4 August 2022

The admin of cows

I got a message from a friend the other day:
“Hey James! Skye and Jura are so cute, but why are there cows in your garden?”

It’s a fair question. In fact, when I tell people that we’re a flower business I often get asked – how come you’ve got animals ...

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5 June 2022

Plastic-free beaches

We donate 100% of our end of year profits to UK conservation projects.

As a team we decided that last year’s profits will primarily be used to help remove plastic from the Cornish coast. We are not the first people to think of doing this. We’ll be working with some amazing ...

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29 April 2022

Scaling Flower Farming

One of the biggest challenges for us over the coming years is how we ramp up our flower growing capacity. We’re lucky enough to have gotten off to a good start. This year (our second) we’ll cut more than twice as many flowers as we did last year. But to ...

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22 March 2022

Here we go again

Out of the window of the Petalon farm we’re watching our 9th consecutive day of almost uninterrupted sunshine. After only one proper night of frost in a really mild winter here the field is literally months ahead of last year. March isn’t over yet and we’ve already said hello and ...

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7 February 2022

Sharing or sparing?

Straw man (definition)
-a weak or imaginary opposition (such as an argument or adversary) set up only to be easily confuted

There’s a straw man that can be built out of the modern farmer. An old white man, dependent on a combination of government subsidies and tight margins, obsessed ...

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19 January 2022


There’s a party trick among soil scientists. They take two clumps of soil, one healthy, one not, and submerge them in glasses of water. The bad soil immediately dissolves in to the world’s least appetising glass of squash. The good soil remains whole, separate from the water, often leaving it ...

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17 December 2021

12 Months of the Year

2021 was a weird year for growing flowers. Late frosts and a dry spring meant the season started late, while a very mild last few months of the year (here in Cornwall!) has meant some of us were working in t-shirts yesterday, despite being a few days from the winter ...

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5 December 2021

Greatest Hits – Field Flowers 2021

With the launch of our field flowers gift subscription for 2022 we thought now would be a good time to look back on the best things we grew in 2021. We were lucky enough to manage a very tricky start to the growing year with bizarrely late frosts running well ...

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17 November 2021

Fluffy lawnmowers

Imagine if you could have a machine that cut your grass, got rid of your weeds, fertilised your soil AND gave great cuddles.

Livestock have come in for a lot of bad press recently. There are some excellent reasons for this. If we keep using them the way we do at ...

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3 November 2021

A Carbon Neutral Flower Delivery Business

Last week, Petalon became certified as both a carbon neutral company and a supplier of carbon neutral products.

Reaching this point has been a long road for us and, along with COP26 currently taking place in Glasgow, this feels like an opportune moment to talk about our environmental responsibilities. We didn’t ...

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