Seasonal cut flowers grown in Kirkby Stephen and thoughtful garden designs….

I’m a garden designer, flower grower and florist creating and nurturing beauty whilst being guided by nature. Sustainability is at the heart of my values.

My favourite place – in the greenhouse

How did I get into growing cut flowers?

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!

The flowers I grow 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.

Sustainablity and Seasonality

My flowers are carefully nurtured; I don’t use peat, and I grow 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.

Why British Blooms?

Britain used to be pretty much self sufficient in the cut flower growing department. Trains carried scented Cornish Narcissi (daffodils) 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. Today, as little as 15% of cut flowers sold in this country are grown in Britain. The majority of flowers are shipped to Dutch flower auctions from various countries and could have been picked over a week before they reach your average florist or supermarket.

Sadly, the range of varieties of flowers available is limited because imported flowers have to be sturdy enough to withstand long journeys. Most imported varieties have sacrificed scent for longevity. I believe, along with many other British growers that this trend can be changed.

Flowers from my cutting garden, Autumn

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 have the more fleeting beauty and amazing scent of a locally grown 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!

With my floral training from the Tallulah Rose Flower School, a BA in Archaeology and Ancient History and a Diploma in Garden Design I’m well equipped to deal with your floral and garden needs!

Frances Rawson at the Tallulah Rose Flower School, Levens Hall

I am proud to be a part of the most amazing and supportive British Flower movement, Flowers from the Farm. More about Flowers from the Farm here (click logo):

Email: frances@clodhopperblooms.co.uk

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