Winter Season – Christmas wreaths and wreath workshops

Listening to the wisdom of the gardeners I have spoken to recently it looks like we are in for a cold winter. If you have noticed the abundance of berries this autumn this is apparently a tell tale sign. My ornamental crab apple trees have been laden and hawthorn a mass of red. I have even heard that it is …

Natural Funeral Flowers

I take great pride in making natural funeral flowers, believing that flowers for a funeral service should match the ethos or outlook of the deceased. Last week was a request for flowers that would combine Tanzania and Scotland.  It turns out that crocosmia would be an ideal common link, growing wild in Tanzania and naturalised in gardens and roadsides here …

Autumn Scottish Flower Class

The nights are drawing in and the flower selection is firmly on the dahlias, rudbeckias, amaranths and scabious – all the half hardy plants that take a few months to get going but perform very well until the last frosts.  I love the additional berries, seed pods and grasses that we have to add interest at this time of year …

Summer at the Flower Farm

When we came back from a wee holiday in the Hebrides the flower field seemed over run with weeds – I always underestimate the impact of going away at that time of year. Of course it has been too wet since May to use hoeing as a method of weed control so we had to resort to laborious careful hand …

Day of sunshine

Yesterday was a rare day of sunshine and warmth in this dismal wet and cold summer we have had so far. A day when the cynoglossum matched the sky and suddenly a field of flowers looks an amazing site rather than a soggy mess.   This bright mix was off to the golf… And I must not pick the bed …

Choosing natural wedding flower combinations

For Stephanie’s wedding in May I had free reign to design and choose the colours for the bouquet.  Initially this is great when brides allow you this freedom as I really can have the pick of the garden.  However come nearer the event and that freedom and choice suddenly becomes a challenge.  The challenge is what to choose, what line to go …

DIY weddings and workshops

One of the great advantages of growing my own flowers in Scotland is that I can offer a variety of flowers not available through wholesale or florists outlets.  If you are looking for a natural wedding look then these flowers are the real thing! For people that want to do some or all of the wedding arrangements themselves we do sell …

Know your climate

This was the weather on 21st March! We don’t often get snow, but if we do it is most likely to be in January or March. We have some low tunnels that have plastic pipes as hoops and these are hopeless with snow so if you get a lot of snow metal hoops are the only option. Fortunately brushing furiously …

February Flower of the Month

Heather There is apparently a heather for every month of the year, especially if you have acid soil as I do. I love the heathers that come out in January/February when there is so little else “flowering”. These heathers are also very important for the first foraging bees when they emerge in spring. There are two main types of heathers …

2017 Scottish Flower season

Once upon a time, in a land far, far away there was a field full of beautiful flowers blossoming in the Scottish sun…  This is what it feels like remembering back to the cutting garden before we put the field to bed after the last wedding in November.  Now we are getting ready for 2017 season and looking forward to …