It is hot and I am cutting sunflowers!
Today is day one, it is hot and I am writing my first blog post. In the garden this week I am cutting marigolds, sunflowers, dahlias, cosmos, verbena, fennel, gladioli, buddlia and zinnas.My favourite dahlias are the incredibly dark Chat Noir. They are very prolific, good doers as they say around here. These look wonderful mixed with an assortment of other dahlias especially reds and oranges but also with brilliant pink cosmos. The sunflowers looked as if they might disappoint earlier but are now coming into their own. Everyone seems to love my zinnias, they seemed to go out of fashion but now are definately back in. I love them and am definately going to grow more next year. This year I have had a great assortment of colours including a subtle apricot shade which has proved particularly popular and versatile. Also putting on a good show are the gladioli a great combination has included dark Black Jack with apricot and ivory. Everything looks good with fennel heads which also smell of aniseed. Fennel grows wild around here including in my garden where it self seeds everywhere but I can't get enough of it. It always reminds me of home.It has been so hot and dry here in Southwold it has been wonderful for holiday makers,butterflies, bees and flowers so long as I keep watering them.......the flower that is!
Planning ahead I am waiting for the arrival of my first bulb order. I have sown some hardy annuals including cornflowers and larkspur for next year. I am also starting to plan the Christmas boxes.I am collecting seed heads from the garden to spray silver and gold. The boxes make great gifts and include festive foliage beautifully packaged and sent via Royal Mail.
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.