The first week of July 2017 has been a glorious one. The first day of July was our next door neighbour’s wedding day and the day dawned with not a cloud in the clear deep blue sky. After a year of planning, planting and growing the flowers for this eventful day it was finally here. On the Wednesday and Thursday prior to the big day we had half a month’s rainfall in two days. The Sweet Williams and Alchemilla Mollis were flattened and my husband worked tirelessly all week to stake up all the flowers that were being battered by the relentless rain, sometimes falling lightly but at other times it was torrential. The previous weeks had been baking hot and he had been watering the plants continuously to keep them from dying of thirst! Despite the trials and tribulations of the good old English weather we managed to have enough flowers for their wedding day.
The table centers were a mix of garden flowers, Alchemilla Mollis, Gypsophila, Sweet Williams, Calendula, Cornflowers, Nigella seed pods and Sweet Peas in glass jars placed inside old vintage tins.
The archway into the garden was a mix of Ammi Majus, Roses, Sweet William, Alchemilla Mollis and Sweet Peas with long ivy trails. The roses in the arch were bought. Two tubs of lemon yellow Cosmos were on either side of the arch.
There were little glass bottles of mixed flowers on the picnic tables in the garden and two big displays at the entrance to the marquee. Due to the devastation of our Delphiniums in the storms in June we had to buy in some of the flowers for the two big displays. The brides and the bridesmaid’s bouquets were a mix of Sweet Peas, Cornflowers, Nigella seed pods and Bupleurum. The roses in the bouquet, the same as the roses in the arch were bought. The bride looked beautiful and it was a wonderful day.
It was great fun growing the flowers for such a special occasion and we did have quite a few moments of trepidation with the weather. Now a week later we can enjoy the rest of our beautiful cutting patch and garden for ourselves and I have spent a very happy day playing in the garden. The sweet peas are quite spectacular and their wonderful sweet scent fills the rooms of our home.
We still have an abundance of cornflowers and calendula and also the very pretty and delicate pink Gypsophila. Our sunflowers are just starting to flower and also the Lysimachia and Phlox. There are still lots to look forward to.
We are now nearing the end of July and despite the weather it has been a wonderful and memorable month. The Sweet Peas in particular have been outstanding, we have had such a bounty of beautiful blooms from them and they are still going strong.
The Poppies have also been really lovely and we have grown some that we have never seen before, from the really delicate Bridal Silk to the multi coloured Peony Poppies, all have been stunning in their own particular way.
The Lysimachia are now in flower, grown from seed which we started last year in February. It has been a long journey but well worth the wait, they are really gorgeous.