We do love a quirky, elegant buttonhole. We’ve supplied quite a few of the Young Blooms weddings this year and just as much love goes into making buttonholes for weddings as into bouquets and arrangements.Buttonholes hardly ever receive the spotlight treatment. It’s about time we changed that.
Here are some of our favourites created from the bounty of the Not so Secret Garden.
More unusual style
Using dried lavender in wreaths is perfect for scent
Autumn sees the end of the traditional summer flowers including one of the stalwarts of the flower patch – lavender. We grow both French and English lavender in the Not So Secret Garden and it’s all well used in bouquets, wedding buttonholes and wreaths. We use it fresh but also dry some to use all year round.
Our lavender being planted 2 years ago
Each lavender requires a slightly different maintenance regime but essentially, once it’s established in well-drained soil in a sunny spot, it more-or-less looks after itself. At this time of year any flower heads which have not been picked need to be cut down and consigned to the compost heap.
Reaping our harvest
Generally speaking you prune English lavender by cutting it back by two thirds in late summer. The new shoots which appear at the base of the bush will then have enough time to grow and harden up before winter comes. Tidying the lavender before the winter helps it keep its shape, and, as we are creating a beautiful garden as well as a flower farm, it’s important that we keep on top of these tasks. For gardeners who don’t wish to harvest the lavender flowers, if you chop your plants again in April it will delay flowering time until after the first flush of roses, giving your garden interest for longer.
Taking softwood or semi-ripe cuttings from young plants in early summer and hardwood cuttings from new growth after flowering in late autumn is quite straightforward. That’s something for us to try next year, although we have been planting more lavender to extend the patch.
It’s been glorious this year despite the lack of a long, hot summer. Lavender truly is a wonder plant with a rich history of uses over time in medicine, cosmetics and floristry as well as a stalwart of the landscaped garden. It’s a great companion plant for roses and who wouldn’t want a lavender hedge keeping the bees happy and supplying the florists at Young Blooms with plenty of beautifully scented flower heads to add to gorgeous summer bouquets.
It was a very exciting moment for us to be able to arrange a bouquet of flowers all grown in the garden. As you know the weather has been fabulous for the flowers so we had a lovely selection to pick from.
Truly British flowers
In the jug are dahlias, cornflowers, verbena, lavender, snapdragons, lupins, mint and alchillea.
A very lovely selection picked from the garden
If your interested in ordering an arrangement like this then do contact Young Blooms on 01225 580271 and a floral delight like this can be yours.
All pretty & ready to go
First Dahlia of the season
Summer seems to have finally arrived at the Garden as it’s been glorious sunshine for the last two weeks and the plants are loving it. The first dahlia has flowered and the sweet-peas are going crazy.
Sweet-peas from the garden can be purchased through the Young Blooms shop at Hartley Farm. You can see from the photos below, they have been going into wedding flowers created by the Florists which look fabulous.
Peony & Sweet-pea bridal bouquet
Summery wedding table-centre
Reclaimed vintage window frames
We are gradually adding in interesting pieces to the garden and were very chuffed with these reclaimed vintage window frames that Mr Bowles found for us. They are now installed and will soon have some yummy roses trailing up them (i’m going for David Austin)…..