Flower delivery bouquets delivered to your door
June 28, 2017
The arrival of high summer at this Somerset flower farm always takes me by surprise. We've only just got going with the roses, and the first crop of annuals in the tunnel are in full flower, still a gentle, early summer palette, soft pinks and pale blues and whites. And then suddenly I go out cutting and find there are dahlias in the field, there's bronze fennel, and rich, dark pink malope. And I can't resist cutting them.
Long experience has taught me that if something's coming into flower I should never, ever save it for another day. If I do it'll be bashed by the rain or lashed by the wind or scorched by the sun. Something coming into flower needs cutting, not only so that my customers and I can enjoy those gorgeous colours, but so that the side shoots shoot and they start to flower. The skill at this time of year is to water lots and feed so that my trusty flowering plants just keep on flowering.
These dahlias were left in the ground...
June 22, 2017
Fresh cut roses for flower delivery... At last! Our main crop of roses live in a relatively exposed field slightly up hill from us, and they were nipped by that nasty frost we had - do you remember? And so they're flowering much later than the roses we have around the house, but at last they are flowering. This is one of our new roses. We're trying a selection from Peter Beales this year and so far I am LOVING them! Good sturdy plants, beautiful flowers, and heavenly, really rosey scent. Some of these lovely pink ones were in our posies sent to our regular client in Cornwall today, and once this main flower is over, there are lots of buds around it to come out, so, so long as our client deadheads her posies, and keeps the water and the vases clean, she should enjoy these roses for up to a week.
It's such a relief when the roses start flowering for us. We'll have them now in good quantities up until the end of July, when...
When I say our flowers are freshly cut English country flowers, as you can see, they really are. This was yesterday morning's cut, and we cut exactly what we needed for our orders. We don't use any flower preserving chemicals or flower food, so we keep out flowers fresh in the field, and while they wait for cutting they feed the bees and butterflies and so earn twice their living.
This mix is about seven hundred stems, and just to give you an idea what seven hundred stems makes for us, this lot was destined to create three kitchen table bouquets, our regular order to be delivered to Lawrence House Styling in Wincanton, eighteen jam jar posies, and to be put into two mixed buckets of about eighty stems each, one for delivery, and one to be collected this morning.
We are careful to grow a really wide mix of flowers, so you'll always get an unusual mix in our flower delivery bouquets. In this mix we have: alliums (two kinds,) alchemilla,...
In our bouquets of British flowers for flower delivery this week we have:
cornflowers, sweet peas, Canterbury bells, spirea, alchemilla mollis, roses, wild scabious, bupleurum, sweet William, ammmi majus, Chinese forget me nots, nigella, feverfew, toadflax, physocarpus, penstemons, phacelia, delphinium (requienii)...
It's a wonderful time of year in the garden, and we have a great choice of flowers to use in our bouquets by post. So order some, for commiseration, congratulation, for weddings, for parties, for babies, for illness, for wellness, for hope, for comfort... Our English country flowers are good for saying anything you need to say.
In the garden today?
Well, we finally finished planting out another 78 dahlias into a new bed. The old beds are looking a little tired, and while they have a good chunk of dahlias in them, almost in flower now, at the end of the season we'll lift them all, sow a crop of phacelia, and plough...
British flowers week 2017 is celebrated from 19th-25th June. It's an opportunity for all we exclusively British flowers using flower growers and floral designers to showcase what we do. And it's a great compliment that we've been listed by the organisers as British flowers specialists to watch. They recommend you follow our Intsgram feed, where we post examples daily of seasonal English country flowers, supplied by us from our little flower farm near Bruton in Somerset.
It's our mission to show that there are beautiful English country flowers available to order in the UK year round.
From April to November, most of the flowers used in our bouquets by post, flower delivery bouquets, wedding flowers, workshops and flower courses, are grown here on our little flower farm. When we buy in supplementary stock, we only buy British-grown flowers. During the deep winter months our Cornish colleagues keep us supplied with wonderful quality grown-not-flown...
June 05, 2017
In this week's flower delivery bouquets we have a treasure trove of fresh cut English country flowers. It's amazing to think that only a fortnight ago our flowers were all alliums and iris, and now here we go with the foxgloves (fantastic crop this year thanks to timely rain!) sweet william, orlaya, nigella, wild carrot, and the first of the roses. We'll be cropping Canterbury bells before the end of this week too, and as the roses really get into their stride their scent and colour will compliment beautifully the sweet peas which we're cutting from the tunnel, along with cornflowers, clary sage, candytuft, phacelia, ammi, soft gypsophila Covent Garden, calendula and feverfew.
Each bouquet is cut and conditioned and created to order, and delivered next day by our couriers throughout the UK.
We successionally sow four crops of annuals here on our little Somerset flower farm: our first, sown on 15th Feb, is flowering now in the tunnel, the second,...
May 31, 2017
A big thank you to all our customers.
Those of you who've been customers of ours for years will know that I'm always amazed when we manage to pay our bills at the end of the month. Small businesses like this one depend on so many things for their success: I mean, deciding to create a florist business, based in rural Somerset, which only ever uses British grown, country garden flowers, most of which we grow ourselves on our little flower farm, is not what anyone would ever describe as a guaranteed big money spinner. In fact, most proper business people I know would describe artisan flower farming far away from London as just plain silly.
But I've learned over the years, that if we keep up our social media, share our story with all our thousands of followers, keep sharing pictures of what we've grown, what we've done with what we've grown, and reminding people why we do it, that kind customers come back, again and again, to buy flowers from us.
In our country flowers bouquets and flower delivery orders this week...
Orlaya, sweet peas, ammi majus, roses, clary sage, sweet william, ox eye daisies, buttercups, toad flax, bupleurum, cornflowers, wild carrot, valerian, iris, allium, nigella, Californian poppies, phacelia, foxgloves, and more...
We're at that lovely stage in the summer when we have enough choice in the garden that, as we potter about cutting each day's bouquets for delivery by courier all round the UK, we can design as we go: five of this, ten of that, oh look! the toad flax is flowering, and a glut of sweet peas...
We are the essence of an artisan business. Everything is created individually: any bouquet you order from us will be unique and depend for its ingredients on the weather, the temperature, and the mood that Sharon and I are in. Sharon is a natural 1930s bohemian, with an amazing gift for colour combinations - her bouquets are wild and hairy and full of unexpected details....
Flowers for a cricket tea.
It is the ultimate picture of the classic English summer's afternoon: the sight of people dressed in white, sloping over a beautifully-mown pitch, the clock of leather on willow, lazy applause from under the horse-chestnut trees, a club house with a veranda on which a glorious tea is laid. And posies of fresh-cut country flowers, popped in jugs and jars along that cricket-tea table.
And just because a cricket match is to take place in London town, and the congregation (surely the right word?) will be sitting on raked stands rather than under trees, and the competition perhaps a little fierce, and the 'howzats!' loud, and the laziness of the country village version of the same may be missing, there's still the ceremony of the cricket tea.
And the wise club captain knows that without really good English country flowers, cut fresh from an English country garden, there will be something fundamental missing from the proceedings.
The art of the thankyou is one usually expressed in a letter. Do you remember the agony of thank you letter writing as a child? The need for ink pen, writing paper, writing enough that the letter went over the page... My mother used to bribe us with a box of chocolates, one of which was allowed each time a thank you letter was written. She had five brothers and sisters, all of whom sent us Christmas presents, and each of us had five godparents. And we were lucky to have two full sets of grandparents well into adulthood. Childhood thank you letter writing was an agony. And then we grew up, and the habit of the thank you letter had become so strong, that the guilt when one didn't post a little something, properly written, in ink, long enough to go over the page, thanking for the thing, asking after the giver's health, the health of their family, expressing hope that one would see the giver again soon... A cousin gave an incredibly generous family party last weekend. I...