All the latest from the Flower Bank

On Thursday 25 October I attended the pledge awards at City Hall. I’ve been pledged £30,000K by the Mayor of London and I’m absolutely delighted. The photograph is of myself and other Haringey award winners.

I’m looking for someone to foster supermarket donated orchids for me.

Meet Mary Murphy, runner up in the floral design category at Tottenham’s Flower & Priduce Show. Mary is a resident at Priscilla Wakefield House which had 8 entries at the show.

This clematis was no more than a bundle of sticks when it was donated to me by Morrisons. It was planted in the garden at N15 and now it’s flowering - so happy

Thank you Sue Arran for the wonderful donation of wedding flowers today. I'll be working with young offenders tomorrow to turn these flowers into designs for 7 organisations in Haringey & Barnet.

From the flowers that were donated from a joyful wedding I was able to create a funeral wreath.

Last week I was presented with a Certificate from Joanne McCartney and a beautiful bouquet from my former floristry tutor Melissa Pauley at Capel Manor's annual awards ceremony. It was in recognition of the Flower Bank's work and I was honoured to be part of such an inspirational afternoon.

In this garden we're determined to re-cycle as many things as possible. We're having great fun finding different uses for the tyres, my next door neighbour gave me his old sink and I think this will look wonderful planted with herbs.

Progress at Pulford Road continues - the blistering heat hasn't been great for the plants and soil - on the plus side there are no slugs.

The latest summery funeral wreath - I hope to be able to launch this service properly later in the year.

On Wednesday 20 June I was privileged to attend a reception at the House of Commons and receive my certificate from the Festival of Learning for my contribution to Social Impact. It was a beautiful afternoon and a great opportunity to meet other winners and highly commends and hear their fascinating and inspiring stories.

Yesterday I spent the day at the Barnet Medieval Festival making Kokedamas. As a native of Lancaster it was fascinating to learn more about the Battle of Barnet and the part the battle played in the War of the Roses.

This is how we left the site yesterday - although still a long way to go we can start to visualise the completed garden.

We’ve been working hard at Pulford Road over the last few weeks and things are slowly progressing. The young people have worked phenomenally hard.

We’ve made great progress at Pulford Road and we reckon that in 3 more sessions we’ll have cleared the banking of tree roots and weeds and we’ll be ready to fertilize. We’re hoping to make this garden using re-cycled material and the space will include a fairy garden, rockery and raised beds.

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