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Dear Mrs Sinkins!

Tucked in the posies is a lovely heritage dianthus, or pink, called Mrs Sinkins. This tufty fragrant flower was created in 1968 and was supposed to be named after Queen Victoria but the grower insisted it should be named after his wife instead! We've also got new season alliums from our garden in Surrey and from a grower in Lincolnshire It’s flush time for British flowers right now and this posy has a wide variety of ingredients, including a rose from our cutting garden. We’re having an Open Garden for British Flower Week in a couple week’s time. If you are near Bournemouth and would be interested to come along, do reserve a space.

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Pink Hawaiian Coral peonies

Here’s something different! This pasque flower has been grown by mum and is a rare native species. The plants have star-shaped purpley flowers at Easter-time leading to these unusual feathery seedheads. It’s also our second week for peonies and these beauties have been grown in fields moments from where we are arranging the flowers and are a wonderful coral pink colour. In the cutting garden the sweet williams are really going for it now that the sun’s shown up and we have a wide range of colours from white, pinks, purples and reds.

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British-grown peonies

British peony season is officially here and the first to flower are these spectacular red charm peonies. This is a deep red double flower with fluffy ruffled centres. Like all our flowers, they are British-grown so there's no air miles involved. In fact, these peonies have been hand picked from a field less than 50 metres away from where we are arranging the flowers, so we're counting foot metres rather than air miles! In our Hampshire cutting garden the sweet williams have started to come into flower. Everything has put on a lot of growth in the last week with the warm, wet days. Hope you enjoy the flowers!

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Our Lady's tears

Tucked in the posies is a couple of stems of homegrown 'our Lady's tears' (aka lily of the valley). This fleeting woodland favourite has the most beautiful dainty cup-shaped flowers and scent. We’re also snipping a few things out of the cutting garden now, such as tufty sweet william buds and apple mint. We are hoping the mint is hardy enough to use this week and that it arrives in good condition. The stems can sometimes sulk and may need a recut and a good drink. I’m calling on some extra help at the moment and making some changes to the deliveries as I’ve managed to tear a ligament in my thumb which is making things a bit of a...

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