It has been a fortnight of running from pillar to post but all is well in the green pastures of the Higgledy Kingdom. Higgledy citizens go about their Higgledy business and all is well.
Despite still struggling with production after our fight with the drought, we are producing damm fine bunches of flowers…even if I say so myself….which I do….quite a lot…I’ll probably say it again in a minute.
Naturally all the labels blew around the wrong way for the photo…
The flowers are selling like the proverbial Hot Cakes, with two out of my three retailers selling out of them. I can barely keep up. Happily the Cambridge punters seem delighted with the most simple blooms. Cornflowers and Calendula just fly off the shelf.
I can’t tell you how happy this makes me after the tricky start to the season that we had.
We won’t recover from the effects of the drought this year but next year we will be prepared.
Calendula isn’t very popular with cut flower growers so it seems…some say they don’t like the way it smells. I love it…really really love it. The deep honey orange of Indian Prince is a winner…it just melts in the eye.
To my mind it looks like it has just come out of a furnace.
The Malope Vulvan looks pretty dandy too but is too short to flog to Jo Public…real shame…I’m giving loads away to ladies who lunch.
…and the Zinnias are on their way….I hope they get taller than these little shrimps….grrrrrrrrr!!!!!!
Cosmos still to come and some Mexican Sunflowers….oh yes my friends…it’s all happening down here at the Higgledy Garden….you should pop down for a Sherry.
July 12, 2011 @ 10:52 am
Love the flowers, look just like my garden! My Zinnias are only about 8inches tall, so no good for cutting. Do you grow sweet peas? I love them, but not the little black bugs they attract-I put them in the garage, which is dark, and leave the door open, they fly out towards the light, then they come into the house. Must watch ITV at 7.30pm on Friday, AT is featuring Foxtail Lilly /Tracey Mathieson’s cutting patch near Oundle.
July 10, 2011 @ 10:48 am
I am so pleased to hear that your season is being so successful Ben :-) The drought has been a pain but such is the lot of farmers! Learning what people like in your area is very important information for next year……I find Calendula have their fans too and they can light up a bouquet in need of a boost. I grew Zinnias last year and thought I had sorted out the varieties that grew tallest to sow this year…….it seems not, as they are very short! Some of last years were nearly a metre high and quite beautiful; just wish I could remember their names!
July 9, 2011 @ 3:02 pm
Looking great! I like Calendula :) I also like Sherry, but you’re too far away.
July 9, 2011 @ 8:28 pm
I’ll have yours for you Mo…hic!