|Posted on 6 March, 2018 at 14:10||comments (0)|
We've been planning to offer a range of Funeral Flowers at Mill Pond Flower Farm since we first started growing flowers and we're now ready to roll. I thought I'd explain why it's so important to us, and how this makes our funeral flowers different.
Most people have to deal with death rarely, and generally they don't have a plan to go from. In a state of shock and grief, they naturally follow what they've seen b...Read Full Post »
|Posted on 22 February, 2018 at 15:50||comments (0)|
Discussions about what makes any successful and prosperous industry would usually include the size of companies, number of employees, turnover, plant, buildings, equipment and all of the indicators of big business. There will often be existing companies that are used as comparitors - a certain business is 'successful' and the inference is that others should aim to emulate them. Systems are set up to support that approach, including funding that is only available for 'small' farm businesses if...Read Full Post »
|Posted on 28 December, 2017 at 14:35||comments (0)|
How to Ignore all Sensible Advice
In the run up to Christmas, there's always plenty to do, last minute shopping, presents to wrap, Christmas cake to decorate, seeds to sow. Of that little list, guess which one got done? Yes, it's the seed sowing. The Christmas cake is still bare and looks a bit like a very large mushroom, iced on the top half and maripan only from half way down the sides.Read Full Post »
|Posted on 22 December, 2017 at 0:25||comments (0)|
|Posted on 22 November, 2017 at 8:55||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...Read Full Post »
|Posted on 5 September, 2017 at 0:25||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...Read Full Post »
|Posted on 20 July, 2017 at 15:10||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. ...Read Full Post »
|Posted on 4 April, 2016 at 15:50||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
Wild Plum Blossom
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|Posted on 18 March, 2016 at 16:15||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...Read Full Post »
|Posted on 9 February, 2016 at 16:30||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...Read Full Post »