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Funeral flowers

Funeral flowers

It’s important to me to make beautiful funeral arrangements. I deliver natural funeral flowers in the Shepton Mallet and Frome area. That it’s a difficult time for people, goes without saying but flowers can help a little. Some families come with firm idea of what they want. Something pink as the person’s favourite colour was … ...

Weeds

Weeds

Keeping on top of weeds. I admit I don’t mind weeding but of course it’s easy for the weeds to take over and the job becomes huge and demoralising rather than an hour of gently teasing them out. There are ways to help keep weeds at bay. 1 ~ Try not to let them seed. … ...

Organising seeds

Organising seeds

Organising seeds. I knew I had a lot of seeds but didn’t realise quite how many until I started sorting them out. I recently spent a while looking for some Sweet Peas seeds. It turned out I’d already sown them (and they are doing very nicely, thank you). That highlighted that I needed a better … ...

Something to look forward to.

Something to look forward to.

  Bulbs are so important in the Spring garden. They give us colour and scent starting in the darkest days of winter and going right through until May. Who doesn’t love a Snowdrop poking it’s green shoots through and then showing it’s gently nodding head. Looking fragile but so tough. This year it seems more … ...

3rd November – Planting and clearing.

3rd November – Planting and clearing.

28th October ~ A dramatic change in the weather means cold feet and hands while working outside. Very low overnight temperatures but the dahlias seem to have survived so far. The sun barely made it out today so little warmth. Good progress in clearing weeds from Annie’s bed. Resowing a few seeds of things which … ...

25th October ~ Endings

25th October ~ Endings

21st October ~ Anemone corms have tiny rootlets appearing. I only know that as I was worried about them and dug them up. Difficult to keep them at the right temperature and dampness. Removing more turf. It comes up easily as the ground is damp but not soggy. 22nd October ~ Let loose in another … ...

20th October ~ Cutting down and digging up

20th October ~ Cutting down and digging up

14th October ~ A few of the ranunculus have beautiful little shoots. Moving all the trays of bulbs, claws and corms into the house as mice (or similar) are digging, eating and scattering them around. Sigh. 300mm rain in 40 days. 15th October ~ It did not rain. Clearing cutting beds. Removing plants which are … ...

13th October – a wet week

13th October – a wet week

7th October ~ Incessant rain. 8th October ~ A dry morning. Moving trays of bulbs inside as they are in danger of rotting with all the rain. 9th October ~ So much rain. Not possible to do very much at all. Marshland in the duck run. 10 October ~ Making good progress in the front … ...

6th October ~ October Jobs

6th October ~ October Jobs

30th September ~ How? Clearing out the poly tunnel begins with removing some Cosmos. They have just started to get mildew. Collecting large amount of straw and manure in small car from local stable. Now where to put it. Plan is to lay over empty beds but none are empty yet. 1st October ~ Last … ...

29th September – A little progress

29th September – A little progress

23rd September ~ Dahlias. They’ve done brilliantly in their new home and have flowered for weeks. I know their days are numbered now – hopefully frost will hold off for a good while yet. The supports of post and netting have worked really well. It’s only a few of the large headed flowers which need … ...

22nd September ~ September days

22nd September ~ September days

16th September ~ Perfect weather this morning – cool and drizzly. Not too hot! Yesterday was very hot again and uncomfortable to work in. More cutting back and down and weeding. Compost heaps are overflowing. I need to work out a better system for organising and emptying them. Perhaps collecting material in a pile and … ...

15th September ~ Autumn tasks

15th September ~ Autumn tasks

9th September ~ I made a few wreath bases from twisted stems. These can be covered with moss or straw or used as they are with foliage tied on. 10th September ~ Beginning the Autumn change around. Many plants are flopping, crushing and squeezing out smaller plants around them. I know I plant too densely … ...

8th September

8th September

3rd September ~ Very fine wet rain which soaks in a short time. 4th September ~ I have a lot of planting out to do. I have small Lupin plants which I understand do better if established in the Autumn. I hope they won’t be razed by slugs. Better send the ducks in. Also Gaura. … ...

1st September – Turning a corner

1st September – Turning a corner

26th August ~ out at 7am to get ahead of the heat. It was misty and damp and perfect. I cut down all the Larkspur and trimmed the whole edge of the first cutting bed, weeding and tidying as I went. I wish I’d done it last week before open day. Moving along close the … ...

25th August ~ Lessons to learn

25th August ~ Lessons to learn

20th August ~ I’ve cut bunches and bunches of Atriplex, Straw flowers and Limonium for drying. Each time I cut it means a climb up the ladder to the loft where we have ropes strung across for drying. Tomorrow Eryngium and Pink Pokers. 21st August ~ I cut down the sweet peas in the poly … ...

18th August ~ On show

18th August ~ On show

12th August ~There is nothing like knowing people are going to see every part of your plot to focus the mind. A good day of tidying and clearing. I wish it always looked this tidy. Thought it is August and there are too many bare patches and not enough colour. I know I say this … ...

11th August ~ Ducks and bees and rain

11th August ~ Ducks and bees and rain

5th August ~ Dahlias are really taking off now. The earwig traps are working as long as I remember to empty them every day. Perhaps the bark mulch paths were a mistake. Probably an earwig magnet! 6th August ~ A small amount of rain tease us. 7th August ~ There is so much to cut … ...

4th August ~ Wasps and compost

4th August ~ Wasps and compost

28th July. 9pm weeding outside in the perfect temperature. Weeds come out easily as it is dry, dry, dry. 29th July Deadheading snap dragons. They are getting rust. 30th July 7.30 am enjoying a cup of tea while listening to rain. First time in weeks I haven’t had to start outside early before the temperatures … ...

April 2019 – Ranunculus

April 2019 – Ranunculus

Ranunculus are the undoubted stars of the April cut flowers. They have been quietly growing away all winter and suddenly burst into bloom showing off their amazing colours. I was surprised to find that I liked the orange best. It looks fabulous in a vase with the vivid pink. ...

March 2019 – Anemones

March 2019 – Anemones

Anemones are flowering. Finally, after what seems like a long winter, we have flowers again. Plants are in active growth again with new spring flowers popping up every day. Here, Anemones were among the first flowers in bloom. Their rich jewel colours are a tonic after the grey months of January and February, though we … ...

February 2019 – it’s all about seeds

February 2019 – it’s all about seeds

During winter on the flower farm, it’s all about planning for a succession of flowers through the year. From the middle of February we can start sowing seeds, cautiously at first as, here, it’s still a long way to the last frost date. That’s the date that it’s safe to plant out tender plants. Half … ...

October 2018 – In the poly tunnel

October 2018 – In the poly tunnel

We can no longer pretend it’s still summer. The days are shorter, mornings are misty with a real nip in the air and we have had a touch of frost. October in the poly tunnel is a time to look back and plan ahead for next year’s flowers. Photo opportunities are always available in Autumn. … ...

August 2018 – Zinnias

August 2018 – Zinnias

There is no denying it has been hot and while many plants are struggling some are thriving – Zinnias. I certainly spend a lot of time watering. It’s time consuming as there is so much to do but it has to be done carefully too. The ground is so dry that water drains away from … ...

July 2018

July 2018

I wasn’t sure I would ever show this picture. This was how we started early in the year. Now that buckets of blooms have been  harvested from here I can show it. We removed the turf and dug it over. I follow the ‘no-dig’ method of gardening but it was necessary to dig over to … ...

Gold at Chelsea!

Gold at Chelsea!

Huge congratulations to the Flowers From the Farm team who totally nailed it at Chelsea!   First exhibit – Gold Medal. All those sleepless nights suddenly become worthwhile. It’s an amazing story of an idea turned into reality with the help of nearly a hundred small flower farmers around the country who contributed flowers and … ...

We’re going to Chelsea

That’s the flowers, not me sadly. These flowers are on their way to join many more from all over the country for our Flowers From The Farm exhibit. What started as a germ of an idea has turned into a feat of planning and co-ordination. Member growers from all over the country are taking their … ...

A new Flower Farm

Perhaps I picked the wrong year to start a Flower Farm. We had snow twice in March which is very rare here then very cold and wet weather in April followed by a mini heatwave then back to the cold. It is generally agreed amongst growers that we are 3-4 weeks behind a normal year. … ...