The Real Flower Company blog

  1. March on Our English Flower Farm

    March on Our English Flower Farm

    Have you ever wondered what happens behind the scenes on an English flower farm? Here we reveal what’s been happening on our Hampshire and West Sussex flower farms this month. Our farm and Rose paddock are set within the beautiful green Hampshire countryside, close to the elegant National Trust Hinton Ampner House and Gardens and not far from both Winchester...
  2. How to Sow Sweet Pea Seeds for Cut Flowers

    How to Sow Sweet Pea Seeds for Cut Flowers

    Have you ever struggled to grow Sweet Peas from seed or are you interested in giving it a go for the first time this year? Our founder Rosebie Morton is known for her expertise in growing Sweet Peas for cut flowers and shares her tips in an easy step-by-step guide below. Rosebie runs a specialist Sweet Pea nursery near Chichester...
  3. How to Make Your Own Christmas Wreath That Lasts Longer

    How to Make Your Own Christmas Wreath That Lasts Longer

    Would you like to learn how to make a natural Christmas wreath that lasts longer? The florists on our Hampshire Farm have a new technique that we are using this year, which helps keeps fresh foliage, herbs and berries looking fresher for longer. We have shared our new method with you here, as an easy step-by-step guide to making your...
  4. Natural Gift Wrapping Ideas Using Our Fresh From the Farm Box

    Natural Gift Wrapping Ideas Using Our Fresh From the Farm Box

    Are you looking for inspiration and eco-friendly ideas to make your Christmas wrapping even more special this year? Here, we have shared five ideas for environmentally friendly Christmas gift wrapping using our Winter Fresh from the Farm Flower Box but you could use cuttings from your own garden or even some left over sprigs from our DIY Christmas wreath kit...
  5. Christmas Gift Ideas

    Christmas Gift Ideas

    Looking for a Christmas gift but not sure where to start? We have put together a guide to the top nine gifts from our range with some great options for gardeners, aspiring florists, teachers, loved ones and those who are a bit trickier to buy for. Flower Arrangers Gift Set This beautifully packaged box contains three of the finest professional...
  6. What is the most sustainable Christmas Wreath

    What is the most sustainable Christmas Wreath

    We are pleased to share the news that this summer our English flower farm had its first carbon audit and was found to be climate positive. We also hold a LEAF Marque for sustainable farming but striving to be more sustainable is still an on going process. If you are looking or an eco friendly wreath to dress your door...
  7. Why choose an English rose plant as a gift

    Why choose an English rose plant as a gift

    Are you looking for a gift for someone who loves nature and gardening? Discover why we think an English rose plant makes the perfect gift plus discover our top tips to help you choose the right rose plant. Bare root or potted Winter is the time to order and plant bare rooted roses. A bare root rose bush is typically...
  8. How to make your natural Christmas wreath last longer

    How to make your natural Christmas wreath last longer

    Are you thinking of when to buy or make your own Christmas but wondering how long it will last? Or perhaps you already have your wreath but want to keep it looking its best for longer? Read on to discover our tips for getting the most from your Christmas wreath this year. Ingredients First If you want to hang your...
  9. Take a Look Inside Our Autumn Farm Flower Box

    Take a Look Inside Our Autumn Farm Flower Box

    We created our Fresh From The Farm English Flower Box as a seasonal and sustainable alternative to the usual letterbox flowers and subscription boxes, where the flowers are often grown and selected simply to be robust, uniform and in ample supply. As British flower farmers, our focus has always been on growing flowers as nature intended, perfectly imperfect, in tune...
  10. How to Make Potpourri with Rose Petals

    How to Make Potpourri with Rose Petals

    Potpourri is a natural way to scent your house with a subtle floral scent and display of everlasting botanicals. However, for years it has been out of favour and considered old fashioned. Increasingly health and environmentally conscious consumers are looking for alternatives to synthetic air fresheners. Homemade, natural potpourri also lends itself to the nostalgic countryside aesthetic and movement, ‘Cottagecore’...
  11. Top tips for growing and arranging hydrangeas

    Top tips for growing and arranging hydrangeas

    After the excitement of fabulously scented sweet peas and the glorious flushes of English roses, we are excited to welcome explosions of frothy clouds of colour to the farm as our hydrangeas come into bloom. This stunning plant is in full flower from the end of June to the end of August, but the faded blooms retain their beauty throughout...
  12. Meet Michelin-starred chef Simon Rogan

    Meet Michelin-starred chef Simon Rogan

    Michelin-starred chef Simon Rogan has won multiple awards for his three-course ‘at home’ meal service that celebrates the seasons with the very best ingredients, most of them grown on his Lake District farm, Our Farm. Now you can order our seasonal farm flowers to complement these meals. The ‘at home’ menus are available only in limited numbers and tend to...

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