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  1. Martine
    May 29, 2011 @ 11:52 am

    I think that turning up in those shoes and with a gorgeous bouquet like that, you have got it made Ben :-)
    We find the pricing very difficult. About 5 hours worth of picking and arranging flowers netted us just £27 yesterday after paying 25% commission to the retailer. Our more expensive bouquets (containing Delphiniums, Campanula, Alliums and Philadelphus etc) were unsold with a £9.50 price tag. No doubt the £10 bouquets at Asda were flying out of their buckets!
    Trying to make our web-site public at the moment but it seems that WordPress won’t let me!

    • Ben
      May 30, 2011 @ 1:12 pm

      if you need a hand with any wordpress stuff I have a good and cheap contact. WordPress 3, the new version is supposed to be double super fab…you no longer need to have to rely on the ‘themes’ available but can make the blog look like anything your mind can come up with…also safe and secure ‘shop’ plugins are available for around £30 which look amazing. I have decided not to have an internet shop this year…just keeping everything simple whilst I get the hang of it all.

  2. Mo
    May 27, 2011 @ 8:07 am

    You’re missing a marketing trick -“Higgeldy Bunches” ?

    All my flowers get the higgeldy-piggeldy treatment, even the posh ones I get from time to time which I stare at lovingly for a short while then rip apart to put them in a more natural state…. but that’s just me ;)

    • Ben
      May 27, 2011 @ 9:00 am

      I like that vibe too….hopefully…fingers crossed…the first bunches will go on sale tomorrow…so we shall see! :)

  3. JW Blooms
    May 24, 2011 @ 4:48 pm

    Beautiful! Flowers aren’t bad either… Personally I would have employed you on the shoes alone. J x PS The label looks great with the brown paper. Good choice, sunshine.

  4. Belinda Norrington
    May 24, 2011 @ 3:43 pm

    Nice one cyril, in your posh shoes!

    A delish bunch, and I am glad the nigella is still looking so perky! Thanks for the kind point to Wild Acre too, v appreciated.

    Have you staked your seedlings? Just sayin’!! Couldn’t bear it if they got knocked down in this freakish wind after all your waiting! Bossy cow, I know! xx

    • Ben
      May 24, 2011 @ 3:56 pm

      I have been staking the ones that need it. The Linton plot is pretty sheltered…coupled with the fact that most of my seedlings are only a few inches high! :)
      I am hoping to provide just a few bunches to my retailers to give them at least something at the weekends before the Higgledy Machine gets into full production. Less about making money more about keeping people happy. Wishing I had more of your fab nigella to go with my beautiful ‘Black Ball’ corn flowers. :) xx

  5. Jan
    May 23, 2011 @ 6:51 pm

    Lovely flowers, shame about the weeds(grass?). No, seriously, I would pay £5 for them, they look like a bunch of the countryside/meadows. Picked some flowers for myself today as the weather forecast looked ominous and the wind was knocking everything over-peonies and roses with alchemilla, golden rod and mexican orange blossom.

    • Ben
      May 23, 2011 @ 6:59 pm

      I added the grass as a ‘homage’ to the pagan God Pan. :)…er…not really. The wind knocked over a bed of cornflowers here at Higgledy…but all is well.
      The flowers will get less ‘meadowy’ as soon as the blinking Higgledy crops grow…one blessing is it seems to be trying to rain here just now. Fingers crossed. x

      • Ben
        May 23, 2011 @ 8:01 pm

        PS I think that £5 bunch has cost me about two grand.