Tis the season to be jolly * Order your Luxury Christmas Wreath NOW *

Our Christmas wreaths can now be ordered.


THE WILLOW


 

A hand woven willow circlet or circlets. This wreath is partially decorated with foliage, herbs, holly, seed heads and hedgerow berries. Ribbon and colour scheme will be discussed upon ordering.

THE TRADITIONAL


 

 

Using blue spruce, conifer, or fir as the base. This wreath includes holly, berries, nuts, orange/apple segments, cinnamon, seed head & dried flowers. Ribbon and colour scheme will be discussed upon ordering.

THE NATURAL


 

 

This wreath is packed with foliage and herbs, including rosemary, eucalyptus, spruce and fir. This wreath can be decorated with seed heads, cones, feathers, nuts or filled exclusively with foliage. Ribbon and colour scheme will be discussed upon ordering.

SOMETHING DIFFERENT


 

Perhaps you want to add feathers to your wreath, filled just with herbs. We can create a wreath just for you with the ingredients of your choice. There really is no limits; we have made fully dried grass wreaths, hydrangea wreaths, full feather wreaths, birch heart wreaths (look back through our Facebook and Instagram feed to find others)

 

WILLOW HEARTS


Small willow heart

For a small gift, to a friend, for your child’s teacher or as a decoration to adorn your fireplace or tree, we have our herby hearts.
 

BIODEGRADABLE GRAVE WREATH


 

Our grave wreaths are 100% biodegradable and are decorated with herbs and seasonal foliage.

 

DECORATE YOUR HOME


Party centrepieces, hearth and stair swags – contact us for more details and prices

Bespoke Willow wreaths (approximately 14″) starting price £25
Traditional or Natural – 12″ £25 16″ £35
Willow hearts – Start from £6
100% Biodegradable Grave Wreath – £15

CONTACT – 07999556469, text or e mail at holmeflowers@hotmail.co.uk

PLEASE NOTE ORDERS ARE LIMITED AND TO AVOID DISAPPOINTMENT PLEASE ORDER ASAP


 

Mothers Day

Treat your mum this Mother’s Day, with a bouquet of British Flowers from Holme Flowers …

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We are now taking orders for Mother’s Day bouquets. Prices start from £25. 

Text or call 07999556469 to place your order. Local deliveries are free or bouquets can be collected.  Contact Us (see map for delivery details)

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We also design Grave Wreaths. These are in a heart shape design, including rosemary (rosemary signifies remembrance), eucalyptus with a small posy of flowers arranged at the top of the heart. Prices start from £10.

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Or why not purchase one of our gift vouchers for your mum, to receive Friday Flowers; which start in April. Vouchers can be tailored to suit your budget. Flowers for sale

Large Scale Installation Class 18 September 2017

 

 

We are so excited about Monday’s Large Scale Installation class with the talented Fiona of FirenzaFloralDesign. Where students will get to visit our farm, pick flowers from the field, forage amongst the hedgerows, eat delicious food using local produce down by the river in our new Bothy. Named by Fiona some time ago, when we asked our followers what to call our new workshop; at the time its name was Shed on Wheels!! We had some lovely ideas but when The Bothy was mentioned it just seemed  a perfect  name for our workshop, that now allows us to work around the farm. It seems perfect that Fiona should be the first one to use the Bothy.

 

Fiona will be sharing with students her techniques and styles, at different locations on the farm.  She’ll use British Autumnal Flowers, foliage and fruits. The photos showcased here are of the Sarah Winward  Big Urn Class which took place earlier in the year; where Fiona and Sarah created the most stunning urn arrangements, in May. The photos were taken by Holly of Belle and Beau Fine Art Wedding Photography.

 

Keep an eye on our blog post, facebook, instagram and pinterest where we will document the run up to the day and on the day itself.

 

 

British Summer Time, Easter and Family Time

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The beginning of British Summer Time heralds the time between the Spring Equinox and Easter.

For us it is one of the special times on the farm; lambing time.

It is a time when all the 3 generations of the family work together. All having their own individual roles, dependant on age!DSC_1251

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Bringing new life into the world is such a special experience.DSC_1252 Even after having seen thousands of lambs born over the years, each birth is unique. Something inside changes you when you give birth to your own, you become so much more understanding of each ewes needs, pain and the sheer exhaustion they feel. After a few days of nurturing inside, they are taken outside. For the ewe this is the first time she has been out for several months on lush fresh grass (several weeks before they lamb, we bring them all in and feed them a special feed mix and silage, to help them with the last stages of their pregnancy). No sooner has she entered the field, her head is down and she eats. Her lamb or lambs on the other hand have never seen grass or experienced wide open spaces. Its not long before they are skipping around and given a few days they will join up with the ‘gang’ of older lambs.DSC_1319 (This brute was nicknamed Hercules. This picture was taken just a few hours after he had been born!)

DSC_1199Spring is seen on the farm in many ways; hedgerows bursting into bud, corn crops in the field start to blanket out the brown bare earth, the flower fields new shoots start to emerge, frog spawn in the pond, birds looking for nesting sites and the whole of the countryside takes on shades of vibrant green.DSC_1395~2

 

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Here in Holme, the annual competition to see the first swallow is under way!!DSC_1198

DSC_1195We hope you all had a wonderful Easter and at last are enjoying the Spring warmth.

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Bio Diversity

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‘Treat the earth well, it was not given to you to your parents, it was loaned to you by your children’

 Native American Proverb

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Not that long ago gardeners were encouraged to keep their gardens tidy which in turn meant there would be little room for the likes of slugs/snails to find homes and ultimately devour our favoured flowers, fruit and veg.  Now advice given is to encourage all manner of beings into the garden to provide a diverse range of species, which in turn means less chemicals needed to kill the pests.

We have always been an advocate of bio diversity, encouraging wildlife into the flower fields, which in turn has helped us with pests, nutrition and pollination. For the first time this year, the flower field had a new arrival, bees. We are lucky to have an expert bee keeper, Mike, in the village. Mike has been looking after our new residents and it has been really fascinating learning all about these little workaholics . At present they are all tucked away in the hive, bundled together in a large ball, protecting the queen, until the weather warms up and they will all spring into life again.

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We have also built a brown hedge on the farm and it has been really interesting (especially for the children) to see who has taken residence in this new home.

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It’s not until we sat down and thought about all the different areas of the farm and how beneficial these are to nature, that we realised just how easy it is to encourage different types of wildlife. We have several spinneys, the river, ditches, hedges, trees, ponds, compost heaps, leaf mounds, log piles, long grass not cut, bird boxes and various buildings for birds like owls to nest in.

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We do get bothered by slugs, snails, greenfly etc but now we have a diverse range of wildlife here it’s meant that predators who are willing to feast on these beasts have a home and continuous food supply, this has in turn meant that we no longer suffer as much with damage from pests.

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We read last week that there is more organisms in a handful of good homemade compost than there are people on the planet. So we challenge you all to be a little untidy in the garden; don’t cut back everything before winter, to give creatures somewhere to hibernate, keep the grass just that bit longer, make your own compost, make your own bug hotel, and let some of the leaves under your hedge decompose instead of tidying them all away.

Finally, now is the ideal time to put up a nest box. As the days get longer, birds are starting to check out that all important nesting site. Robins love nesting in tea pots, pans hug up behind ivy (just don’t hang too high).

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Have a good week everyone.

Great British Garden Revival

 

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Anyone with a love of flowers will be aware of the Great British Garden Revival which has been broadcast on the BBC over the past weeks. Those yet to view their recordings are in for a real treat (grab that cuppa, stop what you’re doing – don’t forget to keep a notebook by the side of you – notes need to be taken)

British Flowers have such beauty; through their kaleidoscope of colours, diverse range of textures and most importantly their indulgent scent. Rachel de Thame is one of a growing number of celebrities on a mission to promote British Flowers and rightly so. Buy Seasonal British Flowers and we guarantee you won’t be disappointed. Logging onto Flowers from the farm website – http://flowersfromthefarm.co.uk/ allows you to find your local grower, build up a really good relationship with them; whether it’s for flowers for a special occasion, wedding or regular flowers just for your home, you certainly won’t regret it. (The website is being updated at the moment so keep logging on to keep up to date)

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This week has been such an exciting week for British Flower Growers. Along with Gill Hodgson (founder of Flowers from the farm) and Fiona Pickles (owner of Firenza Floral Design) we met with the RHS team at Harlow Carr to discuss British Flower Week and a very exciting partnership has begun. Watch this space guys …. more news to follow.

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At this time of year when most of the fields are in a deep slumber its time to decide and plan for the year ahead. What seeds to grow, what new flowers to trial and where on earth do we find room for even more flowers! This year we have ordered more roses, different dahlia varieties and some unusual lovelies along with our normal orders. This will be our 4th year of growing for you all, where has the time gone.

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Ranunculus in the tunnels

 

Annual seeds are so easy to grow, everyone can have a small cut flower patch in their garden or even on a balcony. When weeds start growing in the garden it’s natures alarm call to start sowing your seeds; as the day light hours get longer and the temperature starts to increase. Some growers follow the lunar calendar to sow seeds, some use a gardening book whilst others go on years of experience. Just don’t be frightened or daunted, experiment, write a diary its definitely the best way to learn.

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Autumn sowings in one of the tunnels before christmas

 

This weeks weather looks like a mix of warm and cold. Whatever the weather wrap up warm, get outside and look for signs of Spring. The nights are definitely getting lighter, snowdrops are emerging and the birds have started to sing their distinct song.

Have a good week everyone.  Sue and Wendy.

 

 

The new year

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Happy new year to all our readers. We hope you have all had a wonderful Christmas and are ready for the year ahead.

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January is a time where Sue and I can at last get to grips with paperwork and planning; not just in our business lives but in our personal lives too. Houses are cleaned, decorated and sorted. Paperwork is filed, thrown, dealt with and the final part of our lives seems to be put into some sort of order!

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This month also gives an opportunity to file and transfer all our photos and videos taken over 2014. The videos do make us laugh and would never be for public viewing, but for us, are more valuable in the planning process than photos. Twice a month, throughout the year, we take a video of the fields detailing what is growing, what we have been doing, things that have not worked, things we should do next year etc. Visually, this is so much better than photos for remembering what was happening at that time. We’d never make a BBC camera person, but is one of the most valuable things we do.

Photos of individual flowers, across the seasons, makes us realise that you really can’t have a favourite flower. Each season indulges you with other beauties. My favourite all time flower was always the Rose but now I really can’t say that just this flower captures my heart. Each season presents itself with some real treasures, some of which I never really thought I liked that much. When you work with flowers on a daily basis, sowing, growing on, feeding, watering, staking, cutting, arranging and ultimately sharing with others, it makes you realise that its impossible to have one favourite. Here are some of our Spring favourites:

Lily of the valley, Iceberg Rose and Pure white sweet peasDSC_0580IMG_7319IMG_7162IMG_7075                                 IMG_7070IMG_7129

Have a lovely weekend everyone. Wendy.

 

 

Tis the season to be jolly * Order your Luxury Christmas Wreath NOW *

Our Christmas wreaths can now be ordered.


THE WILLOW


 

A hand woven willow circlet or circlets. This wreath is partially decorated with foliage, herbs, holly, seed heads and hedgerow berries. Ribbon and colour scheme will be discussed upon ordering.

THE TRADITIONAL


 

Using blue spruce, conifer, or fir as the base. This wreath includes holly, berries, nuts, orange/apple segments, cinnamon, seed head & dried flowers. Ribbon and colour scheme will be discussed upon ordering.

THE NATURAL


 

This wreath is packed with foliage and herbs, including rosemary, eucalyptus, spruce and fir. This wreath can be decorated with seed heads, cones, feathers, nuts or filled exclusively with foliage. Ribbon and colour scheme will be discussed upon ordering.

SOMETHING DIFFERENT


 

Perhaps you want to add feathers to your wreath, filled just with herbs. We can create a wreath just for you with the ingredients of your choice. There really is no limits; we have made fully dried grass wreaths, hydrangea wreaths, full feather wreaths, birch heart wreaths (look back through our Facebook and Instagram feed to find others)

WILLOW HEARTS


Small willow heart

For a small gift, to a friend, for your child’s teacher or as a decoration to adorn your fireplace or tree, we have our herby hearts.
 

BIODEGRADABLE GRAVE WREATH


 

Our grave wreaths are 100% biodegradable and are decorated with herbs and seasonal foliage.

 

DECORATE YOUR HOME


Party centrepieces, hearth and stair swags – contact us for more details and prices

Bespoke Willow wreaths (approximately 14″) starting price £25
Traditional or Natural – 12″ £25 16″ £35
Willow hearts – Start from £6
100% Biodegradable Grave Wreath – £15

CONTACT – 07999556469, text or e mail at holmeflowers@Hotmail.co.uk

PLEASE NOTE ORDERS ARE LIMITED AND TO AVOID DISAPPOINTMENT PLEASE ORDER ASAP


 

It’s been a while

At last we have got round to writing our next blog post, slightly late I know but there does not seem to have been much time to sit!

We have been really busy with deliveries, weddings, parties and welcoming people to the flower field. Never in our wildest dreams could we have met such lovely people and had so much interest in our flowers.

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When you work in the fields all day long you never seem to see much change as the seasons roll into each other you are unaware of things growing so fast. It’s not until other people come to the field or we look at photos that we realise how quick things grow and the seasons move on. Each year we seem to learn new things. Twice a month we take video diaries of the fields so that in the depths of winter when we are planning for the next year, we can look back and see what worked well and what we need to change. These videos are invaluable along with our written diaries and really help us plan for the years ahead.

With the nights starting to draw in all too quickly now it seems and a definite nip in the air, Autumn is creeping up on us all. Hopefully the weather will hold and September will be a glorious month where late sown flowers come into their own and flowers, berries and seed heads are collected for our Christmas wreaths.

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Sun is shining – progress in the flower field

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Well at last the weather is warming, the nights are not too cold and we have uncovered the dahlias and planted all our sweet peas outside.

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The sweet peas in the poly tunnel smell heavenly and each morning when you enter the tunnel you are met by the most amazing scent.

Everywhere you look there are new flowers and as June arrives the flower field takes on a new vigour. With scabious, roses, campanula, linaria, snapdragons, iris, chives, nigella, lupins, nepeta, sweet williams, rudbeckia, peony, clematis, calendula, ammi, an abundance of herbs, frothy foliage the list goes on.

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We have been overwhelmed with the interest from local customers wanting party flowers, birthday flowers, funeral flowers, brides wanting something different/natural for their very special day and florists interested in working with British Flowers.

We are always learning and love new design challenges. At times when there seems not enough hours in the day, watering, picking and sowing seems to morph into one another, once we line up our flowers to create, its as if the clock stops and we are in a relaxed state of zen!!

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