UK: Why business is blooming for a local florist

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The residents of West Cumbria who are in the know are members of an exclusive club.Only those within a 20-mile mile radius of Low Clifton, between Cockermouth and Workington, can buy the exquisite bouquets grown and created at Cumberland Flower Farm – unless you’re getting married in the county or visiting the flower farm in person.

Harriet Smithson, founder and owner of the business, is proud to be providing the service for locals.Since the business was set up in February 2018 the ethos of Cumberland Flower Farm has always been to provide pleasure to Cumbrian residents. “Being able to provide flowers for our local area is very important; I love the sharing element and for people to give them and the joy people get when they receive them. I love color and I love the joy that flowers bring,” said Harriet.

Starting on an allotment where growing flowers soon overtook the vegetables, Harriet realized the business had ‘legs’ when she started selling some of her blooms.A year later she and her husband Martyn bought six acres of pasture and woodland near their home.They are currently using one acre for flowers and half an acre for foliage so they can create bouquets using all their own greenery.From March to the end of October the acreage is filled with country garden favorites, from anemones and tulips to cosmos, ammi, cornflowers, roses, and chrysanthemums.

At the height of the season Harriet is picking one to two thousand stems a week for weddings and the 20 or so bunches she sells alongside a handful of gift bouquets.This year she is providing flowers for 45 weddings and also sometimes sells at Oakhurst Garden Centre in Cockermouth for special occasions like Mother’s Day.


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