Hiding away from the blustery wind of Storm Babet was a perfect opportunity to use some of the dried 'Stuff' I've stashed away over Summer.
All British grown (most here) & dried naturally by myself over recent months. No dyes, no bleaches, just Mother Nature's own colours!
To commission a wreath for your own home or as a gift, contact me Various colours available
Perfect Summer sunshine yesterday for the 'Arrange A Vase' Afternoon at the Flower Farm near Castle Douglas. This month Peonies, Delphiniums, Foxgloves, Astrantia & the first Sweet Peas were included in the choice of flowers.
What could be more Summery than that?
I love to see how everybody creates their own unique combinations from the selection of ingredients offered.
Such beautiful work to take home & enjoy this week. The next 'Arrange A Vase' afternoon will be soon & bookings are open online now HERE
Yes, these flowers are real...
A Corsage made last week for a wedding guest to attach to her handbag. On her black bag, it would really catch the eye.
All the flowers & foliage was grown here at the Flower Farm. It's made from Hellebore, with 3 types of Muscari & a touch of Heather for colour.
I love making these intricate little creations so if you fancy a unique piece of floral glamour for a special event, do get in touch!
A cheerful 'Bloom Bucket' of British-grownflowers ready to arrange for a house warming party in mid-March. Guaranteed to welcome guests in with colour & scent!
My Galloway-grown flowers are beginning, although slowed down again by the cold weather. A little Forsythia & Viburnum plus Narcissi was cut this week. By the end of March, we'll be cutting plenty of our 'Fancy Daffodils' & hopefully Tulips too.
Our 'Bloom Buckets' of mixed, seasonal flowers look lovely arranged in an informal, relaxed style. Each bucket contains a mixture of fresh flowers, prepared ready for you to simply cut to length & arrange.
Lots of fresh flowers, great value & without fuss.
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Late last October, talented local Slipware Potters Hannah McAndrew & Doug Fitch popped over to collect a few flowers.
The couple were preparing an Autumn photo shoot for their new catalogue of beautiful Slipware designs.
It really was the tail end of our season., with thin pickings at the Flower Farm. A day later, even these Dahlias would have been ruined by Jack Frost.
But we found a few last flowers, berries & seedheads. It's always a pleasure to see how others use my flowers.
Thank you Hannah & Doug for sharing these images of your stunning pots.
More of their work can be found on Instagram @FitchandMcAndrew & online shop www.fitchandmcandrew.co.uk Image credit ShannonTofts
Everything has it's season...
And our season of fresh Galloway-grown flowers is almost at an end.
So on the really wet days & longer evenings, I make wreaths & other arrangements to bring colour into homes, using my stash of dried flowers & grasses.
All materials were carefully dried by myself on warmer days.
To commission a unique, handmade Hoop or other arrangement for your home or as a gift, send a message.
For an extra special touch, wreaths can be made in a colour scheme of your choice, while my stocks last.
Local delivery, collection or by post across the UK.
Bookings are well underway for our 'Make A Christmas Wreath' workshops.
Small, friendly groups, with all the materials necessary to make a natural. floral foam free wreath for your door.
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'How can I keep Tulip stems straight in the vase?' I'm asked often. 'Will they stay straight if I put an old penny in the water? Or prick them with a pin?'
More to the point, why would you want to?
Aren't they at their best when twisting & dancing, opening wide, then tumbling downwards in a relaxed, 'old master-ish' style?
They aren't dead, the stems are still strong, firm to touch - it's just their natural progression, doing what Tulips do.
Naturally attracted to the light, they move during the day. And yes, they might be wild & wonky, & they're still beautiful!
When cutting Tulips, I wrap them in brown paper & immediately place in a tall bucket of clean water overnight. After their long drink, they're firm, straight & much easier to arrange.
But they fight back - growing several inches of stem to rise above other flowers in a bouquet.
Given space as here, they begin to dance... These flowers know what they want, flowers with attitude.
Our Galloway-grown Tulips are planted in November/December & cut daily between mid-March & mid-April (depending on the weather, of course). They're beautiful for weddings in Spring as they come in such a wonderful range of flamboyant & subtle colours.
Then it's goodbye for a full year & we welcome the early Summer flowers as they arrive...
A LOT of Wreaths left the workshop in December to brighten up Front Doors. Many were delivered locally, & others were sent by post across the UK.
All were handmade on either a mossed or willow base, then decorated with foliage, berries, mistleoe, cones & a touch of bright ribbon. All our wreaths are made from 100% reusable or compostable materials, all grown in the British Isles.
So four wreath workshops in Kirkcudbright & Castle Douglas took place in December 2021. At times I thought it might not happen due to the pandemic, but we managed to enjoy some creative crafting fun together!
A HUGE 'well done' to everybody who came along & created STUNNING wreaths - that's 37 very well dressed doors welcoming your guests this Christmas!
The mixed conifers & other foliage gave the room a special 'Christmassy' scent as soon as we started cuttng it up to make the wreaths.
But best of all was the gentle buzz of conversation & laughter as the groups worked together - that's the thing that made the atmosphere 'normal' & for me, very special.
Thank you so much for coming along & getting the Festive season started.
And Huge 'Thank you' to the teams at Ernespie Farm Shop in Castle Douglas & Station House Cookery School in Kirkcudbright for giving space to me to host the workshops!
Autumn days -I was delighted to make this Autumn wreath for a special birthday delivery on Friday. Such a smart front door for a perfect background!
Wreaths aren't just for Christmas, you know & I love the glowing seasonal colours of the leaves, berries & seedheads. All the plant materials, except a few sprigs of Cornish Eucalyptus, grew here at the Flower Farm in Galloway so I had a free choice of materials.
All natural, no floral foam & completely reusable/compostable, (who doesn't reuse ribbons for bookmarks? Just me?)
Think I might make one for my own door this week...
Last bouquet of the week, gathering up the leftover stems, just for me.
It sums up my love of the classic Country Cottage garden style in July & the botanically rich bouquets I create. I've always been a gardener, a plantswoman, first. The floristry is simply something I do with those flowers to make a living.
At every house I've owned I've created a garden full of my favourite plants, many moving on to the next house with me. The Flower Farm started because, well, I admit I was growing a LOT of flowers & people asked to buy them.
Memories of the people who gave me plants, or where I bought them, come too, making every garden more special to me than just a collection of plants.
Rosie Gray of Galloway Flowers. Cut Flower Grower & Florist near Castle Douglas, in South West Scotland. Using 100% Flowers & Foliage grown in British Isles, all year round.