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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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Thank you mum...

Ball chrysanthemums Most of this week's ingredients come from Surrey, which means mum grew them, so thank you mum. There's also big bloomer sunflowers and the first of the yellow ball chrysanthemums from Lincolnshire. As we rattle towards the tail end of summer, the flower colours just get brighter. This week I've gone for the colour wheel contrast of yellows and purples, representing boldness and confidence. What's in the posy? Chrysanthemum, sunflower, salvia, clary sage, black-eyed susan, weigela, choisya, salal, rosemary, jasmine, heather. What's fragrant? Jasmine and rosemary.

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100% British

Locally grown flowers This week many of the flowers have come from the Cat and Fiddle PYO farmwhere their drip-watering system has kept the crops hydrated through this very hot, dry spell. The posy this week is 100% locally grown and homegrown from Dorset. We're grateful to have our above ground pool this summer which has been a hit with the children and kept them hydrated too! What's in the posy? Zinnia, cornflower, aster, sedum, rose-scented geranium, coprosma, rosemary, lavender, gypsophila, varigated sage, gladioli, pittosporum. What's fragrant? Lavender, sage, geranium and rosemary.  

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