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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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Mary's gold

Marigolds These striking African marigolds are used in companion planting to help deter pests on food crops. The smell they emit also deters mosquitos, which is handy for this time of year. Teamed up with blue and purple flowers in this week's posy really makes the marigolds pop! I hope you enjoy these 100% British flowers delivered today in the Bournemouth, Poole and Christchurch area. What's in your Posy? Marigold, agapanthus, phlox, clary sage, lavender, marjoram, solidago, gypsophila, water mint, rosemary, larkspur, allium, pittosporum, choisya. What's fragrant? Lavender, marjoram, marigold, water mint. I hope you have a lovely weekend. Sophie

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What's commonly known as the pincushion flower?

Scabious It's a traditional cure for scabies, but that's not the only reason I love it! It's my favourite shade of blue and the texture in the centre makes a wonderful focal point. It's a shooting star as far as longevity goes, but perhaps that also adds to its rarity and charm. I wasn't allowed it in my bridal bouquet because the lady helping me said it wouldn't be robust enough. Well, please don't swing it about too much, but I hope you enjoy the gentle charms of the scabious in this week's posy. What's in the posy? Scabious, agapanthus, clary sage, lavender, alchemilla mollis, jasmine, hebe, ivy, marjoram, nicotiana, lemon verbena, cornflower, solidago, gypsophila, copper beech. What's fragrant? Lavender,...

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