April 21, 2018

It's World Earth Day today and it seemed as good an excuse as any to break my blog writing drought. Being green is a subject close to my heart. I joined Greenpeace in my early teens and my first greenpeace walk was to Save the Whales. I wore the t-shirt and everything...

August 4, 2017

I thought I'd create a video to share some of the things I've learnt along the way about growing sweet peas. Hopefully you can hear above the roar of the passing cars (you'd think I was standing in the middle of the road rather than a peaceful flower farm!). I'll be le...

October 20, 2016

It's starting to hot up here in the Hawke's Bay. It can't hot up fast enough for me as I'm impatient to see the flowers start to bloom. I always find Spring to be quite short lived here in the Bay. I started this, my first full season, with anemones then came the bulbs...

September 10, 2016

I'm not even going to try and explain why I haven't blogged all year! It's been busy. Let's leave it at that! I'm now on the cusp of my first full flower growing year. Last year I'd only just started to think about growing and selling flowers so I hadn't really thought...

December 30, 2015

 

2015 has definitely been the Year of the Flower! It's also been a really steep learning curve; I thought I knew quite a bit about growing flowers but there's still so much to learn. 

 

The weather was quite a challenge with flooding at the end of September that crept cl...

December 16, 2015

The temperatures have been creep, creep, creeping up as we hit the start of summer. To the Flower Farmer this means that a new cast of flowery characters are beginning to elbow their way to centre stage.

 

 

I distinclty remember drooling over photos of zinnias in the see...

November 15, 2015

It's been a whole month since I launched My Flower Cart and it's been....well....lots of things; busy, a whirlwind, challenging, an eye opener. All of those things and more. I always knew that growing flowers from seed, harvesting them, conditioning them and finally cr...

October 17, 2015

 And.......breeeeeeeathe! It's been a long time in the planning and I can't quite believe that I've managed to fill the cart with little Grab n Go posies and larger posies plus, of course, sweet peas!

 

The Grab n Go posies are perfect as a gift on the run because they c...

September 15, 2015

 

Chrysanthemums are often sneered at by flower enthusiasts. Their reputation as a petrol station forecourt "last minute thought" is hard to overcome. However, I grew a few different varieties last year and I was overwhelmed by their vivid colours, strong silhouettes an...

August 9, 2015

 

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Dahlias always make me think of old fashioned allotments where they were grown alongside carrots and peas and potatoes. My Grandad would bring home a heap of fresh veg and a bouquet of these bright, zingy dahlias for my Nanny - what a treat! Nowadays I find that pe...

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