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News from My Flower Patch

Here you will find news of what we are doing at My Flower Patch. We might tell you what we are growing, planting or picking at the moment. We will tell you about any exciting events we might be attending, or maybe just feature a favourite flower. There will often be lots of pretty photographs, that's for sure! Click "Subscribe Now' to make sure you don't miss any posts.


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Photobombing bee!

So British Flowers Week started today and I made my first video clip of the week. I thought I would share it here with you. 

I have just finished co-hosting #britishflowers on Twitter. Tonight we were chatting about #britishflowersweek and how we would all be celebrating it, spreading the word about British Flowers, and generally just oohing and aaahing over the sumptuous photos that the Twitter folk were posting. In amongst the tweets I spotted a link from a wonderful lady called Fiona who runs Firenza Flowers. She has written a journal post about why she uses British Flowers as often as possible. Take a look at it here. She sums up how I as a grower feel about my "babies" that I have nurtured to the perfect point for cutting. I hope you enjoy her post as much as I did. 

I love the way our customers enjoy our flowers. They love the natural style of the flowers, and the fact that they are a lot different to a supermarket bunch. The sight or scent of them often trigger memories of loved ones no longer here, or happy times they spent as a child. They evoke nostalgia. Sweet William and Sweet Peas especially seem to have this effect.

So whatever you do this week to celebrate British Flowers Week, take time to stop and smell the roses, or the sweet peas, or whatever flowers you may have in your home or garden. Take time to smell them, look at them and really enjoy them. And if they are grown by an artisan flower grower know that they will have been grown with passion, love and commitment to bring you great joy. What more could you ask of a humble bloom. 

 

 

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British Flowers Week starts on Monday the 19th June. It is a week long celebration of British grown flowers organised by New Covent Garden Flower Market,  you can find out more details here.

In the run up to this I was honoured to be mentioned in an article in the Telegraph Gardening section. You can read the "Ladies Who Bunch" article online here. I was even more chuffed that they used my photo both as the lead photo and on the cover of the gardening section. I guess it helps that I had wonderful photos taken by the fabulous Katie Spicer. 

During the week I am aiming to upload a new You Tube clip each day. You can find my YouTube channel here. Wish me luck! Hopefully the sun will shine and I won't have to do too many takes for each video!

Then on Saturday Ann and I will be attending a wonderful workshop organised by Grace Alexander Flowers held at Forde Abbey, Dorset.

In the meantime, we have been busy planting out this years flower plants, harvesting the flowers that are blooming, and getting the ground ready for more planting. Oh and a bit of weeding, rotavating, strimming and path laying! We had a warm Winter and a cold Spring which tricked a lot of plants so the flowers I would have expected have been a bit jumbled in their flowering order, but beautiful none the less. 

If you would like a bouquet or posy of beautiful British flowers in your home for British Flowers Week or beyond, do get in touch. We like to have at least 24 hours notice as your flowers are picked to order. 

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If you are a Wiltshire or Hampshire florist who would like to use more British Flowers in your wedding or event work then also get in touch. We are supplying a few freelance Wiltshire florists with wholesale British grown flowers already but definitely have capacity to supply more. Drop me an email and I will let you have our wholesale British Flowers price list and we can arrange a patch visit. 

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Here you have a look around the grow tunnel that I have at my home. It's where the young seedlings go once they have been germinated in my greenhouse. I am also growing some ranunculus and Galilee Anemones in there to give them some protection from the weather. It's not a full sized polytunnel, but it's better than I had this time last year. :-) 

We make use of as much space as we can to pack it all in. 

 

Enjoy, Sara x

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Spring tulip at My Flower Patch

Well, it's been a mixed bag weather wise so far at My Flower Patch. We've had some sun, some rain, some hail! But I managed to find a sunny day to take a video. It's a bit windy but no where near as windy as the February one. We have made a few changes since the last video. Added some new no dig beds, and paths in between. Taken out the old annual growth and cut back some of last years perennial stems to make way for this years growth. There is lots going on back at home in the green house and grow tunnel too, maybe I should video those next! :-) 

When I took this video I had just harvested a couple of small buckets of tulips. We are making a slow start with tulips, but we are getting there. I think the cold nights haven't helped things along. It was -0.2 in the grow tunnel last night. On the night of the 11th April my grow tunnel showed a max temp of 31.4C and a minimum of 0.3C quite a difference. But the plants I have in there are growing away getting ready to be planted out. 

We have set up some new cold frames and I'm also using some plastic mini greenhouses to act as large cold frame type areas. They offer less protection that the glass house or grow tunnel and help get the young plants ready to be planted out. 

In the seedling stakes we have cornflowers and achillea bulking up nicely. We have snapdragons and foxgloves growing on from plugs I bought, and we have been sowing up a storm. So my new propagation bench is full of seed trays as well as the old one now. It's always a battle at this time of year to work out where to spend my time. We try to get a balance between working at the patch and back at home in the greenhouse or tunnel. But there literally aren't enough hours in the day, or enough space on my propagation bench. 

I hope you enjoy a quick tour around My Flower Patch. I hope you are enjoying the series of videos showing how we grow our flowers. There will hopefully be a lot more in flower by the time I shoot next months film. Bye for now. 

 

Sara

 

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Well I did take the video in March, but didn't quite get around to uploading it until now! Oops! It's a busy time of year when you are growing flowers. You may be able to see some of the changes that have taken place. The tulips are poking through and we are slowly clearing and preparing the flower beds for their new plants. Lots going on behind the scenes in the greenhouse  & my grow tunnel also. I should probably do a video of those this month. Anyhow...enjoy a less windy & less noisy March on My Flower Patch! Sara :-) 

 

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Scented Narcissi so simple, so stunning.
It was such a good way to start the year. A trip down to Devon to the Flowers from the Farm, South West Flower Growers Meeting. It started with a shared journey with two flower grower friends, so the flower chatter started nice and early.
 
It was an uplifting day, meeting up with other flower growers, some who I've only met through social media before, and some growers who have become friends from previous courses and meetings. It can sometimes be a lonely business to be in, especially when you are out in the field in all weathers, and so it is really important to have a support network to turn to for advice, collaboration and an understanding ear.
 
We listened to inspiring talks from Green and Gorgeous and Jonathan Moseley and had an update about what is in store for #Britishflowersweek this year from Liz Anderson. Rachel talked about her journey from gardener to flower farmer and was very generous in her advice and information. The first course I ever attended about growing flowers was at Green & Gorgeous and I have returned there several times. Rachel REALLY knows her stuff and always shares information, top tips and advice about potential pitfalls to avoid. Plus Ash her partner makes sure there is delicious food available and can help with some of the more tool based questions, he really knows his stuff where polytunnels are concerned, and I now have 3 wheeler envy! I'm hoping to attend another course there later this year, we got a little insight to some of the upcoming courses and they are very exciting. :-) 
 
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Jonathan was as ever a bundle of enthusiasm, full of smiles and laughter. He used British flowers to create some amazing designs, gave out loads of top tips and shared his insights into upcoming trends. He is such fun to listen to and gave advice not just about creating amazing displays but also how to use our flowers to create commercially realistic arrangements for our clients. There is no point watching a demonstration where they produce magnificent displays that would only suit a 10 foot high entrance foyer if you don't work with lots of clients who have that sort of budget, well not every week anyway! He gave us lots of ideas of how to work within a clients budget to produce fabulous results and turned the humble daffodil into a work of art! 
 
Daffodils and rusty ducks.
 
We also had the chance to speak to representatives from amongst others Moles Seeds, Atlas Packaging, The Paper Studio, Lancaster & Cornish - suppliers of dreamy naturally dyed silk ribbons amongst other things, Withypitts Dahlias who I might just have bought a few more tubers from to bring you some delicious new dahlias in the late summer. 
 
We got to see stunning examples of foliage and garlands from Tregothnan and a British flower stall to drool over from Flowers by Clowance, in fact I didn't just drool over the stall but I bought an armful of flowers to come home with. I use Clowance to buy additional British flowers when I don't have any of my own growing or if I need to top up for a big event, and I bought some magnificent foliage recently from Tregothnan for my Christmas Wreath workshops. 
 
Emma Davies was on hand to help with photography questions and to take a photographic record of the day which I look forward to seeing as I only remembered to take a few snaps. I'm hoping to organise a flower photography day course with Emma at My Flower Patch, so watch this space. 
 
All that plus delicious food, the wonderful surroundings of The Corn Barn, and a host of enthusiastic flower growers, florists and flower lovers to talk to. The only problem was that there just wasn't enough time to chat to everyone, so I'm voting for a two day event next year!
 
All I need now is for my spring flowers to start blooming in Wiltshire and I can have a go at recreating some of these ideas. 
 
I hope your 2016 has also got off to a flying start. 
 
Sara
 
 
Photographs are my quick snaps of some of the floral displays by Jonathan Moseley. 
 
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