17 June 2021

Days in the sun



Well hello all, long time no speak! What can I say, it’s been quite a busy few months here, with only just about finding the time to keep Facebook and Instagram informed. So, let’s dive right in.


First off, I’m pleased to say that the Ranunculus, which were such a failure last year have been a roaring success this Spring. The small Polytunnel has been a game changer, though keeping them well watered did take considerable effort - lots of early morning and evening trips to the patch with my wheelbarrow full of water! Anyway, it was well worth the effort. They out did themselves. However, the plants have now completely tired themselves out and the tunnel is ready for it’s next residents - Zinnias, Chrysanthemums and Asters!



The bees have loved the Ranunculus almost
 as much as I have.

The rest of the patch has really filled up, with only one bed left to prepare and fill. We’ve already started picking the Cerinthe, Orlaya, Cornflowers and Sweetpeas (which smell amazing) and are now eagerly awaiting the Ammi Majus, which is not far off, the Wild Carrot and the Antirrhinums. I literally cannot wait. 


The Sweetpeas add an incredible scent to a jam jar.

And yet, with all that going on, there is still more plants waiting in the wings for their turn to be planted out. As well as the previously mentioned Zinnia and company, we have Amaranthus in three different gorgeous varieties, Rudbeckia, Panicum Frosted Explosion and Cosmos (which keep giving me a questioning look as to why they haven’t been planted out already), which will all be creating beautiful bunches alongside the Dahlias later in the summer.


The current rising stars of the show though has to be the roses. This past week, we’ve seen the first few buds opening turn into a flush of blooms! Some have already made their way into arrangements. Hopefully, there are lots more to come!


The marmalade colours of The Lady of Shalott and the blue of the Cornflowers are a match made in heaven.


This time, the centre of the Cherry Caramel Phlox really brings out the red tinges on the roses.


So I hope you’ve enjoyed that little update! And I promise not to keep you waiting so long for the next one 😉. In the meantime, I hope you manage to get out and enjoy your own green/ flowery spaces!


Lucy


From the patch x



1 April 2021

Spring




At long last, Spring is finally here, my favourite season. If you’re anything like us, you have been soaking up all the gorgeous sunshine we’ve been having this week and making the most of that precious extra hour of daylight at the end of the day. 


The days are are now longer than the nights and the garden is beginning to wake up in earnest. The Daffodils have been flowering since early March here and most of them were excitedly cut to put into bunches for Mother’s Day. But there is soon to be another star of the the show - the Tulip! They seem to be taking their time this year and we’ve only just seen the first buds open this week. All the lovely sunshine has lulled them into a false sense of security ... I think they’re going to get a bit of a shock with the forecast of snow on the horizon.


The first Tulips with the last of the Daffodils and Hellebore.


In other flower news, the first Anemone has also shown her beautiful face and the Ranunculus are covered with buds. I can’t wait to be popping these into our flower bunches. It won’t be long. 


The first Anemone. Can’t get enough of that inky centre.


The greenhouse is now overflowing with seedlings, such as the Strawflowers, Rudbeckia, Cosmos, Phlox and Scabious - to name but a few. The Sweet Peas have had to move out and down to the patch to make room for all the new additions. They were most definitely ready though as they were beginning to look a bit ridiculous in their tiny pots and have been attempting to climb up each other in their bid for freedom.


The Sweet peas are very grateful for their new climbing frame made from
Hazel supports, cut from our patch.


We still have many more seeds to sow, which include the likes of the more tender Amaranthus and we have a fair few more Dahlias to pot up - a considerable amount have already been potted and are making trip hazards of themselves across the greenhouse floor.


Being Easter weekend, It’s another busy few days of flowers, just how I like it! As the Tulips are mostly still keeping us waiting, we’ve ordered in some British grown blooms. They smell absolutely amazing and the majority were grown on a farm in Lincolnshire, so very local to us. We’ve now sold out of pre-orders but will hopefully have enough to open the Flowers From the Gate.




Enjoy your Easter weekend and come and say hi if you’re local!

Lucy
From the patch x

18 March 2021

Flower Subscription



BIG NEWS! What could be better than a bunch of delicious, locally grown flowers, which exhibit the best of what the season has to offer, to put right on your kitchen table? How about one which comes every month?


Yes, we’ve decided to offer flower subscriptions! Sign up for a three month subscription and we will put together a gorgeous bunch of our seasonally grown flowers, for you to collect on the first Saturday of each month.




If you’d like to find out more, click on the Price List page or get in touch!

Lucy 
From the patch x


26 February 2021

Mother’s Day



Mother’s Day is nearly upon us - normally one of the busiest times of the year for those selling flowers. Yet, I didn’t think that would be the case for us at From the patch.


With our young flower growing and selling business just finding its feet, I wasn’t expecting to have any flowers ready so early in the season. Or any customers to be honest. But the world is full of surprises and after an enquiry regarding a Mother’s Day arrangement I thought ‘I can definitely do this!’ The Daffodils are starting to appear, there is gorgeous foliage on the shrubs outside and interesting pickings for foraging. If I can’t make anything beautiful out of all of these lovely things then I should throw in the towel now!


So, I am pleased to show you this example of what we will have to offer for Mother’s Day. This bunch is presented in a large jam jar but a similar bunch of flowers will also be available to order wrapped as a bouquet.




They will be extremely limited, so if you are interested, please get in touch through the Contact Us page, or through Instagram if you follow us on there.


Lucy and Oliver

From the patch x

12 February 2021

Flowers From the Farm




So you may have noticed a new edition to our website this last week. A new little logo, but big on excitement! We are now fully fledged members of Flowers From the Farm. You may be wondering what or who Flowers From the Farm are, so let me tell you a bit about them...


Flowers from the Farm is a co-operative of British cut flower growers founded in 2011. They are a growing, not-for-profit movement with over 900 active members, who’s flower farms range in size from micro-businesses on allotments and cutting gardens (like us!) to sites of up to 6 acres or more.




One of the aims of Flowers from the Farm is to promote British flowers and to encourage more people to grow cut flowers in Britain. As recently as 50 years ago, commercially grown British cut flowers dominated the UK market with imports known by traders as ‘exotics’. Today, the opposite is true: 90% of the flowers sold through florists, supermarkets and wholesalers are imported not just from Holland but flown in from growers as far afield as Ecuador, Colombia, Kenya and even Ethiopia. British-grown have become the new exotics. This not only makes it hard for people trying to sell British-grown flowers but also has a huge impact on the environment - concern for which, is at the centre of everything we do at From the patch.


So we could not be any more excited about joining Flowers From the Farm! They represent and promote all of the things which are important to us and have already given us such a warm welcome. 


Lucy and Oliver x

From the patch 

Hellebores are currently in season.
 


P.s If you’re not local to us but would like to buy locally grown flowers, have a look at the FFtF website www.flowersfromthefarm.co.uk to find a grower near you. 

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