By early April we have already seen the first fantastic floral spectacle on the farm. The narcissi and anemones have been outstanding, the hyacinths divine. But as the season progresses more beauties are beginning to show themselves. Tulips, ranunculus and euphorbia are adding to the show, and autumn sown larkspur, nigella, foxgloves and cornflowers are getting growing too.
We have already supplied our first weddings of the year, and one of my favourite aspects of farm life is providing beautiful blooms for brides. We sell ‘by the bucket’ for weddings and other events and it has proved really popular! Brides usually have a willing friend or family member to arrange the flowers, and the most beautiful natural arrangements can be made using just a few stems in jam jars.
Our brides love to visit the farm just prior to their wedding date, see the flowers growing in situ and make their final selection with regard to colour, height and form. Although we can’t promise that a particular flower will be blooming on the big day, with over one hundred varieties of flowers and foliage to choose from we can guarantee an abundance of flowers from which to choose. And for the wedding feast we also grow a wide range of edible flowers, including lavender, calendula, viola and nasturtium. Plus a variety of fragrant and tasty herbs such as fennel, dill, rosemary and sage as well as many unusual flavours of mint.
Another lovely aspect to our work, and one which I hadn’t anticipated, is the number of local businesses we have got to know, and who have been so helpful. From the amazing local tea room which sells our flowers and distributes our flyers (if you haven’t tried The Artisan Bakehouse in Ashurst, then you must!) to the supremely talented blogger Emma Harris of A Quiet Style, to the floral designers and florists who buy from us each week. It has been a real pleasure getting to know so many lovely people.
One of these is Nell, of Nell’s Flowers at Squires Garden Centre on the A24 at Washington. As well as selling our flowers to the public Nell also works with brides who want to have our flowers, but don’t feel confident about the DIY aspect. Nell produces glorious hand-tied bouquets, corsages, arrangements and buttonholes, and all for a very reasonable fee.
If you are planning an event where flowers by the bucket load are needed, then please feel free to enquire!
Contact us on firstname.lastname@example.org, or call 07770 695193.