Rosebie’s tips, David Austin preview and more
On behalf of David Austin, we’d like to invite you to an English Country Wedding on Wednesday 9 October. Save the date in your diary to enjoy watching a rose-filled occasion unfold. We are David Austin’s chosen UK bouquet supplier and with our sister farm in Kenya are among only a tiny number of farms around the world hand-picked by David Austin to grow their cut stems.
HOW TO NURTURE YOUR CUTTING GARDEN
We caught up with our founder and flower farmer, Rosebie Morton, to discover her tips about what to do in your cutting garden, patch or window box this month: “Cosmos, Dahlias and Verbena Bonariensis are still in bloom, so keep them going by dead-heading and cutting. Plants that have had their day can be removed and either stored for next year or, if annuals, put on the compost heap. You can get ahead by sowing seeds that can be over-wintered such as Cornflowers (Centaurea), Poppies, Orlaya grandiflora, Cerinthe, Nigella and Scabious.”
ON THE FARM
“I’m excited about the spindle berries on the farm because the colours are so beautiful,” says Rosebie. “I love the way the low summer sun catches the leaves and seedpods, which provide a wonderful contrast of a sugar-pink capsule against the vibrant orange seed.” Precious pearl-like English Snowberries are also in bloom and star in our NEW Sweet Snowberry & Rose and Pearl & Lavender bouquets.
CELEBRATING AN OCTOBER BIRTHDAY
For this month’s birthday bouquet, our talented florists took inspiration from October’s birthstone, the opal, which means “to see change” in Greek. So they combined the opalescent, milky tones of scented White O’Hara roses with autumnal grasses and warm Candlelight and Caramel Antike scented roses to represent the changing of the season.
To simplify the process of choosing wedding flowers, we’ve launched a new “ready-to-wear” bouquet collection – a limited edition of beautiful arrangements that you can browse and select from rather than starting the whole process from scratch.