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From our passion of blooms, to our favourite recipes, interior addiction and everything else in between, we will share it all bimonthly! 
This week we are celebrating those mummy's in our lives! Sadly, this is Jane's first Mother's Day without her lovely mummy, so whilst it is a day to celebrate the wonderful maternal figures, it is also a day to remember those who aren't with us. 
We will be hosting a pop-up shop at the fabulous farm shop - West Lea, Alresford, on Friday 17th and Saturday 18th with plenty of blooms and a selection of homewares. Please do pop by, see below the address, Jane will be there from 9am to 4:30pm, whilst Meg is busy getting all our website orders out from our studio! 
West Lea Farm Shop, Ladycroft, Alresford SO24 0QS
We have a selection of blooms available to pre-order here, including our 'Armful of Tulips' ... speaking of, here are a few tips on how to get the best out of our tulips and create a masterpiece. 
T U L I P S 
How we condition our tulips when we receive them from our supplier, before we deliver to our lovely Customers: 
1) We remove all the leaves from where the rim of the vase will land
2) We clean all the stems as sometimes there will be some soil from where the tulips have grown
3) We snip a CM off the bottom of the stems
4) We then tightly wrap all the tulips in paper to keep them as upright as come be
5) After 24 hours, we then arrange them in a lovely bunch to deliver... 
If you find your tulips droop, as this is a common question we get asked, we have a little trick... 
Providing all your tulips have been conditioned, all you need to do is take a little snip of the bottom of the stems, have a mug of boiling hot water, dip the bottom of the stems in for ten seconds, and then put them back in a vase of fresh tempered water... and watch them lift gradually. 
Flexing your petals...
This is a little trick that elevates the most simple little tulip head. From the bottom of the petal, peel it back to flex outwards. You need to be really careful as they are so delicate. Keep going all around the centre, and you will get a whole new vision of your tulip! 


Who runs the world? Girls. 

We love supporting fellow women, whether they own their own business, or are extremely talented, or if they're just generally fabulous! 

Each newsletter we will lift up one of the lovely ladies that we blooming love...


Rachel Peppiatt

Rachel is the fabulous owner of West Lea Farm Shop, situated between watercress beds. After taking over the farm shop in October 2020, Rachel loves to source small, local, independent suppliers (including yours truly!), she has transformed the lovely shop which is now a treasure cave of gorgeous locally grown, made & crafted products. 

Rachel has a new blog called Musings on her West Lea Website which is such a lovely read. She will also be appearing on Jame's Martin's Saturday Morning TV show next month! 


What are we cooking this weekend?

What we are cooking this week...

Pop the rhubarb into a a baking dish, pour over about 100g of caster sugar, juice & zest of 1/2 an orange, 1 teaspoon of cornflour and mix well. 

Combine 150g of plain flour, 50g ground almonds, 75g demerara sugar, 75g caster sugar, 100g cubed butter together by your fingertips in a new bowl. 

Wet your hands & mix the topping a little further to form into clumps - freeze this for 15 minutes. 

After 15 minutes, sprinkle this mixture evenly on the top of the rhubarb. 

Bake for 35-40 minutes until golden & bubbling! Delicious with ice cream! 

Rhubarb from West Lea Farm Shop of course!