July brought welcome & much needed rain, with continued good temperatures - just what we needed to bring a burst of colourful flowers on long, strong stems to cut. This has really been a good summer for growing here & we've been busy making the most of it.
The scent of the Sweet Peas as I cut them in the evening is glorious. The Dahlia flowers are growing quickly now & make big, impactful flowers in bouquets. Note to self - grow more Dahlia next year!
Development of our bottom field continues & now plenty of flowers are blooming away there to keep the colour going through into Autumn. The new perennial beds planted with Astrantia, Delphinium, Helenium, Phlox & Scabious in the Spring are bulking up well. I've been delighted with how many stems these produced this first year & optimistic for next season.
As well as delivering flowers for July Brides this month (including our first Gretna Green wedding), we've been meeting Brides from far & near planning ahead for 2018. Always a pleasure to be involved in such special days & every wedding is different. At the moment, we're drying flowers for a late October Bride who requests dried flowers & grasses mixed with fresh ones in her bouquets & arrangements.The airing cupboard is no longer just for drying socks - Ken says there's a surprise every time he opens the door.
Ken went on his long awaited bee keeping course & now planning the arrival of his hives & bees. I'm eagerly awaiting the arrival of the first batch of 'Flower Farm Honey'!
The roses had a bit of a trashing last week - the front gate was left open. Bold as brass in walked the deer in broad daylight! They tucked in to their favourite snack of David Austin roses (organic, of course). Given a good feed & hopefully, we'll have a lovely second flush of buds soon. A timely reminder to be vigilant...
As well as delivering bouquets, wedding & funeral flowers, I'll be bringing a selection of flowers to the lovely Loch Arthur Farm shop on Fridays this month (not the 18th) & the Kirkcudbright Farmers Market on Sunday 27th August - do come & say 'hello' if you're visiting.
I hope your garden is bursting into bloom too this month & you've been able to cut plenty of gorgeous blooms to bring inside. Below are a few pointers of tasks for your Cutting Garden in the month ahead;
Jobs for the Cutting Garden in August;
Rosie Gray of Galloway Flowers. Artisan Cut Flower Farmer & Florist near Castle Douglas, in South West Scotland