Perennials – 6th August 2016
7th August 2016
Kalm Kitchen features MeadowFolk – 13th August 2016
13th August 2016
Yesterday I was a stallholder at Trout N’ About, a summer fete in the beautiful village of Stockbridge, Hampshire, which just so happens to be the closest village to MeadowFolk Head Quarters (AKA the field/meadow) – all of 5 minutes down the road! It was the ideal place to do my first bit of MeadowFolk publicity to those who live locally, explaining what MeadowFolk is all about, what I do, and how I’m their brand new, closest flower-farm. Three hours in and I’d run out of 100 business cards, which was a great surprise that I was certainly unprepared for. For the next 3 hours’ people could either pick up a) a website address scribbled on a teeny weeny bit of paper or b) a photo copied version of the back of the business card – how unprofessional!
It was wonderful to see the positive reaction to the stall. Often people stopped to take photographs of the floral displays I’d created, or even come up to touch the barley I’d used in the crate, or the velvety black Scabious, or the surprise apple in the cascading arrangement down the side of the gazebo. I enjoyed the snippets of conversation as people walked past, hearing other people say ‘MeadowFolk’ out-loud giving this whole adventure an identity to more than just me. I loved the people telling me their daughter/son/friend is getting married next year and ‘the seasonal meadowy flowers would be perfect for them’. Successful meadow vibe given!
I grew every single flower that I used in 18 bouquets, one crate filled with flowers, a large urn arrangement and a cascading example that would be great on a church archway or pillar. All the foliage used was foraged from the hedgerows surrounding my field, and the woodland next door, with a few stems of barley snipped from the farmer’s field behind. Massive sense of achievement in realising how many flowers I’ve grown in my first year of flower farming! Massive amount of job satisfaction hearing people say how lovely the flowers looked, how much they liked the natural and wild style, the colour combinations, and the meadowy flowers. And not just because of the wonderful ego boost (which was lovely too of-course) but because it’s a wonderful experience to create something that other people can enjoy, the reaction of ‘Oh how lovely’ or ‘I love cosmos’ or ‘my granny used to grow those in her garden.’ Whether they buy something or not, or take a business card or not, or email me or not, its just the most incredible thing to know that for a few seconds something that I’ve created, and grown from seed, has captured another person’s attention long enough to make them respond. I think that is what flowers should be about; the response, the reception. Flowers should make people ‘feel’ something, and transport them to the memory of walking through a wild-flower meadow or of playing in their grand-parents’ garden. It’s this ‘transportive’ power that makes flower arranging more than just putting ‘flowers’ together, it’s about being able to create something to make others happy, and that’s why I love being a florist.
In the crate: Cosmos, Barley, Nicotiana (green and white), Ammi, Oak, Beech
In the urn: Amaranthus, Delphiniums, Sweet Peas, Nicotiana, Cosmos, Lavender, Ammi Majus, Oak, Beech