Hurtling towards autumn

You can feel it in the air somehow.  Is it the colder mornings?  The colder nights? Or the fact that it is getting dark around 8.30pm?  Whatever it is I definitely feel autumn in the air.  The swallows flew the nest last week and they are busy practising for the long flight home and leaves are starting to turn.  I …

Natural Dyeing

Having Babs from Botanical Inks run a workshop to explore natural dyeing from flowers raised a few questions I hadn’t thought on despite believing I was rooted in the soil and valued Nature. By growing flowers for the purpose of selling each stem, flowers become a commodity.  Being asked to consider the plant before cutting may result in unfulfilled orders …

Natural Flower Summer workshops

natural textile dyeing

Perfect summer weather for workshops this year and our summer programme continues with a special guest, Babs Behan, all the way from Bristol to host a natural textile dyeing workshop here at Mayfield Flowers on 18th August showing a different way to use our natural flowers. Babs founded the artisan natural dye studio Botanical Inks and is sought after around …

We are 10

2018 marks 10 years since I had the slightly mad idea of growing cut flowers in Scotland to add bit of natural abundance to the usual cut flower offerings from abroad.  It certainly was a mad idea – I had only heard of one other person doing it in Scotland and two in England!  We could have a growing site …

The Road to Chelsea

Flowers from the Farm is a network of small scale British cut flower growers which I joined when it first began about 7 years ago.  Its sole aim is to promote British cut flowers and what better way than to exhibit at Chelsea Flower Show 2018, that pinnacle of the horticultural calendar? Gill Hodgson, founder, led a team of Flowers …

First wedding of spring, or is it still winter?

This has to be the longest winter ever with promised temperatures in double figures not appearing this week either! Nevertheless our first wedding of the year was last week in the beautiful surroundings of the wood panelling and stained glass windows of Pollokshields Burgh Hall. Glasgow architect Henry Edward Clifford designed the new hall in 17th Century Scottish Rennaissance style …

2017 Scottish wedding highlights

Outer Hebrides machair

Summer seems so far away so I am going for a cheery summer topic today, highlighting one of my favourite weddings of 2017.  Eilidh and Peter opted for a bouquets and buckets service for their wedding in the Outer Hebrides.  To do this involved a fair few logistics with ferries to the islands, transport time and distance.  But it all …

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 …

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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 …