It's full steam ahead for 2021!
Updated: Feb 22, 2021
I don't need to tell you that last year was different. Life as we knew it changed for every one of us and we all had to make adjustments. My 2020 started in London's West End as a Stage Manager; doing eight shows a week with a two hour commute. Four years ago I made the move out of London down to Hampshire's south coast and have never looked back. Our capital is an incredible city but I was definitely ready to hear the birds and see the stars. Living down here has been, quite literally, a breath of fresh air, and ever since the move I have yearned for time to truly immerse myself in it. Careful what you wish for.
For as long as I can remember, I have been fascinated by nature but specifically plants (I am in awe of trees!). What always gets me is how inventive and resilient it is. And that whatever is going on around you, nature doesn't stop - even when everything else does. What's always captivated me, and intensifies with every year, is the feeling of anticipation I get when I sow a seed coupled with the thrill of seeing it germinate. I love that moment more than any other part of what I do and if I had to choose only one task to do myself, it would be propagation. I digress...
My point is that the hiatus in the theatre world gave me time to develop my long-awaited plan of becoming a flower farmer. I'd been doing floristry for a number of years on the side but what I really wanted to do was grow. So I did. I gave the raised beds in the veg garden over to flowers and am lucky to have a great variety of foliage plants. These, combined with flowers bought in from other local growers provided the materials I needed to create arrangements which I supplied to my local farm shop and sold at pop up shops. It's quite incredible how supportive and open people can be when you simply ask.
Over the course of the summer I was very fortunately offered some land on which to grow, although it had never been cultivated so needed a lot of work. I didn't plant it up until the autumn, but instead mulched it heavily with manure, covered it to suppress weeds, and finally rotavated so it was ready for the biennials I'd been rearing at home.
Since then, I have taken on another plot of land plus six large planters which will be on display to the public at a nearby stately home.
Now the days are getting longer and I can feel the buzz of energy building. The air is changing, and that little feeling inside me which responds only in the present is growing stronger every day.
Thank you for reading and being part of my journey xVx