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Which ingredient is related to the iris?

Crocrosmia Or montbretia, originates from the grasslands of Southern and East Africa. It has striking, unusual orange flowers and is easy to grow in gardens, sometimes to the point of being too much of a good thing. There's sunflowers and corn in the posies too and it is starting to look a tad 'late summer' in there.If you're in Southbourne with a raincoat do come and see me at the MeadowSweet gazebo at the Shake n Stir festival this weekend.  What's in the posy? Sunflower, crocrosmia, aster, lily, corn, achillea, box, marjoram, astilbe, statis, helichrysum. What's fragrant?Marjoram. 

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Pollen-free lilies (sorry bees!)

Roselilies The scent on these lilies is amazing! These have been skillfully grown by Smith and Munson in Lincolnshire. Multi-buds and stocky blooms make them a good choice for our posies. Roselilies are double petalled lilies with a shape resembling a rose. The lack of pollen is good for tablecloths but not so good for bees. But fear not bees, there's lots more in here you might like! What's in the posy? Roselily, gypsophila, eryngium, allium, aster, limonium, statis, golden rod, myrtle. What's fragrant? Lily, myrtle.

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Which flower is named after an ancient Sicilian king?

Lysimachia These pretty white flower spikes are a type of loosestrife, named after a Sicilian king who was said to have fed it to a mad ox to calm it down. The heatwave this week has brought out the crazy cow in lot of us. I've photographed the posy in the cool of the evening! I don't recommend nibbling the lysimachia but hopefully the weekend's cooler weather will bring us all a little bit of calm. This posy also includes one of my all time favs, the beautiful blue scabious. What's in the posy? Hydrangea, lysimachia, lavender, marjoram, pittosporum, box, gypsophila, scabious, eryngium. What's fragrant? Lavender, marjoram.

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How long will they last?

How long will they last? It’s a good question. I try to make posies that will last at least 5 days, to a week. I find customers are often pleasantly surprised how long they do last and keep them ticking along, maybe picking out one or two bits along the way. The posies have lots of ingredients so some components will inevitably last better than others. Supermarkets demand a shelf-life of at least 11 days from their flowers because it may take up to a week to get them to the shop floor. I like to include a wide range of blooms that you will never find in a supermarket. If they don't last quite so long then so be it....

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It's coming home!

Homegrown flowers I challenge anyone to find a bunch of flowers like this down the supermarket! We've got greens and purples (Wimbledon perhaps?) and a fine mix of British blooms - the 'lion's share' of which is homegrown. For everyone watching the Euro final on Sunday, fingers crossed for an exciting game and may the best team win! What's in the posy? Sunflower, sweet pea, alchemilla mollis, nicotiana, cortinus, clary sage, pink, gypsophila, eryngium, ozothamnus. What's fragrant? Sweet pea, gypsophila, pink.

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