Hello my dear friends,
It feels like forever ago that I have sat down and written a newsletter or blog post. Having family around 24/7 has certainly made a difference to the way I’ve been able to work and as I write this I can hear bickering coming from my kitchen, will this ever end I ask myself… Well it hasn’t been all bad. We’ve come together a lot over these past couple of years and despite on-off lockdowns I’ve seen my family grow and change. Change is inevitable, its what I always tell my kids. Once you can get your head around this, it makes it easier to welcome with open arms, even seek it. I love change! And that my dear friends is the key to running A Bunch Of Wild.
My business is ever evolving and i love that about it, I hope you do too. What started out growing flowers for my flower stall has changed nearly beyond recognition, although I still grow flowers. Flowers are still the thread that holds my business together and a never ending fascination for our seasons.
So I thought I’d fill you in on what we’ve been up to, but I see a lot of new subscribers so I thought I’d also share our story of how we started.
We are flower growers. We- being my husband and I. It’s what we do, it’s part of who we are. We’ve always been gardeners but in 2016/17 we started growing flowers for farmers markets and floral workshops. It actually all started because I was a freelance wedding stylist at the time and I used to raid my garden for my styling jobs. It wasn’t long after starting that I wrote my signature online course ‘How to start a flower farm’ which is still hugely popular today and can be found on my blog.
Fast forward to 2019 and we opened our first store selling British flowers and beautiful gifts for the home, plus my own ceramics and paintings. We were just about to open our next shop, the big one, when covid hit. The second shop never happened and we had already closed the first one, and then I became ill… I’ve had long covid for the best part of nine months and it was utterly debilitating. I couldn’t smell/taste anything, could just about walk to the woods and any gardening was a no no. Honestly I’ve never slept so much. But great change came from illness. As I recovered I could sit in my studio and make ceramics and paint. Everything I made was inspired by flowers, by our garden and I started to sell these through our online store. A Bunch Of Wild is still about growing flowers, supporting British growers and our beautiful seasons but now it’s so much more! It’s about creativity and passing that on. Covid has taught me to try everything going, step outside the box and grab everything that inspires you. It’s taught me not to worry about the little things and to make the most of what we can, what we have and what we can do. A Bunch Of Wild had to change to keep going, and it will probably do so over and over again. I hope you’ll continue with me on this journey, I can promise you it will never be dull, but if at any time you feel you’re done then please unsubscribe at any time, I wont be the least offended.
So here’s what I’ve been doing and what is absolutely lighting me up right now…
Painting. Ive always loved painting. I paint in oils using my fingers, mostly impressionistic/abstract florals. I love movement and muted tones with just a little pop of bright colour.
And ceramics. My designs are inspired by garden and birds. I mostly make functional pieces like mugs and vases.
At the moment I am just considering hosting workshops again and will let you know dates as soon as I can. They will be full of creativity and will range from wreath making, creating botanical plates in clay and painting as a healing practice. Classes will be no more than four people and one-to-one will also be available.
In the meantime if you’d like to see more of/shop my paintings you can find them here!
Or, to shop my ceramics you can visit the shop here!
Keep well my dear friends.