Wednesday, 1 July 2015

Far from the Maddening crowds - Mapperton midsummer photoshoot

Snapshot of a glorious day a Mapperton gardens, (Mapperton is Bathsheba Everdene's house in far from the Madding Crowd) shot by the wonderful Helen Lisk. Thanks Helen, and our gorgeous models, three sisters Jessie, Connie and Poppy Booth, and Alex the groom!

Wednesday, 1 April 2015

Hosts of hellebores

One reason I hardly ever blog is because my broadband makes it bloody difficult. It can take around 25 minutes to get logged on, write something upload some photos, have the photos deleted for no reason, lose the text, lose everything....... 25 minutes is several bnarrows of compost or manure, a lot of weeding, or planting, or picking, or arranging, or mailing. 

I keep getting emails about superfast broadband coming my way one day. The look again and one day is by 2020. O.62 Mb speed is scarcely functionning.....

There was some text with this, but I can't take the time to do it again. But here are some pretty pics of some of the many hells in the garden, it refused to upload any more for some unknown reason... and a glimpse of the magnifcent magnolias, and some pretty little windflowers now carpeting the wild garden among the primroses and daffs.

Wednesday, 11 February 2015

How long?

Note to self in November didn't seem to work. Hey ho. Current note in Into Gardens explains current love of the quiet of winter before the rush starts.

An advertisment for a part time wild floristry assistant has just garnered 42 replies. I don't know how to sort them all out as so many sound delightful.

Thursday, 27 November 2014

REQUEST PLEASE Photos of cut flower growing in 2014

Note to self. Must resurrect this blog now the main season is over and there is a little more time (in theory!) Three months since the last blog is not satisfactory...
Now I'm tapping the keyboard in the hope that some of you cut flower growers (experienced or complete beginners) may be interested in participating in a photo archive project.

I’m trying to collate photos to show what’s happening in cut flower growing in the Uk today. Please can you help.  If you’d like to.

I’m looking for photographs of the widest possible range of cut flower gardens/ small scale cut flower businesses which will show various approaches to cut flower growing – and the reality of the hard work and the mercurial weather.

Photos don’t have to be glamorous, I’m not looking for perfection, I’m not looking for photos of beautiful flower arrangements, just glimpses of different situations at different times of year. I’d really like to see some pictures of gardens at the down times as well as bursting with flowers. It would be great to see some gardens preparing for the season as well as in full swing. I feel that people will be just as interested to see the nuts and bolts (sowing, planting, weeding and more weeding) as much as the beautiful rewards. I would like to show different ways of cut flower gardening, on different types of sites, with different approaches.

There are two reasons for trying to collect varied images, one is for some online teaching about cut flower growing – I want to broaden this so although I'm the one with the mouth it's not just about me and my style but to show how there are many many ways to pursue cut flower growing, so everyone’s photos will be credited with your website details to provide a resource pointing to the current crop of UK growers . The other  reason is to try and get a picture of what’s going on in the cut flower growing world in 2014, partly because it would be interesting to get the broad picture, and partly because there’s a possibility of a collaborative ebook including features about different growers round the UK.

Photos need to be reasonable quality, but if you’d like to mail me some snaps first to take a look at that would be fantastic.

I look forward to hearing from you as soon as you have a chance. Preferably sooner! THANK YOU!

Monday, 1 September 2014

August passes 2

....and judging by more August hanging decorations and garlands, things just keep getting wilder

August passes.....

Weddings, courses, bouquets, bunches, churches, tents, roses, even vegetables and another month in flower world has flown by.

Wednesday, 30 July 2014

A perfect day in the office

If only every day at the office looked like this

garden and office envy anyone?

Apart from days at the BFS, there have been weddings, parties, large funeral, sunshine and more sunshine. No time to weed so lots of them too....

A brief flavour in pictures: