It is a week until we move to our new house in the country with a plot to expand my business, growing and supplying flowers, for florists and direct to the public. We will have to hit the (heavy clay) ground running as there is so much to do, converting a bare field into a productive cutting garden by next Spring. There will be a lot of muck-raking.
A year ago we started the wheels in motion, selling my former home and business, and have been in temporary accommodation for several months whilst we searched for a suitable property. We brought with us dozens of plants in pots, not least some quite large roses, and if we manage to move them without injury (to us or them) we will be very relieved.
I have never been too fond of technology but I know the internet will provide my shop window, so I am learning to blog, create a website and use Twitter, Instagram, Facebook and Pinterest. I do feel slightly deranged sometimes finding my way around these media but I feel enormous satisfaction when it all works, and in truth I am terrified of being left behind in this technological world. Photography is another activity I have taken up, for my portfolio, and I relish the new photo opportunities that lie ahead, in a very beautiful area.
I have created several new gardens from scratch and it is a constant learning process but managing a plot for cut flowers demands new skills and knowledge, as I have found over the past two years on a smaller scale. I have also learnt floristry, which has been fantastic fun and I will be relieved when I have space to augment my flowers with the foliage which is vital for the contemporary, slightly wild style that excites me.