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November 27, 2019Struggling 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. ...
January 22, 2019
This is the perfectly eco funeral wreath: simple, natural ingredients, foraged garden foliage, flowers tucked into moss, which is bound with raffia onto a freshly-cut willow base. I've been making these all winter in my efforts to use less plastic and therefore less floral foam, and they're so beautiful that I can hardly bear to give them to the customers when they arrive to collect them, or I slip them into their specially made boxes to send via courier.
These wreaths are sturdy, yet incredibly delicate, and the faces of the flowers peer out of the foliage just as they would in a garden. They are the perfect tribute for a funeral, and are especially suitable for woodland burial grounds, where ingredients must be one hundred percent biodegradable.
We can make them all year round, and send them UK-wide next-day delivery. We only ever use British grown flowes in our floristry, and the same goes for these wreaths. For something delicate, for a person who loved t...
December 06, 2018
Your flowers for your Christmas tables will last beautifully if you take them out of their boxes, give them fresh water, snip their stems and put them somewhere cool until you’d like them for your table on Christmas day. We've already started sending out wreaths and today is our first Christmas Decoration workshop of the year. Our fresh cut willow wreaths are dressed with gorgeous greenery and seed heads and crab apples woven into a garland. If hung on...
October 31, 2018
Sometimes people say to me that there are no British grown flowers in November. Well, let me put those people right. Our gardens here at Common Farm have a rest from production from November till about early April, but fortunately for us all we have wonderful growers all over the UK, and especially in Cornwall, who keep us supplied with fantastic, top quality, beautiful, seasonal British flowers all through the winter.
This bouquet, for example, is going out today and has in it: glorious glads, paperwhite narcissi, nerine lilies, beautiful big white lilies, gorgeous pink sweet William and chrysanthemums, Canterbury bells, and one of my absolute faves, blue ageratum, all framed with gorgeous red spindle foliage.
We have a system when we're ordering in from our Cornish colleagues, that we have our weekly order delivered and we send our flowers out straight away so that they're fresh as a daisy when they arrive on kitchen tables and drawing room sideboards and hall cof...
October 29, 2018
Today I made my first Somerset willow Christmas wreath to send someone for the purposes of a little light publicity. I'd forgotten how very calming the wreath making process is.
- First cut your willow - ours comes from the band of willow we planted round two whole sides of Common Farm. Willow recolonised the British Isles at the recession of the last ice age, and it supports almost as much wildlife as oak. Here, during the winter, the pollard crowns of the willow are stuffed with clumps of fat, black aphids which the song birds feast on through the cold months. We're careful, when cutting the willow, not to cut into these clumps of high-protein aphids, and make sure to leave them for the birds. We cut to order so that the willow for the wreaths is fresh and easily malleable for our wreathing. We use about nine nine foot lengths of willow per wreath, and about three four toot lengths for binding. Come on a Christmas wreath workshop here and we'll show you the wil
September 04, 2018
Yes, we are local florists too.
From our local towns and villages of Wincanton, Bruton, Castle Cary and Mere, as well as our own Charlton Musgrove, customers can order flowers to suit their budgets, and either come and pick them up, or pay a little bit more to have them delivered.
So for thankyou flowers, or birthday flowers, or congratulations flowers, or commiserations flowers, do ring us if you're local and we'll make something for you to collect. Our telephone number is 01963 32883.
And for really special occasions, we are happy to create bespoke schemes - we supply flowers for somewhere between fifty and sixty weddings and events a year from our cut flower farm between Wincanton and Bruton here in sunny Somerset. You can order buckets of flowers to create your own arrangements, or we can do all the floristry for you, or, a lot of people like a mixture of the two. Perhaps we do the bouquets and buttonholes and any focal arra...
August 15, 2018
How do we deliver our flowers UK wide?
Very simply: aquapacked and in sturdy boxes, hand-delivered, next day delivery, by courier.
- Here at Common Farm Flowers, our flower farm based between Bruton and Wincanton in Somerset, we cut our flowers to order. So first thing in the morning Sharon and I pop into the office and print off any orders which have come in during the night, and put them with that day's orders from the file.
- We then make a stem count of what we'll need to cut, and then we fill our trolleys with clean buckets filled with fresh water. Sharon takes one pair of scissors, I take another, and we head off in different directions with a stem count to cut each in mind. At this time of year she'll usually start in the dahlias and I with the annuals and we meet up the top in the field known as the Ladysmock to cut foliage and various bits of extra to give our bouquets a little more zing.
- We then haul our full trolleys back to the st
July 27, 2018
Growing sweet peas successfully is not rocket science. Here are our top tips:
Use fresh seed for better germination rates. Sow seed a knuckle deep in trays or pots and keep out of the way of the marauding mouse who loves to eat a germinating sweet pea seed more than anything.
Successionally sow two or three crops of sweet peas, and sow fewer than you think you'll need. It's better to keep cutting ALL the flowers on ten or fifteen plants, than being overwhelmed by the flowers on thirty or fourty plants and finding your sweet peas go over quickly. I would sow your first crop in autumn, say, first October, and your second, outside in March.
Sow sweet pea seed in deep pots or root trainers - this way they have space to get their roots down which they like to do.
Pinch out the sweet pea seedlings by cutting off the shooting stem so that you leave only two sets of true leaves. This will encourage the plant to branch out, so giving you lots more flowers....
July 26, 2018
So many good reasons to order British flowers. Here are just a few:
- Buy British flowers because flower growers feed the bees. As Fabrizio always says, 'Look after the invertebrates and the rest of the food chain will look after itself.' So buying British flowers means you're contributing to an economy which supports our beleaguered bees.
- Buy British flowers and you will find you can have on your kitchen table a full cottage garden herbaceous border of delight which wouldn't be available from big importers, who only supply flowers which will travel out of water, and will last longer, because of the delay between cutting and the flowers arriving at your door. British flowers need fewer chemicals to last because they're fresher when you buy them. British flowers can be delicate varieties which need to travel in water because they have less distance to travel, and the growers will put their precious little people in buckets of water and deliver like that.
The greatest compliment we as florists can be given is to be asked to do funeral flowers. The flowers chosen to celebrate a life are there for many reasons, and when people ask us to do them, it's often because the person whose funeral it is was a gardener, or a walker, a person who loved the outdoors, countryside, real, fresh, growing things on which they'd delight to see a bee or a bird.
This may look like a huge arrangement in a vase, but in fact it's a funeral sheaf having a drink. We make it as three bouquets tied together into a huge, flat backed, hand-tie, which can then lie comfortably on the coffin. It has width to fill the space, but height too. And it's really important that the view when it's lying on the coffin, flower heads towards the congregation, is full of life and interest.
In this case, we made the sheaf the evening before the funeral, and it had all night in deep water so that the flowers would be not at all thirsty when lying on the...