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Lupin fever

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Today I bought my first lupins of the season. Lupins are one of those flowers that don’t last a long time in the vase but that has never bothered me. I’d be happy to have anything looking that good for just a few days. They have exactly the right combination of geometricity and unruliness with the added bonus of arriving in mixed colour bunches.

I packed up the van with said lupins, cornflowers and roses among other flowers, and headed to the nearby barracks where a group of lovely women had asked me to run a morning of flower school. After a bit of foliage foraging (mounds of hebe, copper beech, stachys and clematis) we set to work and the group did themselves proud.

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As an aside, I also enjoyed my little insight into life “behind the wire”. I was green with envy at their collection of beautiful tureens and dishes (for flowers obviously, not soup).

The cutting garden

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Yesterday was spent with my good friend Karen of Widehaugh House near Hexham. Karen was teaching a cutting garden course which I took part in, mainly turning up to eat an incredible lunch and then snip at her garden and create something beautiful with what was available. All the rain of last month, followed by the heat of the last week has meant that at last things are growing and we collected clematis, scented roses, cornflowers, aquilegia, lilac, euphorbia and wallflowers. To call this work would be ridiculous, there is nothing better on a Wednesday than sipping wine in a beautiful garden, feeling the sun on my back and turning my phone off to play with flowers that money can’t buy. The Dutchman cannot compete with this garden. And since July brings a new home with a south-facing garden I have good intentions of working on my own cutting garden…

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