Mill Pond Flower Farm

Beautiful flowers grown in the Scottish Borders


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Pricing Wholesale Flowers

Posted on 22 November, 2017 at 8:55 Comments comments (0)

I’m in the process of reviewing our price list for the new season and grappling with the one of the trickiest tasks of the flower grower – what to charge!

Flower growing is my (more than) full time job. I don’t do it as a hobby, I don’t have another income to support it and need to make enough money from flower sales to live and to make my bu...

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Posted on 5 September, 2017 at 0:25 Comments comments (0)

A few months ago, I was ridiculously busy, growing flowers, renovating a house, dyeing and selling ribbon. And while all of those things were great to do,I realised that I couldn't do them all. Thankfully the house renovation is in its final stages so that one could go on the 'never again' list (I may write another blog about that one). However, the rest of life was moving at such a pace that time off wasn't happening, and even after dropping a lot of the inessentials there was too much to fi...

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Ribbon business for sale!

Posted on 20 July, 2017 at 15:10 Comments comments (0)

Heirloom Silk: Artisan Ribbonmaking Business for Sale

I have been making and selling natural dyed silk ribbon for the past two and a half years. It began as a request for silk ribbon from a bride and demand has grown steadily from florists and the general public. The business operates from a simple online shop, with a range of ribbon colours and widths available – customers order online and I pack and send the ribbons out by post. ...

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Spring flowers have arrived

Posted on 4 April, 2016 at 15:50 Comments comments (1)

In the past week the Spring flowers have begun to bloom. Bulb planting is my least favourite job so it's just lovely to see them come up and show themselves off so beautifully. There follows a pictorial celebration 

Striped narcissus

Wild Plum Blossom

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Love a slug

Posted on 18 March, 2016 at 16:15 Comments comments (0)

We have a lot of slugs here at Mill Pond Flower Farm, lift any stone or move a piece of wood and there are slugs. Do a bit of digging and slug eggs will be uncovered, cream coloured and shiny, waiting for the right conditions to start to develop. They're everywhere, in nooks and crannies and sometimes just sat there on the grass.

And yet, we have very little slug damage with hosta leaves pristine, delphiniums shooting forth unbothered. When we have gardening visitors one of the most pre...

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Seeds, seeds and more seeds

Posted on 9 February, 2016 at 16:30 Comments comments (0)

It's the beginning of the flower growing season and I've been resisting planting since November, promising myself that the plants will thank me for it and do better if I wait. It's been a struggle but at last the first seed sowing day arrived, with early annuals and perennials now carefully tucked up in the propagator.

Since starting growing flowers for sale I've been slowly refining seed ordering, care and planting...

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Growing perennials for cut flowers

Posted on 20 January, 2016 at 16:30 Comments comments (0)

Picture: Geranuim Patricia gets underway, unbothered by ice

When I started growing flowers for sale I started small and inexpensively. My plan was to grow everything from seed initially and see how it went. So during the first Spring I planted lots of seeds for the plants I thought I needed. As well as annuals, I sowed perennial seeds, knowing that most wouldn't be cu...
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Reviewing the Year

Posted on 6 January, 2016 at 11:50 Comments comments (0)

Flower farmers are always looking forwards, even before the first frost blackens the dahlias we’re planting bulbs for the Spring and piling up seed catalogues ready for the next season. It would be easy to just keep on moving onwards but it’s important to find some time to reflect on how things have gone and look for learning points that can inform and improve growing in the next year.

I was asked recently how I approcahed reviews so I thought I'd share it here - this is wha...

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On sustainable packaging and introducing...Petal Paper

Posted on 27 July, 2015 at 5:00 Comments comments (0)

When I started to sell natural dyed silk ribbon I wanted to make the packaging as natural and sustainable as possible, but also make it add to the lovely feel and stye of the ribbon. I managed to source boxes and tissue made from recycled paper, created wooden pegs for the ribbon to be wound on from UK produced timber, and then looked online for hand made paper for the labels and wrapping. The most suitable paper was imported from Asia and I really couldn't find anything more local. Although ...

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Bee Trouble (again)

Posted on 28 June, 2015 at 17:20 Comments comments (0)

Ray keeps bees on our smallholding. He loves his bees and spends lots of time making sure they're fit, healthy and buzzing. I'm not a beekeeper, but I give a hand when needed and play my part by growing the flowers they love and eating the honey they produce. 

At this time of year bees are happily collecting nectar and pollen making honey and new bees. As part of their natural cycle they reproduce and swarm to divide the hive and create a new colony. When this happens it's ideal if...

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