We’ve gone from flooding in March to drought in July! We’re having the longest and driest summer that either of us can remember which is really testing the plants. Thankfully there is a well on the plot so we’ve been able to give everything a regular watering, but even the well has been completely emptied at times.
Despite the weather the plot is literally buzzing, so much insect life is great to see and hear; this is certainly helped by the fact that we grow using organic methods, which means we don’t use pesticides or herbicides to control pests or weeds. Whilst the insect life is great, it does make dead heading flowers amongst the bees a bit of an occupational hazard!
In June we were really pleased to be able to help with the Flowers from the Farm display at the Lincolnshire Show. We joined fellow flower farmers from the East Midlands region with our flowers and helped create this amazing display. The strong winds really tested the flowers, but the display looked amazing and raised the profile of locally grown British cut flowers.
Last month we had the wedding of one half of Old Farmhouse Flowers. Tracey’s wedding gave us an opportunity to indulge ourselves by using our own flowers to make her bouquets, button holes and a very large arrangement to go in the basket of a vintage bicycle – a nod to her husband’s cycling obsession. We just love the professional photographs courtesy of James Phillip Wedding Photography, they really showcase the vibrant blooms used in the bouquets – Dianthus ‘Green Trick’, Allium ‘Sphaerocephalon’ and Monarda really were the stars of the show.
The shed (or HQ as we are affectionally calling it) is coming along nicely, next job is to get it cladded on the outside and then to deck it out with a potting bench and somewhere to arrange all of our beautiful flowers.
Finally, we just wanted to showcase some of our favourite flowers of this year so far, we hope you like them as much as we do…we will certainly be growing more of these next year.