We have been on a little road trip. This included a visit to the cutting garden nestled within the kitchen garden at Chatsworth House. It was fabulous to see another cutting garden and one of such beauty. The garden is laid out for function and beauty which, in that iconic setting is what is required. Here at home this is also what I am aiming for although on a much smaller and less grand scale! The garden at Chatsworth still glowed with autumnal colour and taking centre stage were Chrysanthemums.....must do better next year. With Cosmos, Dahlias and Verbascum all still performing well. The team grow on clay as opposed to my sand and being that much further north and west....( you can't get any further east!) the conditions are much damper. I love kitchen gardens and this filled all the senses with not only the colours in the autumnal light but also the smell of dampness and bonfires that pervaded the air. The cycle of garden life. I love the fact in a kitchen garden, the plants are grown for a purpose....edible or decorative.
Back home I am still cutting Dahlias and this week had a lovely autumnal Southwold wedding. There is something really magical about my really local weddings. On Saturday morning I met the groom on the prom, taking in the scene on the beach whilst the bride was getting ready. It has been a glorious weekend here in Southwold with sunshine and even people swimming in the sea! It was another all British flower wedding with my Dahlias and Julie's Zinnias. As we move into winter proper I will have to use flowers from larger growers who grow more under glass but I am forcing Paperwhite Narcissus, Amaryllis and Hyacinths and bulb planting is still ongoing here. Running a cutting garden is a continuous cycle and if you miss a stage you are left with a picking gap.....sometimes unavoidable but not desired!
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.