Growing flowers for a living is very rewarding but extremely hard work and it has made me really appreciate how hard our farmers work to bring us all our delicious food.
When the suns shining and the birds are tweeting there is nowhere I’d rather be than out in the garden tending my flowers.
However when I am overwhelmed with weeds, the slugs keep eating my precious plants and there is an infestation of greenfly, not to mention the unpredictable British weather, it’s understandable to question ones sanity to grow flowers for a living. What drives me to carry on at these more challenging times is that I simply love flowers and the emotions they evoke.
There is something very touching in giving and receiving flowers, they are one of natures wonderful gifts. Flowers help us to express our feelings of love, joy, romance, friendship and sympathy in a way that no other gift can and they play an important role in all those special events in our lives.
The tradition of giving flowers dates back to prehistoric times when posies often included herbs with medicinal qualities, so giving them was a charitable thing to do and a symbol of thoughtfulness. We may not need to give flowers in quite the same way to improve peoples physical health now days, however I do feel they have the power to improve our well-being and make us feel happier.
The world needs more flowers; they are a fleeting beauty, which makes them even more special. Let’s put more smiles on people’s faces and spread some flowery love.
Here are a few of my favourite flowers that can offer the gardener a bit more of a challenge! Dahlias, Roses, Sweet Peas and Ranunculus