Totternhoe School Christmas Fair

Totternhoe School will be holding their annual Christmas Fair on 30th November between 2-4 PM. There are always lots of fun activities and competitions for the children such as Face Painting, Lucky Dip, Hook A Bag, Arts & Crafts and there are various stalls for the adults to browse.

We will have a stall and will be taking a selection of our Christmas gifts, decorations and plants along. Totternhoe school is only a 2 minute drive from Dunstable. Why not pop along for a couple of hours of fun and entertainment.

We’re All Christmas’d Up

We’ve finally had time to display the rest of our gorgeous Christmas goodies. We’ve got some really lovely bits this year, from cosy light up festive scenes, to pretty angels and cheeky Santas and snowmen. Wonderful gifts and decorations, reindeer, ribbons, marquees and lots more. Please pop in and have a browse.

A Lovely Note…


We regularly receive positive feedback from our customers, often verbally in the shop or by phone, sometimes via social media and occasionally by letter.  We were thrilled to receive this lovely note from a recipient of some flowers that a customer had collected from our shop.  It reads as follows:-

Dear Cottage Garden,

My friend from Dunstable visited me last Friday and presented me with a floral arrangement made up by your good selves.  Just wanted you to know this arrangement is the loveliest I have ever received and has given and is still giving my husband and I immense pleasure.  The colours blend beautifully with our 250 year old cottage.  I thought you might like this feedback and so well done!  The flowers have hardly faded, regards…

We’re so grateful when people take time to let us know how pleased they were with our flowers, it makes it all worthwhile…

His Last Shot

Dunstable Downs Golf Club Captain 1929

I recently came across this picture of my Great Grandfather (founder of The Cottage Garden Flower Shop) on a putting green at Dunstable Downs Golf Club. He was captain of the club in 1929 and the photograph appears to be some sort of memorial possibly presented to the family.

I also remember my Grandmother, Clarice Headey, was awarded a hole in one trophy from the club. The story was that she was the first female member of the Dunstable Downs Golf Club to achieve such a feat.

Trash or Treasure?


Well, they claim you can sell anything on Ebay.  We were slightly amused when we came across this listing.  It features a message card that was sent with some flowers that came from one of our old shops, Chiltern Florists, that opened in Middle Row, Dunstable in 1959.

Here’s a copy of an advert that was placed in the Dunstable Gazette, announcing the opening of the shop at 34 Middle Row.


St Mary’s Village Carnival Edlesborough July 2013

We were thrilled to be associated with Totternhoe Lower School’s winning float entered in this year’s procession at the St Mary’s Village Carnival.  We were happy to provide space and materials at the shop for the parents association to put together all the excellent work they had created with the children to make a truly stunning float.

The carnival theme this year was Sci-Fi and the float was based on the popular children’s book, Aliens Love Underpants.  A big well done to all those who took part, their hard work was rightly rewarded and we’re thrilled for the children and parents.

Here are some pictures and video of the float and the parents and children preparing for the procession.  The float can also be seen at the Leighton Buzzard carnival on the 13th July.  We provide flower delivery to Edlesborough on a daily basis.

Daisy Chain


What is a daisy chain?

Quick Answer:- In floral terms, a garland of daisies threaded together.

A daisy chain is a garland typically made with the common English or lawn daisy. The individual flowers are picked leaving sufficient length of stem to make a hole, usually with the thumbnail, to thread the next stem through.

What’s the daisy’s botanical name?

Quick Answer:- Bellis Perennis

The daisy most commonly used to make daisy chains is the bellis perennis, commonly known as the lawn or English daisy.

Common in Europe the bellis perennis is a member of the Asteraceae family. The name daisy is also used to describe many different varieties of flower. Aside from English and lawn daisy, bellis perennis has also been known as bruisewort and less commonly woundwort.

This particular species of daisy grows natively in central, western and northern Europe.


How long was the longest daisy chain ever made??

Quick answer:- 2.12 km (1.31 miles)

According to the Guiness Book of World Records the longest daisy chain they have on file was 2.12 km (1.31 miles) and was made by villagers of Good Easter, Chelmsford, England, on May 27th, 1985.

The Lonely Bouquet

lonely bouquetSunday 30th June 2013 marked International Lonely Bouquet Day.  Conceived by Emily at Fleuropean the movement is dedicated to spreading warmth and happiness through the anonymous gifting of flowers.  You can view the Lonely Bouquet Facebook Page here.

The idea is to create a small bouquet of flowers and leave it somewhere for someone to find.  On the flowers a small tag typically reads, ‘I’m a lonely bouquet, looking for a home.  Perhaps I could live with you or a loved one.’

Over the weekend we left two lonely bouquets in the Dunstable area.  We left the first bouquet on a bench outside Chews House in High Street South.  We were thrilled to later that day receive word from Karen Harvey via our Facebook Page that she’d found the flowers and given them to a special lady who she cares for:-

Walking the dog and sitting on the bench was this lonely bouquet of flowers with a sign saying adopt me.  Well I knew a home they could go to so gave them to a special lady I care for.  What a lovely idea, certainly cheered up my day thanks very much Cottage Garden Flower Shop xxx

We left a second arrangement of flowers on the Woodside Estate and were also fortunate to hear later that day from Caroline Goodwin:-

I  picked up your lonely bouquet today! It was beautiful so thank you! Felt quite strange just picking it up and taking it home but I felt lucky all the same.

Thank you !

lonely bouquetWe’ve really enjoyed being involved in this special event and are looking forward to taking part again in the future.

Karen also took some lovely pictures of the flowers with her dog, you can view the album on Karen’s Page.