All the latest from the Flower Bank

In this garden we're determined to re-cycle as many things as possible. We're having great fun finding different uses for the tyres, my next door neighbour gave me his old sink and I think this will look wonderful planted with herbs.

Progress at Pulford Road continues - the blistering heat hasn't been great for the plants and soil - on the plus side there are no slugs.

The latest summery funeral wreath - I hope to be able to launch this service properly later in the year.

On Wednesday 20 June I was privileged to attend a reception at the House of Commons and receive my certificate from the Festival of Learning for my contribution to Social Impact. It was a beautiful afternoon and a great opportunity to meet other winners and highly commends and hear their fascinating and inspiring stories.

Yesterday I spent the day at the Barnet Medieval Festival making Kokedamas. As a native of Lancaster it was fascinating to learn more about the Battle of Barnet and the part the battle played in the War of the Roses.

This is how we left the site yesterday - although still a long way to go we can start to visualise the completed garden.

We’ve been working hard at Pulford Road over the last few weeks and things are slowly progressing. The young people have worked phenomenally hard.

We’ve made great progress at Pulford Road and we reckon that in 3 more sessions we’ll have cleared the banking of tree roots and weeds and we’ll be ready to fertilize. We’re hoping to make this garden using re-cycled material and the space will include a fairy garden, rockery and raised beds.

The customer for this design lost her brother and sister within a week of each other. I was only too happy to help in this highly emotional time.

We spent an unglamorous morning clearing the banking of weeds. Heavy rain had made the banking a quagmire but we were satisfied with our progress at the end of our session.

On Thursday evening I delivered my first funeral pillow, thank you Trish for being my first customer.

Tomorrow we make a start at clearing the back garden at Pulford Road in preparation for us creating raised beds for a cutting flower garden in N15.

Thought I’d have a go at making my own Matzah vase

On Saturday 24 March the Crafty Bride had her first outing to Lordship Rec’s International Women’s Day event. I showed 10 women how to make buttonholes and everyone was delighted with them.

Thank you Colleen for this fantastic donation of Philodendron orchids. I’m looking forward to using them in this week’s designs.

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