So our first blog was in March and it’s now the end of May, WOW what a few months we’ve had! Our plot has been tested, our plan has been tested, our dedication has been tested – but we’re still here full of enthusiasm and loving it!
The snow we experienced in March turned into floods, the plot was well and truly under water for a good few weeks – this was unprecedented, the land has never flooded before! But thankfully very little had been planted due to the cold temperatures and so far the only things that suffered as a result were some of our newly planted Rosemary which prefer a ‘well drained’ soil.
At least the weather didn’t stop us getting our early Sweet Peas established in the polytunnel, planted in February they’ve been flowering brilliantly for the last few weeks. The smell in the polytunnel is just divine. As long as we keep on top of the watering and keep feeding them these beauties will keep producing flowers for the next few months.
We’ve also been clearing space for an essential piece of kit – a new shed! This will become Old Farmhouse Flowers HQ with dedicated space for storing our flower farming essentials, and space to sow seeds, pot on seedlings and arranging our freshly picked flowers. What could be better than a new shed?? A Dad with the skills to build it – aren’t we lucky!
And how could we forget… we sent a contribution of 50 Ox Eye Daisies down to the RHS Chelsea flower show for the first ever Flowers from the Farm display showcasing British cut flowers. And best of all, the display won a GOLD medal! We planted these classic perennial daisies in the polytunnel to increase their chance of flowering in time for Chelsea, and whilst the ones outside aren’t far behind it was the polytunnel flowers that were at exactly the right stage. We are so proud to have been able to contribute flowers alongside over 90 other UK growers from across the country.
Let’s see what the next few months brings!