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Flowers from our gate side stand: May 2010


Photo: Posy from our gate side stand

Photo: Posy from our gate side stand

I haven’t posted ‘Flowers from the garden’  for ages – mainly because almost everything is sold on the gate side stand. Come high summer our cottage will be filled with flowers from the garden as I have armies of annuals impatiently waiting in the wings for all likelihood of frosts to be over.

At the moment commercialism triumphs over pleasure. We always put out fresh flowers so if a bunch is not snapped up within two days they are mine. A sort of jaded bliss – I’m supposed to be selling them after all.

So I’m changing the post to ‘Flowers from our gate side stand’ so you can see what we are selling or trying to sell each month. This little posy had its first outing today. The white briar rose like flowers are from a very rare yet nameless shrub that my mum saw being pruned about seventeen years ago in Cambridge. She asked for some cuttings and one took. It’s delighted me each year yet I never thought of cutting it to enjoy it indoors.

Everything in this bunch flowers each year from the species tulips to the bauble of white polyanthus. What a wonderful investment.

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  1. Seattle Flowers

    I am so jealous. I wish I had the space and location to do this. Do you make decent money?

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