Is it Spring Yet?!

Written by Victoria Baird

February 24, 2020

It seems that at the beginning of February I expect Spring to be just around the corner.

However, January has definitely been the milder month this year and Spring temperatures are still a bit away. Despite this, work has been continuing outside and we’ve now finished splitting the dahlias. Phew. This has been quite the time-consuming task between lifting them out of the ground, washing them, letting them dry, splitting and potting them up. Hopefully, it should be worth it as we’re getting around 4 or 5 tubers from each of last year’s tubers. Each of these tubers produces a Dahlia plant blooming from July – October so well worth the work. 

We’ve also been busy with our first wedding of the year. The loveliest of weddings all white and green with loads of foliage and the slightest hint of pink. Just looked like the perfect Winter palette. The wedding was on the same day that storm Ciara was arriving. However, thankfully the morning of the wedding really was ‘the calm before the storm’ and the bride was able to arrive with the sun shining. We set up an arrangement at Willowfield Church and decorated the cake (that the bride made herself) with some foliage & fern in keeping with the theme. 

The bouquets were a concoction of delicate Spring flowers and different shades of greenery. At this time of year, the ranunculus take centre stage and the bouquets had white and pink ranunculus with foraged greens and delicate white accent flowers. Bridesmaid dresses were navy hence the navy ribbon on the bridal bouquet. Really enjoyed creating the flowers for this wedding and can’t wait for the next one in March. 

Last weekend we started the annual seed planting. We were going to start the week before but due to the low temperatures postponed it for a week. Every week for the next few months we will be planting seeds to ensure a successional harvest. (yes that is the right word)! All seeds have arrived and are patiently waiting. As are we… 

Will keep you all updated with pictures of growth over the next few months. Always amazes me how quickly things change in the garden. The tulips, ranunculus and anemones should be ready just in time for Mother’s Day. Both classes are sold out but we will be making our bouquets available for pre-order very soon. 

On another note – we are quickly approaching the end of February so anyone who attended 2019 wreath workshops should have received a discount code for this year’s wreath workshops in the last newsletter. This code expires this weekend. So get booking.

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