"There is a flower farm I want to visit quite near to Coton Manor, how about meeting up and visiting them both?" went the conversation. The weather forecast looked good, days out still feel a rare and exciting thing, so I said yes very quickly.Coton Manor is a garden I have visited often over many years. It is around 30 minutes from home and is always a joy.
We had some lunch and then wended our way to Flower and Farmer, which if we had been able to cut across the fields would have been a nice walk from Coton. We drove the less than 10 minute drive and were greeted by Jo and Milly who are the aunt and niece behind this flower farm business.
Jo and Milly were delightfully 'down to earth' (if I may be forgiven the cliche) about the flower farm and how many things they have had to learn quickly. What shone out from them was their passion for growing flowers and desire to see their business grow.
We left promising to return in the summer, I am fascinated to see what their flower field will look like at that point. Buying British grown flowers is something that I think is very important and after this dreadful year for most businesses I think that supporting our local businesses is more vital than ever. Jo and Milly were generous with their time, their flowers and also some very nice tea and cake. I have said before that doing business with nice people matters and these are nice people.
It was the most wonderful day out, so nice to catch up with a friend and to visit such nice places. After a year of such joys being missing it was a great day out.