I am trying to document what is growing in the garden each month. These blooms were all photographed in the garden or the conservatory today 4/2/17. They include Winter Honeysuckle, Viburnum, Paperwhites, Amaryllis, Snowdrops, Hellebores....Each year is different depending on the weather. This year has seen some colder weather and frosts which is or certainly hasn't been the norm for us for a few years. That said we have had some cold March and April weather for the last two years and we can certainly do with out that! The mice have been having a nibble at a few Tulip bulbs mainly in pots, so I am putting to use some Holly clippings left from Christmas which I gather puts them off! (The picture of the seedlings in the greenhouse was taken in late January as part of a project to photograph seedling to bouquet for The Natural Wedding Company, growth is quite slow at this time of year so they don't look a great deal different this week.)
Rather amazingly I find a patriot collection of red, white and blue! British flowers!
Other jobs in the garden this week have included planting the absolute last batch of Paperwhites for this season. Preparing some new beds for this years annuals, repairing a hole in the greenhouse and ordering seeds. We have had a few glorious days and it is so therapeutic getting out and gardening.
These days we make lots of bouquets for delivery locally...a couple we have made recently...gorgeous wild scented gatherings of flowers.
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.