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Workshop heaven

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Five lovely ladies who joined us for our workshop.

We’ve been making the most of our glorious harvest of beautiful blooms working in partnership with Young Blooms running a series of workshops at Hartley Farm shop and in Newton St Loe. The ladies who joined us made some awesome hand-tied bouquets.

Sharing hints and tips for growing and arranging traditional British blooms was a great way to celebrate British Flowers Week. The British cut flower industry has been in decline for years in the face of cheap imported blooms which can be picked up in the supermarkets, but there is nothing in the world which shouts British summer more than a jar of home-grown sweet peas on the kitchen table.

Why stop there when you can gather nigella, cornflowers in several hues, sweet williams…..the list goes on.

If you fancy growing some flowers of your own, why not sign up to our newsletter? We send out a monthly email full of advice for what to do and grow in your own cutting patch.

And if you don’t have time then there are always plenty of fragrant home-grown blooms for sale over the summer in the farmshop.

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Sumptuous flowers from the garden

Both workshops were so successful that we’ve decided to run more. The next will be a Floral Heart workshop on 7 August at Hartley. Keep your eyes peeled on the Young Blooms website and in the shop for booking details.

Celebrating British Flowers

We couldn’t be more pleased with the development of the garden. This week we’ve been cutting our first proper harvest of the ‘summer’ and bunches of cornflowers have been on sale at Hartley Farm shop. It’s great to be able to offer home-grown blooms with no air miles to customers – whether they are locals looking for a fragrant posy for a bedside table or a bride wanting a truly home-grown wedding day.

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All grown in our garden

June 11th saw the start of what is now an annual event British Flowers Week, organised by Covent Garden Flower Market to promote the British flower industry.  “British cut flowers are back in fashion, fuelled by the rise of artisan flower growers and the trend for vintage, seasonality, fragrance and more naturalistic design. Nonetheless, British-grown flowers are still thought to represent less than 15% of the £2bn worth of flowers sold in the UK every year.”

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Sumptuous flowers from the garde

 

We celebrated too by holding a British flowers workshop on June 11th which included  a tour of the garden and talk from us, picking some blooms to create a hand-tie, learning some tips and tricks and enjoying a scrumptious cream tea.

British flowers, bradford on avon

Five lovely ladies who joined us for our workshop.

 

 

May in the garden

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Every day brings new flowers and changes to the garden in May. We have a well-stocked plot beginning to burst forth and, as you see, our upcycled greenhouse is taking shape thanks to Craig.  We hope to have it fully completed in time for our British Flower Workshop on June 11th, celebrating British Flowers Week. Starting at 11.30am. It’s £35 per person and includes a short talk from us, a guide to creating a hand-tie of our flowers which you will be able to take home and a scrumptious cream tea! If you would like to book then call Hartley Farm shop to secure your place on 01225 864948. Book soon as there are only 5 tickets left.img_7333

The succulents continue to do well and we’re already selling our cornflowers in the farm shop and the love in the mist are ready to be picked too. This year we hope to use our garden flowers in the Hartley Farm cafe all through the summer.

Look out for them when you visit and while you’re here, take a wander around the garden and see what else is new.01043f1235298f1510fead9be260fdbd38f04a221b