The Cotswold Flower House is thrilled to be working with a fantastic local grower, The Cotswold Posy Patch. We’re excited for Spring and the first crop of beautiful seasonal flowers. For more information about Liz and her story see below or visit her website Cotswold Posy Patch:
Hi I’m Liz and I run The Cotswold Posy Patch. I’d like to take this opportunity to welcome you and tell you a bit about my small cut-flower growing business. I’m based at Primrose Vale Farm Shop, nestled in the heart of the of the beautiful Gloucestershire countryside and love being a part of the community there.
I started the business in 2015 at the same time as I was volunteering for a local charity, doing gardening with people with disabilities. Whilst at the charity, I started growing cut flowers with the students there and loved seeing the enjoyment they got out of it and the generosity they showed in sharing their flowers and the arrangements they made with other people. The experience inspired me to pursue my dream of developing my own “flower farm” and so The Cotswold Posy Patch was born. For the first couple of years I grew flowers in my garden, even convincing my husband to dig up the lawn to make way for more flower beds but still I ran out of space.
In 2017 a friend suggested I get in touch with Primrose Vale to see if they had any land I could rent and in October, I took on the management of a patch of land there. I had the ground prepared and a large commercial polytunnel installed, giving the perfect blank canvas on which to create a flower plot. With some invaluable help from friends and family, the first phase of the plot was complete and the tunnel was fully planted up but Christmas. Despite battling the snow, rain, mud, sun, no rain and inside temperatures of over 40 degrees, we have had an amazing first year on the farm. The highlight of the year, and a dream come true, was undoubtedly having the opportunity to send some of my flowers to be part of ‘Flowers from the Farm’s’ Gold Medal winning exhibit at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show.
Flowers are my passion and I love nothing more than poring over the seed catalogues sniffing out unusual varieties of cut flowers to grow. Many of my varieties are not widely available from high street florists and supermarkets. There are so many reasons for choosing British-grown flowers: many are scented, something which is bred out of many imported varieties, more delicate varieties are available, they are cut to order so are super fresh, their are no air miles associated with them and they have great nostalgia value. In short, British flower have captured my heart because they reflect the ever changing beauty of an English country garden though the seasons and connect me to the natural world around me.