Its Been Too Long!

Ah! I promised myself I would never let it go longer than a month between posts and look! Its been two! A lot has changed in two months. And I am really excited to be in this moment right now thinking about it.

An arrangement from our last workshop-loving all the colour!

An arrangement from our last workshop-loving all the colour!

First off I closed the shop. Im not sad. I loved the shop, it was amazing to me and to a handful of other people. But it took up a lot of energy and time. Energy and time better spent developing Howe Farm Flowers and making a brand and name for myself. So I have re-directed all that energy and I am sooooo glad that I did. It is nice to focus on just one thing. And already I have seen the positive impact. Perhaps when Howe Farm Flowers is better known I will think about opening the shop again, but for now I quite like welcoming people to the farm instead for them to see what is happening up close. 

So instead I have been doing workshops and making the farm more available for people to visit. PYO flowers has really taken off and every weekend I welcome people to take time out to enjoy the outdoors, share space with some buzzy bees and immerse themselves in nature. 

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And the Flower Mornings are proving more enjoyable than I could have imagine. I love spending time telling people what I know about flowers and watching them be creative. But really, what I love the most, is sharing the flowers. I love watching people leave with armfuls of blooms and feeling inspired. And with a smile on their face. I love to make people happy.

Coming up I am hoping to do some wreath making classes in the winter and pretty soon 26 more tones of compost will be delivered so I can start expanding the cutting field. I will be at Haddenham community market this Saturday and I am always available to make arrangements for collection or delivery. I am quite excited about my little business. It brings a lot of joy. 

The end and the beginning

I thought I was finished with my flower field about a month ago. In my mind I had laid 12 rows of compost which was approximately half of one side of the one acre plot. (otherwise known as a quarter acre) I still had plenty of soil but I thought this is a good stopping point for this season. Then Martin came along and applied actual math and measurements to the situation and it looked like no, I was not done. Not even that close.

But NOW, now I am done. Although I still have three quarters of an acre to finish, but that can start happening in the Autumn. This is good for now. Technically I probably should have done another row, but to hell with math, I need to get on with life. Here is a little video of my progression over the months. It made me cry a little...

And now I can get onto the business of growing flowers! I've been a seed sowing fool this last month but it has been so cold things are slow to start. Today I put some gladioli into the poly tunnel...

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and planted out my ranunculus I started inside. I am actually hopeful they will grow! (I have had bad luck with these beauties in the past) Roses have been pruned, they just need to be fed, and I can get started planting the very fine shrubs I bought a couple of weeks ago. 

So all in all I am feeling pretty good! Today.

 

The never ending pile...

For those of you who follow me on Instagram and Facebook, remember when I got my compost delivered and it looked like this?

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It was really exciting. And very daunting. Today, as I wheeled what must have been my thousandth wheel barrow load of compost, I was beginning to feel like this mountain of dirt is never going to go away. It is still taller than myself and when I look at it from a distance it doesn't look like it has changed what-so-ever.

So I took another photo, with the addition of Oscar who you can just about make out. Now my pile of dirt looks like this.

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Looking at this image I feel so much better. There is a mighty difference! I am sure in no time my mountain of dirt will be gone. And it will be the source of thousands of beautiful cut flowers. Humble beginnings.