Thursday, March 15, 2007
Bellis, bella, bellum
I normally like to grow all my own plants but getting the larger space at the Country Living Fair, Scotland was a last minute thing really so I have had to buy them in.
Yesterday I headed for Perthshire to collect my order from the Dutch van man. They have done me proud, really good quality plants - these are the bellis daisies. I also have muscari, narcissi, primula and cyclamen.
Tomorrow they will have all their flowers cut off to let the new stems get ready for blooming their socks off next week. It seems a bit mean, and I am very anxious about the planting bit - I have never tried to time plants flowering like this before and I hope that they will be happy in the heat of the SECC.
I hate the waste of shows - the first one I went to threw out 50 perfectly good jasmine plants (which I rescued of course) and hundreds of narcissi at the end of the 3 days.
My mother is worse - I did the flowers for the CL pavilion when the show was in Edinburgh. With the dryness of the hall it was a tough gig for flowers, particularly the spring flowers I was using and by the Sunday night there wasn't much lifespan left in most of the flowers - 2-3 days at the most I would say. My Mum came to help me dismantle and pack up but actually spent her time dismantling and giving away bunches of the slightly droopy flowers rather than put them in the bin.