17 September 2021
Pentalon, Pelaton, Peloton, Petal On, Peleton, even Pentagon Flowers – we’ve been mistakenly called lots of things over the years (although it would be cool to say we supplied flowers to the Pentagon).
And perhaps you didn’t ask, but we thought we’d explain how the name Petalon came about. The idea ...Read more
12 September 2021
Here on the farm in Cornwall we have three large composting bays where we compost absolutely every single bit of green waste we make, together with the cardboard flower boxes we receive from our suppliers. As mentioned in James’s previous post about The Three Ws (weeds, water and waste) ...Read more
3 September 2021
Zinnias are one of those flowers that we really struggled to get hold of as florists. They would be on the auction when it was their season and their bright, joyful colours so often caught our eye, but any time we ordered them they would arrive in bad nick; the ...Read more
20 August 2021
The flush of summer blooms is well under way and with such a variety in flower at the same time, we’ve been packing selection boxes off to our subscribers and customers every day – with all sorts of treasures that have been so exciting to see come into ...Read more
30 July 2021
Petalon is powered by a collection of brilliant women – and James, of course! A few months ago we wrote a post introducing you to the team, with people working their time at Petalon around busy lives being mothers, studying or running their own businesses. We thought we’d take ...Read more
16 July 2021
When we first stared to plan the varieties we wanted to grow in Cornwall, our focus was on delicate, textural flowers that make bouquets interesting and detailed but are hard to find on the Dutch auction. Our plan was to use these flowers to supplement the Petalon bouquets and nothing ...Read more
5 July 2021
This week James, Petalon’s self-declared “Services Manager”, is guest writing on the blog.
I’ve often said that being a florist has more in common with being a builder than an artist. It’s a physical job. But if arranging flowers is hard labour, growing flowers is an endurance sport. Because of the ...Read more
2 July 2021
It’s fair to say that the butterfly ranunculus and the clarkia owe us nothing – as flower crops go (and in our very limited experience of growing flowers) these workhorses chucked out bucketfuls of beautiful flowers for a solid 4 – 6 weeks. We were tagged in so ...Read more
21 June 2021
Now that the wonderfully scented sweet pea season is over, we thought we’d take a closer look at this delicate, fragrant flower and what we learned growing it.
Of all the flowers we’ve grown so far, these were definitely the most high maintenance. Growing sweet peas as a cut flower means ...Read more
28 May 2021
Since our last farm update at the end of March, we’ve had our ranunculus season and boy, did they put on a show for us. They’ve gone down really well with our customers and we just want to say a huge thank you to everyone who’s bought our field flowers ...Read more