Not a fan of the larger Fuchsia but these... Interesting how your interest falls on the neglected at the margins of the seasons when the big showstoppers are waning. #BlackShed #blackshedoctober #fuchsia
Nox. Beautiful photo by his amazing Mum @holliejbarb Nox was born naturally, at home, 4 weeks ago, he was 10lbs! So proud of Hollie. (who happens to be @rowanstickland's talented sister)
Orlaya. Feels like spring this morning, fresh surges of growth and unexpected flowers all over the plot. Such joy to wander the gardens in the early morning glow, taking stock, little surprises, glints of light, Robins seranading from their Cardoons, Wrens dipping in and out of the foliage. What a wonderful rich year this has been. More glimpses in my stories. #BlackShed #blackshedoctober #lovemyjob #flowerfarming #sherborne #dorset #seasonalflowers
Dahlia Throne. When a kind friend gives you a rattan peacock chair and you have rather a lot of dahlias to dead head after the storms... Love it when the season eases off a little and there's time to play!
Bouquet for a blustery day. Had to step in to replace a poorly author at the last minute as part of Sherborne Literary Festival earlier, so I've been talking silly dinosaurs and pop up books with some lovely children in Milborne Port. Back to clear up the storm debris and flapping landscape fabric now...
Karma Fuchsiana doing her thing in the gloom today. Very popular as ever this year, need some more hot pinks, any suggestions?
An urn for Sherborne Literary Festival. Last night's prep went well, apart from the urn breaking in half!! Luckily I have some amazing glue and it now sits on stage at the Digby Hall ready for guest one. Quick change for me as I have my own Lit Fest event at Leweston School in half an hour... #stylingtheseasons
Our tinned succulents are rusting nicely. #BlackShed #succulents #tincan #corrugatediron #wrinklytin #corrugated #tin #upcycling #recycling #houseplants #tinplanter #flowerpot #succulent #succulentlove #succulentsofinstagram #rust #rusty
The rather lovely After Dusk, small, richly coloured and beautifully formed. . #BlackShed #blacksheddahlias #blackshedoctober #dahlias #dahlia #britishflowers #flowersfromthefarm
Flashback to the heat of the summer, with some great drone footage from @roddy40 The farm looks so parched and bare compared to lushness and colour that we’re enjoying here at the moment in this strange Indian Summer. . #BlackShed #flowerfarm #sherborne #dorset #flowersfromthefarm #flowerfarming #flowerfarmers #britishflowers
So much prettiness in the garden this morning. Everything's loving this mild spell, long may it last. . #BlackShed #blackshedoctober #blackshedbouquet #britishflowers #flowersfromthefarm
Beautiful crisp morning. No frost, so the Dahlia Workshop goes ahead this afternoon. Phew! 2 - 4pm, details on previous post.
This Sunday, from 2 - 4, we'll be sharing our top Dahlia growing, propagating, cutting and storage tips on the farm at Black Shed in Sherborne. Learn more about these amazing plants from our successes and silly mistakes! Tickets are £10 each, including 5 fantastic Dahlia stems of your choice to take home. You are welcome to buy as many other stems as you wish as well! ( bring secateurs and a bucket) Dahlia plants for sale, easy access and parking. Please leave a comment if you'd like to come and we'll reserve you a ticket. . #BlackShed #blackshedworkshop #dahlia #dahlias #dahliaworkshop #flowersfromthefarm #sherborne #dorset
Like a nest of tiny Pangolins . #helichrysum #everlastingflowers #strawflower #driedflowers
Salvia viridis Blue Monday. No kidding. Stopped mid pick by a few stems with the most exquisite colouring.
10 days after the hard frost and we have a field of colour again. Wasn't expecting either! This is Zundert Mystery Fox. Good colour but weak petals and iffy stems for us. Probably not a keeper. . #BlackShed #blacksheddahlias #blackshedoctober #dahlias #flowersfromthefarm #britishflowers
Pretty little Statice, such a star this year. About to take a third cut of this excellent Seeker Series which we bought from Johnnys Seeds in the US. Another flower that we'll grow a lot more of next year! . #BlackShed #driedflowers #blacksheddriedflowers #blackshedseptember #flowersfromthefarm #grownnotflown #britishflowers #seasonalflowers #everlastingflowers #statice
Allouise Orange. Sunday morning in the polytunnel with the Chrysanthemums. Must be kinder to them next year.
Loving the colour of all the various Echinacea. Any ideas as to how to keep this colour? Our dried heads go brown and loose these wonderful tones. Is there a dried flowers bible? So much to learn!
Chrysanthemum Misty Bronze. We bought 16 varieties to try this year via a @flowersfromthefarm deal. After of summer of shocking neglect, I'm moving the poor dears into the polytunnel. To add insult to injury, I knocked a whole branch off this variety.
Psychedelic silo. It's getting colourful in there. There's still tons of colour in the garden but even more in the Black Shed Silo. Very exciting plans are brewing to create a studio and shop like no other. They might involve a very large crane...