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A busy summer!

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I knew that I was long overdue a website update, but am horrified to realise that it has been over 2 months since I have written anything on here! And there has been so much to write! I have been very busy all summer with lots of floweriness, not to mention keeping my 3 children entertained throughout the summer holidays.

The Hampton Court Flower Show

In early July, I was lucky enough to be part of the Flowers from the Farm stand at the Hampton Court Flower Show. It was my first time at the show, and I had such a great time. I got there a bit early and was delighted to be able to walk around and look at all the show gardens before the doors were opened to the general public. It was such a privilege, with the highlight being able to walk through the “Border Control” garden all alone. It was very moving, and certainly deserved the “Best Conceptual Garden” award.

Jay Archer put together a wonderful stand that was created entirely using British flowers grown by Flowers from the Farm members, and she was rewarded for her efforts with a Silver award. Well done team!

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Buttonholes on the day
Buttonholes on the day
Summer holidays

Shortly after the Hampton Court Flower Show, my children started their summer holidays, so I had lots of fun putting together bunches of flowers for their teachers.

Teacher gifts
Teacher gifts

One of the lovely activities that I did with the girls over the summer holidays, was to take a children’s floristry course with Jay Archer.  https://www.jafdflowerschool.com. As you can see from the smiling faces, we all had a really nice day out. I was surprised to find that I really liked helichrysums, so they have now been put on the ‘most wanted’ list for 2017. An added bonus is that they last for ages in the vase!

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Preparing for next year

Now, the summer has come to an end, so it is time to start preparing for next year. I am mourning the loss of the long days and lovely warm weather, but I’m also getting excited about next spring already! I am harvesting some seeds from plants that I have grown this year and am very taken with these Scabious Stellata Ping-Pong seeds. They are so beautiful!

Scabious stellata seeds
Scabious stellata seeds

I have started sowing hardy annual seeds in order to get some early flowers next year. I have never been especially lucky with overwintering seedlings before, but I am feeling confident that with the addition of a greenhouse to my garden (next week hopefully), I will keep some of the seedlings away from slugs.

The excitement of germination!
The excitement of germination!

My biennials are already in the ground and I have a few different types of foxgloves growing for next year, so all going well, I will have masses of white, pink & apricot foxgloves from May onwards.

Biennial bed
Biennial bed

And finally, my bulbs have arrived. I may have over-ordered…..

LOTS of bulbs!
LOTS of bulbs!

I am really not looking forward to planting out this lot! I hope everybody likes daffodils and tulips!!