September at Bramble Cottage

September has been a good month here at Bramble Flowers, the weather has been warm and sunny with a nice amount of rainfall to keep the flowers happy, the dahlias finally began to flourish and there were plenty of other flowers to cut ready for Creake Abbey Farmers Market at the beginning of the month.

I love the changing seasons in the Flower Garden, September sees the autumnal colours really starting – the rusty oranges, burgundy, gold and reds beginning to take over from the softer summer shades

At the end of June I supplied buckets of flowers to a lovely bride and her super Mum and was delighted to receive photographs of the pretty arrangements they made with them


The little bottles looked so pretty with the stems of larkspur, Sweet Williams, sweet peas, lavender, cornflowers and more….

September is a month to start sowing hardy annuals, plants such as larkspur, cornflowers, ammi and salvia that will withstand the frosts under cloches for the winter to give early blooms next year. It’s also time to plant out the Sweet Williams ready for flowering in May/June 2019

As the month progressed, I started the autumn clearing – cutting down flowers that had finished but leaving those that still had a few weeks of flowering left. Once the beds are beginning to be cleared like this it’s easy to see gaps that can be filled with more plants!

Ground cover plants are important in the garden to help smother weeds and so reduce the workload…


…euphorbia, lamium, low-growing asters and campanula are all useful in this way and attractive too…

With enquiries about garden visits increasing this year, I try to make sure there is lots of interest throughout the garden…


…with lots of different colours, shapes and form, something that I add to year on year

As I mentioned in my News item last month, natural confetti is a new area for Bramble Flowers and I have been experimenting with more flowers and colours. The petals of roses Hot Chocolate and Elizabeth of Glamis dry to give a delicate mix of pinky-reds…

…the petals of Hydrangea Limelight give a lime green with tinges of pink and I have a lovely mix of blues from blue Larkspur from a month or two ago…drop me an email on carol@brambleflowers.co.uk for prices and availability

Bramble Flowers can also offer items to hire…a full list will be available to look at on my website in the next week or so. Here is just a taste – this olive tree is about 1.3 metres high and I have two for hire…Rusty insisted on being in the photo too!

And the pewter effect planter looks amazing filled with flowers…no ghastly floral foam used for this, the flowers are all in water and will last beautifully for any wedding or event…there are four planters available to hire either empty or filled…just email me for details!

Of course, as with every month through the season, there have been plenty of bouquets winging their way through Norfolk and beyond, a lovely gift for someone special. Details of bouquet choices are available on the website

Visits to the garden are available by appointment from mid May to mid October.
Take a look at the Our Garden page on the website for more details