From 2024 you will be able to stay on the flower farm in one of our two Shepherds Huts with wide sea views overlooking Puffin Island and the Snowdonia mountains. If you would like to be first to hear our availability updates please get in touch on our contact page.
I have been a keen amateur gardener for twenty years, but in 2015 I decided to also make it my career. I completed the RHS Level 2 in Horticulture at Reaseheath College and started my Garden Maintenance business in January 2016 in Cheshire. I had previously completed a course in vegetable production and worked voluntarily at a garden nursery. I have also worked part-time at two garden centres.
Although not formally qualified in design, over the years I have designed and built three gardens for myself incorporating perennial flower borders, a pond, fruit and veg, managed wild areas, raised beds, hedging, trees and shrubs of interest, bulbs, climbers and compost heaps.
Since moving to Anglesey in 2017, I have been fortunate enough to be able to diversify and start growing cut flowers, herbs and fruit for sale locally. I enjoy growing and propogating as much as I can from seeds and cuttings, and I hope to offer plants for sale in the future. I have three herb beds and two fruit cages with rhubarb, blackcurrants, gooseberries and strawberries, plus two small orchards of top fruit.
I have always gardened following organic principles. I believe that soil health and supporting wildlife ought to be integral to all farming and gardening, as we depend on the wider ecosystem. I adopted a no dig approach and, in addition to healthy worm stocks, I am beginning to see the rewards of three years of mulching the soil. I am working towards being self-sufficient in making compost, and I am experimenting with my own peat-free potting mixes. I don`t use pesticides and the flower patch is constantly humming with bees and other insects.
We planted a lot of new hedging on the farm in 2018/19 and look forward to the increase in bird life this will attract (plus the wind breaks it will provide the flowers! We have a young willow hedge and I hope to use all my own willow wreath bases in the not too distant future. We have a young vineyard which we plan to start harvesting and making wine from in 2024. Our pet Shropshire sheep Hattie and Maude keep the vineyard grass under control while providing natural fertiliser, and our first bee colony also keeps an eye on the vines!
I am a member of Flowers from the Farm, a collective of flower farmers and florists all over the UK who are dedicated to promoting the growth and use of seasonal British flowers. Supporting these small scale growers like myself also helps to support British wildlife and ecology, with zero air miles and a personal service.