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Here comes the sun

It's sunflower season Not quite out in the garden yet, but already in the shops are the fabulous British sunflowers. This childhood favourite is bound to brighten your day. Talking of sunflowers, did you know you can immerse yourself in Van Gogh's sunflower paintings, amongst others, at the Van Gogh Alive exhibition. I think it sounds pretty fun. We've still got sweet peas in this week's posy as the smell is so wonderful. Mum's just planted the next batch so there'll be more to come! What's in the posy? Peony, sweet pea, cornflower, sunflower, penstemon, alchemilla mollis, phlox, teasel, choisya, quaking grass, wheat. What's scented? Sweet pea, phlox.

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Home is where the heart is!

Homegrown flowers As well as buying in from other Flowers from the Farm growers and larger UK growers, we also grow our own flowers. More accurately, Mum grows them. Thank you Mum! I do dabble with a spot of gardening, but Mum's the one with reliably green fingers. She considered market gardening as a career but went for physio instead, reasoning she could grow in her spare time and therefore do both. She's always been self-sufficient in growing vegetables for the family, and looking after other people's gardens, and has gradually been making room in the garden for the flowers. These days there's more flowers than veg, and we use both our gardens plus a small local off-site plot.  For me, equally important...

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Where are our roses from today?

Sussex roses The garden is bursting with flowers at the moment following the warm weather, and we're enjoying being around the beautiful roses in the garden. It's tricky to source British grown roses as there's not many growers left, but the roses in these posies (I'm a poet...) are grown by Sussex Roses. This is a family business and they sell flowers wholesale and to individuals. If you're wedding is finally happening this summer and you're going to DIY the flowers, you could order some lovely roses from Paul and Cathy! What's in the posy? Sweet pea, scabious, sweet william, tanacetum, cornflower, love in a mist, pittosporum, allium, weigela, astrantia, rose, alchemilla mollis. What's fragrant? Sweet pea.

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Small is beautiful

Why do we make posies? Posies are small bunches of flowers, often given as gifts. In the 15th century they were called 'nosegays' and were fragrant to disguise bad odours! The exchanging of posies or 'tussie-mussies' was very popular in Victorian times and flowers were chosen carefully to symbolise heart-felt feelings.  MeadowSweet loves nature, we love flowers and we love people that love flowers. We think flowers should mean something and make our souls sing. We are disillusioned by those dyed blue supermarket flowers and those faux flower Instagram archways.  Well, in what is potentially a terrible business model, we like small flowers! We find our customers have a lovely time getting to know our posies, studying their textures, enjoying their fragrance, and even embracing the odd quirky stem! Our Friday posies come...

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Do we spray our posies with perfume?

Naturally fragrant! We find ourselves in a world filled with artificial fragrances and artificial flowers. Sometimes even our posies are mistaken for being artificial! I have decided to take this as a compliment as it must be they are just too perfect-looking to be true! This week, our posies are so fragrant, I was asked if we sprayed them with perfume. It's an absolute 'no', but it does highlight how easy we can forget just how amazing the natural world can be. Top of the pops for fragrance, in my opinion, is the sweet peas and especially our homegrown ones. We hope you enjoy the fabulous fragrance of our sweet peas in this posy and, rest assured, they haven't been...

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