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My paper flower for September is the Chinese aster

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My paper flower for September is the Chinese aster

My paper flower for the month of September is the Chinese aster, a native, as it name suggests, of the mountain grasslands of China. It is a member of the asteraceae family and is known as Callistephus chinensis, from the Greek words for beautiful,(kalli) and flower crown (stephus).Just as the garden is losing its vibrant displays of early summer, the Chinese asters kick in with what can only be described as an explosion of colour and high drama. They make the other flowers that bloom in the latter season, the rudbeckias, helianthus and even its relation the Michaelmas daisies seem...

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The paper flower for August is the hollyhock

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The paper flower for August is the hollyhock

My paper flower for the month of August is the hollyhock. These beautiful flowers, symbol of fruitfulness, are a real favourite of mine. My first recollections of hollyhocks were as a young adult where they grew up around the lychgate of the village church, at that time it was my quintessential image of a perfect British summer. Years on and now growing in my garden in the south west of France they are a symbol of long mellow sunny days.Hollyhock flowers bloom at the top of a central stem, tall spires which can grow up to 3 metres tall. The...

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Nasturtiums are the paper flower for July

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Nasturtiums are the paper flower for July

My paper flower for the month of July is the nasturtium. It is also the celebratory flower for 40th wedding anniversaries and a symbol of patriotismNasturtiums were originally found in South America where it is believed that, grown as a perennial, they were cultivated as a salad crop and for their medicinal properties. They found their way to Spain in the 16th-century care of the conquistadors and quickly spread throughout Europe and beyond. During the Second World War, the seeds were ground as an alternative to pepper. They are flowers which pack a colour punch throughout the summer.  Yellow, orange and...

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Paper flower for the month of June - Pelargonium

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Paper flower for the month of June - Pelargonium

This month I was organised and had decided what I wanted to make as my flower for the month of June well in advance. It is a potted plant, which, the moment the weather turns cold, I squirrel away in miserable conditions that would involve court of human rights if it wasn’t a flower. I ignore it for most of winter and then after the last frosts, return it to the garden with a little feed where it produces wonderful blooms all summer long.A flower that also reminds me of childhood. In summer, two burgeoning pots like guardsmen stood either...

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My paper flower for the month of April is the apple blossom

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My paper flower for the month of April is the apple blossom

My choice of flower for the month of April is the apple blossom.  In the garden, the tree is a wonderful frothy mass of white and pink flowers.  I can't bear to cut the stems as I don't want to lose any of the fruit later on,  so the paper versions are ideal for inside the home.  These stems are made with covered metal wire and crepe paper, you can buy these 3 stems on my website by following the link below.

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