Liz: Hi I’m Liz and I run The Cotswold Posy Patch. Thanks so much for visiting the site. I’d like to take this opportunity to welcome you and tell you a bit about my small cut-flower growing business. I’m based at Primrose Vale Farm Shop, nestled in the heart of the of the beautiful Gloucestershire countryside and love being a part of the community there. I started the business in 2015 at the same time as I was volunteering for a local charity, doing gardening with people with disabilities. Whilst at the charity, I started growing cut flowers with the students there and loved seeing the enjoyment they got out of it and the generosity they showed in sharing their flowers and the arrangements they made with other people. The experience inspired me to pursue my dream of developing my own “flower farm” and so The Cotswold Posy Patch was born. For the first couple of years I grew flowers in my garden, even convincing my husband to dig up the lawn to make way for more flower beds but still I ran out of space. In 2017 a friend suggested I get in touch with Primrose Vale to see if they had any land I could rent and in October, I took on the management of a patch of land there. I had the ground prepared and a large commercial polytunnel installed, giving the perfect blank canvas on which to create a flower plot. With some invaluable help from friends and family, the first phase of the plot was complete and the tunnel was fully planted up but Christmas. Despite battling the snow, rain, mud, sun, no rain and inside temperatures of over 40 degrees, we have had an amazing first year on the farm. The highlight of the year, and a dream come true, was undoubtedly having the opportunity to send some of our flowers to be part of ‘Flowers from the Farm’s’ Gold Medal winning exhibit at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show.
I’m obsessed with flowers and love nothing more than poring over the seed catalogues sniffing out unusual varieties of cut flowers to grow. Many of my varieties are not widely available from high street florists and supermarkets. There are so many reasons for choosing British-grown flowers: many are scented, something which is bred out of many imported varieties, more delicate varieties are available, they are cut to order so are super fresh, their are no air miles associated with them and they have great nostalgia value. In short, British flower have captured my heart because they reflect the ever changing beauty of an English country garden though the seasons and connect me to the natural world around me.
I hope you will take the time to explore the website and see what else The Cotswold Posy Patch has to offer. Please do get in touch with me if you’d like to chat more about British flowers or any of the services we provide. Visitors are welcome to come and see the flowers but please call or email first to make an appointment as I’m not there all the time.
Look forward to meeting you soon,
Laura: Hi I’m Laura, mum of one, plant and flower enthusiast and general helper outer at the Cotswold Posy Patch. I’ve always had a passion for growing things and find the process of nurturing plants very immersive and therapeutic. Working at the Posy Patch has given me a new sense of purpose and direction after having my baby and battling chronic illness. It’s such a pleasure to work with Liz in such beautiful surroundings, and learn all about wonderful British flowers.