And the winner is...

Me? Maybe?

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I’m super excited as I’ve made the finals for the Muddy Stilettos award for Best Florist! Can you believe it? Cause I can’t! I’m super chuffed, thank you to everyone who voted for me! And please vote again. The finals are on and the tally starts at zero so every vote counts!

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I thought that it might be a good idea to introduce myself to those of you who may not know me, or Howe Farm Flowers or why I may have got nominated. I’m Amber and I grow and arrange beautiful English blooms in the Buckinghamshire countryside. I am really passionate about keeping my farm as eco friendly as possible and I love growing flowers not only because they are beautiful and give immense pleasure, but because it is kind to the land, to the bees and helps people buy local when it is so easy to buy from abroad.

My floristry style is cool and breezy-not too formal, working with the seasons. I get all of my flowers from the farm so whenever you order from me you know you will get the best of what is blooming in England at that exact moment. I use no floral foam and I recycle recycle recycle.

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I get help in the form of one husband, who supports me with things like plumbing and digging holes and lifting big heavy objects. And oh yes, has encouraged me from day one to live life and do it. Other “help” comes from my 3 year old twins who play super heroes among the flowers and fight crime with swords that bloom. There are also my two trustworthy canine companions who follow me everywhere, even into the depths of the steaming hot polytunnel.

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I’m a proud member of Flowers From the Farm, an organisation made up of flower growers like myself, which is a constant source of information and encouragement and it is up to use members to champion people to buy local, buy British.

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I’d be over the moon to win best florist, I really would, but even if you don’t vote for me you should vote for someone. Because being recognised in this way means people think I am doing a good job and who doesn’t like a little praise now and again? So…

GO VOTE!