DON’T FORGET MOTHER’S DAY 🌱 We’ll be delivering seasonal spring blooms grown by us to mums across north London on Sunday 31st March between 9am - midday 🌈 Email us to order your #mothersdayflowers - we’ll be delivering to N22, N11, N8, N10, N4, N5, N19, N7 🤳 If you / your mum don’t live in one of these postcodes feel free to contact us, we’re an accommodating bunch really 😘 Cost including delivery £50 💫
What a wild and windy night in North London! Crossing fingers all is still standing on the plot 🤞😲 a final post on seasonal changes over on the @flowersfromthefarm Insta now ⛈️⛅☀️👍 we'll be beginning our #bestofthegardenbunch subscriptions this week for all you local flower lovers. 3 months of the best our cutting garden has to offer for £65 including local delivery and with a handful of bee friendly seeds thrown in too! Link in our profile for all the info 👆 enjoy the sunshine this morning Londoners 😘
Here's to lazy weekends...Brian mastering the work life balance like a pro 🐶more musings on this over on our @flowersfromthefarm takeover ☺️
COMPANIONSHIP - We are always in awe of the amazing flower farmers up and down the British Isles who stride out onto their plot each day and face the wind, rain, deer or squirrels determined to try and thwart their flowery progress and do all of it alone. There is definitely a pleasure in solitude, especially in the garden but we feel incredibly lucky to be setting up our micro London flower farm as a duo. When one of us is having a freakout that none of the seedlings will germinate or hyperventilating at the to do list usually the other one is there to talk them down. We've been hosting the Instagram takeover of @flowersfromthefarm this week and companionship is one of the many brilliant things about being a member. Linking us all up to compare successes and failures and provide some relief when the solitude gets a little too deafening. Furry friends like Brian help too. As do an endless supply of gingernuts 🐾🍪 Happy Friday flower lovers 🌞
INFRASTRUCTURE - at WLFC we are extremely lucky to have a 40 metre glasshouse to grow our crops in. Built in the 1970s the site is a vast collection of glasshouses originally used for Haringey council to grow bedding plants for parks. it is a vast and unique site and much loved by the local community. When we got keys to the place back in 2017 the glasshouse felt a little bit ghostly. Empty and weed ridden and crying out for some plants to bring it back to life. We've had two growing seasons in here so far and are just embarking on our third. Setting up the beds properly has been a long term ambition but we've not had either time or money to begin this until now. We hope that this new infrastructure will enable us to grow more productively (the new beds will increase our growing space by over a third!) and to build up the eco system of the glasshouse to help us in the war against aphids. We'll be opening up the doors to our glasshouse and plot on Sunday April 7 and showing people round our work in progress. Keep your eyes peeled for more info and drop us an email if you'd like to come!
SEASONALITY & COLOUR - we end up working with a lot of white, creamy, sludgy colours at this time of year with accents from blossom or tulips and recessive deep purples from the hellebores. We love it and embrace it. We're constantly talking to you all about what the season offers and colour is such a big part of that. For us sludge, pinks & creams mean early spring. We'll start harvesting our narcissi soon which opens us up to apricot and orange tones - we can't wait. In the summer it's a riot on the plot especially with all the dahlias and we'll move away from this palette but we'll be so grateful to see it again next season. 🌱
All flowering this week at WLFC 🌱 Apart from the gorgeous parrot care of those tulip wizards @smithandmunson 💫
Hi WLFC gang we are hosting the @flowersfromthefarm insta takeover this week so there will be lots of posts about flower growing and our efforts to create a sustainable farmer florist business 🌟 We bang on about this amazing network anytime we can, but in case you didn't know FFtF is a 500+ strong not for profit organization of UK flower growers dedicated to promoting #britishflowers encouraging small scale growers (like us!) to grow for market, and creating flower farming friendships up and down the country 🌱 We're very lucky to grow our flowers in Wood Green on clay soil but there are flower farmers growing in all sorts of conditions which means that everyone has to tailor their growing to their situation. Without wanting to sound too schmaltzy it's the FFtF community's willingness to offer advice and support to each other which makes it such a unique clan 😍 They've helped us every step of the way. If you follow us but don't live in London make sure to check out the FFtF members' map which will show you where you can get hold of locally grown seasonal flowers near you. More about this later on this week! Thanks to Andrew Crowley for the photo taken during the heat wave last summer ☀️ 📷 Happy Monday 💚
MOTHERS - what would we do without them?? March is set to stay mild ⛅️ So this Mother’s Day we’ll be cutting, conditioning, arranging and wrapping our London grown blooms into seasonal hand ties & delivering them to your mum (or whoever else you want to feel loved) for £50. If you live in one of these postcodes you’re in our delivery zone: N22, N11, N8, N10, N4, N5, N19, N7 🚙 We’ll be making all of our deliveries between 9am - midday on Sunday 31st March - it’s our way of keeping the cost of delivery down and limiting the number of vehicles driving around our corner of the city 👣 🌎 If your mum lives further afield or you desperately need your flowers delivered at another time let us know and we’ll do our best to accommodate you! Send us an email to place your order 🖥
Oh #fridayflowers we’re glad to see you! A week of sowing more hardy annuals, cutting and arranging flowers for @flowersfromthefarm, promoting #britishflowers at the Garden Media Press Event, building new beds for the half hardies and planting out all the over wintered hardy annuals 🌱 Thanks @smithandmunson for the absolutely wonderful tulips and to our helpers this week @romaineffie @millieeaston & Mandy 🌟 If you’re interested in growing seasonal & sustainable flowers and would like to volunteer with us on a Monday between 10am - 2pm give us a shout!
All these beautiful hellebores and more at the @flowersfromthefarm stand at the Garden Media Press Event in London today 💕 If you’re attending check them out to talk all things #britishflowers and the Flower Farmer’s Big Weekend taking place in August which is a 3 day event intended to open the doors to flower farms across the U.K. so that you guys can see what growing and enjoying seasonal flowers is all about 🌱
Our harvesting season is about to begin! We give it another few weeks and these anemones will be opening up all over the glasshouse and making their way into our Best of the Garden Bunch subscriptions 🌱 Send us a message if you’d like to receive some seasonal London grown blooms 🌈 We planted these guys out a little later this year when they were already more established and made sure to keep the moisture in the soil consistent and they’ve done so well - thanks @gillyflorist for your advice! Another perk of being members of @flowersfromthefarm there’s tonnes of helpful suggestions from other growers 🌈
Oh happy valentine’s you lot! We wish we could put together lots of scented, seasonal rose filled bouquets for you today of all days. But not long now until the garden will be bursting at the seams again 🐝 ps to all you florists - good luck!
We cant wait to see these guys again in April 🌈 All the goodness that the tulip needs is in the bulb- that’s what we’ve read and lovely Jo @smithandmunson reiterated it at the @flowersfromthefarm conference this week - fingers crossed the squirrels haven’t stolen too many (to their credit they were quite restrained this time last year) 🐿
💕Valentine's Day💕 ...we don't have red roses for you to gift to your love, we have something better! For £65 we'll send them three seasonal bunches of flowers - one a month - as soon as our cutting season begins. Our flowers are: ❎ doused with chemicals, ❎ flown half way across the 🌍 ✔️ Locally grown ✔️ Smell amazing ✔️ 🐝🐞 Friendly Buy consciously this year and support a micro business! You'll make us 💃 💃 💃 And as an added bonus you'll also get a handful of your own bee friendly seeds to scatter and grown your own cut flowers. Follow the link in our biog for more info 😘
We have some news.... We are geekily excited to announce that this season we'll be heading south of the river and returning to @gardenmuseum , working alongside their gardening team and Lambeth Council to reinvigorate St Mary's garden: a public space for all that borders the museum and provides a pocket of green tranquility just a stone's throw from the Houses of Parliament. The garden will be a testing ground for growing seasonal flowers and foliage for cutting, in an urban environment. We'll be working within the existing landscape (it's shady and dry!) and without chemicals. Come 2021 work will start on transforming the space will be transformed into Lambeth Green, a green oasis designed by our gardening hero Dan Pearson so until then, we're borrowing it for some flowery experiments! 🌼🌻🌸 The mulching began last week and the bulbs are already peeping through so it's all got rather real and exciting 🎉. The Garden Museum will be doing a call out for extra volunteers to support the space but in the meantime if you'd like to get involved then DM us or email us for more info...or stop by and feed us biscuits if you're passing 🍪🍪😃
While we wish everyday involved a bootful of chrysanthemums, this January we are mostly moving manure and getting our systems sorted. Yesterday's BIG achievement was building this three bay compost system with the help of @millieeaston and @jeremy.dicker (thanks guys!) of which we are very proud! This photo may not set your heart on fire but it's a good reminder that without healthy soil none of those flowers exist!
FLORISTS! Avignon order out for delivery back in sunny November ☀️ The 🐶 had to sit on my lap. We’ve just put together our harvesting calendar for the season ahead which is a rough guide to what we’ll have in flower when through out 2019 📅 So if you’re a florist and interested in working with seasonal blooms all grown in London, please message us and we’ll add you to the mail out 🌈
Wedding consultations in January really help the positivity going when it's sleeting outside and your fingernails are full of manure💅 here's a lovely shot from the amazing @joannabongard who put this shoot together last year alongside a talented team of designers and stylists. Can't wait til the larkspur is back! Photos - Joanna Bongard Photography @joannabongardphoto Styling & Production - The Wedding Enthusiast @theweddingenthusiast Hair & Makeup - Amy George @amy.george.makeup Flowers - Wolves Lane Flower Company @wolveslaneflowercompany Dresses - Velvet Johnstone @velvet_hearts Veil - AM Faulkner Bridal @am_faulkner
So it's blue Monday today - apparently the most depressing day of the year 😢 Instead of hating on the inevitable January grimness however, we managed an energetic day enjoying the sun when it came and shovelling manure to create a new #nodig area so we can plant more unusual perennial plants and shrubs. We are clearing barrowfuls of this ivy, which despite being a total thug in the garden (and rooting wherever it touches bare earth 😑) we can't help but love it's glossy, green trailing stems 🌿 While the cutting garden is scant on flowers in January there is always something beautiful to appreciate with fresh 👀