This is an arrangement I created for a 101st birthday table centre. It's bigger than it looks here, probably about 60cm long. The brief was that it was to have impact but also not be too tall so people could converse over it. It stars Chrysanthemum 'Avignon Pink', 'Porto Purple' and 'Saratov Lilac' I think but some of the labels have got in a muddle. There is also some Bay, Leylandii and honeysuckle tendrils. I like a bit of whimsy.
I'm joining in with Cathy at Rambling in the Garden for In a Vase on Monday.
Cathy asked last week about my first year of flower farming so here is an update.
I've divided this post into two as it was getting longer and longer and I don't want you to drop off.
Part one - Growing
A bit of background for those of you who don't know - Early this year I had the chance to make a career change. The choice was to stay in my office job working for a new boss or try something new. I chose to create my own Flower Farm.
I have a fantastically supportive husband who is right behind the venture so we started in March by hiring a turf cutter. We only had it for a day and it was hard going even though it was petrol driven.
This is what my main plot looked like.
|This makes it look huge.I divided this plot into two with a path up the middle.|
We had snow in March, heavy, twice and then a heatwave in April. The seedlings survived though and then I had to get them planted.
I'd dug over my plot once but from now on I'll be using the No Dig method. I love planting out on a newly dug plot and in rows,though it does lead to aches the next day.
|Seedlings. I should stand here and take a picture every month!|
I had my Winter Sunshine Sweet Peas growing in my poly tunnel. They flowered from April for three months, I think. 'Opal' was the most gorgeous colour and went to a couple of weddings. (I didn't do all the wedding flowers). I'll be growing that again as well as white. I grew other Sweet Peas outside and they were so good I couldn't keep up with the cutting.
|'Opal' and 'Navy'|
|One long bed viewed from the opposite end. The posts are for horizontal netting which is very effective at supporting stems.|