What a whirl wind of a week Maz and I have had. The only thing on our minds is wreaths and who is going to cook dinner when we get in late!
Last weekend we started the festive month off down on the Fowey Quay at the towns Christmas Market. We had an amazing reaction to our wreaths and hope we have cheered up a number of doors in the local area!
Becca on the stall at Fowey Christmas Market
Last night we took to road with a trailer full of Christmas wreaths and set up at Padstow Christmas Market. The market starts Thursday 5th at 2 – 5.30pm (today!!), Friday 10 – 8.30pm (somebody please bring us a flask of hot tea…no scrap that mulled wine!), Saturday 10 – 6.30pm and Sunday 10 – 5.00pm (at which point we will be under the table asleep!).
Christmas Wreath by The Garden Gate Flower Company
I had a scary moment of counting roughly how many we have made over the past 8 days in my sleeps and I think we must be around the 80 mark… Which leads me on very nicely to all the lovely products I’m hoping Santa may bring to repair my chapped fingers. I dream of a stocking filled with Jo Malone products but to be honest my little hands would be happy with a pot of E45 right now!
Other items on my stocking list are a new pair of sheepskin lined mucker boots – I tweeted a link to a rather yummy pair on Toast’s website http://www.toast.co.uk/product/footwear/F0AAL/SOREL+SNOW+BOOT.htm?categoryref=%2fcategory.aspx%3fcategoryid%3dfootwear%26seoterm%3dfootwear%26nav%3dwomen%26menu&pcat=footwear&adimage=&clr=F0AAL_tobacco
Ok I admit they are pricey and lets be honest I can’t see myself digging in the tulip bulbs in them but wow I’d enjoyed prancing around the garden all the same!! Rose @bespokeconfetti brought me back down to earth with a much more realistic price point from good old Mole Valley……thank you Rosie……sort of!
What are you gardeners hoping will be in your stocking?!
Now I hand you over to Sara who has the low down on our festive Monday night twitter chat….
#britishflowers – Monday 2 December
This week we had a general catch up with a festive theme, top tips and some discussion about the types of things flower farmers would like for Christmas. It turns out we’re quite easy to buy for, and looking after our hands (and feet) were top priorities.
For gift ideas Carole (@TuckshopFlowers) posted a photo of a great idea, old fashioned bone china cup and saucer used as a pot to grow crocus. I think she sold a couple during the hour!
Clever and creative idea from Karen (@PeterNyssen)
Order seeds/plants/trees/shrubs for delivery in the spring. Put photos of them inside a gardening magazine, put tea bags coffee and/or biscuits with it then wrap and deliver – a present for Christmas and another for the Spring!
Sara (@myflowerpatch) had a top tip for protecting hands when working on wreaths – if you can get hold of some old surgical needle holders to grip wire.
Hand creams, lotions and potions to sooth after a hard day potting, pricking out or more likely given the season, dealing with materials to make the most fabulous festive wreaths!
Body Shop – Hemp
Baby Bottom Butter
L’Occitane Shea Butter Hand Cream
And if we want to support our Twitter friends:
Handmade herb infused creams from Sian at @cookslaneherbs
Tip from me – I put on handcream, then thin disposable gloves and then gardening gloves – heat from hands means cream gets absorbed while you’re working
More protection suggestions in the form of gloves:
Wilko cheap seedling ones
Leather – although some stain your hands yellow when they get wet
Gold-Leaf leather gloves
Thin fleece gloves from Tesco are great as garden glove liners
Aigle (look for neoprene lining)
Thick soled ‘farmer’s’ wellies
And remember to match boots with warm cosy socks – ski socks, alpaca wool etc
@cookcarlsson mentioned Finnish woollen underwear – see kauppa.ruskovilla.fi/pryhma/3
Suppliers – molevalleyfarmers were mentioned
Quick chat about pricing wreaths – between £20- £30 seemed to be common figure.
And that was us out of time!
See you next Monday
The Handpicked Flower Company
Christmas Feather Wreath by The Garden Gate Flower Company