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Green is Gorgeous

I thought now is an appropriate time to celebrate the many shades of green. All of this rain has been rather challenging but looking on the bright side it certainly has turned up the green dial.




I might not have many other colours in the cutting garden right now with the cold putting everything on pause, buds are waiting to burst and me too with desperate anticipation, but at least my favourite colour is at it's spring best.





Fresh and full of promise I have been cutting plenty of Euphorbia robbiae, Sorbus whitebeam, beech, Solomon's seal, Viburnum opulus, apple mint, sweet cicely and Arum italicum to use in bouquets. 


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The polytunnel has a good row of Nicotiana 'Lime Green', Bupleurum and florists dill for the next wave of fresh, acid greens. 

Rachel Siegfried


A Happy Hen

Finally, after months of winter waiting, I managed to get my hands on some flowers and do some arranging. The season has kicked off for me with a Hen party workshop in a Tudor Manor house near Peppard in South Oxfordshire. The bride, Anna Baldwin has ordered buckets of flowers to arrange herself for her wedding in April, so her chief bridesmaid invited me along to host a morning floristry workshop. As we began Anna announced she'd be keeping her eye out for those who would make the floristry dream team on The Big Day….no Pressure then Ladies!! Joking aside, it was really relaxed and everyone enjoyed themselves. There was some pretty hot arranging going on too.

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During the workshop we created a spring posy, flowers in a tea cup and a corsage. I took along some anemones, tulips, muscari and scented narcissi. As for foliage, we had Viburnum tinus and variegated Pittosporum. I would say the anemones were the main attraction. It's been a hard winter and there have been a few losses in the garden, so the rows of anemones that have popped up in the polytunnel bring extra cheer with them.

 It was a great way to start the season, so thank you ladies, especially Flo who supplied me with coffee and cake.

Jo Wise


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