New Year, New Business

Over the last few months I have been completely re-organising the business. I have streamlined things to work as efficiently as possible. The Flower Farm as you know it will now be concentrating on just two things – growing flowers and creating beautiful bespoke wedding flowers. I have an updated website, with new branding and logo, (any feedback is much apprecated).

the flower farm logo

All aspects of floristry work – bouquets, funeral flowers, demonstrations, workshops, etc will now be under a brand new business called The Flower Farm Florist. I have started this new business in partnership with my dear friend, and super florist Alison Matthews (look out for her posts in the coming months). It now means that we can offer a complete local floristry service.

We have a new website, that we hope is simple to use. Our bouquets will still concentrate of championing British products, we will use our own flowers when ever possible. They will be handmade and hand delivered, no courier’s will be used, meaning that the bouquets are delivered with care, and without any excess packaging. Each bouquet will be created as a hand-tied design, it will come in a reusable glass container (British made or recycled) with flower food and  with a British printed and designed, good quality card (Prices start at £18). Our prices will remain the same through out the year and peak periods like Valentines day, Mothers Day and Christmas.

£38 bouquet

              £38 Bouquet

Funeral flowers is an area that we haven’t really concentrated on in the past, due to time commitments, but something that we would love to build on. We are on the look out for local undertakers wanting to work with a florist that produces something different from the norm, someone who loves local produce and traditional English flowers, who wants flowers that are hand-picked and individually arranged to their requirements.

Wreath

                              Wreath

We are also planning to run a series of one day workshops, where you can watch a demonstration, create a design of your own and have a fantastic locally produced lunch. (We are looking for suitable venues to hold these.)

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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.