Is that the time already?

Is that the time already?

Well it appears to be April all of a sudden. What have I been doing with the last 6 weeks? Well, there was Valentine’s Day where I supplied not a single red rose but properly seasonal flowers, and Mothering Sunday weekend for which my few polytunnel-planted tulips bloomed in perfect time. I've provided flowers for two early spring weddings and been approached by two new shop owners to supply weekly bunches for sale. I've picked up a new edible flowers customer too. I made a funeral tribute full of bright spring colours for a willow coffin: it's always a privilege to be asked to do farewell flowers.

I cut hundreds of daffodils and narcissus during March and now the outdoor tulips are doing their trick of being ready suddenly and en masse. And they are gorgeous....

Alongside all the cutting, arranging and selling I've been working on the growing side of things as well, for one cannot exist without the other. There's been plenty of seed sowing, pricking out and planting outdoors to produce the rest of the year's flowers. Today I planted out the first lot of outdoor sweet peas, tomorrow I'm finally going to get the last of my autumn sown annuals in the ground. 

Wedding season starts in earnest this weekend - just a small one to warm up with - before the marriage frenzy of Easter weekend is upon us!

 

 

Back to market

Back to market

Blue skies and sunshine made the first Hovingham Market of the year a pleasure to attend on Saturday, after what seems like weeks of endless grey. I won't go so far as to say it was warm in my shady area but good boots and my winter coat took the edge off. I took a small offering of Cornish outdoor daffodils and scented narcissus and had a more-or-less sellout (just 2 bunches of white narcissus left) which was a good start to the year. The day's market-goers obviously couldn't resist taking a little pinch of spring colour and fragrance home. 

Hovingham is the only market I attend. It's small but perfect for spreading the word about British Flowers. I've been going just under a year and it seems to get busier every time. Come and find me there on the first Saturday of the month between 10.30 & 1.30. 

Sweetly scented early narcissus 

Sweetly scented early narcissus 

Valentine's Day

Soon available to order: beautiful seasonal flowers for someone dear to you....lover, friend, family, pet or your own sweet self. (NB Flowers can be sent at any time of year, not just February 14th - share the love all year!)

Handtied bouquets featuring a mix of daffodils, scented narcissis, tulips, foliage and more. Free delivery in the York area. Don't forget to add a personal message which I will include in my best handwriting. Prices from £25.