This Week

High Summer

High Summer

It is high summer in the flower garden now, with walls of cosmos, a sea of snapdragons, and a new surprise every morning; today I noticed huge and lovely orange trumpet lily African Queen, which seems to have emerged from nowhere and now shimmers regally in the 'tornado border'.  Honey bees visit the lavender and roses droop drunkenly over paths.  Today I picked soft plump rose heads...

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eating cake

eating cake

Clouds of white ammi and the colourful spires of snapdragons greet visitors as they walk into the garden now, as it seems that everything has decided just to give up on the sun and behave as though it is high summer anyway.  After this morning's rain clouds had rolled away, we brought out Barney's great-grandmother's pretty floral tea set to serve our very first Vintage Tea Party - hooray!...

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Hen Party

Hen Party

On Saturday we had enormous fun hosting our very first vintage tea-style hen party at the Flower Garden.  Twentyfour very elegantly dressed ladies wafted in through the gate and arranged themselves happily in our assorted deckchairs and basket chairs to chatter and laugh and eat lots of home made cakes.  The very brave among them even tasted some of  Barney's own brew country...

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roses and more roses

roses and more roses

The flower garden is going at full pelt now, with annuals surging up through their sheep netting supports, roses flopping fatly everywhere with the weight of their petals, yarrow glowing in the mixed borders and sea holly turning slowly blue.  Alex's regular applications of seaweed spray seem to be doing the trick, as the garden is brimming with health and vigour.  Only the slugs...

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indoors sort of a week

indoors sort of a week

The longed for rain has finally come in abundance, knocking flat anything which we forgot to stake - thankfully very little - and pounding the petals off everything that's delicate.  How grateful we are for it, though!  The prospect of having to water our one acre plot was looming alarmingly close; usually we water generously when planting, and thereafter leave everything to its own...

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June abundance

June abundance

After a busy weekend arranging flowers for weddings and a country house party, we were both nervous and excited to run our first floristry course on Tuesday, hosted at Marie's in Ludlow, and organised by Our Simple Edit.  As luck would have it, all our newly planted Coral Charm and Coral Sunset peonies chose this week to burst into bloom, so we were able to pick lots of those, along with...

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Stockton Bury - the most beautiful of gardens?

Stockton Bury - the most beautiful of gardens?

I am still basking in the beauty of Stockton Bury, an exquisite farm garden just outside Leominster, where we had a stall at the weekend as part of the 'Country Gardner's Day'.  It drips with wisteria and winks with little jokes.  The solemnity of a tall stone chimney-like dovecote, damp inside with ferns and sprinkled with light from chinks high up in its roof, somehow doesn't jar...

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a dainty end to May

a dainty end to May

It's the last week of May, and the garden is just starting to sparkle a little with dainty starry flowers yellow, white and purple.  The Erigeron karvinskianus which we introduced into likely nooks and crannies is beginning to take a foothold and grow in confidence, spreading itself tentatively about in new places: in the corners of steps, behind the door to the polytunnel, at the base of...

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Florence Fox

Florence Fox

We have had a visit from Florence Fox, rock star photographer of quirky events, who will be making a short film of the goings on at the Flower Garden in the summer.  She took some great shots of our lazy picnicking Thursday lunchtime, some of which we show here.  To see more of her work, go to www.florencefox.com The weather has turned ...

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Sunday visitors

Sunday visitors

Lots of lovely people came to visit us at the flower garden on Sunday as part of the Stokesay Court open gardens for the Shropshire Historic Churches Trust.  It was great to meet so many nice people and to sell them our surplus annual plants!  The special snapdragons went down particularly well, especially 'Madam Butterfly', which has tall strong stems of gorgeous frilly flowers in...

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