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British Flowers, Locally Grown in Hertfordshire
Blog of a senior flower farm intern!
I can’t quite believe it’s been 9 months since I last wrote a blog post. This year has flown by and I can honestly say my feet have not touched the ground. Starting a business with 2 young children and a husband that works away has its challenges, but at the same time I have loved every minute of my flower field adventure.
I’m going to leave looking back over the year for another day, but I wanted to introduce someone that has helped me enormously over the year and will be joining me in blogging about blooms.
 
How our friendship began..
When I first started growing flowers, I delivered some samples to local businesses along with business cards to get The Baldock Flower Farm name out there. A few days later I received a phone call from a very nice lady called Cara, wanting to order sweet peas. That was the day our friendship began.

Johanna x 
 

Blog of a senior flower farm intern: Cara Richardson, age 52

 
Why I decided to try an internship at my age.... 

Here I am married and the mother of 3 adult children, the last of which has just flown the nest, deciding I would love to try something new.  Something creative, rewarding and unlike anything I have done before.

I love flowers, the joy of colour and scent, of a gift given or received and time spent lost in arranging.  In fact it was time to educate myself in the life cycle of growing and so began my new love of seeds, bulbs and self- propagation!

The Baldock Flower Farm is truly a home grown enterprise and owner Jo is passionate about her business.  I couldn’t help but be excited by the opportunity of working alongside Jo, her knowledge and enthusiasm rub off easily on anyone who is interested in flowers.
And so begins my new venture – we are coming towards the end of the cutting season, but that doesn’t mean things are slowing down here at The Baldock Flower Farm….

3 November 2015
I have never been greeted so enthusiastically in the workplace, all be it by the two gorgeous canines Bertie and Frank – it’s great to see you guys too!  Coffee made, it’s time to take a look at what’s been going on since my last visit.

The green house is full of trays filled with seeds and corms all bursting into life, in fact most of the anemones already have little root systems ready for planting out into the poly tunnel.  This makes clearing the poly tunnel a priority for today.

Prize dahlia tubers need to be dug up, washed, trimmed and set out to dry ready for dividing before storing over winter.  Remember I am a complete novice as far as cultivation is concerned, I had no idea that underground dahlias look like parsnips! Not the uniform ones in the supermarket, more like the interesting shapes my Grandad grew! 



Wash dahlia tubers set out to dry


 Jo was over the moon to discover that out of the 6 much treasured café au lait dahlia tubers purchased one had finally bloomed right at the end of the season. It’s a little late this year but it was a good solid tuber ready to do its magic for next year, fingers crossed, it really was a beauty.

Cara x


A beautiful Cafe au lait dahlia