This Week

strong October light

strong October light

There are some beautiful days in the garden at this time of year, especially when we arrive very early and the strong sunlight shines through the morning mist, illuminating the flowers.  When the lawn's been mown its crisp sillouette sets off the rough wildness of the end-of-season planting, shaggy and wispy at the edges but strong with dahlias and dense with Michaelmas daisies.  The...

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Late summer tapestries

Late summer tapestries

This week we have been very lucky to be able to provide exactly the kind of flowers we love to do, for a photoshoot, a funeral and a wedding.  The photoshoot was at the fabulous Walcot Hall, just down the road from us at Lydbury North.  The brief for the photoshoot - which brought together specially picked suppliers of dresses, food, hair and make-up styling, stationary, drinks,...

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natural funeral flowers

natural funeral flowers

Last week we were honoured to provide the flowers for the funeral of a very merry, life-loving lady, Jane, who lived deep in the Corvedale.  Her family asked us to create very loose, natural arrangements for the coffin and crematorium, using some plant material gathered by Jane's two sons from her own garden.  They picked red roses, fragrant mint and soft pink mallow flowers. ...

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Fantastical Flowers

Fantastical Flowers

The Martin caravan set off bright and early again on Saturday morning to take this week's wedding flowers up to Trevor Hall, a dramatic small manor house near to Llangollen with big character and bohemian atmosphere.  The affable, thoughtful newly-weds were milling hospitably around in amongst their guests as we arrived, making sure that everyone was having as much fun as they were. ...

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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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