This Week

wild meadow wedding

wild meadow wedding

Although we are often asked to provide "wild flowers" for a wedding, once we get down to the details of how a couple would like their wedding flowers to look, we realise that what they really mean is "garden flowers", as opposed to stiff, formal high street ones.  The wedding we provided flowers for at the weekend, however, was a real wild flower event; the first we have ever done.  ...

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Garden fun

Garden fun

We are experiencing a lull in the flower garden... should we or shouldn't we invest in a polytunnel?  It would ensure that we had a continuation of (slightly out of season) flowers to tide us over these tricky four weeks, but it would be so ugly, and really, we are all about the romance...  Fewer flowers to pick also means more time to spend getting on top of all the...

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new celadon vases

new celadon vases

This week we've been practising making arrangements in our beautiful new celadon glazed vases, with lovely round soothing shapes and soft shades of celadon glaze which really enhance everything we put into them.  The standard party flower vessels of the moment seem still to be jam jars and the slightly larger Mason jars, but we would love to encourage our customers to use these beauties...

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flower magic

flower magic

In the week before Easter, in addition to our usual orders and deliveries, we picked and made up flowers for two funerals and a wedding.  The garden seems to know, and meets our needs with just the right flowers for each occassion.  The funeral wreaths and casket spray were fresh and pretty and airy, reminiscent of cottage gardens for the funeral of a strong-willed old lady, and...

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lazy bulb experiment

lazy bulb experiment

All the lovely tulips which I chose last summer - after carefully working my way through several bulb catalougues, marking the loveliest and gradually reducing and whittling down the list to make it manageable - are starting to flower now.  We were so tired in the autumn that Barney and his friend Nicholas dug five big trenches and then just layered the different kinds of bulbs in on top...

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first bouquets

first bouquets

I think the garden now is a good month ahead of where it was this time last year. We pull out weeds, trim and prune and cut back old perennials, while hyacinths, tulips and narcissi rewards us with their fresh clean silken spring flowers. 'Exotic Emperor' is always the first tulip to flower in our garden, and perhaps this is one of the reasons why it is my favourite....

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Month of Magic

Month of Magic

My favourite time of the year.  I love the feeling of life squeezing and erupting all around me: silent, but I can almost hear it like the rumble of an underground train in the great soft brown bowels of the earth.  The lovely soft sticky ground, which until a week or two ago was so claggy and heavy that it was simply unworkable, and which in another week's time will be...

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foggy, what

foggy, what

The flowers may be dormant in the January garden, but there is still plenty of work for us to do, potting on our autumn sown seedlings and reorganising our outbuildings.  Everything we sowed in the little polytunnel in the autumn is doing really well now - sweet peas, larkspur, bupleurum and ammi - including two trays of seed which were sown by students one of our Grow Your Own Cut Flowers...

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Christmas decorations

Christmas decorations

It was a great pleasure this week for us to be asked to provide natural, old-fashioned Christmas decorations for a country house.  We spent two days foraging and harvesting branches of evergreens and catkins from our own wild garden and roundabouts, before settling down to wire everything together to make huge wreaths and garlands for the house.  One kind friend who is about to leave...

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Decorating our cottage

Decorating our cottage

The bulbs are all planted now, and we are feeling very festive.  We've been cutting wiggly willow at the Flower Garden to make bases for our own Christmas wreaths, then foraging in our overgrown orchard and wild paddock for bay leaves, ivy berries, douglas fir branches and anything else that looks nice, to make the wreaths lush and comfortable-looking.  I push my square grey...

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