I am struggling to supress my eagerness. Our anemones, sweet peas and ranunculus are all about to burst forth in the polytunnel, and the tulips, narcissi, hyacinths and muscari are all set for a stunning field display.Whenever we have had a whole day of late winter sunshine, it is truly amazing how the light level creates a growth spurt. I planted several hundred tulips in November and until a few weeks ago there was absolutely no sign of life. In fact, Debbie and I nervously dug in one of the beds, expecting that we had failed… the bulbs were in place but not showing much sign of life. And now…..!
Over the winter period I have planted five thousand bulbs and about one thousand flowering perennials including hydrangea, eucalyptus, allium, eryngium and kniphofia. The polytunnel and coldframes are already heaving with seedlings and Belle, our farm cat, is doing a sterling job of keeping both mice and rabbits at bay.
The farm is attracting attention from many different directions – in fact we are to be included in a feature in the April edition of Sussex Life magazine, and enquiries for our flowers are coming from as far afield as Aberdeen, Glasgow and Cumbria.
Our flower season is just beginning, which brings with it my deep pleasure in witnessing the smiling faces that greet our flowers from florists, brides and volunteers on the farm. In mid March, Helen will be joining me for one day a week throughout the growing season for work experience. She will no doubt arrive with paper and pen at the ready and leave with copious notes, dirty fingernails and a big bunch of flowers to practice her floristry skills, can’t wait for her to start!
Our flowers are showered with great care and attention (and rain!). It’s incredibly pleasurable to walk through a field of vibrant colours and fragrances – weeding, deadheading, disbudding, cutting. If you are local and have two or three hours to spare each week, we are always looking for volunteers. We can offer tea, conversation and perhaps a lovely bunch of flowers to take home as a “thank you” for your valuable time! If you would like to find out more, please do email me: firstname.lastname@example.org or call on 07770 695193 to find out more.