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We Are Still Here..

VE Day Celebrations…

What a beautiful day?  The sun was shining and although the celebrations were somewhat quieter than we had all expected it was lovely to see the efforts of our little village. Bunting galore!  A lot of improvisation, mine included. There was a sense of togetherness even though we couldn’t really be with loved ones and family.  There will be a lot of missed birthdays and celebrations to make up for as soon as we are set free!

Gardening Galore…

Does anyone else have the tidiest garden ever?  With lockdown continuing I feel we  will all be able to boast “Best Year Ever”.  It doesn’t matter how many hours you spend in it there is always something still to do. It’s gradually taking shape now and after 3 years I can see the hard work paying off. Next year there should be enough flower and foliage to use for work. That was always the plan. Will really miss the RHS flower shows this year for inspiration.

My Little Helper…

Never far away!  Last year she was a little too helpful, always digging.  This year Chloe is just happy to clear up after the birds. Forever hopeful that they will drop the suet when the visit the garden. We have had a lot of new visitors this year but my favourite is the yellow wagtails

Our Tribute..

Our regular Thursday evening applause for our NHS and Key Workers is followed by our neighbour playing a few beautiful pieces of music  We are all appreciating the simpler things in life.

To Make You Smile..

I’m hoping that my customers will be this pleased to see me!  Stay safe.

Happy New Year

Is It Nearly Spring Yet?…

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Forgive me for asking but it’s been so wet and dull!  However new life is emerging in the garden, snowdrops and primroses.  Don’t you just love them? I have even noticed the evenings getting a little lighter.  God, I might even come out of hibernation. Primroses were my Nan and my Mums favourite flower and in recent years the weather has been mild enough for them to be out in time to celebrate my Mums birthday in January.

New Beginnings..

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It has been a wonderful 2 years in Great Shefford. The villagers have made me feel very welcome, thank you. At the end of the year Tulipana held a wreath making evening at the primary school, it was so lovely to see all of the different creations, all, I hasten to add, beautiful!  I am looking forward to 2020.  There will be opportunities to attend further workshops so keep an eye out on my Facebook page, and please let me know if there is anything in particular you would like to learn.  I have already had a request for Easter wreaths. What do you think?

My Little Helper…

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Those of you that have followed any of my blogs know how much help I’ve been given by Chloe.  As a puppy she chewed just about anything that wasn’t securely fixed, she now has no real interest in floristry, just food and the warmth of the fire. As you can tell from the photo she loves the sun. I thought labradors liked water?  Not this one.

 

Celebration Of Life…

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I feel privileged to have been asked to arrange the flowers for many families last year.  Every tribute is special because every person is special.  I hope the flowers have been just one of the special memories on the day.

 

A Date To Look Forward To…

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Who’s  been to the RHS flower show in Cardiff?  The most amazing location, so well organised and a little quieter than Chelsea.  Well worth a visit and it’s the first in the year.  # inspirational. See you there?

It’s All About The Flowers!

HAMPTON COURT FLOWER FESTIVAL

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What a beautiful day we had. Well worth a visit.  The setting was absolutely magical, and the flaura and fauna first class.  Could have spent an absolute fortune, oh yes, I did. All in a good cause though.  Most of my purchases are now settling nicely into the garden, hopefully to be used next year in my quest to cut my own flowers for the business.

THE SWINDON MARRIOTT HOTEL

IMG_3077Whilst waiting for the above to grow though this weeks install at the hotel was inspired by the garden, as it is at the moment.  Beautiful copper beech, poppy heads and alliums.  The hotel give me a briefing and the botanical displays are to be seasonal, minimal and local.  Can’t get more local than this weeks.  Sometimes hard to make twigs, sticks and rocks look artistic.  January is a challenging month..

GREAT SHEFFORD OPEN GARDENS

IMG_3047Inspired by my neighbours, Roger and Jackie’s show garden gave me the colour theme for my church arrangement.  The church was decorated with floral displays from local groups and many villagers opened their gardens for the day. The weather played a huge part in making this a resounding success and proceeds raised went to the church fund. Hope they do it next year.  My garden might be ready. Here’s hoping.

 

 

 

The Rural Florists: Part II

For the love of all things holy, ‘PLEASE STOP RAINING!!!!!!!’

When we had grand thoughts of planning & planting the cutting garden we had this romantic idea of being out in the garden, turning over the soil, leaning on the gate whilst sipping our coffee, deciding what seeds are going where, what would grow in the best position… Well, since the gorgeous seeds arrived (the packet was opened with lots of ohh’s and ahhh’s) it has done nothing but rain… And when it hasn’t rained, we’ve had snow or frosts so hard we can’t stick a fork in the ground. The soil is ready, the fertiliser has been spread, it is waiting in anticipation of being filled with delights such as: lupins, eryingium, sweet peas, Veronica, Cerinthe… the list goes on. We want to get out there and plant but we can’t, they’d be washed away and we’d end up on our behinds, thigh deep in chicken poo.

The only saving grace is the arrival of spring. Hidden away in the garden, all those bulbs have started to appear. Snowdrops have arrived, cowslips around the base of the tree, daffodils breaking through the soil… It’s truly a delight to see these delicate flowers poking through. Despite everything they still come up and give us gardeners hope.

So to cheer ourselves up (and stop us drinking our body weight in caffeine) we visited a secret plant nursery. It’s in the back of beyond. Honestly, if you put a gun to my head and demanded the directions, I couldn’t tell you. At one point, I thought Claire was taking me to a secluded spot to hit me across the head with a spade! Maybe she thought about it but realised the ground was too hard to dig a grave. Thankfully, I’m still alive to tell you about the plants. Oh my goodness, I wanted to buy EVERYTHING!!! Pittisporum, Viburnum, Clematis, Jasmine… it goes on and on and on and on. Oh, I could have filled my car twenty times over. Honestly, in my head the sun was shining and the sky was blue. The endless joy that plants give me – to imagine what they’ll grow into over the coming months – fills me with utter happiness. I’m desperate for the days to get warmer and longer; I’m excited to watch things grow and evolve. No matter how much you plan, you can’t guarantee it’s going to work out the way you want it. You have to adapt, to work with the plants and the weather. Get out there in between the rain clouds, prepare for those better days, so you can utilise the time. Just imagine sitting in the sunshine, breathing in the heady scent of those sweet peas that you know you grew from a tiny seed. Total smug zone moment.

This was contributed by Claire S.