Borders under friendly flower bomb attack

Borders based British flower growers Paula Baxter and Emma McLellan
Borders based British flower growers Paula Baxter and Emma McLellan

Mill Pond Flower Farm near Foulden is one of two Borders growers to flower bomb the region this week- leaving bouquets in unlikely places.

It is all part of British Flowers Week - a national campaign to encourage people to buy seasonal, locally-grown cut flowers. Paula Baxter who runs Mill Pond Flower Farm, a Flowers From the Farm member, and Emma McLellan, of The Flower Bothy, Oxnam, have embraced the idea and the ‘Lonely Bouquet’ movement - leaving arrangements of Scottish grown flowers, in secret locations, for a lucky stranger to find.

Paula and Emma kicked off British Flower Week in the Borders by flower bombing the Scottish Enterprise building, Selkirk, on Monday.

“It’s been a busy year so far,” said Paula. “I’m Scotland co-ordinator for Flowers from the Farm and as a group we had a display on The Caley (RCHS) stand at Gardening Scotland a couple of weeks ago, where the reaction from the public and other exhibitors was fabulous.

“We had a five foot willow vase with an outsize bouquet of Scottish flowers which was very popular.”

On Monday evening Paula hosted British Flower Hour on Twitter with Gill Hodgson from Flowers from the Farm and Liz Anderson, of New Covent Garden Flower Market and she was expecting a visit from a florist to the flower farm on Wednesday.

“Last week I had a visit from Embleton Flower Club and WI and flower sales are going really well direct to the public, brides and florists,” added Paula.

“Emma and I will be selling flowers and handmade floral crowns at the Midsummer Market in Heart of Duns on Friday evening 5-8pm - and I’m hoping I might manage to fit in a bit of weeding too!”