It’s been just over three years since I gave up buying flowers for the cottage. In January 2007 I decided to save a cool £500 a year and not buy those tempting bunches from the supermarket. The first year was quite tough as I didn’t grow many flowers in the garden and I like to have vases of flowers dotted about the cottage. Gradually I’ve overhauled the herbaceous borders and planted more flowering perenials. This year I’m even growing flowers from seed to sell at the garden gate in the summer.
Over the years I’ve come to prefer flowers from the garden to shop bought ones. Homegrown have a softness and delicacy that is rarely found in commercially grown blooms. And of course no air miles or chemicals are involved.
The recent weeks of snow and freezing temperatures have held growth back in the garden. The snowdrops and aconites are finally flowering and the scent of Wintersweet (Chimonanthus praecox) wafts across to greet us when we open the front door. If we have a stretch of warmer weather the winter flowering honeysuckle (Lonicera × purpusii ‘Winter Beauty’) that grows beside the front door should start flowering again. This is a shrub with a glorious lemony scent that thrives against a south or south west facing wall.
The little glass holds snowdrops, aconites and Wintersweet. Incidentally I’ve discovered that the flowers from Wintersweet can be dried and added to homemade pot-pourri. So that’s the dehydrator’s task worked out for today. And when the honeysuckle starts flowering I’m going to dry some of the flowers too. I’m excited by the prospect of making homemade pot-pourri – the start of a whole new adventure.
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