I love making wreaths – every one unique, richly textured, using the natural materials we’re blessed with here. We grow almost all the foliage at the Flower Farm & add a few natural extras such as Cones, Mistletoe & Rosehips from other British growers to give a splash of colour to the designs. Now the Festive season has arrived, our pre-ordered wreaths start being delivered to front doors across the region from this week. Wreaths can be ordered for delivery up to Wednesday 19th December.
The ‘Make Your Own Wreath’ Workshops begin next week too & I admit this is one of the most enjoyable activities of my year. Many of us believe we aren’t creative but it simply isn’t so – everybody can enjoy crafting their own natural wreath. There are a few places left on each as of today - don’t leave it too late if you’re planning to come along. The dates are;
In between making wreaths, we make the most of the limited daylight & any dry days to work outside. I would love to report that every Tulip & Narcissi bulb is snugly tucked up in the soil by now, the leaves have all been raked up & everything looks immaculately tidy – but I would be lying!
Every year it seems I’m caught out by these short days & massively overestimate what can be achieved. It’s not a disaster, bulbs have an amazing ability to catch up but still, I want to move on to the detailed planning for 2019. I’ll be planting out the first few Sweet Pea seedlings in the polytunnel this week for an early wedding. The thought I’m holding on to like a countdown is; only another 20 days & the days start to get longer…
While wedding season may seem far off, we’ve already 5 couples booked in for 2019. Such early bookings are a great help to us with planning our flower choices. This year we noticed a trend for pale pink & burgundy colour schemes, requests for blue flowers (a favourite of mine) & it seems for next year, yellow is becoming a popular choice too. Now that’s a colour I haven’t been growing much of for the early Summer season so I’m having fun with the seed catalogues looking for new favourites.
And while there’s much to do preparing wreaths, table decorations & more for our clients this month, I look forward to those long dark evenings in front of the wood burner with the seed catalogues. The ‘wish list’ is still far too long…
The last words for this month have to be; 'A heartfelt Thank You for helping us spread the word about beautiful, natural, seasonal British flowers. And of course, Very warm wishes to you & yours for the Festive season & a spectacular cutting patch in 2019.’
Jobs for the Cutting Garden in December;
Rosie Gray of Galloway Flowers. Artisan Florist & Cut Flower Farmer near Castle Douglas, in South West Scotland. Using 100% British Flowers all year round.