Sunday, March 3, 2013

What's in the Basket


I did a spot of picking for a few small orders this week, accompanied by my cat Tabitha. Tabby has been with us since she was very young, found by a forestry worker in the bush and abandoned by her wild mother.  She has always come picking with me.  Until I had her, I didn't know that cats liked to go for walks with their significant humans!  She frolics around while I pick, and talks to me every now and then.  When I'm finished, I whistle and she comes running to go home.  Just like a dog really ...
In the basket, I have some Pink Ice Protea, a lovely Banksia Occidentalis in deep red, some (hidden) new season Red Gem Leucos which seem to be a bit late this year.  The deep pinky red at the top are a plant I've only added in the last 18 mths.  They are a lovely variegated form of Leuco called Jester - rich pinky red with a central green stripe. This is the first time I've picked them to use, and while there's not enough for a commercial crop yet, they are lovely to use in small bouquet orders.  There are also some fabulous stems of eucalyptus foliage.  I'm not sure of the variety but they are a type of peppermint I think - they certainly have a similar growth habit.  The leaves are covered with that lovely greyish blue bloom that some eucalypts have, and they smell fabulous. The insects haven't found them either so they are lovely and clean.  Fun to use in a bunch adding colour and texture.  You can also see some short stems of Brunia Albiflora I've picked in readiness for a wedding this week.  They are smaller flower heads and will be great in the table arrangements in short pots.  

4 comments:

  1. Ahh beautifull!! It is evident that you love what you are doing and that rubbed off on Tabby. My Safari Sunset and Blush are in full bloom but my Jester (also first crop) will only be ready in a couple of weeks. Looking at your basket really is inspirational!
    Kemp

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    1. Hi Kemp, My Leucos are generally late this year. The Safari Sunsets are still growing, and have floppy tops - no where near pinking yet. The Jester are firm enough to pick and I'm desperate for some colour - probably picking them too early! Wish I could see yours ...

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  2. Hi Just found your blog. Would love to buy some flowers from you / your supplier for my wedding at the end of the year. How can i do this? Lulu

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    1. Hi Lulu,
      I'd love to supply flowers for your wedding. You can email me at swallowsnestfarm@hotmail.com with the flowers you think you might be interested in, and a date for your wedding, and I will be able to tell you if the flowers will be available at that time. Many of the things we grow are seasonal, and not available at all times of the year. If you have a look through the blog archives, you should get an idea about what is available when. I also need to know where you are - if you're local to Tasmania, or Australia. I don't currently ship overseas.
      Look forward to hearing from you.
      Grace

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