The turning of the leaf

Autumn Chestnut ready for gathering

At Brookside flower farm in the last week autumn has really made its present felt, the shorter chilled evenings and the colourful russets and red of the turning leaves. All this change also leaves us more dependent on the two polytunnels and the foliage planted in the field. We have been busy with weddings and every weekend. Weekday events making up for the delays from earlier this year. Sadly as I write we are heading for another lock down and weddings for November are delayed again.  We will always ensure we have time for people moving weddings again, some for third time into December and January.

With the Lockdown for this month, we will still be doing socially distanced and Covid secure deliveries. Click and Collect from the farm gate and Cashless and online ordering.  This time of year we usually preparing for the many Christmas fairs in Cornwall and wreath making workshops. Its normally a rush as it seems to arrive all too quickly. This year we are moving online and our shop will be in place in the coming weeks. It will stock everything for making and crafting Christmas wreaths, kits and Stars.   

Our Photo shoots

One of the highlight of the recent months has been asked to do a couple of photos shoots at some Cornish Venues.  
The two shoots were quite different in theme and requirements. At Woodys the style was rustic chic, making use of bold colours, grasses and foliage. We supplied everything from the large floral installations, bouquets, table arrangement and down to the eatable flowers for the cake.

Our other shoot at the Boscundle Maor Hotel – Modern meets Classic Vintage Luxury Wedding. The brief was to decorate a Library, dining room and Outside, developing a story of the couple getting ready, the wedding and then leaving for their honeymoon.

Modern meets Classic Vintage Luxury Wedding with travel and literature detail

We are looking at reopening to Volunteers soon if we can, guidance permitting. This looks like it will now be in the new year now. This year’s workshop have now finished, It’s doubtful any winter workshops will be possible, under the current restrictions. Let hope 2021 is better all round.

July Already

I write this just as wedding venues are starting to reopen across the county under some quite restrictive, some say outright confusing conditions. Our first wedding of the summer a day after the lockdown lifted, beautiful roses and summer flowers – bouquets and button holes for a small intimate wedding.  If your wedding has been affected by cancellations, we can help with any of your floral requirements, even at fairly short notice. As a flower producer, we are not impacted by the shortage of flowers imported from Holland.

Our roses are enjoying the hot weather of late, producing some lovely blooms; they are traditional scented David Austin roses, not known for their vase life, but ideal for that classic rose bouquet for weddings. We planted a hundred bushes about 5 years ago, to cover most colours from a dark damask red to an Old English White.

We are adding a couple of new outlets for our Pretty Little Bunches, so we will put an update out, as soon as that’s sorted. They are still available from Bella Mama deli, Puddle Farm Shop and of course from the Farm itself, they can also be pre-ordered.  We also offer Bouquets form £18 delivered in the local area, they make ideal present for anyone who can get out or just to say thank you.

Sadly Geoff our Ouessant ewe passed away a couple of weeks ago. Her partner Monty was very lonely and would keep looking for her, it was heart breaking to watch and all he would want you to do is walk around the field to look for her. Luckily we got two Shetland lambs to keep him company. Mr Tumnus and Pan are a couple playful characters and have really taken to Monty, whose spirits are much lifted by their company.

We are looking at reopening to Volunteers soon if we can, guidance permitting. Paperwork, risk assessments and all sorts of hurdles to be done. If were booked on one of the workshop this year, you should of received an email. We are hoping to restart these later in the year, once it’s safe to do so.

June Update

It’s been a little while since we have updated the page and a fair amount has happened. The farm has expanded into the adjoining field. The stepped garden is slowly maturing with shrubs and foliage.  This time of year is always busy with the last of the late planting going in the outdoor beds and the poly tunnels looking fairly … Continue Reading →

Mud Glorious Mud – There’s nothing quite like it ……………

Cat Walk The wall in the Mediterranean garden has been washed out by the persistent rain; another job for the to do list. Ivan one of our farm cats prefers not to get his feet muddy while he’s looking for mice. Endless Rain …. When will it stop? The soil is washing down the path and now we need a … Continue Reading →

Flower Diary

Flower Diary Here we show you the flowers we are growing in the field as part of the CSA scheme and let you know how they are getting along.  We will share with you regular pictures and updates throughout the growing season. You will also be the first to know of  any special offers and availability of any additional flowers we are growing  in … Continue Reading →

Join Our New Community Supported Agriculture Scheme (CSA).

      Join Our New Community Supported Agriculture Scheme (CSA). 4 Week  Membership 12 Week Membership This  year we have introduced  a new scheme, it is an alternative locally based model of agriculture, to provide local environmentally aware businesses and florists  with  quality eco-friendly local cut flowers, at a very good price.  A member joins in the spring before … Continue Reading →

Spring has finally arrived

   12th March 2015 Spring has finally arrived. We have an  extremely mild winter so I’m  reluctant to believe it’s all over, we have had enough of the wind and heavy rain and so looking forward to the spring  Seeds are starting to go in and overwintered plants are starting to shoot – it delights and surprises me every  time. You … Continue Reading →

Brookside Flower Farm – Environmentally grown cut flowers and Wellbeing Gardens

  Brookside Flower Farm is an Environmentally Friendly Social Enterprise in Tregrehan Mills St Austell. The developing 2.5 acre site consists of a flower farm, wellbeing gardens, soft fruit, vines, vegetable beds, orchard and some wildlife areas. We also keep rare breed sheep and bees in top bar hives. We are situated close to the largest town in Cornwall St … Continue Reading →