Our blog this time could not be more different from the last. With scenes of snow a distant memory and fellow gardeners and florists trying their hardest to preserve their flowers and plants. Some flowers have been spectacular but for others? Just too hot!! We have however been kept busy with the arrival of the ducklings. Our family, 11 in total hatched one very hot day a few weeks ago right by the riverbank in our new garden. Very exciting and so cute. But watching them does make you lose an awful lot of time.
The RHS flower shows were spectacular this year, all exhibitors saying the same. “Didn’t think we were going to make it, it’s been a tough year with the weather”. And so it has continued. Team Tulipana went to Cardiff, Chelsea and The Gardeners World at the NEC. My personal favourite, Cardiff. Set in the castle grounds it was beautiful. Very accessible and very reasonably priced.
Chelsea as always never ceases to amaze. This year Mrs. S won some tickets via Twitter and donated by David Austen Roses. Thank you so much, we had a fabulous day, even if we were a little stressed navigating around London. Not an awful lot of directional skills between the pair of us but we did it!
Our new rural garden outside the workshop is taking shape. We have been able to source most of our materials for the Swindon Marriott each week. Their specification is botanical, natural and seasonal. This week the lobby arrangement entitled FOUND was exactly that. All either found or grown locally, and long may it continue – it’s so rewarding creating and recycling.
On a final note, The Summer Floristry Workshop has been moved to Great Shefford Village Hall due to increasing numbers. There are still places available and a percentage of the proceeds are going local charities. I am sure the evening will be lots of fun so if you are free give either Nicola (07766050175), or myself (07525711170) a call. The cost for this is £30.00. Full details are on the Facebook page. Our other workshops are available as usual at www2ivyhouse.co.uk