Shotgun Wedding

Shotgun buttonholes to be precise.  I have a wedding coming up in a few weeks and the groom really wanted to use shotgun cartridges for the buttoholes. Today has been a 'how the hell am I going to make those' kind of day.  The flowers for the wedding itself are all spring pastels, catkins and all things seasonal.  Which brings me back to this moment in time. 

Hellebores.  Never quite sure if our love for them stems from the fact that they are one of the first rays of hope, that sign that spring will be here soon.  It's all hellebores and snowdrops at the moment.  I don't know about you, but my IG feed is full of them, and there's no complaints.

This variety is Pirouette, it was the one I picked up at RHS Harlow Carr back in October.  This time of year it's all about planning, and there's been many site visits, new venues to discover and bookings to July 2018. I've been sowing sweet peas, lots of digging, muck shifting and removing trees at the plot, so I now have an extra two beds.  One of which will be dedicated to dahlias.   This year I'm planning on growing hesperis, briza, ammi, nicotiana, cerinthe, phacella and gysophila kermesina (which bears no relation to the white fluffy stuff).  Obviously all this will be a hit and miss affair. I never claim to be a great grower, I'm just a trier who enjoys it.