Grace Alexander Flowers is a third of an acre field in a village in Somerset. Here, I grow the flowers I love. Peonies, roses, more tulips than is strictly necessary. I grow blushes, apricots, creams and rust coloured flowers, because they make me happiest. There are flowers for every part of our lives. Births, weddings, joys, sorrows. And the only thing better than flowers are flower seeds.
Seeds are the perfect gift for pretty much everyone. Tiny fragments of hope and potential and happiness waiting to happen. And now, finally, these perfect little things are enclosed in packages that do justice to the beauty of their contents. For the gardener in your life, for the person who deserves a treat and to feel loved, for that slightly tricky in-law that you really really want to impress.
One misty morning in early May
It feels like it's only just stopped snowing, and here we are. It's hot. Everything is behind this year and so I am only just doing the big direct sows of my favourite summer flowers: nigellas, cornflowers, phloxes. I'm about to put in a big bed of sunflowers to pick the best to sell next year. Under cover still, I've just put in some sowings of the wonderful tobacco plant, nicotiana. Tinkerbelle is a stunner and I've been lucky enough to get my hands on some exclusive Nicotiana 'Antique Lime'. No photos yet as I haven't got to that stage yet, but if you want to get in on the act, you can order some of the few I have here.
There are a few of the seeds to sow now on sale too which will get you a bumper crop by late July.