February, in theory, is a quiet month on a flower farm. In reality there are still 101 jobs to do. We have been cleaning glasshouses, sowing a few seeds (while resisting the temptation to sow more), checking and starting a few early dahlia tubers for cuttings and starting ranunculus for a second, later crop to follow on from those overwintering in the polytunnel. We were delighted to have been invited to attend the Woburn Abbey Garden Show in June, which promises to be a really exciting event. Around 5,000 visitors are expected to attend the show and so we have a lot of planning to do do make sure we have plenty of top quality flowers ready for that weekend – especially as we will also be designing a show garden for the event. So looking forward to working with the Woburn Abbey team again!
Perhaps most excitingly for me on a personal level we are planning on working with the King’s Arms Project in Bedford to host a volunteer and potential employee from their Pathways to Employment course. This community has provided much support to our business during its early stages and it is a privilege to be in a position to be able to offer something back.
Finally, although February is much quieter on the flowers front there is still joy to be had from seasonal flowers. The garden provides viburnum, snowdrop and hellebore and there are narcissi in the greenhouse and amaryllis in the conservatory. So plenty to keep my vases full.