Sean of the deads!!!

Very exciting consignment of antlers has turned up in the back of Keith’s van. These will be mounted in due course on various plaques. Antlers seem to be very in fashion at the moment, perfect for that baronial look…

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On the tiles!!!

Todays  creation comprises, mini primroses planted on to an old French terracotta roof tile. The compost is held in with 2 silver birch logs then bound with string and ivy. A lovely uplifting gift  to cheer the spirit!

 

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Feed me Seymour…..

Amazing slipper orchid hybrids. Just love these, every one has its own character with their little warty often hairy faces. These also have lovely mottled foliage, just keep in a warm shady position and enjoy…

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More helleborus

More beautifull helleborus. This time helleborus x ericsmithii which is a hybrid between niger and sternii. The flowers open a rich cream then fade to a lovely parchment colour with the whole effect lasting for months. They look great in these chunky weave baskets. They would be great for a winter wedding……

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Raspberry heart

With valentines looming i thought i would share this moss heart entwined with the beautifull raspberry Rubus pectinellus v trilobus from Taiwan courtesy of Crug Farm plants. This little beauty is planning a takeover in a shady spot in my garden so this treatment is perfect to keep it in check The more shade it recieves the  better which make its black and silver zoned leaves colour up..

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Helleborus time

Helleborus time is well and truly upon us. These little niger hybrids are very cute in there vintage terracotta pots. A perfect gift or why not half a dozen down the centre of the table.

Gorgeous bouquet of helleborus x hybridus, mrytle, ivy and cornus. I get confused with the naming of these, some people call them orientalis. You would have to ask Will Mclewin who is an authority on them and peonies at his Phedar Nursery in Romiley. There has been lots of breeding work on hellebores some great colours; blacks, greys and yellows…. they are even doing ones where the flowers face upwards! quite hideous.

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Mini bay trees

Cute mini bay trees wrapped in palm bark being packaged up on a journey to there final destination Peppermint Bay, Spinningfields, Manchester. Here the package will be opened and they will carefully be placed in tiny glass cubes and sit on the tables to be enjoyed by all the customers and the staff as well……. Have a safe journey!!!

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Winter whites….

 

Friendly feline visitor. This little fellow pops into the shop to see us every so often, stays for about an hour , has a saucer of milk then vanishes. He/she has a striking white coat.

Mini white muscari . These are so cute …normaly available in baby blue …we just had to have these white winter treasures.

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A recent wedding…

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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New Scented Candle – Cachemire

 Cachemire – oud wood, incense, patchouili and white musk

As mentioned in a recent newsletter one of our new scented candles for this season, Cachemire, has the ingrediant oud wood in it. This ingredient is mainly used in the fine perfumery industry and we now have it in a scented candle. Oud or Agarwood as it is sometimes known is an ancient material highly prized for its unique, aphrodisiac and sensual aroma. It is a rare and expensive ingrediant that until recently has only been used in smaller amounts for luxury niche fragrances.

Oud is the resin from the agarwood tree, Aquilaria malaccensis, which is native to southern and southeastern Asia. There are some trees which produce this resin but the agarwood tree is the most popular. The part of the tree which is used is actually diseased, attacked by a fungus which makes the wood much darker than unafected areas. The infected wood is then burnt and the resin extracted by steam distillation for use in the manufacture of fragrances. The agarwood tree, in its native habitat, is becoming more scattered in population.  In an effort to prevent it becoming endangered large plantations are being grown and the fungal organism is injected specifically to create the precious resin.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

These images show the agarwood tree growing and the darker area is where the tree has become  infected by the fungus.

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