What a treat we have on the blog today! We’re chatting with the lovely Zoe all about life on a flower farm with Swan Cottage Flowers. Obviously I write a lot about flowers and floral design but what about the growing aspect to owning a floral business? The two fit together like a puzzle and work hand in hand together so I thought who better to give a behind the scenes tour of owning a flower farm then the owner of Swan Cottage Flowers herself! If like myself you champion British flowers or are thinking of growing your own cut flowers then today’s feature will be right up your street! Over to Zoe to tell us more….
When did you set up Swan Cottage Flowers and what prompted you to start up your own flower growing business?
I decided I loved flowers before we even had any outside space of our own, I was 26 working hard at a career in London. Our flat in Westminster was on the 3rd floor and the balcony little more than a walk through. My lovely husband Neil could see how frustrated I was and moved us up the road to Pimlico so I could have my first ever garden. After that we moved again and again to bigger spaces which I devoured before finally landing at Swan Cottage. One fateful holiday visiting St.Nicholas Abbey in Barbados I finally turned to Neil and said, this is madness why do I work in corporate when what really moves me is flowers?
Where are you based and what services do you offer?
Describe to us what a typical day at Swan Cottage Flowers is like?
What is it that you love most about your job?
What would you say is the most challenging aspect of running a flower growing business?
What is your favourite flower and why?
Are there specific varieties that you specialise in growing at Swan Cottage Flowers?
To those who might be reading and are not so familiar with British Flowers could you tell us a bit more about the benefits of buying British Flowers as opposed to imported varieties?
Do you have any initial tips/advice for anyone who is looking to start growing some of their own flowers?
What would you say is the biggest lesson you have learnt since establishing the business?