💐🌺🦋 Flower of the Day!
Jacaranda (Jacaranda mimosifolia)
I’m in Sydney today and walking through Hyde Park on arrival look what I see! The beautiful Jacaranda tree. Not a native to Australia as is often thought, but so at home here and synonymous with summer in the Emerald City, it is actually a native of South America.
They are associated the coming of better times, reward for study or work well done.
As they are a popular street and park tree, often found in school, college and university campuses there are a few interesting beliefs that have grown up with them. Synch as - if you have not begun studying by the time they bloom, you will not pass your exams. If a blossom falls in you, well you will either pass or fail! (Depends on the campus belief I have found!) They are also tied to moon due to a beautiful Amazon story you might like to seek out for yourself!
Bunches of love,
Evening all. Just popping by tonight to remind you all that you are awesome 💚 May your days be filled with things that make you happy (go do them!), may you look in the mirror and realise the awesomely unique person you are, and may your Autumn raspberry bushes be ever fruitful!! 😆 😘 xx
I can’t tell you how much this scene reminds me of my late Grandad. I literally grew up in the garden with him and he would push me around from super little in my Silver Cross pram, scattering crumbs on top of my blanket for the robins to feed. As I got bigger, I was upgraded to a wheelbarrow and I’d lay on top of a blanket of leaves as he did exactly the same thing. I absolutely loved it. SUCH a vivid childhood memory 🍁🤗❤️
Mulch mulch mulch! I could go on about mulch all day long.
It's not only good for your veg patch but is great for lazy gardeners like myself.
I did a few #ruthstout beds this year and my garlic harvest was incredibly. I only watered twice in 9 months!
This coming season I'm trying out the #berkley technique which involves creating a hot bed with layers of horse manure and hay/straw, like a lasagne. I have 3 layers of each in my new squash beds and will be covering these with larp over the winter. They wont do much for a few months but as the spring arrives I will be adding more layers to increase the temperature. This will allow me to plant out a little sooner (I will cover with cloches to protect from frosts) and the temperature inside each mound should get up to around 60°c. This technique is also good for polytunnels and green hoses as they act as heaters. (You can also use barrels of water)
The heaters need to an replaced around every 20-30 days if using inside a green house, it if your doing them in your beds like me you can just keep adding layers. This way of mulching will keep weeds down, slugs away, moisture in and scorching heat out. Fingers crossed it works and I get a good crop next year 🤞
(Always research and plan what plants you want to manure as some plants don't like it)
Purple Stripe Aubergine Seedlings Update😉
It may be Autumn outdoors but these seedlings are growing day by day indoors. Swipe to Pic 2 from just 5 days ago. Just glad they are not racing away and becoming leggy. Grow lamps keeping them in check 🤗
Have you any seedlings growing indoors?
Come and learn how to make something like this (and lots of other flowery things) on our last Career Course of 2018.
4th, 5th and 6th December 2018
We will also teach you:
On this three day intensive course you will learn the essential skills needed to start your floristry career. Whether you're just starting out or you've been a florist for some time but want to refresh your technique and learn a new approach, this is the perfect course for you.
Day 1 - Bridal bouquet and bridal accessories.
Day 2 - Table flowers and bouquet refresher.
Day 3 - Urn arranging and large scale installation making.
£1100 per person.
Next course - 4/5/6th December.flowersociety.
Lots more workshops- link in bio
I returned to Great Dixter today to pick up a load of seedlings. The kindness that permeates the place is just incredible. Whilst I absolutely love my job, I really miss getting to grips with this iconic garden with the wonderful team.
✨🎄 CHRISTMAS WREATH MAKING WORKSHOP🎄✨
In nature, nothing goes to waste and I like to have the same approach in my floristry 💫 Being creative and decorating our homes for Christmas does not have be wasteful 💚
On December 10th I will be teaching a sustainable wreath workshop at @mother.works 🌟 you will learn how to make a festive, luxury wreath from scratch! Using willow, vines, dried fruits and British foliage! 🍃 100% biodegradable so what we take from nature we can return at the end of the Christmas period 🌟
Tickets are available from my bio! I would LOVE to see you there. We can have a good old chat over mulled wine and mince pies ❄️💚🎄
Nutritower in the office 💼🌱
"Since having the Nutritower set up in the office, I truly can't imagine it without. It brings a new sense of life to the space that results in better health, energy and overall productivity. It's visual appeal is an added bonus! Thank you, Nutritower, for making it possible to bring a garden into a downtown Toronto workspace."