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A Different View

Posted on 11 April, 2018 at 15:55 Comments comments (1)

Photo credit: Jo Tennant Photography

A few months ago I was asked whether I'd be happy for Jo Tennant, a photographer, to visit the flower farm. She was taking a series of pictures in the build up to a wedding in the summer and wanted to look at behind the scenes, at what goes into preparing for the wedding. She's also working with Rachel Scott of Hedgerow, fabulous florist an micro flow...
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Why Funeral Flowers?

Posted on 6 March, 2018 at 14:10 Comments 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...

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Is it possible to go big while staying small?

Posted on 22 February, 2018 at 15:50 Comments 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...

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When to Plant Seeds

Posted on 28 December, 2017 at 14:35 Comments comments (0)



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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.

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To Be or not to Be...on Facebook

Posted on 22 December, 2017 at 0:25 Comments comments (0)


I've been a social media user since 2008, when Facebook came into my life and keeping up with the goings on of my dispersed family and friends a became a possibility. I took up Twitter in 2012 to join in with #britishflowers hour and have 'invested' many hours scrolling through snippets of hilarity, laughing at the wit of strangers. We started this Blog on our website and then m...
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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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SOLD!

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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