Paul’s Diary

April 4, 2017

Spring Forward

April is such a glorious month; I just want to press the pause button as it all goes by so fast. With the recent warm weather we have enjoyed the most amazing blossom, and just this last week we have seen the very first peonies arrive from France.

As spring moves forward to early summer the array of flowers increases and the colours soften to beautiful pastel shades. I love the palette of soft apricots and lilacs, which we have

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Old market
March 18, 2017

In Like a Lion, Out Like a Lamb

I love this saying about March. It’s such an exciting month as everything starts to wake up in the garden. The month starts with the last grip of winter, along with its freezing cold air and wind, and ends in warmer spring sunshine

Spring moves into full season as Narcissi flower with abundance and most exciting of all, it’s blossom time! There can be nothing more lovely in the floral world than to decorate with blossom. Last year we decorated an entire staircase

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February 2, 2017

Love in Bloom

Though as I write this it is still freezing cold, we have the promise that Spring is around the corner, heralded by the sudden flowering of snowdrops. I love these flowers, for their humble, gentle appearance belies their great strength as they force their way through hard frosted ground.

Spring has certainly sprung in the flower market with colourful anemones, ranunculi, tulips, mimosa and hyacinths everywhere. I adore the Italian anemones with their luscious colourful heads surrounded by a pretty frill of

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January 2, 2017

Beginning the New Year

January 2017: Beginning the New Year

A New Year beckons with all the hopes and promises of a clean start. Resolutions made (and broken). After all the business of December, I rather like the quiet days of January for the chance to take stock and start planning.

I had my first day out in the garden, trying to finally get in all my spring bulbs I just couldn’t get in before Christmas! Even now in this bleak dark

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November 5, 2016

Autumn Inspiration

is much talk of winter trends in flowers, and though we keep abreast with what’s current and on-trend, I have always just wanted to let nature do the talking. She knows best, so where better to look for inspiration?
The hawthorns, apples and rosehips are very heavy with fruit this year, which suggests a cold winter ahead in gardener’s law, but how beautiful they look, particularly on a bright sunny day.

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