August flowers

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daffodils and poppy
August is almost over and then we’re officially into spring! Here’s a little retrospective of what was flowering on the farm this month. Bare branches waiting to burst into blossom and Hellebores – winter essentials. Can you spot the tiny snail under the Hellebore leaf? whites and greens: campanula, snowdrops, anemone, nasturtium, parsley heads yellow
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planting

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berries
It’s hot again now, but last week we had a few nice coolish days. We were planting out seedlings like mad people. I took some photos for my new line of greeting cards the other day and left the stuff in the drive after I had finished. Geoff said they look like spaceship droppings. Hm.
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things

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limb and dahlia
  This happened on New Year’s Eve. A big branch fell on my Dahlias and Cosmos. It must mean that the old year is going out with a bang and making room for the new one, the prolific and floriferous 2016. Where at least 80% of our plants are going to survive and not succumb to
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rescue mission

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wild
Been digging up the whole garden, or so it feels. I felt a bit stupid, a little crazy, but also like a hero, rescueing those poor plants from their saline irrigation death.  For a long time I felt completely helpless, just sitting and watching them die, until I realised that I CAN actually try and
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Moody

contrast
After four days of extreme world record breaking heat, this grey and rainy but still warm enough to wear shorts and t-shirt day feels like absolute bliss. Now we’re rushing about like mad to get as many seedlings planted as possible before the mercury hits 39 again on Thursday.          
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struggle
The past few weeks (months?)(feels like years, but obviously isn’t) have been such a struggle at the farm. I am trying very hard to make this flower farm thing work, to make flower farming in general into the next big thing, to make people realise they NEED flowers – nice flowers, local flowers, not ordinary
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pinching celosia with a teething toddler
Summer seems to be finally here in all it’s glory and dreadfulness and farm life resembles a time loop. Endless days of picking flowers, watering, looking after a  teething and tantruming toddler, watering some more, bunching flowers, watering some more and anxiously awaiting the clock strike 6, when the toddler hopefully falls into a restless
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In Bloom this Week

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Sunflowers Evening Sun and Solar Flash
Ammi visnaga / Bishop’s Weed / Queen Anne’s Lace, the last of the Ornithogalum, Sunflowers Evening Sun and Solar Flash, Dill. The Nigella are forming nice pods. We are selling these nice paper wrapped bouquets at the markets now. The firsts of the Dahlias are starting to come up, can’t wait to see them bloom!
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