Since my last blog we have had the Beast from the East swiftly followed by the warmest of summers. There is some rain today, a soft gentle rain, probably not enough for the garden but better than nothing. It was a long 5 weeks without rain here which is very unusual and resulted in lots of journeys up and down the garden with watering cans.
“I must have flowers, always, and always." This is a much used quote by Claude Monet and it is very apt for a flower grower.
I now have the flowers, lots of them, which is just as well as there has been a run of parties and weddings all needing beautiful British grown flowers.
When I first started growing flowers I thought that would be it, simply growing and selling to florists. I had no idea that wedding floristry would become such a large part of my world. I have no formal floristry training, I'm self taught and a student of workshops and online training.
My first wedding was very nerve racking and I was delighted to hear from the bride after the wedding who had taken the time to write a lovely note thanking me for her flowers. Since then there have been lots of brides and thankfully, lots of lovely notes and kind words! It is still a nervous time for me, making sure I have understood the wishes of the Bride and Groom, ensuring all the flowers are looking at their very best on the day and putting together the flowers for their special day.
It seems strange to be tending to small seedlings when the garden is flowering its socks off but that is what is happening at the moment. The biennials for next year have been sown and will be planted out in September when I can find some space in the polytunnel and cutting garden. Foxgloves, honesty, wallflowers, sweet william, sweet rocket and campanula are all sitting patiently waiting. Hopefully there will be early flowers in the spring of 2019.
So whilst the rain is falling and I am inside, its high time I chased my children out of bed, in time for lunch!
Thank you for reading and I hope you enjoy the photographs of bouquets, large arrangements, buttonholes and jam jars.
If you like what you see and are planning your wedding, please do get in touch, I love talking flowers.