This Week

four weddings and three vases

four weddings and three vases

This week we were priviledged to provide flowers for three Shropshire weddings and one Warwickshire wedding.  Although it couldn't have been much wetter, we are sure that all four occassions were hugely happy.  As we installed four farmy milk churn displays at the fourth event - with branches of pears, tall stipa grasses, airy cosmos, brambles, and the fluffy heads of paniculata...

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Turkish Tea

Turkish Tea

A big week is looming, and we are going to need all our buckets to pick flowers for four weddings, on top of our usual orders.  We should be gearing up now, but we are still basking in a laid back glow after our very successful (if we do say so ourselves) Pop Up Turkish Tea at the weekend.  Our guests arrived, slightly bemused, to find themselves ushered into a big canvas tent...

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late summer colour

late summer colour

Yesterday was so hot that we worried the flowers for our Easy Garden Floristry course might wilt in the heat of the tent, so instead we set up a trestle table to work at in the cool shade of the North-facing wall.   It was a very leisurely, decadent, sociable afternoon, with lots of easy intersting chatter and, of course, utterly beautiful garden flowers to arrange.  When the course...

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Shrewsbury Flower Show

Shrewsbury Flower Show

For the first time since starting our business, this summer we decided to screw up our courage and enter a real flower show, the Shrewsbury Flower Show.  It may not be Chelsea, but Shrewsbury is our local show, and it also happens to be the oldest in the whole country; next year will be its 130th anniversary. There is also a link with our garden, as the previous owner of Stokesay Court,...

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celebrations

celebrations

July went out with a celebratory bang as we worked hard to provide flowers for a wedding, a country house party and a ruby wedding anniversary party, before hosting a smoky sleepy gathering of our own at the Flower Garden (guests eventually were persuaded to cha cha cha to "Mandolins in the Moonlight" on Barney's gramophone), then just managing to stay awake for a fab James Bond party...

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Dog Day extravaganza

Dog Day extravaganza

We had a super happy day on Sunday, with masses of lovely dogs and their owners coming to visit the "secret" Flower Garden on Ludlow Dog Day, which is held each year at Stokesay Court.  We love it when the garden has people in it.  Children played croquet, friends chatted in deckchairs, and one or two people pinched the odd raspberry... but my favourite moment was spotting an elderly...

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High Summer

High Summer

It is high summer in the flower garden now, with walls of cosmos, a sea of snapdragons, and a new surprise every morning; today I noticed huge and lovely orange trumpet lily African Queen, which seems to have emerged from nowhere and now shimmers regally in the 'tornado border'.  Honey bees visit the lavender and roses droop drunkenly over paths.  Today I picked soft plump rose heads...

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eating cake

eating cake

Clouds of white ammi and the colourful spires of snapdragons greet visitors as they walk into the garden now, as it seems that everything has decided just to give up on the sun and behave as though it is high summer anyway.  After this morning's rain clouds had rolled away, we brought out Barney's great-grandmother's pretty floral tea set to serve our very first Vintage Tea Party - hooray!...

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Hen Party

Hen Party

On Saturday we had enormous fun hosting our very first vintage tea-style hen party at the Flower Garden.  Twentyfour very elegantly dressed ladies wafted in through the gate and arranged themselves happily in our assorted deckchairs and basket chairs to chatter and laugh and eat lots of home made cakes.  The very brave among them even tasted some of  Barney's own brew country...

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roses and more roses

roses and more roses

The flower garden is going at full pelt now, with annuals surging up through their sheep netting supports, roses flopping fatly everywhere with the weight of their petals, yarrow glowing in the mixed borders and sea holly turning slowly blue.  Alex's regular applications of seaweed spray seem to be doing the trick, as the garden is brimming with health and vigour.  Only the slugs...

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