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Open Day Round Up

Hi all! A massive thank you to those of you who came to our Open Day last week. We were delighted with how many turned out including regular customers from all the farmers markets, our Saturday shop and the weddings we have done in the past two years. There were lots of old friends and plenty of new faces too, saying "We didn't know you were here….and now we do!" ……..Of course, we're thrilled with that!!

Coinciding with Open Farm Sunday worked out brilliantly and brought many more people to our door. Catherine Ducker and family spent the day helping people onto the tractor trailer and guiding them down here before going onto the farm across the road. The tractor certainly added a sense of occasion and every one seemed to enjoy the ride!


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Rachel and Irene were busy in the packing shed selling plants and giving gardening tips.


  Vicky and Peter provided homemade cakes, ice cream and cream teas……with lots of help from relatives on washing up duty.

I was down in the flower studio making up hand ties and chatting about the displays.

Flower studio

Lots of you asked about courses on Sunday; Rachel will be running another couple of  "Grow your own cut flower" days in August and October (See our courses page for details). This instructive day is tailored to the season and so there will be an emphasis on annuals and bulbs for planting in the autumn, to ensure buckets of flowers in the spring. There will also be a look at dahlia cultivation and the best varieties for cutting. 
A Big Thank you to those who all came to help……….Louis and Violet helped out enormously and found it all very tiring!!  see you all at the next one, Sunday 12th September 2010. 
Jo Wise


Sweet Pea Sell Out

 Sweet peas have to be one of my best sellers and they are flowering their little hearts out in the polytunnel at the moment. I spent half the day picking hundreds for the Oxford farmers market tomorrow. If all goes to plan I will have a queue and be sold out in a couple of hours. I follow the winter growing crop with the outdoor sweet peas which are all highly scented Spencer varieties. I have organised an Open Day around them on the 13th June, 'come and pick your own'… small problem, the weather has not been kind and the persistently cold spring has rather scuppered my sweet pea plans. Most of them have stubbornly remained the same size as when I planted them, with a slight crispy edge. As I have always grown show-stopping sweet peas, this is a huge blow to my horticultural ego.  There's always something that doesn't come good during a season.

I am trying to console myself with all the other gorgeous flowers we will have for our Open Day (Sunday, 12-5pm): foxgloves, alliums, sweet williams, campanula, poppies, iris, verbascums, stocks and cornflowers. There will also be plenty of plants for sale too.