This week has seen the real start of my Dahlia crop....overall a slow start ...I am hoping for more! Today I have been out feeding, watering and generally talking to them to encourage them along. They are a huge part of my late summer work and they need "to get a wiggle on" as a good friend would say! This growing year has been tough with the cold start and the huge increase in demand it has been difficult to keep up. Some plants have been a little neglected. Dahlias need a lot of feeding and watering and with our dry conditions and sandy soil they need a lot of attention. I am trying to make up for lost time. They have also been plagued by slugs this year and I have resorted to using organic slug pellets liberally!! So far the Cafe au Lait, Wine Eyed Jill and David Howard have started to strut their stuff.
This week there have been flowers for a wedding, two parties and good luck in your new job, It is all go...I love the mix of growing and arranging and trying to get the balance can be difficult but with the help of my fabulous flower growing friends we have managed to keep up with it all. (I have posted some of my recent Bridal Bouquets on the wedding blog page.)
Southwold is absolutely buzzing with holidaymakers and families, here to enjoy the seaside....it seems like a different place in the summer, busy, full of families, fish and chips, the summer theatre, the circus....In between weddings etc It is lovely to be part of it 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.