Traditional trug with pink roses

The traditional Sussex trug

We are introducing a new line featuring the traditional Sussex trug, which makes a beautiful base for our flower tributes. Sussex trugs are boat-shaped wooden baskets, handmade out of willow and chestnut for the handle, and can last a lifetime. The word trug comes from the Anglo-Saxon ‘trog,’ which meant ‘boat shaped vessel.’ They have been made in Sussex since around the 1500s but became famous after Thomas Smith of Herstmonceux showed them at the Great Exhibition of 1851 and received a large order from none other than Queen Victoria. Legend has it that Mr Smith loaded the trugs into a wheelbarrow and walked the order to London himself as safe delivery was so precious to him. Prized by gardeners, they have received another boost more recently following their appearance on The Chelsea Flower Show in ‘A Trug Maker’s Garden.’

Trugs on display amongst flowers and trug maker's shed
A Trugmaker’s Garden by Future Climate Info, which won Gold

Meanwhile, congratulations to our brides this month, Cricklade Hotel and Country Club was the perfect setting.

Usually in our blog we feature a flower of the month but this month it’s with a caution! Featured on the news and on Facebook, the giant hogweed is very pretty, but it is to be avoided at all costs, it burns! I didn’t know this and perhaps you didn’t either.

Giant Hogweed
Giant Hogweed – nice to look at but steer clear at all costs