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Lincolnshire chrysanthemums

If you were to buy your flowers from a supermarket (tut, tut!) you would be forgiven for thinking that chrysanthemums don’t have a season at all. But grown naturally in the UK, they are an Autumnal bloom and they flower between September and November. Ours are flowering in our cutting garden right now but it can be tough growing chrysanthemums outside as they can get damaged by the ever-increasing number of storms that hit us at this time of year. This week, these pink spray chrysanthemums have been grown protected under glass in Lincolnshire.  We’ve got some lovely dark Physocarpus in here too. Commonly known as ‘ninebark’ apparently, although I’ve never heard that before!

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And the Winner is...MeadowSweet!

At the Big Sustainability Awards 2023, MeadowSweet was proud to be awarded the Winner in the category of 'SME Sustainability Journey'. The Awards took place at a black tie Gala Night at the Hilton Ageas Bowl on the 26th October in Southampton, and they are run by the Southern Sustainability Partnership.  Our sustainability journey began in 2016, working with an increasing number of British growers and establishing our own cutting garden to ultimately achieve 100% British flowers in our posies throughout the year. As well as connecting our customers with nature and celebrating the diversity and seasonality of locally-grown ingredients, British flowers have been found to have a 90% lower carbon footprint than imported air-freighted blooms. In 2020 we switched from reusable plastic to recycled-content British-made glass jars to reflect customer preferences, and we collect these...

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Dorset Abelia

Abelia is a little-known shrub from the honeysuckle family that comes in handy at this time of year because it produces flowers well into October. As well as its delicate pink flowers, it has a cluster of rusty-pink bracts which make a perfect ‘filler’ flower for an Autumnal arrangement. Abelia can get a bit unruly in a border, so is best towards the back where it has room to spread out a bit. Also in the posies this week is locally-grown helichrysum, a second picking of physalis (Chinese lanterns), rosehips and colour-turning hydrangea to add to the Autumnal feel.

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Victorian myrtle

These posies include aromatic myrtle. The bushes have a few delicate white flowers on them at the moment, soon to be followed by blacky-purple berries. The myrtle used in the posies is related to the myrtle bush planted by Queen Victoria in 1846 at Osbourne House on the Isle of Wight. A sprig of this bush has been used for Royal wedding bouquets ever since. As well as the scented leaves of the myrtle, the posies have plenty of other fragrance from the rose-scented geranium, rosemary and the ‘Carbonero’ lily from Lincolnshire once they pop open. For lovingly arranged jam-jar size bouquets of 100% British flowers and foliage please take a look at our singles and our subscriptions page. It's not...

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Foraged rose hips

It’s rose hip season! They can be round or pointy, most are red and some are pink. Rose hips are prized for their antioxidants, especially their high concentration of vitamin C. They have been gathered from the hedgerows for centuries and used in oils, teas and supplements, as they may have positive effects on a wide range of health issues such as being anti-inflamatory, anti-aging, assisting in weight loss and pain relief.   In the posies this week are also new season ‘paperwhite’ narcissi for the first time. Often associated with being Christmas a flower, these ones have benefitted from the mild weather we’ve had recently and have come out nice and early on the Isles of Scilly.

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