THE MODERN MINT BLOG

Jun28

Lonely Bouquet Day

National Lonely Bouquet Day is tomorrow (Sunday 29th June) – an initiative that seeks to put a smile on the face of a stranger!

Table arrangement, Woodpeckers, NGS Essex
Woodpeckers, NGS Essex

We love this idea. Having grown cut flowers in the past (and that really is a beautiful job) we applaud any idea that helps encourage people to get out and use flowers they might not have considered before. Flowers that are seasonal, smell great because they are fresh, are grown locally and, best of all, make a stranger happy.

If you want to take part in Lonely Bouquet Day, here is what you need to do…

1) Pick flowers fresh from the garden or forage straight from nature

2) Arrange the flowers in a small, recycled jar

3) Add a signature “take me!” tag

4) Leave the homegrown arrangement behind for a lucky local to take home. Voila! You have just delivered a handful of flowers that will surely put a smile on a stranger’s face.

Flowers from the Garden
Flowers from the Garden

We hope you support this wonderful project – go for it, cut some flowers and make someone smile!

(For a bouquet that seems to do the opposite of the aims of the Lonely Bouquet, take a look at this from our Chelsea Fringe project… that lonely bouquet is pretty sad by the end, right? That’s why we encourage you to spread the happiness tomorrow!)

If you are a complete novice with cut flowers, haven’t a clue where to begin, but are inspired enough to want to give it a go… you can always ask us for help. Other clients have… Cut Flower Garden.

Or these books below will give you a huge amount of information – we recommend you check them out!

The Cut Flower Patch: Grow your own cut flowers all year round

The Cutting Garden: Growing and Arranging Garden Flowers

(This one below is more about cut flower growing in the USA, but the lady who wrote it introduces great case studies from other growers – invaluable and inspiring tips about how to make your cutting patch work!)

The Flower Farmer

Grow Your Own Cut Flowers

And for those who have arranged flowers before and want something a little more exciting to work with… how funny are these florist snips…?

Mar19

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Mar14

The Foie Gras That Tastes Like Nature

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Mar04

Hardy Orchids Via James Wong

Hardy orchids – here is a subject I would love to know more about – so lo and behold, James Wong has written about it in the Guardian! Read the article about hardy orchids here. I love having orchids in the house, just your usual run of the mill buy them in any shop orchids, but it is a pleasure to read about the plants that will grow outside and cope with this weather. (This insane weather! From the hottest days of February on record to Storm Freya, all within a week. Weather is always such a factor in gardening, but …

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