I hope you had a lovely weekend. I was delighted to recently receive a review copy of ‘The Flower Farmer’s Year’ by Georgie Newbery of Common Farm Flowers. It’s a wonderful book for anyone thinking of growing flowers for profit or pleasure.
The sixteen chapters in the book cover the different types of flowers and foliage which Georgie recommends that you grow including biennials, bulbs, shrubs and herbs, plus plot design and general advice on starting a cut flower business. Here are a few photos from the book…
I was overwhelmed by the amount of detail that Georgie goes into…from recipes for home-made liquid feeds such as nettle tea to an in-depth year planner. But as Georgie says in the ‘Afterword’:
‘Some people have said I’m mad to have written this book. “Why encourage others to try and share your market?” they ask. “Surely you could be the flower farmer and have the British flower market to yourself?” But no matter how lofty my ambitions, I’m not sure I can service a £2.2 billion industry single-handed. Besides, I hope this book will reach far beyond the UK, to anyone who might be thinking that their cut-flower patch could be made profitable.’
If you’re thinking of setting yourself up as a flower farmer, you’ll find Georgie’s book, which is published by Green Books, indispensable. And if you’d simply like to grow flowers for pleasure, then I’m sure you’ll really enjoy the book too. Plus it would make a great Christmas present…!
P.S. Here’s a link to an interview with Georgie on Flowerona.
(Images : Georgie Newbery / Common Farm Flowers)