This Week

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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deliveries

deliveries

How grateful we are that deliveries of flowers are continuing, and that we are able to keep the team on and the garden in good order.  Great vanfuls of spring flowers - especially tulips - have been going to London and to Hereford over the last few weeks, where our excellent and admirable customers are packing them up and sending them to be enjoyed in people's homes.  In fact the...

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springlike

springlike

These lovely uplifting photos were taken by Kit Young, on her second visit to the Flower Garden to document how things change here as nature pulls us through the course of a year.  She captures things that we ourselves don't notice, or don't realise the appeal of until we see them through her photos: the tractor trailer waiting for its next load of mulching materials; the water droplets on...

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Turbulent times

Turbulent times

This week we are feeling so very grateful for the natural beauty which surrounds us, and for the first flowers which are coming up in the garden ready to pick.  We are also working to enable ourselves to continue supplying flowers to our customers in a way that is safe, and at a time when flowers are more important to people than ever before.

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pruning

pruning

Much of the garden is reaching maturity now, and this means that all our trees, shrubs, roses and climbers need proper care to be taken over their pruning so that they can give us their best flowers and thrive healthily.  The roses are done, and most of the wall-grown climbers; this week we also pruned all the  hydrangea paniculata heads that hadn't been picked last year from ...

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hellebores

hellebores

Two years ago we made a new bed for hellebores, partly shaded by the high north-facing wall, and overplanted with hydrangea paniculata 'limelight'. The soil here is cool and damp, and we've improved it with two or three lavish applications of well-rotted organic matter.  The hydrangeas are cut back each year (chiefly when we pick them in the early autumn, although there is a little pruning...

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quietly stiring into life

quietly stiring into life

In the mildest winter I can remember, the garden is still dormant and bare, but everywhere there are quiet stirrings of life.  Roses put out fresh optimistic new shoots, alliums and narcissi and hyacinths force their way up through barely chilled soil, a profusion of small green things are growing busily in the polytunnel, and everywhere are pretty clumps of snowdrops, little splashes of...

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