Beautifully seasonal Suffolk-grown flowers and foliage
We are Carolyn and Nick. We grow and sell flowers and foliage from our smallholding in Suffolk, situated in the Waveney Valley area between the towns of Beccles and Bungay.
The original name of our smallholding was Yelloly Place and we decided to take inspiration from this when choosing our name - Yellow Ley. This seemed fitting as our smallholding is mainly made up of a wild flower meadow which is awash with a sea of yellow buttercups during spring and summer time.
We are passionate about what we do and pride ourselves on the quality of our flowers and on the approach we take to their cultivation, curation and processing. Everything we offer is grown on site by us here at Yellow Ley Farm, much of it from seed.
We use sustainable, regenerative, wildlife-friendly practices in our horticulture and in the wider management of the site which includes hedgerows, ditches, ponds, copse and wild-flower meadow. This holistic approach comes through in the beauty and diversity of the flowers we produce. More unusual varieties sit alongside the better known ones, offering interest and intriguing combinations you might not find elsewhere.
Our season runs between April and October as climate and weather permits, but we are open all year round to talk about what we do and how we might be able to help you with your floral needs. Please get in touch.
Our business is centred on a half acre plot in the corner of a three acre wildflower meadow. The smallholding itself is situated amongst arable, meadow and common land in the parish of Barsham, Suffolk.
Our approach to sustainability is to work in harmony with the land and our surroundings. This approach underlies everything we do.
We aim to keep our environmental impact to a minimum and we are constantly looking at our cultivation and land management practices to ensure we are doing the best we can to develop wildlife habitats and support greater species diversity.
We have always been chemical, pesticide and peat free.
We keep the use of plastics and potentially damaging materials and substances to an absolute minimum. We are always on the look out to repurpose items that we use in our cultivation systems from plastic pots and crates to water butts.
We make our own compost and this year will be self sufficient.
We make our own flower fertiliser and plant feed from comfrey and nettles and occasionally use organic seaweed. We use unbleached paper and tissue, use sustainable rubber bands and natural ties and ribbons for all our bouquets.
Our flower field is full of wildlife and pollinators and we often leave 'weeds' if they look beautiful and do not interfere with the flower crop. These plants invariably provide food and/or shelter for something.
We are very much at the mercy of whatever nature decides to throw at us. Sometimes things do not go to plan and crops fail. At other times things exceed our expectations. We are seasonal growers and work with nature and the inevitable changes and challenges that each new season brings.
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