This Week

September bounty

September bounty

So much to pick!  It is pretty late in the year and we're approaching the end of our flower-picking season, but in the last couple of weeks the garden seems to have surged up with a great wave of flowery bounty for us to pick, and we have been picking so much, and then looking back at the garden, and it still looks full of flowers...  The welcome sunshine we've been...

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endless treats

endless treats

Lovely things are coming out of the garden.  One of the very best parts of my job is that twice a week I have to pick flowers for us to bring home and test for vase life, enduring scent, and general appeal in the vase.  Almost every time the bulk of what I pick is roses - well, each variety has different attributes and a differing vase life, so I simply must try them all...

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the unravelling of summer

the unravelling of summer

The flower beds have burst their banks, and all the floral woven cloths are fraying at the edges, blooms and seed heads and grasses all spilling and tumbling and filling the garden with loveliness.  This week there are soft sweet toadflax filtering the stronger flowers all over the garden, softening the spaces between roses and lilies and phlox, and positive fireworks going on in our 'hot...

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lovely letterboxes

lovely letterboxes

This week the roses have started to put out their second flush of flowers, especially the hybrid musks and David Austin roses, and the high season perennials are in full swing.  Some of the more joyful, meadowy half hardy annuals like coreopsis and tall tagetes are coming into their own, and the walls of sweet peas just keep on billowing.  We have also been packing some seriously...

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Drying flowers

Drying flowers

Over the last few weeks, Lucinda, Emma and I have been gathering in little harvests of flowers and seed pods for drying, picking off the leaves, and bundling them up into little posies to dry in the workshop where we pack our letterbox flowers.  We've always grown things that can be dried, but this is the first year we have made it an actual part of our plan to grow them well, instead of...

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some roses

some roses

June is the month of roses, in particular of the old roses, and these are becomming our grand passion at the Flower Garden.  One great dazzling burst of bloom lasting three or four weeks is the chief gift they give us, but most of these older roses also have a beautiful softly arching habit, and very various and interesting leaves, so that they create a lovely appealling backdrop in the...

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Full steam ahead

Full steam ahead

Wonderfully, the garden is in full flow, heaving with flowers and bustling with picking, planting, potting on, deliveries and collection of flowers.  It is lovely.

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early summer

early summer

It is late May but it feels like mid July in the garden - hot hot hot.  The coral charm peonies came and went over in the space of a week; the foxgloves have gone from little fresh rosettes of leaves to great towering spires of pink and white; the rugosa rose hedge is dripping with flowers, and everywhere is scent and abundance and early summer beauty.

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hungry gap

hungry gap

Early May is always the 'hungry gap' in the garden, the lull between the sturdy early spring party flowers - tulips, narcissi, hyacinths - and the full on romance of layte spring perennials and biennials: we are on the cusp of such lovelies as sweet rocket, peonies, Canterbury bells and the first richly scented roses.  For now, we enjoy the bits and bobs that this time of year has to offer...

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high spring

high spring

It feels like high summer, except that the flowers are all wrong, the trees are not yet very leafy, and we still need to wrap up warm first thing in the morning.  People who go early to the garden to pick flowers end up leaving piles of woollies in the bothy as the day warms up and they peel off the layers.  We've picked the last of the tulips now.  Those that missed being picked...

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