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A first from the garden!

Nerines Today's 100% homegrown posy includes our first ever pink nerines. We've struggled to get them going in the garden but finally, this year, they seem to have found their a happy place! Nicole who trained me many years ago especially loved how they sparkle in the sunshine. It's another bright colour mix to give us all a bit of a boost as we navigate these difficult times.If you're already starting to think about Christmas presents, do take a look at our posy subscription options - the perfect gift for someone who loves British seasonal flowers! What's in the posy Dahlia, zinnia, marigold, snowberry, nerine, lemon verbena, pittosporum, weigela, clary sage, sedum, nicotiana, silver ragwort, feverfew. What's fragrant? Lemon verbena...

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What's a cockscomb?

Celosia This exciting annual comes in a variety of hot flame colours such as red, orange and yellow. We're using bright pink ones! It's also known as cockscomb which kind of makes sense. This posy includes mum's Mexican sunflowers for the first time. This bright orange plant grows as a weed in Mexico and is used  by local farmers to make an affordable natural liquid fertiliser that improve nitrogen, phosphorus and potassium levels in soils. What's in the posy? Zinnia, Mexican sunflower, eryngium, ivy, rosemary, rosehip, celosia, lisianthus, cupressus, limonium, marigold. What's fragrant? Marigold and rosemary.

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What's the happiest location?

By the seaside One thing we have learnt during this pandemic is how important our natural environments are. We hear about the benefits of green space to our physical and mental wellbeing, but did you know that blue spaces top the charts when it comes to improving moods and reducing stress. MeadowSweet is all about bringing the outside in for those that may be less able to get out to enjoy it. I hope that having this little piece of nature in your homes is uplifting and, if you get the chance, do go out and enjoy the big green and blue spaces we have on our doorstep. What's in the posy? Sunflower, lily, sedum, aster, pampas grass, rosemary, pittosporum,...

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What's Greek for 'love flower'?

Agapanthus September berries from hawthorn and hypericum join the blues of iris, lavender and agapanthus. Agapanthus are native to Southern Africa but they remind me of the roadsides in New Zealand where this attractive invasive species thrives. What's in the posy? Agapanthus, hawthorn, iris, hypericum, eringium, sedum, lavender, eucalyptus, rosemary, ivy, weigela, cortinus, skimmia. What's scented? Rosemary, lavender, eucalyptus.

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Goodbye England's rose?

Locally grown roses The English have long had a love affair with roses, but, despite this, there are sadly very few British cut rose growers left in business. Typically, they have found it too hard to compete with large scale operators in places like Columbia, Kenya and the Netherlands. Happily, there's Sussex Rose, and I went there this week to pick up some in-season locally grown roses to add to the posies. Paul and his wife have been growing roses for over 20 years and their roses are in season from April to October. I've also addes honesty, pampas and sedum this week - indicators that Autumn is on it's way (sorry about that!). What's in the posy? Aster, rose,...

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