This Week

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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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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