Eco-friendly · Out & About in Kent · shop local · Uncategorized

A Visit To Local Flower Farm, Blooming Green

Do you have a local flower farm or cutting patch? A beautiful place where you can visit and gather yourself a beautiful bouquet of flowers to take home? I was delighted to discover Blooming Green, a flower farm where you can pick your own seasonal, organically grown flowers.

I wanted to share you with you some pictures of my visit there last summer. These were taken last June, but better late than never!

Blooming Green Loddington Farm Linton Kent
Beautiful cottage garden flowers, freshly picked!

 

 

Blooming Green Flower Farm Linton Kent redhenjewellery blog

Blooming Green local flower farm the little red hen jewellery blog 2
Blooming green gardeners hard at work keeping the cutting patch looking fabulous

 

Blooming Green local flower farm the little red hen jewellery blog 3
Beautiful candy colours!

Wildflower patch the little red hen jewellery Blog blooming green kent

Blooming Green local flower farm the little red hen jewellery blog
There’s always time for being silly!

 

beautiful pink wildflowers cutting patch Blooming Green Flower Farm 3
I even roped my husband in to help 🙂
Processed with VSCO with a8 preset
So much choice! Enjoying a peaceful moment gathering my bunch of flowers
Blooming Green wildflower bouquet rehenjewellery blog
Pretty pickings!
Blooming Green wildflower jug of flowers redhenjewelleryblog
I love the dolly mixture colours of these cornflowers!

I bought my gorgeous bunch of flowers back home, where they filled 3 large vases and enamel jugs and amazingly lasted for well over a week!

Blooming Green are open every Friday April to October, 10-4pm for PYO flowers

Out & About in Kent · shop local

Shop Local and Independent in Staplehurst with Made by Kent

This Spring, some exciting news came to Staplehurst, the village where I live. An opportunity arose for our seasonal pop up shop, known as Kentish Made and run by Katie Higgins, to become a permanent fixture in the high street!

Made by Kent gift shop Staplehurst Kent

Katie, of Marmaduke Scarlet and her team of hard working helpers soon had the shop (formerly the old bakers), looking great and ready to fill with lots of handmade goodies.

There’s a great community of independent designers, makers and businesses in Staplehurst and it’s so exciting to see them all under one roof, all year round!

Local baker Claire’s Bread supplies freshly baked bread daily and weekly sausage rolls too! Made by Kent gift shop Kentish Honey Staplehurst Kent 3

As well as delicious brownies and biscuits, every Friday there’s a cake of the week, all baked by Rebecca of Vallance and sons from her home bakery. Rebecca also makes gluten and diary free bakes, which is great for me, having to be gluten free. A lovely treat for the weekend to look forward to!

 

vallance and sons cake of the week
Rebecca’s fabulous cakes!

There’s something for everyone, with a wealth of handmade goodies to choose from!

 

I’m thrilled to have a selection of my handmade jewellery available to buy at Made by Kent and I’m so pleased with the support I’ve received so far!

The Little Red Hen Jewellery handmade silver, copper jewellery
My Silver and copper handmade jewellery AND my jewellery bust Maud, looking very happy in her new home!

So if you’re local or passing through this part of Kent, do pop in and have a browse, you won’t be disappointed!

To find out what’s new in the shop and for more information on the makers, please take a look at the Made by Kent Facebook page!

Out & About in Kent

A Visit to Sissinghurst Castle Gardens

A few weeks ago, the gardens at Sissinghurst Castle opened to the public for the spring and summer season. We’re lucky to live just a short drive away from this beautiful place and look forward to the spring opening weekend. So we set off to enjoy the gardens in the Sunday afternoon sunshine!

Gatehouse March opening weekend national trust property Sissinghurst castle garden
The Gate House, displaying some blooms from the garden along with the Head Gardener’s Notes

Mini daffodils National Trust Sissinghurst Castle Gardens March 2016 Spring

The Tower and Rose Garden

My daughter (aka The Little Chick) was very excited to be allowed to climb up to the top of the tower for the very first time, under Daddy’s strict supervision! She really enjoyed waving to me, way down below on the ground.

The Orchard

One of our favourite parts of the garden is the Orchard, with its carpet of daffodils.  Unfortunately, due to the recent wet weather, the Orchard was closed to prevent the ground becoming a swamp! Luckily we could still enjoy the glimpse of daffodils, narcissus and snowdrops through the low fence and across the moat.

The Lime Walk and Nuttery

Other special things to discover are the Snake’s Head Fritillaries, mini-irises and Hellebores. These can be found flowering in the Lime Walk and the shady Nuttery.

My favourites (this time!) are the camellias; they really are magnificent and a must see for any camellia fan.

Camellia Sissinghurst gardens visit kent March.jpg
Amazing pink double Camellia

 

 

We really enjoyed our first visit of the year to Sissinghurst and can’t wait to come back in April to see the bluebell woods!