A Floral Workshop at English Peonies (Part One)

Dahlias in Cutting Garden

Dahlias in Cutting Garden

Dahlias in Cutting Garden

Dahlias in Cutting Garden

Dahlias in Cutting Garden

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Dahlias in Cutting Garden

Hello everyone!

I hope you are having a wonderful August?

This is a two part blog post, as I got a little snap happy photographing the stunning blooms in the cutting garden at English Peonies back in July, and it seems a shame to edit the photos right back!  Plus I know you all appreciate a beautiful dahlia or two.

So, I was invited to a floral workshop at English Peonies by my Instagram friend Louisa (see her beautiful home and website here).  English Peonies is based in Norfolk about 35 minutes from me, and as the name suggests, is a fabulous cutting garden where Sarah grows stunning peonies alongside all other cut flowers.  Sarah hosts workshops, and makes beautiful bespoke arrangements for wedding, events etc.  I had never come across English Peonies before, so I was really excited to go and meet Sarah and hear all about it, especially as it’s just up the road from me!

I decided to take Miss Lola with me, as a little pre birthday treat for her.  We all had a coffee in the beautiful farmhouse before heading off the glorious cutting garden.  The timing meant that we had just missed the tail end of the peonies, but I fully intend to go next year to buy a big armful and take some snaps.  After Sarah gave us a little tour to show us what would be good to pick for our hand tied bouquets, we spent a heavenly hour amongst the bumble bees in the quiet sunshine, snipping blooms for our bucket.

We then had divine home made cake and tea on the lawn, before assembling our bouquets.  I’ll share a snap of our final bunch in part 2 which I’ll share later in the week.

Before heading home, Lola and I went to Mundesley, a little seaside town, where we ate cockles and prawns on the beach from the fishmonger van.  And no trip to the seaside is complete without an ice cream!

I am with the children on a little holiday at my parents this week.  I am planning to post a little something here everyday, as I have a crazy backlog of photos that I really want to share.  And I’ve really missed blogging regularly, the requirements of blogging nowadays with regards to SEO make it a much longer task than in the good old days, so I’m just going to post for me (and you!) and forget about all the rules for a bit.  I hope you’ll join me this week!

Tamsyn x

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