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???
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.