This week has been intense...I don’t usually get too personal on here but I wanted to share and explain a little why I have been quiet and why your email or dm may not have been answered in a timely fashion this week...I have a younger sister and she means the world to me. She has been in the hospital for the last few weeks, pregnant and on bed rest...on Monday night her baby boy was born in a whirlwind and she ended up fighting for her life while we all huddled together in the most dark and terrifying hours I have ever experienced.
We are on the other side now, and she is getting much stronger and has been able to hold her sweet baby, who is also doing well, getting the most amazing care in the NICU. I have been spending my time with her and my family as we get through this trauma together. I have also been reflecting on what is truly important, squeezing my babies fiercely, praying, crying more tears than I thought possible, and celebrating life. I am exhausted to the bone but so thankful for our web of people and support...My kiddos were taken care of, the greenhouse babies got watered, the animals were fed...my heart is tender but full. .
The last of the tulips and the first of the ranunculus going out in this week's shop bunches - enjoy those tulips because that's it now until next spring!
The wonderful thing about buying locally-grown seasonal flowers is that there is always something new coming into bloom, allowing for more beautiful floral combinations; next week we'll have some sweet rocket which is another one of my favourite spring blooms!
Can you believe it... the last of our tulips will be going out this week! The first seasonal shift is happening with the end of the cropping period for the early spring varieties such as narcissus, fritillaries and tulips. Growing tulips can be stressful, but I always miss them when they're gone. I'm going to enjoy the last of them this week, before looking ahead to the varieties the late spring season will bring...
I have my @macpac down jacket on today, it’s seriously cold in the flower shed, but the flowers are still blooming and I’m making posies like this one (just made) .... it’s looking a bit wet and windy tomorrow but we’ll be at @salamancamarket bright and early with our beautiful seasonal harvest - last of the seasons dahlias and lots of mixed posies in all sizes. Open from 7am. #autumn#farmerflorist#hobartflorist#seasonalflowers (ps not sponsored, I just love my warm gear)
It's been a good week with Easter and a work trip to Nice...but one of my favourite things about it, was that when our plane was delayed on the runway on our return to London, a folk band happened to be on board and they got up to play for us!! :
#tulip La Belle Époque, love her or hate her? I’m undecided .... let’s just agree that she is unique😉. Usually when something is wildly popular I tend to avoid it, but with all the trendy moody, muted, and morbid colours I feel the attraction! The #viola is delightful though. Have a nice weekend 😀
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Lots of beautiful Scottish flowers coming into the wedding studio for a busy weekend of making! Great to feel the local growing season get going in earnest. Repost from @millpondflowerfarm, thank you Paula 🧡
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den warmen Frühling atmend
lichtdurchflutet rot (bunt) [E.Schinkel]
Just had to have a go at making an 'arrangement' of these beauties! Peony 'Etched Salmon', Viburnum Opulus 'Roseum', Solstice Rose Pink Sweet Peas, Nuance Sweet Peas and Strawberry Fields Sweet Peas and of course bupleurum griffithii.
Not dyed, just dying. They are incredible whilst fresh but so many flowers just get better with age. Sometimes I have a hard time throwing house flowers away because of their beauty. Mostly though, when the season gets going I just get too busy. I may or may not already have a house full of dying flowers. The lack of fresh flowers I put in my house is ridiculous considering my profession. Maybe this year I will take the time to bring in more that just the rejects and weirdos but probably not.
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#TGIF calls for a premium lush bloombox which is hitting all the feels this ☔️ day
Just got sent this...another snap from my first wedding!
Honestly, it’s way too easy for me to sit here and critique and see what I could have done better (which certainly has its place...that’s how you grow/learn!). But when I think back to the day, I remember how genuinely delighted Natasha and all her girls were with the flowers, and how it felt watching her walk down the aisle with her bouquet.
Did you know there is a dahlia association in Cincinnati? 88 years old! The annual tuber sale is Saturday @cincyearthday@summitparkblueash Expert growers available to answer growing questions & some beautiful varieties that you can’t get commercially. Hop over to @cincydahlias for more information to learn about their upcoming sale & year-long activities.