Thursday, 28 July 2011

Rock n Roll!

I'm not sure how it all works but our flowers seem to be making it onto quite a few blogs at the moment. Laurence and Gi's wedding is on  I love the fact that old-fashioned country flowers are now rock and roll!

Tuesday, 26 July 2011

Peer pressure

Particular thanks to one emailer among many who got in touch in response to my rant about people just turning up out of the blue and expecting to be shown round for a good peer and given all the gen.... I specially like her description as Peer Pressure.......

Monday, 25 July 2011

stopping and thinking

Days pass, weeks pass..... more fun in the field and some trauma elsewhere but life continues and flowers are definitely the best therapy, it's amazing how I can be feeling a bit worried about things then I go out and start picking, weeding, making up bunches and I'm happy. Maybe I'm just a truly shallow human being but I do think it's more that flowers have the ability to transcend normal cares and genuinely make anyone feel good.  They are beautiful....

I had a lovely day at Barnsley House with their flower team on Tuesday, making suggestions about the styles of arrangements for the house using flowers and foliage from their own gardens. It made me smile slightly to think how the late Rosemary Verey had been very polite but a tad condescending on the occasions when I interviewed her (in what now seems a previous life!) and now here I am with a pair of snips and willing helpers plundering her gardens. The head gardener there, Richard, is doing a great job under sometimes less than easy circumstances, and I was particularly taken with his sidekick Ed's interpretation of what should now go in the potager. I plundered some rat's tail radish pods for seed!

More weddings, last weekend was a lovely affair at a church in Malvern and then at the glorious Hellens House, one of the most stunning houses in Britain in my opinion. I have the biggest lilies imaginable in the garden, truly monstrous things over 6 foot tall with stems like trunks, so I find them a little hard to place but Meg said we just had to use them so she managed to get them to look wild enough with a huge complement of ammi and phlox and veronicastrum and suchlike. meanwhile I had to restrain myself from serious nausea in the van as I'm afraid I don't usually use lilies not just because of their trad associations but because the scent makes me heave.....

Now I really really do not want to be rude to people and I felt terribly mean when a delightful interesting and interested lady who had booked on my course, that I had to cancel because of running up and down to visit my mother, came to look around (pre-arranged and very welcome) and I really was too busy and also too exhausted to give her the time that she should have had, though Dianne did a great job showing her and her friend round. She and her friend were charming and very understanding but I wish I had been more sociable. But sometimes people surprise me, not in a good way.

Ok the rant: This morning I received a message on my landline answerphone from a woman who knows someone whom I vaguely know and asked if she could come and look at the gardens and see what I was growing and would I please get back to her. So I put her number on the pile of "to do later" things, not thinking it was in the slightest bit urgent and got on with a busy day here. Well blow me down some time just after lunch when I was in the office organising labels for mail outs the woman appears. And asks to look around. I told her she had put me in an impossible situation because despite the fact she was here I was going to say No and if she had waited for me to call her back I would have told her No because we are too busy to show people round just because they feel like coming to see what's happening here, that there are reasons why I'm not having an Open Day this year (not just personal stuff but parking issues and because we have just been so busy I don't want to devote extra necessary time to clearing up and that really does need to happen before an Open Day) but I hope to have a fab one next year..... Anyway, to cut a long story short I didn't show her round as I was anyway in the middle of doing the mail outs but more from the principle. But when I told her that, and that this is a business and not an open garden, she was not daunted and informed me that she knew it was a business and she was coming for business reasons because she wanted to get ideas for what she could grow to sell. Honestly, some people are a little extraordinary....I wondered how she would feel if I turned up at her house because I'd heard from someone who vaguely knew her that she was doing something I fancied having a go at and wanted to go and check it out. And now I probably have a big black mark against me by a sector of the Herefordshire society to whom she belongs and I'm sorry about that but I can't spread myself any thinner than I do already some days, and we do show lots of people around - all our wedding customers of course and many many other purchasers and friends of friends, but I just can't drop everything just because someone wants to come and have a peer. I'm sorry if it seems rude, but it just is the way it is.

Monday, 11 July 2011

The gorgeous Natural Wedding Charlie!

Charlie Burton, now Rigg, who runs the amazingly useful and helpful was married last month. She takes such trouble with all the detail and is one of the most delightful people you could hope to come across. Her photos are up on the Love my Dress wedding blog

Full on again for last weekend, a cheery bright wedding in Dorset - an excuse to use lots of purples and oranges which rarely feature in my wedding flowers, photos will I'm sure appear ere long - and a huge party coincidentally in the same area, this required about 65 feet of garlands and the biggest hanging globe I have ever made, loads of branches of spray roses, herbaceous clematis etc trailing down from a mix of foliages, phlox and roses. (No photos from this one as I never feel I should have pictures from seriously private society events). I've finally become entranced by clematis and am now on the case for a mass planting, but the problem with my site is still the wind and it will take another three years minimum to grow the right shelter. But we are still planning on a bit of a mass rose planting this autumn.

After the do's I had the chance to spend a few more days with my mother before heading back home tomorrow. Happily my events were both in the same part of the county as her house. But I'm hoping she may recover enough to come up to mine before too many weeks, still all rather fingers crossed.

Wednesday, 6 July 2011

A heavenly little wedding

I loved this wedding, tiny, informal but oh so beautiful in Somerset last weekend. It is fab to be asked to do something a bit out of the ordinary and Gi and Laurence are really lovely people - check out the brilliant photos from Rosie Parsons