This Week

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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an indoors sort of a week

an indoors sort of a week

Although this would be the perfect week to make a start on pruning all the hundreds of rose bushes we now have growing in the flower garden, this wet grey blustery weather is keeping us firmly indoors, except for little bursts of outdoor activity when we have to drive to school/take the dog out/feed the sheep...  Barney is making the most of a quiet January to pursue his horticultural...

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Cold November Sun

Cold November Sun

The weather is truly wintry now, and the Flower Garden is starting to curl in on itself as the plants focus all their energy underground, before a burst of renewal in the spring.  The team are tirelessly working, digging trenches for new tulips (perhaps we may have gone a bit crazy with the scrumptious double peach variety 'La Belle Epoque', but they sold so quickly this spring...

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Still So Pretty

Still So Pretty

Although the plants and trees in the countryside around us, and in our garden at home too, are turning from green to gold and gently shedding their leaves, the late flowerers at the Flower Garden are filling the beds with colour and softness.  Every year we are so grateful for the dahlias and the cosmos, and for the perennials and bulbs that really only come into their own at this time of...

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White autumnal flowers

White autumnal flowers

Usually at this time of year we think of warm oranges and reds, and look for rich autumnal colour in the garden.  This year, not only do most of our flowers seem to be white - lots of white dahlias, asters, cosmos and chrysanthemums - but the woods and hedges are still looking very green, even the little elder trees, which usually have beautiful yellow and red tints by this time. ...

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