How he has the energy to run in that fur coat on a hot day like this amazes me! With the forecast set to be high 20's centigrade again today, we have to be up very early in the morning to work on the Galloway Flower Farm. Then this evening we'll be cutting flowers for tomorrows orders when it's cooler.
Afternoons are for admin only this week (oh & maybe just watching a little tennis!)
This is the Dahlia Polytunnel - all growing fast in the recent heat & ready to be planted out.
About 500 in here - do you think that's enough?
Oh, good job there's another 50 in the main polytunnel!
I do love a dahlia in a bouquet - such a variety of shapes, colours & sizes. They're one of the most versatile families of cut flowers & so easy to grow.
This year it's going to be quite a display at the Balmaclellan Dahlia Festival!
Warm weather, long days & blooms bursting into a riot of deliciously scented colour - it has to be June at Galloway Flowers. I love having a wide choice of flowers to cut again - making up bouquets & wreaths is so much easier. Every one can be unique as each week new flowers reach their best, while others reduce in numbers. This week the Sweet Rocket, Sweet Williams, Dutch Iris & Cornflowers are stunning, Next week the first Sweet Peas in the tunnel & the Foxgloves should begin, & then the roses will be joining the mix later in the month. They might be late this year but definitely worth waiting for.
We're busier with weddings than ever before this month & we're spotting a trend among our couples for more colour - more requests for blues, lemons with whites & bold brights such as red, yellows, purples. I'm taking this into account when ordering for next year - it may sound early but I've already ordered the Tulips & Narcissi! While this years flowers are vivid in my mind, it's easy to do as I remember which were good performers, loved by Customers - & which were less so...
Last Autumn we invested in many new Peony plants as they thrive here. They're such a glamourous flower for early June weddings & bouquets. The first flowers are coming now & there are some beauties, including the one pictured. It'll be some years before these plants produce a large crop & then they'll go on flowering for 35 years plus.
We sent flowers to the RHS Chelsea show to be included on the Flowers From The Farm display in the Pavilion. Leading Florist Simon Lycett generously made his London workshop space available & the flowers were arranged by a team of FFTF members. The display won a Gold Medal, an almost unheard of achievement for first time exhibitors at Chelsea. There's been lots of poitive media coverage (including the BBC coverage) & it has raised the profile of British grown flowers.
We're cutting lots of flowers now & I’ll be bringing these to Kirkcudbright Farmers Market on Sunday 24th June & to Loch Arthur Farm shop on Fridays 15th, 22nd & 29th. Bouquets, wreaths & Flowers to arrange yourself can also be ordered to collect from the Flower Farm.
Enjoy these long days especially the mornings when it's quiet, fresh & easier to get out of bed. An early morning dawdle in the garden with a cup of tea is such a lovely way to create a positive mood . As they say, remember to smell the roses...
Jobs for the Cutting Garden in June
Rosie Gray of Galloway Flowers. Artisan Florist & Cut Flower Farmer near Castle Douglas, in South West Scotland. Using 100% Flowers & Foliage grown in British Isles, all year round.