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Claire, Plantpassion
West Horsley, Surrey, UK
Claire Brown -Seasonal, Scented, Sustainable English Cut Flower Farmer
Interests: gardening, cooking, eating, garden visiting, being a mum and wife
Recent Activity
It's just 10 days until Valentine's day. It's been a cold January here in Surrey. Things aren't nearly as advanced as last year, so there won't be any locally grown flowers for my February offerings, right. - WRONG Actually some... Continue reading
Posted Feb 4, 2017 at Plantpassion
It's late January, the winter has been cold and frosty. That's good for ensuring we get less bugs this year, but not good for keen gardeners who want to get going, so here's 5 easy to grow cut flowers that... Continue reading
Posted Jan 27, 2017 at Plantpassion
This January has been frozen so far. In fact there have been more frosts and car scraping so far this winter than in the last 2 winters put together, and we've got a week of frosts forecast for the next... Continue reading
Posted Jan 18, 2017 at Plantpassion
One of the most frequent questions that i'm asked is. "what will be flowering in pink in June?" closely followed by "when will Dahlias be flowering?" (Pink in June suggestions - Campanula, Sweet Pea Opal, Digitalis Excelsior, Rosa Eglantine, Paony... Continue reading
Posted Jan 1, 2017 at Plantpassion
During the Planning that i've been doing for 2017, I've had cause to look back at what I achieved during 2016. There is a list of 26 Weddings that we provided flowers for directly this year. Either buckets of themed... Continue reading
Posted Dec 31, 2016 at Plantpassion
I always try and kid myself that i don't work in this "bit" between Christmas and the New Year. The fridge is still full, there are friends and family to see, walks in the Surrey countryside to do..... But actually... Continue reading
Posted Dec 30, 2016 at Plantpassion
It's November, and there are still flowers. Not huge numbers, so i'm not currently selling to florists, and i've done my last wedding of season, but that means i'm even happier that we've got a New Village Store, and that... Continue reading
Posted Nov 22, 2016 at Plantpassion
We had Dave come and join us to do some work experience last week. He's been a builder, not a gardener, but would like to try his hand at this Flower farming lark.... His biggest issue i think (well actually... Continue reading
Posted Oct 23, 2016 at Plantpassion
We haven't had a frost yet here in Surrey. The temperature has dropped, but so far the Dahlias are still safe, and there's actually quite a lot else still flowering as well. Behind the Dahlias is a whole row of... Continue reading
Posted Oct 19, 2016 at Plantpassion
The British Flowers industry is growing again - Whoopee. the publicity that even i've got this year as a tiny grower - (The Telegraph in June, BBC Countryfile diaries in August and Surrey Life magazine in September plus 3 mentions... Continue reading
Posted Oct 5, 2016 at Plantpassion
I have to admit that at this time of year, i'm winding down. There's 3 more weddings, some party flowers and bouquets to do, but i'm heading towards half term which is my cut off point for major orders. But... Continue reading
Posted Sep 28, 2016 at Plantpassion
As i sit here writing this, the rain is pouring down, but we had a great morning for a workshop this Monday morning. Our Dahlia Day workshop started with a talk about the different shapes of Dahlias, and which ones... Continue reading
Posted Sep 19, 2016 at Plantpassion
Whew what a month July has been. It's flown past but included so much, including a much needed holiday. We Started the month with Plantpassion Flowers going to the Hampton Court Flowers Show I've been involved for the last couple... Continue reading
Posted Jul 31, 2016 at Plantpassion
All my flowers are cultivated. The field I grow on has only had cows or horses on it for many years, so the only thing that grows “wild” on it are natural grasses, ragweed and thistles. However, I’m often asked... Continue reading
Posted Jul 25, 2016 at Plantpassion
If you hadn't already noticed, - It's British Flowers Week here in the UK (13th-19th June 2016) . When all of a sudden the year round banging on by yours truly is matched by some excellent articles in the National... Continue reading
Posted Jun 16, 2016 at Plantpassion
It's been a busy week, here at Plantpassion, so i thought i'd give you an idea in numbers of what i've been up to. 9 Varieties of Allium Flowering on the field Here's 5 of them, Allium Christophii, Allium Purple... Continue reading
Posted May 27, 2016 at Plantpassion
( (photo credit Emma Davies) At my recent open days, and garden club show rounds, this has been the most talked about plant on the field Cerinthe Major Purpurescens My chalky field gives itself to growing this succulent early flowering... Continue reading
Posted May 11, 2016 at Plantpassion
I'm admitting defeat. After an hour of rearranging the greenhouse, I really can't fit any more in. There are still more seedlings to prick out, but i have no space for them to go. - From now on there will... Continue reading
Posted Apr 30, 2016 at Plantpassion
Wow, where did the last couple of weeks go? It seems only yesterday that it was Valentine's and Mothering Sunday (they rolled into one, being only 3 weeks apart this year) and now Easter is upon us, and the boy... Continue reading
Posted Mar 22, 2016 at Plantpassion
Have you seen it? Plantpassion is mentioned in the Surrey Advertiser this morning (4th March) - it's page 11, the Toast of Surrey Business Awards, because we're a finalist in the "Green" Award. We're a real minnow, up against some... Continue reading
Posted Mar 4, 2016 at Plantpassion
February has been colder and frostier than the rest of the winter put together so far. But that's ok, because we're now almost at the end, and it's light when i get out of bed in the morning, and when... Continue reading
Posted Feb 24, 2016 at Plantpassion
It's that time of year when all keen gardeners are waiting for the off..... Our seeds are sitting there yelling at us to sow them, but experience has told us that actually waiting is a good thing to do. That... Continue reading
Posted Feb 9, 2016 at Plantpassion
So it's February, the evenings are starting to get a little bit lighter (i could still see when i did pick up at 5.15pm today) and by the end of the month i'll be able to start sowing seeds again.... Continue reading
Posted Feb 2, 2016 at Plantpassion
We work with some wonderfully talented florists, and i'll be highlighting some of them over the coming months, but this week i've been going through the wedding enquiries that have been coming in, AND, looking back at some of the... Continue reading
Posted Jan 12, 2016 at Plantpassion
There are always flowers for those that want to see them - Henri Matisse I just want to say, right here at the beginning, that i'm not against imports.... Our Island can't grow all the things that we want all... Continue reading
Posted Jan 4, 2016 at Plantpassion