Christmas Workshops

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It is that time again, it sneaks up through the summer and as soon as the children go back to school and the garden starts to be put to bed the inevitable is on it’s way ! September flies along and all the plans to be more organised with setting dates and posting them during the summer have flown out of the window …. next year I will be more organised !

The dates are set for workshops at home, for the end of November (Thursday 26th & Friday 27th) and the first week of December (Thursday 3rd & Friday 4th), I have started looking out for foliage sources, there are huge amounts of red berries on the holly this year but there is enough time for the birds to beat me ! Lovely mistletoe and eucalyptus will be available from Cornwall along with scented narcissi to decorate fresh flower wreaths.

The workshops will involve creating a foliage base which can then be decorated  with different types of foliage – berries, mistletoe, eucalyptus, Rosemary, sage, headed ivy to name a few. To then be topped with dried fruit, chilli’s, fir cones, larch twigs or however you wish. I will have homemade mince pies, cakes and coffee/tea to keep you going. So call to book your place 07710 914420.

I will also be running wreath making workshops at Applegarth on Saturday 28th November and Tuesday 1st December, contact MakeUk 07887 381303. Plus workshops at the Packhouse on Saturday 5th and Wednesday 9th, contact Made in Farnham, 07721 770969.

 

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Weddings are go !

I have been very lucky to have the opportunity to arrange wedding flowers locally starting in the depths of winter when there was a frost on the ground at Old Thorns to compliment the winter sparkle theme of the wedding. Flowers included hyacinths, paperwhites, tulips and avalanche roses all with petals that shimmered and scented the air. The baby’s breath represented the snowflakes that threatened to fall !

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The latter part of January saw bright spring flowers in a wild and natural bouquets, narcissi, hyacinths, muscari with foliage of lavender, winter honeysuckle, sage and rosemary adding to the scent. The Bride left from Frensham for the wedding in Lower Bourne and reception at Farnham Castle which the Brides very creative Mum decorated !

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Other weddings in February and March but not so hot on the photography from point of view. Then the spring starts to spring and a lovely wedding towards the end of April with pale colours with a vibrant pink splashed through. All of the narcissi and tulips in the bouquets were from the garden and the small pots that decorated the reception at Applegarth were all garden flowers and smelt divine !

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Now looking forward to the late spring and summer weddings and using the beautiful flowers that grow here to make the weddings even more personal.

 

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Spring Workshops

I have at last got organised to put some dates in the diary to run some workshops from home kicking off with a Mother’s Day Flower arranging morning on Friday 13th March from 10.00 am – 12.30pm. The morning will involve a demonstration on how to make a hand tied bunch of flowers the natural way, which you then get to do yourself and take home to either give as a gift or to keep for yourself !

The cost is £40 and includes flowers, materials, coffee and treats and invaluable knowledge

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There will be more workshops on Flower Arranging, learning how to source, cut and condition flowers and foliage before creating your own arrangement. You will also learn how easy it is to grow your own flowers for cutting and how to create your own cutting area. Dates are Thursday 14th May, Thursday 18th June, Thursday 17th September. Cost £40 which includes all flower and materials along with coffee and cake.

DIY Wedding Flower workshop details to follow, dates will be Friday 8th May and Thursday 4th June. Watch this blog !!

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Autumn beckons

The time just flies, well over a year since I last updated the blog, but I am back in the thick of it now. Having left the area this time last year for seven months, returning in April this year, I am still trying to haul the garden back into some form of semblance ! There were  some advantages to being away as the garden had no chickens scraping up seedlings or geese munching their way through the climbers. So I have had stunning rose covered arches and an abundance of seedlings including – borage, red orache, burpleurum, anchusas, aquilegias, fennel, dill, feverfew, valerian and many more which are now being moved slowly but surely into the new or extended borders.

 

 

The chickens are now back in the garden, but the geese have been banished to the field and their favourite delicacy – my perennial sweet peas, have had a brilliant summer for once ! they are so strong and resilient, I have just sown a whole load more for next year, such a shame they have no scent. The “proper” summer has provided an abundance of berries and my arrangements at the moment include blackberries, elderberries, guelder rose berries and rose hips from the rugosas and the dog roses that I have running through the hornbeam hedge. Its funny how some plants fair better that others in the different weather conditions, my aconitums have really got going this year but my sedums have not liked the dry summer at all and are sulking on the back border !

 

 

Flowers are still going strong at Frensham Village Shop and I now supply arrangements at Applegarth Farmshop in Grayshott. I am in the process of setting some dates up for workshops at Applegarth through MakeUK, aiming at some Christmas door wreath days and then a bit later on Christmas arrangements. That time already ! lots of Christmas Fayres coming up too,  so the wiring and creating will begin soon, along with the bulb planting, mulching, seed sowing, potting shed painting (which I have probably left a bit too late ) and more borders being dug, it is a good job I don’t need much sleep – I have a cap fitted with a torch for the outside work, so I had better get cracking…….

 

 

 

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Jubilant June !

I write on dry day which  has been sandwiched between wet windy and very un June weather and it is still cold. I am hoping that the rain holds off on Saturday which is the Frensham Fayre, I am on the Village Shop stand promoting the arrangements that are sold through the shop. ( The picture below is of a medium bucket that sells for £10 at the shop, this one includes rosa mundii, alchemilla mollis and herbs.) I had a scorcher of a day at Churt Fete in May and even in the heat, managed to sell all but one arrangement, which was a lovely feeling on my home patch. Two Wedding enquiries at Churt and a sellout day the following day at Farnham Farmers Market and that one sunny weekend in May was a great success and what now seems like a very long time ago.

I spent the jubilee weekend (with my union jack windmill for company) digging out new borders to extend space for growing flowers and I also created a mini meadow for my children, to house  a tee pee and hammocks. What seems like hundreds of ox eye daisie have been planted in to the lawn and the autumn will see more camassias being added along with fritillaries and swathes of pheasant eye narcissi, more broken nails and very unattractive hands to come ! The geese and chickens have been banished until everything is established, at least now my climbers can regrow after being raised to the ground. The rain has been a great help from a watering point of view, but not with the wind, much time has been spent re-staking delphiniums, anchusas and peonies along with tying everything in for it’s own safety ! The anchusas have been superb this year but my photo does not show them with the stunning en masse effect they had in the cutting patch….

My ten year old son took some pictures for me to post. For at the moment he wants to be a photographer, he took the photo above of  the rosa mundii arrangement and the following shots are of  the borders where the flowers for cutting are grown…. and I have to say were taken in a force 10 gale with an iphone, I don’t think he did too badly though ! As I finish writing so the rain begins again…..

Hesperis, nepeta, allium and roses

 

 

 

 

 

 

 Nepeta, roses and peonies

  Tellima, centranthus and aquilegia

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Marvellous May ?!

 

May has arrived not bringing much heat or sun, flowers in the cutting patch just needing the last vital ingredient to get going. The tulips are giving up, too wet for them ! Hesperis, alliums, borage, valerian, alchemilla mollis and others all on the verge of bursting forth. Euphorbias and solomons seal have come into their own along with the camassias and angelica (well worth the space it takes up !).

Flowers are selling brilliantly at Frensham Village Shop, small  to large arrangements set in enamel buckets make perfect gifts for friends or just to cheer up the home. Flowers can be ordered at the shop and collected from there. I have just put in buckets of herbs for sale set in vintage containers. The shop is well worth a visit, lovely fresh local vegetables and food, newspapers and loads more with a real community spirit.

Looking forward to seeing the cutting patch in full flow like this shot from last year …..

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April Showers

Well, the hose pipe ban started and so did the rain !! However, still a busy month in the cutting patch and garden, seed sowing by me and moving all of mother natures lovely self sown seeds of borage, lunaria, bupleurum, hesperis to mention a few. At least this way my potting shed shelves are not so full ! All the sweet peas are in and the rain has helped all of my foliage plants along, there are tulips galore and all of the alliums are elbowing their way in between the anchusas. A bit of sun will have everything romping off ! My star flower of the month has to be Narcissi Geranium, with its cheery faces and heady scent, it has really brightened up the arrangements it graces and the cutting patch too ( although I missed the sun for the photo above ). Silver chimes and cheerfulness are the runners up.

Back to digging new borders and redefining existing ones over the weekend – probably in the rain … but hey ho it will be worth it in June !

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Wedding Fair

I will be at the House Of Fraser Wedding List Wedding Fair at Guildford Guild Hall on Sunday 15th April, come along and see me to discuss flowers for you special day.

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Mothers Day

Mothers day arrangements don’t have to be formal use your imagination and make a beautiful jug from the garden.

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Highland fling

We specialise in interpreting a Brides dream and making the dream a reality bringing a sense of your style to the occasion making your wedding flowers truly individual. We designed this bouquet for a highland fling wedding…

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