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spring…

Memories from Chelsea Flower Show 2019.

SPRING is on the way and it all gets a little bit exciting. There are new signs of life in the garden. The honeysuckle has new shoots, and the aquilegia are popping up all over the place. I have heard that The Chelsea Flower Show may take place in September this year so there could be a whole different selection of plants to see. Our village is having an Open Garden day in July so plenty to look forward to. The gardens two years ago were so diverse it gave me lots of ideas. Oh no! that does not bode well! I will be digging up and replanting, AGAIN!!

Tulips

INTERNATIONAL WOMENS DAY This is celebrated every year on March 8th, it is a day for honouring the achievements of women throughout history. I had no idea of the impact that it would have on flower sales. In Russia the day is a celebrated by the giving of flowers to all women, mums, grandmothers, wives, girlfriends, it is also an official public holiday.

Hydrangeas

MOTHER’S DAY is fast approaching. We celebrate this year on March 14th. Last year was a very sad occasion, not only were flowers almost impossible to source, I expect I, amongst hundreds of other Mums did not see their children. Doesn’t matter how old they are its still nice to get together. This year will once again be a little quiet but there is light at the end of a very long tunnel. Flowers this year will be available so a sense of normality for me, and hopefully in a few months time we will get to see our families once again.

Allium Bouquet

DELIVERIES….. We are taking orders now for Mothering Sunday flowers. Hand tied bouquets, arrangements, jam jar posies and gift wrapped plants. Please contact us to place your order. Free local delivery.

Summer time at Tulipana

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.

Ducklings sitting together
Eleven summer ducklings

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

Flower of the month: Clematis

Clematis

The flower of the month this time is the CLEMATIS…..Belonging to the buttercup family you will find approximately 300 species, which mainly originate from China and Japan. The entire genus contains essential oils and compounds which are an extreme irritant to the skin. It is therefore advisable to wear gloves whilst pruning. Despite its toxicity, the North Americans use small amounts of clematis for the treatment of migraines. It is also one of the constituents of Bach’s Rescue Remedy.

Clematis

Wedding Garden & Enterprise Works

Our Wedding Garden at The Marriott Hotel Swindon is now coming into full bloom. Here are a few picture of a recent wedding. Beautiful photographs, taken by Glenn Stanley of Your Digital Memories.

The wonderful garden furniture was made by SEQOL’s Enterprise Works.

Here is a little bit about this local based company that provided us with amazing service and a fantastic product. But, as we found out, they do so much more, as they explained:

“Enterprise Works continues to operate from its same site in Gipsy Lane, Swindon, and since 2011 we have become part of SEQOL, a social enterprise community interest company providing a wide range of health and social care services on a not-for-profit basis in Swindon and Wiltshire.

Enterprise Works has been based in Swindon now for over 50 years, providing supported employment specifically for adults with disability or long term health conditions which have proven to be a barrier to them entering the mainstream employment market.  Using this criteria, we continually recruit staff into paid trainee roles which provides them with technical skills, but also with a broad range of competencies such as communication and teamwork skills to improve their prospects for longer-term unsupported employment.  Working with our business partner Pluss, we also provide support in terms of further education and skills in their search for permanent employment beyond SEQOL.  Employment candidates are mostly referred to us by the Pluss agency, but may refer or apply directly to work at SEQOL, or may come from our links with other business areas within SEQOL.

2015 proved to be our strongest year since before the recession, both in commercial terms and also for the number of trainee staff we progressed into unsupported long term employment, and so far 2016 is performing to an even higher level.

Within Enterprise Works we operate a retail and trade timber yard, a timber manufacturing workshop, a signs and graphics workshop and an assembly function.  We also place trainees into other areas of SEQOL including the care sector, catering and administration.”

RHS Chelsea Flower Show

Finally: TEAM TULIPANA @ RHS Chelsea… We had a fantastic day at the  show. Here are a few pictures. OK, quite a few! But the last few are of an exhibit from one of Tulipana’s very own team members.

Students from Bath University got a ‘Gold’ at the show with their exhibit of Carmen Miranda. Well done everyone. Great job.