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EEEEK! Its Mothers's Day on the 14th!
Do check out our Mother's Day Hampers and seeds in the Gift section of our website. We can post or deliver safely locally just email donna@enchantedgardenskent.co.uk to check
thanks!
x d & h
www.enchantedgardenskent.co.uk/product-category/gifts/
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EEEEK! Its Motherss Day on the 14th!
Do check out our Mothers Day Hampers and seeds in the Gift section of our website. We can post or deliver safely locally just email <a href=donna@enchantedgardenskent.co.uk to check thanks! x d & h https://www.enchantedgardenskent.co.uk/product-category/gifts/" data-querystring="_nc_cat=101&ccb=3&_nc_sid=8024bb&_nc_ohc=tkwNV5XPTMwAX_tzQZU&_nc_ht=scontent.xx&tp=7&oh=bcc15e3b8c73a2d4f7e63e19ce9f5004&oe=6064E153" data-ratio="0.744" class="cff-multi-image" />Image attachment

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Jessica Palmer x

Apologies re zoom problems for coffee morning, I think Helen has now sorted it!
#learning
#newtechnology
#Can'tteachanolddognewtricks
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The phone is ringing off the hook with customers wanting flowers, plants, vegetables and annuals.
We need to remind you that it is only the second of March.
In our UK climate, nothing is up yet. As a small family run nursery where we grow naturally, we have to work with our natural seasonal cycles so we all need to be patient.
We know it feels like we have all been locked up for ages and we are desperate for colour but its too early!
We do not force our plants, we do not heat our tunnels, we use no pesticides or insecticides, we grow in small batches, often to order & we grow according to our natural seasons. We do this as its sustainable, real & duplicatable.
We hope this makes sense!
#growing
#seeds
#annuals
#sustainable
#ukgrowers
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The phone is ringing off the hook with customers wanting flowers, plants, vegetables and annuals.
We need to remind you that it is only the second of March.
In our UK climate, nothing is up yet. As a small family run nursery where we grow naturally, we have to work with our natural seasonal cycles so we all need to be patient.
We know it feels like we have all been locked up for ages and we are desperate for colour but its too early!
We do not force our plants, we do not heat our tunnels, we use no pesticides or insecticides, we grow in small batches, often to order & we grow according to our natural seasons. We do this as its sustainable, real & duplicatable. 
We hope this makes sense!
#growing
#seeds
#annuals
#sustainable
#ukgrowers

Its our coffee morning soon!
Link on the event page!
x h & D
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Viburnum Pruning!
(Ok, so we did a job lot!)
#pruning #Info #LearnFromTheExperts #wildlife
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I meant pink..

Have 2 if these, one white and one pick, never pruned they were already in garden when moved here, quite huge now.

A little spot of Spirea Pruning!
#Spirea #pruning #outdoors #gardening #wildlife
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We have certainly noticed the birds are going mental right now as they sing of love & mates & babies & nest building.
Now is the time to get those nest boxes put up, so they have somewhere to build.
Always buy untreated boxes, made to measure for the birds you want to attract & do make suer you put them in the right places too. You don't want the rain straight in through your front door and neither do they.
çheck out the RSPBs guide below for types, hole sizes & location, location, location ...
#birds #nestboxes #babies
www.rspb.org.uk/birds-and-wildlife/advice/how-you-can-help-birds/nestboxes/nestboxes-for-small-bi...
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We have certainly noticed the birds are going mental right now as they sing of love & mates & babies & nest building.
Now is the time to get those nest boxes put up, so they have somewhere to build.
Always buy untreated boxes, made to measure for the birds you want to attract & do make suer you put them in the right places too. You dont want the rain straight in through your front door and neither do they. 
çheck out the RSPBs guide below for types, hole sizes & location, location, location ...
#birds #nestboxes #babies 
https://www.rspb.org.uk/birds-and-wildlife/advice/how-you-can-help-birds/nestboxes/nestboxes-for-small-birds/making-and-placing-a-bird-box/

A little spot of Rose Pruning ...
#roses #pruning #getoutdoors #sunshine
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It’s worth checking the labels on labels.
This is UK grown so congratulations to Mike for supporting our UK growers.
#shoplocal
#shoplocaluk
#britishgrown
#ukgrowers
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It’s worth checking the labels on labels.
This is UK grown so congratulations to Mike for supporting our UK growers. 
#shoplocal
#shoplocaluk
#britishgrown
#ukgrowers

I know we keep going on about the Fibonacci thing but how can we not, its just amazing!
Fibonacci, also known as Leonardo Bonacci, Leonardo of Pisa, or Leonardo Bigollo Pisano, was an Italian mathematician from the Republic of Pisa, considered to be "the most talented Western mathematician of the Middle Ages".
In the plant world, its all about cell populations!
#fibonacci
#plants
#perennials
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I know we keep going on about the Fibonacci thing but how can we not, its just amazing!
Fibonacci, also known as Leonardo Bonacci, Leonardo of Pisa, or Leonardo Bigollo Pisano, was an Italian mathematician from the Republic of Pisa, considered to be the most talented Western mathematician of the Middle Ages. 
In the plant world, its all about cell populations!
#fibonacci 
#plants 
#perennials

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November 23rd is Fibonacci day so a good excuse to post more later in the year. 😊

I always marvel at the tiny flowers that are often unseen by others 😍

No less a person than Alan Turing, alighted upon the reason for this. He wrote a paper on reaction diffusion equations and their application to morphological development back in 1952. Scientists have subsequently found numerous morphological development systems, including in plants, that verify his theory.

Its tomato week here at EG.
Helen has sown over 500 tomato seeds from tumbling to Russian to gardener's delight.
Her one complaint?
She now has to wear her glasses to sow properly!
#growyourown #tomatoes #freshveg
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Its tomato week here at EG.
Helen has sown over 500 tomato seeds from tumbling to Russian to gardeners delight.
Her one complaint?
She now has to wear her glasses to sow properly!
#growyourown #tomatoes #freshveg

So far we have sown
30 courgette
20 pepper
80 aubergine
45 cayenne
10 chilli
455 tomatoes!!!
Phew!!
#growyourownfood
#shoplocal
#vegarebest
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So far we have sown 
30 courgette
20 pepper
80 aubergine
45 cayenne
10 chilli
455 tomatoes!!! 
Phew!! 
#growyourownfood
#shoplocal
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John - you need to increase productivity

A quick video from Donna all about her fav tree peonies!
#pruning
#insects
#SingleFlowers
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As we juggle new orders for plants that are not really awake yet, sow vegetables, sow perennials, look at the mess that is the garden, have shows cancel, rebook and goodness knows what else, its very hard to hold on to our sanity!
The ONLY thing we do know is that we cannot thank our volunteers enough, you might think you do not do very much but we would genuinely be lost without you, so thank you all!
#breathe
#justkeepsowing
#prayforthesunshine
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We just potted on last years very late sowing of Antirrhinum, commonly known as dragon flowers or snapdragons because of the flowers' fancied resemblance to the face of a dragon that opens and closes its mouth when squeezed. They are native to rocky areas of Europe, the United States, and North Africa.
The bees love them. They like dry & sunny.
Good companion planting for veg.
We will be selling them as self-seeding annuals this year £3 for a 1 litre, 2 to a pot.
www.enchantedgardenskent.co.uk/product/antirrhinum-or-snapdragon-2-in-1litre/

#dragons #snapdragons #bees
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We just potted on last years very late sowing of Antirrhinum, commonly known as dragon flowers or snapdragons because of the flowers fancied resemblance to the face of a dragon that opens and closes its mouth when squeezed. They are native to rocky areas of Europe, the United States, and North Africa. 
The bees love them. They like dry & sunny.
Good companion planting for veg.
We will be selling them as self-seeding annuals this year £3 for a 1 litre, 2 to a pot.
https://www.enchantedgardenskent.co.uk/product/antirrhinum-or-snapdragon-2-in-1litre/

#dragons #snapdragons #beesImage attachment

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Please can I have 5 pots (10 plants).

Magnolia Susan, she came to us in a pot, badly burnt after a shed fire.
This is her first year flowering all over at once as all the burnt tissue has grown out!
How sweet is she!
#magnolia
#recovery
#itjusttakestime
#planttrauma
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Magnolia Susan, she came to us in a pot, badly burnt after a shed fire.
This is her first year flowering all over at once as all the burnt tissue has grown out!
How sweet is she!
#magnolia
#recovery
#itjusttakestime
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Helen sowed our first Lovage today.
Levisticum officinale, is a tall (up to 1.8m) perennial plant, from Europe, the leaves being used as an herb, the roots as a vegetable, and the seeds as a spice, especially in southern European cuisine.
Its a super herb, similar in taste to celery & can be used in stews, soups & salad.
Queen Victoria was fond of lovage candies apparently!
#lovage #superherbs
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Helen sowed our first Lovage today.
Levisticum officinale, is a tall (up to 1.8m) perennial plant, from Europe, the leaves being used as an herb, the roots as a vegetable, and the seeds as a spice, especially in southern European cuisine.
Its a super herb, similar in taste to celery & can be used in stews, soups & salad.
Queen Victoria was fond of lovage candies apparently!
#lovage #superherbs

Holyhocks, a lovely plant, we grow several varieties here.
Thompson & Morgan are selling 'Hollyhock 'Chater's Double Mixed' as part of their RHS Plants for Pollinators.
£7.99 for 3 for BARE ROOTS! Its not even a plant!
This makes us incandescently angry!
Doubles are NO GOOD FOR INSECTS! They have no stigma and no stamens therefore no POLLEN and no NECTAR!
Anyway, rant over and there is a point. Do think before you buy, shop local, trust your tradespeople!
Ours are singles, home grown, our own seed, grown organically (we are not certified its too expensive), like this lovely pink one in the photo.
#shoplocal
#singlesarebest
#moveoverdoubles
#plantsforinsects
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Holyhocks, a lovely plant, we grow several varieties here.
Thompson & Morgan are selling Hollyhock Chaters Double Mixed as part of their RHS Plants for Pollinators.
£7.99 for 3 for BARE ROOTS! Its not even a plant!
This makes us incandescently angry!
Doubles are NO GOOD FOR INSECTS! They have no stigma and no stamens therefore no POLLEN and no NECTAR!
Anyway, rant over and there is a point. Do think before you buy, shop local, trust your tradespeople!
Ours are singles, home grown, our own seed, grown organically (we are not certified its too expensive), like this lovely pink one in the photo.
#shoplocal 
#singlesarebest 
#moveoverdoubles 
#plantsforinsects

Peonies.
We have over 30 here at EG and we love them. They are reclaimed plants from old gardening clients,a mix of singles & doubles which are no good for the insects, but it seems wrong to just remove them for that reason.
Thompson & Morgan are selling Peony 'Scented Bouquet', again in their RHS Plants for Pollinators range. However, these are doubles and therefore no good for the insects, no stamens, no stigma, no pollen, no nectar.
You can buy single Peonies like 'prairie moon', 'claire de lune', 'imaculee'.
The best people to buy peonies from in Kent are
www.littlebuddspeonyfarm.co.uk/our-peonies
Donna first met this lovely family in 2019 at the Detling Garden Show, they are knowledgeable, passionate and trustworthy.
#plantshopping
#shoplocal
#plantsforpollinators
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Peonies.
We have over 30 here at EG and we love them. They are reclaimed plants from old gardening clients,a mix of singles & doubles which are no good for the insects, but it seems wrong to just remove them for that reason.
Thompson & Morgan are selling Peony Scented Bouquet, again in their RHS Plants for Pollinators range. However, these are doubles and therefore no good for the insects, no stamens, no stigma, no pollen, no nectar.
You can buy single Peonies like prairie moon, claire de lune, imaculee.
The best people to buy peonies from in Kent are 
https://www.littlebuddspeonyfarm.co.uk/our-peonies
Donna first met this lovely family in 2019 at the Detling Garden Show, they are knowledgeable, passionate and trustworthy.
#plantshopping 
#shoplocal 
#plantsforpollinators

I am sure some of you have started to get gardening catalogues through the post.
Thompson & Morgan are offering 'Calibrachoa Can Can 'Double Orange Tastic''. They describe this as perfect for patios, never ending flowers, no dead heading needed.
However, this is DOUBLE, so NO GOOD for any insects.
It also arrives as 5 POSTIPLUGS, for £8.99, these are 3-6cm in total size including the plug rootball, so basically TINY, grown in a hot house, so it will not like the transition to your greenhouse or windowsill and there's a lot of growing on to do before its ready to go out. Plus some single use plastic and probably not peat free.
Do think about where you buy your plants from, we can all help to change our industry, but only if we all make the best choices we can.
x D & H
#shoplocal
#Reduce
#reuse
#recycle
#pollinators
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Thompson and Morgan have a long history selling shoddy products - poor small plants, too few seeds or seeds that come up as something worse than what they were sold as. Despite this occasionally I tried them again hoping they'd changed and usually I was disappointed again. I honestly don't know how they've managed to stay in business. They shouldn't have. My advice don't touch T&M with a bargepole!

They seem to have awful history of rubbish. I avoid like the plague.

In 1472 Norway gave Orkney and Shetland to Scotland, as part of a dowry payment. Obviously, dowrys were a big thing then!
I wonder if there were puffins on Orkney then?
Puffins are known as ‘tammie norries’ in Orkney and actually spend most of their lives at sea. They return to their breeding colonies around April and May where they lay only a single egg. They then begin to leave their cliffside burrows in August.
#puffins '
#iconic
#scottish
#birds
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In 1472 Norway gave Orkney and Shetland to Scotland, as part of a dowry payment. Obviously, dowrys were a big thing then!
I wonder if there were puffins on Orkney then?
Puffins are known as ‘tammie norries’ in Orkney and actually spend most of their lives at sea. They return to their breeding colonies around April and May where they lay only a single egg. They then begin to leave their cliffside burrows in August.
#puffins 
#iconic 
#scottish 
#birds

Have trouble germinating sweet peas and morning glory?
They need soaking overnight in warm water and be warned the mice love these seeds!
#mice
#seedstarting
#climbers
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Have trouble germinating sweet peas and morning glory? 
They need soaking overnight in warm water and be warned the mice love these seeds! 
#mice
#seedstarting
#climbers

The perfect Spring poem, which I am sure will remind many of us of school ..

I Wandered Lonely as a Cloud
BY WILLIAM WORDSWORTH

I wandered lonely as a cloud
That floats on high o'er vales and hills,
When all at once I saw a crowd,
A host, of golden daffodils;
Beside the lake, beneath the trees,
Fluttering and dancing in the breeze.

Continuous as the stars that shine
And twinkle on the milky way,
They stretched in never-ending line
Along the margin of a bay:
Ten thousand saw I at a glance,
Tossing their heads in sprightly dance.

The waves beside them danced; but they
Out-did the sparkling waves in glee:
A poet could not but be gay,
In such a jocund company:
I gazed—and gazed—but little thought
What wealth the show to me had brought:

For oft, when on my couch I lie
In vacant or in pensive mood,
They flash upon that inward eye
Which is the bliss of solitude;
And then my heart with pleasure fills,
And dances with the daffodils.
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Mr Russell, the horticulturist, (1857-1951) loved lupins.
He dedicated 20 years to creating a hybridised Lupin with huge flower spikes much larger and more colourful than the original Lupin Polyphyllus.
Now, he used bees to pollinate these and the Lupin 'Russell Hybrids' that Thompson & Morgan are currently selling do attract the bees (bare rooted 3 for £7.99).
However, lupins only last a few years and these hybrids, when they self-sow simply revert to the original, so why not skip several stages and just buy the original!! More sustainable, better for everyone!
#hybrids
#lupins
#sustainable
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Mr Russell, the horticulturist, (1857-1951) loved lupins.
He dedicated 20 years to creating a hybridised Lupin with huge flower spikes much larger and more colourful than the original Lupin Polyphyllus.
Now, he used bees to pollinate these and the Lupin Russell Hybrids that Thompson & Morgan are currently selling do attract the bees (bare rooted 3 for £7.99).
However, lupins only last a few years and these hybrids, when they self-sow simply revert to the original, so why not skip several stages and just buy the original!! More sustainable, better for everyone!
#hybrids 
#lupins 
#sustainable

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I love lupins, always have difficulty and they end up covered in aphid. I will try again this year 💜

We finally started sowing yesterday.
It all feels a bit overwhelming with no staff so we are sowing straight into 9cm pots as this eliminates hours of work.
Let’s hope it pays off!
Aubergines, courgettes, chillis, tomatoes so far and that’s just the veg. We have the perennials to do too 😳😬😱
#sowingseeds
#plantsforpollinators
#shoplocal
#vegetables
#growyourown
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We finally started sowing yesterday.
It all feels a bit overwhelming with no staff so we are sowing straight into 9cm pots as this eliminates hours of work.
Let’s hope it pays off! 
Aubergines, courgettes, chillis, tomatoes so far and that’s just the veg. We have the perennials to do too 😳😬😱
#sowingseeds
#plantsforpollinators
#shoplocal
#vegetables
#growyourownImage attachment

We love insects.
We love kids.
Put them together and you have a make your own insect house kit, it might keep them busy for a bit right?
#insects #kids #crafty
shop.nationaltrust.org.uk/national-trust-build-your-own-insect-house.html
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We love insects.
We love kids.
Put them together and you have a make your own insect house kit, it might keep them busy for a bit right?
#insects #kids #crafty 
https://shop.nationaltrust.org.uk/national-trust-build-your-own-insect-house.html

We have had several chats with some of you recently. Common themes:
-boredom
-fed up
-nothing to look forward to!
We feel your pain and we are with you!
What can you do about it?
-Join our coffee mornings at 10am every Tuesday, on Zoom sorry, maybe we can do them for real when we can open again, just to chat and check in and share your woes and worries.
-Order some seeds and start growing.
-Keep in touch, call us or message us for a chat.
-get out in your garden when you can, our ladybird girls are just doing all our roses here at EG, watch this space for video tips.
-Let us know how else we can help you!
x D & H
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Zoom calls boring?
Add an iconic garden background courtesy of the national trust!
Go here:
www.nationaltrust.org.uk/features/virtual-backgrounds-for-zoom
This one is Fountain's Abbey
#acorns
#nationaltrust #daysout #gardens #zoom
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Zoom calls boring?
Add an iconic garden background courtesy of the national trust!
Go here:
https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/features/virtual-backgrounds-for-zoom
This one is Fountains Abbey
#acorns 
#nationaltrust #daysout #gardens #zoom

Struggle with recognising birdsong?
Lev Parikian's book 'Why Do Birds Suddenly Disappear?' is a day by day guide to recognising birdsong.
Check out the live clips here www.levparikian.com
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Struggle with recognising birdsong?
Lev Parikians book Why Do Birds Suddenly Disappear? is a day by day guide to recognising birdsong.
Check out the live clips here www.levparikian.com

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As a child my dad had an album re bird songs we listened to over an over again x

We had a lovely coffee morning on zoom and it reminded us all of how much we love chattering about plants and growing and gardens and insects. That is what we are good at here at EG. We live, work, eat, sleep & breathe plants here and we are here to talk to you, to reassure you, to guide you, to answer your questions and to serve you the best we can.
We are really looking forward to opening our doors again to you all, in the meantime, do enjoy starting your seeds off!
x D & H
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I don't know how to join?!

Happy Valentines day to you all.
Thankyou for sticking with us during these times.
We hope you are all surviving and do not fear the early Spring blossoms are on their way!
#cherryblossom #Spring #newlove #lockdownlove #gardening #gardeninglove
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Happy Valentines day to you all.
Thankyou for sticking with us during these times.
We hope you are all surviving and do not fear the early Spring blossoms are on their way!
#cherryblossom #spring #newlove #lockdownlove #gardening #gardeninglove

Do you love your wife enough to die for her?
Well Aleksandr Pushkin did!
He died in 1837 in a duel defending his wife's honour.
Natalya was probably livid as I bet he hadn't made a will, but she had been having an affair...
Huge public mourning for the loss of this poet which nearly resulted in riots!
#truelove #duel #infidelity #poet #grief
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Do you love your wife enough to die for her?
Well Aleksandr Pushkin did!
He died in 1837 in a duel defending his wifes honour.
Natalya was probably livid as I bet he hadnt made a will, but she had been having an affair...
Huge public mourning for the loss of this poet which nearly resulted in riots!
#truelove #duel #infidelity #poet #grief

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Those were the days 💕

This is why our plants are tough!
They have to endure this kind of thing!
Bless them.
#Snow
#shoplocal
#toughasoldboots
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This is why our plants are tough! 
They have to endure this kind of thing! 
Bless them.
#snow
#shoplocal
#toughasoldboots

Did you know that one meaning ascribed to a gift of white lilies was that the giver's love was pure for their intended? Funny now I always associate lilies with funerals. What do you associate lillies with?
Photo credit to istock.
#purelove
#whitelilies
#flowers
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Did you know that one meaning ascribed to a gift of white lilies was that the givers love was pure for their intended? Funny now I always associate lilies with funerals. What do you associate lillies with?
Photo credit to istock.
#purelove 
#whitelilies 
#flowers

Receiving a gift of Red Carnations, meant that your gifter's heart ached for you!
Florist Carnations are 'vase florist doubles' & very likely to be an import.
To grow, best to take cuttings from single Dianthus or 'pinks' such as 'Dianthus Argus, Dianthus Dewdrop, Elizabethan Pink, Dianthus Gingham Gown, Dianthus Red Dwarf to name some.
Another name is 'gillyflower'.
If we can find a reliable stockist we will let you know.
The butterflies like these ones and their scent is utterly divine, nostalgic and mesmeric.
Image credit to Goran Horvat.
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Receiving a gift of Red Carnations, meant that your gifters heart ached for you! 
Florist Carnations are vase florist doubles & very likely to be an import.
To grow, best to take cuttings from single Dianthus or pinks such as Dianthus Argus, Dianthus Dewdrop, Elizabethan Pink, Dianthus Gingham Gown, Dianthus Red Dwarf to name some.
Another name is gillyflower.
If we can find a reliable stockist we will let you know.
The butterflies like these ones and their scent is utterly divine, nostalgic and mesmeric. 
Image credit to Goran Horvat.

I adore this picture of Donna almost as much as I adore her!
Her true spirit is shining through.
Its a priviledge to work with her, to laugh with her, to cry with her, and to scratch our heads as to how we are going to get through this, but she is ever the optimist and together we keep each other going.
#Thanks
#lovemyboss
#feelthelove
#sunshine
#Snow
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I adore this picture of Donna almost as much as I adore her!
Her true spirit is shining through.
Its a priviledge to work with her, to laugh with her, to cry with her, and to scratch our heads as to how we are going to get through this, but she is ever the optimist and together we keep each other going. 
#Thanks
#lovemyboss
#feelthelove
#sunshine
#snow

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Ahh my lovely cousin 💕💕

Agree beautiful lady inside and out ♥️🙏🐾🦊

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