When I drew up my business plan for this year, - I had December down for no flower sales, and not much else happening, - I obviously thought i'd be able to take the month off and go to carol services or something. But actually the next few weeks look like being very busy.
On Thursday, we decorated our "Grown, not Flown" tree at St Martin's church in East Horsley. Over the weekend lots of local people have been raising money for a Children's Charity, and looking at a whole range of different trees decorated by local businesses and groups. Here's what we put on our (living Bay) - Tree.
Honesty seedheads, Nigella seedheads, Rosehips, Sedum flowers and Chrysanthemum flowers.
If you'd like to see photos of all the other clever and entries, have a look here
We're also busy at work wiring and assembling our lovely Festive Wreaths.
As the traditional Cinnamon and Oranges aren't grown locally, - we've been replacing with Chilli's, Apples, figs and Eucalyptus bark. - We've found lots of lovely pine trees, (thanks to those who've told us a good source, or allowed us to forage in their gardens) and as there are very few English ribbon manufacturers, we're using Raffia. We're making them to order over the next couple of weeks, - so please phone 07813 456865 or email email@example.com if you want one made for you, £40 large, £35 small
And as if that wasn't enough, the first of next year's flowers are starting to come through. - The polytunnel may now be devoid of Chrysanthemums, but the first Paperwhite Narsissus has opened up, and is scenting my covered workspace, and the Anemone leaves are coming through. - It won't be long before the next season of flowers will be beginning. I'm going to make sure I have time to go to at least one Carol Service, but no time for putting my feet up
(wreath photos by Emma Davies)