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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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True blue

Blue hydrangeas Incidentally, 'True Blue' was the first album I bought with my pocket money in 1986 (Madonna) - I knew all the words! I do love a true blue flower. Hydrangeas have the ability to change from pink to blue depending on the pH of soil and these ones have been gently nudged to blue in our neutral soil by mum increasing the acidity. You can try it yourself by adding old coffee grounds from your local coffee shop. What's in the posy? Hydrangea, aster, gypsophila, sedum, achillea, verbena bonariensis, nicotiana, hebe, pineapple sage, laurel, solidago, elaeagnus, crocosma. What's fragrant? Pineapple sage

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Social distancing for colours?

Colour clash Now's the time the zinnias splash their primary colours around the garden. We're all in need a bit of cheering up these days and these colourful lovelies help to bring us vibrance and positivity. Don't forget to give the pineapple sage a pinch, and you can't beat a squeeze of the lavender for its soothing, reassuring fragrance. What's in the posy? Phlox, clary sage, marjoram, pittosporum, aster, echinops, zinnia, jasmine, lavender, eryngium, pineapple sage. What's fragrant? Marjoram, jasmine, lavender, pineapple sage. I hope you enjoy the sunshine, Sophie.

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Time for an Icecream

A taste of summer. A bevy of summer beauties in here including the first of the asters and hypericum. The raspberry and blackberry 'scoop' scabious are grown by Highcroft Nurseries and are so named because they are like scoops of fruity ice cream. Pinks and purples with a touch of red makes this berry coloured posy good enough to eat! What's in the posy? Phlox, clary sage, lysimachia, marjoram, gypsophila, mint, pittosporum, hypericum, aster, veronica, scabious, astilbe. What's fragrant? Marjoram, phlox and mint. I hope you have a lovely weekend, Sophie

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