Seasonal, scented, beautiful flowers and foliage from Kirkby Stephen, Cumbria.
Hello, I am Frances, of Clodhopper Blooms, Kirkby Stephen, Cumbria. I grow flowers! If you are interested in buying my flowers, you may email me, or find me on Facebook – details all below.
But firstly, why would I be so passionate about growing flowers, and why would you want to buy British Flowers from me?
Following an inspirational meeting with Gill Hodgson (Founder of Flowers From the Farm) back in 2010, I decided to grow my own wedding flowers, and that is really how I developed my love of gardening into an interest in cut flowers!
These are flowers that may not have a vase life of several weeks, but are full of character, beauty & scent. They may not be huge tall blooms that require a large cut glass vase, but often are smaller, quainter, with an amazing variety of colours, textures & shapes. Please view the Gallery page for examples. http://www.clodhopperblooms.co.uk/gallery
My flowers are carefully nurtured; I don’t use peat, and I grow organically (without the use of pesticides or weedkillers). In my flower patch there are plants that help support wildlife, something for the bees (lots of flowers for a start!), shrubs & trees for birds to nest in, along with piles of leaves and bowls of water for the hedgehogs. Seasonality is very important, I love looking forward to flowers blooming; there is always something gorgeous to treasure in any season.
Britain used to be pretty much self sufficient in the cut flower growing department. Trains carried scented Narcissi (daffodils) from Cornwall all over the country, tiny bunches of Sweet Violets were given as presents and Chrysanthemums were grown in market gardens across Lancashire. Since the Second World War this trade has been dwindling. Over the last few years as little as 15% of cut flowers sold in this country are grown in Britain, which means that most of the flowers available for sale in this country are imported. The majority of flowers are shipped in to Dutch flower auctions from various countries around the world and those flowers could have been picked over a week by the time they reach your average florist or supermarket.
The range of varieties of flowers is also limited because imported flowers have to be sturdy and able to withstand long distance transport. I believe, along with many other British growers that this trend can be changed.
Most imported varieties have sacrificed scent for longevity.
The first thing people usually do when handed a bunch of flowers is to stick their nose in it and have a sniff. Personally, I would rather risk having the fleeting beauty and amazing scent of a seasonal flower. And this is the joy of buying locally grown seasonal flowers. You can have a bunch of sweet peas with that evocative scent of summer, or a nosegay of blue cornflowers. There are so many flower varieties to choose from that every grower will have a different selection. Sweet peas are my favourite.
You can expect seasonal, scented, beautiful flowers and foliage if you purchase flowers from Clodhopper Blooms, with very few “flower miles”. Click here to see what I mean.
I can supply buckets of loose stems for you to arrange – maybe for a party, wedding, or christening, or just to enjoy at home. I will deliver locally – please email me for details.
If you have a business in Kirkby Stephen and would like a weekly bouquet, or several, I can do that too.
I am proud to be a part of the British Flower movement. More can be read about this here (click logo):