Yesterday Storm Ali raged through the region, causing widespread damage to trees. We were without electricity much of the day but thank you to the power team - we had the electricity (& so phone & internet too) before darkness. It was certainly difficult weather to be out in.
Sadly some of our big Oak trees have lost large branches & we've been out with the chain saw this morning. Being positive, there'll be lots of logs for the wood burner when seasoned.
And the other gift from Storm Ali is the beautiful lichen covered stems, acorns & leaves. The clean, damp air here in Galloway enables the most beautiful & varied Lichens to grow. I think I feel inspired to use these in Autumn & Winter door wreaths...
And amazingly, the flowers have fared remarkably well inside the shelter belt of trees. I hardly dared go down to look this morning & so relieved to see there'll be plenty for the bouquet orders this weekend.
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Well, in 'Dumfries & Galloway Life' to be more precise...
If you've ever wanted to take a peek behind the scenes & see how we grow so many flowers here at the Flower Farm in Galloway, you can. Journalist Laura Jones visited us back in July & has written an article included in the local glossy magazine, September issue. But you'd better be quick if you want a copy as the October issue will be out September 12th.
I made this natural sheaf of seasonal flowers & foliage last week as a funeral tribute. The glowing gold tones reflect the season as we're feeling the first Autumn chill in the mornings.
The sheaf included; dahlias, helenium, solidago, antirrhinum, gladioli, carthamus, cornflowers, alstroemeria, physocarpus, conifer, daucus carota & fennel seedheads. All grown by us here in Galloway except the alstroemeria (these came from another British grower).
Bound simply with raffia, this sheaf is 100% biodegadable & suitable for eco & natual burials.
To order floral tributes for funerals telephone 01644 420407 or get in touch online here
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The Flowers are blazing with colour this month as many of the late Summer flowers such as Asters, Cosmos, Helenium & of course Dahlias, burst into bloom. All had a good soaking last month & now producing masses of stems for the late August & September weddings, bouquets & arrangements.
The Dahlia patch is eye poppingly colourful with such a variety of shapes, colours & sizes. We’re cutting buckets of them each week now so let me know if you would like some. I’m always happy to cut a bunch to arrange yourself for collection.
We’re mindful our first frost date is often mid-September here so have lengths of fleece to hand ready to throw over the dahlias if a really cold night is forecast. Experience has taught me if I can protect them through this month, often we don’t get another frost till well into October. So with a little effort the blooms will keep on coming. We listen carefully to the last weather forecast each night & often dash down in the dark because the forecast changes!
And this is really the beginning of our gardening year not the end. We’re planning & planting now to make sure we have plenty of stems to cut in Spring & early Summer next year. I’ve been splitting some of our favourite perennials such as Astrantia & Alchemilla. These are both so useful in early June & I used every stem available this year. Planting out the Sweet Williams & Sweet Rocket into the spaces of spent annual crops has begun now. And of course I'll be sowing a few hardy annual seeds to overwinter & bloom early in the polytunnel.
The boxes of bulbs ordered back in May will arrive any day & getting these planted is one of our big jobs of the year. To be honest, it can seem a bit overwhelming when they arrive! We’ve ordered many unusual Narcissi (particularly useful as the deer don’t eat them), Anemone, Ranunculus & more.
Dried flower arrangements are enjoying a rise in popularity so I've been gathering up the Hydrangeas, Poppy & Nigella seed heads plus lovely grasses to fill a few jugs later in the year & to make Autumn wreaths.
If you’ve ever wanted to take a peek behind the scenes here at how we grow our flowers, you can in the September issue of ‘Dumfries & Galloway Life’. We were visited by journalist Laura Jones back in July & her article is included in the September magazine out now.
While Christmas might seem a long way off yet, I’ll just mention the ’Make Your Own Christmas Wreath’ workshop has been scheduled for Tuesday 11thDecember. It’ll be at the lovely CatStrand Arts Centre in New Galloway again – it would be lovely if you could join me for this fun, creative afternoon. Places can be booked HERE. I’ve started collecting up lots of cones etc already so we’ll have lots of natural treasures to decorate the wreaths as well as pretty ribbons, cinnamon sticks etc..
I’ll be bringing flowers to Kirkcudbright Farmers Market on Sunday 23rd September. As always, Bouquets, Wreaths & Flowers to arrange yourself can be ordered to collect from the Flower Farm or for local delivery.
Here's hoping for a beautiful 'Indian Summer' & golden season of mellow fruitfulness,
Jobs for the Cutting Garden in September
Rosie Gray of Galloway Flowers. Artisan Florist & Cut Flower Farmer near Castle Douglas, in South West Scotland. Using 100% British Flowers all year round.