Initially we planned to grow cut flowers as an additional offering at farmers markets and our box scheme but the demand to supply locally grown seasonal flowers for weddings and events was more than we had expected so other areas of the garden have been turned over to flower production.
Having previously only grown flowers in a garden at home among mixed beds growing on this scale has been a steep learning curve with gluts and famines and crops flattened by bad weather without proper supports.
Jugs of flowers for a local hotel and resturant
Valentines Wreath Feb 2018
Bridal posy Oct 2017
Autumnal arrangement 2017
Tulips , cerinthe, flowering currant and artichoke leaves
Arrangement for front desk of local hotel
Christmas table centre 2017
Jam jar flowers
Rows of flowers
Large pedestal arrangement
Cut bunch for market
Flower wands for flower girls Oct 2017
Cut flower bed in full bloom Sept 2017
As well as supplying bunches for farmers markets we have a contract with a local hotel and restaurant and offer a bespoke service for weddings, event decoration and bouquets as presents.
We grow a wide range of produce including vegetables , herbs, salads, soft fruit, hard fruit, edible flowers, cut flowers and microgreens. All our produce are grown using organic methods using open pollinated varieties to encourage bees and butterflies and biological nemotodes for pests.
As well as growing traditional high yielding varieties we like to grow heritage types along side for better flavours and unusual collections including Oca, Chinese Artichokes, Mashua, Goji Berries and Vietnamese Coriander to keep our customers trying new things.
This area had previously been used as a tree nursery and when the trees were removed so were large amounts of top soil so this whole area was low lying and had poor soil. With the help of a mini digger and little dump truck 80 tonnes of soil was moved from the top of the menage to this area.
The area is dived into four main beds for annual cut flowers including Cosmos, Larkspur, Zinnias, Bells of Ireland, Nigella, Cerinthe, Ammi, Clary Sage and Snap Dragons. In the central bed we erected a willow dome for Sweet Peas to climb over. There are also 4 other strip beds on the perimeter containing Narcissi, Tulips and Dahlias.