This week I have been up to the plot most evenings trying to stop the slugs and snails from devastating all of my plants. They are finding the dahlias ridiculously tasty and 1 poor plant had more than 20 slugs feasting on it on Wednesday night.
It has been pretty disheartening to see the damage they have done, but I’m hoping that with all this rain and warm weather, the plants will put on so much growth that they will overcome the slime attack.
On a happier note, the first dahlias have started blooming and I was able to pick a gorgeous Eveline to put in one of the little bunches of flowers that I prepared for the fete at my children’s school yesterday.
The last couple of days have passed by with most of by brain space taken up by flower combinations, picking timetables and delivery routes. Yesterday I was up early picking flowers, and I stayed up until midnight putting together bunches of flowers for my Friday deliveries. I feel very lucky to have been kept so busy my first week selling, and would like to say a bit THANK YOU to my lovely customers!
Welcome to British Flowers Week! New Covent Garden Flower Market started British Flowers Week 3 years ago in an effort to raise awareness about the wonderful flowers that are grown right here in the UK. There are events taking place all over the UK and to see what’s on near you, have a look at their website. I’m going to go the Green & Gorgeous open day in Oxfordshire tomorrow and am eager to see how such a large flower farm works. On that topic, last Saturday I spent a very flowery morning with Claire Brown from PlantPassion on her farm near Guildford. It was great seeing how her farm has developed after 4 years of growing there, and how many different varieties of flowers she has in bloom this time of the year. We had lots of fun arranging freshly picked flowers from her farm, and I came away with some great tips on both flower arranging and growing. Hopefully I will avoid bud drop on my sweet peas as a result! She also kicked me into biennial sowing mode. I had done a few trays of foxgloves, but that was it. So today I got busy sowing sweet williams, icelandic poppies, aquilegia, more foxgloves and some anthriscus ravenswing. I also did a few trays of craspedia and ping pong scabious for a wedding in October, along with more ammi majus, because I don’t think I can ever have enough of that! I usually use New Horizon peat free compost, but had run out, so I picked up some Sylvagrow compost from Wisley on the way home from Claire’s. It is lovely stuff and it will be really interesting to see if there is much difference between how the New Horizon foxgloves and Sylvagrow foxgloves progress.
Finally, I have officially started taking orders online this week and am delighted to have had a few orders for delivery placed already. Thank you Vicky & Helen! I decided to launch during British Flowers Week and have put flowers and business cards in various businesses locally. If you are around Holmer Green and surrounding areas this week, keep your eyes open for lonely bouquets, as I will be leaving small bunches of flowers around for people to find and take home.