Friday Flowers

Friday Flowers

Friday Flowers

We have recently teamed up with a beautiful gift shop called Angels of Churchtown.

They are now taking orders for our flowers throughout the week, and we deliver them freshly picked each Friday morning. We are currently running two sizes, a small posy at £3.50 and a larger bunch at £5.

The flowers used are all homegrown and vary every week, no two weeks will be the same, so there is always something new to discover.

Friday flowers waiting to be delivered.

Friday flowers waiting to be delivered.

If you are ever in the Southport area, do take a visit to Churchtown. It is a very pretty village, with lots of independent shops, great pubs and restaurants. Angels is on the main street with free parking directly outside.

Mixed bunches of flowers

Mixed bunches of flowers

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The Cut Flower Patch – Book Review

I was very excited this morning to receive a book through the post that I have eagerly been anticipating for weeks. It is called The Cut Flower Patch and is written by Louise Curley, who is perhaps better know as Wellywoman for her fact-filled, flower growing blog.

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The book covers all aspects of creating your own cut flower patch, it is written in a very easy to read, practical way and is packed with wonderful pictures by Jason Ingram. It covers everything from choosing an area, designing your patch and maintaining it, to useful tips on growing all sorts of annuals, biennials, wedding flowers, foliage, bulbs, corms and tubers.
There is also a section on how best to cut your flowers and then how to arrange them, it has lots of ideas for creating beautiful, simple displays. At the back of the book is a very useful cutting patch calendar and favourite resources section.
I haven’t managed to read the whole book yet, much as I would have loved too if time allowed.  But it’s the sort of book that you can easily keep dipping in too.
I would say that this pretty book, is a very inspirational and practical guide for anyone thinking of having a go at growing their own cut flowers.

2013 a review of our year

Well where has 2013 gone? it just seems to have flown by. This is our second year of growing flowers, we have had better weather than our first year, we have learnt from our experiences, tried new varieties and expanded our growing area.

We have created flowers for 13 weddings. Ranging from buckets of flowers for the bride to arrange herself, to beautiful marquees and churches, as well as local venues such as stunning West Tower at Aughton, and the magnificent Town Hall in Liverpool.Image

Our wedding diary is also looking busy for next year, we have 16 bookings confirmed with a couple of very organised brides booked for 2015. We are really pleased with the numbers as we haven’t really advertised, they have all come through word of mouth or via our website. Next year we are traveling slightly further afield with bookings from Liverpool, up to the Lake District and Settle.

On the farm in early spring, we  battled for several weeks to put up a poly tunnel to help extend our growing season. All the stress of putting it up has been worth it, there is nothing like being dry and warm in the tunnel, while the rain is pelting the roof outside. I just need to install some electric and then I can make a cuppa and put on the radio and it will be perfect.

our 30 x 14ft growing space

our 30 x 14 ft indoor growing space

We grew lots of different varieties of flowers, my favourites this year being the annual scabious and beautiful sweet peas. Next year we hope to start growing some of our own roses, along with more Dahlias and other focal flowers.

We also put our DIY skills to use with building a small log cabin, which looked as if it would be harder to do than it actually was. It actually slotted together easily. We are using this space for arranging the flowers and for wedding consultations.

Clare working in the log cabin

Clare working in the log cabin

We have also spent time updating the website and adding e-commerce, so you can now order and pay online. At the moment we are only doing local deliveries, but one of our aims for 2014 is to offer national delivery. We are also hoping to run some workshop classes. We ran a couple of practice sessions before Christmas and they worked well, so if this is something you would be interested in please do get in touch.

During December we have been creating Christmas wreaths, which we have sold direct and through Owd Barn farm shop. We also had a Christmas wedding, made using our own grown foliage enhanced with calla lilies, orchids and roses from Holland.

From everyone at the flower farm, we hope you have had a great 2013 and are looking forward to an even better 2014.

Floristry workshop Harrogate February 2014

I have kindly been asked by Gill Hodgson from Flowers From the Farm to run a floristry workshop in Harrogate, North Yorkshire in February. If your interested in attending please read the information below:

 

FEBRUARY FLOWERS FLORISTRY FUNFebruary wedding bq
FLORISTRY WORKSHOP
Saturday 1st February 2014 11am-5pm
and Sunday 11am-2pm
Harrogate, North Yorkshire

Flowers from the Farm invite you to join us for a weekend of chatter, laughing and learning among a happy group of flower growers.
The workshop runs for a total of nine hours over the two days and is wonderful value for money.
You won’t need to bring any materials as all flowers, wires etc are provided.

Email gill@flowersfromthefarm to book your place

Please include name, contact details, payment
AND
Let us know anything you’d particularly like the weekend to cover and we’ll do our best.
£80 for members of Flowers from the Farm
£100 for non-members

 

For more information please follow this link: http://http://eepurl.com/HouAT

Growing flowers

I thought I would show a snap shot of the flowers growing through out this year. Image

Andrew doing the hard work with the tractor.

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My little helper Ben, digging over the beds.

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Peonies, Alium and Delphiniums.

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The beds in summer, packed with Cosmos, Snap dragons, Cornflowers and Larkspur.

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Cerise coloured Achillea.

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An autumnal bouquet including Dahlias, Wheat and Craspedia.

Hello !

Hi, I would just like to introduce myself. My name is Clare Ashcroft and I am a grower of English cut flowers and a florist. I also spend my time looking after my two young sons, husband and dog!

I am starting this blog as a diary of what goes on at the flower farm.

Cosmos, Snap dragons and Marigolds

The Field in full bloom