Tulip Trials – Choosing Tulips for Clients

Tulip Trials – Choosing Tulips for Clients

If you want beautiful tulips that last from one year to the next, choose species tulip. Not as well-known but utterly enchanting. I gain almost as much pleasure choosing which tulips to plant as I do when they flower. The variety of colour, height, scent and flowering time is dizzying and I experiment freely. Flitting year to year from rich, baroque colour combinations to soft, muted pastels. I am in this respect faithless. Sometimes my infidelity is rewarded and I discover wonderful new mixes. Other times it’s all a bit of a let-down…Read more
Spring Workshops with florist Lottie Longman

Spring Workshops with florist Lottie Longman

Not to be missed - Lottie Longman is a fantastically talented florist living and working in Haddington. We have to tell you how wonderful Lottie is because she's just not the sort to blow her own trumpet....   Both Nicola and I are long standing devotees of Lottie's workshops. Christmas simply wouldn't be Christmas without an evening spent with Lottie, guzzling mince pies and fizz whilst whipping up a wreath. And my spring planter from two years back is still going strong - the one and only time I've grown Snakeshead Fritallaria with…Read more
How to Divide Peonies

How to Divide Peonies

Dividing Peonies   I always thought that herbaceous peonies were sulky movers and difficult to split, hence the spenny price tag. Then quite by accident one day I split a peony with my clumsy fork-work, didn’t even realise I had done it and was rewarded with a new flowering clump that very same year.     The peony in question is one I inherited with the garden: a big, blowsey, pale pink garden fete of an affair, probably a Paeonia lactiflora 'Sarah Bernhardt'. It isn’t one I would have initially chosen but I have become…Read more