Lupins conjure up childhood memories for many. In what now feels like a past life, I took my flowers to @thefromeindependent Sunday Market and so many people, young and old, would spontaneously tell me stories of family events prompted by smelling a sweet pea or spotting a sumptuous bunch of dahlias
Brides and their families often have special memories of a certain flower they would like included on their big day ... do you have a flower that is memorable for you?
Hello everyone! Last day of beautiful weather here in the Netherlands. And then the rain should come. I know many are waiting for some rain drops, although we all enjoy the sunny days.... happy Tuesday and here some peonies for you🌸 .
Morning everyone. Today I have the privilege of going somewhere for work purposes. It’s not a job in itself but it’s research for my flower business. It’s the first time I will have been ‘out’ in a work capacity, other than delivering flowers since lockdown so I am excited but also a bit nervous. I think I have forgotten how to socially interact in person. I think my family and I have reduced our conversations down to a few grunts at each other here and there. But it’s time to get back out there. This is the first tiny step. I’m off with hand sanitiser at the ready and mask in my bag if I feel I need it. Fortunately the place I’m going is outside. I’m hoping I can share some photos with you later. In the meantime have a good day x
If at first....
The colours on the crispy seed pods of the Lunaria Corfu Blue are such beautiful shades of antique mauve, and paired with bronze fennel fronds and the pretty alstro, which has the same shades streaking through the petals, inspired me to have another go at a flatlay!
Staying inspired is difficult for a lot of us right now and supporting each other has become ever more important
Little acts of kindness go a long way and receiving a cute parcel of goodies from Linz @thewhitehorseflower was one of those....nothing to do with flowers, but something to help my sourdough breadmaking attempts!!
A little flower bouquet from my garden for my studio, at the beginning of this new week. On such a lovely summer day like today, it's quite easy to find inspiration in the garden. Every day is a surprise as so much beauty is coming up!
There’s just something about the sun staying out later and later, that makes me yearn for summer. I know my boys are feeling the same way. We are more than ready this year, to turn off routine, and just be. This year more than most, just “being” is what we’ve been given. There aren’t as many things to fill our time, and we’ve been given the gift of being together more than ever before. These sunny, longer days, are so sweet. Soaking in each day, each memory as they come.
I’m at a loss for words in this moment... since I’m a former history teacher, I can only say this is like living through the flu pandemic of 1918, the Great Depression and the Civil Rights Movement... all at the same time... sending love, light, dreams of justice and flowers from my garden to all. . . . . . #nojusticenopeace#blacklivesmatter#georgefloyd
And what does the Lord require of you, to act justly, to love mercy and to humbly walk with your God- Micah 6:8
I was reminded of this in action by the heartfelt and honest posts by Steve from @sinclairandmoore today. If you are hurting, bewildered or even angry by the event that has America in turmoil at the moment take some time to read Steve's six part posts. He puts it beautifully!
I made a bouquet!
It's been a while since I made a bridal bouquet, I've been making lots of bouquets for my weekly deliveries, but a bridal bouquet is so different and these colours just spoke to me yesterday .
Did anyone see @flowersfromthefarm on 'The Best of Chelsea Flower Show' last night? What a great ending for an odd week for me, to re-live that magical time of gathering in flowers from so many generous growers all over the country, to working with @organicblooms@petal_and_twig@tuckshopflowers@myflowerpatch on flowering up the stand designed by @fieldhouseflowers and built by Gill and Carole with @peartreehouseflowers. Being interviewed by the amazing Mary Berry was pretty memorable too!
Last day of the month of M a y and boy, what a month it has been. I think it’s gotta be the toughest month in a growers calendar; I don’t think I’ve touched sides or known which end is up all month! Here’s hoping for some rain, a chance to get all the plants in the ground FINALLY and then a moment to enjoy what’s growing. 💐
Those tall things have come out this morning! Do you know that they are? They are really pretty and cottage garden worthy. I just cut three out of curiosity. I'll maybe go back to mum's garden and get some more 😊
Another haul of elderflowers! The scent along some of the lanes I walk is heady at the moment. Don’t forget that my elderflower lemonade recipe is free for the next 7 days if you sign up to the Gathered Room community today. Plus lots of wild flower styling tutorials and your monthly journal full of things to look out for at this time of year and natural dye and print activities.
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Peony season is upon us.... while peonies are stunning I still think that a little goes a long way. They are huge frilly ruffled scented bombs of colour, best enjoyed in small doses. Or maybe I‘m just telling myself that because I only have 5 plants😉. Or would you say in case of peonies more is definitely more? 🌸🌸🌸
June...not quite yet! Foxgloves, Roses and Sweet Peas always scream June to me but here they are already. Including Gertrude Jeykll...a truly inspiring woman. Every year is different....this year is very different! Going back to last year, Anna and I ran a gorgeous Rose and Sweet Pea workshop at Darsham Nurseries, in June, with wonderful Roses from @hillcrest_flower_garden....who could have predicted all this would happen and our workshops this year would be cancelled! I really miss running workshops and the people who come to share my flowers. Keep smelling the Roses.... #lovemysmallflowergarden #akinderwaytoflourish #floralworkshops #simplystyledflowers #englishroses
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They have flowered their pretty little socks off, fought bravely through this blistering heat, and have now decided to leave the party
I went to a little party on Friday! Just me and my 'bestie' in her garden, surrounded by roses and lavender, we sat at separate tables and pretended we were sitting in a cafe, on holiday in the South of France... there was a motorboat in a neighbour's field and we imagined it moored up in the harbour... it was a wonderful couple of hours of escapism, in a week when despair about our businesses became almost overwhelming
Sharing and a change of scenery put a whole new perspective on things and a good giggle always helps! Hope you are all managing to enjoy a laugh every now and then!?
Can we be an inspiration to ourselves? Can we inspire ourselves even if we are not currently the best version of ourselves? Do we have to be superior to be an inspiration to others? Can we be ordinary people with superior dreams? Can we be people who don’t wake up every morning satisfied with the life they are living? Can we be people who have really hard days and sometimes just think there is no point in dreaming? Can we be people who sometimes do not understand where and how they should go, with whom or without whom? Can we be people who cry in the middle of the day? Can we be people who are afraid that they will be left alone, hurt and without dreams come true? Can we be people who have trauma but live in spite of it? They live the best they can. Can we be people who find, even the smallest little things, that will be enough for happiness even in the days that seem like a monsoon storm? Can we be people who wake up sad, and happy, and discouraged, and full of enthusiasm? Can we be people who dream and do their best to make those dreams come true, even though they are often thinking that they are not capable of something big? Can we be people who doubt themselves And who are not always fantastic? But still be an inspiration to ourself?
Because if we only look up to some "perfect people", doesn't that lead us to a situation where we feel like we're not good enough to have "perfect lives" like them. And should we strive for a "perfect life" at all?
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Just picked the last of the peonies 🌸🌸🌸
Love the look of them in this cute recycled glass vase💕
Yesterday I posted a pic in stories asking if the flowers that were busy popping up all over the allotment were in fact actually weeds.... the overwhelming answer..... yes!!!! So it's going to be a day of weeding for me!!! And desperately re sowing just in case there is still time 🤣 gardening definitely isn't easy!
Hope you have a lovely Monday everyone and enjoy the sunshine!
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'It would be lovely to sleep in a wild cherry tree all white with bloom in the moonshine, don't you think? ' ◾ Anne of Green Gables◾
Happy Friday Lovelies. We got there! Weekend is on the horizon, special one in this house too as it’s my birthday Monday so this weekend is my birthday weekend! None of my original plans will come to fruition but even at my age I still love a birthday so I’m embracing it all the same. Had to share this gorgeous rose, it’s Litchfield from @david_austin_roses - planted in memory of my late mother-in-law, it’s such a beautiful bloom. Enjoy Friday x
‘People from a planet without flowers would think we must be mad with joy the whole time to have such things about us’ Iris Murdoch 🌿
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A little faff with flowers will always make me feel good. Can you name them all? I think I have them all except for that purple one at the bottom centre. These were either picked from our little front garden, down back lanes, or by the side of the road. It’s amazing what varieties you can spot in the cracks in the pavement or growing out of scraps of earth. I think we can learn a lot from those determined little flowers.
Simon told me he's been enjoying walking with me whilst I gather a few blooms. We've decided that we should collect some seasonal flowers every few weeks to bring them home. I hope it goes without saying that It's important to educate yourself with regards to what you can and can't pick. As far as I'm aware, you shouldn't damage or pick native bluebells. These are Spanish ones which are a lot less delicate and don't droop.