Today’s Bouquet #63, and in a vase on Monday, is sweetly scented with honeysuckle, jasmine, roses, cottage pinks, salvia and sweet pea. I’ve called this bouquet ‘The Bee’s Knees.’
I’ve been delighted to hear from FromeBlooms customers that they love the scent of the bouquets, so I’m determined that each will be packed with strongly scented flowers. There’s certainly room for more sweet things in this world. And while I was musing on honeysuckle and sweetness, I fed and conditioned the flowers for this bouquet, putting a little vodka and honey cocktail into their overnight bath.
Usually I’d use sugar and spirits to condition flowers, but it seemed appropriate to add a little honey to the mix this time. As there’s a similar cocktail of gin and honey called the bee’s knees it seemed appropriate to call Bouquet 63 ‘The Bee’s Knees.’
I’m also experimenting with video adverts, and have fashioned a lazy susan pot spinner, from a few beads in a couple of saucers. The results are quite pleasing, and make a pretty video advert.
There were a few sweetpeas which were too short stemmed for the main display, so they’re in a little vase with some pinks and penstemon, and this blue star shaped flower that I don’t know the name of. Anyone recognise this blue bloom on the left?
In the big bouquet we have roses, salvia, penstemon, hebe, willow, pinks, honeysuckle, jasmine and sweetpea, and more of the mystery blue star flower.
Since the daily bouquets project began, back on 21 Mar at the spring equinox, I’ve learned lots about how the garden grows and discovered some fabulous flowers.
I’ve also grown some of my favourites from seed, including theses sweet beauties. One of my earliest memories is sowing sweet peas with mum, and I’ve loved these flowers ever since.
As well as growing flowers, I’ve developed a process to cut, condition, arrange and package them which is working well. Customer feedback is good. And I’m getting ready for my next FromeBlooms flower stall at the Frome Independent market, and crossing my fingers for decent weather.