Hello! Welcome to the Cornish Flower Patch journal. Wherever you are reading this, I imagine the late Spring sun is shining and there’s an increasing warmth to the air as the daylight hours increase, and Spring is in that last brief pause before the coming burst of Summer arrives.
We are Catherine and Adele, two friends who, having spent many an hour lovingly tending our respective gardens, joined forces to start a sustainable, small scale cut flower company.
Initially, we had no plan. We simply wanted to offer people the chance to enjoy an alternative to supermarket flowers. Surrounded by our beautiful coastline, and seeing the ‘slow food’ movement take off in Cornwall with people becoming much more mindful of where their vegetables and fruit were grown, and where their meat was raised, it was a natural progression to want to provide flowers that were not doused in harmful chemicals or flown halfway around the world to our kitchen table.
Since then we have grown our business to offer local, seasonal and fragrant flowers to brides, florists, and the public for their homes and gift bouquets. We decided to launch our own small, but growing online flower shop and Cornish lifestyle store in 2020. We are forever inspired by growing up, living and working by the sea in Cornwall, and wanted to create a shop which reflects seasonal coastal living – from coastal walks and the fireside in winter, to the spectacular Cornish gardens in spring, to surfing the North coast on hot summer evenings.
It’s a strange time to be starting a journal. In truth, we had planned long before the pandemic, to have launched our website and online store and for our Cornish Flower Patch to have been full of flowers for all 2020’s brides and their families to enjoy over the coming season.
Not to be deterred, and knowing how flowers bring so much joy and a lighter heart to those who receive them, particularly now when friends and loved ones cannot be together we have ploughed on, and put our best efforts into growing you a summer full of blooms that most likely will prove to be every bit as meaningful as a bride’s bouquet in this strange year.
Each month we will bring you snippets of news from the cutting garden, farmer-florist tips should you wish to grow a small patch of your own, and no doubt some funny out-takes – we really didn’t plan for home schooling in the greenhouse! We will also share some of how it is, to be growing and living by the Cornish coast.
We may not be able to travel far in these uncertain times but there is pleasure to be had in seeing the cutting garden move through the coming seasons, and being close to the sea as summer stretches ahead.
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