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By Leon Longhurst 14 Nov, 2016
October has now been and gone....it seems like summer has just passed by in a blur. We've still been really busy in the plot planting bulbs for Spring and more batches of hardy annuals. The soil has been warm enough to bring on the Ammi, Daucus and Larkspur outside in the beds and they should be a good size before they hunker down for Winter. All the beds of Alliums are now planted, this year we've gone for some dainty Allium unifolium, some nice bright blue caerulium and a batch of Nectoscordum....that should satisfy the florist's need for Alliums!! We've also got a greenhouse full of little buckets of Narcissus 'Minnow', Muscari and Snakehead Fritillary.....these are sat on benches to keep any hungry mice off them.
The Anemone coronaria and Ranunculus are popping up in the tunnel beds and all being well they'll be our first cut flower of the year....hopefully Feb/March. Charlene's been busy with wedding consultations and has been finalising details with her December wedding bride as well as taking bookings for her popular Christmas flower workshops.
By Leon Longhurst 01 Oct, 2016
Well, what a busy month September turned out to be. With the fantastic warm sunny days right through September everything has been continuing to grow like mad. Having sown the first batch of hardy annuals for next Spring they've been shooting up and I've found myself willing them to slow down and not start flowering!! So far so good....we've got some lovely varieties on the go for next Spring including Ammi, Daucus (a wild carrot with similar flowers to Ammi but vivid crimson!!), a scented annual snapdragon, an almost white calendula, several beds of Anemone de Caen as well as 4 different Ranunculus. Exciting times at flower patch HQ and we're looking forward to the 1st of the flowers for cutting in late Feb/early March. We had a fantastic weekend at Holkham Hall plant fair with lots of people enjoying Charlene's flower arranging demonstration as well as my interview for the BBC Radio Norfolk 'Garden party' that broadcast live from the fair. Charlene has been busy with wedding consultations for next year as well as a fantastic winter wedding to prepare for in December. We also have some exciting news on Christmas flower workshops coming soon...so keep an eye out on Facebook, Twitter and our website for that. Oh..... and for some Autumn/Winter colour to brighten up your garden we have a lovely selection of Violas and Pansies available from our flower shed at the front of our home.
By Leon Longhurst 12 Aug, 2016
August found us busy putting up sheds and new display tables for our plants and flowers. 
With such a sunny spot outside our home we needed a little shade for our cut flowers to help keep them fresh and rosy! So Charlene purchased a little cheap and cheerful shed to help with the situation.
She had grand ideas for it and was soon painting away!! Blue on the outside, cream trim ad white on the inside (to keep it bright and fresh). I think it became a bit of an obsession as three weeks later she was still painting!! However, the end result looked fabulous and we had lots of passing comments on our 'beach hut', 'holiday home' and 'somewhere to put the husband when he is misbehaving'!! ( all comments from our lovely neighbours!).
Since the shed has been up we've now been creating little hand tied designs and 'pick me up's' to place inside it. We even have some little mixed succulents and some twigs! (which Charlene assures me are 'on trend'!).
In the flower plot we have had cosmos, marigolds, larkspur, ammi, snapdragons, stocks, foxgloves and borage all making an appearance. 
I've been sowing and potting on like a crazy thing in preparation for the Holkham hall plant fair. We have violas and pansies, achillea, tanacetum, astrantia, geums and salvia's to name but a few.
A couple more new raised beds have gone in ready for next years cut flowers and we have lot's of lovely bulbs coming in soon which we'll be planting for spring flowering.
The sunflowers all came to an end a couple of weeks back now and so next year we're planning on staggering the sowing a bit more to keep them going a little longer. This will also apply to most of our cutting flowers.



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By Leon Longhurst 14 Nov, 2016
October has now been and gone....it seems like summer has just passed by in a blur. We've still been really busy in the plot planting bulbs for Spring and more batches of hardy annuals. The soil has been warm enough to bring on the Ammi, Daucus and Larkspur outside in the beds and they should be a good size before they hunker down for Winter. All the beds of Alliums are now planted, this year we've gone for some dainty Allium unifolium, some nice bright blue caerulium and a batch of Nectoscordum....that should satisfy the florist's need for Alliums!! We've also got a greenhouse full of little buckets of Narcissus 'Minnow', Muscari and Snakehead Fritillary.....these are sat on benches to keep any hungry mice off them.
The Anemone coronaria and Ranunculus are popping up in the tunnel beds and all being well they'll be our first cut flower of the year....hopefully Feb/March. Charlene's been busy with wedding consultations and has been finalising details with her December wedding bride as well as taking bookings for her popular Christmas flower workshops.
By Leon Longhurst 01 Oct, 2016
Well, what a busy month September turned out to be. With the fantastic warm sunny days right through September everything has been continuing to grow like mad. Having sown the first batch of hardy annuals for next Spring they've been shooting up and I've found myself willing them to slow down and not start flowering!! So far so good....we've got some lovely varieties on the go for next Spring including Ammi, Daucus (a wild carrot with similar flowers to Ammi but vivid crimson!!), a scented annual snapdragon, an almost white calendula, several beds of Anemone de Caen as well as 4 different Ranunculus. Exciting times at flower patch HQ and we're looking forward to the 1st of the flowers for cutting in late Feb/early March. We had a fantastic weekend at Holkham Hall plant fair with lots of people enjoying Charlene's flower arranging demonstration as well as my interview for the BBC Radio Norfolk 'Garden party' that broadcast live from the fair. Charlene has been busy with wedding consultations for next year as well as a fantastic winter wedding to prepare for in December. We also have some exciting news on Christmas flower workshops coming soon...so keep an eye out on Facebook, Twitter and our website for that. Oh..... and for some Autumn/Winter colour to brighten up your garden we have a lovely selection of Violas and Pansies available from our flower shed at the front of our home.
By Leon Longhurst 12 Aug, 2016
August found us busy putting up sheds and new display tables for our plants and flowers. 
With such a sunny spot outside our home we needed a little shade for our cut flowers to help keep them fresh and rosy! So Charlene purchased a little cheap and cheerful shed to help with the situation.
She had grand ideas for it and was soon painting away!! Blue on the outside, cream trim ad white on the inside (to keep it bright and fresh). I think it became a bit of an obsession as three weeks later she was still painting!! However, the end result looked fabulous and we had lots of passing comments on our 'beach hut', 'holiday home' and 'somewhere to put the husband when he is misbehaving'!! ( all comments from our lovely neighbours!).
Since the shed has been up we've now been creating little hand tied designs and 'pick me up's' to place inside it. We even have some little mixed succulents and some twigs! (which Charlene assures me are 'on trend'!).
In the flower plot we have had cosmos, marigolds, larkspur, ammi, snapdragons, stocks, foxgloves and borage all making an appearance. 
I've been sowing and potting on like a crazy thing in preparation for the Holkham hall plant fair. We have violas and pansies, achillea, tanacetum, astrantia, geums and salvia's to name but a few.
A couple more new raised beds have gone in ready for next years cut flowers and we have lot's of lovely bulbs coming in soon which we'll be planting for spring flowering.
The sunflowers all came to an end a couple of weeks back now and so next year we're planning on staggering the sowing a bit more to keep them going a little longer. This will also apply to most of our cutting flowers.



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