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.
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.
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.
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.