Georgie's Blog

  1. January In The Garden

    Find out what we are doing in our garden this January. ...
  2. January News

    Welcome to all the fun and frolics promised by a new year and a new decade and a year in which we are ten years old! 

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  3. December News

    Well here we are at the dark-at-four-o’clock season again with the promise (or threat?) of Christmas around the corner, and such short days that by the time you’ve got going you feel as though it’s time to go to bed already.  I had a strict list of things to do in the garden this November and, so far, I’ve achieved one of the four big jobs.  The dahlias are put to bed under a thick mulch of heavenly (my new fave toy!) Dalefoot Compost. Three thousand tulips are in.  But the roses are yet to be pruned and the sweet peas aren’t yet planted in the tunnel.  However we are only Wednesday (when writing this), and December isn’t till Sunday so there’s plenty of time yet. UPDATE - the sweet peas went in yesterday, just in the nick of time before Novem...

  4. The Twelve Days of Christmas

    Struggling for inspiration this Christmas? Hopefully our "Twelve Days of Christmas' gift guide will give you ideas for special gifts that your loved ones will treasure. Seasonal British flowers and other gift ideas from Somerset florist Common Farm Flowers. ...
  5. November News

    November News

    Well hello friends.  Anyone else staggered that it’s November?  I’m forcing myself to keep moving as fast as I can, because if the year has spun by this quickly, then I only have about five minutes before I need a hundred beautiful willow wreaths made and I’m worrying that I haven’t done any Christmas shopping for my own family.

    But let’s get through the news quickly.  Great fun was had by all when we got to watch daytime tv last Monday and there we were on Escape to the Country - you can catch up with the episode we were on via 

  6. October News

    October News

    Woah!  Look at that.  The season almost over here at Common Farm and what a rip-rollocking ride it’s been. 
     
    In the end good amounts of rain meant we didn’t have to water too much, and the autumn flowers have been fantastic due to timely downpours in August.  So the September flowers were amazing, and we have a few little patches of last minute July sowings still coming into flower now, so we’ll have very fresh people to add to our dahlias for our October flower deliveries.  For more on our sowing schedules the flower farmers amongst you might like our Flower Farming Intensive workshop on the 14th, 15th and 16th October, where filled in year planner

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  7. July News

    July News

    It is bizarre that we’re already in July. June never seemed to happen with all that cold weather. But at last the roses are getting into their stride, and even the relatively reluctant sweet peas are finally getting their mojo. I’m not complaining. If we plan the garden carefully enough we should never have a gap whatever the weather throws at us. Usually the tunnel flowers are very much going over by now, but this year they are very happily flowering and showing no sign of fatigue - which is a relief because the outdoor crops have been sloooow to start. I am reminded, as I fill buckets to haul around the garden in my trolley (I feel as though I could quite easily train to be one of those people who walk to the north pole pulling a sled,) early in the morning, that this really is a ‘lifestyle’ business. On paper I’m not sure any wise person would take it up, but as I turn corners and a cloud of butterflies dances into the air before me, or gangs of goldfinches (a gang of goldfinches is offici

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  8. September News

    September News

    Not quite season of mists, but there is definitely a feeling of mellow fruitfulness about. I will admit that heavy rain in mid August was timely for us, greening up the fields and just giving our late summer and autumn crops the boost they needed to take us through till the end of October. August has been unusually flat out for us, with back to back weddings, when usually we wonder if we’ve fallen off a cliff, so I’m looking forward to taking a few days off during the first week of September before coming back refreshed and all flowery guns blazing to work hard through to the end of the season. Next year’s weddings are booking in too, so I do hope we have another year as good as this for the dahlias, which are exceptional this year - I’ve never seen anything like them. So what do we have for you? Well lots of lovely workshops to keep you smiling and the endorphin levels high. I’m told by very reliable sources that spending time in gardens, and with cut flowers is very good

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  9. August News

    August News

    Forgive the lateness of this missive. We held a wonderful Flower Farming Intensive Workshop last week after a steady stream of weddings and events, and I simply couldn’t force myself to sit down and put pen to paper for a day or two there. Now, however, I have a new printer (as of today,) so I’m feeling very nine to fiveish, and am giving the whole office, as well as my to do list, a big sort out. So here I am.

    We survived the storm last weekend - for those of you who grow flowers and want to know how we avoided having the whole plot smashed flat by those astonishing winds, do come on a workshop in the autumn, and I’ll tell you all my strategic planning on the plot layout score. Equally, the dahlias survi

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  10. June news

    June news

    So how are we doing?  Well the season is about to go into turbo charged mode! I am breathing slowly, sitting as much as I can, preparing for the marathon we start to run shortly.  Here come seventy hour weeks, thousands and thousands of stems weeks, wonderful wedding schemes, carefully planned logistics, and under, what will hopefully look like a serene sail by by a swan trailing flaars (moi!?!?!?!?!) the paddling won’t be frantic but will be constant, fast, efficiently planned, strategically scheduled and a 7am alarm will constitute a lie-in.  

    We’ve had almost no rain though - an occasional heavy downpour helps, but I noticed even well established shrubs just stalled when usually at this time of year they’re bursting out all over.  So I’ve given them all a good water, and noted, for future reference, a mid may water for 2020, 2021, 2022…  When we moved to Somerset fifteen years ago we planted a twenty foot wide band of willow around the edge of our field to help with the drain

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