Lovely flower blogs #8: Grown and Gathered

Hello everyone,
I am back today with the 8th and last “lovely flower blog” this year. Don’t worry, I will be back next with some more gorgeous blogs for you.
I have been waiting for the relaunch of their website, and I am so happy and excited to present you the gorgeous Grown & Gathered blog today!

grown and gathered bouquet

1.  Who are you and what are you talking about in your blog?

Hello all, I am Lentil and I, like many of you reading have a love of flowers. My partner and I have our own business grown and gathered, his love is the vegetables and mine the flowers.
I find it super difficult to talk about what exactly it is that we do – because I am one of those ideas people. I always seem to want to try something new ha. But in a nutshell, we grow and forage cut and edible flowers seasonally. I love the simplicity of flowers, I like how they grow and I like to represent them as they are.
We focus on local produce and sustainable as well as organic growing practices. As the business has grown, we have realized we are most passionate about sustainability, more than anything else. We only use post consumer green-waste and farm manures for our growing practices and are trying to create a closed loop system, where what we sell comes back, i.e. We give vegetables, fruits, herbs and edible flowers to restaurants, they give us back their biodegradable waste to add to our compost and we use that compost to grow the restaurants more vegetables, fruits, herbs and edible flowers! Brilliant!

grown and gathered - Lentil

grown and gathered - Lentil

2.  Where does your passion for flowers come from?

Well, I grew up in the country and was one of those children who liked to run around, play in mud and pick flowers. Then as I grew older, for some reason, I felt as though I needed a “real job”, so I went to university, got a Speech Pathology Degree and got that “real job”.  While I worked in my “real job” I dreamt about working with flowers and I remember in my spare work hours researching flowers secretly ha.
Speech Pathology is all about helping people in many ways, but what I realized while doing this is that I wanted to help people in a more simple way. I wanted to help people focus on the positives, the simple things and to stop and think about what they have, not what they don’t. For me the answer was flowers. I feel as though flowers have their own little language. Of course the fact that I hated working in offices helped to make the decision much easier.

grown and gathered

3. What inspires you?

Many things.
My lovely Matt and how we live most of all. We try to live in a simple and sustainable way.
The next is probably our ideas, we always seem to have more ideas and things we want to try than hours in the day.
And People. Not reading about them, but meeting them and talking with them, any type of person really.

grown and gathered tree

4. What is your favorite flower?

This is probably one of the hardest questions I have ever been asked, but I think I’ll have to choose a poppy (of any variety).

grown gathered field of poppies

5. Which other flower blogs are you reading regularly?

To be honest I don’t really get around to reading other blogs often, we don’t have great internet in the country and life gets busy! But I would like to think I read Cecilia Fox and Pomp and Splendour blogs when I can haha!

grown gathered

So I hope you enjoyed this interview today even if it is not very christmasy!
I wish you a great day! Talk to you soon!
Elodie

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