Balloon's eye view of the farm. Cheers to Phil Webber for the shots. Must finish laying out the new beds around the picnic circle...
When you're picking your tulips and a balloon lands on your flower farm. That! An exciting start to the day...
Lovely flower ladies, Courtney @florarayflowers and Amber @littlethatchflorist with some of yesterday's bounty. Such a lovely busy day full of sunshine, flowers, family and friends for Tabitha's 10th birthday. After a long overdue and heartwarming reunion party, a lie in would be lovely but several thousand seedlings say otherwise and I can hear my Grandson, Lias, pottering about downstairs with @rowanstickland Wonder what today will bring...
10 today! A bit of a special present to celebrate!
Back to the hot end of the spectrum. Thanks Parkers for the surprise volcanic doubles. Brownie eh?!!
So much orange on my grid this spring. Have some pink. Delivered another talk about our flower farm journey last night, this time to the sparkly eyed folk of the North Cadbury Gardening Club. As anyone who knows me will atest, I do love wittering on about all those amazing flowers! Also serves as a surprising reminder of how far we've come in these two years. Followed by a night of dreams about unfeasible and incorrect projector connectors of course...
Sending a bundle of gorgeous drieds to @jessicaelizaflowers, including a few special surprises! We're growing far more drieds this year, they've been so stylish and so useful all year.
Orange Princess, aglow on a grey day. Such fullsome flowers.
Orange Favourite, aptly named, a gorgeous great glowing bowl of colour. Blooming windy here at Black Shed today, one of our portable low tunnels just blew across the field. But at least it's getting warmer so we can start to plant out the thousands of seedlings waiting patiently in the tunnels.
Love the combination of Ranunculus and Thalictrum leaves. Marriage made in heaven.
Self sown beauty, roll up bees! Beautiful day on the farm with @helenstickland Really looking forward to our hives arriving
Here come the pastel Anemones. Been looking forward to these, we only went and planted 4000...
This morning's first order was from Australia, for a sister in Sherborne! 50 perfect Purissima Tulips nestling in a spray of silvery Cardoon leaves. Quite an armful!
Tulip Avignon - love!
Purissima strutting her stuff whilst Murphy warms his nose in the sunshine. We sold every single flower on the farm over the weekend, lots of bouquets for Mums, I had to guard these vigilantly. The warm weather brought dozens of lovely visitors, friends old and new, brides and grooms. I love nattering to our visitors, everyone is so friendly and encouraging, I really miss this over the winter months. But did we get much planting done? Not until nearly dark!
First @helenstickland bouquet of the day. Here we go!
Pure joy! Love this time of year when the first blooms appear.
First poppies! Glorious day in Dorset, so lucky! #lovemyjob
Here we go! Tulips for Mother's Day. Marvellous!
We're offering an exciting opportunity for a new full time volunteer/intern for the coming season here at Black Shed. Someone with a real passion for growing flowers and floristry, who would relish the opportunity to learn the nuts and bolts of running a rapidly expanding and very busy cut flower farm. In return for your enthusiastic help, we'll share our knowledge and offer hands on experience of all aspects of the business. We're based in beautiful Sherborne in Dorset and are offering a room in our friendly house in the centre of the town, including full board and lodging. We've had three wonderful Workaway volunteers living and working with us over the last two years. We currently have several other part time volunteers and placements from local floristry and horticulture colleges and many friendly visitors, florists and customers to interact with. To start as soon as possible. If you're interested, or know anyone who is, please message us and we'll give you all the details. Many thanks, Paul and Helen.