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Why subscriptions?

Why subscriptions? These days you can get anything on subscription - coffee, tampons, flea tablets! Some things I think are helpful, others I think I can manage to pick up myself. We think MeadowSweet is a worthy subscription product because we'd like you to come on a journey with us to celebrate the seasonal changes through the year. We are always delighted when it's time again for the bluebells to flower, the lily of the valley, the cornflowers, the dahlias, the sunflowers and so on. It's a little miracle every time and we'd like to share the joy of what nature has to offer. Our customers often comment on how well our flowers last. We do try our best. We use...

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What do Primrose, Tulip and Zinnia have in common?

Tulip Tulip, Primrose and Zinnia are all girls names but Tulip is also the odd one out as it's the one in this week's posy. Too early for the garden, these bulbs have been grown under glass in Lincolnshire. Double tulips weren't available so early last year so I snapped these ones upp. There's also sensational British lilies from Coles that have at least five buds per stem. I didn't have the heart to cut them down so I hope you don't mind the odd one peeking out of the box. Christmas is coming and what better gift for someone that loves real flowers without the air miles than a MeadowSweet monthly posy subscription. You can request the first posy...

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Och aye!

Sea holly Sea holly, or eryngium, is a handy ingredient for texture and colour at this time of the year. Ever popular for Scottish weddings, this thistle-like flower is a rare 'true blue' in the garden. We've added some trusty berry-toned Lincolnshire chrysanthemums and a number of British, seasonal foliages to add to the posy mix this week. Did you know, on this day in 1919, the first flight took off from England to Australia. It took 28 days and a total of 135 flying hours. As the borders start to open up again for international flights, it has been such a tough time for those with loved-ones overseas. I've enjoyed seeing some of the airport reunion photos in the...

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This one's spicy!

Tasmanian mountain pepper This plant (Tasmannia lanceolata) is a great evergreen shrub to have in the garden. It grows easily on well-drained soils, has lovely red stems and its leaves and berries are used as a spice, to flavour wasabi and as a pepper substitute. We've also got fantastic rusty red hydrangeas this week and their Autumnal 'flowers' and leaves can add a lot to the garden at this time of year. If you're starting to think about Christmas, have a look at our range of subscription products, it might be just the thing for someone who loves British, seasonal flowers! What's in the posy? Chrysanthemum, hydrangea, nerine, lily, choisya, sarcococca, mountain pepper, box. What's scented? Choisya, sarcococca, lily.

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Clocks' go back - fetch the lanterns!

Chinese lanterns It's the season for Chinese lanterns (Physalis peruviana). These are a popular ornamental plant that are very hardy, even below -20C. The ones used in this week's posy are garden escapees and with a wide-spreading root system this species can be quite invasive. Despite being part of the nightshade family (Solanaceae), when ripe, they have an edible berry - even M&S sell them! What's in the posy? Chinese lantern, chrysanthemum, pittosporum, brassica, bush lily, alstromeria, anemone. What's scented? Not much this week, sorry about that! What's British? All of it! As every week, 100% British flowers and foliage throughout the year!

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