Spring Break for April

This is a month of weddings (close family and friends) so Homesown is on an extended holiday until the first week of May. Then there will be flowers and lots of tender vegetable plants including a range of tomato varieties, courgettes, cucumbers and beans as well as half hardies such as cosmos.

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Plants and Flowers this Week

What a shift in the weather from the warm sun of last week to these wintery, freezing temperatures though the bright, extra light is a wonderful bonus.

This week’s perennials and seedlings are fine to plant out as long as the ground isn’t actually frozen as they have been hardened off outside throughout Winter. If you are interested in ordering or pre-ordering plants or flowers for collection at Wolvercote Community Market this Sunday, please email me: thedevelopingplot@gmail.com This will be the last market until early May.

Orders can also be delivered for free within 5 miles of Oxford with a minimum order of £10. Deliveries this week will be on Saturday and Sunday.

Flowers

Spring Bouquet

Flower Jars:

  • Small jam jars start at £6.50 with at least 15 stems
  • Pickle jars are £10.00 with at least 20 stems

Bouquets:

  • A small bouquet is £15 and can be ordered in a vase or gift wrapped. Each one contains at least 30 stems.

Larger bouquets can be ordered from £20 to £30 either gift wrapped or in a vase.

Plants

Perennials:

Perennial Prices:

In 2 litre pots: £5.00, 1 litre pots:£3.50 & plants in 9cm £2.50

Annuals:

The last of the named sweetpeas and the ones grown from Homesown seed at £1.50 a pot (scroll down to see details in last week’s post)

Cerinthe seedlings: £1 in a 7cm pot – roots just reaching the bottom.

I will be back at Sofacoma and Wolvercote Markets in May with a range of plants including different tomato and courgette varieties. Flowers will be available to order for Easter.

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Flowers for Mother’s Day or just because…

Lovely, Spring flowers and blossomy foliage are available to order for delivery on Saturday 26th March or Sunday 27th March. See below for what’s available. Delivery is free within 5 miles of Oxford with a minimum order of £10. Alternatively, orders can be collected at South Oxford Community Market from 10.00am until midday on Sunday morning when there will also be a small range of plants.

The flowers and foliage are locally grown by me and supplemented with flowers from other local and British growers chosen for their sustainable approach. As well as the jars and bunches, bespoke bouquets can be made too – just ask. Smaller jars of flowers will be available at the market.

Please email flower orders to: thedevelopingplot@gmail.com by Friday morning for this weekend.

Flowers

Mixed Bouquets

These range from £15 to £30 and can be ordered gift wrapped or arranged in a vase. As a guide, each £15 bouquet will include at least 30 stems and often more.

Mixed Jars

Jam jars for £6.50 – with at least 12 stems of the loveliest flowers and foliage

Pickle jars for £10 – with at least 20 stems of the loveliest flowers and foliage

There will also be bunches of narcissi to buy at the Market on Sunday.

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Plants & Spring Flowers

This Sunday, March 20th, the Homesown stall will be at Wolvercote Community Market with a range of plants including bee friendly perennials and annuals, along with pots of bulbs and hopefully some salad plugs, all grown in peat free compost by me locally. There will be a very small selection of houseplants. More details of what will be available below.

There will also be jars, pots and bouquets of lovely Spring flowers such as narcissi, tulips, blossom and other seasonal beauties such as hellebores and honesty available to buy at the market or for delivery from Sat March 19th. Jam jars of flowers are £6.50; pickle jars £10 and gift wrapped bouquets start at £15.

Spring bouquet

Mother’s Day Flower Orders: these can also be made now and can be delivered from March 25th. Each bunch or bouquet will contain a mixture of lovely Spring flowers and foliage grown by me supplemented with flowers from other local and British growers chosen for their sustainable approach. As well as the jars and bunches, bespoke bouquets can be made too – just ask. Smaller jars of flowers will be available at the market.

Contact me to order at: thedevelopingplot@gmail.com Delivery is free within 5 miles of Oxford (with a minimum order of £10).

Flowers

Plants

A selection of some of the plants available this week

Annuals

Homesown Sweetpea Mix: these are grown from seed saved from 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. £1.50 a 9cm pot of 3 seedlings.

Sweetpea Helen Millar: lavender wash over white petals and beautiful scent

Sweetpea Mrs Bernard Jones: rosy pink ruffled petals with fantastic fragrance

Sweetpea Mrs Collier: heritage variety with creamy flowers and delicious scent

All named varieties of sweetpeas: £1.50 a 9cm pot of 2 seedlings.

Perennials:

Geums: the flowers of both these varieties are prolific from Spring onwards with a second flush of flowers later in the season – beautiful flowers on dancing stems. They enjoy most positions and soil types including partial shade and clay. 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.  £3.00 a 1 litre pot & £5.00 a 2 litre pot

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. 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 & £2.50 for 9cm pot.

Knautia Macedonia: a top favourite plant, it is also a great favourite with pollinating insects. It has a neat rosette of leaves and truly lovely magenta scabious type flower on wiry stems and 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. £2.50 for 9cm pot; £3.50 for 1 litre; £5 for 2 litre.

Salad Plugs: mizuna, salad rocket and mustard leaves 25p each or 5 for £1

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Plants for Sale this Month (and flowers to come)

More and more light every day which is waking seeds, bulbs and plants into optimistic fresh growth. The greenhouse is almost full of seedlings and there are trays and trays of seeds being coaxed into life. As room in there is scarce, any small plant that can be moved is put outside to cope with what ever the weather has to offer. It joins the hardy perennials which have been out all winter slowly growing bigger and stronger roots. This means that many plants, including the first sowing of sweetpeas are well and truly hardened off and ready to be planted out. Below is a selection of what is available this week.

Email me at thedevelopingplot@gmail.com to place an order or reserve plants to be picked up at a market. Or just come along and see what’s there. Deliveries are free within 5 miles of Oxford (minimum order £10). A small charge applies for deliveries further afield.

Homesown stalls in March:

Sofacoma Market in Lake St, Oxford on March 13th & 27th

Wolvercote Community Market at the White Hart Community Pub on March 20th

Mother’s Day Flower Orders: these can also be made now and will be delivered from March 25th. Each bunch or bouquet will contain a mixture of lovely Spring flowers and foliage grown by me supplemented with flowers from other local and British grown flowers. Pickle jars of flowers cost £10 and bouquets range from £15 to £30. Bespoke bouquets can be made too – just ask. Smaller jars of flowers will be available at the market.

A bouquet from last March

What’s Available this Week:

Autumn Sown Annuals & Bulbs

Briza Maxima: a beautiful and appealing annual grass which is a generous self seeder. Its lockets of flowers dangle and dance in the breeze. It dries easily too.

Cerinthe Major: a lovely unfussy plant which gently and reliably self seeds. As well as being a pretty filler in the border and the vase, its attractive, purple bell-like flowers are an irresistible 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 as tolerating clay soil. The plants are all 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

Homesown Sweetpea Mix: these are grown from seed saved from 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. £1.50 a 9cm pot of 3 seedlings.

Scilla siberica: bright blue flowers with attractive narrow strap like leaves. Grow to about 15 to 20 cms and can spread year on year if they like your garden conditions. Can be planted in full sun or part shade in well drained soils. I love these. £1.50 a 9cm pot

Allium Cowanii: Umbel-like star shaped white flowers with strap shaped leaves. It is perennial and will increase year on year. An extremely attractive flower which grows well in containers, it likes well drained soil in sun. If your soil is heavy clay like mine, add grit when planting. A brilliant cut flower which is very attractive to pollinators. £3.50 in 2 litre pots

Perennials:

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 £4.00 a 2 litre 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. £3.00 a 1 litre pot & £5.00 a 2 litre 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, it likes shade to semi shade in well drained soil, but will grow in sun too. It reaches 60 cm. A limited number of 9 and 12 cm pots pots available now for £1.50 – £3.50. A reminder that foxgloves are poisonous if ingested.

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. 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.

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Early Spring Bulbs

December was grey and as I write the rain is beating against the window on another grey day in January. Easy to feel gloomy when Spring seems way off, but the strong green shoots growing in my pots of bulbs definitely give a hopeful message.

The earliest bulbs to flower are the delicate looking, but tough weather resistant, iris reticulata. These are miniature beauties which can withstand snow, frost and the extremes of Winter weather. I grow them mostly in small terracotta pots near the front doorstep and sometimes bring them into the house to enjoy their flowers close up. These are planted in the garden after flowering and come back year after year. This year, the following varieties are available to buy in either terracotta or small plastic pots to plant on in your own containers. These and the narcissus below are available to buy now.

Orders of £10.00 and above are delivered free within 6 miles of Oxford. Please send queries or orders to me by email at: thedevelopingplot@gmail.com

Iris Reticulata Varieties Available:

The bulbs are currently shooting strongly, but are not yet flowering so will provide interest for a good long time.

Prices:

Three bulbs in a vintage terracotta pot: £4.00

Three bulbs in a 9cm plastic pot: £2.00

Four bulbs in a plastic pot: £2.50

Four bulbs in a terracotta pot: £4.50

Miniature Narcissus:

The potted narcissus are not far behind the iris and are beginning to produce their shoots too. These varieties are also available in terracotta and plastic pots of different sizes:

Narcissus Prices:

Four bulbs in terracotta pot: £5.00

Four bulbs in a plastic pot: £2.75

Iris reticulata and narcissus are also available in different size pots.

Crocus, scillas, chionodoxa, muscari and alliums are all starting to appear and will be ready in a few weeks.

There will be a Homesown stall this Sunday (9th January) at Wolvercote Community Market in the White Hart in Wolvercote. Please contact me by email if you would like to preorder any bulbs.

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Wreaths Fresh and Dried

Fresh and dried wreaths are available to buy, pre-order and for delivery/dispatch. Fresh wreaths are made on a moss and wire base and are covered in generous handfuls of fresh foliage, berries and beautiful seedheads. All the ingredients are from my plot, garden or lightly foraged locally. If the moss is kept damp, the wreath will last weeks and weeks.

Dried wreaths will last for years if kept in a dry place and out of direct sunlight.

All wreaths are delivered free of charge within 6 miles of Oxford and can be dispatched further away. Please contact me to ask for details. All queries and orders should be emailed to:

thedevelopingplot&gmail.com

Fresh Wreaths

Fresh wreaths are roughly 17 inches in diameter and cost £20

Make Your Own Wreath Kits

If you would like to have a go at making your own festive wreath, you have the choice of two separate kits. Each comes with instructions:

A Basic Kit for £10.00: included is a wire base, reel wire, moss and mossing pins. These are all you need to make the base and to attach your own ingredients.

A Get You Started Kit for £15.00: This comes with an already mossed base, mossing pins to attach larger ingredients, and some berries and foliage to make a start before adding more of your own.

Dried Everlasting Wreaths

Upcoming Markets

Sofacoma at Lake St Community Centre, Oxford: 5th December

Wolvercote Community Market at White Hart Pub, Wolvercote: 5th December and 12th December

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Wreaths

Everlasting Wreaths

On damp days and dark nights wreath making goes on apace and the piles of dried summer flowers and foliage are getting lower. Some wreaths have already been carefully packed and posted while others are brightening up my walls waiting for markets. The images below are an example of what is currently available, but wreaths can be made to order with a colour palette chosen by you – just get in touch if you are interested. You can also pre-order fresh wreaths and buy make your own wreath kits – see below.

Free delivery is available if you live within 6 mile of Oxford, otherwise a small charge applies. If you live further away, wreaths and kits can be posted with an extra charge for postage and packing.

Please contact me if you have any queries or if you would like to place an order:

thedevelopingplot@gmail.com

The flowers and foliage on these wreaths are grown (or foraged) and dried by me in a nature friendly way without the use of pesticides or herbicides.

Fresh Wreaths

Available to pre-order now for delivery from 27th November (or to pick up from Wolvercote and South Oxford Community Markets from Sunday 28th November). Fresh wreaths can also be ordered if you live further away with an extra charge for postage and packing.

Fresh Wreath on a 10″ wire frame: £15.00

Fresh Wreath on a 12″ wire frame: £20.00

One of last year’s fresh wreaths with a mixture of fresh foliage and bright berries

Fresh Make Your Own Wreath Kits

If you would like to have a go at making your own festive wreath, you have the choice of two separate kits. Each comes with instructions:

A Basic Kit for £10.00: included is a wire base, reel wire, moss and mossing pins. These are all you need to make the base and to attach your own ingredients

A Get You Started Kit for £15.00: This comes with an already mossed base, mossing pins to attach larger ingredients, and some berries and foliage to make a start before adding more of your own.

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Wreaths: Everlasting and Fresh

All Summer I have been collecting bundles of flowers and foliage from the plot (and my garden) to dry. Now that fresh flower deliveries are over until Spring, I have a small window to get to my stash of everlastings and to make dried wreaths before I start on the fresh, festive ones. It is one of my favourite things to do when (as now) it is raining outside with a battering wind and darkness is coming early and there is time to focus on the glowing brights of the helichrysums and the blue globes of echinops ritro – two among many dried lovelies. Soon it will be berries and crab apples!

All my everlasting wreaths are made from generous handfuls of garden gathered flowers, foliage and grasses. Grown using an organic approach and dried naturally, my flowers have as light an environmental footprint as possible. Each wreath is individual and made on a moss and wire base (either 10 or 12 inches) to which I add layers and layers of beautiful everlastings.

If kept out of bright sunlight in a dry place, my wreaths will last for years and keep their bright loveliness.

As dried flowers can be fragile, each wreath is wrapped very carefully for delivery which is free within 6 miles of Oxford. Wreaths can be packed and posted further afield. It is also possible to request a bespoke wreath in a different size and with a different colour palette. Not a hard sale pitch, but be aware that the number of wreaths available will be quite limited as each wreath takes a lot of material and time to make.

Fresh Wreaths (can be pre-ordered)

An example of a fresh, festive wreath from last year.

These will be available from the end of November and can be pre-ordered for delivery or for pick up at either Sofacoma or Wolvercote community markets from November 28th. Wreaths can also be sent by post if you don’t live locally. More examples to come in a few days on the Fresh Wreath page where there will also be information about DIY Wreath Kits.

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thedevelopingplot@gmail.com

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End of Season & Looking Ahead

All the last flowers – glamorous dahlias and chrysanthemums are being saved for a wedding this weekend and then the cut flower season is over until next year. Thank you to everyone who has ordered from me this year – I really appreciate it.

Just a short break though until lovely, dried, everlasting flower wreaths will be available to buy. All Summer, I have been collecting and drying flowers from the plot and all the wreaths will be made from these and locally foraged ingredients.

There will also be fresh, festive wreaths available from late November together with wreath kits and Spring bulbs in pots.

More detail to follow in early November. If you would like to be kept up to date with what will be on offer, please sign up below:

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