January flowers and plans

Happy New Year to you all, anyone else not quite sure what day of the week it is?

Hippeastrum at perfect flowering stage for Christmas with 6 flowers

Hippeastrum at perfect flowering stage for Christmas with 6 flowers

I’ve had a fabulous relaxing Christmas period. Lots of lovely time with my family and friends, plus bits of admin and a couple of short but very productive sessions at the farm.

i’ve obviously eaten too much and sat around even more, so i’m looking back to getting back into routines, from tomorrow, with maybe just a bit longer lie in than normal for the next week. The best bit for me is that we’ve now had the shortest day and so by the end of January, we’ll have more light in the mornings and i’ll feel more like getting up.

January 1st Iris Unguicularis flowering in the garden

January 1st Iris Unguicularis flowering in the garden

There were some lovely “Useful for work” Christmas presents. Which i’m now making the most of . These pictures were all taken since Christmas or today 1st January with my new 50mm lens.

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I got gorgeous soft fingerless gloves, which will keep my hands toasty while i’m making bouquets for the next couple of months, and the Lean Farm book by Ben Hartman, which is a great reminder for my principles of working smarter, not harder while growing my flowers. (It’s also based on a lot of the principles which our Business of Growing flowers course follows)

Viburnum Tinus

Viburnum Tinus

I was also really pleased to get this lovely urn, which is going to be used lots this year, I can tell. My first arrangement was made with my Christmas flowers - All UK grown of course.

The chickens are now confined to quarters for both walking in front of my photos, and trying to scratch up my Hellebore buds

The chickens are now confined to quarters for both walking in front of my photos, and trying to scratch up my Hellebore buds

For those wanting to know about the ingredients : Eucalyptus, Ammi Visnaga, Senicio, Rosemary, Ivy, Sweet Williams all from the farm. Cabbages from Hungry Hill, Tulips from Waitrose, Lillies and Chrysanths from M&S

So what are the plans for January?

Well the greenhouses and grow tunnel at the farm are still full of plants, so we’ve plenty to get in the ground whenever it isn’t frozen. We’re still splitting and dividing perennials, and there will be excess plants for sale in February.

Tray of larkspur nearly ready to be planted out.

Tray of larkspur nearly ready to be planted out.

The Website has been updated with lots of new photos from last year, particularly the Wedding portfolio, and there will be even more in the coming month.

I’ve got a month to plan for having my first trade stall at the Flowers from the Farm conference in Lincoln, where i’ll be selling The British Flowers Book, and promoting my workshops, both Online and At the farm

In the meantime, i’ve got to make sure that the field plans are properly in place, and i’ll be letting you know about all the new goodies i’m growing later in the month.

I’ll leave you with another photo of what’s looking good on the 1st January

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