Inspired by My Mother with Rosebie Morton
Our founder and flower farmer Rosebie Morton credits her mother as having deep-rooted her love of gardening. Rosebie grew up in an army family that was constantly on the move. Her green-fingered mother Elspeth would create a garden wherever they went, no matter how daunting the task, ensuring that English roses, flowers and herbs flourished in the most improbable locations. We chatted to Rosebie to find out more…
WHAT INSPIRED YOUR MOTHER'S LOVE OF GARDENING?
"I think it must have come from the fact that much of her early childhood was spent outdoors, exploring nature and especially plants."
WHICH FLOWERS ARE PARTICULARLY SPECIAL TO YOUR MOTHER?
"Roses have always been her love – as well as tiny, delicate alpines, which have always fascinated her."
ARE THESE FLOWERS THAT YOU GROW NOW?
"Obviously the roses, yes! And I also adore the delicacy of tiny alpines – I have some growing in an old stone trough."
TELL US ABOUT AN EARLY MEMORY OF GARDENING WITH YOUR MOTHER
"I remember sowing Nasturtium seeds in the small patch of garden I was given from the age of three. That and pulling the blooms off Escholtzia flowers – California poppies – which are shaped like wizards’ hats."
DO YOU STILL USE ANY OF THE GARDENING TIPS YOUR MOTHER TAUGHT YOU?
Definitely. A major one is how to take cuttings. Then there’s training and taming or how to encourage Sweet Peas to flower throughout the summer and plants to give continuous interest – to name but a few.
IS THERE A PARTICULAR FLOWER THAT WILL ALWAYS REMIND YOU OF YOUR MOTHER?
HOW HAVE YOU TRIED TO INSPIRE A LOVE OF GROWING FLOWERS IN YOUR OWN CHILDREN?
I’ve always tried to involve them from an early age in everything that goes on in the garden. So I’ve encouraged them to help with taking cuttings, sowing seeds, planting bulbs and so on.
TELL US ABOUT YOUR PERFECT MOTHER'S DAY?
To have all the family together to go out for a mega walk with the dogs. Then to come back for a kitchen supper cooked by everybody except me!