This is our quiet time in that we are only cutting a limited range of flower...Paperwhite Narcissus, Amaryllis, Hyacinths, Foliage.....Soon I am looking forward to the Hellebores....However along with these I buy Freesias from Guernsey and Alstroemeria from Sussex, Tulips from Lincolnshire and other bits and pieces from Cornwall...this week some gorgeous contorted Willow, but sometimes Heather or Ranunculus and we are making some lovely bouquets. I sometimes add in the odd imported flower if my own are between crops but mostly they are all still British grown and sourced as locally as possible. I still manage to include things from the garden all through the year buds, twigs, leaves etc until flowers are abundant again outside, this ensures we continue to have a natural style and things look just picked. So this is what we are offering currently and I will keep you updated as we move forward into Spring.
I had hoped to write a blog each day in conjunction with hosting the Flowers from the Farm Instagram account but as you can imagine this week has ended up being very busy and this is only my third post!
So....Day Four which was Thursday was a day spent at Somerleyton Hall making wreaths. We use all the beautiful foliages from the gardens and make large country style wreaths for the restaurants on the Estate and The Hall. I also sent more flowers by post, This time to a florist wanting a box of British grown flowers.
Day 5 ( Friday), A day of preparation for Snape Produce Market and next weeks wreath making workshops. Flowers arriving from Cornwall and putting together mixed bunches. There are Narcissus, Heather and Alstroemeria and lots of greenery. Then a trip to the wholesaler to buy more English Moss, orange slices, frames etc.
Day 6 ( Today), First thing I delivered a Luxury bouquet of gorgeous British grown flowers for a special birthday then Snape Produce Market was in full swing from 9.30-1 and finally home for a nice HOT cup of tea!!
My story in flowers started as a child growing a tiny patch of London Pride Saxifraga...also known as Whimsey or Look Up and Kiss Me! Fast forward to 8 years ago when I started a City and Guilds training in floristry. I qualified as a florist and then to deepen my growing knowledge and skills I trained in horticulture as well. I trained under a WRAGS scheme at Darsham Nurseries and at Somerleyton Hall. Developing a passion for both growing and designing/arranging British garden flowers, I planted a cutting garden. Having become increasingly concerned about where and how flowers are grown, coupled with a love of British grown flowers. and natural styling, I now specialise in growing and using beautiful British grown flowers to make romantic natural designs. for weddings, events, gifts and much more.