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Dear Flower Friends,
I cannot believe that August is already upon us and the Dahlias are being soooooo slow. I’m not the only flower grower finding this but then there are others who are in full swing.
I have promised myself that for next year I’m going to do some soil testing to see if my soil is lacking anything. I know that I should have done this years ago and I feel quite guilty for not doing it before now. It will be very interesting to see how the garden varies.
In the meantime I have been taking a lighter approach with some of my flowers and looking at meadow arrangements. I love meadows and putting these together has taken me back to my childhood; as children, we roamed the fields and lanes of North Dorset. I still remember a clear blue sky day and finding harebells dancing in the summer breeze up on the chalk downs, while the tractors were nearby, cutting for straw.
The secret to your meadow arrangements is in the containers you use, as well as a light touch. Use containers of varying shapes and sizes. If you have a ‘wild corner’ in your garden you may be surprised by what you find. Much of what I’ve used has been collected during my dog walks - grasses, dock, coltsfoot, herb robert - as flowers and seed heads.
Selection of arrangements using hedgerow and meadow flowers and grasses
Why don’t you have a go and experiment with height, light, space, shape and texture. Keep the colour palette simple. I’ve put a selection of mine up onto the mantel piece. They work well in groupings. You may even start looking at those ‘weeds’ in a different light.
As I’m writing this I can smell the sweet peas I picked the other day. This reminds me that I must go and pick another bunch and snip off those tendrils. What a wonderful life to have flowers. We should never be without them, they are food for the soul.
A frothy posy for delicious sweet peas
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