2018 Can it almost be over?

Whoops-Did it again. Too long between blog posts. Its life. It gets in the way and there is never enough time.

But today I am making time. You see my season is coming to an end, and I thought this was a good time to make a review in photos. So I put together pictures of my flower field this growing season, and again it almost made me cry. What a year!

Winter was very long to end and it has come back rather too soon. Although unseasonable warm today we suffered frosts at the end of September, ending my dahlia season about a month before I expected to. The flowers are all coming to an end and now I am digging them up, covering them over, and expanding. It is quite exciting really. And I love the physicality of it. But I am sad to see it end.

But then I remember, I still have WREATHS and I love a good wreath. I have really enjoyed crafting my own willow bases and and can’t wait for our wreath workshops in December. Not to mention making custom made wreaths for all of you. So yes, it is the end of the season, but not really. January, then I can rest.

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.