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Homegrown crab apples

I’ve gone sparkly with our homegrown crab apples for this week-before-Christmas posy and I think they look really cute! So that they’re not the only silver component, there’s silver ivy berries in there too. Crab apples are a colourful little tree in the garden and also provide nectar for pollinators in the summer and food for birds and small mammals in the winter so worth considering for a smaller garden. We've got one more posy to go before the big day and I'm looking forward to arranging that one with some great Christmassy flowers coming in from Suffolk and Lincolnshire. In the meantime, I am feeling very grateful for all my wonderful customers who have supported me and kept me...

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Winter British flowers

Today’s posy includes natural and golden teasel. These spiky seedheads remain after the tiny purple flowers have fallen off. Teasels self-seed easily on any soil-type and are a great addition to a wildlife-friendly garden, as their seeds are a welcome winter food source for goldfinches. Could it be they are also carnivorous? It is possible that they trap insects in the puddles that form in the curved leaves at the base of the stem and they may benefit from absorbing extra nutrients this way. The name teasel comes from their use in the textile industry to comb or ‘tease’ wooll to ‘increase the nap’ to make woollen blankets and garments more fluffy or felty.

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British grown trachelium

I've just found out that trachelium is in the same family as campanula! I'd never have guessed it but I suppose the clusters of tiny flowers on this Mediterranean plant are tube-shaped a bit like campanula. Both are a welcome late picking and feature in this week's posy. We've made it to December and I've included a little piece of spruce to start us off gently towards the festive season. This has actually come from Ireland, which very occasionally happens with sourcing our foliage so, not quite UK, but just next door. Please note that we will not be delivering the week after Christmas so if you are expecting an order on the 29th December 2023, it will be brought...

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British grown wheat

There’s wheat in today’s posies. For some of us, it's Thanksgiving this week, and a chance to be thankful for our harvest. If you’re on the ‘socials’ you might see that my cat, Kika, has been enjoying playing with some of the spare ears of corn. There’s also early season flowers in this week, including a first picking of ranunculus and parrot tulips from Lincolnshire. It’s always nice to use something new each week. Christmas is fast approaching and I will start to add a touch of festive cheer to the posies very soon...

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Why does MeadowSweet arrange your flowers for you?

Before we wrap and pack our MeadowSweet posies for UK deliveries, our flowers have been expertly conditioned and arranged into our signature 'spiral-bound' short-stemmed bouquets (we call them 'posies') by trained florists and the cut stems are specially-wrapped to stay hydrated for their journey. In this way, we are different from other online flower subscription services who typically send loose, dry stems for customers to assemble themselves.It seems to us that the creative work of experienced florists has been pushed aside in recent years by many of these next-day and letterbox flowers, where speed and cost-cutting has removed what we feel is the most important aspect of flower presentation. You may have had first-hand experience of being sent a box of flowers by post only to be disappointed to find them...

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