I’ve been using our gorgeous dark red peonies (Inspecteur Lavergne) in some gift bouquets going out today. The peonies smell absolutely amazing..
Its a seed sowing and pricking out day today. We sow seeds in succession every 10 days throughout the season. We sow lots of different seeds but not too many of any variety at a time – rarely more than 100. Some go in the propagator, some just under the greenhouse bench until they germinate. We then prick them out into modules making sure we have just the right number (plus a few extra) to fit into their space in the field.
In this way we can have loads of choice at any one time but not too many in case we lose the whole crop to starving slugs or greenfly.
For Mother’s Day last weekend, here in East Sussex, we picked tulips, scented narcissi, flowering currant, tonnes of anemones, rosemary, plum blossom, hornbeam and other foraged foliage. They all went into our mixed buckets for local delivery or were made into bouquets and jam jar posies for collection and local shops.
We pick flowers constantly from April to October so if you’d like some just contact us.
So happy to have played a small part in the Gold Medal that the first Flowers from the Farm exhibit at Chelsea produced. We were but one grower that contributed our flowers but still somehow makes the work all seem worthwhile. A million and nine thanks to whoever’s idea it was and everybody else involved in the design and logistics in getting it all together.