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Working with National Trust Scotland at Inverewe Gardens 24.8.18

Hi folks, apologies for being a bit behind on social media recently, I love writing to my customers and keeping you guys updated – sometimes I get wrapped up in either travelling or making and go into my own world. I’m always thinking of new flowers to use and how they can be used, how to photograph new pieces and where abouts in Scotland we can go collecting next.

This past week has been one of our best and most rewarding (both for the business and time spent together as a couple). We started our trip with an over night stay in Inverewe House in Poolewe, a National Trust property with huge grounds filled with incredible moss species, fuchsias, agapanthus (the flower of love) and delicate species of heather. I have always found botanical gardens incredibly enchanting – full of mysteries and tiny secrets at every corner. This love affair started with the Peace Garden at Barshaw Park, Paisley where I would spend a lot of happy memories inspecting butterflies and feeling safe in the high bricked walls and filigree iron gate.

Working with National Trust Scotland is one of the best things we have done for our business and I am always humbled to work on custom ranges for them. They have helped us grow and expand and I will always be so grateful for the opportunities which come our way.

We were taken around the grounds by the head gardener who later took us chanterelle mushroom picking for our breakfast the next morning in an incredible woodland area off the beaten path. It was our first time eating wild mushrooms and I think this Autumn I will go looking in our local woodlands here in Angus for them as well as making some into pendants (now stocked at Cuillin Crafts, Portree).

From here we then went to the Isle of Skye, Harris, Lewis and Uist and collected more to expand our Autumn/ Winter range. Expect lots of coral pieces coming to our shop very soon!

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