Interview with Susanne Hatwood of The Blue Carrot
I finally managed to see the film ‘Les Miserables’ on Sunday afternoon, which was so wonderful! I just love the songs, especially ‘Bring Him Home’ which (dare I admit it?) brought a tear to my eye…
Also managed to squeeze in a yoga class and make some banana bread with walnuts and poppy seeds.
This week on Flowerona, I’m delighted to start off with an interview with florist Susanne Hatwood of The Blue Carrot.
I’ve admired Susanne’s work for some time now…I love her ‘just-picked’ style and choice of colour and texture combinations.
Could you tell us what prompted you to become a florist?
It all started with the desire to work for myself, close to home.
I had a job in a nursery that supplied plants to a large number of Cornish gardens and garden centres. I loved it, but it was a two hour round trip each day.
I found a farmer who was willing to rent out a little, very overgrown walled garden which is only a five minute walk from home.
The Blue Carrot was born and started its life as a market garden, selling vegetables from the gate.
The name was a joke, because I really couldn’t grow carrots. Then the flowers took over, starting with a row of sweet peas and just a few dahlias.
Slowly, but surely, I got completely hooked on the beauty of the flowers. I couldn’t stop thinking about combinations and new additions to my patch.
Whilst taking a floristry course, it became clear to me that my idea of flower arranging was very different from traditional floristry.
First, I was very confused and anxious about it, but soon I realised that this different approach was exactly what many people are looking for.
I think that I look at flowers with the eyes of a gardener. I just adore the natural way that they grow, and move and come together.
And for me, there is nothing more exciting than an arrangement that reflects that.
When did you start your business and where are you based?
The veggie business started in the spring of 2008 and the cutting-garden transformation began in 2010.
My garden and workshop are based in Portscatho, a little fishing village on the south coast of Cornwall, on the Roseland Peninsula.
What kind of floristry services do you offer?
My main focus is wedding work, but I also make special occasion bouquets to order.
How would you describe your style?
Wild romance. I like pretty flowers, but I think that they need a bit of spice in the form of something wild and wonderful…and a bit naughty.
What are your plans for 2013?
My diary is already filling up nicely. One of my goals for this season is to go for quality rather than quantity.
So, I’m only taking on one wedding per weekend to be able to really do my very best for my couples.
What is your favourite flower?
There are so many flowers that make my heart beat faster.
I love garden roses, dahlias, tulips, hellebores and ranunculus.
But my absolute favourites are the little sidekicks like the glorious iceland poppy, foxtail barley, cow parsley, mint, sage and vines…all the supporting acts, that really make an arrangement dance.
Many thanks to Susanne for all her helping in compiling today’s blog post.
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