This Week

Stockton Bury - the most beautiful of gardens?

Stockton Bury - the most beautiful of gardens?

I am still basking in the beauty of Stockton Bury, an exquisite farm garden just outside Leominster, where we had a stall at the weekend as part of the 'Country Gardner's Day'.  It drips with wisteria and winks with little jokes.  The solemnity of a tall stone chimney-like dovecote, damp inside with ferns and sprinkled with light from chinks high up in its roof, somehow doesn't jar...

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a dainty end to May

a dainty end to May

It's the last week of May, and the garden is just starting to sparkle a little with dainty starry flowers yellow, white and purple.  The Erigeron karvinskianus which we introduced into likely nooks and crannies is beginning to take a foothold and grow in confidence, spreading itself tentatively about in new places: in the corners of steps, behind the door to the polytunnel, at the base of...

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Florence Fox

Florence Fox

We have had a visit from Florence Fox, rock star photographer of quirky events, who will be making a short film of the goings on at the Flower Garden in the summer.  She took some great shots of our lazy picnicking Thursday lunchtime, some of which we show here.  To see more of her work, go to www.florencefox.com The weather has turned ...

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Sunday visitors

Sunday visitors

Lots of lovely people came to visit us at the flower garden on Sunday as part of the Stokesay Court open gardens for the Shropshire Historic Churches Trust.  It was great to meet so many nice people and to sell them our surplus annual plants!  The special snapdragons went down particularly well, especially 'Madam Butterfly', which has tall strong stems of gorgeous frilly flowers in...

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rain to make the garden grow

rain to make the garden grow

After lots of glorious sunshine, two days of rain to make everything grow.  The pink clematis montana is in full flower now and sends wafts of perfume from the warm south facing wall to which it clings.  Barney is cursing because there are so many plants he has to make stakes for, all rushing up with a sudden whoosh of enthusiastic growth.  The duck hatched two  ducklings,...

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bees buzz

bees buzz

Today has been wonderfully warm and sunny and with a gentle breeze, just perfect.  It seems as though all the plants have grown overnight, and the alstromeria seems to have doubled in size over the last two months - watch out, neighbouring plants!  We had a visit from a very promising and capable horticulture student, Sophie Lewis, who brought us delicious cakes - which we decorated...

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dainty buttonholes

dainty buttonholes

We've been very lucky this week to have had the help of the very excellent Alex Law, who has been  busily battling weeds, constructing sweet pea supports and conducting many other tasks with great competence, as well as being jolly good company and making us both feel that the work will be done, hooray!  What a difference an extra pair of hands makes.  New beds have been prepared...

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tulips!

tulips!

Tulip season is well underway now and it is a great big thrill to be harvesting such lovely, exotic, unreal-seeming blooms.  However, since we haven't planted any new bulbs for a few years now, our stocks are dwindling, and I am spending many happy hours pouring over bulb catalogues selecting the varieties we will plant in the autumn for picking next year.  There are some so beautiful...

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Walcot Hall wedding fair

Walcot Hall wedding fair

It was a huge treat for us to spend the day at beautiful Walcot Hall, with its elegant turquoise ball room, kooky quirky decoration and magical gardens, to display our flowers to couples who were planning their weddings.  We loved talking about flowers of course, but it was also lots of fun to meet so many creative and imaginative people on the other stands.  We will look forward to...

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elegant photoshoot

elegant photoshoot

This week we arranged garden flowers to decorate a beautiful big house for a magazine photoshoot. Ferney Hall has been deliciously decorated by its owner, Henri Fitzwilliam Lay, and it was a huge treat to find creative things to do with our flowers to set off the elegant, sometimes quirky interiors.  We used masses of hydrangeas, dahlias, jars of sweets and tumbled bowls...

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