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Home Grown

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Early Sunshine..

The beautiful weather in April and May have made gardening an absolute pleasure. Nigella, pictured in the featured image is one of my favourite cottage garden flowers.  Otherwise known as ‘love in a mist’ is an annual garden flowering plant belonging to the buttercup family Ranunculaceae.  It is native to southern Europe, north Africa and southwest Asia, where it can be found on neglected damp patches of land.  That’s why it does so well in my garden. The picture of the Lavender, sadly not taken by myself reminds me of another patch in the garden where the bees are having a field day.  I’ve even purchased a bug hotel.  No visitors yet!


Having only had two years here at the cottage I’m pleased with the progress.  There were no flowers or shrubs in this part of the garden, and yes a few mistakes have been made with the planting, however I think next year the space should be full of bee and butterfly loving scented plants and hopefully weeding will be a thing of the past! There should even be enough to cut from which will make life so much easier.  Supply of flowers has been spasmodic of late, to say the least!  Things are not back to normal yet since the pandemic so I feel the need to diversify.  Planting and gardening will be my next project and I look forward to posting the pictures next time.


Natural Beauty…

These beautiful poppies were to be found on one of the glorious walks nearby.  There is a whole field of corn with a strip of uniformed poppy flowers growing alongside.  I’m reliably informed that poppies are triggered into germination when the soil is disturbed and they are exposed to light – which is why they typically found in cornfields ploughed in Spring, like the one pictured here. They also grew with a poignant presence in the shell-churned fields of World War 1.


The Gin Garden…

I know we all know that herbs can be used for so many things but I was intrigued to read in the RHS magazine just how many could be used to flavour gin. Some of these are obvious but others not so.  If you’re a gin lover its well worth a try. Cheers everyone and lets hope the sunshine soon returns.

  1. Lavender. Gives a floral flavour but use sparingly as very strong.
  2.  Juniper.  An obvious one but it does boost the classic gin flavour
  3. Lemon Balm.  Add sparingly for extra freshness.
  4.  Rosemary.  Herbal taste and good as a garnish
  5.  Damask Rose.  Adds a delicate floral element.
  6.  Cornflower.  Once again adds delicate floral notes.
  7.  Lemon Thyme.  Adds a tangy citrus tone.
  8.  Chamomile.  Floral notes
  9. Lemon Verbena.  Mediterranean citrus flavour.

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Happy New Year

New Year, New Beginnings! We are really excited to be moving forward into 2018 with new ideas and the very Best of British (some even home grown, we hope).

We could not be doing this at Tulipana without the help of our hardworking and talented florist Mrs. S.

And in her own words, this is how it began, along with a word on the special new ideas to come…

“So… here we are, two florists that met over a job ad on line. Who’d have thought it possible that two creative people could work together so well without throwing scissors at each other?! (There is still time!)

We have together over 45 years of floristry experience (we were mere babes when we started) – fashion and styles have changed and so, I like to think, have we.

Sometimes it takes a bit of a crisis to force you to change, often it doesn’t feel like it’s a great idea at the time but looking back you can usually see the path you’ve taken has made you a stronger and better person. Over the last few years the two of us have had to adapt and make our lives different, for our families, for our sanity, for our bank managers. But the one thing that has been consistent (and able to keep us mainly off the gin at lunchtime) is the steady flow of flower work and the love we have for it. As a very sensible person once said, ” Find a job you love and you’ll never have to work another day in your life.”  It’s so true (apart from when our fingers are blue from cold and cut to ribbons from holly, then we might fancy a job elsewhere).

Over that last 25 years we have had the fortunate task of listening to your requests and creating something that can speak louder than words. Sometimes it’s to say ‘Sorry’, sometimes ‘I love you’; sometimes it’s to say ‘Thank you’ or ‘Forgive me’, – and honestly we do occasionally get told the most amazing confessions. More often than not it works, people are forgiven, life continues – and if it doesn’t, please don’t shoot the messenger!

We have had the honor of working with brides to make the most amazing arrangements for a wedding, from Westminster Abbey to floating marquees on swimming pools to yachts. We have been very lucky.

We’ve also been there when people have been at their very lowest, the grief of losing that other person that makes you whole. We wouldn’t be human if we didn’t say it affects us, it really does – but we can at least be a part of the journey that helps you say goodbye in the best possible way. We are, as we say very lucky.

But now, for 2018, we want to continue to create something very special, but at the same time, unique. So, our new direction is to be more natural, more hands on… to grow more of our own flowers & fauna – be at one with the soil, as it were! We’re starting small but we’re starting and that in itself is something. Join us on our journey. We’re absolutely sure it’ll be a blast. We’ll be fueled by good coffee and wine gums -how on earth can we fail?!”

The Rural Florists