetshop abundance

sweetshop abundance

Everywhere we look there are new treasures appearing, as the remnants of early summer fade away.  Sweet Williams are being cleared to make way for next year's Canterbury bells, and the early sowings of larkspur have already been replaced with young ammi majus seedlings to give us flowers in September.  Now as we prowl around the garden picking for our orders, we stumble upon a family...

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The garden filled with flowers

The garden filled with flowers

Yesterday we opened the garden to visitors as part of the Ludlow Dog Day, when thousands of happy doggy people traipse past our walled garden to get to the canine fun to be had on the sweeping lawns of the big house.  We charged a small entrance fee and enticed the people in with a fragrant display of sweet peas for sale in jugs.  Quite a few people came in to look around, and it was...

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High Summer Flowers

High Summer Flowers

The favourite flowers of the high summer English garden are all here now:  pillowy roses, scented sweet peas, trumpet lilies, lavender, late foxgloves, early yarrow...  The garden is poised on the point of overflowing - have we enough hands to pick it all? Last week, besides our orders for florists, we provided flowers for two perfect Flower Garden weddings.  Holly and...

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The busy season

The busy season

Mid June is when the garden is at its most heaving with flowers, and also when the team is busiest.  At the moment we are deep in simple country weddings (just the kind we like best) and we are also kept extremely busy with picking and delivering flowers to all our lovely florist customers.  Happy to oblige, this week we've been supplementing the roses, foxgloves, sweet peas...

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