It’s been one crazy busy year!
About this time last year I decided on a career change, I knew I wanted to do something with flowers but had no idea back then that I would end up becoming a flower farmer.
I’ve always been a keen gardener.
In my early twenties when my friends were spending their money on clothes, I had discovered David Austin roses, and that’s when my love affair with my garden truly blossomed (pardon the pun), I filled my tiny courtyard garden with as many sweetly scented flowers as possible.
When I finally moved to The Haven I was in my absolute element!
Ok, it’s not huge, but it is a real victorian garden that wraps around our house, it’s five years later and my hubby and I are still busy tweaking it, I don’t think you could ever call it finished.
For those of you that followed my Instagram when I was @thevintagegoodlife you would of seen how heavily dominated it was by blooms.
When I announced to everyone that I was taking a floristry course I had an extra revelation by the response which basically went something like this… ‘Oh finally’ and ‘Well obviously’ and ‘About time’.
I was amazed that even people who only knew me through the app already had an idea of what I should be doing before I did.
But I still hadn’t arrived at becoming a flower farmer.
I was very lucky to do an intensive one to one floristry course with The Cambridge Flower School where I learned my skills from the very talented Sarah.
I fell into my wild country style immediately and not long after – A Bunch Of Wild was formed, but I didn’t want to get my flowers imported for so many reasons, one – I’m very proud of our British producers, and two – I didn’t want uniform looking flowers that had been treated with chemicals. What I did want was natural looking flowers and herbs that would grow in an English garden, This was the moment I decided to combine my two loves, styling flowers and gardening.
I then booked my hubby and I places on a course with Rachel at Green & Gorgeous where we had a packed day learning about growing a cutting garden, It was invaluable and a day I will always remember.
Over late autumn and winter I crammed as many spring bulbs into my garden as I possibly could, did lots of research and worked on my branding.
Worried that I needed more room I decided to badger every local village council for an allotment, this was also very carefully considered as not many allotments let you sell your wares, the old allotment rules were that you were not supposed to make a living from your plot, it should just provide your family with food, some councils still stick to this, others are just happy to have plots worked.
In February I was given a plot in the next village which saw me digging constantly even in the snow!
It’s now ready for my summer annuals that are bursting out of their pots and my dahlias.
And to the now – I start selling my homegrown blooms at Ampthill market this Thursday, I’m so pleased as this is the village in which I grew up.
Ampthill is a beautiful Georgian market town in Bedfordshire, it has unique little shops and is a bustling place, and I am really looking forward to meeting lots of people who love flowers.
So whats next…
I hope this year to start my workshops in floral styling and bridal flowers.
Thank you for following me on my little journey x