Sea holly Sea holly, or eryngium, is a handy ingredient for texture and colour at this time of the year. Ever popular for Scottish weddings, this thistle-like flower is a rare 'true blue' in the garden. We've added some trusty berry-toned Lincolnshire chrysanthemums and a number of British, seasonal foliages to add to the posy mix this week. Did you know, on this day in 1919, the first flight took off from England to Australia. It took 28 days and a total of 135 flying hours. As the borders start to open up again for international flights, it has been such a tough time for those with loved-ones overseas. I've enjoyed seeing some of the airport reunion photos in the...
Tasmanian mountain pepper This plant (Tasmannia lanceolata) is a great evergreen shrub to have in the garden. It grows easily on well-drained soils, has lovely red stems and its leaves and berries are used as a spice, to flavour wasabi and as a pepper substitute. We've also got fantastic rusty red hydrangeas this week and their Autumnal 'flowers' and leaves can add a lot to the garden at this time of year. If you're starting to think about Christmas, have a look at our range of subscription products, it might be just the thing for someone who loves British, seasonal flowers! What's in the posy? Chrysanthemum, hydrangea, nerine, lily, choisya, sarcococca, mountain pepper, box. What's scented? Choisya, sarcococca, lily.
Chinese lanterns It's the season for Chinese lanterns (Physalis peruviana). These are a popular ornamental plant that are very hardy, even below -20C. The ones used in this week's posy are garden escapees and with a wide-spreading root system this species can be quite invasive. Despite being part of the nightshade family (Solanaceae), when ripe, they have an edible berry - even M&S sell them! What's in the posy? Chinese lantern, chrysanthemum, pittosporum, brassica, bush lily, alstromeria, anemone. What's scented? Not much this week, sorry about that! What's British? All of it! As every week, 100% British flowers and foliage throughout the year!
Chrysanthemum Only when chrysanthemums are in season in the UK and, even better, when they're homegrown, do they make an appearance in our posies. This week you'll find a stem or two complimenting the pink tones of the gypsophila, snowberries and lilies. There's also seasonal rosehips which are a good reminder we should keep our vitamin C levels topped up as we approach the winter. What's in the posy? Lily, gypsophila, rosehip, snowberry, choisya, pittosporum, narcissi, rosemary, chrysanthemum. What's scented? Rosemary, lily, narcissi.
Spindleberry This fantastic seasonal ingredient produces shocking pink fruit with orange seeds and can be found in hedgerows and forest edges. In contrast to the white flowers, we also have copper beech this week, carefully preserved by mum so we can enjoy their coloured leaves without them dropping! I've hurt my finger this week so I'm especially grateful to my parents who have started getting our new posy plot in shape ready for next year's growing season. What's in the posy? Lily, gypsophila, viburnum, gladioli, eucalyptus, narcissi, spindleberry, copper beech, brachyglottis. What's scented? Lily, narcissi, eucalyptus.