Flowers in May

Lovely, local Spring flowers, grown with a light environmental footprint, are available to order now. Arranged in jars, bouquets and buckets they can delivered within 6 miles of Oxford from Friday 14th May.

To order, email: thedevelopingplot@gmail.com

A jar of Spring loveliness

Prices:

Small Jam Jar: £6.00

Large Jar: £10

Bouquets: £15.00 upwards

Buckets to arrange yourself: £20.00 upwards

Flowers this week include: the last of the tulips, ranunculus, alliums, geums, honesty and blossom.

Plants will be available again in the next couple of weeks – they are growing quickly in their pots.

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What’s available this week: May 8th & 9th

Flowers and big tomato plants are this week’s highlights with some new small perennials and annuals also ready to go. There is free delivery to anywhere within 6 miles of Oxford with a minimum order of £6.00. This week, orders can be delivered on Saturday and Sunday only.

The Homesown stall will be at Wolvercote Community Market, this Sunday from 10.00am until midday. If you would like to pre-order flowers or plants for collection there, just let me know by Saturday midday.

Any advance orders, please email me at the address below and payment can be arranged via BACs or with cash/cheque:

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Flowers to Order:

Ranunculus, tulips, geums, alliums and anemones are all still going strong and will be in this week’s bunches.

Spring flowers

Prices:

Small jam jar: £6.00

Large jar: £10.00

Bouquets: £15.00 upwards

There will be smaller posies and bunches to buy on the day at Wolvercote Market.

Tomato Plants:

Probably the last week for tomato plants. They will need hardening off and protection from frost, but can be planted under cover now. Many were sown early and so are big. One tip for tall tomato plants is to remove the lower leaves and plant them deeply (including part of the stem) as tomatoes grow roots from their stems.

There are 3 varieties available in different size pots. All are picked because they are reliable and taste delicious:

Sungold: a beautifully sweet cherry tomato with orange skin when ripe. £2.00 a pot.

Gardener’s Delight: a reliable, old favourite red cherry tomato with a great flavour. £2.00 a pot.

Tigerella: a medium sized tomato with an attractive red and yellow striped skin and a lovely flavour. £1.50 a 9cm pot & £2.00 for medium sized pot.

Annuals and Perennials:

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Plants and Flowers Available from May 1st

Lovely Spring flowers in jars, bouquets or buckets, are available to order now and can be delivered from Saturday 1 May. The ranunculus, tulips and anemones are still the stars this week with honesty, hesperis and geums joining them.

As well as flowering plants, there are the first of the tender vegetables and tomatoes available if you grow under cover or have somewhere to protect them from potential frost. The nights are getting warmer next week, but there still could be frost later.

Delivery is free within 5 miles of Oxford with a small charge for longer, but local distances. A minimum order of £5.00 applies. Payment can be made by BACS, cheque or cash.

The Homesown stall will be at SOFACOMA Market, just off Lake St, this Sunday from 10.00am until midday. If you would like to pre-order flowers or plants for collection there, just let me know by Saturday midday.

Email: thedevelopingplot@gmail.com

Flowers

Spring Flowers

Prices: Small jam jar: £6. Large jar: £10.00.

Bouquets start at £15.00

Flower Bucket starts at £20

If you would like flowers weekly, fortnightly or monthly, ask about a flower subscription.

Plants:

A limited number of perennials this week.

Campanula Persicifolia Blue Bells: a truly lovely blue bellflower with graceful stems that grow from a mound of low growing leaves. Loved by butterflies and bees. A cottage garden favourite and a wonderful cut flower too. £4.50 a one litre pot.

Knautia Macedonia: one of my top favourite plants, it is a great favourite with pollinating insects. It has a neat rosette of leaves and truly lovely magenta scabious type flower on wiry stems. Can grow up to 75 cms (30 ins). Prefers a sunny spot in well drained soil, but copes very well with my clay soil in part shade. Clumps up every year and can be divided. 9 cm pot:£2.50

Silene Blushing Lanterns: A new one for this year, sown in late Winter from local seed, it is a beautifully airy and delicate bladder campion which will bulk up year on year and can be divided for new plants. Ideally should be planted in full sun in well draining soil. It can reach up to 60 cms and should be planted 30 cms apart. An excellent cut flower at all stages, but lovely in the garden too. 7cm pots £2.00

Scented leaved Pelargoniums

There are three varieties of scented pelargoniums available in 12/14cm pots. Some are coming into bud now and all should be flowering and ready to go outside when the hard frosts are over. If you feed them with dilute seaweed solution or tomato feed, they will flower through to the Autumn and beyond.

Long flowering with different (but pretty) pink flowers, all three varieties have very attractive scented leaves which can be used to make teas. Lara Starshine is lemon scented; Attar of Roses, as the name suggests is rose scented and Lady Plymouth’s variegated leaves are a mix of both lemon and rose. 12/14cm pots £3.00 & old terracotta pots £4.50

Annuals:

Daucus Carota: a very pretty cultivated version of wild carrot which can grow to 1.5 metres given the right conditions in sun or part sun. Its flowers vary in colour from white to deep purple with pinks inbetween. It is loved by pollinating insects. 7cm pot: £1.00

Scabiosa stellata: drumstick scabious which is good value for its attractive blue flowers and unusual seedheads which are excellent for drying. Likes sun and should be planted 30cms apart. Can grow up to 70 cms if it likes your conditions. 7cm pot: £1.50

White Corncockle (Agrostemma githago Ocean Pearl) Hardy Annual: a beautifully graceful cottage garden plant. Its milky white flowers have lovely grey speckles in their throat. Gives airy movement in the garden and makes a wonderful cut flower. Can grow up to 18 inches. Enjoys sun. Be aware that all parts of the plant are toxic if ingested. Can tolerate low temperatures. Last few pots which need to be planted out very soon. 7cm pot £1.00

Cornflower Classic Fantastic Plugs: Cornflower in a wonderful range of blue to almost white shades: 50p each

Fruit & Vegetables

Tomato Plants: back in February I couldn’t stop myself sowing tomato seeds even though I knew it was too early. So it is no surprise that I have a greenhouse full of tomato triffids. There are lots ready to go to new homes, but they shouldn’t be planted out in the open until they have been fully hardened off and any danger of frost has gone. They can be planted under cover now. I also sowed more seeds in March and have smaller plants too. See below.

There are 4 varieties available in different size pots. All are picked because they are reliable and taste delicious. :

Black Krim: Perhaps the most delicious tomato of all. It can be grown either under cover or outside once the weather is good. It produces large fruit in abundance which are fantastic either eaten raw or cooked in sauces. These are already big tall plants starting to flower. They have been potted on so can stay in their pots for a few weeks until they are planted out. £2.00 a large pot.

Sungold: A favourite orange skinned cherry tomato which is perhaps the sweetest of all. £2.00 a medium pot.

Gardeners Delight: a reliable, tasty red cherry tomato. Medium/large pot £2.00

Tigerella: a medium sized tomato which is red with yellow stripes when ripe. It has excellent flavour. £1.50 a small pot; £2.00 medium pot.

There will be a small number of these at the market on Sunday, but they can be pre orderd for collection and delivery.

Courgette Romanesco: The first batch of courgettes are ready in medium pots for £1.50. Again, these need protection from the frost. They can be kept in their medium sized pots for awhile.

Courgettes hardening off in the rain

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Flowers and Plants available this week

Flowers

Spring flowers are available to order now and can be delivered from Saturday 24th April. The ranunculus, tulips and anemones are the stars this week with honesty, hesperis and the last of the narcissus to accompany them.

Delivery is free within 5 miles of Oxford with a small charge for longer, but local distances. A minimum order of £5.00 applies. Payment can be made by BACS, cheque or cash.

Please email me to place an order at: thedevelopingplot@gmail.com

Prices:

A small jam jar: £6.00

A large jar: £10.00

Bouquets start from £15.00 with at least 30 stems

A bucket of flowers to arrange yourself starts at £20.00 and contains at least 50 stems

Just some of the flowers growing in my garden and plot this week:

Plants

All the perennials have been hardened off for a long time and ready to plant now. Apart from the scented pelargoniums which will need to be kept inside until the frost has gone.

Long flowering with very pretty pink flowers, Lara Starshine is a very attractive lemon scented leaf pelargonium.

Perennials

Foxglove Lutea: a perennial foxglove with creamy/primrose yellow flowers loved by pollinating insects. Its delicate bells are very attractive and it bulks up year on year. Great for cutting too, it likes shade to semi shade in well drained soil, but will also grow in sun. It reaches 60 cm. A reminder that foxgloves are poisonous if ingested.

Small 7cm pots available now for £1.50; larger plants in 1 litre pots: £4.50.

Campanula Persicifolia Blue Bells: a truly lovely blue bellflower with graceful stems that grow from a mound of low growing leaves. Loved by butterflies and bees. A cottage garden favourite and a wonderful cut flower too. £4.50 a one litre pot.

Geum Lemon Drops: A lovely soft yellow geum which is clump forming and grows to about 40 cms. Good for the front of a border or a container. Grows in sun or part shade 9cm pot: £2.50

Geum Leonard’s Variety: Another very pretty and delicate geum with bells in an old rose/apricot. As all geums, it is loved by pollinating insects. It grows to around 45cms and like Lemon Drops is clump forming. It can be divided to create more plants once established. 9 cm pot: £2.50

Knautia Macedonia: one of my top favourite plants, it is a great favourite with pollinating insects. It has a neat rosette of leaves and truly lovely magenta scabious type flower on wiry stems. Can grow up to 75 cms (30 ins). Prefers a sunny spot in well drained soil, but copes very well with my clay soil in part shade. Clumps up every year and can be divided. 9 cm pot:£2.50, 1 litre pot: £4.50, 2 litre pot: £5.50

Hardy & Half Hardy Annuals

These have all been hardened off, but may need some protection if there is very hard frost.

Chinese forget-me-not ‘Mystery Rose’: a beautiful pink version the flowers of which are truly lovely and taller than the blue version. Can grow up to 90cms. Self seeds freely and can be grown in sun or part shade. A very good cut flower. 12/14 cm pots: £2.00

Daucus Carota Dara: a very pretty cultivated version of wild carrot which can grow to 1.5 metres given the right conditions in sun or part sun. Its flowers vary in colour from white to deep purple with pinks inbetween. It is loved by pollinating insects. 7cm pot: £1.00

Antirrhinum Liberty Crimson Classic: striking velvety spikes of eye catching crimson flowers which can grow up to 60 cms. Can be perennial in a sheltered garden and often comes back even in my heavy clay soil. Great for pollinating insects and as a cut flower. May need support. 12/14 cm pots: £2.50

Scabiosa atropurpurea mixed : glamorous, very lovely pin cushion flowers in a mix of colours which are held on wiry stems. It has a long flowering period especially if dead headed and cut back. Loved by insects it can come back year on year though is usually grown as an annual. 7cm pot: £1.00

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Flowers from 9th April

Spring flowers grown in my garden and plot using an organic approach (supplemented this week by other British flowers) are available to order now. Delivery is free within 5 miles of Oxford with a small charge for longer, but local distances. A minimum order of £5.00 applies.

Orders can be delivered from 9th to 11th April.

Email your order or any queries to: thedevelopingplot@gmail.com

Early April Bouquet

Small Jar of Spring flowers: £6.00

Large jar of Spring flowers: £10.00 (at least 20 stems)

Bouquets from £15 – £25.00

Arrange your own flowers (at least 50 stems): £20.00 upwards

Homesown is then on holiday for a week and will be back with plants and flowers from Friday, April 23rd.

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Easter Holiday

Homesown is on a short break this week waiting for the next group of plants to fill their pots. Also taking time to tend the tomatoes which are gradually filling the greenhouse and will be ready to leave in a month or so.

Wishing everyone a Happy Easter and hoping you have the chance to have garden meet ups in the sun.

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Flowers Again and some Small Plants

Spring bunches and bouquets are available again this weekend and can be delivered from Friday 26th March onwards. There are hellebores, tulips, daffodils/narcissi, anemones and the first ranunculus among other lovely seasonal flowers. If you would like to order flowers or any of the plants below, contact me by email. Payment can be made by BACS or cash.

Email: thedevelopingplot@gmail.com

Delivery is free within 6 miles of Oxford with a minimum order of £5.00

Flowers

A bouquet delivered this week

The flowers are grown in my garden and plot, but are supplemented for the next few weeks with other local and British flowers.

Jars of flowers: £6.00 and £10.00

Bunches and bouquets: £15.00, £20.00 and £25.00

Annuals

As well as the last of the sweetpeas in 9cm pots, there are also some 7cm pots of hardy annuals available at £1.00 each. Roots are just poking out of the bottoms of the pots and they have been hardened off by being outside for weeks.

What’s available:

White Corncockle (Agrostemma githago Ocean Pearl) Hardy Annual: a beautifully graceful cottage garden plant. Its milky white flowers have lovely grey speckles in their throat. Gives airy movement in the garden and makes a wonderful cut flower. Can grow up to 18 inches. Enjoys sun. Be aware that all parts of the plant are toxic if ingested. Can tolerate low temperatures.

Orlaya Grandiflora grown from home gathered seed: a delicate lace-flowered umbellifer which is loved by pollinating insects. Can grow over 18 inches in the right conditions – it enjoys sun. May need support in windy positions. As well as being a lovely garden plant, it makes a great cut flower.

Calendula Geolights: A very pretty, tall variety of the reliable and generously flowering calendula family. It has apricot/peach petals with an attractive rusty back; the flower has a lovely brown centre and strong stems which makes it great for cutting. Plants should be planted 9 to 12 inches apart. Enjoys sun, but can tolerate part shade.

Calendula Indian Prince: a glamorous and reliable variety of marigold with bright orange petals with crimson backs. Edible and makes a great addition to a salad.

Calendula Snow Princess: another very pretty variety with almost white petals.

Perennials

Campanula Persicifolia Blue Bells: a truly lovely blue bellflower with graceful stems that grow from a mound of low growing leaves. Loved by butterflies and bees. A cottage garden favourite and a wonderful cut flower too. £2.50 a 9cm pot. £2.00 a 7cm pot

Foxglove Lutea: a perennial foxglove with creamy/primrose yellow flowers loved by pollinating insects. Its delicate bells are very attractive and it bulks up year on year. Great for cutting too, it likes shade to semi shade in well drained soil, but will grow in sun too. It reaches 60 cm. Small 7cm pots available now for £1.50 and larger plants in a few weeks time. A reminder that foxgloves are poisonous if ingested.

Scented Pelargonium, Attar of Roses: just potted on into old terracotta pots, these will need to be kept indoors or under cover until after the last frosts. The leaves are beautifully scented and the flowers are a lovely lavender pink. Can be used for to make teas and cordials. Feed regularly once it starts to flower – seaweed solution or dilute tomato feed each time you water will keep it flowering vigorously. It will grow into a large plant. £4.50 a pot

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Spring Break

Homesown is taking a break for a week or so while I get back to the plot and the allotment and let the ranunculus and tulips come into bloom. The perennials also need some time to grow while the tomatoes, aubergines and chillies are only just getting started. Hope you get to enjoy some gardening too.

Some of last Sunday’s bunches
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Flowers, Plants & Seeds: What’s Available(March 10th onwards).

Despite the recent chill the increasing light is getting everything growing more quickly. Now as well as some annuals, there are also some perennials filling their pots. If you are interested in ordering any of the flowers and plants below, just email me and they can be delivered free to your door if you live within 6 miles of Oxford (with a minimum order of £5). Payment can be made via BACS or cash.

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Flowers

Flower orders can be made up to Saturday before midday. Narcissi, hellebores, anemones, tulips, Spring Snowflakes, daffodils and Spring blossom will be some of flowers included in each jam jar/bunch/bouquet.

The flowers are mainly grown in my garden and plot, but are supplemented for the next few weeks with other local and British flowers.

Jars of flowers: £6.00 and £10.00

Bunches and bouquets: £15.00, £20.00 and £25.00

HardyAnnuals:

A lovely unfussy plant which gently and reliably self seeds. A pretty filler in the border and the vase, its attractive, purple bell-like flowers are a magnet for bees and other pollinators. It has silver grey/green leaves which often have a blue wash. It flowers early and long. Space plants 12″ apart. Enjoys sun, but flowers well in part shade too as well tolerates clay soil. Grown from seeds gathered from my plot. Plants have been hardened off and can be put in the garden now. £1.50 a 9cm pot

These are grown from seeds saved from the plot from a selection of my favourite varieties chosen for their amazing scent and colour. The seedlings tolerate down to -5 so once they germinated, they were left outside to harden up. If the weather is particularly brutal, they might need a little protection. Prepare the soil to help water retention and plant out from start of March when weather is hospitable. Plant each pot around 8″ apart. Sweetpeas like to be well watered and prefer sun. They will need support to clamber up and regular picking to keep them flowering. They are the most generous of flowering annuals, but do need quite a lot of attention. I think it is worth it for the scent alone. £1.00 a 9cm pot of 2 seedlings.

Named Sweetpea Varieties

Perennials:

There will be more of the currently sold out varieties available in a few weeks.

Linaria Canon Went: a delicate pink toadflax which is long flowering with spires that are a magnet for butterflies and bees. It prefers well drained soil in sun and has a clump forming habit. These plants were started last year and have been completely hardened off outside over Winter. Their roots are just reaching the bottom of their pots. Plants can grow to roughly 75cm and should be planted at least 30 cm apart. £3.00 a 9cm pot – £3.50 for 12 cm pot.

Linaria Peachy: another lovely linaria similar in habit to Canon Went with attractive apricot/peachy spires which are also nectar rich. £3.00 a 9cm pot – £3.50 for a 12cm pot.

Geum Totally Tangerine: an all time favourite for the front of the border. Its flowers are prolific from Spring and it often has a second flush of flowers later in the season – beautiful orange/apricot flowers on dancing stems. It enjoys most positions and soil types including partial shade and clay, though it doesn’t like to be water logged in Winter. Tends to be evergreen in my garden. Flowers are great for cutting too and can grow to around 75 cm but stay shorter in my clay soil. £3.50 a 12cm pot.

Campanula persicifolia: a truly lovely blue bellflower with graceful stems that grow from a mound of low growing leaves. Loved by butterflies and bees. A cottage garden favourite and a wonderful cut flower too. £2.50 a 9cm pot.

Hardy Geranium Bill Wallis:one of the most cheerful and tough plants in my garden. It thrives in all sorts of conditions and gently self seeds. Its pretty purple flowers are long lasting and give a lovely cottage garden feel. Good for the front of a border or filling in the gaps. £2.50 a 9cm pot and £3.00 a 12cm pot.

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March & Hints of Spring

After some lovely, sunny days, there are more early flowers starting to bloom and some pots of bulbs and hardy annuals ready to be planted out. Also, now that there is more light, it is the time to start sowing some seeds. Take a look at the Seed page – new seeds being added regularly.

Please send any orders to the email below and, if you live within 5 miles of Oxford, they can be delivered free to your door. (Minimum orders of £5.00). Payment can be arranged via BACS or cash/cheque.

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Flowers

It feels very cheering that there are flowers ready to order for delivery this week and next. (Pre-orders for Mothers’ Day can also be made from now up to Friday, March 12th). Narcissi, hellebores, anemones, tulips, Spring Snowflakes, daffodils and Spring blossom will be some of flowers included in each jam jar/bunch/bouquet.

The flowers are mainly grown in my garden and plot, but are supplemented for the next few weeks with other local and British flowers.

Bulbs in Pots

Scilla Litardierei in 9cm pots with flower shoots just breaking the surface. A truly lovely miniature bulb with star shaped blue flowers. Ideal for containers or can be planted in ground to increase year on year. Grows to around 10cm. £1.50 a pot

Scilla Bifolia in 9cm pots ready to be planted into pots, window boxes or into the garden. Their beautiful violet blue flower buds are just poking through and so will give interest for weeks to come. They will grow to about 15cm and if planted in the garden will naturalise. £1.50 a pot

Puschkinia Libanotica or Russian Snowdrop beautiful white flowers with a pale blue silvery blush. As with the scillas, this can be planted in containers or the garden now. The shoots are just breaking the surface giving a long time of interest. Likes well drained soil in full sun or partial shade and grows to around 20cm. £1.50 a pot

Anemone Blanda blue a 12cm terracotta pot filled with corms and the cheerful flowers are just breaking the surface. Would make a good gift. Can be planted in to the garden now in sun or partial shade or after flowering. Will naturalise and cheer up future Springs. Grows to around 15cm. £5.00 a pot

Rununculus in 9cm pots grown over Winter. These are quite tricky to grow, but once developed into a small plant, just need protecting from the weather. Can be planted 3 into a 15 litre container or into well drained soil which has sun. When flower buds show feed weekly with a liquid fertiliser such as tomorite or seaweed. Once flowered, wait until the foliage has died down and save corms for next Autumn or early Spring. Mixed colours £2.00 a pot

Hardy Annuals

Cerinthe Major

A lovely unfussy plant which gently and reliably self seeds. A pretty filler in the border and the vase, its attractive, purple bell-like flowers are a magnet for bees and other pollinators. It has silver grey/green leaves which often have a blue wash. It flowers early and long. Space plants 12″ apart. Enjoys sun, but flowers well in part shade too as well tolerates clay soil. Grown from seeds gathered from my plot. Plants have been hardened off and can be put in the garden now. £1.50 a pot

Homesown Fragrant Sweetpea Mix

These are grown from seeds saved from the plot from a selection of my favourite varieties chosen for their amazing scent and colour. The seedlings tolerate down to -5 so once they germinated, they were left outside to harden up. If the weather is particularly brutal, they might need a little protection. Prepare the soil to help water retention and plant out from start of March when weather is hospitable. Plant each pot around 8″ apart. Sweetpeas like to be well watered and prefer sun. They will need support to clamber up and regular picking to keep them flowering. They are the most generous of flowering annuals, but do need quite a lot of attention. I think it is worth it for the scent alone. £1.00 a pot of 2 seedlings.

Named Sweetpea Varieties

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