Our Market Garden, or as they are now called, Flower Farm, is based on the edge of Exmoor at Combe Martin, North Devon, specialising in Sweetpeas, Spencer, highly scented Heirloom and assorted, quality cut flowers and garden produce. We are seasonal, usually, our produce is available from March through to mid October.We can with the use of polytunnels, bring some flowers on earlier and later in season but everything is weather dependent. Work for the following season carries on over winter months. This means, flowers are in several stages, growing, picking, in preperation, finished and ground prepared for next crop. It is never a six acre field full of flowers.
ALL photos are of flowers and or produce picked from the garden. If in the future for larger orders other british flowers would have to be used, it would be clearly stated.The garden covers six acres, with three for growing and three kept reasonably tidy, by some very friendly Shetland sheep.
No pesticides or herbicides are used. Only North Devon sunshine, rain, insects and field spring water,muck and seaweed, have contact with the flowers.
We have owned and been growing, selling to shops, florists,markets, restaurants,weddings and individuals from this garden for several years on a small personal scale, having aquired The Forgotten Garden in 2006. Growing enables you to have a strong sense of when the flowers are at their best to pick, condition, what to grow and how they will perform for specific purposes. A great deal of time and experience goes into seed choice. We save as much of our own seed as possible, which means you can grow vast amounts, select colours and form and it has adapted to the conditions of the field and the life cycle of any insects, butterflies etc that need a food source at a certain time, also protecting our valuable pollinators and insects from chemical interaction.
The flowers grown and colour spectrum and scent, are not always available on a large commercial scale, which along with a personal service make them so unique and desireable. These are what I term "proper flowers" as nature intended, as real and proper as they should be, alive, fresh and vibrant. People search us out,for unique, local, sustainable flowers, keeping the market garden heritage alive on the South facing slopes of Combe Martin.
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