This Week

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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miniature buttonhole roses

miniature buttonhole roses

It was with great delight this week that I picked for the first time the delicate little polyantha roses we planted in the winter, and made them up into dainty buttonholes for the happy country wedding of Jenny and Josh last weekend.  These lovely healthy little plants have the most exquisite, porcelain-looking little flowers, perfect from bud stage to fully blown.  Last...

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Fantastic Florence

Fantastic Florence

It's always a treat when we're visited by the vibrant and incredibly organised Florence Fox, who is responsible for the charming video on the home page of our website.  Last week she came with her camera to capture the atmosphere in the garden on the cusp of the early summer season.   The pictures show lots of green and lots of alliums, and a garden that is about to spring into...

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The garden comes alive

The garden comes alive

All the established perennials - we have been here for seven years now, and things are starting to feel at home - seem to be extra big this year, perhaps thanks to the generous mulchings of muck they received last year.  A thick mulch is the best gift we can give our flowers: it smothers weeds, seals in moisture, and eventually rots down into the soil, improving soil structure...

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A sugary crescendo

A sugary crescendo

There have been a lot of very pretty flowers going out from the garden these last few weeks, as spring whips itself up into a crescendo of sugary sweetness.  This week will be the last hoorah of the tulips and narcissi, as we begin to welcome the frothy fragrant heads of sweet rocket and languid trailing festoons of clematis montana, amonst other lovely things.  I am eagerly watching...

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spring snow

spring snow

On a sunny day, the Flower Garden looks truly springlike now, with blossom billowing from the branches of trees and primroses starring the ground at their feet, and masses and masses of tulips and narcissi to be picked.  Roses and many other perennials are making exquisite, fresh leafy growth - almost more exciting than when they're in full bloom, beacuse they're so bursting with the...

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bulbs

bulbs

Almost before we know where we are, the bulbs are flowering and we are delivering to our florist customers again.  The big excitment so far has been the long bed of fat bright hyacinths, which our friend Tammy has taught us to pick by pulling, a technique which gives us much longer stems.  Also lovely are the first delicate narcissi and the floaty-looking hellebores, as well as the...

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training roses

training roses

Last week we moved three established bushes of the beautiful old bourbon rose 'Variegata di Bolonga'.  We've been reorganising our rose garden to make space for new plants and to give everything more room, and these three beauties were in close competition with some very vigorous tayberries, both roses and berries flourishing on the rich helpings of muck that we've been using as a mulch....

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warming up

warming up

Well it may be a little overcast and chilly this afternoon, but for the last few days there has been a distinct feel of spring in the air.  Everywhere are glistening clusters of snowdrops and fresh green clumps of narcissi leaves, which we find most exciting.  For the first year ever I have managed to prune all our roses by mid February, and I am so pleased about it because they are...

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