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A Day in the Life … Wild Bunch: living and learning the joy of flowers on a beautiful farm on the Herefordshire Welsh borders

Charlie

A Day in the Life ... Wild Bunch: living and learning the joy of flowers on a beautiful farm on the Herefordshire Welsh borders - photography www.nicerue.co.uk

I was so thrilled when Tammy from Wild Bunch got in touch keen to do ‘A Day in the Life’ blog post having read the ones written by Pyrus and The Garden Gate Flower Company (I’d recommend you go read them too!). She got photographer Nic Rue (who also captured Pyrus’ beautiful garden and studio) to come to her little piece of flower paradise on the Herefordshire / Shropshire border.

The photos are gorgeous, the words are beautiful, and the flowers…well the flowers are stunning! Need I say more…

Vibrant sorbet coloured seasonal summer wedding flowers from Wild Bunch http://wildbunchflowersfromthegarden.co.uk - photography www.nicerue.co.uk

Colourful seasonal summer wedding flowers from Wild Bunch http://wildbunchflowersfromthegarden.co.uk - photography www.nicerue.co.uk

Wedding bouquet of dahlia, lavender and roses from Wild Bunch http://wildbunchflowersfromthegarden.co.uk - photography www.nicerue.co.uk

Over to Tammy…

Entering the second year of my little cut flower business I was searching for a point of reflection on where I was at with my new found work and passion. And when I came across the beautiful work of the photographer Nic Rue, I tentatively asked if she would be interested in working with me to document my garden and flowers.

It was a big step for me asking a photographer into my little world, but Nic was inspirational and really helped me see and think about my garden and flowers with new eyes.

Country cutting garden from Wild Bunch http://wildbunchflowersfromthegarden.co.uk - photography www.nicerue.co.uk

Tammy from Wild Bunch arranging homegrown flowers http://wildbunchflowersfromthegarden.co.uk - photography www.nicerue.co.uk

A Day in the Life ... Wild Bunch: living and learning the joy of flowers on a beautiful farm on the Herefordshire Welsh borders - photography www.nicerue.co.uk

I have discovered the garden and world of flowers is a world of wonder. But, no matter the vision in mind that I wish to create with companion planting, beautiful combinations of colour and texture, and havens for wildlife – the reality, or my garden reality is like most work, and aside from a passion and a vision, also requires a clear and structured approach.

Wild Bunch cutting garden http://wildbunchflowersfromthegarden.co.uk - photography www.nicerue.co.uk

Pale pink rose and white cosmos and scabious bouquet from Wild Bunch http://wildbunchflowersfromthegarden.co.uk - photography www.nicerue.co.uk

Sweet peas from Wild Bunch http://wildbunchflowersfromthegarden.co.uk - photography www.nicerue.co.uk

So although I plan and grow all my flowers and foliage, the structure of my metre wide planting rows, making their way down an acre paddock at the front of our house, and ending in the first of two planned large Spanish style polytunnels, is thanks to the pragmatism of who my children call ‘farmer James’, their dad.

Pale peach and white bouquet of seasonal flowers from Wild Bunch http://wildbunchflowersfromthegarden.co.uk - photography www.nicerue.co.uk

A Day in the Life ... Wild Bunch: living and learning the joy of flowers on a beautiful farm on the Herefordshire Welsh borders - photography www.nicerue.co.uk

Stunning seasonal sorbet coloured wedding bouquet from Wild Bunch http://wildbunchflowersfromthegarden.co.uk - photography www.nicerue.co.uk

When I discovered the joy of growing flowers, starting off with dahlias, it amazed me the almost unrivalled joy it seemed to give people when you landed a bunch of them fresh from the garden in their arms. Back then it was dahlias, cosmos and sweet peas that I mastered while still working full time, away from the farm.

I loved it – the three dimensionality of it, the tactile and physical sensibility was an inspiration, and I certainly never had that reaction of joy when submitting a planning application. So slowly I plucked up the courage to abandon a safe largely office bound job, for getting back to nature and working with the seasons.

Tammy from Wild Bunch arranging a seasonal wedding bouquet http://wildbunchflowersfromthegarden.co.uk - photography www.nicerue.co.uk

A Day in the Life ... Wild Bunch: living and learning the joy of flowers on a beautiful farm on the Herefordshire Welsh borders - photography www.nicerue.co.uk

Seasonal wedding arrangement of hydrangea, cosmos and artichokes from Wild Bunch http://wildbunchflowersfromthegarden.co.uk - photography www.nicerue.co.uk

Now I have learnt that part of my joy in working with flowers is working with the seasons, the colours, the textures, and I think largely the unexpected unpredictability of growing flowers for your vision and your business. These realisations I translate to brides to be, that everything depends on the weather.

Loose and feminie garden rose and cosmos bouquet from Wild Bunch http://wildbunchflowersfromthegarden.co.uk - photography www.nicerue.co.uk

A Day in the Life ... Wild Bunch: living and learning the joy of flowers on a beautiful farm on the Herefordshire Welsh borders - photography www.nicerue.co.uk

A Day in the Life ... Wild Bunch: living and learning the joy of flowers on a beautiful farm on the Herefordshire Welsh borders - photography www.nicerue.co.uk

I often reflect on how it used to drive me mad when I would ask my partner, (farmer) James something about going somewhere or doing something, and the reply “…it depends on the weather” came!

So I am hugely grateful that I have had such lovely and relaxed brides, who are generally more than happy to converse about the beauty of flowers as expressed through ideas of colour, texture and style as opposed to specific variety’s of flower and foliage

Seasonal blooms from Wild Bunch http://wildbunchflowersfromthegarden.co.uk - photography www.nicerue.co.uk

Tammy from Wild Bunch harvesting lettuces http://wildbunchflowersfromthegarden.co.uk - photography www.nicerue.co.uk

A Day in the Life ... Wild Bunch: living and learning the joy of flowers on a beautiful farm on the Herefordshire Welsh borders - photography www.nicerue.co.uk

Having said that, I know there are some years that have exceptional growing seasons, and this year has been one of them. I remember a few local farmers, holding up gates, and predicting this early in the year!

The crops on the farm have been good this year, and so have my flowers. Some have been lovingly cared for, but time has been short in the garden as working towards weddings has been fast and furious this year.

View from the flower studio at Wild Bunch http://wildbunchflowersfromthegarden.co.uk - photography www.nicerue.co.uk

Start of a seasonal bouquet from Wild Bunch http://wildbunchflowersfromthegarden.co.uk - photography www.nicerue.co.uk

Summer bouquet from Wild Bunch http://wildbunchflowersfromthegarden.co.uk - photography www.nicerue.co.uk

And so I’m amazed at how forgiving many flowers are, I’m still picking snaps growing strong and tall under a carpet of cosmos. And divine blousy peachy chrysanthenums are growing almost horizontally after I neglected to stake them – not to worry, they are perfect in vases for table arrangements, and the ever loved café au lait dahlia is still going strong as are the roses in the Spanish polytunnel for my late summer brides.

Seasonal wedding bouquet with roses, feverfew and grasses from Wild Bunch http://wildbunchflowersfromthegarden.co.uk - photography www.nicerue.co.uk

A Day in the Life ... Wild Bunch: living and learning the joy of flowers on a beautiful farm on the Herefordshire Welsh borders - photography www.nicerue.co.uk

Vintage bottles and vases from Wild Bunch http://wildbunchflowersfromthegarden.co.uk - photography www.nicerue.co.uk

Some of my favourite grasses after recently being relieved of thick garlands of weeds wrapping around them, they are the most perfect accompaniment for so many arrangements and bouquets.

These grasses and my sun soaked and browning paniculata hydrangeas are so beautiful to use with my still flowering sweet peas and their tendrils, grown in a 30m line down the paddock, and I only hope for no frosts over the next few weeks – that some locals are predicting if this weather high continues.

Homegrown flowers from Wild Bunch waiting to be arranged http://wildbunchflowersfromthegarden.co.uk - photography www.nicerue.co.uk

Sweetpeas from Wild Bunch http://wildbunchflowersfromthegarden.co.uk - photography www.nicerue.co.uk

Echinacea from Wild Bunch http://wildbunchflowersfromthegarden.co.uk - photography www.nicerue.co.uk

Now that both of my children are at school full time I hope my days will be more structured, where I will work on various elements of working with flowers that sustain me creatively as well as the required business and gardening side of running a cut flower garden.

Flower studio at Wild Bunch http://wildbunchflowersfromthegarden.co.uk - photography www.nicerue.co.uk

A Day in the Life ... Wild Bunch: living and learning the joy of flowers on a beautiful farm on the Herefordshire Welsh borders - photography www.nicerue.co.uk

Seasonal British grown flowers from Wild Bunch http://wildbunchflowersfromthegarden.co.uk - photography www.nicerue.co.uk

Having Nic working with me early this summer helped me realise the huge value and creative necessity of making time in the day for exploring ideas through flowers for yourself, and not just saving this creative time for your brides and other special orders.

This and of course making more time to be working in the garden where even those jobs such as weeding and giving space to a flower to grow can give a huge sense of achievement and job satisfaction.

Arrangement with artichokes and wild grasses from Wild Bunch http://wildbunchflowersfromthegarden.co.uk - photography www.nicerue.co.uk

A Day in the Life ... Wild Bunch: living and learning the joy of flowers on a beautiful farm on the Herefordshire Welsh borders - photography www.nicerue.co.uk

Homegrown flowers from Wild Bunch http://wildbunchflowersfromthegarden.co.uk - photography www.nicerue.co.uk

A big thank you to the lovely Tammy for sharing her story – we hope to bring you some more of these ‘A Day in the Life’ type blog posts as they give a lovely insight to the behind-the-scenes workings of our fab TNWC recommended businesses.

Tammy from Wild Bunch cutting homegrown flowers http://wildbunchflowersfromthegarden.co.uk - photography www.nicerue.co.uk

For all you brides-to-be who might be interested in booking Wild Bunch to create your wedding flowers then you can visit their website http://wildbunchflowersfromthegarden.co.uk. Alternatively you can find them on Facebook and Instagram.

If you enjoyed hearing about from Tammy at Wild Bunch, then do check out the others in our A Day in the Life series.

Images: Nic Rue

Comments

abbie on 27. October, 2014

what a lovely post! Love all the colours and flowers! a hello from belovedlovephotography.com

Hannah Rogers on 9. November, 2014

Tammy did the flowers for my wedding back in April 2013 and not only were they fantastic, she was a pleasure to work with. A very lovely woman who just wanted to do anything she could to be a contribution to making our day perfect. The flowers, whether they were mine, my husband and best man, parents and those that we used to decorate the room, were beautiful, with finishing touches like lace and twine to bind them – I still look at the pictures now and have a little sigh at how beautiful they were! Highly recommended!

Charlie

CharlieB on 12. November, 2014

Thanks so much Hannah for taking the time to leave your feedback about Tammy’s flowers – so pleased to hear you loved them so much!

Anna on 20. February, 2015

Such a nice post! Feel a bit jealous of people who make their living by working with flowers, in a good way:)

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