I have been back to my old college at Otley, to talk to the floristry students about growing and using British flowers. I hope they feel inspired. I have also been making more wreaths and sorting the seed heads for spraying.
The wreaths are underway and this is the first of the season. larger than last year and decorated with lavender, rosehips and seedheads......
I am starting to make wreaths for Christmas and this week have collected my first bags of moss. I make traditional mossed wreaths coverd with cutting garden holly and ivy. Last year I decorated with fennel seed heads and hydrangeas. This year I am using seedheads including fennel, poppies and love in the mist, also rosehips and dried lavender. The wreaths cost £20 and are all individually handmade.
As I am making my Christmas designs I will be posting regular pictures on my blog to help you choose what you would like to order.
I am making good progress in the garden now with just a few pots of bulbs left to plant.
However the most important news is that I have ordered two deliveries of Mistletoe from an organic grower near Tenbury Wells in Worcsetershire ( home of the famous Mistletoe market). They cut the Mistletoe stems fresh from their own orchards. I am really pleased to be able to offer bunches of Mistletoe as it can be difficult to find and always makes people smile. The deliveries will come in the week beginning 2nd December (for parties) and then the week beginning 16th December (for Christmas and New Year). Mistletoe drys out if kept too hot but if you buy early keep it outside in the cool until you need it. Remember that it is poisonous so must be kept away from children. It has long been part of a traditional British Christmas and it is part of folklore that it should be hung above doorways and other places where people meet and exchange kisses. Please phone or email me to place an order. Bunches are tied with ribbon and cost £3, larger bunches for hotels, pubs, parties and larger homes can be arranged and are priced depending how many stems you require. I will bring bunches to my stall at Snape Farmer's market but as I only have a limited supply, if you are coming and know you would like some, please contact me so I can put some aside for you.
This week I have been planting bareroot roses. I am expanding my stock and collecting more old English roses for next years events and bouquets....watch this space, they should be beautiful.
Special Christmas Gifts: If you are stuck for a gift for a flower lover why not book a cutting patch design and advice session. They cost £75 and I will come and spend half a day looking at their garden, talking flowers and designing a cutting patch for them. I will produce a detailed plant list and give advice on suppliers. I can also quote for planting the patch to give year round cut flowers.
Please email Denise at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Today it has been a bit wild here in Southwold. This has put a stop to the last planting I am desperate to do! I still have a few perennials to get in, along with the last few bulbs in pots. Later in the week some bare root roses will arrive. I have just a few tulip bulbs left to plant in the beds. This year I am growing small numbers of lots of different varieties so there should be plenty of blooms coming into flower through the season and a variety of colours. All the Narcissus are in....Stuart helped plant the last 200 at the weekend....Thank You!
The weather has encouraged my thoughts to wander. First I looked at some of the wonderful flower blogs which are out there...mostly from the States. Beautiful photographs. I also came across the concept of slow flowers....rather like the slow food movement. Locally nurtured, seasonal and naturally grown produce which is now extending to flowers. This set me wondering about Valentines Day...how has this become the day for red roses ...in February??? Strawberries at Christmas???
Today I filled a vase for a regular customer. It included a late second flush of roses, rosehips, cosmos, leaves and the last of my chrysanthemums. Why is it colours never look them same in photographs? It was a mixture of burgundy and apricot with a little white and dusky pink. Anyway I have to admit that these are the last flowers I will cut for the season and now it is Christmas all the way!
It is Monday morning again! I had a lovely time at Snape Maltings Farmer's Market on Saturday and sold the last of my beautiful chrysanthemums. I am already plotting and planning more for next year and adding in more colours. I am going to be selling regularly at the market. Next month it will be holly, ivy and other festive items.
I am planting my first indoor Narcissus Paperwhite for Christmas today. Also more scented Narcissus varieties in the garden...I know it is a bit late but hopefully they will catch up! Still catching up with bulb planting I have a strict schedule over the next two weeks trying to get everything in, Dutch iris, anenomes and tulips, tulips, tulips. Then there are dwarf varieties for pots and baskets.
Last week I called in at The Walled Garden at Benhall. I hadn't realised that in the past they grew chrysanthemums for Covent Garden Market there. It is so sad to think how all that has been lost, when you look at the chrysanths being flown in from abroad...Not the same thing at all!
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.