British Flowers March Wedding

A few photos from the first wedding of the season helped along with daffodils from Cornwall. The venue was the lovely Barn at Dalduff so a local Ayrshire venue for Ayrshire flowers.  

This week in March

After nearly getting down to teeshirts at the beginning of the week the weather has cooled again and held all the plants in check. But I was enjoying the dry weather for easy weeding (until I stung my wrist on a tiny nettle shoot).  If I could get round the whole garden in this dry weather and at this time …

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Earth works

When your primary source of power is human, the last thing your family want to hear is that you feel the first lot of flower beds made have the wrong orientation!  Somehow you have to persuade them that redoing the area is the best thing for the flower growing all year (and promise that another major overhaul is not on the …

Flower of the Month – February

The Snowdrop So many flowers, only 12 months of the year.  This is the first of a monthly muse of either the favourite, the most abundant or the flower that should be better known or appreciated more.  Of course, the Snowdrop is probably one of the most appreciated flowers as it comes at a time when there is little else, …

2016 Ayrshire Flower Farm Plans

Well the seed orders have all arrived and the new dahlia varieties have been ordered. The overwintered dahlias are about to be potted up.  That is a job that can be done undercover so no excuse, even if it does rain all week!  Although the beautifully sunny weather is making it frosty here this week. Every year I like to …

It rains in Scotland

Into the third month of the rainy season here!  Beginning to wonder what all this rain is doing to the plants and whether they will survive.  We thought last year was wet!  The drains we put in last year have been put to good use.  Still got big jobs of redoing wind breaks and re-orientating the beds to complete before planting …

Wedding planning and trends 2016

The wedding planning season must have started, wedding enquiries coming through.  What will this year’s trends be? Will there be lots of natural arches or will it be floral curtains? Inside or outside venues? Marquees or castles? Will you be DIYing your own flowers? Perhaps doing everything, down to making your own paper for invitations? Here are some people brave enough to offer …

Happy New Year 2016

Still not sure what day it is as we go from one Bank Holiday to another!  Enjoying today as the Scottish New Year Bank Holiday though.  The weather was continually wet and windy through November and December, (does anyone have any figures for Ayrshire rainfall?), but the rain has held off for a few days now so we are trying …

Christmas wreath traditions

We are making wreaths for shop doors today – Christmas must be coming soon! Where does the tradition of hanging wreaths on doors come from?  Well it depends how far back you want to go in history.  In Europe, wreaths have long been symbolic, with their use in pre-christian or pagan times as part of the celebration of the winter solstice. Celebrating …

Poppies

Poppies are beautiful flowers, delicate petals uncreasing themselves from the calyx.  But they are a pain to cut! This year I finally fell in love with them as a cut flower as I got to grips with how to get them at the right stage and the conditioning and admired their ability to stand up to the difficult weather early on …