Hedgerow and Bloom are a flower growing business nestled on the Hampshire/Surrey border on the outskirts of Central Farnham. This is where we grow some of the best British flowers in season.
Part of what we do is sharing the bounty from the field with talented floral designers, stylists, event organisers, brides-to-be, and local folk. Keeping a close eye on every bloom is of utmost importance; you don’t want to miss that perfect bloom that could be the centre of attention in the next hand-tied bouquet or sitting pretty in a jug of flowers.
Flowers and foliage throughout the changing seasons are a delight to pick. There is always something special to be made out of a combination of flowers, foliage, grasses, twigs, seed heads and other foraged material from the hedgerows. Working so closely with nature has taught me to embrace the seasons, to live more in the moment and to immerse myself in floral creativity.
Whether you are a green-fingered pro or a gardening novice, here are some of my top tips for growing and tending to your favourite blooms both in the garden or within the home:
- Be ready with snips to hand at all times
- Invest in a pocket field guidebook to ensure you pick flowers/plants that are safe to pick and make sure you do not pick poisonous or skin irritant plants
- Don’t trespass and ask permission to pick on private land
- Only pick what you need and leave enough for Mother Nature
- Keep flowers out of direct sunlight, away from radiators and bright windowsills
- Keep vessels clean, change water regularly and try a drop of bleach to stop bacteria build up. Try a bit of sugar, lemonade or Aspirin to feed your jugs of flowers
- Strip all lower leaves off stems and ensure no leaves are below the water line
- Learn about the hidden meaning of flowers and embrace the joy of giving flowers
- Support your local British flower growers and other local businesses.
- Become a Nature Activist, join Extinction Rebellion or look up stories of Guerrilla gardening.
- Help save our Bees, other species and Planet Earth
- Learn to grow your own food and flower cutting patch.
- Sign up to your local allotment scheme and get digging.
- Take a breath and smell the roses.