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Not sure if this is the appropriate forum for this subject, but I joined this site / organisation a couple of days ago.

Flowers From the Farm

I am really hoping to make a few shekels flogging dahlia blooms to my local florist or even a farmer's market, but my main aspiration is to get my Mum out there.  She grows a huge amount of flowers from seed every year and sells them with an honesty box in her front garden in Wimbledon.  Quite successfully too.

I was surprised that 80% of flowers sold in the UK are trucked / flown in from abroad, especially when there's so much evidence of great plants being grown here at home.  It also makes a bit of a mockery of this green revolution we are supposed to be going through to be burning fuel to get some cut flowers into a vase.

Has anybody else heard of Flowers From the Farm?  I would be really interested in how you got on.  If I could make enough to pay for my new dahlia tubers each year I would feel rather pleased with myself!

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  • Bee witchedBee witched Scottish BordersPosts: 949

    Hi Paullypaul,

    Thanks for the link to this site ...  I wholeheartedly agree with the point you are making about travel miles for flowers.

    Hadn't expected to find anyone in "my" bit of Scotland ... but there are a couple (although not that local).

    Good luck with your dahlias ... we sell our honey / beeswax candles from an honesty box and also manage to sell quite a bit ... and people are honest!!

    Bee Witched

     

     

     

     

    Bees must gather nectar from two million flowers to make one pound of honey   
  • pansyfacepansyface PEAK DISTRICT DerbyshirePosts: 20,554

    I couldn't offer a single flower with a straight face. Caterpillar holes, slug holes, bird nibblings, wind burn, aphids and earwigs falling out onto the table........image

    Apophthegm -  a big word for a small thought.
  • Haha Pansy - thats what they call organic with a capital "O".  Its in fashion I hear...

    Beewitched - do you sell your candles online at all?  They sound really really good. ot into candles last year (mainly for the garden) and would like a try of some that buzz.

  • TootlesTootles Posts: 1,469

    Great idea Paul. Good on your mum too. I love the idea of an honesty box. I always go out of my way to buy from houses selling from the garden gate.

  • Bee witchedBee witched Scottish BordersPosts: 949

    Hi Paullypaul,

    We don't sell anything online .... just from the end of our drive.

    There is a company round here who does (see link below) and their prices for the beeswax candles are very reasonable. Probably best to burn them indoors rather than outdoors as you will then be able to smell that wonderful honey / wax aroma ... much nicer than the usual paraffin or soya wax candles in my opinion.

    http://www.chainbridgehoney.co.uk/

    Bees must gather nectar from two million flowers to make one pound of honey   
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  • LunariaLunaria Posts: 144

    Bee witched I'm deeply envious I have always had a secret desire to keep bees and have my own honey. 

    I've never tried selling anything I have grown. Perhaps when my gardens a bit more mature I will it ago. I'm ideally situated  with lots of passing tourists. My mother in law sends her seed away to a nursey. (I don't know which) She grows more specialised alpine plants. She doesn't get any money but she earns money to spend with them. If that makes sense. She's been doing it for years. 

  • Sold hundreds of pounds worth of surplus plants over the years, at car boots and at work. I give car boots full away to family and charity days as well. Haven't the patience for seeds, but my plants grow prolifically so I split them. Have created many gardens for friends and family when they moved. But not after this year, moving to a much smaller place to get some rest, and preserve my back! Time will tell!

  • Bee witchedBee witched Scottish BordersPosts: 949

    Hi Lunaria,

    Beekeeping is a great hobby .... and fits so well with gardening.

    I popped over to the hives earlier today. The bees were bringing in orange pollen (probably from the snowdrops) which is a sign that all is well in the hives and the queen is beginning to lay.

    There is a lot to this beekeeping lark .. and the bees haven't always read the books ... but that's what makes it fun.

    http://www.beekeepingforum.co.uk/images/smilies/BEE-SMILLIE.gif

    Bees must gather nectar from two million flowers to make one pound of honey   
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