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 →

Notes from the Orchard – October

The orchard is fairly young at the moment and for the end of September early October period we have a bit of a gap in the Cornish and west county varieties. We have young trees waiting to go in, but is a few year before they produce fruit. The one exception to this a Cornish ladys finger. It has the … Continue Reading →

Notes from the Orchard – September

The warm, dull August has had little effect on the early apples in the orchard. This year is looks to be the biggest crop so far from the young trees planted nearly eight years ago. The first out is the Devon Quarrenden with its deep red, strawberry flavoured apples, they don’t keep more than a week or two and best … 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 →