Welcome to the Our Flower Patch blog. Those of you who have been reading the latest news section on our website will be familiar with the first few articles here. There is so much information to share about growing cut flowers and we want to shout about it. We’ll do our best to share hints, tips, developments and features here, along with the latest news from our own patches. Do comment, ask questions and share ideas. We’d love to hear from you.
There’s nothing better than spending time in a cut flower patch, sniffing the delicious smells of sweet peas, picking a few cornflowers for a jam jar next to your bed or watching the bees float from flower to flower collecting nectar. And if you have grown them yourself then the feeling is even better.
Sadly this is happening less and less. The cut flower market is big business in the UK but did you know that only about 10% of the flowers sold in supermarkets, florists shops or from garage forecourts are actually grown here. We have some of the best growing conditions in the world and it’s time to start making use of our fabulous land to grow more flowers.
We want to encourage you all to grow your own flowers.
The good news is that it’s easy and it doesn’t cost a whole heap of money. What’s more, your flowers will be fresher, last longer in the vase and be more scented than almost anything you can pick up in the shops.
Not only that, but while they grow, your flowers will provide a habitat and food for a huge variety of bees, butterflies, bugs and birds. We all know how important that is.
With a little money and with some careful planning you can grow buckets and buckets of flowers for months on end.
We set up Our Flower Patch to show schools how to get a potentially profitable cut flower enterprise off to the best start, how to grow flowers and care for them while they grow, how and when to cut them and finally how to arrange them, all the while using the flower patch as a tool for learning. Increasingly we’ve come to realise that it is not only schools who might benefit from a bit of advice.
Our Flower Patch aims to ‘Inspire a new generation of growers’ and help make beautiful, fragrant flowers available at an affordable price all over the country. Join us on the journey.