Planning ahead.....This week in the garden I have planted more bulbs. I am still planting Narcissus but I have managed to do a lot of work clearing beds, sorting the compost heaps ( with help from Champain Landscaping!), planting Roses and some perennials. I have still got Alliums and Iris to plant and later Tulips. Meanwhile I have quite a few wedding enquiries for next year needing estimates and I am starting to plan for Christmas. Being organised and planning ahead is one of the most important things when running a cutting garden as if you forget to order, sow or plant you can be left with a whole in the cutting year.
There are certain times of the year which are more challenging than others to cover. Obviously winter is difficult especially after Christmas. I do force bulbs but I do need to buy in from other British growers to help. November is tricky and I need to grow better Chrysanths to help with this. Today I met an elderly gardener at his cottage in Somerleyton. He grows amazing Chrysanths outside and in the greenhouse. He has lived in the same cottage since 1934 and cultivated the same garden, amazing. Mid summer can also be difficult around July and I am still thinking about that one, I think succession sowing can help. This time of year you are between the early summer and later summer flowers.
The other side of this little flower business is all the organisation around the weddings, events, funerals etc I don't think I knew how complex it was certainly when I first went into it all. Making sure you have all the extras needed along with the flowers for each event and season.
Next week I will let you know a little of what I am planning for Christmas....
I am in the middle of bulb planting season! So far I have planted most but not all of the scented Narcissus. Sweet Love, Yellow Cheerfulness, Sir Winston Churchill and Silver Chimes. Then come the Hyacinths, Alliums, Iris, Muscari, Anenomes and finally Tulips in November. I will write more about the Tulips later. Bulbs usually do well in my sandy soil so I like to plant as many as I can! I lift some of my Narcissus bulbs, this is not strictly necessary but I need the space....This does add to the autumn work load as they have to be replanted each year. I grow entirely outside so I haven't previously grown Ranunculus but this year I am trying them in a fleece tunnel to see if that is a viable alternative to growing them indoors in a polytunnel. I will keep you posted....Happy Planting!
Funerals and flowers. I make natural funeral tributes either sheaths, mossed wreaths or even shapes using metal frames and totally natural wreaths made from willow. The shaped metal frames are usually used for topiary so can be planted up later as more permanent features. My customers tell me that these type of natural funeral flowers can be very difficult to find. I can also make tributes using flowers and foliages from the family's garden using plants which have special memories.
Funerals are by their very nature emotional and difficult times and I find that choosing and discussing flowers can be a very therapeutic part of the process. With Christmas coming customers are ordering my wreaths to put on graves. Again this can be a very difficult time for people who have been bereaved and choosing and buying a wreath can be a focus.
Please contact me if you would like to talk to me about a funeral or a wreath for Christmas time.
Sorry to spring this on you in October! I have started planning for Christmas. Firstly I am running a wreath making workshop at Somerleyton Hall on Saturday 6th December. I have started collecting cones, seed heads and hips to use in my wreaths and also drying Lavender and Hydrangea heads. The first Hyacinth bulbs have been planted for forcing and I later I will plant indoor Narcissus.
I make natural wreaths, mossed and using garden foliage, Rosemary, Holly, Ivy, Vibunum, seed heads including Fennel, Nigella, Beech, Ivy and hips. I collect fir cones and dry flowers including Lavender and Hydrangeas then decorate with raffia and ribbons. These can be used for door decorations and also for memorial wreaths. The moss keeps everything moist. It is nice to think ahead as Autumn and Winter are upon us and save things from the garden for Christmas celebrations.
My story in flowers started as a child growing a tiny patch of London Pride Saxifraga...also known as Whimsey or Look Up and Kiss Me! Fast forward to 8 years ago when I started a City and Guilds training in floristry. I qualified as a florist and then to deepen my growing knowledge and skills I trained in horticulture as well. I trained under a WRAGS scheme at Darsham Nurseries and at Somerleyton Hall. Developing a passion for both growing and designing/arranging British garden flowers, I planted a cutting garden. Having become increasingly concerned about where and how flowers are grown, coupled with a love of British grown flowers. and natural styling, I now specialise in growing and using beautiful British grown flowers to make romantic natural designs. for weddings, events, gifts and much more.