This Week

first frosts

first frosts

We've returned from our holiday to find frost-blackened dahlias and golden-russet leaves twinkling down from the branches of shrubs, as winter takes a grip on the garden.  Bright blue skies, low-whirling red kites and buzzards, the repetitive bang of guns and the friendly smell of wood smoke all tell us that we are approaching December, and remind us that we still have a lot of work to do....

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End of the Season

End of the Season

We are about to leave the garden for almost a month: it will gently slide through autumn and into winter without us as we go away to Greece for some longed for late summer sunshine.  We're so looking forward to going away, but we are also loathe to leave the garden, looking so peaceful and beautiful at this time of year, and still pumping out lots of lovely flowers.  Kind friends...

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dahlias galore

dahlias galore

As the rest of the garden begins to fade now, the dahlias are powering on and providing the backbone of our weekly flower deliveries to Hereford and Ludlow.  As we continue to pick, we are also able to make time now to clear away some of this year's faded planting, to weed the borders, and to start getting into the ground the bulbs that will provide the flowers for us to pick next spring. ...

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mostly dahlias

mostly dahlias

It is heaven to work in the garden just now, the lovely light making it feel like being on stage, the colours of the flowers glowing, the lines of the beds and borders gradually re-emerging as we finally have time to cut back and weed and tidy up.  By contrast to the stillness and calm of the flower garden, outside the walls there is much busyness.  Buzzards and red kites whirl...

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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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