Autumn Wedding at Dalduff Farm

Many months late in posting but great to be able to share this fantastic photos. This was an early August wedding but using the full colours of autumn for a rich autumnal glow. All flowers grown and arranged in Ayrshire by Mayfield Flowers as always. All photographs by Nikki Leadbetter in the beautiful venue of Dalduff Farm in Ayrshire. The …

Grow and Arrange Cut Flowers – New 2019 workshop

Whilst few of us live in stately homes with a walled garden and gardener tasked with providing fresh flowers weekly or daily to extravagantly fill rooms with flowers, we can all bring natural beauty indoors. Join us to learn how to fill your home with flowers. We are running a new seasonal creative class that will enable you to choose …

Natural Dyeing

Having Babs from Botanical Inks run a workshop to explore natural dyeing from flowers raised a few questions I hadn’t thought on despite believing I was rooted in the soil and valued Nature. By growing flowers for the purpose of selling each stem, flowers become a commodity.  Being asked to consider the plant before cutting may result in unfulfilled orders …

Natural Flower Summer workshops

natural textile dyeing

Perfect summer weather for workshops this year and our summer programme continues with a special guest, Babs Behan, all the way from Bristol to host a natural textile dyeing workshop here at Mayfield Flowers on 18th August showing a different way to use our natural flowers. Babs founded the artisan natural dye studio Botanical Inks and is sought after around …

The Road to Chelsea

Flowers from the Farm is a network of small scale British cut flower growers which I joined when it first began about 7 years ago.  Its sole aim is to promote British cut flowers and what better way than to exhibit at Chelsea Flower Show 2018, that pinnacle of the horticultural calendar? Gill Hodgson, founder, led a team of Flowers …

First wedding of spring, or is it still winter?

This has to be the longest winter ever with promised temperatures in double figures not appearing this week either! Nevertheless our first wedding of the year was last week in the beautiful surroundings of the wood panelling and stained glass windows of Pollokshields Burgh Hall. Glasgow architect Henry Edward Clifford designed the new hall in 17th Century Scottish Rennaissance style …

Winter Season – Christmas wreaths and wreath workshops

Listening to the wisdom of the gardeners I have spoken to recently it looks like we are in for a cold winter. If you have noticed the abundance of berries this autumn this is apparently a tell tale sign. My ornamental crab apple trees have been laden and hawthorn a mass of red. I have even heard that it is …

Autumn Scottish Flower Class

The nights are drawing in and the flower selection is firmly on the dahlias, rudbeckias, amaranths and scabious – all the half hardy plants that take a few months to get going but perform very well until the last frosts.  I love the additional berries, seed pods and grasses that we have to add interest at this time of year …

Choosing natural wedding flower combinations

For Stephanie’s wedding in May I had free reign to design and choose the colours for the bouquet.  Initially this is great when brides allow you this freedom as I really can have the pick of the garden.  However come nearer the event and that freedom and choice suddenly becomes a challenge.  The challenge is what to choose, what line to go …

DIY weddings and workshops

One of the great advantages of growing my own flowers in Scotland is that I can offer a variety of flowers not available through wholesale or florists outlets.  If you are looking for a natural wedding look then these flowers are the real thing! For people that want to do some or all of the wedding arrangements themselves we do sell …