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In The Moment The Flower Patch

In the Moment is a beautiful, practical lifestyle magazine for the modern-thinking creative woman. You can expect practical creative projects to do today, positive features and stories to inspire, adventures near and far for a healthy body and mind, and ideas that embrace every aspect of women's lives: friends, family, self, work, rest and play! It has a sense of community and fun, and you will be informed and entertained by knowledgeable experts and humourous columnists. With content covering wellbeing, creating, living and escaping, its monthly publication will reflect latest trends and encourage you to make the most of every day by living 'In the Moment'.

País:
United Kingdom
Idioma:
English
Editor:
Immediate Media Company London Limited
Periodicidad:
Back issues only
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1 min.
welcome

Flowers in the home are a luxury, but I think they’re also a necessity – I agree with Vita Sackville-West’s view that ‘A flowerless room is a soulless room’. A display that makes you smile is worth its weight in gold, and if you grow the blooms yourself, the pleasure is doubled. Such is my need to recapture the childhood magic of picking sweet peas, I once grew them on the window ledge of a third-floor flat where aged sash windows made picking nigh-on impossible. Access is less of a problem these days as I have a flower patch on an allotment. It’s only small but I still furnish my home (and friends) with blooms all summer long. My inspiration has come from pioneering grower and florist Sarah Raven, so…

3 min.
growing notes

1 COPPER GARDEN TOOLS Currently on trend, copper tools not only look the part but are said to enrich the soil with copper trace elements that are beneficial to plants. We love that this trowel has depth marks, which is super helpful when you’re planting bulbs. It also comes with a personalised drawstring bag, making it a thoughtful gift too. £35 jonnyssister.co.uk 2 GROW YOUR OWN CONFETTI The sky’s the limit when it comes to the variety of flowers you can grow in your own cutting patch, whether it’s in a border or a container. While that’s exciting, it can also be a little daunting. Thankfully, there are lots of companies that have done the hard work for you by creating special seed collections around a particular occasion or theme. We love Gluttonous Gardener’s…

5 min.
connect to the season

When you’re given a gift of flowers, what’s the first thing you do? You bury your nose in them and inhale deeply. What we love about a bunch of flowers is the sensory experience – the colours, textures, shapes and luscious scent. But as well as that, locally grown, seasonal flowers connect us with many things we hold dear. The past, the countryside, the seasons and our community. Buying flowers from an artisan grower who contributes to the local economy, whose garden provides a haven for wildlife and whose flowers are unique is more than just buying a bunch of flowers. It connects us to a person, to a place and to a season. Around 50 years ago most flowers sold in the UK were grown at home, but over the…

4 min.
perfect plants for your flower patch

When I first moved from London to Perch Hill, a small farm in East Sussex, I had a vague dream of giving up my job as a hospital doctor and staying at home to grow cut flowers. From the age of seven or eight, I’d loved picking flowers and then arranging them for my botaniser father to have on his desk to love too. Through my twenties I wanted a flower shop, and my birthday present from my now husband, Adam, was to go to the wholesale cut flower market at Nine Elms and buy enough freesias, lilies, hyacinths and Paper Whites to fill our West London house. I loved that week of flowers in every room, but once I lived in the country it made better sense to grow my…

1 min.
bishop’s flower

Ammi majus has lacy flowers, rather like a more delicate form of cow parsley. It’s the best white filler-foliage you can grow and is spectacular arranged in a great cloud on its own. Aim to pick it just before the tiny white flowers are fully open as this will prolong vase life. Think about where you’ll put your vase too, as warmer places will encourage the flowers to drop. Strip all the bottom leaves and some higher ones otherwise they’ll turn yellow before the flowers have finished blooming, spoiling the look of an arrangement. Cut the stems short to display with sweet peas, nigella and poppies or use full length by itself in a stained glass vase. For a special occasion, cut stems to 30cm to cover an oasis globe hung from…

1 min.
clary sage

While sage (salvia officinalis) is generally thought of as a culinary plant, this bold blue variety of clary sage packs a punch in flower beds from May to September. Use the variety Salvia viridis ‘Blue’ to line the edge of your cutting patch – it will look great. It’s a hardy salvia, with tiny flowers but enlarged and brilliantly coloured flower bracts of purple-blue (bracts aren’t ‘true’ flowers but brightly coloured leaves). Considering its rather delicate appearance, it’s a treat to fnd it still standing after the frst frosts. It’s very easy to grow and lasts wonderfully well once cut. It looks particularly striking grouped into mini bunches among other blooms. This makes a great dried flower too, as it keeps its colour well. DISPLAY ADVICE Mini bunches of clary sage work well dotted…