Georgie's Blog

  • How to find time to write a novel

    How to find time to write a novel

    At last! All Desires Known is out! Now, for those of you who know me well, you'll know that at heart I AM a novelist.

    At heart I spend my days closeted in a perfectly appointed room of my own, quiet reigning, dust motes dancing in shafts of sunlight, my mind alive with stories pouring in perfectly violet prose onto the page, three thousand words a day, followed by a bout of serious gardening for the good of my figure, my health, my heart, my brain....and to make room for more words to start bouncing about in my head. 

    But of course this is a dream.

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  • Now we are 6! And thank you....

    Now we are 6! And thank you....

    Can it be possible? I feel as though Common Farm Flowers has been my life for EVER, and yet, in other moods, it’s existed but for the blink of an eye. 

    We bought this soggy patch of clay in 2004 thinking we’d be market gardeners of some sort. Clearly we knew NOTHING about gardening, or we’d NEVER have bought this clay voluntarily with the thought of growing quick turnaround crops on it. It was a green desert – acres of thick, cattle-feeding rye grasses with odd stretches of fencing criss-crossing the land. 

    So first we planted hedges - Fabrizio wanted a place he could call hedge world – to break up the space and make some wind breaks. Then we got pigs to work over the space we’d make into a veg patch. Then we had our first child and the pigs became sausages, and the veg was delicious…

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  • Spring wedding flowers for North Cadbury Court

    Spring wedding flowers for North Cadbury Court

    People think that March can be a tough month for choices when it comes to British grown, English country wedding flowers. I beg to differ. 

    With all the promise of spring in the fat buds on the trees, pussy willow, helebores, Lincolnshire tulips, Cornish narcissi and ranunculus, I think March is a magical time to be married. This bride came to see us last autumn planning her spring wedding. She wanted her flowers to look as though they'd come fresh from a garden: unstructured posies full of life and promise. She wanted scent (which we gave her with narcissi,) and when I showed her pictures of spring ranunculus which she could have from our Cornish growers she immediately stopped being wistful about English grown roses being out of season for her wedding. She wanted locally grown flowers, no imports. She wanted scent, and life. 

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  • How to budget for your wedding flowers

    How to budget for your wedding flowers

    Weddings are expensive activities and the more you plan where the budget is going to be spent, the better you can control the cost of your big day. 

    As soon as the excitement of getting engaged dies down, I would make yourself a spreadsheet. Don't roll your eyes at me - I mean it!This spread sheet will be the document on which all your wedding planning can rest. On it I would put every single thing you think you might find yourself spending on to make your wedding dream come true.

    Put everything you've ever dreamed of on the list: from the obvious dress, caterers, wine, cars, photographer, hair dresser, florist, to those little details which you've always fancied: wedding favours, lavender to scatter on the path to the reception, fresh petal confetti, your grandmother's pearls restrung especially so you can borrow them for the day.

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  • Putting the wild back into flower farming

    Putting the wild back into flower farming

    You know how it is when suddenly an apparently random subject just keeps on coming up? 

    Well, over the past few weeks I keep on hearing people holding forth on how to maximise flower production at flower farms.

    They talk of how to only grow flowers which will last weeks in vases, how to compete with huge mulitinational flower growing corporations in order to be a 'proper' flower farmer, and it seems to me that the way people try and do this is usually by de-wilding the space they have, joining a race to supply the cheapest flowers to the maximum number of people, often dunked in chemicals you wouldn't want to breathe the gas from on a daily basis... 

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  • Ordering cut flower seed

    For more on growing cut flowers for fun, for weddings and special events, and even how to be an artisan flower farmer like me, come on a workshop here at Common Farm Flowers near Bruton in Somerset. 

    If you can't come on a workshop here to learn more then I thought I'd start the gardening year on the blog with a few tips for making your seed order for your cut flower patch this 2016.

    So here are my very favourite tips for managing the ordering and sowing of your flower seeds - which will hopefully see you grow a very successful cut flower patch this year. 

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  • Themed wedding flowers by a seasonal florist

    Themed wedding flowers by a seasonal florist

    Here at Common Farm Flowers we love to do ALL kinds of wedding flowers: from working with the budget bride making DIY posies with buckets of flowers we supply, to clients who ask us to design what I call the Full Fragonard, a luxurious wedding flowers scheme indulging flights of fancy and working hard to make the bride's dreams come true. 

    Often, when we plan to install a huge, luxurious scheme, we make a good, but still rough plan, and give the bride a budget, but it's understood that we'll have to play the design aspect a little by ear.

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  • Clever Budget Bride

    Clever Budget Bride

    Here at Common Farm Flowers we often send buckets of mixed flowers to brides who like to arrange their own bouquets and posies. And sometimes they send us wonderful photographs to show us what they made with the selection we sent them. Here's one of our October brides, with a posy, buttonhole, and little delicate half-flower garland for her hair which she made for herself.

    We always work closely with our brides who might have quite detailed ideas of colour and texture for their flowers. This bride wanted warm, autumn colours, and I think she's made some really lovely arrangements with the flowers we sent her. 

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