Wednesday, 30 May 2012

Poppies and peonies

Grogeous Red Charm peonies

Gigantic oriental poppies with flowers the size of dinner plates!

Poppy in bud
Flowers the size of dinner plates.
Very seasonal.
But absolutely gorgeous!

P is for Peony, Poppy, Perfect!

Monday, 28 May 2012

last week

 we made a vain attempt at the dreaded window photo...bunting features heavily!!



 ..a couple of shots of a corner of the shop...a bedside table originally  from Harrods..artichokes, peonies and roses in one of our little milk bottle holders....and the last few french inkwells....



I couldn't resist photographing the most amazing bearded iris that are growing outside my village church, with the morning sun shining through the petals they looked radiant... 



and on the common the grass has turned golden with buttercups!!


I hope you are enjoying this fabulous weather and do tell us what is blooming around you at the moment.

Tuesday, 22 May 2012

sleeping on the job...

 When the bulb season has finished it gets a bit harder to find plants that are happy in our vintage containers...the hyacinths and little daffodils are perfect as they need a minimum amount of water and don't mind their roots being restricted.....summer plants are a bit less accommodating!!!
 this week we have some gorgeous miniature orchids  as well as phalaenopsis orchids planted in copper and stone....and we found these old french canisters last week which look lovely  with these little hydrangeas in ....



we have got gorgeous bright red geraniums and of course our usual herb planters.
We have ordered lilac plants for delivery tomorrow at a really good price so if you have a spot for one come and have a look at them.
On the flower side we have ENGLISH scented pinks and Sweet Williams by the bunch....
talking of something sweet.....our newest member of the team....sleeping on the job!!

See you all soon.........zzzzzzzz!!



Thursday, 17 May 2012

can't get enough


..the amazing hydrangea in this display is Magical Amethyst...I'm not sure..its maybe too perfect....



 however I love the Schubert allium....what a star....



we just can't get enough of our new floor...yes I was kneeing on it to get this shot......
its been a funny day....one of us sliced their finger open           ( an occupational hazard!!)...one of us overslept.....there were several enthusiastic tourists on their way to Chelsea...( can that really be next week??)....
...and one customer wanted to know my views on the price of rhubarb .......and one asked just what would he have got in a £10 bouquet 20 years ago......I think I had an out of body experience at that point!!


Off for a gin now..x

Tuesday, 15 May 2012

Happy days

Excitement as if it was the night before Christmas...

The new floor had arrived...

Already looking good

Several hours later... Looking fabulous!


Back to normal

Such a great effect

Really suits our shop

Complimenting our style

New floor.
Happy days!

Sunday, 13 May 2012

Nature Table & Bathsheba's Posy


 It was a glorious morning here so while walking the grumpy Scottie through the footpaths that straddle Wiltshire and Berkshire I picked a hand-full of freshly emerging leaves and weeds for my natures table....

 


the horse chestnut candles are nearly over..well the ones i could reach were...



 beautiful scented apple blossom..a tiny sprig...






 the fresh green on some leaves is breathtaking, as well as the varied assortment of reds and bronzes....



I  made a woodland wedding posy when i got home...just for fun....
it brought to mind Tess and Bathsheba from Thomas Hardy...country girls....simple pleasures..its sitting on my mantle piece  in an old pressed glass vase with candlelight around..and looks divine.

I hope you all got out in the sunshine today.

NB. Please note we are having a lovely new floor fitted tomorrow ( Monday) so will be shut. Open on Tuesday 9am sharp!!

Saturday, 5 May 2012

can it get....





...anymore beautiful......we are fickle.......when something bores us....we change things......we move...we shake ourselves up....we go out on a limb.....we buy for us...like kids in a candy shop.....we hope you like it too....this weekend..peonies  in every colour.....scented garden roses......petite bunches of lily of the valley...the final huzzah of  the tulips season.....perfume..perfume..perfume...we are  inspired...excited ... delirious with it all...we are addicts...devotees...in awe......
just to say we love flowers....
just saying!!

Wednesday, 2 May 2012

the first cuckoo and a dutch master...




It has been the most horrible weather here lately, but surely an arrangement as bright and breezy as this 
one heading off with its mates  for a function has got to make you smile....


...and we are all quite excited by our NEW business cards....its taken a while for us all to agree..but here it is....we wanted them to look like an old Dutch Master oil painting which I think we achieved...and us being us we had to add a quirky touch......



...how do you like your beetroot....boiled or roasted????

Anyway our printer said that they would be 'a picture you would want to keep' so that was a huge compliment as we took soooooooo many photos  and only ended up with about four that we were happy with in composition and quality.

So do pop in and grab one and put us on your pin-board....or leave it as a hint that you would 'like some FLOWERS please!!!!!'....

So, on a nature note to finish...I heard a cuckoo today....cuck-cooing its heart out...come on sun show yourself..... you know you want too.
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