20 October 2021
Last month we took on some more land. Some of this is either protected or best suited to being left to the local ecosystem, something we’ll talk about in the coming weeks. However one field is in many ways perfect for growing. It’s big, it’s flat, it has a low ...Read more
30 September 2021
‘So Long Summer’ Tomato & Bread Soup (serves 4)
A simple soup that waves goodbye to the sweetness of summer’s tomatoes and makes use of our spare crusts as we happily head into toast season.
1kg of fresh tomatoes
half a loaf of stale white bread / sourdough
5 cloves of garlic
24 September 2021
As we approach October, our season on the farm is starting to wind down. There are still a few flowers left to fully bloom, but the slightly quieter field also gives us time to prepare for next spring when it all kicks off again.
Our bronze and burgundy sunflowers are almost ...Read more
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