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Chelsea Fringe Henley flower market


Yesterday I had a lovely day at Chelsea Fringe flower market, which was run in association with Greenshoots and the Henley Allotment Association.

Jane and Victoria both do a wonderful job raising the profile of the Chelsea Fringe in Henley and organised the cut flower section of this market. Chelsea Fringe runs until the 12th of June and has lots of garden-related events worldwide – http://www.chelseafringe.com/.

I packed my car to the gills with flowers and plants, and set off to Henley first thing on Saturday morning.


Jane and I were positioned beside each other, and our tables complemented each other well. Both showed very different styles of British flowers. Jane had some beautiful, pink, blowsy peonies that caught the eye of everybody passing by. She also had irises, alchemilla mollis, viburnum opulus and achillea and was putting together wonderful, structured bouquets to order.  She sold out of the peonies within an hour!

My bunches of flowers had an artisan, wildflower slant and they went down very well with visitors to the market. It was wonderful to meet so many people who appreciate this style of flower arranging and I loved seeing how much joy they brought to people. Cow parsley is such a beautiful plant to give flower arrangements a frothy, light touch. When the cow parsley is finished I will start using the ammi majus that I have planted in the allotment to take its place.


I sold all the potted dahlias, most of my plants and came home with only 3 bunches of flowers. All in all, it was a successful and enjoyable day with the bonus that one of the leftover bunches of flowers is now placed in my bedroom and brings a smile to my face whenever I see it. Even at 4am this morning when my 2 year old daughter decided that it was time to start the day.  I have a feeling that today will be a bit less productive than yesterday!


Chelsea Fringe Flower Market & website construction

British Flowers

Well this week has been all about getting The Hidden Gate Blooms website up and running (currently still very much under construction!) and getting ready for the British Flowers market that is being held in Henley tomorrow as part of the Chelsea Fringe festival.

I will be selling lots of plants and a few beautiful bouquets – some with a British wildflowers twist. I will post some pictures tomorrow morning when it all comes together. It has been great to have the market as a focus to organise all of my plants. I have way more dahlias than I have space for in my allotment & garden, so it has been good to sort through them all and work out which ones I can part with. The dahlias that I will be selling tomorrow are ‘Cafe au Lait’, ‘Fleurel’, ‘Myrtle’s Folly’, ‘Eveline’, ‘Wine Eyed Jill’, ‘Gerrie Hoek’, ‘Peaches’, ‘Preference’ and ‘Blue Bayou’ all in 2-3 litre pots for £4.50 each. I also have some lavender, nicotiana sylvestris, achillea & snapdragons and am hoping to go home with just empty crates. Although if any of the other sellers there have anything interesting I’m sure I could be convinced to take a couple more plants home with me!

All the plants in the allotment are really starting to come on, and I think I will start cutting sweet peas in the next couple of weeks, which will be lovely. I hope to start selling posies online before the end of June, so watch this space!