Living the dream in Somerset

  • Easter Pop Up Shop at Hauser and Wirth

      Come and see us on Saturday 4th April at our Easter Saturday Pop Up Shop! Our 'pop up shop' at Hauser and Wirth, the fabulous art gallery just down the road from us near Bruton, is getting quite a reputation! And so it seems only right that we pop up again on Easter Saturday - thanks to the lovely team there for inviting us back.   [caption id="attachment_4318" align="alignnone" width="300"] Kitchen table bouquets for Easter[/caption]   So we will be setting up our stall at Hauser and Wirth and selling beautiful bouquets, jam jar posies - all round gorgeous flowers for Easter - on Saturday 4th April from 10am until 4pm or when we sell out, whichever comes first - and from experience it is likely that we will sell out first! Come along and make a day of it if you can - Hauser and Wirth have got a

  • 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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  • 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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