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IMG_5005Sarah Raven Made me Do It

It was Witchcraft !

It all started this week when the temptress Sarah Raven sent out a missive that she was offering cut price dahlia tubers. It was one quick sidestep to her website and I was hooked and drawn into that one click wonder of purchasing a little clutch of dahlias which will be added into our existing dahlia meadow in our garden.

Don’t get me wrong – I love and adore Sarah and will sing her praises and admire her endlessly . She fills up my senses with gorgeous catalogues and aspirational visions of delight ! she cannot go wrong .. so nor neither can I !

So what have I chosen and why ?

Thanks to the Sarah Raven website we have all the pictures to see what was in my basket (a basket which could have been added to many times over .. but rare for me , I was reasonably restrained and stuck with five favourites ! )

  1. Dahlia Magenta Star

dahlia Magenta Star

Love made this choice happen ! Paul and I treated ourselves to a night at Gravetye Manor for our  wedding anniversary last year  .We saw this dahlia planted en masse there and utterly adored it.Tom makes a spectacular display by threading it through his borders and with its glowing , luminous flower and very dark stems and leaves it is stunning. So that one was a must !

2. Dahlia “Blanc y Verde”

dahlia blanc y verde

its always a good idea  to have a white dahlia for cutting and adding into bunches . This one has a luminosity and delicate verdant green within it which sings out to me . Also a perfect single open flower will be super for our bees. Its a cool , calm and collected sort of dahlia !

3. Dahlia “Waltzing Mathilda”

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Not only was the colour combination within the flower beguiling – pink and burnt orange is thrilling to me- but it reminded me of that song and then I couldn’t get it out of my mind .. you won’t either.

4. Dahlia “Burlesca”

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emm again .. it seems to be that orangey pink colour way which has caught me in its clutches.. but obviously that tight perfect form of the flower shape is wonderful and will add flower shape interest to bouquets .The name conjured up that whiff of the nightime and the fascinating intrigue of burlesque nightclub burlesque !

5.Dahlia “Darkarin”

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oops .. that colour again ! well I really loved the name of this one .. a hint of mystery , mood and magic and brooding jewel box velvet.

Now Waiting for Despatch

phew sorted ….order is in , free postage and packing applied, we are on our way . More soon once the tubers arrive.

What happens next

Once the tubers arrive I will show you how to plant them , and then the magic will start ! I will then reveal to you how one can become two and two four (I will for the first time ever do the math !) and we can make a meadow with the few becoming many ! Dahlia cuttings – we love them ! so easy to do when you know how !  and soon you will !

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I am happy to still be cutting flowers for sale in our teashop. There are still plenty of flowers to choose from – ranging from eupatoriums, phlox,solidago, molucella, achillea,, veronicastrum, grasses ….and of course the fabby dahlias who go from strength to strength this time of year.The only criteria for a bunch is that it must be wild,free flowing and have  a taste of the wonderful about it.

012 moody ,jewel like colours  and a sense of a voluptuous stained glass window are the colours I favour…imagine the colours of a packet of Spangle sweets(I bet they don’t make them any more !) ..worringly acidic and sharp as glass …their fragments cutting your  mouth with shards like a sherbet lemon sweet, lacerating tongues and tastebuds alike…..if you like pink – just think -we have achillea love parade making candy floss curls through the bouquets.

001and the Marys among us , stop being contrary and look at what you can get from our British cut flower garden only yards away and no airmiles ,honest .. growing British without the groans and grumbles  of a pantechnicon lorry …only the comforting squeak of a overloaded barrow and the rubbery fold of a wellington boot…

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now is the time for the cut flower queens to go forth and cut to their hearts content.And now is the time for you to spoil yourself , your best friend, mum,dad,sister,brother, boyfriend,girlfriend.. any friend  or any foe to the best of the cut flowers available today…as autumn steels its hoary cape across the garden take those burnt oranges and build bonfires of colour in your hand

157gather up the trails of glorious gold and melting ambers, molten vermillion….and fan a flame in your arms…. from garden urn to humble jam jar cut  flowers will always make the final cut !

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Another local design business we are very honoured to be showcasing in the gardens this year are the very talented Moore Designs .

Who : Moore Designs is a successful collaboration between husband and wife team Kim and   Alex Moore. An award-winning blacksmith and designer, Alex Moore has created original  metalwork for over 12 years, and has supplied pieces for numerous medal-winning  Chelsea show gardens, public buildings and private residences throughout the UK.

Kim Moore is a professional marketer and advertising copywriter with 15 years of   experience building high street brands. Between them they have created an exciting  range of contemporary outdoor furniture and new form garden obelisks designed to be both sculptural and functional.

Metal Garden Obelisks

We have a selection of their architectural  garden obelisks showing in our Cutting garden which mirror the natural form of plants by flaring at the top, supporting them as they fill out and giving them the room needed to display at their best.

Made from a combination of 6mm and 8mm round solid bar, the metal obelisks are strong and sturdy and will support even the heaviest of plants including clematis, honeysuckle and roses. At the moment they are easily supporting our hopeless sweetpeas who are not making an ounce of effort to grow !In the meantime I love their  sculptural form .

 Garden Arch Designs

Graceful and sturdy, their simple garden arch designs are handmade by them in extra thick steel. Their unfussy styles complement any style of garden and are strong enough to support even the largest climbing plant. Both designs are beautiful as well as functional, allowing you to enjoy their sweeping shapes even during the winter months. We have two,  making swoonful arches over the bridge into the house garden and at the entrance into the cutting garden.

Garden Spheres & Sculpture

You can punctuate your lawns or hard landscaped areas with their decorative garden spheres.  I tweeted or facebooked about great balls of steel the other day I think. Their balls can be made  from either rusted mild steel or polished stainless steel and they could seriously  add interest   wherever they’re used. For impact in your garden, choose one of their spectacular giant spheres. Available   up to 2.5m in diameter their aged rust finish changes with the weather and seasons. And as you know big is always beautiful !

Read a lot more about Moore Designs at www.mooredesigns.co.uk

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