This Week

a busy flower week

a busy flower week

This week we have been so proud of the team who came to work with us on our busiest few days of the year - a fabulous group of local flower ladies who each brought her special skills and strengths and threw them into the mix to make the two weddings, christening, and other smaller orders a huge success!  It felt great to be part of such a team, thank you, Shropshire garden florists!  ...

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wild and wonderful

wild and wonderful

We felt priviledged to be providing the flowers for two special weddings at the weekend.  The brief for Beth and Andy was to incorporate as much that was native and wild as possible, to reflect their love for and knowledge of native British flora.  We used shepherd's purse, camomile, purple toadflax and fumitory in their bouquets, which were so pretty and airy, and weighed almost...

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romance erupts

romance erupts

This week has seen an eruption of romance at the flower garden, as all our favourite early summer flowers begin to bloom.  Pillowy peonies, old fashioned many-petalled roses, starry alliums and camassias, dainty dancing columbines, sumptuous sweet peas, lovely lupins, foamy lady's mantle and heady honeysuckle... It all combines to make a head-spinningly lovely place to work.  We have...

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Night Garden at the Chelsea Flower Show

Night Garden at the Chelsea Flower Show

We loved loved loved being asked to provide the floral decoration for the trade stand of Hector Finch Lighting at the Chelsea Flower Show this year.  Chelsea, darling!  The stand was painted midnight blue, the ceiling covered with indigo denim and a large central tabledraped with rich deep blue velvet, so scrumptious, and all this deep darkness was the perfect foil for the...

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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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