Flower Farm news – February 2020
Its been a very mild but very wet winter here at Orchard Farm Flowers.
So what have we been up to and when can you start to buy flowers from us again?
At the moment, the fields are covered in lots of black plastic and weed suppressant fabric (or would be if Storm Dennis hadn’t blown through and thrown it all about!). This is the no-dig method of farming – the fabric stops light and nutrients getting through and kills all the weeds. We put down cardboard and manure, leaf mould and compost and then the fabric on top. The worms will turn it into wonderful soil that we can plant into in April and May.
Flowers on their way
Our hardy annuals have mostly made it through the winter very well. The ammi and orlaya, corncockles, nigella, daucus, briza, stocks and larkspur are all planted either in the tunnel or outside. The forget-me-nots and linaria were eaten by some hungry rabbits who managed to make their way through a hole in the fence! We’ll plant some more as soon as the weather dries up. I’ve been busy in the greenhouse, and the propagators are on full pelt to get the first of the season’s seedlings going. We’ve got poppies (some beautiful new grey ones), larkspur and feverfew germinated and pricked out. There are cornflowers, snapdragons, rudbeckia and bells of Ireland currently in the propagator, with scabious, stocks, foxgloves, gypsophila and dill all waiting patiently in the queue. We’ll be sowing some seeds every week from now on to make sure we have a succession of flowers throughout the season.
All the roses have been pruned and we have just had some manure delivered (the quite big tractor delivering it got a bit stuck and had to be pulled out by an ENORMOUS tractor!) which they’ll love – just got to barrow it up to them.
Cut & Arrange Workshops
Over the coming weeks, there will be plenty more flowers, anemones, ranunculus scented narcissus and tulips which will start flowering towards the end of March.
By March we’ll have gift bouquets again and by April we’ll be able to start our subscriptions, but weather and pests permitting there should be plenty for all by the middle of April. Check our social media feeds on Facebook and Instagram for up to the date details of what’s available.
Starting in April we’re going to have a monthly ‘Cut & Arrange’ workshop. Bring a vase and come and pick a bucket of flowers from the field and learn a new way of arranging them. More information on our website.
We’ll be opening the farm on 15 June (NB this is a week earlier than I said last month) and 16th August this year from 2.00pm to 5.00pm.
If you know anyone that’s getting married and would like to visit us to see the flowers we have, then we’re holding open evenings for brides on 3 June, 15 July and 2 September. More information is available here http://orchardfarmflowers.co.uk/bridal-evenings/
New for 2020 is our on-line shop which will make it easier to buy gift bouquets, flower arrangers buckets and book onto workshops. You’re still welcome to use e-mail and phones as well. This should be live next month all ready for the start of the season in March – watch this space.
Nic & Zoe – Orchard Farm Flowers