Leading with lemon...

Tulip season is always a little fustrating.  You can't stagger their flowering and no matter whether they say 'early' or 'late' flowering they seem to arrive when they want too.  It makes for tough planning if you are a flower farmer florist...or whatever we call ourselves!!!  

We can't imagine not growing them and only hope that next year we have a bumper crop of April brides to enjoy them...hint hint brides out there planning their wedding!!!!  

But with our Little Flower School Floral Immersion course fast approaching and coinsiding with the excess tulip stock this has given us a great excuse to dust off the winter cobwebs and get practising.  

Lemon tulips seemed to scream out to be picked with tangerine rannunclus and lush green foliage like the scented geranium leaves  - creating a really fresh bouquet to welcome in the better weather.  

Enjoy x

 

The garden gate flower company - April bouquet. 

The garden gate flower company - April bouquet. 

Love the single white rannunclus at the moment - they remind me of cosmos purity!

 

Bouquet by the garden gate flower company  

Bouquet by the garden gate flower company  

When given just a colour preference by a client it means having the ability to pick the best in the garden on the day - today I loved being my own client!  

 

a stunning tree in blossom at Tregothan charity open garden

a stunning tree in blossom at Tregothan charity open garden

 

by the garden gate flower company

by the garden gate flower company

 

a stunning lemon magnolia at Tregothan charity open day - don't we all wish magnolia grew as fast as willow?! 

a stunning lemon magnolia at Tregothan charity open day - don't we all wish magnolia grew as fast as willow?! 

the garden gate flower company

the garden gate flower company

Our flowers are now available at The Duchy Nursery Lostwithiel on a weekly basis.  If you would like to order a bouquet for a present or perhaps to add a personal touch to a dinner table we would love to discuss your ideas - please do give us a ring or contact us via our enquiry form. 

We've forgotton what it looks like...

I'm talking about a tulip!

So often you go into a supermarket now and see a tight, small bud, short stem tulip and sadly we now think this is normal for this flower.   ITS NOT!!!! 

We happily support and use the early Lincolnshire tulips before our own crop kicks in and what they produce in their own way is lovely.  However nothing can compare to a tulip grown without heat and without the demand of mass production. 

But it seems we have forgotten what it is like to see tulips that are home grown.  Tulips grown without additional heat will develop large heads, have a strong stems and will open and close when cut and subjected to varying temperatures.  An open tulip does not equal death....   Have we all forgotten how beautiful it is to see the centre of a tulip?  Look at these...

The Garden Gate Flower Company - home grown organic tulips

The Garden Gate Flower Company - home grown organic tulips

These tulips didn't die straight after I snapped them!  If these were to be placed into the cold they would actually close up again just like their friend the Anemone.  These flowers will last easily 7 days with a three day water change and a small snip at the ends of the stems. 

Tulips should appear blousy, luxurious, bend and move to the light - not stand in straight jackets facing the ceiling! 

Enjoy x

 

The Garden Gate Flower Company - Libretto Parrot cream & pink

The Garden Gate Flower Company - Libretto Parrot cream & pink

 

 

The Garden Gate Flower Company - Belle Époque  

The Garden Gate Flower Company - Belle Époque  

 

The Garden Gate Flower Company - swan wings white

The Garden Gate Flower Company - swan wings white

The Garden Gate Flower Company - tulip patch

The Garden Gate Flower Company - tulip patch

Seasonal tulip bouquet by The Garden Gate Flower Company

Seasonal tulip bouquet by The Garden Gate Flower Company

 

The excitement then the wait...

By becca

I first visualised this bouquet when I walked into the tunnel on Mothering Sunday.  I'd gone in to pick a few flowers for the 'afternoon tea table' and was hit by the most beautiful coral orange rannunclus and peach toned tulips.  I did for a minute contemplate making this arrangement then and there....but I'm not sure being late for Mums lemon drizzle cake would have made me very popular! 

So this afternoon in the warm spring sunshine I boiled in the tunnel plucking these blooms and created this bouquet.  

all blooms home grown by The Garden Gate Flower Company.

all blooms home grown by The Garden Gate Flower Company.

 

With the addition of blossom and the hellebores which are now nicely hardened off these blooms made my knees wobble a bit.  It's days like today when I'm not caked in mud, cold, and aching that I realise how much I love my job! 

Enjoy... 

 

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If you would like to learn how to make a hand tied arrangement using our flowers take a look at our workshops page.  

Happy Spring x

more from the workshop

Paul at BJ Richards came up with some amazing hellebores for us from Highcroft Gardens, http://bjrichardsflowers.co.uk/highcroft-gardens, his father's own gardens over looking the beautiful Tamar Valley.  They open in the summer under the NGS, so look out for the yellow signs later in the year. I will be first in the queue.  

Paul also gave us a guided tour of the glass houses. It was so interesting to see how they do things on such a big scale, and I managed to grab the first bunch of Cornish Delphiniums too.  So lovely. So #britishflowers !!

The ranunculus was fabulously in flower and baby stocks and snaps all in ready for the coming season too.  

Amanda Taffinder brought some fantastic daffs. all home grown by her father-in-law for us to use. These rich yellows are so heartwarming at this time of year. Thanks Amanda (and Simon) xx 

There was lots of fun to be had in the barn, what larks!  I had to include this one of Charlotte from Rock n' Rosie, there is so much to be gained from pulling faces in photos, I have a growing collection of my own! I challenge you not to smile! (Sorry Charlotte, she really is very beautiful, honestly!!!).  

Top tip from the Blue Carrot: this is how to take really stunning photos of your work, every time. The secret is out! 

We are very much looking forward to doing this again, especially when we have more of our own flowers growing outside too. Penny made soup and cake, and the fire was lit in  the house, but outside was sunny and warm too.  It was great to make new friends and catch up with old ones. Outcome numero uno/this seasons challenge is how to use red in a really summery, nice way. Red. Red. Red... Thanks all for coming and being so interesting and fun, all at the same time! 

Our First Workshop of the Season with Fellow Florists & Flower Farmers....

So we spring cleaned the barn, painted up some MDF boards with gorgeous Nature Paint colours, ordered an abundance of British Flowers from BJ Richards and foraged till our hearts content all in great anticipation of our first workshop of the year!  

 

 

Ready for dressing our new 'workshop' barn....rustic is so now darling....!!!

Ready for dressing our new 'workshop' barn....rustic is so now darling....!!!

It really was quite a special day for TGGFC we have never had an industry meet up on the farm before - we were charged with great talent and energy that drove in on the farm that day we are sure this won't be the last one! 

A garden tour sharing planting plans, hopes and dreams....we all want the perfect growing conditions!!

A garden tour sharing planting plans, hopes and dreams....we all want the perfect growing conditions!!

 

Rock n Rosie Flowers, Amanda Taffinder & Escential Blooms hanging out in our tunnel

Rock n Rosie Flowers, Amanda Taffinder & Escential Blooms hanging out in our tunnel

Following our tea, cake, gossip, lunch and garden tour we headed up to the new 'workshop' barn to play with beautiful #britishflowers.  Maz created a stunning eucalyptus garland (the storm was good for some things!) which hugged a table laced with jugs of hellebores, rannunclus, narcissi, tulips, blossom, delicate snowflakes and more...!    

 

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Rock en Rosie Flowers creating her hand-tie and Susanne from The Blue Carrot - amazing to watch these guys work! 

Rock en Rosie Flowers creating her hand-tie and Susanne from The Blue Carrot - amazing to watch these guys work! 

And what I expect you all want to see....what was produced!....

 

The Garden Gate Flower Company

The Garden Gate Flower Company

 

Rock en Rosie Flowers 

Rock en Rosie Flowers 

 

sorry picture twice...for the love of god i can't delete the duplicate!!!! Arghhhhh.....

sorry picture twice...for the love of god i can't delete the duplicate!!!! Arghhhhh.....

The Blue Carrot

The Blue Carrot

Amanda Taffinder

Amanda Taffinder

 

 

Escential Blooms

Escential Blooms

Manor Farm Cottage

Manor Farm Cottage


Roswartha Farm

Roswartha Farm

Wild at Heart Country Flowers

Wild at Heart Country Flowers

There were others that escaped our camera - sorry.

It felt strange the day after clearing up the barn, a space that was filled with such energy the day before and the day after just felt like a quiet old barn again.  However we did play with some rather wonderful leftovers!....

 

 

The Garden Gate Flower Company

The Garden Gate Flower Company

 

If you are keen to join us at the farm for a workshop pop over to our 'workshops' page on our website.  If you are a fellow florist or grower and would be interested in a day like this do please email us for future dates.

Happy Spring everyone! 

 

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