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2013 Seed Collection

2013 has been a vintage year for seed collecting! The weather conditions have been perfect for producing fat, ripe seeds. By the end of the summer I had an office full of paper sacks of seed heads, I could hardly get in the door, let alone wade my way through to the desk.

It has been all ‘fiddly fingers’ on deck over the past few weeks to help turn this chaos into our first seed collection – twelve packets of fresh seed reflecting some of our favourite 2013 cut flowers.



I have concentrated on easy, productive flowers that can all be direct sown if a greenhouse is not on offer. There are cottage garden favourites like Sunflowers and Sweet Williams,


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wild meadow-style flowers like Ammi, Scabious and Cornflowers,



scent from Sweet Peas and Dill,



novelty from pink Gypsophila and Larkspur ‘Blue Cloud’


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and lots of white and green from Corncockle, Bupleurum and the amazing Panicum ‘Frosted Explosion’.


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Sowing and growing instructions are included on the back of each packet.




With Christmas just around the corner we have one last task – drying off the dahlias for storage. Here are what I call my ‘mother tubers’ (for propagation next Spring) drying off on a heat mat, which my heat seeking whippets are taking full advantage of! 


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Gardener’s World Christmas Special

Exciting news! Green and Gorgeous is going to be featured in the Gardener's World Christmas Special this  Friday 9thDecember at 9.00pm. Last month Rachel de Thame and film crew spent a day with us filming a piece on how to make a Christmas wreath from natural ingredients foraged from the garden and hedgerow. Jo pulled out all the stops in the flower studio bedecking with it all the things we like to use on our wreaths. I gathered myself for appearing in front of the camera, not something I am used to.  Rachel was great, very friendly and a real professional …. she made a pretty good wreath too, you will see it at Monty's garden. We spent the morning picking seedheads, berries and old man's beard from the farm and in the afternoon I showed Rachel how to construct a wreath from a whole range of natural ingredients.

Rachel's is a moss base on a wire frame with larch twigs, privet berries, old man's beard and chinese lanterns (physalis).

Mine has the same moss and twig base with the addition of chillis, crab apples, snowberry and viburnum.


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Here are some more wreaths we have made this week, now available at Pierreponts cafe in Goring.


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